Week of May 22
Turtle Beach vs Chappaqua TURTLE BEACH BUMS TAKE THREE OF FIVE FROM CHAPPAQUA COMETS IN CHAPPAQUA Game 1 TBB 9 CHA 4 Chris Sale (5-3) pitched a complete game victory as Gio Gonzalez (5-1) lost for the first time this season. Gonzalez gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, three of them unearned as a result of Daniel Murphy’s eighth error of the season. Nick Markakis (3) and Asdrubal Cabrera (7) homered for the Bums. Melky Cabrera (4), Buster Posey (15) and Nolan Reimold (1) homered for the Comets Game 2 CHA 3 TBB 2 Melky Cabrera (5) and Joe Mauer (3) swapped solo HRs in the 4th inning and the teams remain tied going to the 7th when Ruben Tejada (1) hit a 2 run HR of Justin Verlander (3-5) to win it for the Comets. James Shields (5-3) got the win with 7 strong innings, striking out 10. Ryan Cook got his 8th save. Game 3 TBB 5 CHA 2 Jered Weaver (7-0) improved his record to 7-0 (2.47) with 7 strong innings. Darrin O’Day got his 8th save. The Comets led 1-0 going to the 7th, on Ross Detwiler’s RBI single. But in the 7th , Dee Gordon’s error opened the door and Curtis Granderson belted his 10th HR of the year to make it 2-1 Bums. Jack Hannahan (2) homered in the bottom of the 7th to tie it but in the 8th Evan Longoria (4)’s 2 run blast won it for the Bums. Detwiler (2-2) took the loss despite allowing only 3 earned runs in 8 innings. Game 4 CHA 2 TBB 0 Jaimie Garcia (2-2) pitched a 4 hit complete game shutout, walking none and striking out 6 as the Comets evened the series. Melky Cabrera (.372) provided all the offense with a 2 run HR in the first inning, his third of the series and 6th of the season. Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.10) took the loss despite 7 strong innings. Game 5 TBB 8 CHA 2 The Bums win the rubber match as Yovani Gallardo goes to 5-0 with 7 strong innings, striking out 9. Mike Leake (2-4) took the loss. Granderson went 2-5 with 2 RBIs including his 11th HR of the season. Buster Posey had his league leading 43rd RBI for the Comets. The game was marred by a serious injury to Bums centerfielder Travis Snyder who crashed into the CF wall making a spectacular catch of a Mike Leake drive in the 6th inning. Snyder had to be carried off on a stretcher and is expected to miss a month or more. Comets are now 23-21, in third place in the NL East as they try to keep pace with Greensboro and Stamford. The Bums are now 26-20, leading the NL Central. Next week: The Comets will host Tampa (last in the West). The Bums travel to Greensboro to play the Grasshoppers as the Comets hope that Tampa will give them a boost in the battle for the NL East lead.
Arundel vs Westchester It's early in the season, but this looks like it could be an important series for wild card status in the playoffs: Game 1:Arundel 7, Westchester 5 After initiall Wombat attempt to kidnap David Price fails both teams take the field..a move which Wilson regrets as he immediately gives up a two run homer to Moss. Wombats get one back on little ball and then Jesus Flores who is called up only because everyone else is tired shocks everyone with a three run shot off Price. Kratz makes it a one run game with a solo blast in the 6th.Wombats get it back on Morse double, ground out and Duda SF.However, Wilson loses it in the 7th topped off by a three run triple by Kratz (again) to give Arundel the lead. Young homer (these guys hit a lot of them!) gives Wildcats a bit of a cushion which is all they need. W-McGee (3-0); L-Wilson (3-5) Game 2:Westchester 4, Arundel 3 Wildcags strike first again as Moss doubles in Desmond. Bottom of the first Votto, Morse and Cano drive in three to put wombats back up. 2 base eror by Votto lets Arundel get within one. Top of the fifth Arundel has a great opportunity, but Moss get thrown out at home on a double steal attempt. Prado drives in Stubbs in the 7th to tie it up. Bottom of the 8th, Wright single, steals second and scores on error by Young. Atchinson sets them down 1-2-3 in the 9th W-Peralta (1-1), S-Atchinson (8); L Bumgarner (3-6) Game 3: Arundel 2, Westchester 0 In a pitcher's duel Wildcats scratch out the initial run in the 4th on Gomez error. Lynn outpitches Westbrook, striking out 12 in 7 innings. Not much else to say as Wombats bats turn to sawdust. W-Lynn (5-2): L-Westbrook (3-5) Game 4:Westchester 11, Arundel 3 Wombats sneak in first run on throwing error by Betemit. teams trade runs in second and third and Wombats hold on by one. Bottom 4 Morse singles and Duda doubles him to third. Nelson singles them in and is thrown out at second. Eventually lots of people bat and lots of people score. At the end of the inning it's 8-1 W: Gonzalez (3-0); L-Liriano (3-3) Game 5:Westchester 10, Arundel 7 Fister is off to bad start seving up three run homer to Pedroia in the first. wombats get 2 back on doubles by Wiright and Wise. Wright then ties it up with solo shot in the third. Callaspo homer makes it 5-3. Wombats scratch back and go up by one in the fifth on close play at the plate as Scott plows into McCann. Two run homer by Cooper gives Fister a bit of cushion as he settles down. Bullpen comes in a Pujols (remember him?) makes it 8-7 with a two run dinger. however, the good guys rally for a change as Cano doubles and Wise unloads one into the bleachers. Grilli and Atchison shutdown the Wildcats as Wombats hang on to take series 3-2. W-Fister (7-0); L-Scribner (0-1) Next Wombats travel down the Long Island Expressway to take on the deadly ducks and Arundel heads to Gettysburg with the Wombats blessings and hopes for a good series there.
Mokena vs Columbus this weeks match-up for the redbirds was a team in transition. ( the roozys) it was almost like looking in the mirror. neither team is doing particularly well this year and the closeness of series seemed to verify the fact that these two are pretty evenly matched. four of the five games were decided by a total of 7 runs with each team winning 2. the rubber match went to mokena and with that ,they won the 5 game series 3 to 2.
Week of May 16
Gulf Breeze vs Arundel Game 1 - Gulf Breeze wins 3-1 behind a complete game 1 hitter from Greinke. Game 2 - Arundel bounces back to win 5-1. Bumgarner tosses 8 strong only allowing 1 run. Pujols has a homer and 2 RBIs. Game 3 - Gulf Breeze wins 6-2 as King Felix almost goes the distance. Dunn has a homer and 3 RBIs. Game 4 - Arundel wins the shootout 12-7. Liriano gets the win and Pujols has 4 RBIs. Game 5 - Gulf Breeze wins the rubber game 8-2. Pettitte gets the win and LaRoche has a homer and 4 RBIs.
Chappaqua vs Tampa Chappaqua takes 3 of 5 from Tampa Game 1: 5-1 CHA Gonzalez moves to 5-0 Game 2:12-4 CHA Jennings homers twice and drives in 5 runs Game 3: 2-1 CHA Posey homers in the 10th for the win Game 4: 3-1 TPA Utley hits a ph walkoff HR Game 5: 3-2 TPA Richard gets the CG win
Jonesboro vs Elmjack The Elmjack Kings visited the Crackers and continued the misery in Jonesboro, sweeping the series. Game 1-Elmjack wins 8-3, with Zimmerman(4-1) the winner. Dickey(1-7) the loser.Montero(8) homers for the Kings.Ludwick(5), Sanchez2(2) for the Crackers. Game 2-Elmjack wins 6-0. Kershaw(2-3) is the winner, Colon(2-4) is the loser. Morales(8), Rasmus(3) homer for the Kings Game 3-Elmjack wins 8-5.Frieri(1-0) is the winner, Burton(1) gets the save. Blevins(1-2) the loser. Rios hits number 5 for the Crackers. Montero(9), Morales(9), and Ackley(3) for the Kings Game 4- In the height of futility the Kings win 22-2, plating 14 in the 8th inning. Duffy(2-1) is the winner, McAllister(3-4 is the loser. Headley(6) Rasmus(4) homer for the Kings Game 5-Kings win 5-0 bringing the series to a merciful end. Cahil(3-3) is the winner, Feldman(2-4) is the loser.
Mokena vs Stamford The Stamford Jays face Mokena in close 5 game series- 4 games decided by one run and the 5th by 2 runs. Game 1 Jays 1-4-1 Mokena 0-3-0 WP A Griffin 5-0 LP H Noesi 0-3 The only run is scored on a Chisenhall single. Griffin fans 8 over 8 innings for the win. Game 2 Mokena 7-10-0 Jays 6-9-0 WP K Uehara 1-1 LP L Avilan 2-4 Although he does not get win, Mokena starter M. Cain has homer and 3 RBI’s. Reliever Uehara blows save for Mokena but does gain win. A pinch hit 3 run homer by Jays LaHair in 8th ties game. Winning run is scored by Mokena on a R Dourmit single. Game 3 Mokena 4-7-2 Jays 2-6-1 WP J Francis 1-3 LP C Billingsley 4-4 Game is not really close as Mokena takes a 4-0 lead into the 9th when Jays rally for 2 runs. Mokena is powered by a Belt 3 run homer. Francis goes 8 for the win. Game 4 ( 11 innings) Jays 2-8-2 Mokena 1-3-1 WP T Wilhelmsen 2-0 LP K Uehara 1-2 The game is scoreless through 10 innings but in the 11th Mokena score on a pinch hit single by Dobbs. Jays gain win on singles by Jaso and Hill. Game 5 Jays 2-4-2 Mokena 1-5-1 WP B Arroyo 2-2 LP W Chen 3-4 Mokena score run on a Jay’s error. Arroyo goes 8 store innings for the win. Jays score their runs on singles by Zobrist and Mayberry.
Louisiana vs Long Island May 12 - Louisiana took the opener by the score of 10-7. The Cajuns jumped all over Ducks starter and loser Joe Blanton (3-4) for 8 runs on 11 hits in just 3 innings. Cajuns starter Matt Harrison (6-1) went 7 innings for the win and Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless 9th for his 4th save. The wind was blowing out today as there were 8 homers hit. Josh Hamilton (20), Adrian Beltre (10) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8) homered for Louisiana. Chris Carter (8) hit a pair of homers for Long Island and Justin Ruggiano (6), Cody Ross (4) and Mark Ellis (2) also homered for the Ducks. May 13 - Louisiana outhit Long Island 10-6 but the Ducks made all their hits count as they won 5-4. Ian Kennedy (5-2) went 7 innings for the win and Luis Ayala picked up a 4 out save, his 7th. Chris Carter (9) homered again for the Ducks while Adrian Beltre (11) and Alfonso Soriano (4) went deep for Louisiana. James McDonald (3-3) started and took the loss for the Cajuns. May 14 - James Hellickson (5-1) went all the way on a 5 hitter for Long Island in a 6-2 Ducks win. Ike Davis and Sam Fuld each had a pair of hits to lead the Ducks offense. May 15 - Louisiana scored 3 tines in the first 2 innings against Ducks starter Johnny Cueto (5-1) but the Ducks were able to comeback with 4 runs off off Louisiana starter Roy Halladay (4-3) in his 6 innings of work as Long Island went on to a 6-3 win. Shin-soo Choo was the hitting star for Long Isand with a single and a homer (4) and 4 RBI's. Mike Napoli (6) also homered for the Ducks. Luis Ayala hurled a scoreless 9th for his 9th save. May 16 - Long Island made it 4 in a row as Jonathan Niese (2-3) went all the way scattering 8 hits in a 6-0 shutout win. Shin-soo Choo had 3 more hits and Ike Davis singled and homered (9) and drove in 4 runs to lead the Long Island offense. Long Island is all set for their trip to East Coast. Louisiana is home next week as they host Gettysburg.
Columbus vs Turtle Beach the bums from turtle beach came to town to mix it up with the redbirds this week. the bums are the current first place team in the central division while columbus continues to suck hind tit in the eastern division. so ...for the redbirds, at least,a little respect was at stake. the first game was close for a while but ultimately won by the bums by a score of 6-3. the second game provided a little salve for the birds as they managed to best the likes of justin verlander by a score of 5-2. the third game was the closest of all the games played as the bums took a 4-3 lead into the 6th inning and managed to make it stick the remainder of the game. the fourth game saw a resurgence of the birds as they handily won with a barrage of offense and scored 10 runs to the bums 5. with the series knotted up at 2 games won a piece, the birds were jacked at the prospect of taking the series. unfortunately, getting pumped up was about as far as it got as turtle beach administered an old fashion butt whuppin. they scored 5 runs in the first inning and just like that it was over as they scored an additional 8 runs and won the game walking away 13-1. turtle beach takes the series 3games to 2.
Week of May 10
Jonesboro vs Glab The Glab Owls visited Jonesboro and took 3 of 5 Game 1-Crackers win 6-5 as Dickey(1-6) picks up his first win, O’Flaherty(7) Gets the save. Stammen(1-1) takes the loss. Cespedes2(3) homers twice, Espinoz(1) once for the Owls. Rios(3), Chavez(2) for the Crackers. Game 2- Crackers win 7-2. Colon(2-3) is the winner, Masterson(0-5) is the loser. Scutoro(1) and Hardy (3) homer for the Crackers Game 3-Back to earth, Crackers lose 8-6. Kimbrel(2-0) gets the win after blowing a save in the 9th. Lowe(0-2) is the loser. Rios(4) homers for the Crackers Game 4-Owls win 10-2. Estrada(3-1) is the winner, McAllister(3-3) is the winner.Espinoza(2) homers for the Owls. Johnson(1) for the Crackers Game 5-Crackers lose 5-1 in 10. Stammen(2-1) is the winner, Lowe(0-3) the loser
East Coast vs Arundel Game 1 - Arundel wins 8-2 as David Price improves to 7-0. Pujols had 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. Game 2 - Madison Bumgarner pitches a complete game shut out as the Cats win 7-0. Delmon Young had 2 RBIs. Game 3 - East coast wins 5-3 as Burnett improves to 4-2. Patton gets the save. De Aza had 2 RBIs. Game 4 - East Coast wins 8-7 in 10 innings. De Aza and Cabrera had 2 RBIs each. Game 5 - East Coast wins 10-9. Span leads the offense with 3 RBIs.
Tidewater vs Tampa Tampa drops 3 of 5 to Tidewater Game 1: 8-4 TIDE Tampa bullpen implodes in 9th , giving up 7 runs Game 2:13-2 TIDE Sabathia dominates with the 2 hut shutout Game 3: 1-0 TIDE Zito also tosses the CG shutout Game 4:12-3 TAM Tampa comes back with 14 hits, Collmeter the win Game 5: 2-1 TAM Richard picks up the CG win
Turtle Beach vs Coney Island Game 1 Lohse improves to 5-1 as the Cyclones win 6-4. Game 2 Pestano gets the win in relief as the Cyclones win 4-3. Game 3 Gallardo 1 hitter as Bums win 3-0. Game 4 Kuroda gets the win and is now 5-1 for the Cyclones. Game 5 Pence 5 rbi's give the Cyclones the 12-11 win.
Gulf Breeze vs Long Island The Dux waddled down I-95 for a pivotal 5 game set with Johnny Reb. It was ugly early, but after a 2 day siesta, all was corrected in the world. The series started as a ll series with the Ducks do. I said it was Duck Season, Meade said Rabbit season, and on and on it went (if you're not a Bugs Bunny fan- you won't know what I'm talking about). At the end it was Rebel season as Greinke obviously went to the wrong ballpark and after his 6 week delay getting here from the Long Island Expressway traffic (is it true they tailgate on Fridays on that road?) he was annihilated allowing 11 runs in the first 2 frames. It was never a contest as Long Island won 13-1 watching Joyce (4) and Donaldson (2) smacking long balls (Donaldson was a grand slam) and having a nice outing by Hellickson (4-1, 4.25). Andrus and Parmelee chipped in 3 hits apiece. Choo was HBP and will miss the rest of the series. Final LI 13-18-1 GB 1-8-1. Boesch was 4 for 4 for the home team, and Greinke is now 2-3, 5.71. Breeze got out quickly in game #2 as they plated 3 in the 2nd thanks to an Adam Kennedy 2R single, but Ducks rebounded with a 7 spot in the third off Morrow with Lowrie's huge boot on a sure DP grounder opening he flood gates. I.Davis' 2R single was the big hit in the frame. Breeze's 3rd miscue of the day in the 8th accounted for the 9th Lon gIsland run, and a pair of GB tallies in the home 8th wound up being meaningless. Breeze outhit their counterparts 9-7, but it was the Ducks on the long end of the final 9-5 count. I.Kennedy is now 4-2, 3.58 while Morros dropped to 2-2, 3.20. Napoli had a solo bomb for LI. So I did what all good managers do after 2 embarrassing losses, I walked away. Two days later I returned muttering "Duck Season, Duck Season, etc"- and so it would be. Felix Hernandez did what he can do- totally dominate and he did so in game #3, a 6-0 turnaround win for the good guys. King Felix allowed just a Napoli single and 5 BB while whiffing 13 Ducks in the CG affair. He's now 3-1, 2.49. Blanton started for the visitors and was shellacked to the tune of 4 runs and 7 hits over 2.2 innings, LaRoche finally getting involved with a 2R poke in the 3rd (3) and Household names Kottaras and Boesch both notching 3 hits. Breeze outhit Lon gIsland 10-1. With 2 outs in the ninth, Napoli was HBP (take that!) and will miss the next 6. Obviously Hernandez getting him back for this earlier single. There was much rejoicing in game #4, as The Rebs got off the deck in the home 8th with a 4 spot and won one that they shouldn't have, 5-4. It was all Cueto through 7 and Ellis & Andrus rbi singles in the 6th made itr 4-1 bad guys. But Cueto got in a little bind (hmmm, I can't resists- I'm playing the Ducks, right? Could it be Cueto got in a blind? Get it- duck blind? Yeah- let's move on...) 2 on and one out, LaRoche stroked a 2 run triple. Fun watching him motor around the bases. Enter Ayala and first pitch to Bautista was launched- his 4th of the season and a 5-4 lead. Nathan can on and actually closed it out for his 4th save, but it wasn't easy or pretty. Lead off man Andrus got on board on Arencibia's 2nd boot of the day, then Joyce tried to sac, bunting 3 straight foul. Ruggiano flew out and S.Moore popped up. Interesting that Buck IV never had Andrus running, especially after the botched sac. But- we'll take it and the final 5-8-2 to LI 4-8-0 will be remembered around here as long as it's Duck Season. Finale might be enough to send Meade to the loony bin. Once again, the Ducks played the perfect visitors and handed the Rebs a 4-3 win. It started Niese and Paulino (his 1st start) and after 7 it was 2-1 Ducks thanks to a Ruggiano solo and five (count 'em 5) SB. Joyce's rbi two bagger made it 3-1 as we headed in to the home 9th. Enter Horst and Bautista started things with a BB. Nava singled and after a Arencibia K, Dunn walked. So loaded now with one out, Lowrie singled to CF scoring one, then Joyce's boot plated the tying run. Beckham than scored PR Saunders with a SF and yippee! Breeze won the game and the series. Game featured nine total SB as Donaldson and Arencibia were pitiful. Hold your manager of the year votes- I tried to PH Boesch for Gentry in the 8th and PR him for Bonifacio (a 20) instead- what a moron. Me I mean, not Boesch. So no one in the Long Island front office can be happy as they should have captured 4 of the 5. They'll head home with their injuries and hopefully mad to face the Cajuns. The Rebels fire up the DC-3 and head off to Arundel. You bet it was Duck Season.
Stamford vs San Diego Game 1 San Diego 4-10-0 Jays 3-8-1 WP J Guthrie 2-1 LP L Avilan A Ethier single in the bottom of the 10th gives San Diego the win. Vicaedo powers Sand Diego with 2 homers and Rosario also goes deep Game 2 Rained Out Game 3 San Diego 7-16-0 Jays 2-6-1 WP S Strasburg 1-2 LP C Billingsley 4-3 Strasburg does the distance on a 6 hitter. All starters in San Diego lineup gets hits with Altuve, Crisp and Keppinger adding 3 hits each. Game 4 Jays 9-15-0 San Diego 1-12-0 WP A Sanchez 3-1 LP Y Darvish 2-4 Jay’s bats come alive led by catcher Jaso who has 3 hits including a homer and 6 RBI’s and 4 hits by Hill. Despite yielding 10 hits Sanchez gets win. Game 5 San Diego 7-8-1 Jays 4-12-2 WP J Hammel 4-1 LP B Arroyo 1-2 Jays outhit San Diego but homers from Altuve, Moreland and Rosario and the effective pitching of Hammel gives home team win.
Chappaqua vs Mokena Game 1: ======= Chappaqua 7-13-0 Mokena 3-10-0 Gonzalez vs Noesi Gonzalez moves to 4-0 on the season. Lucroy hits a homer and knocks in 3 for the Roozys but Posey (3 hits) and ARod go yard for Chappaqaua. Game 2: ======= Chappaqua 7-16-3 Mokena 6-9-0 Shields vs Cain Roozys were looking good leading 4-1 into the 7th but Cain loses it and gets ambushed with 9 singles and 2 doubles by Murphy (4 for 5) Game 3: ======= Chappaqua 12-22-1 Mokena 1-7-3 Tillman vs Francis Jeff Francis was aweful (4 innings, 14 hits and 8 ER). Posey hits 2 homers and 5 Comets collect 3 hits each. Tillman (2-1) looked good over 6 innings (8 Ks and 1 ER) Game 4: ======= Chappaqua 5-8-2 (10 innings) Mokena 6-16-1 Detwiler vs Marcum Rodney coughs up 3 ER in the 9th to allow Chappaqua to tie the game.Ottavino then gives up a run in the 10th to allow Chappaqua a comback win. Lucroy gets 4 hits to help Mokena win while the Comets scraped enough timely hits to force extras. Game 5: ======= Chappaqua 6-9-2 Mokena 2-4-0 Leake vs Chen Mike Leake (2-2) goes all 9 for the win. Cabrera gets 3 hits and knocks in 3 for the Comets. Chappaqua takes 4 of 5
Columbus vs Pike City Loads of offense abounded as the pioneers visited the red birds this week. that should come as no major surprise since neither team is particularly stong in the pitching department. a total of 47 runs were scored in this series with 3 games being decided by 1 run. the redbirds handily won 2 games by a comfortable margin and managed to squeeze 2 wins out of the 3 that were decided by 1 run. in total ,the redbirds took the series 4 games to 1.
Louisiana vs Westchester Game #1 Cajuns big bats unwind late with seven runs in final three innings to take the opener by an 11-4 score. Harrison gets his 5th win in shaky performance and CJ Wilson takes the loss. Game #2 Fister and McDonald put up gooseeggs for 9 innngs, but following a lead off single by Morse in 10th -- Joey Votto goes deep off Scott Downs and Wombats te up series. Fister moves to 5-0. Game #3 The Cajuns take advantage of Westbrook's shaky start and then survive back to back Wombat HRs and Louisiana pen comes through in the end. Norris wins and Romo gets the save. Game #4 Halladay continues some gutsy pitching, only allowing a 2nd inning HR and relying on the pen to take the 4-1 win, and the Cajuns 3rd win of series. Josh Hamilton's 19th HR the big hit for the Cajuns. Game #5 David Wrights game tying 2 run HR in top of 3rd is only excitement for Wombats as Louisiana scores single runs in six of 8 turns at bat for 6-2 win, and important 4th win of series.
Greensboro vs Green Bay May 6 - The Gamblers open with Drew Hutchison against Chris Capuano. Capuano goes down with an injury in the 6th, but Wade Davis picks him up and protects the Hopper 5-2 win. Pedro Alvarez hits his 8th. M ay 7 - It's Derek Lowe versus Jon Lester in the second contest. The Hoppers takes this one, 10-4, as they plate 7 in the final 3 innings. Reyes, Heyward, and Perez go yard for the home team. May 8 - Green Bay's ace, Mat Latos starts game 3 against the struggling but wily Mark Buehrle. This one's a close one but the Hopper pen holds on for the 4- 3 win. Duncan and Mathis go long for the Gamblers, and Stanton and Trout return the favor. May 9 - It's Ricky Nolasco against Young Max Scherzer in this one. Greensboro takes this one 8-2 despite a 1st inning homer from Johnny Gomes. Trout and Reyes combine for 6 hits and 2 steals. May 10 - The finale sees Homer Bailey try to salvage something for the Gamblers. He's opposed by Clay Buchholz and Buchholz continues his early season problems as Green Bay takes the finale, 4-2. Buchholz's ERA now stands at a lofty 7.22. Greensboro takes 4 of the 5. The Hoppers now hit the road, heading out to Pike City while Green Bay returns home to host San Diego.
Week of May 4
Greensboro vs Coney Island Interesting blood between these two teams - trades made and trades not made - past backgrounds in the game we all love - and well, maybe some issues on favorite teams, but it's always fun when a Berger team plays a Schindel team. Greensboro (15-10 – T1st NLE) at Coney Island (20-6, 1st NLW) G1 – Capuano (4-0) vs. Milone (2-0) Rbi single (AGon) and double (Kubel) get CIC off to 2-0 start in the 1st. After another AGon rbi single in the 3rd for a 3-0 lead, Milone walks off the mound in the top of the 5th (had a no-hitter at the time). Gone for at least 10 days – probably a DL stint. AGon goes 3 for 3 with an rbi double inthe 5th, 4-0. Greensboro finally gets their 1st hit of the game on a Reyes double in the 7th which is followed by rbi double by Heyward, 4-1. Mijares comes in to fan Fielder, but then gives up rbi double to Stanton as Grasshoppers cut the Coney Island lead to 4-1 after 6 and a ½ innings. After a Reyes lead-off single in the 9th, Pestano comes in in relief. He picks off Reyes and fans Heyward and Fielder to end the game and earn the save (2). 1 ip, 2 BF, 2 Ks – pretty efficient. WP, LeCure (2-0) in relief, LP Capuano suffers his first loss (4-1). G2 – Lester (0-0) vs. Lohse (3-1) Lester making his return to Coney Island after the off-season trade sent him to the Grasshoppers – the persistence in Greensboro was more than the Islanders could take – and the Greensboro fans are happy as clams. Grasshoppers get the scoring started in 4th after Ruiz commits a PB on 3rd strike to Stanton (would have ended the inning). Phillips follows with rbi single for 1-0 lead. Islanders tie it 5th on back to back doubles by Kubel and Uggla to start the inning. Game goes to the 9th tied at 1-1, Grasshoppers 4 hits off Lohse, Cyclones 6 off Lester. Nothing across in the top half, and Marshall is in to pitch for Greensboro in the bottom half. With 2 down, Uggla pops one fouls behind homeplate, but then drills the next pitch way out of the park for a walk-off HR (6) and 2-1 win. Lohse the win (4-1) CG, 4 hitter, Marshall (0-1) the loss. G3 – Buehrle (1-3) vs. Hughes (0-2) Back to back rbi singles by AGon and Kubel plate 2 in the 1st for early Cyclone lead. Alvarez ties it in the 4th on 2 run double. Bases loaded SF by Stanton in the 5th puts the Grasshoppers up 3-2. Stanton drives in 1 in the 7th on a groundout, 4-2 Greensboro. After a Pence lead-off single in the 8th, Ziegler comes in to relieve Buehrle. He then walks Rollins and Cuddyer to load the bases for AGon. Groundout FC at 3rd, but 1 run scores, still runners at 1st and 2nd, 1 out. Kubel walks to reload the bases for Uggla. He grounds one through the drawn in infield scoring 1 to tie the game. PH Falu comes up, and Lyon is brought in from the pen, infield still drawn in. He whacks one deep to LF, Stanton gallops and runs it down, and AGon tags, Kubel tags, Uggla tags, the throw goes to the plate – SAFE, Cyclones up 5-4 and the runners move up, Laird is then given the IW and PH Pena comes in. He drives a single to LF scoring 2 more for 7-4 lead going into the 9th. Pestano gets Trout, Heyward, and Fielder to end the game. WP Boggs (4-0), S Pestano (3), LP Ziegler (0-1) (also BS 1). G4 – Sherzer (1-3) vs. Volquez (3-1) Perez HR (4) in 3rd gives Greensboro a 1-0 lead. Back to back singles and Sandoval SF ties the game in the bottom half. 2 out 3 run triple by Reyes in 5th regains the lead for the Grasshoppers, 4-1. Heyward follows with rbi double then the fun starts. Phillips adds another 3 run triple (in the same inning) for a total of 7 runs and an 8-1 lead at the half-way point (home team is praying for rain!). Grasshoppers own this game as they ride that 7 run inning to a 9-1 victory. Heyward 3 for 5 and those 2 3 run triples in the 4th (Reyes and Phillips) let Scherzer (2-3) cruise. Volquez (3-2) takes the loss. G5 – Buchholz (3-1) vs Kuroda (3-1) Bases loaded single by Kuroda in 2nd helps his cause to 2 runs for 2-0 Cyclone lead. Bases loaded FC nets another run in the 2nd for Coney Island. Then Kung Fu Panda launches one over the RF wall that got the crowd way off their feet for a three run dinger (2) and a 6-0 lead. Kuroda is having a heck of a game. In the 4th he reaches on a 2b error (on a sac attempt) this leads to further scoring as Pierre, Pence, and Sandoval get rbi singles to make it 0-9 after 4. Alvarez breaks up the shutout in the 8th with a solo HR (7), only the 3rd hit off Kuroda, that makes it 10-1. Kuroda goes the distance for the win (4-1) giving up 3 hits and fanning 9 – no walks. Juan Pierre hit for the Pierre cycle in this game, 4 for 4, 3 singles and a triple, Sandoval gets 4 rbis. Buchholz the loss (3-2). Coney Island ends up taking 4 of 5 from Greensboro. In three of those games the Grasshopper bats really didn't show up getting 5, 4, and 3 hits. Hard to be productive on those kinds of numbers - Coney Island knows it won't always be this way.
Tidewater vs Stamford STA 10 - 2 W-A.Griffin (4-0) B.Zobrist 4-5, 3 runs, 7 RBI, 2 HR. K.Suzuki 3-3 and a homer. STA 3 - 2 W-C.Billingsly (4-2) A.Hill 2-5 RBI. STA 6 - 4 W-L.Avilan (2-2) N.McClouth's 11th inning 2-run homer wins it. TID 6 - 2 W-I.Nova (1-3) gets 1st win of season. F.Freeman 2-4, 3 RBI, HR. STA 9 - 8 W- G.Kontos (3-0) A.Hill 4-5, 2 RBI, HR. J.Mayberry 3-5, 3 RBI, HR. But the game was a loss for both teams as STA lost Youkilis for 12 days and TID lost Wells for 18 days and Amarista for 15 days.
Turtle Beach vs Columbus Game 1 Santana, Grandy, A. Cabrera homer for the Bums as they double up Columbus 8-4. Game 2 J. V. the 3 hit shutout as the Bums win 3-0. Game 3 Yovani Gallardo a 2 hit one run game through 7 as the Bums win 2-1. Longo homers for the Bums. Game 4 Six Turtle Beach pitchers combine to hold off Columbus as the Bums win 4-2. Game 5 Austin Jackson doubles and homers as the Bums win 3-2 with the walk off in the 9th.
Arundel vs Freeport Wildcats come into Freeport and win 4 of five. Only highlight for the Bandits was a no hitter by Jake Peavy in game 2. A rare Aroldis Chapman meltdown in game 5 cost Matt Harvey a win in his first career WIBL start.. For Arundel, David Price tossed a three hitter in game one. Pujols went 4-5 with 3 RBI in game 3, and Brandon Moss hit two bombs in game 5.
East Coast vs Louisiana East Coast wins the series against Louisiana 3 games to 2. Game 1: East Coast 2 Louisiana 1 East Coast scores 2 in the bottom of the 8th to win the game 2-1. Both pitchers hurl complete games but T. Hanson gets the best of M. Harrison in this contest. East Coast’s 2 unearned runs beets Louisiana’s 1 unearned run. Game 2: Louisiana 6 East Coast 4 Louisiana with gets 4 runs in the 7th, three of which came off the big HR bat of Josh Hamilton, and goes on to win 6-4. Game 3: East Coast 5 Louisiana 4 Josh Hamilton hits his 2nd three run HR in as many games against Darren Oliver. The difference in this game is that it did not cost East Coast the game. Game 4: Louisiana 10 East Coast 1 Josh Hamilton with another huge day going 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs helps Louisiana to the 10-1 win. Game 5: East Coast 7 Louisiana 3 East Coast scores 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th and wins 7-3. Miguel Cabrera hits three doubles and Mike Moustakas drives in 3 runs while hitting a HR.
Gulf Breeze vs Jonesboro Another Southern franchise (we need as many as we can get), Jonesboro, ventured up U.S. 17 to take on the Rebels in a 5-pack. It was a very strange series, but the good guys prevailed 3 games to 2, and evened their record at 15-15. Gm 1: Jon 1-5-1 GB 2-8-0 It was an intriguing match up in the opener as Dickey and Greinke matched up. Thole's rbi 1b in the third was offset by 11th round rookie sensation Florimon's 2 bagger in the 5th- the first hit of a likely 3000 hit career. Game was still tied in the 6th when Miller III decided to run (Suzuki) on Logan Schafer (32 arm in RF) and they paid the price- speed kills. Wonder where I've heard that before. On to the 9th and with one out, Boesch clubbed his 3rd HR of the campaign and it was a walk off "shaving cream pie in your face" win. Both pitchers notched complete games, Greinke evened his record at 2-2. let's see, Dickey- the NL ("real life") Cy Young is now 0-6, 3.43. How is that even possible? LaRoche finished 3 for 4 with a couple of doubles. Ichiro stole his 6th bag. Gm 2: Jon 2-8-0 GB 1-3-1 It was the Crackers turn to win a 2-1 ball game as once again it came down to the final batter, but in this case, O'Flaherty was able to get 'er done for his 6th save in relief of Dope head Colon (now 1-3). Rivera's 2 out rbi double in the 4th was offset by Beckham's solo (2) in the 5th. Crackers got into the Breeze pen early, but could do nothing until the 8th when Ichiro punched an rbi single to plate what would be the winning run. Colon was splendid in a 7.2 IP effort with just 3 hits and 7 punch outs. Scutaro was 2 for 3 and now checks in at .305. Jonesboro swiped 4 bases on the day. Gm 3: Jon 2-7-0 GB 3-10-1 Another one run affair as the concession stands are once again fully stocked with Maalox. Izturis' 2 out rbi single in the 7th made it 3-2 Breeze, but Myers and Nathan (3rd save) were able to close it out in relief of King Felix (2-1, 3.02). Blackley took the loss for the crumbling Crackers (they aren't really crumbling, I've just waited like 5 years to use the line- Mike's guys never crumble here....). There has been a Hanley Ramirez sighting as he went 2 for 4 with a SB. Beckham had another multi hit game to raise his average to .205. Ichiro just keeps on chugging with 2 more base knocks for the bad guys. For the 2nd time in a row, Buck III PH for Rivera (.289)- this time with Reed Johnson (.,200). Hey- he gets my vote for manager of the year! Gm 4: Gm 4: Jon 19-23-0 GB 0-5-0 I swear, I used the same dice for both teams. Hey wait a minute- that's a game from another era. Obviously distraught that I would say they're crumbling, the Crackers got off the deck and handed us the worst loss we've ever experienced in the league. The third inning was the bad one as Jonesboro plated 12 runs. Yep- 12. I was getting excited as they approached 8, and I figured I could dust off all my "snowman" jokes. But alas, I'll just have to use my "snowman and a half" jokes- yeah, the cupboard is empty on those jokes. Mark Rogers posted a -23 SC and lost for the first time- heck, this should have cost him 3 losses. McAllister (3-2) and 3 relievers cruised in the shutout. Twenty-three (looks like he had more than if I said "23") hit attack paced by, well, everyone. Reed Johnson was 4 for 6 with 4 runs, Scutaro 4 for 6 and Gaby Sanchez (come on- Gaby Sanchez???) 4 for 5 with 3 runs and 3 rbi. Ludwick had 5 rbi and left the building twice (4). This one is getting buried out back. Gm 5: Jon 1-6-0 GB 5-13-1 Switching computer chips helped in this one as Breeze rebounded behind fine Maholm (3-0, 2.61) effort and got a pair of rbi from household name Jose Lobaton. Nava was 3 for 4, but Dunn was 0 for 4 with 4 more Ks and is now at .156. Thole was 3 for 4 for the losers who got another rbi from Rivera, yet watched him get PH for for the 4th time in 5 games in the 8th. Feldman gets the L (3-2). So no more Cracker jokes for another year which is just too bad (for you guys mostly) The Breeze continues the homestand next week when the Lon gIsland Ducks come to call, while Jonesboro gets back home to face Glab.
Week of April 28
Louisiana vs Long Island Game #1 Adrian Beltre's 2 HR keeps the Cajuns on top, and Matt Harrison wins 4th of year in exciting game. Blanton supported by Napoli and Donaldson HRs in great see-saw game. Game #2 Alex Gordon breaks up Kennedy no hitter with HR in 6th in 1st score of day. Ruggiano HR in 8th ties game off James McDonald. Yonder Alonso singles in Hamilton in bottom of 9th to make Kennedy the complete game loser, final 2-1. Game #3 Ducks put up 3 in 1st for early lead for Cueto. Beltre HR and runs scoring single by Alonzo in 2rd brings Cajuns back to 3-2. Teams trade runs in 5th but Ducks still in lead. Cajuns chase Cueto but Ayala allows tying run to score in 8th at 4-4. Gordon then puts Louisina up with 2 run single followed by Beltran run scoring double. Hanraham closes Ducks out in 9th and Cajuns win 3rd in row. Game #4 Choo 2 run HR in 1st puts Ducks on board first. Niese and Halladay trade '0's until rain cuts game just short of official after 4-1/2 innings. Tough luck for Ducks. Game #5 Descalso two run triple in 2nd again puts Ducks on top first. This time in 5th Tyler Greene and Hamilton go deep with two run HR off Hellickson to go up by 4-2 score. A Napoli HR chases Worley in 6th but super sub Greene gets it back with rbi single in bottom of inning. A Kinsler two run double puts Cajuns up by 7-3 score. Romo allows 3 run HR to Ruggiano in 4 run inning for 7-7 tie and then two more in 10th for 9-7 lead. Horst finishes it out for devastating Cajun loss. It could have been a sweep but ends up with tough loss for Cajuns, and great win for Ducks.
Tampa vs Tidewater Tampa takes series 3-2 TID 6 - 0 C.Lee throws CG 4 hitter. C.Young, R.Zimmerman, and C.Quentin go deep. TAM 3 - 1 W.Miley CG 5 hitter. C.Utley gets his first homer. TAM 13 - 3 C.Hart hits for the cycle and has 5 RBI. AJ Pierzynski has 4 RBI. TID 4 - 3 P.Strop faces 2 batters in the 9th,...hits one and walks one for the walkoff win for TID. TAM 10-4 19 hits for TAM. C.Hart 3-5, a homer and 4 RBI. AJ Pierzynski 5-5, a homer and 3 RBI.
Chappaqua vs Coney Island CONEY ISLAND CYCLONES TAKE FOUR OF FIVE FROM CHAPPAQUA IN CHAPPAQUA Game 1 CIC 6 CHA 3 13 innings Ryan Cook blows his first save of the year as the Cyclones tie it in the 8th. The game goes to the 13th where the Cyclones win it on a 3 run HR by Michael Cuddyer (4) off reliever J Tazawa (0-2). Gerard Laird, Pablo Sandoval and Jimmy Rollins each had 3 hits for the Cyclones Game 2 CIC 2 CHA 0 Kyle Lohse (3-1) pitches a one hit complete game shutout, striking out 6 and walking one. Daniel Murphy’ single was the only hit for the Comets. Comets starter James Shields (2-3) pitched a c omplete game of his own but lose the pitcher’s duel. Game 3 CHA 4 CIC 2 Chris Tillman (1-0) goes 7 1/3 to get the win as he strikes out 8 and walks only one. Phil Hughes (0-2) gives up 8 hits and 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings. Buster Posey homers twice (7) off Hughes and drives in 3 runs to lead the Comets to victory Game 4 CIC 7 CHA 6 12 innings Another thriller won by the Cyclones in extra innings. The Cyclones jump out to a 5-0 lead against starter Ross Detwiler who is routed after 3 innings. Chappaqua comes back with one in the 4th and five in the 5th, taking the lead on another HR by Buster Posey (8) (2-5, 3 RBIs). This time its Steve Cishek who blows the save as the Cyclones tie it in the 8th on a solo blast by Pablo Sandoval. Cook (0-2) takes the loss in extra innings, after Tazawa pitched 3 hitless frames. Vinnie Pestano (1) saved it in relief for Greg Holland (2-0). Hunter Pence (4), Cuddyer (5) and Sandoval (6) homer for the Cyclones. Game 5 CIC 1 CHA 0 The Cyclones win the third extra inning game of the series. It was a terrific pitcher’s duel between Hiroki Kuroda (3-1) and Brad Lincoln. Kuroda pitched 9 innings allowing only 5 hits and no runs. The Cyclones took the 1-0 lead in the 10th on a Kevin Frandsen pinch hit triple off loser Ryan Mattheus (1-1). Lincoln started and went 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 9.
Stamford vs San Diego Stamford takes 3 of 5 from San Diego Game 1 Stamford 5-10-2 San Diego 2-4-0 WP A Griffin 3-0 LP T Cloyd 1-1 Jays starter Griffin yields 4 hits over 7 innings for the win. Youklis homers and has 3 RBI’s for the Jays. San Diego loses its starter A Harang in the second for 15 days. Game 2 Stamford 9-8-0 San Diego 4-10-2 WP C Billingsley 3-2 LP C Luebke 1-2 San Diego takes early lead with 3 in the first but Jays storm back with a 5 spot in the 6th highlighted by a 2 run homer by starter Billingsley. He goes 7 innings for the win. Smith has pinch hit homer for San Diego and Rosario also goes deep. Game 3 Stamford 5-10-0 San Diego 0-4-1 WP F Morales 2-1 LP S Strasburg 0-2 Jays gets early lead scoring 3 in the first as starter Morales gives up 4 hits over 8 innings with 5 K’s for the win. Hill adds 2 RBI’s for the Jays. Game 4 San Diego 5-8-0 Stamford 2-7-1 WP J Hammel 2-1 LP R Brothers 0-1 Hammel yields 6 hits over 7 innings for the win. Moreland and Ethier have 2 RBI’s each for San Diego. They lose Grandal for 17 days with an injury. Game 5 San Diego 8-14-2 Stamford 6-10-2 WP T CIngari 1-0 LP L Avilan 1-2 San Diego has come from behind win scoring runs in the 6th through 9 innings. Fowler, Rosario ( 3 hits) and Ramirez homers for San Diego. Ethier adds 3 hits.
Mokena vs Turtle Beach G1 Weaver gets the win as the Bums win 8-1. G2 Cain gets the W as Mokens wins 15-0. Mather 4 rbi's. G3 Two outs nobody on in the 9th and and Breslow gives up a single and a HR and Mokena wins 3-2. G4 Ten LOB spells doom for the Bums as they lose 1-0. Belt the game winning rbi. G5 Weaver goes to 4-0 as the Bums win 5-0.
Pike City vs Greensboro April 24 - Ty Chatwood opens against Chris Capuano as Mike Trout returns to the Hopper starting 9 following his recent injury. Greensboro takes the opener, 6-4, thanks to Jason Heyward's 3rd homer and some good base-running by Trout. April 25 - Two southpaws, Brian Matusz and Mark Buehrle, match up in game 2. T he Pioneers reverse the outcome of game one, winning this one 9-6, as they capitalize on some really dumb Hopper base-running (and management!). April 26 - Max Scherzer (1-2) wins his first game this season as he tosses a brilliant 2-hit 12-K complete game 40zip win. April 27 - This one's a very close 3-2 win for the home team as Casey Janssen gets the 1-out save for Derek Holland (3-1) as Heyward hits his 4th. April 28 - In the finale, Alex Cobb faces Clay Buchholz, and the Hoppers hang on for another close win, this one 5-4. Buchholz wins his third although it isn't pretty as he gives up 4 runs in 7 innings. Jason Castro hits his first homer of the season. Greensboro takes 4 of the 5 and now heads out on the road to Coney Island as Pike City returns home to host Tampa.
Week of April 23
San Diego vs Greensboro Game One The Grasshoppers score a bunch early and follow Capuano to a good win. Only Ethier's solo homerun marred his performance as he and Doolittle combined to pitch to only 3 above the minimum. 6-1 Greensboro Game Two Leading 3-1 into the eighth, Alvarez hits a two run triple and Phillips singles in the leading run. San Diego comes back with two in the bottom of the eighth aided by an error from Phillips to retake the lead and the game. 5-4 San Diego Game Three Bottom of the ninth, Greensboro leading 5-4. Keppinger hits a solo shot to tie it and Crisp hits a two out solo shot to win it. 6-5 San Diego Game Four Greensboro takes it as San Diego's bullpen (if you can call it that) gives it up again. 5-2 Greensboro Game Five The bullpen gives it up yet again. Greensboro takes it easily.
Tampa vs Tidewater Pike City comes in to Tampa and take 4 of 5 G1: 7-6 PK Bruce homers and drives in 4 runs, going 3/4 G2: 3-2 TM Tampa wins 15 inning marathon game G3: 1-0 PK Romero throws the CG shutout G4:12-6 PK Adam Jones goes 3 for 4 G5: 1-0 PK Another shutout ,this one is combined with the bullpen
Chappaqua vs Green Bay COMETS TAKE THREE OF FIVE FROM GREEN BAY Game 1 CHA 9 GBG 1 Gio Gonzalez (3-0) pitched 6 innings of 1 hit ball, striking out 7 as the Comets romped. Chappaqua scored all NINE runs in the 6th inning – off starter and loser Brandon McCarthy (1-2) and reliever Matt Belisle. Gonzalez now has a 1.00 ERA this season Game 2 GBG 4 CHA 3 The Gamblers score 4 in the first off James Shields (2-2) and it’s enough to hold on for the win. Johnny Gomes (1) and Chris Johnson (4) homered for Green Bay. Ricky Nolasco (2-2) went 7 innings to get the win with lefty Robbie Ross picking up his 6th save. Game 3 CHA 7 GBG 4 Trailing 4-1 in the 5th, the Comets rally with 1 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th to win it. Eric Young’s pinch hit 3 run HR (1) in the 6th turned defeat into victory. Jaimie Garcia (1-1) goes 6 innings to get the win, with Ryan Cook getting his 4th save. Jeff Francouer was the hitting star for CHA as he went 3-4 with a HR (1) and is now batting .367. Homer Bailey (2-2) took the loss Game 4 CHA 3 GBG 2 (11 innings) The Comets win it in the 11th as Dee Gordon singles to break the 2-2 tie. Gordon, in a rare start, goes 3-5 and is now batting .400. Cody Eppler (1-0) gets the win in relief with 2 perfect innings, as Comets relievers pitch 4 innings allowing only 1 hit. Belisle (0-1) takes the loss. Nelson Cruz had his 6th dinger of the year for the Gamblers. Game 5 GBG 6 CHA 5 Trailing 6-1, the Comets rally but fall short. Desmond Jennings (2) and Melky Cabrera (2) homer for Chappaqua. Mike Leake (1-1) is roughed up (5 IP, 9 H, 6 R) and takes the loss. Derek Norris hits his first HR of the year for the Gamblers. Matt Latos (4-1) goes 8 innings to get the win. Ross gets his 7th save. The Comets bullpen continues to excel with 4 perfect innings of relief. Buster Posey was injured in the game and is day to day. Comets are now 11-8, trailing Stamford by ½ game in the NL East, with Greensboro right in there as well. Green Bay drops to 11-10, 1 game behind NL Central leader Turtle Beach. Next up: Chappaqua hosts Bill Schindel’s NL West leading and NL defending Champion Coney Island Cyclones. Green Bay hosts the Columbus Redbirds
Westchester vs Elmjack Elmjack and their home run based offense comes to Westchester. Game 1: Westchester 3, Elmjack 2 Westchester strikes first on little ball courtesy of Wright, Votto and Morse. Two run homer by Morales quickly puts Elmjack up 2-1. Votto gets plunked by Garza and eventually hobbles home on sac fly.. In the sixth Wilson loads them up with three walks, but fans Butler to get out of the jam. Wright doubles and is singled home by Victorino. ATchison comes on for the save. W-Wilson (2-1), S-Atchison (4); L-Garza (0-1). Game 2: Elmjack 11, Westchester 10 Three run homer by Wells in the second give Kershaw all he needs. However, Frazier decides to help out with solo blast in the third which is good for the Kings as Wombats sneak two in the fourth. HOmer by Rasmus caps 4 run 6th and Fister heads to the showers in his worse performance in two years. Cano doubles in two in the 7th to make it a ball game at 8-6. in the 8th Morales homer gives Elmjack a cushion. Frieri comes in for the 8th and gives up a homer to Gomez, Double to Cozart and walk to Martin. Manager Miller is not phased and has read the book on Victorino. Pops him up, strkes out Nelson and walks Wright...and Cano. Morse is up and Frieri is still in. Double to left and Wombats have erased an 8-2 deficit. He then walks Joey Votto to walk in another run....Fister is delighted... he is off the hook for the loss and the papers will dwell on Frieri's horrible performance and not his. The usually reliable Atkinson gives up two runs and the lead in the 9th. Doesn't seem any pitcher can do anything right today...except Burton who gets a 1-2-3 inning for the save. Arrgh! We are not amused and there will be no post-game feed tonight. W-Burton (1-1); L-Atkinson (0-1). Game 3: Wetchester 4, Elmjack 3 Double no hitter is broken up in the third (I know it's early, but makes good drama) when Gomez doubles and Victorino triples him home. Wright then doubles him home. A lot of work for two runs, esp as Headley ties it up with one swing of the bat after a walk. Zimmerman develops a sore arm and Hawkins comes in and serves up a single blast to Gomez and Wombats go back in front 3-2. Burnett has his second bad appearance as Kings tie it up in the 9th. wombats put them on, wombat hits into double play, etc. Finally in the 11th Nelson walks, moves to second on ground out by Martin and scores on Cozart line drive to left. W-Grilli (3-0), L-Russell (0-2) Game 4: Westchester 6, Elmjack 5. Elmjack homers (0f course) put Kings out front early as Davis jumps on Williams in the first. Cano solo shot gets one back. Swisher doubles in Escobar to make it 3-1. In the 4th wombats get one back on Cano's second homer. Morse doubles and Votto reaches on error. STults then plunks Gomez to load them up. Sac fly by Hester ties it up. Izturis doubles to lead off the 4th, but gets caught in rundown at third.In the 7th Escobar singles, steals second and is doubled home by the Swish. In the 8th, Nelson reaches and goes home on error on line drive by Cano. Votto then singles home Cano and Morse to put Wombats up by two. Arredondo stays in for the 9th. Walks Butler, strikes out Frazier, give up triple to Rasmus, and walks Ackley...are we going to blow another one? He rears back and induces Izturis to pop up to Wright....not sure the old ticker can take many more of these! W-Arredondo (1-0); L-Hawkins (0-1). Game 5: Westchester 5, Elmjack 4. Everyone jumps all over Gonzalez in the first and when the smoke has cleared, Kings are up 3-0 on 4 hits and a walk. Ackley and Gomez (who would have thunk it) trade homers to keep Wombats within 3. Kings load them up in the 5th, but Valverde comes in and pitches out of a bases loaded no out jam. two run homer by Nelson gets Wombats to within one in the 7th. In the 8th Victorino is on second and Morse sends one deep, Swisher and Escobar collide, the ball drops, Victorino scores to tie it up and Kings lose two more players. Bottom 9th, Burton comes in to replace Frieri. He pops up Nelson, but throws one right down the wheelhouse for Duda. Wombats prevail with another comeback 5-4. W-Kelley (1-0); L-Burton (1-2) So in a true nail biter series, Wombats take four of five, every game is a one run game, which is not good for the old blood pressure. The moral of the series is that good pitching beats good hitting, but if you have neither one, good luck beats them both! Next Elmjack Kings continue their road trip at Freeport and the Wombats hobble off to Arundel.
Louisiana vs East Coast #1 Josh Hamilton breaks tie in 8th with long HR. Romo earns queezy save as he puts two on with one out, but induces Miggy Cabrera into game ending DP. #2 Hamilton and Beltre go deep back to back in 1st as Cajuns take early 4-0 lead. McDonald goes 8 strong innings and Hanranhan closes it out in 6-1 Cajun win, up 2-0 in series. #3 DeAza starts scoring with 1st inning HR, and Soriano poles on in 2nd for 2-1 Louisiana lead.Gordon's double in 5th makes it 3-1. Aybar plates another in 7th and Norris gives 3 run lead to bullpen and that closes it down, LOU up by 3-0 in series. #4 Gee goes down in 1st and is lost to Rockies for 23 games. Kipnis 2 run HR puts Rockies up in 3rd. Young 3 run jack puts Rockies up by 5-1 score off Halladay. Teixiera HR starts a comeback but pen holds on for 5-2 win, and Rockies 1st win of series. #5 Rockies jump all over Worley in 1st for 4-0 lead and CarGo moves it to 6-0 in 2nd. Hamilton keys comback in 4th to bring it to 6-4 and Beltran ties it in 5th with 2-run HR. Hamilton RBI single puts Cajuns up by 7-6 in 7th Louisiana is stunned as Romo gives up back to back HR to Miggy and CarGo in 9th and Herrera gets a save. Louisiana Takes three of five
Stamford vs Turtle Beach The Stamford Jays quick start is stopped by divisional rivals Turtle Beach Bums as they drop 4 of 5.. Game 1 (12 innings) Bums 5-10-0 Jays 1-6-1 WP D Hernandez 1-1 LP L Avilan 1-1 A pitching duel as Weaver fans 8 over 9 innings and Jays Griffin fans 6 in 8 innings of work. The game is tied at 1 until Langoria breaks open with a grand slam homer in the 12. The Jays have opportunities in 8th and 9th but cannot push across the winning run. Game 2 Bums 13-18-0 Jays 5-9-1 WP C Sale 2-1 LP C Billingsley 2-2 Bums bats explode as they score runs from the 4th through the 9th. Weeks and Snider homer for Bums and Mauer adds 4 RBIs and 3 hits Game 3 ( 10 innings) Jays 5-10-0 Bums 4-7-2 WP T WIlhelmsen 1-0 LO S Casilla 0-1 Another close game but this time Jays prevail coming from behind by scoring the tying run in the 8th and the winning run on a Suzuki single in the 10th. Bums score 4 in the 6th highlighted by a Santana homer. Game 4 Bums 10-17-3 Jays 4-9-1 WP Beachy 3-0 LP A Wainwright 1-2 Another Bums slugfest with 4 hits and 4 RBis off the bat of Carpenter and 3 hits including homers from Santana and Mauer. Beachy goes 7 for the win. Zobrist and Braun homer for Jays. Game 5 Bums 10-12-0 Jays 0-3-2 WP J Verlander 2-2 LP A Sanchez Behind their bats – 8 Bums record hits and the masterful pitching of Verlander the Bums coast to easy win. Verlander yields 2 hits over 7 innings for the win. The only downside is Bums lose I Stewart for 32 days.
Mokena vs Columbus Game 1: ======= Columbus 2-7-0 Mokena 0-4-1 Beavan vs Francis Beavan throws a 4 hit shutout. Jones and Bourn collect 2 hits each for COlumbus. Game 2: ======= Columbus 4-5-0 Mokena 1-4-1 Floyd vs Cain Floyd strikes out 12 Roozys as he goes 8 strong for the win. Kozma hits 2 run pinch hit triple in the 9th with score tied at 1. Game 3: ======= Columbus 7-10-2 Mokena 6-11-1 Minor vs Marcum Rodney surrenders 3 runs in the 9th to cough up a Roozy lead.Bernadina gets 3 hits for Columbus and Castro 4 for Mokena. Game 4: ======= Columbus 4-9-0 Mokena 16-21-1 Haren vs Quintana Haren lasts just .2 in the start surrendering 6 ER. McCutchen Helton and Casilla (6 RBI) homer for the Roozys. Jones homers for the Redbirds. Rogers pitches 4.1 in relief of Haren and coughs up 10 ER. Game 5: ======= Columbus 3-5-0 Mokena 5-6-2 Lewis vs Chen Light hitting Casilla homers again for Mokena and knocks in 3 more to lead Mokena. Kozma homers for Columbus. Columbus takes 3 of 5
Long Island vs Jonesboro April 19 - Jonesboro ace RA Dickey continues to struggle as Long Island scores 5 runs against him in 6.1 innings as the Ducks win the series opener 5-4. Dickey now falls to 0-4 on the season. Ducks starter Joe Blanton went 5 innings for the win to make his record 2-1 and Luis Ayala came on to get the last out for his 4th save of the season. Elvis Anfrus and Shin-Soo Choo each had a pair of hits to lead teh Long Island offense while Marco Scutaro had a single, double and triple in the losing effort for Jonesboro. April 20 - Long Island earned their second consecutive 5-4 win in exciting fashion as rookie Sam Fuld doubled home Cody Ross in the bottom of the 9th with the winning run. The Ducks got a huge pinch hit, 2 run run homer in the bottom of the 8th from another rookie, Justin Ruggiano, to take a 4-3 lead. The Crackers then got a big pinch hit RBI single by Juan Rivea in the top of the 9th to tie things up before Fuld's heroics would win it for Long Island in the bottom of the inning. Ayala blew the save for the Ducks but got the win to go 1-0 on the season. Brad Brach took the loss in relief for Joneboro, his record falling to 0-3. April 21 - Travis Blackley pitched a fine 7.1 innings for Joneboro as he led the Crackers to a 4-2 win, outdueling Long Island's Johnny Cueto whose record falls to 3-1. Scutaro had 3 more hits to lead the Crackers 13 hit attack. Eric O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless 9th for his 3rd save. April 22 - Zach McAllister went 8 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits and fanning 9, as he led the Crackers to a 3-0 win to even the series and to even his record at 2-2. O'Flaherty once again hurled a scoreless 9th for his 4th save. Long Island'd Jon Niese went 7 decent innings but took the loss to put him at 1-2 on the season. Ryan Ludwick had 2 hits, including his 2nd homer, to lead the Joneboro offense. April 23 - Long Island scored 4 in the 3rd and hten 7 in the 5th as they took the rubber match in convincing fashion by the score of 11-1. Jeremy Hellickson went 6 innings for the win to make him 3-1 on the season. Scott Feldman started for Jonesboro and was knocked out of the box after just 2.2 innings and took the loss, his record falling to 1-2. Elvis Andrus led the 17 hit Long Island attack with a 4 for 5 day, including a pair of doubles.
Coney Island vs Tidewater G1 - Lee (1-1) vs Hefner (0-0) Lee gives up 2 hits in 7 innings, back to back doubles in the 4th to AGon and Ruiz, and 1 run. However, Hefner tosses CG 2 hitter as Coney Island wins the opener 1-0. 4 hits total, and Tidewater's second came in the 9th inning. G2 - Sabathia (0-2) vs Lohse (2-0) Sabathia tosses CG 3 hitter, this time it's enough for the win in a 4-0 Tidewater shutout. Sabathia fans 13 in the win (1-2). Offense was the mostly the result of fielding issues as AGon gives up a Billy Buckner type error in the 6th that allows Sabathia to reach 1st. A walk and an out later, Zimmerman drives him in on a double for 1-0 lead. The Drillers add 3 more in the 8th as a result of a Rollins error that turned an inning ending DP into a mess. G3 - Zito (3-0) vs Hughes (0-1) Walk-off HR by Rollins in the 10th seals the deal for Cyclones in a wild 7-6 game. 7 lead changes with Coney Island manufacturing the tying run in the 9th. Zimmerman (4), and Freeman (2) homer for Tidewater, while Ruiz (3) also homered for Coney Island. Chamberlain came in in the 10th (7th Tidewater pitcher with Zito leaving in after 3) gets the loss (0-2), Pestano (2-0) gets the win. G4 - Nova (0-2) vs Volquez (2-1) Wild 1st inning, Tidewater plates 3, partly due to Pence error and partly due to Freeman (3) 2 run homer. Cyclones counter with 5 in their half also partly to blame on Freeman error plus a PB and a WP. Of the 8 runs, only 3 are earned. A second Nova WP contributes to another Cyclone run in the 2nd. Kubel and Uggla singles net 2 more for 8-3 Coney Island lead in the 2nd. 5th inning alert - Juan Pierre (1) hits a HOMER! 2 run shot for 10-3 lead. 6th innng magic for the Drillers nets 1 on McKenry double and 1 on Upton SF to cut it to 10-5 Coney Island. Freeman's 2nd homer in the game (4) makes it 10-6 in the 7th. Volquez leaves for PH in 7th with a very Volquez type effort - 7 ip, 8 hits, 7 Ks and 5 WALKS! (and a 4 run lead) The 4 run lead holds up as Coney Island wins 10-6, Volquez goes to 3-1, Nova to 0-3. G5 - Friedrich (0-3) vs Kuroda (2-1) Another game of dramatics. 1st inning, Pierre single, groundout, and Ruiz rbi single gets Kuroda a quick 1-0 lead. But that goes quickly as Tidewater ties it in the 2nd on a leadoff single by Encarncion and then a two out rbi double by Amarista. With the typical no run support for Kuroda he still has that 1-1 tie going into the 7th, However, Forsythe singles and moves to 2nd on groundout. Marson fans, looking good, but Dirks PHitting for Friedrich (who pitched 6 SOLID innings fanning 7) singles in Forsthye to give Tidewater the 2-1 lead. That holds up until the bottom of the 8th when Ruiz leads off with a double, he's lifted for pinch runner (not needed) and then Pence doubles to plate Falu and tie the game at 2-2. Scoring isn't over - Kubel is given the IW, Pena Ks. But Uggla smashes and rbi double for 3-2 lead. 1 out and Laird comes into PH for Kuroda and hits a fly to RF, but it wasn't deep enough to plate Kubel who was thrown out at the plate keeping the score 3-2 Cyclones and giving "Gasoline" Boggs a chance to close it out. He gets Encarnacion to pop up, but Freeman has other ideas and homers (5) to tie the game. Boggs does get the next two batters. Bottom of the 9th, Motte on the mound Pierre pops to shallow CF for out #1. Rollins then steps in and POW - walk-off homer (5) - his 2nd walk-off homer of the series. Boggs ended up with the win (3-0) and BS #1. Motte the loss (0-1) Coney Island takes the series 4-1, but sure didn't seem like it. Cyclones go to Chappagua for their next games, Tidewater goes home to host Tampa.
Week of April 17
Freeport vs East Coast Freeport wins four from the Rockies, who were only able to muster 10 runs in the series G1. East Coast wins 5-1 WP Hanson 1-1 LP Hamels 1-2 HR- E - Cabrera (2), Avila (2) F - Kemp (2) G2 - Freeport wins 5-1 WP- Peavy 2-0 LP= Burnett (2-1) HR- None G3 - Freeport Wins 4-3 W-Soriano 1-0 L- Gee 0-2 S Chapman 2 HR- Kemp (3), Wieters (3) G4- Freeport wins 6-2 W- Kendrick 1-0 L- E Jackson 1-2 HR- F- C Jones (4) G5 freeport wins 6-3 W- Medlen 3-0 L- Richards 0-1 S- Chapman 3 HR- E- m Cabrera (3) F- Wieters (4)
Elmjack vs Beantown elmjack takes 4 of 5 game 1- kershaw gets tourched game 2- zimmerman follows with a shutout game 3- stults throws a shutout for back to back for elmjack game 4- elmjack outslugs the bombers 11-9 game 5- cahill hung in for a 6-4 win with a lot of help from the bullpen.
Tidewater vs Chappaqua Gm.1 CHA 4-1 2-run double by R.Tejada and a pen that goes 1-2-3 for 3 innings does it. Gm.2 CHA 5-0 J.Shields CG 3-hit shutout and 3 RBI by D.Murphy dooms TID. Gm.3 TID 7-2 Drillers salvage a win. Zito 8 innings and 4 hits. BJ Upton goes deep. Gm.4 CHA 4-2 A.Rod has 2 RBI and D.Gordon hits a 2-run homer. Gm.5 CHA 18-8 A slug fest. Comets pound out 27 hits! B.Posy goes wild with 5 hits in 7 ABs, 2 home runs, 8 RBI and 4 runs scored.
Westchester vs Long Island Wombats limp home from disappointing trip to East Coast to host Long Island. Will it be Duck a l'orange or Wombat hash? Game 1: Westchester 10, Long Island 0 Wombats strike first with doubles by Morse and Votto (of course). Bottom of the third Wombats put two on and Kennedy gets out of the jam, sort of with a double play. two out runners on first and third and Morse (he of the double in the first) is up, boom, over the wall and it's 4-0, wombats. Wombats get another with Gomez double and sac fly by Martin. Hanigan breaks up the no-no with a single in the fifth and Wilson walks the next two to load them up, but Andrus pops up to get Wilson out of the jam. The bats continue hot as Crow loads them up and a Wright double clears the bases. W-Wilson (1-1); L-Kennedy (2-1). Game 2: Westchester 4, Long Island 2 Back to back doubles in the first by Napoli and Davis with two out give Ducks first blood 2-0. Bottom first, Wright doubles and Votto singles him home to get one back. Bats manage to tie it up on power barrage: Pennington singles, steals second, goes to third on passed ball and scores when Ross drops a popup. Ahh, but if you read the box score, you will never know. We'll take them however we can get them this year. Blanton then loads them up, but Cano hits into a DP. Duda singles in Votto to put the 'bats up 3-2 in the 6th. Top of the 7th Ross jacks one to the wall and Duda makes a spectacular catch. Obviously whoever wrote the text for that play has never seen Duda play the outfield. Bottom 8th Morse hits a solo shot to give the homies a bit of breathing room. Burnett and ATchison hold the Ducks for the last two. W-Fister (3-0), S-Atchison (3); L-Blanton (1-1) Game 3: Long Island 7, Westchester 1 Three run shot by Davis sets up Cueto early on. Solo blast by Ross pads the lead. 2 run shot by Choo (this is getting very monotanous) pretty much puts it out of reah as Williams takes one for the team. W-Cueto (3-0); L-Williams (0-1) Game 4: Westchester 11, Long Island 1 Two duck errors (as they lay a couple of eggs give Wombats quick lead in the first. Niese pitches out of a bases loaded jam in the second, but Cano drive in Morse in the third. John Hester (I don't know who he is either!) drives in another to knock out Niese after 2 2/3. Crow doesn't do much better and when the smoke has cleared, Wombats have come up with 8 in the 3rd. That pretty well salts things away. W-Westbrook (2-1); L-Niese (1-1) Game 5: Long Island 7, Westchester 6 Gonzalez is wild and loads them up for Moore and Hanigan to make it 3-0 in the first. Hanigan gets picked off first to keep the dage down, but a shaky start for Gonzalez. However, Helickson doesn't look much better and Wombats get the runs right back on a walk and four singles. (most of them do get thru the infield) Otherwise Helickson looks good striking out 5 in the first three innings. Ducks load them up again on poor control by Gonzalez, but Andrus pops up with the bases loaded to get out of the jam. Not the pitching battle you would expect with two good pitchers as Helickson lodes them up with none out in the fourth. he pops up Cano, but walks Gomez to force in a run. He then walks Votto to force in another run, but induces Scott to hit into a DP to get out of the inning. Ike Davis immediately gets one back with a solo shot. Gonzalez loads them up and Raizes brings in Burnett to face the lefties. Brilliant move on my part as Ross immediately hits a three run triple. I understand I will be selling peanuts in the bleachers tomorrow. Thornton comes in and gives up a run to get the Wombats back within one, but poor base running by Duda snuffs out the rally. In the 8th Putz comes in for the Ducks and strikes out the side. Bottom of the 9th, Ayala comes in and hits the first batter, but wiggles out for the save. W-Hellickson (2-1), S-Ayala (3); L-Burnett (1-1) Wombats take three of five from Ducks. Next Ducks waddle back down the Long Island Expressway (world's largest parking lot) to host Jonesboro and Wombats remain home to host Elmjack.
Gettysburg vs Arundel Game 1 - Arundel wins 9-2 as Price throws 7 strong innings for the victory. Pedroia had a homerun and 5 RBIs. Game 2 - Raiders win 4-2 as Vogelsong gets the win and Papelbon the save. Jeter had 2 RBIs to lead the offense. Game 3 - Arundel wins 2-0 as this game goes 12 innings. Pujols hit a 2 run homer to win it. McGee picks up the win in relief. Game 4 - Raiders win 5-1 as Dempster goes 8 2/3 for the win and Papelbon gets the save. Denorfia had 3 RBIs. Game 5 - Raiders win 8-1 as Wandy Rodriguez pitches 8 innings. Reddick and Ellis had 2 RBIs apiece.
Coney Island vs Turtle Beach Turtle Beach comes to Coney Island - those Bums have a rotation that just doesn't quit!! Felt real lucky coming away with 3-2 series win, don't imagine too many series for Turtle Beach going below .500 as the year progresses. G1 - Neither starter (Weaver or Lohse) got a decision, but the 2 run 7th by Coney Island was the difference in the 5-3 opener to the series. R.Weeks (2) homered for the Bums, Uggla (4) for the Cyclones. Pestano (1-0) the win in relief, Boggs (1) the save, Hernandez (0-1) the loss giving up the two runs in the 7th after Turtle Beach plated two in the top half to tie the game. G2 - Again the starters (Sale and Hughes) pitches well - Sale went 8 innings giving up 10 hits - but only 1 run and fanning 12! Hughes went 7 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 HRs (both in the 4th to Mauer (1) and Markakis (1). But Coney Island plated 1 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to tie the game. In the 11th Granderson (3) homers and the Bums even add insurance on a Weeks PH single to win the game 4-2 and even the series. Ogando (1-0) gets the win, Villarreal (1) the save. Lopez (0-1) took the loss. AGon homered (5) for Coney Island. G3 - This one had a quick start and then 9th inning drama. Again, the starters did not figure in the decision, which is strange when you consider that Gallardo gave up 5 runs to Coney Island in the 1st inning - including a bases loaded triple to Rollins. Milone started for Coney Island and pitched 7 giving up 2 runs and left with a 6-2 lead that LeCure held in the 8th. Boggs comes in to close it out in the 9th and gives up 1 walk and 4 hits and 4 runs including a 2 rbi PH triple to Ian Stewart. So the Bum ties the game in the 9th at 6-6. 9th inning drama continues as Villarreal comes in to pitch and he walks two, fans 1, gets 2 outs and then gives up his only hit, a walk-off 3 run HR by Uggla (5) and Coney Island wins 9-6 to go up 2-1 in the series. Boggs wins the game (2-0), what a reward for his lousy effort. G4 - Seeking to gain a foothold on the series, the Cyclones have Volquez on the mound looking to go 3-0. Well in this game BOTH starters figure in the decision, but it's Beachy who gets the win (2-) with a 7 inning, 7 hit, 1 run effort (6 ks) while Volquez (2-1) gets the loss (9 hits, 4 walks and 4 runs). Jackson, Santana and Weeks each get two hits and Cabrera gets a 2 rbi triple. Kubel (3) homers for the home team. Series tied 2-2 G5 - the game to decide the series featured Justin Verlander and Kuroda on the mound - both entering the game with 1-1 records. Game was tight and the final score was also the score for the series 3-2 Coney Island. Verlander (L 1-2) went 7 giving up 6 hits but 2 of them were homers; Pence (3) - a 2 run shot in the 2nd and AGon (6) the game winner in the 4th. Giavotella matched Pences HR with his own 2 run shot in the 5th (1) to get it to 3-2, but both offenses were shut down the rest of the way with Mijares coming in to face the lefties in the 9th for the save (1).
Mokena vs Greensboro MOKENA VERSUS GREENSBORO April 13 - The R oozys arrive down south to face the Hoppers, and in the opener they choose southpaw Jeff Francis to face Greensboro's lefty Jon Lester. Lester is hoping to reestablish his credentials with his new team following the controversial trade that sent top prospect Wil Myers to Coney Island. It's a really close contest, going 11 before Prince Fielder drives home the winning run. Raburn suffers a 22 game injury for Mokena. April 14 - Mokena ace Matt Cain, a Cy Young contender this season, faces wily vet Mark Buehrle in the second contest. The Roozys quickly jump out to a 4-zip lead, but the Hoppers manage to come back temporarily to tie the game at 6, but the Roozys wind up with a 16-8 victory, highlighted by homers from McCutcheon and Colvin. Pedro Alvarez hits his 4th for the Hoppers. April 15 - Ex-Hopper Shaun Marcum returns for the first time to face his old buddies, and Young Derek Holland opposes him. This is another easy win for the rejuvenated Roozys as they prevail, 6-1. Marcum continues to pay a nice early season return to Mokena for acquiring him as he pitches 4-hit 6 inning shutout innings. April 16 - It's Clay Buchholz trying to reverse the 2-game losing streak for Greensboro, and he is opposed by Jose Quintana for Mokena. This is a virtual repeat of game 2 as Greensboro comes back to tie the contest at 6 before falling off a cliff and losing 12-8. Rookie phenom Mike Trout is injured, adding pain to the loss. Bryce Harper hits his 1st homer, and Jason Heyward matches that for the Hoppers. April 17 - Hoping to salvage the getaway, Max Scherzer opposes Wei-Yin Chen, but again the Mokena offense is too much for the Hopper arms and the visitors take this one 8-4. Mokena takes 4 of the 5 contests, and now heads to Columbus while the slumping Hoppers await the arrival of San Diego.
Gulf Breeze vs Glab We thought Opening Day would never get here in the chilly south but indeed it appeared in all it's glory around 8 PM. So excited were the Rebels to play their opening set that we were through by 10. Ticket holders for the opener got to see a 5-pack. The Glab Owls were the opening opponents and they appeared at first to not give a hoot about it. Greinke (1-2) lowered his ERA to 5.02 in the opener and Jed Lowrie was 3 for 4 with a pair of long balls to pace the offense. Greinke allowed just 4 hits and struck out 7, being left in to finish it up after two ugly outings to start the season. Masterson (0-3) took the loss and Walden (3 BB in 1 IP) didn't help much. 5.75 seemed to do just fine here in the lid-lifter. Say what about 5.75? Adam Kennedy was tired in the opener, so I rested him. Game #2- he was worn out, and would be for the rest of the series. Now someone smarter than I (shush- don't say what you're thinking) will have to explain that to me. But no matter as it was a glorious game #2 with Mark Rogers tossing the CG shutout in his first ever WIBL start. He allowed 8 hits and walked a pair, but they were all singles and an 8th inning Tulowitzki caught stealing was humongous. Lone good guy tally came on Arencibia's FC rbi after a LaRoche 2 bagger. Adam finished 3 for 4. Glab's Torii Hunter was 2 for 3, and Happ fell to 0-2 despite a nice 7.2 inning effort. So we won't be undefeated at home- so what? Owls doubled up on the Rebs 6-3 with Smiley (1-1) notching the win over King Felix (1-1). Game was tight in the 8th when Arias smoked an rbi double and Loney followed later with a 2 run double. The game remained in doubt as Miller III insisted on Walden again, and after 4 batters and 4 BB, GB had pulled to within 6-3 with the sacks packed and no outs. Stammen came on and got an out, then a 6-4-3 got Walden off the hook and basically won the game. Breeze showed some moxie (I love that word...) in the 9th off Kimrel as they got 2 on with 1 out, but the grade 24 remembered who he was and got the final 2 outs. Mark Reynolds was 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 rbi, leaving the building once and John Baker (are you kidding me?) was 3 for 3. Glab had 6 XBH out of their 15 safeties. Game #4 was a typical Rebel game of the last few years- having a decent start from a starter who should not have had a decent start (Jurrjens) yet showing minimal offense in a 3-2 Hooter win. All the damage was done in the third on a 2out Cespedes rbi double followed by a Hunter long ball. Breeze tried to hang in there against Estrada and Hanley soloed to make it 3-1, but Breeze couldn;t score again until the 9th when an IF out against Kimbrel plated one, but then a fly out ended it. Estrada wins (2-1), Kimbrel saves (4), and Kennedy says "I'm worn out". Stoopid game.... All is well in Mudville as the good guys take the series on an offensive display of Cajun magnitude, beating up on the visitors 12-3. Maholm won his first decision and Lowrie again had a huge day- with a pair of base knocks and 4 rbv. Both Hanley and Saunders homered and the former scored 3 times. Karstens was hammered for the Muriel guys (get it- Muriel White Owl cigars? Come on- how old are you guys anyway?) and they were out hit 14-6. Hunter had another pair of hits and another bomb for the Owls. So next week the Breeze packs up the tour bus and heads to Gettysburg where nothing good can happen if you're a rebel, Glab heads home to take on the Bandits of Freeport. Ain't it great to be playing ball again?
Columbus vs Tampa the start of the 2013 season for the redbirds has been rocky, to put it nicely. and the start of the 5 game homestand with the visiting stingrays seem to indicate much of the same. in the first 2 games, the redbirds pitching was weak and the offense was offensive as well. however, the remaining 3 games saw a complete reversal of fortunes as the pitching was effective and the hitting was timely. the final 3 games were won decisively by columbus as they turned it around and won the series 3 games to 2.
Week of April 11
San Diego vs Tampa Game One Homeruns from Pierzynsky and Hart, take it from Strasburg. Homerun from Fowler wasn't enough. 4-3 Tampa Game Two Grand slam from veteran Scott Rolen in 8th wins it for Tampa as San Diego's weak bullpen collapses. 8-6 Tampa Game Three Was NOT pretty!! A 17-0 shutout for Tampa. Homeruns from Schierholtz and Lee. 17-0 Tampa Game Four San Diego finally pulls one out. 2-1 San Diego Game Five The Armadillos salvage game 5 to pull out 2 games of the five. 8-5 San Diego
East Coast vs Westchester East Coast takes 3 of 5 games from division rival Westchester. The third game of the series went 15 innings with Westchester’s Lucas Duda hitting a grand slam homerun for the victory. East Coast wins the last two games allowing them to take the series. Game five was the rubber game and David Phelps pitched a 9 inning 4-hitter for East Coast.
Freeport vs Gulf Breeze Bandits win three of five from the Rebels in a hard fought series. GAME ONE G 3 7 1 F 10 15 1 W- Hamels (1-1) L- Greinke (0-2) HR- F- C. Jones (3), Ortiz (1), Wieters (2) GAME TWO G- 5 10 0 F 4 9 0 W- Thayer (1-0) L- Chapman (0-1) HR- F- Kemp (1) GAME THREE 19 innings G- 5 10 0 F 4 11 0 W- Camp (1-0) L- Cashner (0-1) S- B. Myers (1) HR- G- Gentry (1), LaRoche (1), Dunn (1) F- K. Johnson (2) INJ- F- Brett Wallace (12) GAME FOUR 11 innings G- 3 6 2 F 4 9 2 W- Bowden (1-0) L- Thayer (1-1) HR- G- Kottaras (2), Bautista (2) GAME FIVE G 2 3 1 F 4 6 0 W- Medlen (2-0) L- Morrow (1-1) HR- G- Dunn (3) F- Peralta (3) INJ- F- Kelly Johnson (3)
Jonesboro vs Gettysburg The Gettysburg Raiders visited the Jonesboro Crackers and took 4 of 5 games, as the slow Cracker start continues. Game 1- Raiders win 3-1. Vargas(1-0) is the winner. Dickey(0-2) is the loser. Molina(2) homers for the Raiders, Rio(1) for the Crackers Game 2- Raiders win 3-1. Vogelsong(1-1) is the winner, Pabelbon(2) gets the save. Colon(0-2) the loser. Jeter and Willingham both hit their second homer. Hardy(2) homers for the Crackers. Game 3-Raiders win 4-2. Hughes(1-0) is the winner. Pabelbon(4) gets the save. Willingham(3) and Denorfio(1) homer for the Crackers. Ludwick(1) for the Crackers Game 4-Raiders win blowout 11-1.Dempster(2-0) is the winner. McAllister(0-2) is the loser. Freese(2) and Willigham(4) homer for the Raiders. Game 5-Crackers finally win one, 2-0. Rodriguez(1-1) is the loser. Feldman(1-1) is the winner, O’Flaherty(1) gets the save Next up Jonesboro hosts Louisiana and the Raiders visit Arundel
Turtle Beach vs Tidewater Game 1 - Drillers storm out to a 8-1 lead only to see the Bums tie it. No worry for Tidewater as they score a run in the 13th win 9-8. Game 2 - Jered Weaver and David Hernandez combine to hold off the Drillers in the night cap as the Bums win 3-2. Game 3 Zito goes to 2-0 as Tidewater wins 4-3. Game 4 Gallardo picks up the win as the Bums win 4-3 as a single run separates the two teams for the 4th day in a row. Game 5 Bums double up the Drillers 6-3. Beachy the win. Game 6 J.V., sporting a 4.74 ERA has just enough to keep the Bums in it as they win the last game of the series 5-3.
Chappaqua vs Stamford The Stamford Jays opens 2013 season by hosting the Chappaqua Comets in a 5 game series. Game 1 ( 10 innings) Jays 3-6-0 Comets 2-6-0 WP Kontos LP R Cook Comets start off well with solo homers in the first from Jennings and Posey. A Youklis 2 run homer in the third ties game up. A leadoff triple by Jennings in the 8th is wasted by the Comets. In bottom of the 10th Herrera singles, LaHair doubles and after an intentional walk, a Revere sac fly gives game to the Jays. Game 2 Comets 6-11-0 Jays 2-8-0 WP J Shields LP C Billingsley Comets start quickly again with a Posey RBI in the first followed by solo homers from Murphy in 3rd and Infante in 4th. Youklis again keeps score close when he belts 2 run homer in the 6th for the Jays. But the Comets breaks game open in the 9th scoring 3 highlighted by a Posey 2 run homer. Game 3 ( 10 innings) Jays 7-10-1 Comets 6-12-0 WP A Wainwright LP J Tazawa A back and forth game. The Jays strike first on a 2 run homer by Braun in the first and a Hill RBI single in the third but again Posey comes through for Comets with 2 run single in the 4th. A Morneau sac fly in the 6th adds to the Jays lead. The Comets take the lead in the 8th on RBI singles from Young, Murphy and once again a sac fly by Posey. In bottom of 8th a Morneau single drives in go ahead run after doubles by Parra and Jaso had tied the game. Jays closer Wilhelmsen blows game in the top of the 9th as Young drives in tying run. But a solo homer by Jaso in bottom of the 10th gives Jays win. Game 4 Comets 3-11-0 Jays 1-1-1 WP R Detweiler LP F Morales Comets starter Detweiler has perfect game into the 8th until Mayberry hits solo homer. Comets open scoring in the first on another Posey hit as on the play Braun and Hill collide and are lost for the day to the Jays. Comets add a run in the 7th on a three base error by the Jays followed by a Murphy RBI single. Game 5 Jays 5-8-1 Comets 4-10-0 WP A Sanchez LP B Lincoln The Comets score in the second on back to back doubles in 2nd but Jays counter in bottom of inning scoring 4 on consecutive hits from Herrera, a triple by pitcher Sanchez, Revere and Jaso. In 4th Infante drives in 2nd run of the game for the Comets and Posey drives in another run in the 5th. Morneau homers for Jays in the 5th and A Rod finishes scoring with a homer in the 8th. For series Posey had 9 hits in22 AB’s and 9 RBI’s. Next up Comets travel to Tidewater and Jays go to Green Bay.
Greensboro vs Columbus The Hoppers begin their first home series, and it's also their first ever 6-game series, as they host the Redbirds. April 7 - Max Scherzer opens against Colby Lewis, and Scherzer loses his second tough one in a row, this time 3-2. Greensboro leaves the potential tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the 9th. In the nightcap, the Hopper's hapless manager shakes up the lineup, benching Giancarlo Stanton, and swapping Trout and Reyes. Chris Capuano faces Columbus' Blake Beaven. It looks bad for the good guys till Mike Trout blasts a 3-run clutch homer in the bottom of the 8th and Brad Ziegler then holds on in the 9th to preserve the Hopper 7-6 win. April 8 - Gavin Floyd faces Buehrle in this one. Buehrle is trying to get back on track after an atrocious and very uncharacteristic performance in his first outing and he does, winning 7-2 as he tosses a 5-hitter through 8. The new Greensboro lineup, with Trout now hitting second, again pays off as the Kid raises his average to .300 with a 3-5, 4 RBI performance. April 9 - Southpaw Mike Minor faces Clay Buchholz in this contest, and it's an easy 11-0 win for Greensboro as Buchholz goes the route, winning on a 6-hitter, no-walks performance. Pagan, Fielder, and Plouffe each hit their first homers. April 10 - Dan Haren tries to right the Redbirds as he goes up against the inconsistent but high potential Derek Holland. Greensboro takes this one, 7-4, as Sean Doolittle makes his Greensboro debut garnering his first save. April 11 - Colby Lewis returns, facing Chris Capuano who, like Lewis, is returning on only 3 days rest. Greensboro prevails, 8-5, As Pedro Alvarez hits his 3rd and Casey Janssen nails down the win. The Hoppers take 5 of the 6 and now await the arrival of the refurbished Roozys. Columbus heads home to host Tampa.
Mokena vs Coney Island NL West teams Mokena and Coney Island meet for a six game series that begins with one of those sweet old-fashioned double-headers!! Game 1 - Kuroda looking for his 1st victory of 2013 won't get it in this game as he gives up 4 runs (2 ER) in 6.1 innings. Big 3 run 3rd gives Mokena a 4-2 lead which included a solo HR (2) by Bryce Harper (he goes 3 for 5 in the game). Cyclones 2 in the 1st were on a 2 run blast by Cuddyer (2). Coney Islands then ties it in the 6th on a 2 run blast from Gonzalez (3) and the game goes into extra innings (heck of a way to start a double-header - fans are pleased). Rodney came in to pitch the 9th for Mokena - 3 up, 3 down, but was replaced in the 10th by Jones. With 1 out, Kubel doubles and Berry comes in to PR - and steals 3rd. Uggla up with infield drawn in and he hits a little fly to left that McCutchen can't reach and it's all over 5-4 Coney Island. Boggs the win in relief (1-0), Jones (0-1) the loss. Game 2 - same day. Ace vs Ace - Matt Cain (1-0) vs Kyle Lohse (1-0) - this game turns into a 3 hit CG shutout for Kyle Lohse (2-0). Remarkable thing is he fans 9 Mokena batters (and walks 3). Cain gives up 5 hits in 6 innings including 2 HRs - Kubel (1) - a 2 run shot) and Rollins (2) - a 3 run shot. Half the runs were unearned. Game 3 - Marcum (1-0) vs Hughes (0-0) - game looked like a tight one until Mokena broke the 1-1 tie with 3 in the 5th. Then they added an insurance run in the 9th to win going away 5-1. 10 hits by the Roozys including 2 each from McCutchen, Colvin and Casilla. Marcum (2-0) was again sharp giving up 1 run and 6 hits in 7 innings (7Ks). Hughes (0-1) fanned 8 more Roozys in 7 innings. Ruiz suffered his second HBP pitch this year, but shrugged it off. Game 4 - Quintana (0-1) vs Milone (1-0) Coney Island made up for the run shortage in the last game and Milone dusted off the Roozy's with relative ease in the 7-0 Cyclones win. Rollins a couple of hits (single, triple) and 3 runs scored, AGon another HR (4) and 2 rbis. Pence 2 rbis on no hits! Milone (2-0) goes 8 giving up 5 hits and fanning 7. Quintana (0-2) only lasted 2.2 innings giving up 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 walks (3 4s works in poker, but not on the diamond in this game). Game 5 - W. Chen (0-0) vs E.Volquez (1-0) - Mokena scored 2 runs in te 6th on Colvins HR (1). That made the score 7-2 Coney Island. The Cyclones then responded by scoring 7 more runs in the bottom of the 6th (2nd time this year they've scored 7 or more runs in an inning). Part way through the inning Ruiz was HPB (again) and this time had to leave the game (5 days worth of pain) - Laird came in to run (and catch) - well, he actually got to bat in the inning as well (and singled). Kubel (2) was only CIC homer, but they had 4 doubles including one from Voquez - who scored twice in the game. Rollins went 5 for 5 with 3 runs/rbis - and a SF. Cuddyer went 4 for 6 with 3 rbis. 16 hits total for Coney Island. Volquez (2-0) went 8 innings and ONLY walked 1 - and fanned 11 (those Roozy's really like to strikeout a lot). Chen takes the loss (0-1). Game 6 - Teaford (0-1) vs Kuroda (0-1) This game was closer than game 5 - Mokena takes the 2-0 lead in the 4th on a McCutchen HR (1), but Coney Island answers with a run in the 4th, 2 in the 5th, and then that same combo in the 7th and 8th for a 6-2 win. Pence (2), Cuddyer (3) and Rollins (3) all homered (Pence and Cuddyer back to back in the 5th to give CIC the 3-2 lead at the time). Fillins Fransden and Laird each went 3 for 4 in the game. Kuroda finally gets a win (3rd start) in 2013 [1-1], Teaford the loss (0-2). Very tough series for the Roozy's as they drop 5 of 6. Also - there were NO SAVES in this series.
Week of April 5
Turtle Beach vs Green Bay Game 1 - Matt Latos easily out duels J.V. and the Gamblers come away with a nice 3-0 win. 14 K's for Matt. Game 2 - Jered Weaver returns the favor as he fans 10 in the Bums 3-0 win. Game 3 - Sale and O'Day combine to shut out the Gamblers for the 2nd straight day as the Bums win 4-0. Game 4 - Nice comeback for the Gamblers as they rally from 3 down in the late innings to win 4-3. Game 5 - The Gamblers feast on Daniel Hudson as they race to an 8-0 lead but then hold on for dear life as the Bums 3 times hit the ball deep with the tying runs on in the 9th but couldn't clear the fence. Final, Gamblers 8, Bums 5. Good start for Green Bay.
Louisiana vs Gulf Breeze Louisiana Hosts Gulf Breeze Game #1 Matt Harrison masters the Rebels in game that saw both teams play beanball at the end, and ended sloppy but 3 Cajun HR propeled Louisiana to opening game win 7-5. Gamwe #2 Gulf Breeze evens series behind Andy Pettitte despite late Teixeira HR heroics, taking down Cajuns by 4-3 score. Game #3 Bautista and Hamilton trade 3 run HRs, but Rebels Hernendez has more than Norris and takes game 6-4. Game #4 Halladay evens up score with gutsy performance. Teixiera 2 run HR is winner as Romo gets save, 4-3. Series is even. Game#5 Morrow and Logan twirl 2 hitter agains Cajuns, Dunn and Ramirez go deep back to back against Worley as Gulf Breeze wins finale 4-0 and takes opening series by 3 to 2 margin.
Mokena vs San Diego Game 1: ======= San Diego 1-3-0 Mokena 4-8-1 Darvish vs Cain Cain throws a 3 hit complete game. He lost a shutout when Ethier (2 for 4) hits a solo homer in the 9th. Doumit drives in a run and scores a run for the Roozys Game 2: ======= San Diego 1-2-3 Mokena 5-9-1 Guthrie vs Marcum Marcum goes all 9 with a 2 hitter for Mokena. Harper collects his 1st WIBL homer and goes 2-4. Doumit goes 3-4 to help Mokena. Game 3: ======= San Diego 9-12-0 Mokena 3-7-1 Harang vs Quintana San Diego bats qake up and thump Quintana (5 ER over 5.1) and Nate Jones (4 ER in 1.2). Altuve goes 3-5 with a homer and Grandal goes 3-5 with a homer for the 'Dillos Game 4: ======= San Diego 8-13-1 (13 innings) Mokena 5-14-2 Samardzija vs Chen Neither starter does well and the game goes 13 innings. Teaford yields a 3 run homer to Ethier in the 13th to allow San Diego to earna split of the series. McCutchen goes 5-6 for the Roozys in the loss. Series split 2-2
Westchester vs Jonesboro AL West defending champion Wombats open up 2013 season hosting Crackers. Game 1: Westchester 3, Jonesboro 1 In a pitching battle between last year's AL Cy young winner and this year's potential winner, Fister outduels Dickey. Wombats strike first with solo homer by Votto. Ludwick singles Izturis home to tie it in the 4th, but Wombats take the lead again after Morse singles and Votto hits his second blast. Atchison comes on in the 9th for the save. W-Fister (1-0), S-Atchison (1); L-Dickey (0-1) Game 2: Westchester 5, Jonesboro 4 (11 inn) Crackers rough up Anderson in the first getting three runs on four hits. Wombats claw back and go ahead 4-3 on Cano two run shot in the 4th. Hardy solo shot ties it up in the 8th 11th inning Gomez gets on and scores on single by Martin. Cano has 3 ribbies. W-Grilli (1-0); L-Brachs (0-1) Game 3: Westchester 4, Jonesboro 2 Crackers strike first again with little ball in first for 1-0 lead. Bottom of the second Nelson doubles and Cozart gets his first hit and first homer of the season to put homies up 2-1. ichiro ties it up with a single blast in the 5th. Bottom of the 8th Blevins comes in for Blakely. Wright singles and Carlos Gomez hits his second homer of the season to give Wombats the lead 4-2. Burnett stays in and shuts down the Crackers. W-Burnett (1-0), L-Blevins (0-1) Game 4: Westchester 8, Jonesboro 0 Bottom first Victorino singles and Wright homers to put 'bats up 2-0. Bottom of the fifth and McAllister loads them up. Lucas Duda then singles two more in. Moscoso comes in to shut down the rally, but bottom of the sixth he puts Martin on and Wise finally gets a hit, driving one over the left field wall, 6-0 Westchester. Westbrook scatters 7 hits in the complete game shutout. W-Westbrook (1-0), L-McAllister (0-1) Game 5: Westchester 5, Jonesboro 0 Miguel Gonzalez makes his first start for Wombats and is helped out by Victorino solo blast in the first. Wombats tack on two more in the third and Feldman is saved from a big inning when Wright is thrown out at the plate. However, Wombats pick up two more in the bottom of the 7th to give Gonzalez a 5-0 cushion Gonzalez walks two in the 9th, but hangs around to complete the shutout. W-Gonzalez (1-0); L-Feldman (0-1) Wombat sweep series with a lot of new faces and travel off to East Coast. Jonesboro returns home to host Gettysburg, who from this end looks like the front runner to take the AL West this year.
Coney Island vs Tampa Tampa drops 4 of 5 to Coney Island Game 1: 2-1 TM Iwakuma picks up the win Game 2: 4-1 CI Lohse tosses the CG, Uggla homers Game 3: 5-1 CI game goes 14 innings, Ruiz 3/6 Game 4:11-1 CI Coney Island scores 10 (yes 10) in the 10th inning as TB bullpen blows up Game 5: 6-2 CI CI hits 5 homers in the game
Long Island vs Glab Long Island begins the defense of their 2012 Championship with a 4 game set at home vs. division rival Glab. April 2 - Opening Day - Long Island gets a pair of 2 run homers, one by Ike Davis and the other by Mike Napoli, off of Owls starter Justin Masterson to power their way to a 7-4 win to start the season. Ian Kennedy went 6.2 strong innings for the Ducks to get the win. Aaron Crow struggled in relief but the Luis Ayala and Justin Norberto nailed down the win with Norberto earning the save. April 3 - Long Island's Johnny Cueto went 7 innings allowing just 1 run on only 2 hits and Justin Norberto pitched the final out for his second straight save as the Ducks won 4-2. Travis Hafner had a 2 run triple for Long Island in the 3rd inning to open the scoring against Owls starter Jarrod Parker who lasted just 2.2 innings. Travis Ishikawa and Juaquin Arias each had solo homers for Glab's 2 runs. April 4 - Glab got their first win of the new season as they took advantage of Ducks starter Jeremy Hellickson's wildness in a 3-2 victory. Hellickson walked 8 batters, including 2 bases loaded walks, in his 5.1 innings and allowed all 3 runs despite allowing just 3 hits. Owls starter Marco Estrada pitched into the 7th for the win and Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save. April 5 - Long Island pounded Glab starter J.A. Happ for 5 runs on 11 hits in his 5.1 innings as the Ducks took the getaway game by the score of 6-4. Ike Davis had a pair of RBI doubles and Chris Carter hit a 2 run homer to lead the Long Island offense and Mark Ellis scored 3 times. Glab's Trot Tulowitski hit a big 3 run homer off of Ducks starter Jonathon Neise in the 6th inning to tie things up at 4 . Long Island's Luis Ayala earned a 5 out save for his first of the season. Long Island is all set to take on new division rival Elmjack next week while Glab returns home to face Arundel.
Stamford vs Columbus it was not a good opening home series for columbus. no offense at all in the first 4 games with 1 run scored in each. hats offto the stamford piching staff. the fifth and final game was when the redbirds bats came alive. they scored 11 runs but it took 15 innings todo it. however, they DID manage to avoid the sweep. stamford takes the series 4-1.
Chappaqua vs Greensboro CHAPPAQUA AND GREENSBORO SPLIT THEIR OPENING SERIES The defending NL East Champion Chappaqua Comets hosted their long time division rival Greensboro before a sold out crowd at the new Yankee Stadium. It was a beautiful sunny opening day as the new Stadium made its WIBL debut along with the debut of 5.75! Game 1 CHA 2 GRE 0 Gio Gonzalez (1-0) pitched 8 innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 7 as the Comets won a pitcher’s duel. Ryan Cook got the save with a 1-2-3 9th striking out 2. Max Scherzer was the hard luck loser (0-1). The Comets scored in the 3rd on a sac fly by Melky Cabrera. They added an insurance run in the 8th on a RBI double by newly acquired Alex Rodriguez. Game 2 GRE 3 CHA 2 The Hoppers win a close one with Chris Capuano (1-0) getting the win, as he scattered 8 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings. Relievers Sean Marshall, Casey Janssen and Wade Davis closed it out with 3 perfect innings in relief. James Shields (0-1) went 6 innings in a losing cause. The winning run was unearned when, in the 5th inning, Mike Trout led off with a single to right which was misplayed by RF Jeff Francouer allowing Trout to go to third. Trout scored on a single by Giancarlo Stanton. Buster Posey had 3 hits for the Comets Game 3 CHA 8 GRE 5 The hitters came to live in this one as the Comets rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win it. Greensboro jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead against Chris Tillman. Jose Reyes got things started with a 2 run HR. Pedro Alvarez doubled in two more runs. Tillman left after 4 innings trailing 5-3. In the bottom of the 5th, Buster Posey slammed a three run HR to put the Comets ahead for good. Posey went 3-5 with a double and 4 RBIs and is hitting .636 after three games. Ryan Mattheus (1-0), in his second stint with the Comets, got the win in relief. Mike Gonzalez got his first save. Mark Buehrle (0-1) took the loss after being pounded for 11 hits and 6 runs in 4 2/3 Game 4 GRE 5 CHA 3 The Hoppers gained a split in the series as Clay Bucholz (1-0) struck out 8 over 6 innings. Greensboro took a 1-0 lead in the 2d off newly acquired Ross Detwiler when Alvarez homered. Chappaqua took the lead in the bottom of the frame on an A-Rod double and RBI singles by Francouer and Tejada. In the 4th, Giancarlo Stanton homered with one on to put the Hoppers ahead 3-2. Melky Cabrera singled to tie it in the 5th. In the 6th, Brandon Philips hit the third solo HR of the game for Greensboro and it proved to be the winning run. The win was costly for the Hoppers as their star closer, Wade Davis, developed a sore arm while warming up for the 9th inning. Casey Janssen came on and got the save (1). Davis is expected to miss three weeks. Detwiler (0-1) in his Comets debut allowed 4 runs in 7 innings. Posey was held hitless, dropping his average to .500 Next up: Chappaqua travels to Stamford to play the Jays. Greensboro will host Columbus.
Arundel vs Elmjack Game 1 - Arundel wins 5-4. Price goes 7 innings for the win and McGee gets the save. Albert has a HR for the Wildcats. Game 2 - Elmjack wins 6-1. Zimmerman pitches 8 strong for the victory. Kings had 4 homers. Game 3 - Arundel wins 7-6 in 13 innings. Miller gets the win in relief. Pedroia and Stubbs had 2 RBIs each. Game 4 - Arundel wins 10-7. Liriano picks up the win. Machado has a HR and 4 RBIs. Game 5 - Elmjack wins the finally 8-1 as Cahill gets the win. Morales leads the way with a HR and 4 RBIs.