Week of September 15
San Diego vs Coney Island Sometimes we get to play a series more important (it seems) to us than any of the big league games in real life. Such is this one. I do admit that in some league I do sim some games. But series such as this one mean a heck of a lot and are a heck of a lot of fun to play. This one is a preview of a post season matchup and was a blast to play. Game One Wth key players out of the lineup, Bryant still on the DL for two games, Grandal, Solarte, Fowler tired, a patchwork lineup had to be fielded against the Cyclones. the Cyclones get one in the first on a double by Pedroia driving in Gardner, who flew around the bases. They added another in the third and still another on a solo shot from Pedroia in the fifth. San Diego managed to get one in the ninth when they loaded the bases, giving the locals a little hope, but Johnson shut them down. 4-1 Coney Island Game Two One of the more exciting games I've played with our unique obsession. The Cyclones jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a double from Beltre and a two run shot from Desmond. They added two more in the 3rd on a two run shot from Pedroia. The Armadillos got back n the game on two critical errors from the Cyclones. 5-2. In the bottom of the seventh and the pitcher up, the Armadillo manager decided to pinch hit with Hunter Renfroe, who was tired and little used. He promptly hit his first homerun of the season and his first of what should be a good career. 3 batters later, Altuve hit a solo shot to make it a one run game. At this point, the manager of the Armadillos made a great decision. Despite being tired, Renfroe went in to right field. In the bottom of the ninth, Cabrera walked and with Deshields pinch running, Fowler hit a double to right center, driving in Deshields with the tying run. Two more walks had the bases loaded for the Armadillos, but Rizzo hit into a 523 double play to send it to extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, the manager of the Armadillos was shown that he might be a little bit of a genius. Grandal walked and Hunter Renfroe, obvious tire and beat, hit the first pitch into the right field stands for his second homerun of the game and the win for San Diego. 7-5 Armadillos. Game three Kris Bryant was welcomed back off the DL by a standing ovation at his first at bat. He showed his appreciation by hitting the first pitch from Roark into the left field stands for 2 runs as San Diego put up 3 in the first. The added another in the 3rd on a double from Tucker. Two more in the 6th on ANOTHER homerun from Bryans, obviously not hurting any more. Coney got 1 in the eighth and 2 in the ninth to make it closer, but too late. 6-3 Armadillos Game Four 3 critical errors was the undoing for the Cyclones as San Diego got 4 runs but only 5 hits and 3 errors from Coney Island. 4-2 San Diego Game Five Tied 2-2 into the eighth. Desmond singled, stole second, stole third and scored on the error from Grandal. Shaw walked, stole second, took third on a single from Ruiz, Both scored on a double from Arcia for the win. 5-3 Coney Island.
Louisiana vs Gulf Breeze Gulf Breeze Rebels vs. Louisiana Cajuns .... played via Teamviewer Gm 1 -- Cajuns 12-6 comeback win. Gm 2 -- Myers (2 HR) and Sanchez (2 HR, in 10th and walkoff in 12th), plus Saunders and Rosales tell the story ....but it took 12 innings for 8-7 Cajun win. Gm3 --Tough game, but Rebels score late for 7-2 win Gm 4 -- Rebels tie up series at 2-2 with 5-2 win Gm 5 -- Tanaka shuts down Rebels 5-2 after being down 2-0 with Abreu HR in 1st. Great fun between storied rivals via TeamViewer.
Brooklyn vs Tidewater An important series in the NL Central as the Codgers are trying to open up a lead in the division. Game 1 - Codgers open with a couple in the 3rd, Conforto gets one back off Verlander in the 4th. Codgers pick up several more including one when Inciarte is hurt (5 daysA) as a ball richochets off Upton's noggin. Codgers go on to an easy 8-1 victory. Verlander the win, Ventura the loss. Game 2 - Andriese pitches 8 innings of 3 hit ball as they beat Sale 1-0, Phelps gets the save. Game 3 - After trading solo runs Kang hits a 2 run homer in the 3rd off Fulmer. Codgers get one back in the 5th then Mauer ties it with a pinch hit solo shot off Adleman. Three batters later Santana hits a Baltimore special off Cecil in relief and it's 6-3. Codgers go on to win 7-3 with Fulmer the winner and Adleman the loser. Game 4 - tight game until the 7th when the Codgers score 2 on an error by Gregorius. Markakis makes it 4-0 with a round tripper in the 8th off Guerra and it stays that way as Shaw gets the win and Gray the loss. Game 5 - Santana stakes Brooklyn to a 2-0 lead with his 25th dinger in the first. The Drillers tie in in the 7th but lose the chance for the lead when they try a double steal with Forsythe and Smith and Smith's gunned down at home. Tony Watson comes in the the 7th with two on only to have Carpenter whack a 3 run opposite field blast for a 5-2 Codger lead. Osuna holds the fort for the save, Kintzler the win, Buchter the loss. So the Codgers win 4 of 5 to extend their lead in the NL Central to 9 games. The Drillers go to Green Bay while the Codgers go to Reed.
Freeport vs Beantown Beantown comes to Freeport hoping to put away the AL Central. G1 Carlos Hernandez' RBI single in the 9th makes a winner out of Jake Arrieta as the Bombers take game one 3-2. Arrieta worked 8 strong for the win, striking out 10. B 3 7 0 F 2 4 2 W- Arrieta (13-7) L- Vizcaino (0-2) S- Wright (1) HR- B - Blackmon (23) F - Alvarez (18) G2 It was an old school contest as both starting pitchers tossed complete games. Cole Hamels threw a two hitter striking out 8 as he outdueled Ervin Santana. Pedro Alvarez had a pair of hits for Freeport. B 1 2 0 F 2 7 1 W- Hamels (17-8) L- Santana (11-8) HR- B- S. Smith (22) G3 Freeport looked to have the edge in this matchup, but Beantown chased Freeport starter KYle Hendricks early and coasted to a 10-4 win. Charlie Blackmon and Justin Turner combined to drive in 7. Nick Franklin had three hits and 4 rbi for Freeport. B 10 12 2 F 4 9 2 W- J. Locke (5-3) L- Hendricks (15-10) HR- B- Bl;ackmon (24), J Turner (33) F - Franklin -6- G4 Matt Harvey and three relievers combined to toss a 6 hit shutout as the Bandits picked up a 3-0 win in game 4. The Bandits hit three solo shots off Bombers starter Colin McHugh. Alvarez and Brandon Drury each had two hits for Freeport. B 0 6 0 F 3 8 1 W- Harvey (5-9) L- McHugh (11-9) S- Edwards (1) HR- F- K. Davis (35), Drury (16), Wieters (11) G5 Khris Davis' walk off two run homer gave Freeport a 3-2 win and the series win as well. Freeport starter Reynaldo Lopez danced in and out of trouble for 6 innings as Beantown failed time and time again to get the clutch hit. The Bombers left 12 men on in this one. Seth Smith went 3-3 for Beantown, while newly acquired Brandon Drury finished off a solid series with three hits for Freeport. B 2 8 2 F 3 11 1 W- Ynoa (1-0) L- S. Wright (8-5) Both teams are home next week with Beantown hosting Gulf Breeze and Freeport playing host to Louisiana.
Mokena vs Tampa Game 1: ======= Tampa 7-10-0 Mokena 8-11-1 Snell vs Manaea With Tampa up 7-5 in the 7th, Ramirez gives up a 3 run homer to McCutchen. McCutchen would go 3-4 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored to pace Mokena. Tomas doubles and homers and knocks in 3 for Tampa. Game 2: ======= Tampa 2-6-2 Mokena 3-3-0 Eickhoff vs Zimmerman With the score tied at 2 in the 9th, Skaggs inherits a bases loaded situation. He plunks Russell for a Mokena win. Eickhoff throws 7.2, 2 ER ball and gets a no decision. He walked 8 but Mokena couldn't do much with them. Game 3: ======= Tampa 3-8-0 Mokena 1-4-1 Miley vs Chatwood Cron (2-4, RBI) is the hitting star in a quiet offensive game from both clubs. Miley injures himself before throwing a pitch, but Corbin comes in and tosses 4 innings yielding just one run to earn the win. Game 4: ======= Tampa 4-8-0 Mokena 6-9-0 Wood vs Cain Wood (4-6) gives up 4 homers (McCutchen, Belt, Russell and Maile) to take the loss. Cain (9-2) goes 6 for the win.Tomas (3 RBI) and Pederson each homer for Tampa in the loss. Game 5: ======= Tampa 8-7-1 Mokena 4-12-2 Iwakuma vs Quintana Iwakuma (8-12) throws 8 strong innings for the win. Eaton, Cron, Tomas and Flowers go yard for Tampa. Harper goes 4-4 for the Roozys in the loss. Quintana drops to 12-13 on the season. Mokena takes 3 of 5
Stamford vs Chappaqua STAMFORD JAYS TAKE FOUR OF SIX IN CHAPPAQUA AND STRIKE A HUGE BLOW TO THE COMETS WILD CARD HOPES In a battle between long time division rivals, the Comets won the first two games only to see the Jays come back with four straight wins Game 1 CHA 6 SA 3 Rich Hill (5-8, 3.56) pitched a 3 hit shutout for 8 innings as the Comets coasted to a 6-0 lead through 8. RP Ken Giles gave up 3 runs in the 9th before Cam Bedrosian shut the door, picking up his 6th save. Chappaqua scored 3 in the first on an RBI single by Buster Posey and a 2 RBI triple by Adam Duvall. They added 3 more in the 7th on a triple by Brandon Crawford and a 2 run HR by Kendry Morales (27). Adam Wainwright (8-12, 5.60) took the loss. Game 2 1G DH CHA 4 STA 2 The comets win the first game of a twin bill as Jose Fernandez (8-11, 3.68) goes 8 innings allowing only 5 hits, 2 runs, with only one walk while striking out THIRTEEN. Jays took a 2-0 lead in the first on a HR by Juan Segura (17). Chappaqua got one back in the bottom of the frame when ex-Jay Brandon Crawford hit a solo shot (12). Kyle Seager’s RBI single tied it in the 4th and Mike Napoli’s RBI single then put CHA ahead for good. Stamford threatened in the 9th. With one on and 2 out, Nomar Mazara came up to pinch hit. Manager Raylesberg pulled Fernandez and put lefty Kevin Siegrist in to face the lefty batter. Siegrist fanned Mazara to end the game, getting his first save of the season. Steven Matz (12-5, 2.55) took the loss for Stamford. Game 3 2G DH STA 5 CHA 1 The Jays gain a split of the doubleheader as Michael Pineda (5-6, 3.98) goes 8, allowing only 5 hits and 1 run, despite 6 walks. Mark Trumbo gave STA all the runs they needed in the first when he blasted a 2 run HR, his 36th of the year. Dee Gordon had two RBI singles as Pineda cruised to victory. The ageless Bartolo Colon (11-13, 2.21) took the loss, allowing 5 runs in 7 innings. Game 4 STA 2 CHA 1 A great pitcher’s duel between Stamford’s James Paxton (14-6, 3.77) and Chappaqua’s Chris Tillman (11-12, 3.76) goes to Stamford. Ben Zobrist got the Jays off to a great start with a leadoff HR (18). In the 4th, a Cuthbert single made it 2-0 before Chappaqua got a run on a HR by Morales (28). But that was all the scoring as Paxton went 6 strong innings and three relievers then shutout the Comets the rest of the way. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th to get his 28th save of the year. Game 5 STA 7 CHA 2 With the series now tied at 2, the Jays send Luis Cessa to the mound against Mike Leake. After Chester Cuthbert’s single put Stamford ahead 1-0 in the 4th, Adam Duvall belted a 2 run HR (24) in the bottom of the frame to put CHA up 2-1. It stayed that way until the 7th when Manager Raylesberg left a tiring Mike Leake in to face Zobrist with two on. Zobrist came through once again, hitting a 3 run HR- his second HR in two days and 19th of the year – as Stamford went ahead 4-2. Three 9th inning insurance runs put the game away. With the loss, Leake drops to 12-10, 3.43. Ubaldo Jiminez won it in relief for Stamford (2-0) as Baez, Givens and Anibal Sanchez combined for 3 shutout innings in relief of Jiminez. Game 6 STA 6 CHA 2 5 innings – game called on account of Rain The Comets are reeling, having now lost three in a row to Stamford. It is a rainy day in Chappaqua and the start of the game is delayed. When the teams take the field, Stamford strikes early once again, scoring two in the first on an RBI single by Ryan Braun and a sac fly RBI by – who else? – Zobrist. Chappaqua came right back to tie it in the bottom of the frame when Morales hit a 2 run HR, his third of the series and 29th of the year. In the second, Kurt Suzuki broke the tie with a solo blast (2) off Comets starter and loser Scott Kazmir (9-7, 4.04). In the 5th, Mark Trumbo hit a 3 run HR (37) to give Stamford a commanding 6-2 lead. The rains came again and the game was called after only 5 innings. Mike Clevinger (5-7) got the win for Stamford. With the four straight losses, the Comets drop to 77-69, second in the NL east – and facing elimination this week if Greensboro wins even a single game against Durham . The Comets now trail San Diego by 8 games for the Wild Card, pending the results of San Diego’s series against NL West leader Coney Island. The Jays, meanwhile, are only three games behind the Comets (74-72) in the NL East. Next week: The Comets host the last place Durham Lucky Strikes in Chappaqua’s last home series of the season. They finish on the road against division rivals Stamford and Greensboro.Stamford will host Greensboro with a chance to catch Chappaqua for second place.
Reed vs Green Bay Gm 1 RB 7, GB 0 WP: L. McCullers (3-7) LP: J. Guerra (3-7) S: D. Paulino (1) HR: RB - J. Villar (22), J. Smoak (13) ** 2 hits, 2 R, SB for Kiermaier; 3 RBI for the Smoak Monster ** Gm 2 RB 3, GB 2 WP: C. Anderson (6-18) LP: B. Ziegler (4-4) S: K. Barraclough (16) HR: GB - A. Bregman (6); RB - A. Rendon (18) ** Rendon has a game - 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 2B, HR ** Gm 3 GB 10, RB 9 WP: M. Latos (8-6) LP: J. Nicasioi (10-11) S: D. Otero (22) HR: GB - B. Miller (6), M. Holliday (9) ** Miller & Holliday combine for 3 hits, 3 R, 7 RBI ** Gm 4 RB 3, GB 2 WP: J. Niese (6-15) LP: J. Alvarez (3-1) S: K. Barraclough (17) HR: RB - D. Travis 2 (19) ** Niese fans 7 in 7 IP; Travis supplies the offense with his 2 HR ** Gm 5 RB 13, GB 7 WP: T. Anderson (3-4) LP: S. Gray (1-11) S: D. Paulino (2) HR: GB - B. Lawrie (6), J. Panik (8); RB - A. Rendon (19), J. Bruce (38), S. Piscotty 2 (12) ** 3 hits for Villar & Piscotty (who adds 5 RBI) **
Arizona vs Westchester What? The Wombats are back again? They were just here 2 weeks ago! The Wombies, cellar dwellers with Jonesboro, are here to play the spoiler role as the Dust Devils sit 3.5 games back of the East Coast Ortiz Rocks-it-outta-heres in the AL West. ========= Game 1: Matt Garza (11-13) vs. Aaron Nola (9-13) Votto, in the 3rd, and Russell Martin in the 4th, each hit 2 run homers staking the Wombats to a 4-0 lead. Lamb smacks a 2 runner for the Devils in the home 4th to ignite a 6 run rally as the Devils take a 6-4 lead. The good feeling lasts until Grossman whacks a 3 run triple in the top of the 6th putting the Wombats up 7-6! The Wombats continue the onslaught collecting 4 more in the 8th to take an 11-6 lead. May as well pile it on .. the Wombats tack on another 2 in the 9th to make it 13-6 and that's the final. Votto has 4 hits, Cozart and Martin 3 apiece for the visiting hackers. R H E WES 13 14 1 ARZ 6 7 0 W: Worley (7-1) L: J.C. Ramirez (0-3) HR: WES – Votto (33), Martin (13), Cozart (12) ; ARZ – Lamb (26), Pham (5) ========= Game 2: Doug Fister (5-16) vs. Seth Lugo (4-4) Cano smacks a 1st inning solo shot gives the Wombats a 1-0 lead. Moreland gets payback with interest in the home 1st swatting a 3 run homer to right, 3-1 Arizona. Galvis makes it 5-1 with a 2 run double in the 6th sending Fister to the showers. The Wombats put up a scare in the 8th loading the bases with 2 outs but Addison Reed comes in to save Barrett's butt by striking out Healy. Moreland has 4 hits, scores 3 and knocks in 3 in the Arizona win. R H E WES 1 4 1 ARZ 6 14 0 W: Lugo (5-4) L: Fister (5-17) S: A Reed (12) HR: WES – Cano (38) ; ARZ – Moreland (19) ========= Game 3: Robert Stephenson (2-7) vs. Matt Moore (12-7) A Lamb blam anagram with 2 aboard puts Arizona up 3-0 in the 1st. Stephenson doesn’t get out of the 2nd as Miller V saw enough after Robert gives up a 4th run, 4-0 Arizona. Moore walks the base loaded with 1 out in the top of the 3rd. He then faces the human base on balls machine Joey Votto who .. strikes out! Cano dribbles one to 1st to end the threat. Franco takes a Galvis liner off the leg in the 4th and will miss 3 games with the contusion. The Devils add 4 more in the inning, 2 on a Dahl long distance call, 8-0 after 4. Top of the 5th, turnabout is fair play, Galvis gets hurt fielding a Cozart smash and leaves the game. A run scores on the play and Votto triples in another making it 8-2 in the 5th. David Ross grunts one out with a runner on in the 8th, 8-4 Dust Devils. The Wombats threaten in the 8th but the Devils bullpen holds on for the 8-4 win. R H E WES 4 0 0 ARZ 8 12 1 W: Moore (13-7) L: Stephenson (2-8) S: Broxton (1) HR: WES – Ross (9) ; ARZ – Lamb (27), Dahl (10) ========= Game 4: Christian Friedrich (7-13) vs. Taijuan Walker (10-10) Healy doubles in Cano putting the Wombats up 1-0 in the 1st. Odor belts one out with Lamb on board as the Devils take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd. Yan Gomes blasts a 3 run homer to finish off a 4 run bottom of the 4th as Arizona claims a 6-1 lead. Haniger knocks a solo home in the top of the 5th, 6-2. Cozart singles in a run in the 6th, 6-3 Arizona. Pollock swats a 2 run homer giving Arizona an 8-3 lead in the 7th. Haniger triples in a pair in the 8th. Devenski hits Maybin, Maybin leaves the game and will miss another 24 – done for the year. Ross steps to the plate and Devenski hits him to load the bases. Savior Addison Reed comes in and gets Cano on a grounder to second and nails down the 9th for an 8-5 Devils win. R H E WES 5 10 0 ARZ 8 12 0 W: Walker (11-10) L: Friedrich (7-14) S: A Reed (13) HR: WES – Haniger (8) ; ARZ – Odor (22), Y Gomes (4), Pollock (3) ========= Game 5: Alex Gonzalez (1-2) vs. Albert Suarez (8-10) The Devils put up a 5 spot in the 5th with 2 coming on a bases loaded sure-DP-grounder to Cozart that he throws away. Suarez throws 8 shutout innings in a 5-1 Devils win. Alexei Ramirez broke up the shutout with a solo homer in the 9th. R H E WES 1 7 1 ARZ 5 9 0 W: Suarez (9-10) L: Gonzalez (1-3) HR: WES – A Ramirez(6) The Devils take the series 4 games to 1 and move to within 2 games of the top spotting Rockies. The Wombats head to Jonesboro for a 6 game matchup while the Devils await the arrival of East Coast for a fate determining 6 game series!
Week of September 9
Brooklyn vs Reed We're in intradivisional play for the remainder of the season as the Codgers are at home to play the Beavers. Game 1 - Villar opens with a lead-off homerun off Verlander. Codgers come right back with a 3 spot capped by Longoria's 22nd. Granderson gets his 22nd in the next frame. They knock out McCullers after only 1 1/3 innings but lefty Anderson is met by still another dinger, this time by Yelich for a 7-1 lead. Meanwhile pitcher Anderson gets into the act with a solo shot in the 5th, then Villar back-to-back with his second of the game. It's homerun city in this game so far with 6 by inning #5. It stays that way as Verlander completes the game for his 16th win. Game 2 - Codgers race to a 5-1 lead by inning three capped by another 2 run shot by Granderson. Codgers get another on another Yelich homerun and win 7-2, Sale the win, Chase Anderson the loss. Game 3 - Beavers bash Fulmer around (his ERA is going well north of 4 and his record a dismal 6-12, about to be 6-13, amazing for a 13 with a G) and he barely lasts 5 innings. O'Day comes in and Rendon smashes his 17th for a 6-0 lead. Morgan goes 56 shutout innings. Travis makes it a laugher in the 7th with a rand salami off Casilla. Codgers break up the shutout with 2 in the 9th but it's still a 10-2 loss. Game 4 - Beavers take a 3-0 lead with a 2 run Joseph blast in the 4th off Odorizzi. Codgers tie it only to fall behind 6-3 as Shaw gives up a tie-breaking single and Claudio a double in the 7th. Morin comes in in the bottom of the inning to try for a hold but the Codgers tie it on Carpenter's triple with the bases loaded. Grimm lets the tie dissolve with a wild pitch. Kintzler gets a 2 inning save as Claudio gets the win and Morin the loss (and blown save) Game 5 - Beavers build a 4-2 lead into the 9th when underachiever stopper Osuna gives up a solo shot to Gomez. They win 5-3 as Marquez gets the win, Casilla the loss, Barraclough the save. So Brooklyn loses 2 of the final 3 yet takes the series 3 games to 2. They stay at home to face second place Tidewater while Reed goes home to host Green Bay.
Westchester vs East Coast East Coast comes in to Westchester and unlike the past doesn't worry about catching Westchester, but is focused on protecting the slim lead over Arizona. Game 1: East Coast 10, Westchester 6 East Coast 10 18 1 Westchester 6 8 1 W-Gregerson (6-3); L-Gsellman (5-1) Game 2: East Coast 6, Westchester 1 East Coast 6 14 0 West. 1 6 2 W-Jenkins (4-12); L-Stevenson (2-7) Game 3: East Coast 7, Westchester 4 East Coast 7 12 1 Westch. 4 8 0 W-Keuchel (13-8); L-Fister (5-16) Game 4: Westchester 3, East Coast 1 East Coast 1 8 1 Westch. 3 9 2 W-Peralta (5-15); L-Santiago (9-10) Game 5: East Coast 11, Westchester 3 East Coast 11 14 0 West 3 5 3 W-Liriano (16-8); L-Frierich (7-13) So, after taking series from Arizona, Wombats further help the Rockies by dropping 4 of 5. Next, Westchester travels to Arizona and East Coast returns home to host Jonesboro.
Gulf Breeze vs Freeport It's too late for the Rebels to make a run at the top spot in the division, but they played well and took down the top team, Freeport, 3 games to 2. Still, though, it was a series where it could have easily been a sweep, but heck- we'll take it. Gm 1: Fre 6-7-0 GB 3-11-1 Tied at 2 in the 9th, Bandits erupt for 4. With 2 outs in that fateful inning Davis smacked an rbi single for the lead, then Pedro Alvarez went Baltimore Special (15) and that was it. Delgado started the home 9th for Freeport and he allowed 2 singles and a HBP. Abreu then walked to force in one, but Orlando threw Kim out at the plate from the wall in right, and that would be it. Remind me to move those walls out a few more feet. So Tommy Layne backed in to the win (4-1) and Ynoa saved his 3rd. King Felix (9-10) lost it, but it was Uehara that pitched the worst. Alvarez was 2 for 4 with those 3 rbi for the Banditos. Gm 2: Fre 4-5-1 GB 5-6-0 Another quiet game until late, the Breeze leading 1-0 on Werth's solo (19) through 7. Another late Bandit rally was in the offing, though, and today's 8th featured 4 runs (almost like yesterday) including a 2 out Cabrera rbi single and a 3R Alvarez bomb (16). It was de ja vu all over again. But this time, the home team had a response Lowrie smoked a 2 run double and Colon followed with a single to tie it. We headed to the home 9th tied at 4, and Werth ended it with a 2 bagger. Syndergaard (9-10) over Hamels (16-8). Werth finished 3 for 4 for the Rebs. Gm 3: Fre 5-9-0 GB 2-3-0 Alvarez homered yet again in the first- but this time it was just a 2 run dong (17) and a pair of GB SF knotted things in the home half. Things remained that way until the late innings- when we all know the Breeze collapses like a wet taco. True to form, Kemp soloed in the 9th (23) and a later 2R Henrick double made the final margin 5-2. Layne again (5-1) over Iglesias (6-10) with McAllister saving his 1st. All 3 of the Gulf Breeze hits were in the first, and Kyle Hendricks deserved better. Gm 4: Fre 3-7-0 GB 4-9-1 Moss' 2 out 2R double was offset by Orlando's 2 out 2R dying quail and it was 2 all after 4 1/2. Werth responded with a 2R blast in the home 5th setting up the late innings for the Bandits. Sure enough, Cabrera led off the 9th with a blast (25) and after a E5, Allen got a whiff and a GIDP to save his 26th, limiting Freeport's late inning scoring to just a single tally. Pomeranz (10-14) won it, Archie Bradley lost it, despite 9 punch outs in 5 frames. Bandits were good enough to bounce in to 4 DPs. Gm 5: Fre 3-8-3 GB 21-20-0 Ho-hum. Who had the Breeze in the 21 run pool? Haven't had one of these in a long time, but R.Lopez (2-3) was shellacked and 3 other Freeport hurlers didn't fare much better. Bauer (10-11) was amply supported in the win. Moya (5) and Margot (1) left the building and Valencia (3 for 4, 4 runs) and Bandy (3 for 4, 3 runs, 2 rbi) topped the list of big offensive day players. So we move the Rebels to Louisiana next week for a battle with the Cajuns, while Freeport heads home to take on 2nd place Beantown.
Mokena vs San Diego Game 1: ======= San Diego 8-13-0 Mokena 10-13-0 Koehler vs Manaea Russell and Rua homer for Mokena and 5 Roozys collect two hits each to help Mokena keep a game long barrage of baserunners. Santana homers for San Diego and Fowler goes 3-5. Bullpens were aweful in this one. Game 2: ======= San Diego 6-7-1 Mokena 4-8-0 Lewis vs Zimmerman Bryant (2 rbi) and Cabrera (2 rbi) homer to pace San Diego in a comeback win. Harper and McCutchen (3-4) homer for Mokena in the loss. Lewis (7-6) gets the win while Zimmerman (4-6) gets the loss. Game 3: ======= San Diego 13-13-0 Mokena 0-3-4 Samardzija vs Chatwood Rizzo (3-3, 6 RBI) homers as does Solarte (3 RBI) to provide most of the San Diego offense in the win. Samardzija (17-6) goes all 9 and goes 2-4 with 2 RBI as well to earn the win. Chatwood (5-9) only lasts 3.2 giving up 7 ER takes the loss. Game 4: ======= San Diego 11-14-0 Mokena 13-17-2 Stripling vs Cain Score is 8-6 Mokena after the 2nd inning! Lucroy (3-5, 5 RBI) hits 2 homers and Perez (3 triples, 5 RBI) provide the offense for Mokena. Rizzo (3-4, 4 RBI) homers for San Diego. 31 hits combined and most were singles. Stripling (4-5) lasts 1.1 innings, giving up 7 ER takes the loss. Cain lasts 1.1 innings as well, but Bettis gets the win going 4.2 innings in relief. Game 5: ======= San Diego 3-8-1 Mokena 5-9-1 Kuhl vs Quintana San Diego led 3-1 into the 8th, but Hendriks comes in and gives up 4 ER and two homers to allow Mokena to scrape out a win. Perez hits a 2 run homer for the difference after Harper hit a 2 run homer 3 batters earlier. Puig homers for San Diego and has 2 RBI. Mokena takes 3 of 5
Chappaqua vs Durham CHAPPAQUA COMETS TAKE FOUR OF FIVE FROM DURHAM LUCKY STRIKES AS COMETS TRY TO STAY IN THE WILD CARD RACE Game 1 DUR 4 CHA 3 The Lucky Strikes win the series opener as rookie Jharrel Cotton (1-2) allows only 4 this over 7 innings and outpitches Comets ace Jose Fernandez (7-11). Durham took a 3-0 lead on a first inning RBI single by Eric Hosmer, a bases loaded walk to Hosmer in the 6th and a sac fly by Jody Mercer, also in the 6th. Chappaqua got a run back in the bottom of the 7th to make it 3-1. Hosmer then belted his 27th HR of the year in the top of the 9th off Fernando Rodriguez to make it 4-1. That insurance run was the difference as the Comets scored two in the bottom of the 9th to make the final score 4-3. With the bases loaded and 2 out, trailing 4-1, Jace Peterson singled to make it 4-2. Then PH Jason Bour walked forcing in a run to make it 4-3. At that point Durham took RP Knebel out of the game and brought in ex-Comet reliever Keone Kela to face a red hot Melky Cabrera. Kela got Cabrera to ground out to pick up his second save of the year. Game 2 CHA 9 DUR 8 A wild one goes to the Comets as the teams combine for 16 runs and 28 hits. Durham struck first when Luis Valbuena hit a first inning 3 run HR (17) off Comets starter Mike Leake (12-9, 5 IP 11 H 7 R). The Comets came right back in the bottom of the first scoring on a passed ball (by Drew Butera), a sac fly by Kyle Sege and a big 2 run HR by Adam Duvall- his 22nd of the season. 4-3 Chappaqua after 1. In the second the Comets continued to pound away against Durham starter and ex-Comet Nick Tropeano. He would soon be replaced by Tommy Milone as Chappaqua scored three more times in the second inning – on a HR by Melky (13) a double by Kendry Morales and a single by Seager (100th RBI). Leading 7-3 in the third Leake almost gave the lead away as Butera homered (3) to make it 74, Smolinski singled to make it 7-5, and Milone helped his own cause with n RBI single to make it 7-6. The Comets then got what proved to be a big insurance run in the bottom of the 3rd on an RBI single by Brandon Crawford, making it 8-6. It was a big run as Durham scored yet again in the 4th on a double by Johnny Giavotella, making it 8-7. Chappaqua made it 9-7 in the 5th on a single by Morales (81 RBIs). After that, the Comets bullpen took over and shut out Durham the rest of the way as the combination of Kevin Siegrist, Steve Cishek and Matt Burns allowed only 2 hits over 4 innings. Burns picked up his 25th save. Game 3 CHA 6 DUR 1 An easy win this time for Chappaqua as they score 5 in the second against starter and loser Chris Rea (8-13). The big blow was a 3 run HR by Melky Cabrera, his second in as many days and his 14th of the year. Buster Posey added a solo shot (8) in the 8th. Chris Tillman (11-11, 3.81) pitched a solid 8 innings (4H, 1R, 6 K) to get the win for the Comets. Game 4 CHA 6 DUR 2 The Comets win their third in a row as Scott Kazmir (9-6, 3.81) goes 8 innings to get the win allowing only 5 hits and 2 runs. Kazmir gave up his 2 runs in the first inning when Hosmer hit a 2 run HR, his second of the series and 28th of the season. Chappaqua tied it in the bottom of the first when Kendry Morales hit a 2 run HR (26) off starter and loser T Wilson (5-11). The winning run scored in the 4th when Kazmir helped his own cause with an RBI single to make it 3-2. A solo HR by Seager (34), another RBI single by Kazmir (.136) and yet another HR by Melky (15) closed out the scoring. Cabrera now has 3 HRs in 3 games. Game 5 CHA 11 DUR 4 Another easy win for the Comets as they take their fourth in a row against Durham. It was another ex-Comet pitcher, James Shields (3-6) who this time was routed by his old mates. Chappaqua scored 5 in the first and 4 in the third against a beleaguered Shields. The big blows were a 2 run HR by Mike Napoli (22), a 2 run HR by Jace Peterson (6) and a 2 run blast by Adam Duvall (23). Ariel Miranda (3-2, 6.29) pitched 8 innings to get the win for Chappaqua. Crawford and Peterson each had 3 hits for the Comets. Chappaqua is now 13-3 on the season against Durham. The Comets improve their record to 75-65, second in the NL East. They trail San Diego for the wild card by 7.5 games pending the results of San Diego’s series at Mokena. Durham drops to 44-98, last in the NL East and with the worst record in WIBL. The Lucky Strikes can look forward to the first pick in the 2018 draft. Next up: With just 22 games to go, the Comets next host division rival Stamford for a 6 game series, needed to win almost all of their remaining games and hope others give them help against San Diego. Durham will host NL East (and WIBL best) Greensboro.
Tidewater vs Green Bay Green Bay comes to visit Tidewater. Tidewater rips off two quick victories and then , if it can go wrong for Tidewater, it went wrong! Gm.1 TID 9-4 Y.Ventura K's 9, leaves it to the bullpen after 6.1 and picks up win #10 against R, Nolasco (8-11). D. Gregorius and M.Conforto combine for 5 hits, 5 RBI, and 2 Homers to lead a 12 hit attack. J.Ramirez (8) and T.Story (21) went yard for Green Bay. Gm.2 TID 11-4 M.Andriese (5-11) stumbles through 8 innings and Green Bay's B.Norris (5-6) lasts 6 batters giving up 6 runs. C.Young's grand slam (hr #9) highlighted a 8 run 1st. E. Inciarte added 4 hits and D.Gregorius 3 as the Drillers pounded out 18 base knocks. 6 of the Gamblers' 8 hits came from the first 4 batters with J.Ramirez and B.Miller getting 2 each. Gm.3 GBG 10-9 The Drillers outhit, out extra-based, out homered and our starter out pitched the Gamblers. BUT Green Bay OUTSCORED Tidewater and that's all that counts. J.Ramirez continued to hit, pounding out 3 more knocks and N.Cruz was a solid 4-4 with a 3-run triple and a total of 4 RBI. C. Dickerson contributed a 3-run homer and A.Almonte a PH 2-run single. J. de la Rosa (8-8) took the win,... T.Aldeman (2-6) the loss. Gm.4 GBG 8-4 Tidewater got 2 RBI from M.Conforto, including a solo home run and led 2-1 in the 6th. J.Gray was doing well on the mound,...and then the sky fell. Pinch hitter N.Cruz laced a 2-run triple into the corner for the lead in the 7th, D.Lee lofted a 3-run big fly and D.Norris followed shortly with a solo shot...game, set, match. Gm.5 GBG 15-0 Can't say a thing. 19 hits. T.Story 4-5, 2 HRs (22,23). 3 RBI. C.Dickerson 2-6, 3 RBI, HR (23), B.Lawrie 3-5, 4 RBI, triple, E,Carrera 3-6, 3 RBI. It was devastating. Green Bay flexes its muscle and Drills the Drillers. GBG 3-2 series win.
Coney Island vs Tampa NL West top and bottom meeting - but it's September so expect teams to be pesky (especially if the home team has thin pitching). Game 1 - the Stingrays start right up plating 2 in the 1st. Pagan got it started a single, the 1st of 4 hits for him in the game. Castellanos gets beaned and Flowers doubles them home. In the 5th The Rays get 2 more for a 4-0 lead. Snell pitching brilliantly but in the 6th Hechavarria makes an error and when the dust settles the Cyclones get 4 runners across the plate (all unearned) - 2 driven in my a Beltre double and it's a tie game. As things have worked for the Cyclones, they enter the 9th tied, way behind in hits and yet, still alive. Desmond leads off with a single and steals 2nd. Teixeira then walks and they pull off a double steal. Infield in, surprise Cyclone of the year (gave up our 1st round pick for him) Ketel Marte (sporting .317 average - THANKS GREENSBORO!) comes up and grounds one up the middle, Ramirez knocks it down, recovers fires home and Desmond is safe on the FC and it's all over. 5-4 Cyclones. TAM 4-9-1 LP Ramirez (3-4) BS (2) CIC 5-5-0 WP Belisle (4-2) Game 2 - Stingrays again build a lead - a bigger lead. Castellanos doubles and homers (13) driving in 4, Flowers hits 2 doubles and drives in 2 and it 7-0 after 5. Cyclones send the starters home. Eickhoff going strong ... but wait ... Beltre sticks around (3 hits) and a homer (21) in the 7th, Thompson gets an rbi double in the 8th and Shaw cracks a 3 run homer (13) in the 9th. But then it comes to an end and Tampa hangs on to win - May had to come in in the 9th to get the final 2 outs for the save (1) and he did! Eickhoff wins it (8-12) and Holland loses it (6-6) Game 3 - Cyclones only manage 6 hits and half that many errors - and yet they win the game 5-0! Pedroia (12) and Beltre (22) hit homers and each drives in 2 and the 2 run 7th and 8th gave the home team the breathing room that Gonzalez (W, 12-5) deserved (3 hits, 7.1 innings, 1 walk, 6 Ks). Miley (6-15) takes the loss, but his lackluster offense was just as much the problem. Game 4 - Davies (10-7) goes the distance earning the W in this one. 6 hits, 6 ks and only 1 run (Desmond 9th inning homer ). Giving Davies the support was, well Davies among other. He got the 1st of three straight hits in the 5th leading to 1 run on Pederson's double. Cron drove in a 2nd run. Then in the 6th with runners on the corners, Davies comes up and bounces one to Pedroia - over to 2nd for 1, but Davies beats out the through to 1st and drives in run #3. That was all the Rays offense, but it was enough in the 3-1 Tampa win. Nova pitches well, but takes the L (14-5). Game 5 - series tied a 2 each and Cyclones head to San Diego next week in what is once again shaping up as pivotal series. Iwakuma and Roark are the pitchers. Shaw starts the scoring in the 2nd with a lead-off homer (16). Pederson takes Roark over the wall (19) in the 4th to tie it. Tie quickly ends when Teixeira connects (10) for a 2 run shot in the bottom of the 4th. Pedroia drives in another in the 5th and Teixeira (2 for 3, 2 rbis) comes up again and new Rays pitcher Ramirez beans him (and Teix will miss 6 days!!) Hey!! But that was the extent Tampa's offense the rest of the game - pretty offensive if you ask me. Roark (16-6) goes 6.1 for the W, Iwakuma (7-12) takes the loss. Tampa was not nice to the home team grabbing 2 of the 5 games definitely keeping things in the NL West interesting. Coney travels to the West Coast to play the Armadilos. Tampa goes to Mokena.
Greensboro vs Stamford Sep't. 5 - Wainwright faces Max in the opener. The Jays take it 7-4 with a 4-run fourth inning. JBJ hits #20, and Trout (#29) and Giancarlo (#25) also homer. Sep't. 6 - de la Rosa versus Lester in game 2. The Hopper bats come alive in this one as they clobber the Jays, 12-2. Cuthbert (#13), Nunez (#11), Pujos (#24 and #25), and Phillips (#14) go yard. Sep't. 7 - Mike Clevenger opposes Dylan Bundy in this one. The Jays return the favor as they beat up on rusty Bundy, 10-3. Segura (#16), Braun (#28), and Cuthbert (#14) homer. Sep't. 8 - Cessa faces Martin Perez in game 4. Greensboro takes this one, 10-5, in another slugfest. Perez manages to go the route, winning his first of the season. Braun hits 2 and now has 30, and Sal Perez hits #16. Sep't. 9 - Paxton and Lackey in the finale. Stamford takes this one, 9-2, and they take 3 of the 5 contests. The Hoppers now head cross-state to Durham while Stamford heads north to face the Comets.
Week of September 3
Tampa vs Mokena Tampa wins 3 of 5 from Mokena Game 1: 4-1 TAM Blake Snell strikes 10 in 8 innings for his 3rd win Game 2:10-3 TAM Castellanos drives in 5 runs for Tampa Game 3: 6-5 MOK Perez drives in 3 runs, Chatood gets his 5th win Game 411-10 TAM Tampa wins it in extra innings on a walk off RBI by Tomas Game 5: 4-0 MOK Quntana pitches the CG shutout for his 12th win
Gulf Breeze vs Beantown Gulf Breeze looked to cut off 12 games of the Bomber lead in the 5 games they had scheduled, and did about what we expected, taking 2 of the 5 from the Bombers- who are well on their way to the division title. Gm 1: Bea 9-14-0 GB 5-9-2 A Jayson Werth solo blast (17) in the home 8th tied the game at 4, but Bombers would have none of that as they plated 5 in the 9th to coast to victory. In that fateful frame, 2 singles and a catcher's interference loaded 'em with no outs. Turner then smashed a 2R single and Castillo followed with a single and rbi. Still no outs, a WP and a BB loaded them again, in time for a later 2 out E.Escobar 2R single and we were toast. Jesse Chavez (3-4, 7.25) won it while Jake Diekman (2-5 4.26) did not. Hanley Ramirez (26) and Lowrie (1) left the building as well for the Rebels, Charlie Blackmon was 2 for 4 with a double and triple for the visitors. Turner was 3 for 4. Gm 2: Bea 5-9-0 GB 1-6-0 Ervin Santana (11-6) dominated in the CG effort, punching out 14 on the day. Breeze hung around despite the lack of offense, and the score was scoreless after 6. But just as in game #1, Bombers went off in the late frame with Blackmon (21) and Turner (29) going back to back, and after two more XBH in a row, Kelly Johnson's dying quail made it a 4 spot. Bourjos (3) and PH Moya (3) exchanged 9th inning solo shots for the final score. Syndergaard posted another puzzling loss (8-10). Blackmon was 2 for 4 again for the Bombers. Gm 3: Bea 2-8-2 GB 10-11-0 Good guys explode for 10 including Werth's 18th HR and a 3 for 5, 3 rbi day from Valencia. Fresh off the d.l., Greinke pitched well for 6- allowing just a Johnson rbi base knock. But the game was already over at that point as 3 relievers closed it out. Jeff Locke (4-2) dropped it. Blackmon was 2 for 4 again. Gm 4: Bea 10-16-1 GB 7-10-0 Another unreal late inning offensive performance by the visitors as they score 6 in the 8th to take this one late. It was 4-1 in the home 7th when Kim (6) and Moya (4) went back to back making it a one run affair. But Bombers did their thing in the 8th with Turner (31) and Johnson (2) going back to back then after an out and a single, Gosewich (2) left the building for 2 more. After a later Sean Rodriguez 2R single and the 6 spot was hung, the game was close to over. Breeze did rebound a bit with their own fireworks in the home 8th- plating 4 with a 3R, 2 out, Moya double and an Abreu base knock, but that would be the final margin of 3. Bombers enjoyed a 6 bomb day, with the above mentioned already, Descalso (18) and Blackmon (22) chipping in. Turner's 31st was his 2nd on the day. Blackmon was 2 for 5, Turner 3 for 5. Tuffy Gosewisch was 2 for 4, raising his average to .144. Pomeranz (9-14) hung around long enough for the loss, but it was Uehara who was pummeled in that 8th. McHugh (10-8) won it with Flynn notching his 6th save. Gm 5: Bea 1-5-0 GB 2-7-1 We were able to stop Blackmon in this one- as he crashed in to a wall and will miss a couple of days. Trevor Bauer rose to the occasion with 7 innings of 1 run ball as he rises to 9-11. Kim's boot with 2 outs in the first made it 1-0 Beantown, but a Moss triple caused a Bourjos injury (he'll miss 6) and Lobaton (6) followed with a 2R jack to account for all the scoring. Allen saved it (#25). Shoemaker (11-9) pitched the CG. The homestand continues for the Rebels next week as they host Freeport while the Bombers head home to take on Louisiana.
Tidewater vs Reed Reed Beavers visit Tidewater. The Drillers take 4 of 5. Gm.1 TID 2-1 Both starters (McCullers and Ventura) pitch well. Drillers score first on a SF by M.Smith and Reed counters with a T.Joseph solo homer. L.Forsyth's sharp single in the 8th drives in the speedy M.Upton to give VIR the first game. Gm.2 TID 3-2 C.Anderson only went 5 innings for Reed but allowed all 3 runs. The bullpen was great allowing only 1 base runner in 3 innings. Unfortunately, those 3 runs were enough for Virginia to squeeze out the win. The Drillers scored 1 in the 3rd, 4th, and the go ahead run in the 5th on E.Inciarte's base hit to offset solo shots from the Beavers' J.Smoak and J.Bruce in the 5th and 6th. Gm.3 TID 7-4 Drillers jump out to a 2-0 lead on a B.Buxton 2-run triple in the 4th and add another run in the 5th to go up 3-0. Beavers erase that lead in the top of the 6th when when S.Piscotty slams a 2-run double off the wall and J.Bruce follows by smashing one into the seats to put Reed up 4-3. J.Kang's RBI double in the bottom of the 6th ties it and then E.Encarnacion crushes a walk-off 3 run homer in the 9th to give VIR the win. Gm.4 RBV 9-5 Three homers from each team provided fireworks. But Reed used 14 hits to get 9 runs whereas VIR only had 8 hits and therefore fewer runs. A 6 run 3rd followed by a 3 run 4th gave Reed a 9-5 lead they would not give up. The Beaver bullpen pitched 5 innings of no-hit ball and secured the win for Reed. Gm. 5 TID 9-0 Coming off the loss in Gm.4, VIR turned it around in this game. J.Teheran scattered 8 hits over 8 innings and C.Young sent 2 balls out of the yard while driving in 6 runs. This was more than enough for the Drillers as they coasted to the win. TID wins series 4-1
Chappaqua vs Greensboro COMETS TAKE THREE OF FIVE FROM GREENSBORO AND GAIN GROUND IN THE WILD CARD RACE WITH SAN DIEGO The Chappaqua Comets, desperately trying to stay in the Wild Card race, beat the powerful Grasshoppers in the first three games, all in dramatic fashion. But the Hoppers came back to win the final two games. With Coney Island beating San Diego 4 of 5 this week, Chappaqua gains ground in the standings. Game 1 CHA 3 GRE 2 Mike Napoli, back in the lineup after a season long slump (.206) hit a game winning walk off HR in the bottom of the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and give Chappaqua the opening game win. It was Napoli’s 19th dinger of the season. Greensboro took a 1-0 lead in the second on Giancarlo Stanton’s 23rd HR of the year. Chappaqua went up 2-1 in the 5th when Melky Cabrera singled to score two. Albert Pujols, with a squeeze bunt (!) tied it in the 8th, setting up the dramatics for Napoli. Hoppers ace Max Scherzer went 8 solid innings, striking out 9 while walking 6 but did not figure in the decision. Reliever Donnie Hart (0-1) gave up the game winning blast and took the loss. Mike Leake pitched 7 1/3 solid innings for the Comets. Cam Bedrosian came on in the 8th and blew the save, but went on to get the win (5-0, 1.33) with 1 2/3 hitless innings in relief. Game 2 CHA 4 GRE 3 Trailing 3-0, the Comets tie it in the 8th on a 2 run HR by Kyle Seager (33) and a solo blast by – who else? – Mike Napoli (20). They win it in the bottom of the 9th on back to back doubles by Jace Peterson and Melky Cabrera (31 doubles on the season). Matt Bush (3-4) picked up the win in relief. Adam Liberatore (0-1) took the loss. Jeurys Familia blew the save (4) in relief of starter Jon Lester who pitched well. Jose Fernandez pitched 7 strong innings for Chappaqua Game 3 CHA 2 GRE 0 10 innings A classic pitching duel between Aaron Sanchez (17-2, 2.64) and Bartolo Colon (11-12, 2.16) as both starters go 9 innings allowing zero runs. Sanchez (for Greensboro) gave up 5 hits, walked one and fanned 5. Colon gave up only 2 hits, walked 4 and fanned 3. The Comets won it in the 10th when Adam Duvall went yard (21) off Donnie Hart (0-2) who lost for the second time in the series. Bedrosian (6-0, 1.30) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief. The Comets almost won it in the bottom of the 9th when Melky Cabrera doubled (32) and tried to score on a single to right by Brandon Crawford, only to be nailed at home on a great throw by Josh Reddick Game 4 GRE 6 CHA 5 The Comets came very close to pulling out another dramatic win only to fall short. After trailing 4-0 after three (when starter Chris Tillman lost his control and walked in 3 runs) the Comets mounted another comeback, this time against John Lackey. In the 6th, Melky did it again, this time hitting a solo HR (12) to make it 4-1. Then in the 7th, with one on and one out Familia replaced Lackey – and Mike Napoli did it yet again – a 2 run HR (21) to make it 4-3 after 7. Greensboro got an insurance run in the 8th on a Bandon Phillips infield single. Then in the bottom of the 8th, with Wil Harris on the mound for Greensboro, Justin Bour pinch hit a dramatic 2 run HR (9) to tie the game, as the Comets fans went wild! In the 9th, however, Matt Bush (3-5) could not keep things tied as the Hoppers Nolan Arenado singled to make it 6-5, giving him 111 RBIs on the season. That score stood up as the Hoppers won it. The beleaguered Donnie Hart picked up his first save with a scoreless 9th. Harris’s blown save was his 6th. Game 5 GRE 15 CHA 1 After four nail biting, tense, games, the Hoppers win a laugher as they rout Scott Kazmir (8-6) ( 1 2/3 6 R) and four Comets relievers (Jimmy Nelson – 4 runs in 1 2/3, Gio Gonzalez 1 2/3 scoreless, Ariel Miranda 3 runs in 2 IP and Ken Giles 2 runs in 2 IP). Stanton (24), Ozuna (14) and Salvador Perez (15) homer for Greensboro as the Hoppers smash 21 hits. Marcus Stroman (3-0) goes 6 innings to get the win for Greensboro. Chappaqua is now 71-64, second behind Greensboro in the NL East. The Hoppers magic number to clinch the division is now down to 8. Greensboro is 91-45 with the best record in all of WIBL. In the wild card race, Chappaqua now trails San Diego by 9 games with 27 games left to play for CHA and 25 for SDA. Next up: The Comets host last place Durham while the Hoppers host division rival Stamford. San Diego will play division rival Mokena in Mokena.
Coney Island vs San Diego It's Mississippi Slim's Armadilos traveling across the county (hopefully in something bigger than a Tear Drop camper) to take on the Coney Island Cyclones in a big NL West showdown for 1st place. The Armadilos have been creeping up, but their starting staff is getting thinner and thinner each weak. Can they muster enough offense to overcome that weakness. Meanwhile the Cyclones have a similar problem with starters and have to rely on offense and some crafty bullpen work. Should be a good series .... [NOTE TO JIM: Your starters got to start the appropriate number of starts you wanted, but a bit out of order as Kuhl wasn't ready for game 1.] Game 1 - Lewis vs. Nicolino Coney got single runs in the 2nd and 3rd but then the Armadilos took the lead with a 3 run 4th. It started with a lead-off homer from Rizzo (32). The 2nd came a Duffy rbi single plating Altuve from 2nd. Spangenberg then grounds out scoring the 3rd run. But then the Cyclones regain the lead when Navarro hits a 2 run homer (4) in the bottom half. They put the game seemingly out of range in the 7th when they score 5 runs capped off by a bases loaded 3 run double by Pedroia. Grandal does get a homer (14) late. Rizzo, by virtue of his HR got hit by a pitch later (at least that's the Armadilos claim) and he will miss the next game. SDA 4-10-0 LP Lewis (6-6) CIC 10-13-1 WP Marinez (4-2), S Warren (1) Game 2 - Koehler vs. Holland Where did Derek Holland come up with this performance. He goes the distance fanning 8 walking 3 and scattering 4 hits tossing a shutout. Marte and Holt drove in runs and the Cyclones take this one 3-0. SDA 0-4-1 LP Koehler (13-11) CIC 3-8-1 WP Holland (6-5) Game 3 - Samardzija vs. Gonzalez Well the shutouts continue, but if you thought San Diego was going out limping, think again. Samardzija does the CG feat, yielding 3 hits and fanning 5. And he gets tons of run support as Rizzo comes back and homers (33) and so does Altuve (18) and Spangenberg launches a 2 run shot - his 1st of the season. And the Armadilos come back with an 6-0 win. SDA 6-9-0 WP Smardzija (16-6) CIC 0-3-1 LP Gonzalez (11-5) On the down side of the hump - now the games get intriguing .... Game 4 - Stripling vs. Nova Gardner gets on and scores on an rbi hit from Pedroia in the 1st. Bryant singles in Altuve from 2nd in the 3rd to tie the game. Bottom 4th Navarro comes up with runners on the corners and he bops one into rf for an rbi single and the Cyclones regain the lead, 2-1. Rizzo gets a 1 out triple in the 6th and scores on Grandal's SF to tie it up again. Bottom 7th, Dyson walks and steals second. 2 outs Pence walks , Quackenbush called in to replace Stripling, Pedroia greats him with a shot past Solarte at 3rd and Pence scores to give Coney Island the lead again, 3-2. Top 8, Treinen comes in to pitch and Fowler leads off with knuckling fly ball that goes over Gardner's head in CF for a triple. Bryant follows with a liner to rf for an rbi single, tie game. 2 outs later Bryant takes off for 2nd, Solarte misses the pitch and Bryant ends up safe at 2b with a stolen base (8). Bleier comes in to face Solarte and he Solarte bangs one off the wall driving in Bryant and San Diego takes a 4-3 lead. The Duckman is still pitching in the bottom half and Desmond leads off with a single. He steals 2nd. Beltre then lines one over 2nd scoring Desmond to re-tie the game at 4s. Quack leaves and Wilson comes in and shuts down the rally. But it wasn't easy. Beltre singles, Thompson in to run. He steals 2nd. Shaw then pops out. Marte up and Thompson tries to steal 3rd and Grandal cuts him down. Good thing, because Marte then crushes a double off the wall, but is stranded. Jennings comes in to pitch the 9th. Frazuer leads off with single. Puig comes in to PH and whiffs. Then Altuve hits into a DP to end the top half. Bottom half, Dyson leads off with a walk then Gardner ends it with a walk-off double when he lines one over 1st base scoring Dyson. SDA 4-11-0 LP Ramos (2-5) CIC 5-13-0 WP Jennings (8-4) Game 5 - Kuhl vs. Roark 2 run Rizzo homer (34) in the first is countered in the bottom half when Beltre connects (20) for his 2 run homer. Then the Cyclones get 2 more in the 2nd. But a Grandal rbi single in the 4th cuts it to 4-3. Then Bryant connects for a 2 run shot (27) in the 5th as part of a 3 run rally and it's 6-4 Armadilos. Then came the bottom of the 8th - 4 runs for the Cyclones and they get up 8-6. And then Biagini and Jennings shut down the Armadilos in the 9th for the win. SDA 6-11-1 LP Hahn (0-1) BS Quackenbush (6) CIC 8-12-0 WP Johnson (5-0) S Jennings (20) Some comebacks, some shutouts and when the dust settled, the Cyclones ended up with 4 wins in the 5 games. That puts them up 8 games at this point. Coney Island to host Tampa Bay next week. San Diego goes to Mokena.
Arizona vs Westchester The Wombats wobble into town for a 5 game set against the Dust Devils. From the "I didn’t know, and didn't need to know, that" file .. Wombats reach sexual maturity at 18 months. Arizona leads the AL West by a scant ½ game while Westchester is within 2 games of falling into the divisional basement. When attacked, wombats dive into a nearby tunnel, using their rumps to block a pursuing attacker. Kind of like a hip check in hockey. ===================== Game 1: Robert Stephenson (2-5) vs. Joe Ross (4-7) The Devils use the long ball, 4 of them, in the opener squashing the Wombats 8-5. Lamb and Lind whack 2 run jobs in the 7th to give the Devils an 8-2 lead. Votto crunched a 3 run homer in the 9th for the Wombats making the game look closer than it was. R H E WES 5 10 0 ARZ 8 10 0 W: Ross (5-7) L: Stephenson (2-6) HR: WES – Votto (32) ARZ – Betts (18), Galvis (9), Lamb (24), Lind (11) ===================== Game 2: Doug Fister (4-15) vs. Aaron Nola (9-11) Nola strikes out the side in the top of the 1st. Unfortunately, he also gives up a triple, single, walk, and wild pitch as the Wombats take a 2-0 lead. Seven more for the Wombats in the 2nd capped off by a Duda Baltimore special, 9-zip. The Wombats settle the score, 10-2. Wright walks 4 times for the Wombats scoring twice. Cano picks up 3 ribbies. R H E WES 10 14 0 ARZ 2 6 1 W: Fister (5-15) L: Nola (9-12) HR: WES – Duda (6) ARZ – Lamb (25) ===================== Game 3: Wily Peralta (4-14) vs. Matt Moore (11-6) Arizona picks up 3 in the 1st – an inning prolonged by a Maybin error. Moore loads the bases with Wombats on walks with no outs in the 3rd. Then strikes out Cano, Byrd, and Ross! Pumped! Those 3 runs scored by the Devils in the 1st inning? They were the only runs scored in the game. Moore goes 7.1 giving up but 2 hits, striking out 11 while walking 7! R H E WES 0 2 1 ARZ 3 10 0 W: Moore (12-6) L: Peralta (4-15) S: Devenski (13) ===================== Game 4: Christian Friedrich (7-12) vs. Taijuan Walker (10-8) The Wombats send 10 to the plate in the 1st scoring 5. Maybin led off the game with his 8th homerun of the year and Grossman added a 3 run blast. Cano makes it 7-0 with a 2 run bomb in the 2nd. Cano makes it 11-0 with a grand slam in the 3rd. Whoa! The Devils strike for 8 in the home 3rd and we have a ball game – or something similar. Dahl makes it 11-9 with a solo shot in the Arizona 6th. Duda and Naeiouwenhuis stroke back-to-back doubles in the top of the 7th, 12-9 Wombats. Trea Turner blasts a 2 run pinch hit homerun in the home 7th, 12-11! Bottom of the 8th, Betts walks to lead off. Steals 2nd. Dies there. The Wombats scratch out a run in the top of the 9th, 13-11. Ryan comes in for the save and gets it with a 1-2-3 9th. Wombats win a wild one! R H E WES 13 17 0 ARZ 11 15 0 W: Worley (6-1) L: Walker (10-9) S: Ryan (13) HR: WES – Maybin (8), Grossman (8), Cano (36) ARZ – Dahl (7), T Turner (15) ===================== Game 5: Matt Garza (11-12) vs. Albert Suarez (6-10) Dahl leads off the Arizona 1st with his 8th homerun of the year, 1-0 Devils. It's 2-0 after a Galvis ribbie single in the 4th. Grossman ties it with a 2 run double in the top of the 5th. Galvis doubles in the go-ahead run in the home 6th, 3-2 Arizona. Bottom of the 7th, Moreland hits a comebacker to Hughes with 2 outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd, and he throws it away, 1 run scores. Odor doubles in another as the Devils take a 5-2 lead. A Galvis error leads to runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs, top of the 8th. Devenski gets 1 out but Cozart doubles in 1. Martin scores another with a sac fly, 5-4 Arizona. Dahl cranks out his second solo shot of the game in the 8th, 6-4 Arizona. R H E WES 4 9 1 ARZ 6 13 1 W: Suarez (7-10) L: Garza (11-13) S: Devenski (14) HR: ARZ – Dahl 2(9) The Devils take the series 3 games to 2 with little change in the standings. The wombats head home to face East coast while the Dust Devils travel to Jonesboro.
Week of August 29
Westchester vs Glab Glab travels to Westchester. Glab is in the wild card hunt, Westchester is in the survive the season hunt. Game 1: Westchester 2, Glab 1 (12 inn) Glab 1 5 1 LP-Feliz (0-1) West 2 5 1 WP - Wilson (2-3) Game 2: Glab 9, Westchester 6 Glab 9 15 0 WP Estrada (13-7) West 6 8 0 LP Peralta (4-14) Game 3: Westchester 3, Glab 2 (12 inn) Glab 2 7 0 WP Thornburgh (8-4) West 3 9 1 WP Hughes (1-4) Game 4: Westchester 3, Glab 0 Glab 0 3 0 LP Ray (6-10) West 5 9 1 WP Garza (11-12) Game 5: Westchester 4, Glab 2 Glab 1 7 0 LP Griffin (8-6) West 4 7 0 WP Gonzalez (1-2) Westchester shockw Glab and the rest of WIBL taking four of five. Next Glab travels to Wildwood and Wombats waddle off to the Arizona Desert to take on the the first place Dust Devils.
Tampa vs Brooklyn Brooklyn takes 3 of 5 from Tampa Game 1: 2-0 TAM Eickoff strikes out 13 in 8 innings for the shutout Game 2: 4-2 BRK Santana hits his 21st HR, drives in 2 runs Game 3: 6-5 BRK Brooklyn comes from behind with 2 in the 8th to pull out the win Game 4: 1-0 BRK Game goes 11 innings, Brooklyn pulls ahead on an error by Tampa Game 5: 5-3 TAM Iwakuma picks up his 7th win of the season
Stamford vs Durham The Stamford Jays face off against the Coney Island Cyclones for 5 games. Game 1 Jays 9-13-0 Cyclones 2-7-0 WP A Wainwright 6-11 LP A Warren 1-5 Jays jump over Cyclones starter A Warren for 7 runs and 8 hits over 4 innings. OF G. Parra goes for the cycle for the Jays with 4 hits and 5 RBIs. Wainwright goes 7 innings for the win. Game 2 Jays 9-14-1 Cyclones 6-21-1 WP M Givens 5-0 LP D Jennings 7-4 Cyclones outhit Jays 21 to 14 but the game is tied at 6 after 7 innings. The Jays score 3 in the 8th to take game. Zobrist and Cuthbert homer for Jays. Beltre has 3 RBIs including a homer for the Cyclones. Ruiz adds 4 hits. Game 3 ( 10 innings) Jays 1-7-1 Cyclones 0-6-0 WP K Jansen 6-2 LP M Belisle 3-2 After the hitting of the first two games a pitchers duel. Cyclones starter Gonzalez yields 5 hits over 9 innings and Jays starter Matz fans 10 over 7 innings. In bottom of the 10th Zobrist drives in pinch runner Parra for the Jays win. Game 4 Cyclones 11-13-1 Jays 4-11-2 WP I Nova 14-4 LP L Cessa 3-11 Cyclones bats awake as they get homers from Pence, Beltre, Ruiz(3 RBIs) and Shaw. Cyclones score 5 in the 5th to put game out of reach. Game 5 Cyclones 12-16-1 Jays 3-9-0 WP T Roark 15-6 LP R Delarosa 5-8 Cyclones continue their hot hitting and take lead of 7-1 after 3 innings. Homers are hit by Pedroia, Pence and a 3 run blast by Ruiz. Dyson adds 5 this and 4 RBIs. Roark goes 7 strong innings for the win. Next Jays travels to Durham and Coney Island hosts San Diego.
Chappaqua vs San Diego SAN DIEGO TAKES THREE OF FIVE FROM COMETS IN CHAPPAQUA ARMADILLOS STRENGTHEN THEIR HOLD ON THE WILD CARD AS CHAPPAQUA’S CHANCES DIM The Comets come into the series trailing San Diego by 10 games for the wild card. Chappaqua needs 4 or 5 wins. They got only 2. Game 1 SDA 8 CHA 6 After San Diego took a 4-0 lead, Chappaqua tied it in the 5th on a grand slam HR by Melky Cabrera (11). In the 6th, Adam Duvall put the Comets ahead 6-4 as he smashed a 2 run HR, his 20th of the year. The Comets could not hold the lead, however, as Fernando Rodriguez gave up a 2 run HR to Anthony Rizzo in the 7th. With the score tied 6-6 in the 9th, and Steve Cishek on the mound for Chappaqua, the Aramdillos put a man on and brought Rizzo to the plate. Manager Raylesberg countered with lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist. Rizzo foiled the strategy blasting a 2 run HR, his second HR of the game and 30th of the season to give San Diego an 8-6 lead. AJ Ramos pitched a scoreless 9th for his 30th save as San Diego takes the opener, a crushing defeat for the home team. Both teams ace pitchers, Rich Hill for the Comets and Steven Strasburg for San Diego, were hit hard with Hill allowing 5 runs in 5 innings (5 walks) and Strasburg 4 runs in 5 innings, despite 10 strikeouts. Armadillos pitching combined for 13 Ks. Rizzo (2-4, 4 RBIs) is now batting .300 with 30 HRs and 129 RBIs as he is having an MVP season. Game 2 SDA 9 CHA 2 This one wasn’t even close, despite SDA starter Jeff Samarzija leaving the game with an injury after only 2/3 of an inning. Rizzo got things started with a first inning RBI single. Chappaqua evened the score in the bottom of the first on a solo HR by Brandon Crawford (11). In the 2d, Jankowski lashed a 2 RBI single to make it 3-1 SDA. Kyle Seager hit his 32nd HR in the 4th to make it 3-2 before San Diego added a run in the 5th and 5 big ones in the 6th to win in a rout. The big hit was a Grand Slam HR (13) by catcher Yasmani Grandal. For the second day in a row, San Diego’s powerful offense (best in the league) punished Chappaqua starting pitching. This time it was Jose Fernandez who allowed 5 runs in 5 innings, walking 6 (SDA leads the league in Walks). Siegrist was ineffective for the second day in a row as he allowed 4 runs in 1 2/3 in relief, and hit two batters. For the Armadillos, lefty Tony Cingrani (4-2) relieved Samardzija and was brilliant, going 4 1/3 allowing only 2 hits and 1 run to pick up the win. Kevin Quackenbush (1 IP) and Liam Hendricks (3 IP) shut out the Comets the rest of the way. Game 3 CHA 4 SDA 1 The Comets get a win as the ageless wonder, Bartolo Colon (11-12) pitches a 5 hit complete game, lowering his league best ERA to 2.16. Colon also helped his own cause with an RBI single in the 4th to put Chappaqua ahead 2-1 with what proved to be the game winning run. Derek Dietrich’s 2 RBI double added insurance in the frame. San Diego’s only run came on another HR by Anthony Rizzo, his third of the series and 31st of the year. Tom Koehler (13-10) lasted only 4 innings (10H, 4 R) and took the loss. Game 4 SDA 6 CHA 3 The Comets fail to tie the series as San Diego’s offense once again is too much for the Comets pitching. Jose Iglesias blasted a 3 run HR (3) in the first inning off starter and loser Chris Tillman (10-11) to give San Diego a lead that they never relinquished. The win was marred by an ugly collision in the second inning between SS Iglesias and SDA LF Kris Bryant. The play came on a pop fly by Tillman to short left which ended up as a single when Iglesias and Bryant both went down. Both had to leave the game – Iglesias is expected to miss a week while Bryant is expected to be out a few days. Trailing 6-2 in the 7th, the Comets rallied with back to back triples by Dietrich and PH Phil Gosselin. But the threat ended when Melky Cabrera lined out to 2B Altuve who fired to third to double off Gosselin. Ross Stripling (4-4) went 7 innings to get the win for SDA. Ramos picked up his 31st save with a perfect 9th inning. Game 5 CHA 2 SDA 1 Chappaqua salvages the final game as SDA has to play without Bryant and Iglesias. Matt Duffy started at SS in place of Iglesias and singled in a run in the first to give the Armadillos a 1-0 lead. Chad Kuhl (4-4) made that 1-0 lead stand up going into the 9th, as Comets ace Rich Hill (pitching on 3 days rest) kept San Diego at bay (8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 5 W, 11 Ks). In the 9th, Crawford led off with a walk and then made a daring steal of second base. Morales grounded out putting the tying run at third with one out for Buster Posey. The Comets All Star Catcher then smashed a 2 run walk off HR (7) to give Chappaqu a much needed victory. Cam Bedrosian (4-0) got the win, after pitching a scoreless 9th. Chappaqua is now 68-62, second in the NL East, trailing Greensboro by 19 games. San Diego is 80-52, second in the AL West, 5.5 games behind Coney Island. San Diego leads Chappaqua in the Wild Card race, now by 11 games. With only 32 games left, things look bleak for the Comets. And things wont get easier next week as they host division leading Greensboro, the team with the best record in WIBL! San Diego meanwhile will have their hands full as well as they travel to Coney Island to play the division leading Cyclones. For San Diego it may be their last significant chance to make up ground and try to catch Bill Schindel’s squad for the division title.
Arizona vs Louisiana A quickly played series as team ownership is heading off to Boston in a few hours … Game 1: Daniel Norris (1-4) vs. Seth Lugo (3-4) The Devils smack 3 2-run homers to build an early 6-1 lead and go on to a 9-5 win in game 1. Lamb goes 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI on 2 homers. R H E LOU 6 12 2 ARZ 9 10 0 W: Lugo (5-4) L: Norris (1-5) S: A Reed (11) HR: Lou : Gyorko (30), Seager (23); ARZ : Owings (3), Lamb 2(23) ==================== Game 2: Masahiro Tanaka (11-7) vs. Aaron Nola (9-10) The Cajuns rebound in game 2 with an easy 7-2 win. Gyorko homers for the 2nd straight game and picks up 3 ribbies on 2 hits. R H E LOU 7 14 1 ARZ 2 9 1 W: Tanaka (12-7) L: Nola (9-11) HR: Lou : Gyorko (31), Saunders (15); ARZ : Lind (10) ==================== Game 3: Lucas Giolito (0-5) vs. Matt Moore (10-6) The Devils fall behind early, 6-2, but come storming back to take game 3 10-6. R H E LOU 6 15 2 ARZ 10 13 0 W: Moore (11-6) L: Giolito (0-6) HR: Lou : Sano (15), Myers (15); ARZ E Hernandez (7), Odor (20): ==================== Game 4: Luis Severino (4-5) vs. Taijuan Walker (9-8) The Devils strike early and cruise to a 71- win over the Cajuns in game 4. Odor delivered the big blow with a 3 run triple in the 1st. R H E LOU 1 10 1 ARZ 7 10 0 W: Walker (10-8) L: Severino (4-6) HR: Lou : A Gordon (10) ==================== Game 5: Carlos Carrasco (6-4) vs. Albert Suarez (6-9) All Louisiana as they strike early for 5 runs and add 4 more on the way to an easy 9-3 win in the finale. Sano led the offense with a double, homer, and 4 RBI. R H E LOU 9 15 3 ARZ 3 10 1 W: Carrasco (7-4) L: Suarez (6-10) HR: Lou : Sano (16) ==================== Arizona takes the series 3 games to 2 and stays home for a matchup with Westchester. Louisiana heads home for a series against Freeport.
Week of August 23
Brooklyn vs San Diego Codgers take on the surprising Armadillos Game 1 - Solarte kicks off the scoring with a 2 run blast off of Verlander. Shortly after Strasburg singles in two more. One more later on little ball and Strasburg has a 5 hit cg shutout. Game 2 - Samardzija pitches a 1 hitter as the Codgers have yet to score in the series in a 3-0 loss. Sale the loser. Game 3 - Armadillos jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first but the Codger bats come to life, punctuated by Markakis' 2 run shot off Koehler to go up 3-2. They trade 2 run innings in the 3rd and 4th to knock out Koehler. Codgers hang on for a 7-6 victory with Fulmer the winner, Osuna the save Game 4 - Jake Odorizzi copies Samardzija with a 1 hit shutout as he bests Stripling 2-0. Geme 5 - Rizzo hits a solo shot off spot-starter Asher for an early lead. Codgers tie it up then go ahead 2-1 in the 5th on Peralta's 9th. Armadillos firght back to make it 4-3 in the 6th when their catcher Centeno gets injured and will be out for 26 games. Kintzler picks up a 2 inning save as Asher beats Kuhl in the rubber game of the series. Codgers take a jet Blue flight to Tampa while the Armadillos stay local to face wild-card competition Comets in Chappaqua.
Freeport vs Long Island Bandits host their second straight division leader in what would be a very entertaining series. G1 (13 innings) L 4 11 1 F 3 7 1 W- Richard (6-4) L- Dyson (2-2) HR- L- Murphy 2 (20) F- A. Cabrera (22), Wieters (10) LI - Murphy 3-6 3 RBI FR- As. Cabrera 2-6 2 RBI G2 L 1 4 1 F 2 3 2 W- Hamels (15-6) L- Porcello (17-4) S- Chapman (22) HR- F- Ortiz (36) Great pitchers duel Hamels 1 run in 7.1 innings with 10 K's including 8 of first 9 Porcello 2 hits over 7 IP. G3 L 4 13 0 F 10 13 1 W- Harvey (3-9) L- Hellickson (10-4) S- Cashner (1) HR- L- Hazelbaker (12) F- Plouffe (15) LI - Donaldson 3-5 F- Freese 4-5 3 doubles 4 rbi G4 L 5 8 1 F 0 5 0 W- Maeda (9-8) L- Santiago (8-8) HR- L- Altherr (2), D. Murphy (21) Sardinas (5) LI - Maeda 5 hit shutout 13K's, Murphy 2-5 3 rbi G5 L 1 4 0 F 4 9 1 W- Hendricks (15-9) L- Kennedy (10-8) S- Chapman (23) HR- F- Plouffe (16) INJ - Hendricks (10 days) Bandits lose their Ace- Kyle Hendricks for 10 days. Bandits win three of five. Freeport goes on the road to face Wildwood in a series with wild card implications. The Ducks will play host to Gulf Breeze
Mokena vs Stamford Game 1: ======= Stamford 0-7-0 Mokena 6-13-0 Wainwright vs Zimmerman Harper homers and drives in 3 while Perez goes 3-5 with 2 runs for Mokena. Bradley goes 2-4 with a double for Stamford. Zimmerman (3-4) throws 6 shutout innings to lead Mokena to a win. Wainwright (5-11) goes 5.1 giving up 6ER for the loss. Game 2: ======= Stamford 2-8-1 Mokena 4-11-0 Cessa vs Bettis 'Cutch hits for the cycle along with 2 doubles and goes 5-5 with 4 RBI to lead the Roozys. Bradley homers for Stamford and Zobrist collects 2 hits for the Jays. Cessa (3-10) goes 5 giving up 4 runs for the loss. Bettis (5-6) goes 5 yielding 2 runs for the win. Game 3: ======= Stamford 4-8-1 Mokena 2-6-0 de la Rosa vs Chatwood Trumbo (3-4) and Bradley homer for the Jays leading them to the win.de la Rosa (5-7) gets the win going 6 innings. Chatwood (4-7) takes the loss. 'Cutch homers and has 2 hits for Mokena. Game 4: ======= Stamford 2-8-1 10 innings Mokena 3-8-0 Clevinger vs Cain Cain (7-2) throws another quality game going 6 and giving up just 4 hits for Mokena. Dozier homers drives in 2 and scores twice to lead Mokena in the win. Cervelli homers and Trumbo has 2 hits for Stamford. Game 5: ======= Stamford 0-5-0 Mokena 3-8-0 Pineda vs Quintana Quintana (10-12) throws a shutout for Mokena. 'Cutch has 2 hits and Dozier goes 3-4 to lead Mokena.Stamford has 3 doubles but can't drive'em in. Mokena takes 4 of 5
Chappaqua vs Tidewater DRILLERS TAKE THREE OF FIVE FROM COMETS IN CHAPPAQUA AS THE COMETS SLUMP CONTINUES Game 1 CHA 7 TID 2 Returning home for a long – and much needed – homestand, the Comets won the opening game of the series. Rich Hill (4-8, 3.87) pitched 7 1/3 and allowed only 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 8, to get the win. He defeated Yolando Ventura (7-14, 5.06) who lasted only 3 2/3. Hill had a shutout through 7. But after a rain delay, a tired Hill took the mound in the 8th and gave up a 2 run HR to Freddie Freeman (31) to bring the Drillers within 2. Matt Bush came on to close out the inning. The Comets got three big insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI single by Melky Cabrera and a 2RBI double by Brandon Crawford. Crawford was 3-4 with 2 doubles and is now batting .304 Game 2 CHA 9 TID 1 The Comets rout the Drillers as the ageless wonder, Bartolo Colon (10-12, 2.22) allows only 5 hits over 7 innings and only 1 Unearned run. Kendry Morales went 3-4 with a HR (25) and 3 RBIs to lead the Comets. The big blow was a grand slam HR by Mike Napoli (18) in the third, against starter and loser Mike Andriese (3-10, 7.18). Andriese lasted only 3 1/3 allowing 7 runs. Game 3 TID 8 CHA 0 This time it was the Drillers routing the Comets as CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.09) pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing only 6 hits, walking none and striking out 10. His opponent Chris Tillman (10-10, 4.05) struggled, allowing 6 runs in 7 innings. DJ LeMahieu (12) and Eduardo Encarnarcion (13) hit back to back homers for Tidewater. Tidewater jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead on a 2RBI single by Didi Gregorius and a 2 RBI single by Chris Ianetta. Game 4 TID 3 CHA 2 (10 innings) A tough loss, in a big game, for the Comets as Didi Gregorius singled in the 10th to break a 2-2 tie. Sir Didi had an incredible game, going 5-5 with a HR (14) and 3 RBIs as he accounted for all the Tidewater scoring. His 2 run HR in the second put the Drillers ahead 2-0. Chappaqua tied it in the 6th on a 2 run blast by Kyle Seager (31). Edwin Diaz (3-1, 2.56) won it in relief and Matt Bush (2-4, 2.38) took the loss. David Phelps got his 22nd save for Tidewater. Three Drillers relievers combined to pitch 3 perfect innings to close out the game. Buster Posey struck out 4 times. Didi Gregorius is now batting .281 with 14 HRs and 52 RBIs. Game 5 TID 5 CHA 2 In the rubber match, the Drillers broke a 2-2 tie in the 7th and held on for the win. Once again, it was Didi Gregorius killing the Comets. Sir Didi, fresh off a 5-5 game, went 3-3 with 1 run scored, another HR (15) and 4 more RBIs as he single handedly demolished the Comets for the second day in a row. His first inning 2 RBI single gave Tidewater the lead. Chappaqua tied it with a single run in the second (RBI double by pitcher Mike Leake) and another run in the 5th (RBI double by Posey). Melvin Upton then broke the tie with a 7th inning HR (14) off Leake, before Didi’s 2 run shot in the 8th gave the Drillers insurance runs. Julio Teheran (13-5, 2.49) got the win. Diaz picked up the save (2). Leake pitched well in defeat (11-9, 3.27). Comets are now 66-59, second in the NL East and second in the Wild Card race, trailing San Diego by 10 ½, pending the results of this week’s Armadillos series against Brooklyn. Next week will be the biggest series of the year for the Comets as they host San Diego for five games. The Comets will need a series win (and more) to get back into the wild card race, with 34 games left in the season. Tidewater improves to 61-66 and despite being under .500 and third in the NL Central, the Drillers trail division leading Brooklyn by only 3.5 games. Thus, the Brooklyn-San Diego series this week will impact both the Comets and the Drillers. Next week, Tidewater travels to Durham On June 1, the Comets led the NL East with a 38-18 record. Tidewater led the NL Central with a 32-23 record. On that same day, San Diego was 30-24, 6 games behind the Comets. Brooklyn trailed Tidewater by 7 games. Since then, Chappaqua has gone 28-41, losing 16 games in the standings to San Diego (who has gone 45-23 in the same time frame. Similarly Tidewater, since June 1, has gone 29-43 while Brooklyn has gone 37-30 to leapfrog the Drillers into first place.
Gulf Breeze vs Westchester Two or 3 years ago, all eyes would have been on this series- Westchester at Gulf Breeze- but this year the pair of cellar dwellers have nothing to play for but pride. The cheerleaders have gotten a year older and there have been no new lanes added to the Long Island Expressway, but it was still a fun series. Gm 1: Wes 7-10-1 GB 6-11-1 Four run first for the 'bats set the tone for the series with Votto's Baltimore Special (31) accounting for most of it. Wombat lead off hitter got on base for the first of what would be 5 straight games. Werth's solo (13) got the good guys on the board and a huge Breeze 5 spot in the 4th which featured 3 BB and plenty of station to station base running. But the hosts did what good hosts always do, that was bringing in their closer, Allen (now 1-2) and watching Grossman connect for a 3R tater in the 9th to give the thrill of victory to one team and the agony of defeat to another. Ryan (3-2) backed in to the win while the Rebels walked 9 times and had 11 hits but couldn't grab the victory. Chris Coghlan was 3 for 4 in the losing cause. Raizes was seen looking for the cheerleaders after the game but they all had to be home by 9. Gm 2: Wes 2-3-2 GB 6-9-1 When you have as many errors as runs, things can't be going well. A 2R Wright blast (is he still in baseball?)- his 8th gave the visitors a 2-0 lead. Hanley Ramirez got one back in the home 3rd (21), but then much like yesterday things fell apart for one team and in this case, the Rebs scored 5 in the home 8th to salt it away with Hanley connecting again (22) and PH Chris Herrmann launching a grand salami (7) for the victory. Hughes (0-4) dropped it and Howell (2-0) won it with Allen saving #22. Hanley's 2 HR were solo, but he was 3 for 4 on the day. Gm 3: Wes 1-6-0 GB 14-19-0 Raizes is protesting this one. It is impossible that Clay Buchholz 1) got the win, 2) pitched a CG, and 3) was effective. So he has 3 chances of convincing Pappas that this actually did not happen. But an incredible 5 for 5 day from Abreu including his 16th long ball and a 19 hit attack by the good guys was a tad more than Buchholz (3-3, 6.75) would need. Werth had 4 rbi and Lowrie 3. Friedrich (7-12) took the loss. Gm 4: Wes 9-14-2 GB 3-7-1 Que the band please. "We aren't gonna take it, no, we're not gonna take it..." as in a complete reversal of game #3, Wombats showed they are not just: Wombats are short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupials that are native to Australia but they can bash the ball all over the yard as well. Two in the first and 2nd was too much already and 3 meaningless Breeze runs in the 9th were all we could muster. Maybin hit his 7th HR but it was David Ross' day as he was 2 for 4 with 3 runs and was later found Dancing with the Cheerleaders- a new hit show that you surely have all heard of. Back to baseball- Cano drove in 4 and Garza (10-12) was sharp- lifted after 6 with a shutout intact. Pomeranz (9-12) was slapped around by the visitors. Gm 5: Wes 9-11-0 GB 6-6-0 With the championship of the free world at stake, 'bats again played like the 1927 Yanks and it was 5-0 before the fans even got in their seats. A 4 run 6th had the seats get quickly vacated and it was an easy 9-6 win, despite 2 more Hanley long balls (24) including a 2R clout in the 8th that at least made it a game. But Gsellman (Vanna, can I buy a vowel?) is now 5-0 after his 6 strong frames. Bauer (8-11) took another loss. Bautista (13) and Werth (15) also left the building for the homies, but this isn't about them- it was about Cano (2 for 4 with 4 rbi- now at 93 and his 32nd bomb) and Alexei Ramirez who finished 3 for 4. So the Breeze takes their sorry butts to Long Island next week while Westchester will ride the same bus to return home and battle Glab.
Greensboro vs Tampa August 19 - The Stingrays open with Eickhoff against Max. It's a close 2-1 contest as the Hopper pen holds the lead. Giancarlo hits his 21st, and Castellano hits his tenth. August 20 - Southpaws in this one - Miley versus Lester. Lester pitches a beauty till he tires in the ninth, and the Rays come back in 10, 4-2. Pujols and Ozuna homer. August 21 - Wood faces Aaron Sanchez in game 3. The Hoppers plate 8 in the 7th to take this one, 10-4. Castellanos homers again, and he's joined by Cron, Ozuna (a grand slam), and Salvy Perez. August 22 - Zach Davies opposes Lackey in this one. Greensboro takes it, 4-1. Giancarlo hits his 22nd. August 23 - In the finale it's Iwakuma against Stroman (in his first appearance of the season). Marcus goes the route, winning 12-2 as the Hopper bats as Arenado (#31), Reddick (#9), Salvy (#14), and Bell (#2) go yard. Greensboro takes 4 of the 5 and now head west to Green Bay as Tampa heads home to host the Codgers.
Reed vs Durham Gm 1 DLS 5, RB 3 WP: N. Tropeano (4-3) LP: L. McCullers (1-6) S: H. Neris (10) HR: DLS - J. Giavotella (5); RB - K. Kiermaier (9), A. Rendon (14) ** 3 hits, 2 RBI, SB for Peraza ** Gm 2 DLS 6, RB 1 WP: C. Rea (7-11) LP: C. Anderson (5-15) S: A. Achter (1) HR: DLS - N. Aoki (4); RB - T. Joseph (19) ** 3 hits for Mercer & Olson (all doubles) ** Gm 3 RB 10, DLS 8 (10) WP: K. Barraclough (3-1) LP: C. Knebel (0-2) HR: DLS - E. Hosmer (23); RB - A. Rendon (15), J. Bruce (34) ** Villar 2-4, 3 R, 2 RBI; Kiermaier 2-5, 2 R, 2 SB ** Gm 4 DLS 9, RB 8 WP: K. Kela (2-1) LP: J. Grimm (2-1) S: R. Pressly (4) HR: DLS - E. Hosmer (24), L. Valbuena (12); RB - C. Bethancourt (5) ** 2 RBI for Peraza, Hosmer & Y. Rivera ** Gm 5 RB 11, DLS 10 (10) WP: T. Cahill (2-4) LP: K. Kela (2-2) HR: DLS - E. Hosmer (25); RB - K. Kiermaier (10), T. Joeseph (20) ** Kiermaier 4-6, 4 R, 2 RBI, HR; Bruce 4-5, R, 3 RBI, 2B **
Coney Island vs Green Bay Green Bay and Coney Island look a lot alike. Weak starters, hope to stay close, and let the bullpen throw a lot. Offenses can be explosive. Cyclones seeking to hold off hard charging San Diego, Gamblers tyring to creep past Brooklyn. They don't call them the Gamblers for nothing. This week they send out their weakest starters in hopes to catch some wins through power. Their better starters didn't make the trip, but one wonders why when they have lots of time left. Cyclone management and fans weren't complaining because their offense can use all the help they can get and Ziegler is not a guy you want to face much (means you're losing LATE in the game). Game 1 - Well the Cyclones used their Billy Ball style to get a 2-0 lead after 3, but that was wiped out in a 3 run 5th by the Gamblers. Lee cranked a 2 run homer (9). Gamblers take on single runs in the 8th and 9th and Ziegler pitched the 8th, and oh, did I mention Otero - don't want to see him either - he tosses a perfect 9th. 3 innings of PERFECT bullpen secures the win. Ramirez (7) and Story (19) also knocked balls over the fence. GBG 5-12-1 WP Nolasco (7-9) S Otero (18) CIC 2- 7-1 LP Warren (1-4) Game 2 - Holland gives up a solo homer to Miller (4) in the 1st, then a 2 run shot to Cruz (33) in the 4th and it's 3-1. This time however, the Cyclones hurl 4 innings of scoreless relief and get 2 in the 5th and Billy Ball winner in the 8th. Jennings nailes down the 9th. Dyson steals 3. GBG 3-4-1 LP Ross (4-3) CIC 4-6-1 WP Belisle (3-1) S Jennings (18) Game 3 - Game goes goose eggs through 3 until Matt Holiday cranks one out of the park (8) in the 4th. But rbi doubles from Marte Pedroia and Desmond score 3 in the 5th and that was the scoring. Gonzalez actually went 8 ip, 5 hits for the Cyclones. GBG 1-5-1 LP de la Rosa (7-7) CIC 3-8-0 WP Gonzalez (11-4) S Treinen (6) Game 4 - Ah baseball. Cyclones get a 5-0 lead, then 6-2. But a grand slam and it's tied, then 7-6 Green Bay. Some Billy Ball ties it in the 9th and on to free baseball! Gardner homers (11) to start the game and then 2 unearned runs give the Cyclones a 3-0 lead in the first. Then the home team rattles off single runs through the 4th. Up 6-2, the Gamblers do some big stuff in the 5th giving Nova reason to cry. It ended when Cruz cracked a grand slam (34) to tie it in the 6th. Then with 2 outs in the top of the 6th, Nova was given the chance to finish the inning and then be lifted for a pinch hitter. Well, 2 outs, rated 1, Story comes in to PH for Latos and homers (20) to give the Gamblers the 7-6 lead. Cyclones gambled and lost. But never fear, Ziegler pitches the 8th - nothing, Otero in for the 9th inning and save and he gives up 2 hits incluiding a Dyson double. He scores on a Holt single to tie the game. Then the Cyclones score one in the 10th when Salas gives up 2 hits and to the first 2 batter and then Rivera gives up a PB and the game was over. GBG 7-12-2 LP Salas (2-3) (10 innings) CIC 8-15-0 WP Jennings (7-3) Game 5 - Cyclones a run in the 1st, but Gamblers get runs in the 3rd and 4th for 2-1 lead. But then the Cyclones put it away with 3 inthe 6th and 5 in the 7th. Desmond hits 2 homers (14-15) and drove in 6. But wait - resting Roark, Biagini comes in for the 8th and faces 5, gets 1 out - when the dust settled, 3 Cyclone pitchers were needed to get out of the inning and the 9-2 Coney Island lead was trimmed to 9-6 after the 4 run 8th for Green Bay. But that ended the offensive excitement. GBG 6- 7-0 LP Jackson (3-3) CIC 9-13-1 WP Roark (14-6) S Jennings (19) So the Gamblers gambled and it didn't work and the Cyclones took 4 after the opening game loss. Green Bay jumped out of the frying pan this week to jump into the fire next week hosting Greensboro - the class of the NL. Coney Island packs their bags and heads to Stamford.
Beantown vs Arizona The AL Central first place Bombers drop into town for a 5 game set against the AL West first place, by a thread, Dust Devils. The hometown crew, currently in the throes of a 6 game losing streak, and 8 losses in the last 10, hope to break out of it in this first of 3 home series. ====================== Game 1: Jake Arrieta (10-7) vs. Aaron Nola (9-10) The Dust Devils score a pair on a sac fly and wild pitch to take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd. The Bombers, down 3-1 heading into the 7th take the lead an a Cesar Hernandez single and 2 run Jay jack. The Devils come back to tie it in the home 7th on a Drew 2 out pinch hit double and run scoring Dahl single! Both teams threaten in the 8th but neither scores. Dahl strokes a 1 out double in the bottom of the 9th. Betts gets a free pass. Moreland pinch hits and hits a comebacker to Flynn who gets the out at first. Odor gets a free pass to load them up. Schugel comes on in relief to face Pham. Pham lifts one high to left – high but not deep – Smith taking it in. Top of the 10th, Seth Smith cracks his 2nd solo homer of the game to give the Bombers a 5-4 lead! Bottom of the 10th, Galvis reaches 1st on a fielder's choice. Two down, he takes off for 2nd, Gosewisch fires it into center, Galvis takes 3rd. Drew up, lifts one high to left … we know that tune … Smith takes it with the Bombers taking a win in game 1. R H E BEA 5 11 1 ARZ 4 11 0 W: Schugel (2-1) L: A Reed (5-3) HR: BEA: S Smith 2(18) ====================== Game 2: Jeff Locke (3-1) vs. Matt Moore (10-6) Justin Turner turns on a Moore softball in the 2nd as Beantown takes a 1-0 lead. Galvis cranks a 2 run homer in the 2nd to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. The Bombers retake the lead, 5-2, in the 4th on a 2 run Bourjos base knock followed by a Cesar Hernandez 2 run single. Oh-oh time for Beantown in the 4th. The Devils Mitch Moreland crunches a 2 run homer to make it 5-4. Galvis singles. He takes off on a hit and run play, it's looped to right, Hernandez backing up, Jay racing in, kerrasshhh! Both are hurt - Hernandez is out for 1 day, Jay out for 23 days. Moreland belts a 2 run single in the 5th as Arizona retakes the lead, 6-5. Morrison ties it up in the 6th with a sac fly! Pham, pinch hitting, and Trea Turner lead off the bottom of the 9th with back-to-back doubles as Arizona takes game 2, 7-6! R H E BEA 6 11 1 ARZ 7 12 0 W: Barrett (4-2) L: Flynn (3-2) HR: BEA J Turner (25); ARZ Galvis (8), Moreland (17) ====================== Game 3: Matt Boyd (0-1) vs. Joe Ross (4-6) Nineteen hits between the 2 teams but only 1, a Blackmon triple for Beantown, went for extra bases. Top of the 2nd, Bourjos scores on everybody's favorite 4 base error to CF, Bombers up 1-0. Blackmon makes it 2-0 with a run scoring triple in the top of the 3rd. Morrison makes it 3-0 with a ribbie single in the 4th. Owings knocks in the 1st, and only, Devils run with a single in the 4th, 3-1. The dust settles over the final 5 innings and Beantown picks up the 3-1 win. R H E BEA 3 10 1 ARZ 1 9 2 W: Boyd (1-1) L: Ross (4-7) S: Flynn (4) ====================== Game 4: Collin McHugh (9-8) vs. Taijuan Walker (9-8) A wild one! A Sean Rodriguez sac fly gives Beantown a 1-0 lead in the 1st. Dahl ties it up with a solo shot in the home 1st. Odor doubles in a run and scores on a Moreland single as the Devils take a 3-1 lead in the 3rd. Bourjos ties it with a 2 run bases loaded double and the Bombers tack on another pair to take a 5-3 lead in the 4th. A Morrison solo homer makes it 6-3 in the 5th. It's 7-3 in the 8th after Blackmon singles in another Bomber. Trea Turner wakes the crowd up with a 2 run single in the bottom of the 8th, 7-5. Pham leads off the bottom of the 9th with a pinch hit double. Lamb singles up the middle, Pham to 3rd. A strikeout and fielder's choice put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Owings delivers them both with a single to right, tied at 7. To extra innings! One out bottom of the 10th. Trea Turner singles, Betts walks, Pham … bangs into a 4-6-3. Bottom of the 11th, Lamb walks to open the inning and moves to 2nd on a ground out. Moreland gets a free pass. Vazquez swings away after 2 failed bunt attempts and singles to load the bases. Galvis slaps one through the left side and the Devils walk off with an 8-7 win! Bourjos had 4 Bomber hits. Odor had 4 hits including 3 doubles for the Devils. R H E BEA 7 12 1 ARZ 8 16 0 W: Devenski (4-2) L: W Smith (3-3) HR: BEA Morrison (11); ARZ Dahl (6) ==================== Game 5: Matt Shoemaker (9-8) vs. Albert Suarez (6-8) Rubber game … Arizona takes an early 2-0 lead on run scoring singles from Odor and Dahl in the 3rd and 4th innings. Justin Turner and Welington Castillo hit back-to-back bombs in the Beantown 6th to tie it at 2! The Bombers take a 4-2 lead in the 7th as Blackmon singles in the go-ahead and a Turner sac fly makes it 4-2. Betts is nailed trying to steal in the home 7th, gets hurt on the play and leaves the game. Moreland leads off the home 8th with his 18th of the year, 4-3 Beantown. Again, Pham comes in to pinch hit in the bottom of the 9th. He walks. Dahl hits into a FC, Pham out at 2nd. With 2 outs, Lamb singles, Dahl to 2nd. Odor walks to load the bases for Moreland. But Moreland bounces out to Amarista, as the Beantown Bombers take the finale 4-3 and the series 3 games to 2. R H E BEA 4 9 1 ARZ 3 11 2 W: Shoemaker (10-8) L: Suarez (6-9) S: Flynn (5) HR: BEA J Turner (26), W Castillo (11); ARZ Moreland (18)
Week of August 17
Freeport vs Arizona Dust Devils invade Freeport for a five gamer with the Bandits. Bandits get a two hit shutout from Hamels, a one hit shutout from Hector Santiago and use the long ball in the remaining games to pick up an improbable sweep of West Leading Arizona and keep their Wild Card hopes alive. GAME ONE (12 innings) A 7 11 0 F 8 13 1 W- McAllister (5-2) L- Barrett (3-2) HR- A - Betts (17), Drew (11) F- Ortiz 2 (34), K. Davis (32), Plouffe (13), Wieters -8- INJ - F- P. Alvarez (11) GAME TWO A 0 2 0 F 4 11 0 W- Hamels (14-6) L- J. Ross (4-6) HR- F- Freese (12), Plouffe (14) GAME THREE A 4 8 1 F 10 13 1 W- Harvey (2-9) L- Nola (9-10) HR- F- A. Cabrera (21), Franklin (5), K Davis (33), Kemp (19) GAME FOUR A 0 1 0 F 1 4 1 W- Santiago (8-7) L- T. Walker (9-8) GAME FIVE A 2 6 0 F 8 15 0 W- Hendricks (14-9) L- M. Moore (10-6) HR- A - Lind (9) F- Kemp (20), Ortiz (35), K. Davis (34), Wieters (9). Both teams are home next week with Freeport hosting the East Leading Ducks from Long Island, while Arizona hosts Central leading Beantown.
Brooklyn vs Tampa In a tight National League Central race, with 2 1/2 games separating the top 3 in the division, the Codgers take on the Stingrays in Brooklyn Game 1 - Peralta homers in the 6th to break up a 0-0 game. Yelich adds another 2 in the 7th with his 12th of the season. Verlander pitches a cg 2 hit shutout for h;is 14th win and Eickoff gets the loss. Game 2 - Granderson atones for his 3 whiffs in game one with the icebreaker off Miley. Codgers and Chris Sale almost duplicate the first game as Sale also has a 2 hit cg shutout in a 5-0 win Game 3 - Codgers take a 2-0 lead into the 9th courtesy of Jake Odorizzi. Osuna comes in for the save and allows a double and single to make it interesting. But Kinzler gets a game-ending dp for the save. Game 4 - Stingrays finally come to life at the plate with a couple of runs early, Flowers with a solo shot. Codgers get one back on Utley's triple in the 7th and a sac fly, then in the 8th Garcia walks, Hamilton runs for him and steals 2nd, then scores on a Rupp homerun for the lead and the eventual win. Claudio gets the win in relief, Abad the save, Davies the hard luck loser Game 5 - Castellanos hit a Baltimore special off Dan Straily as the Stingrays push for a win. Garcia knocks one out in the 6th to make it 3-1. Game ends 4-1 as Tampa salvages a win. Iwakuma gets the win, Neshek the save, Straily the loss. Codgers, jumping ahead of Green Bay, have to play the tough Armadillos at home while Tampa has it no easier going to Greensboro to face the 'hoppers..
Mokena vs Green Bay Game 1: ======= Green Bay 4-11-0 10 innins Mokena 3-9-1 Guerra vs Zimmerman Ramirez goes 3-5 with 3 runs scored and Story drives in 3 to lead the Gamblers to the win. 5 of the Roozy hits were doubles but they weren't enough. Game 2: ======= Green Bay 2-4-0 Mokena 9-9-0 McCarthy vs Bettis McCarthy (5-4) was knocked out of the game in the 3rd courtesy of a grand slam by Belt and a 3 run homer by Dozier. Bettis (4-6) goes 8 strong for the win. Belt would hit a 2 run shot in the 8th giving him 6 RBI Game 3: ======= Green Bay 2-6-1 Mokena 6-8-1 de la Rosa vs Chatwood McCutchen, Russell and Harper homer to help Chatwood (4-6) get the win for Mokena. Cruz and Dickerson homer for Green Bay. de la Rosa falls to 7-6. Game 4: ======= Green Bay 0-4-2 Mokena 6-5-0 Latos vs Cain Cain (7-2) throws another quality game going 6 and giving up just 3 hits for the Mokena win. Latos (7-6) goes 5, giving up 2ER. Almonte has a double for Green Bay. Merrifield scores twice for Mokena. Game 5: ======= Green Bay 4-5-0 Mokena 5-9-0 Jackson vs Quintana Story hits 2 homers and Dickerson one, but it isn't enough for Green Bay. Lucroy drives in 3 with a homer. McCutchen hits the game winning homer off Otero in the bottom of the 9th for Mokena. Mokena takes 4 of 5
San Diego vs Greensboro August 13 - The Armadillos open with Strasburg against Max. Stras tosses a neat 5-0 CG as Bryant hits his 24th. August 14 - Samardzija faces Lester in game 2. The Hoppers take this one, 8-2. Trout hits his 27th, Stanton hits his 19th, and Solarte hits his 17th. August 15 - Tom Koehler against Aaron Sanchez in this one. Greensboro takes this one easily, 10-2. Giancarlo hits his 20th and Bryant hits his 25th. Sanchez wins his fifteenth. August 16 - Stripling versus Lackey in game four. This one's a costly loss for the Hoppers as San Diego wins 12-2 and DeSclafani is lost for 31 days. August 17 - In the finale, it's Kuhl against deGrom. The Hoppers take the finale 11-5. Pujols hits his 21st and Rizzo hits his 27th. Greensboro takes 3 of the 5 and now await the arrival of Tampa as the Armadillos head north to face the Codgers.
Chappaqua vs Reed SLUMPING CHAPPAQUA COMETS TAKE THREE OF FIVE FROM REED BEAVERS IN CHAPPAQUA Game 1 RBV 11 CHA 6 The Comets continue to struggle as Jay Bruce hits 3 HRs (32 on the season) to lead the Beavers to the upset win. Bruce was 3-5 with 5 RBIs and now has 32 HRs and 76 RBIs for the season, despite a paltry .235 BA. Bartolo Colon gave up 5 runs over 5 innings and took the loss, to go 9-12 (2.31) on the season. T.Anderson (2-4) got the win for Reed. For Chappaqua, Melky Cabrera had a double, triple and HR (9) as he went 3-5 with 3 RBIs. Melky’s 2 run HR in the 8th made it an 8-6 game but Reed added three insurance runs in the 9th against reliever Steve Cishek to get the win. Game 2 CHA 10 RBV 8 Another slugfest and this time the Comets come out on top. Chappaqua blasts four HRs in this one: Kendry Morales (23), Kyle Seager (28), Jace Peterson (5) and Mike Napoli (17). Reed jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead against Comets starter Chris Tillman. The big blow was yet another HR by Jay Bruce (33) to put Reed up 2-0. Tommy Joseph followed with a HR (17) to make it 3-0. With the Comets leading 6-5 in the 6th, pinch hitter Nick Hundley blasted a 3 run HR (5) off Tillman to put Reed ahead 8-6. Chappaqua rallied to win it, scoring 1 in the 7th (RBI single by Crawford) and the tying it in the 8th on a solo shot by Seager (28). With the score tied 8-8 in the 8th, Mike Napoli pinch hit a HR off Travis Wood to put the Comets ahead for good. Wood blew the save (2) and took the loss (3-3). Cishek (4-1, 2.15) got the win in relief and Matt Bush picked up his 23rd save. Game 3 CHA 6 RBV 4 Once again Reed jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, this time against eventual WP Ariel Miranda (2-2). Trailing 3-0 in the second, the Comets came back. Seager had another HR (29) to make it 3-1. Then a double by Adam Duvall and a triple by David Peralta (.295) made it 3-2. In the third, Brandon Crawford homered (10) to tie it at 3. Then Duvall singled in a run to make it 4-3 and Peralta singled in a run to make it 5-3 after three. The Comets hung on from there as Bush got his 24th save. Nick Karns (4-8, 6.75) was the starter and loser for the Beavers. Game 4 RBV 5 CHA 2 11 innings A tough extra inning loss for the Comets as Jonathan Villar hit a 3 run HR (18) in the 11th to break a 2-2 tie. The homer came off losing pitcher Steve Cishek (4-2). Reed took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on another HR by Tommy Joseph (18) off Comets starter Scott Kazmir. Reed’s Adam Morgan held Chappaqua scoreless through 5. In the 6th, Cabrera hit his 10th to tie it and then Kendry Morales homered (24) to put Chappaqua ahead 2-1. In the 9th, Bush came on to close it out and this time blew the save (4) as Villar doubled (31) to score the tying run with 2 out. Villar (.288) was 3-4 with 4 RBIs. He also had his 54th stolen base. Mike Morin (1-2) won it in relief for Reed. Travis Wood (4) got the save. Game 5 CHA 3 RBV 1 The Comets win the rubber game behind another strong outing by #5 starter Mike Leake who is pitching like an ace. Leake allowed only 6 hits and 1 run over 8 innings, walked only one and struck out 11, lowering his ERA to 3.27 and boosting his record to 11-8. Leake got all the runs he needed in the first inning on yet another HR by Seager (30), a 3 run blast. Seager now has 92 RBIs. Leake took a shutout into the 9th but was greeted by a lead off HR by Kiermaier (8). That was all for Leake as Cam Bedrosian replaced him and struck out the side to end the game. It was Bedrosian’s 5th save (1.43) of the year. Comets are now 64-56, second in the NL East. They trail San Diego by 10.5 for the Wild Card, awaiting the results of this week’s San Diego series at Greensboro. Reed drops to 46-76, last in the NL Central. Next up: Chappaqua hosts Tidewater while Reed hosts Durham.
Coney Island vs Stamford While at the lakes in northern Michigan, the Coney Island Cyclones hosted the Stamford Jays in what was a very good week for the roller coasters and not such a good week for the Jays. Game 1 - Turned into a one sided slugfest when the Cyclones put up 9 runs in the 5th. Their 19 hit attack did not include a single home run. However, Braun (24) hit a grand slam in the 9th to make it a closer score (still not close) and Segura (15) hit a solo shot in the 5th. Beltre 4 for 5. STA 5-13-0 LP Wainwright (5-10) CIC 14-19-0 WP Holland (5-5) Game 2 - After 32 hits in the opener, this one has 8 in 12 innings. Both Matz and Gonzalez are brilliant (Matz 9 ip, 3 hits, 7ks; Gonzalez 9.1 ip 4 hits). Cyclone relievers give up nothing, Dull comes in to pitch bottom of the 12th and faces Beltre who belts one out of the park (15) on the 1st pitch for a walk-off homer. STA 0-4-0 LP Dull (3-2) 12 innings CIC 1-4-0 WP Jennings (6-3) Game 3 - Well the Cyclones continue to be cold after the game 1 outburst - and even another Beltre homer (16) didn't amount to much. The Jays come alive with 11 hits and another Braun homer (25) as he and Zobrist drive in 2 runs each and the Jays win this one easily 6-1. Paxton goes the distance with a 2 hitter and 10 Ks. STA 6-11-1 WP Paxton (11-6) CIC 1- 2-1 LP Nicolino (6-10) Game 4 - Well a two game hiatus for the Cyclone bats ends with 15 hits in game 4. By the 5th inning they had a comfortable 8-0 lead. Brock Holt was the man in this one - he failed to hit a triple or he would have had the cycle - but he did get 4 hits including his 4th homer. 4 for 5, 4 rbis. Mazara hit a pinch hit 2 run single in the 7th for the Jays offense. STA 2- 7-3 LP Clevinger (3-6) CIC 8-15-2 WP Nova (13-4) Game 5 - Well this game featured homers by Braun (26) and Beltre (17) and one from Teixeira - who announced he will not be playing after this year. Roark (7.2 ip, 4 hits, 2 runs) outdid Pineda - who lasted 4.2 innings (6 hits, 5 runs). and that was the difference as the pens gives up nothing. Both Braun and Cuthbert get 2 hits (all the Jays base knocks). STA 2-4-1 LP Pineda (4-5) CIC 5-7-1 WP Roark (13-6) S Jennings (17) Stamford continue its trip through NL West land going to Mokena next week. The Cyclones will play host to Green Bay as the NL Central and West leaders clash.
Louisiana vs Westchester Two former perennial division champs now relegated to playing the role of also rans face off. Game 1: Louisiana 2, Westchester 1 Pitching due as Tanaka strikes out 10 and Fister fans 11. The difference is two run homer by Sano. W-Tanaka (11-6); L-Fister (4-15) Game 2: Westchester 4, Louisiana 2. Long balls by Healy and Hicks put Wombats up early. It holds up as Peralta tosses a complete game 5 hitter W-Peralta (4-13); L-Carrasco (6-4) Game 3: Louisiana 9, Westchester 4 This is just plain mediocre hitting and bad pitching. Blecch! W-Finnegan (8-7); L-Friedrich (7-11) Game 4: Louisiana 20, Westchester 5 starting to look like old times as Garza gives up Grand Slam to Gyorko in the first. it just gets worse as Cajuns score 20 runs on 20 hits and 12 walks...did I say something about bad pitching in the last game? W-Graverman (10-5); L-Garza (9-12) Game 5: Westchester 9, Louisiana 4. Votto homers in the first and the fans have some hopes, but in the 4th Gsellman walks two with the bases loaded. Nuno has a 3-1 lead, but Votto homers again and Nuno is wild after that and Hicks has a three run triple and it's 7-3 after 4. Wombat pitching is shaky and fielding worse, but they hold on for the win as Wilson pichest two shut out innings in relief. MVP is Votto with three homers. W-Gsellman (4-0); L-Nuno (1-1) Next Cajuns return home to face Glab and Wombats travel to Gulf Breeze.
Week of August 11
San Diego vs Durham Game One Close game, well pitched by both Fulmer and Samardzija. No score and only 2 hits both both clubs together in the first 6 innings. In the top of the seventh, the Codgers took the lead on a solo homerun from Santana. In the bottom of the 8th, Cabrera led off with a double. After Heredia came in to run, Iglesias walked. Samardzija then grounded into a double play, Heredia taking third. Jankowski singled home Heredia, but was promptly thrown out stealing second. In the bottom of the ninth, Fowler led off with a triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Altuve. 2-1 San Diego Game Two The Codgers bombed 4 San Diego pitchers for 9 runs led by Peralta's 3 run double and a 5 run 8the innng. 9-2 Brooklyn Game Three Koehler does not have it, giving up 6 runs. 6-4 Brooklyn Game Four Kuhl and Ramos combine for the shutout. Rizzo now has 118 RBIs. Ramos gets his 29th save. 3-0 San Diego Game Five Hahn couldn't handle the game butr San Diego comes back behind Samardzija with a rare relief appearance, who gets his 14th win 9-5 San Diego
Tampa vs Greensboro Tampa gets swept by Greensboro Game 1: 6-1 GRE Trout hits his 23rd HR for Greensboro Game 2:15-2 GRE Greensboro pounds out 4 homers Game 3: 7-2 GRE Sanchez gets the CG win to move to 14-2 Game 4: 3-1 GRE Lackey pick sup the win for Greensboro Game 5: 3-2 GRE Trout homers twice, including the lead HR in the 10th
Freeport vs Jonesboro The Freeport Bandits headed south for a 5 game with series, and took 3 of from the Cackers Game 1-Crackers won 9-2. Folty(6-11) too the loss, Hammel (7-12) the win Game 2-Bandits win 8-3. Hamels(13-6) was the winner, Tomlin(6-10) the loser Game 3-Crackers win 6-2. Colome(3-3) is the loser, Lyons(3-0) the winner Game 4-Bandits win a squeaker 4-3. Santiago(7-7) was the winner, Conley(7-10) the loser Game 5- The rubber game goes to Freeport wins 5-0. Hendricks(13-9) goes the distance winning 5-0. Dickey(6-8) was the loser Next up the Crackers host Wildwood and the Bandits host Arizona
Stamford vs Reed The Stamford Jays face off against the Reed Beavers for 5 games. Game 1 Reed 8-10-3 Jays 5-9-0 WP T Anderson 1-4 LP A Wainwright 5-9 A 4 run 7th breaks game open for Reed. J Bruce has big game- 4 this, 4 RBIs and 2 homers. Kiemaier also goes deep for Reed. Game 2 Jays 7-12-0 Reed 2-12-0 WP S Matz 11-4 LP A Triggs 2-5 The Jays score early and have 7-2 lead after 4 and coast to the win. They are paced by Segura’s 4 hits and Braun’s 4 RBIs including a homer. Matz fans 8 over 6 innings. Jay’s relievers Baez and Givens strike out all the batters they face over 3 innings. Game 3 Jays 5-11-1 Reed 3-10-0 WP J Paxton 10-6 LP N Karns 4-7 Paxton fans 8 and yields 5 hits over 6 innings for the win. Braun homers again for the Jays. Gomez and Bruce go deep for Reed. Game 4 Reed 7-7-0 Jays 2-8-0 WP A Morgan 7-6 LP M Clevenger 3-5 A 1-1 game through 5 innings but in the top of the 6th Reed explodes for 6 runs. They get homers from Rendon, Piscotty, Travis and Kiermaier. Game 5 Jays 7-10-0 Reed 1-6-2 WP M Pineda 4-4 LP J Niese 5-12 Again Jays take early lead 7-1 after 4 and coast to win. Pineda goes the distance on a 6 hitter, fanning 12 but giving up 5 walks. Bradley, Braun and Zobrist homer for the Jays. Next Jays travels to Coney Island and Reed goes to Chappaqua.
Tidewater vs Mokena Gm.1 TID 1-0 Pitchers duel. Roozys' J.Zimmermann throws 9 shut-out innings of 5-hit ball, Drillers' M. Andriese, 9 shut-out innings of 4-hit ball. F. Freeman finally walks it off for the Drillers with an RBI single in the 10th. Gm.2 MOK 7-4 H.Perez lashed a single and triple to knock in 3 runs and J.Marisnick doubled in 2 runs as MOK exploded for 7 runs in the 7th and 8th to come away with the win. Gm.3 TID 4-3 Drillers steal one as M.Upton homers and D.Gregorius goes yard twice, including the go ahead shot in the 8th. Gm.4 MOK 6-3 B.Harper (3-5 4 RBI) and A.McCutchen (2-4 2 RBI) account for all the Roozys' runs and MOK overcomes a 3-2 deficit with a 4 run 9th. Gm.5 MOK 3-2 Drillers carry a 2-0 lead to the 8th when A.McCutchen rips a bases-loaded triple to put MOK ahead and S.Solis records his 21st save.
Week of August 6
San Diego vs Durham Game One Durham gets one in the first on a single and eventually scoring on a single Valbuena. The Armadillos get that one back in the second on singels from Rizzo and Grandal. Rizzo scored on an error by Valbuena at 3rd. The gamewinner was added in the third on a sacrifice fly from Rizzo. Stripling showed a gutsy performance giving up 11 hits but only one run, getting all the outs he needed at the right times. 2-1 San Diego Game Two A tough game for the Armadillos. With all starters benched, all hell broke loose. Lewis came off the mound before throwing a pitch and went directly to the disabled list forcing San Diego to use all the relievers in the game. The Lucky Strikes got 4 in the fist on 6 hits and a walk off Wilson. San Diego got two back in the bottom of the first on a homerun from Altuve. Two more to tie it up in the third on a homerun from Rizzo. The gamewinner scored in the 6th on a single from Solarte a double from Iglesias and a homerun from Santana (more on him later in the series). 7-4 San Diego Game Three San Diego gets 6 in the fifth led by a three run shot from Rizzo. 7-2 San Diego Gamr Four The Lucky Strikes come back with 17 hits off the San Diego pitching and take the game led by a homerun from Hosmer. 7-4 Durham Game Five Santana, probably sparked by several teams approaching San Diego with trade interest, hits two triples, a double and a walk with 5 RBIs to lead the Armadillos to the laugher win. 10-1 San Diego
Westchester vs Freeport Freeport comes to Westchester. Game 1: Freeport 7, Westchester 2 Home runs by Niewenhuis and Cano put Wombats up 2-1 in the third. Kendrick doubles in a run and goes home on single by Kemp. smith comes in and gives up 3 run homer to Ortiz and that sort of does it. W-Foltynewicz (6-10); L-Friedrich (6-9) Game 2: Westchester 6, Freeport 5 Two run homer by Ross breaks up a 1-1 tie in the 4th. Ortiz solo shot ties it in the 8th; Bandits one across in the top of the 13th. In the bottom of the 13th McAllister walks Ross and Haniger hits the walk off homer. W-Wilson (1-3); L-Mc Allister (4-2) Game 3: Westchester 4, Freeport 1 Votto homer gives quick 1-0 lead early. Ortiz homer ties it. Bottom 8 Cano singles home Hicks. Franco single drives in two more. Wilson comes in for the save and shuts down the bandits 1-2-3. W-Smith (1-0); L-Layne (3-1) Game 4: Freeport 7, Westchester 1 As usual gopher balls are the problem for Peralta: Cabrera and Alverez connect early. Franklin connects middle innings. Peralta gives up 7 walks as well. The only reason the fans stick around is to see if Santiago tosses a no hitter. he does for 6 2/3 until Niewenhuis breaks it up with a homer in the 7th. That is the only hit that Santiago yields as he goes the distance. W-Santiago (6-7); L-Peralta (3-13) Game 5: Freeport 10, Westchester 0 Can the wimpy Wombats actually take two series in a row? I don't think so, and the Bandits have batting practice off of Garza. Three Wombat errors in the first five innings do not help. W-Hendricks (12-9); L-Garza (8-11) So Freeport comes back to take the series 3-2. Next Bandits travel to Jonesboro and Wombats limp off to Elmjack.
Stamford vs Tidewater The Stamford Jays face off against the Tidewater Drillers for 5 games. Game 1 (11 innings) Jays 3-6-0 Drillers 1-7-0 WP R Dull 3-1 LP D Phelps 3-2 The Drillers and Jays take 1-1 tie into the 11th when a 2 run homer by Trumbo wins its for Stamford. Driller run is scored on a solo blast by Conforto. Game 2 Drillers 13-15-2 Jays 11-12-1 WP N Vincent 1-0 LP F Rodney 2-4 A slugfest as Jays cannot hold 7-2 as the Drillers scores in the 5ht, 6th and 7 runs inteh7th to take the game. Homers form Encarnacion (2), Buxton and Young, a pinch hit homer highlight the Drillers attack. Jays gets homers from Bradley (2 and 6 RBIs) and from Trumbo. Game 3 Jays 7-10-1 Drillers 2-11-1 WP R dela Rosa 4-7 S Gray 4-12 Jays jump off for early lead scoring 4 in the 1st on 2 run homers by Trumbo and Hill. Drillers add two on back to back homers by Kang and Young. Braun puts game away when he belts 3 run homer in the 7th. Game 4 Jays 8-10-0 Drillers 2-4-1 WP M Clevenger 3-4 LP J Teheran 11-5 Jays starter Clevenger goes 8 strong innings for the win. He is aided by 2 homers and 4 RBIs form Mazara and another by Bradley. Game 5 Jays 6-10-0 Drillers 4-8-0 WP M Pineda LP T Adelman 2-4 Drillers take lead in the1st on a bases clearing triple by Kang. Jays bounce back and take the lead scoring 5 in the 5th highlighted by a 3 run homer form Zobrist. Next Jays hosts Reed and Tidewater hosts Mokena.
Mokena vs Brooklyn Game 1: ======= Brooklyn 3-9-1 Mokena 2-6-0 Fulmer vs Zimmerman A rare quality start from Zimmerman is ruined when Solis gives up 2 in the 9th to allow the Codgers to grab game 1. Fulmer throws 7 good innings for Brooklyn, but he gets no decision.Garcia and Granderson go 2-3 each, McCutchen homers for the Roozys. Game 2: ======= Brooklyn 4-13-0 11 innings Mokena 5-7-2 Verlander vs Bettis Longoria doubles and homers while going 3-6 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, but it isn't enough for Brooklyn.Verlander gives up 4ER over 7 innings but gets a no decision. Dozier(2-5) and McCutchen homer for Mokena. Casilla enters the 11th and gives up 3 hits and a run retiring one batter and takes the loss. Game 3: ======= Brooklyn 1-2-0 Mokena 3-5-0 Sale vs Chatwood Chatwood (3-6) goes 7.2, giving up just two hits and 1 ER for the Roozy win. Sale (10-8) goes 6, giving up only 4 hits but 3 ER takes the loss. Belt and Harper homer for Mokena and Perez goes 2-3. Markakis doubles for one of the Codger hits. Game 4: ======= Brooklyn 7-17-1 Mokena 11-13-1 Odorizzi vs Cain Cain (6-2) throws another quality game going 6 and giving up just 2 ER for the Mokena win. Odorizzi (9-3) goes 5, giving up 4ER. Yelich homers, goes 2-4, knocks in two and scores twice for Brooklyn while Santana and Barhart each collect 3 hits each. McCutchen homers twice going 4-4 with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored to lead the Roozys. Belt homers and Perez goes 2-3 for Mokena. Game 5: ======= Brooklyn 1-2-0 Mokena 5-8-0 Straily vs Quintana Quintana (8-12) goes all 9 with a 2 hit, 1 run gem for the Roozy win. Lucroy goes 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored to help Quintana. Santana goes 1-1 with a homer and 2 walks for Brookyn. Mokena takes 4 of 5
East Coast vs Glab East Coast wins the series 3-2 Game 1: East Coast 5 Glab 2 East Coast opens a 5-0 lead and holds on for the 5-1 win. Game 2: East Coast 5 Glab 4 (13) East Coast scores 1 in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and then again in the bottom of the 13th for the win. Game 3: Glab 12 East Coast 4 Glab explodes for 6 runs in the top of the first and then another 4 in the 5th and were always in control of the game. Game 4: Glab 9 East Coast 5 4 – 4 after 2 complete innings, Glab pulls ahead for the 9-5 victory. Game 5: East Coast 7 Glab 6 East Coast jumps out to a 7-0 lead and holds on for the 7-6 win.
Reed vs Chappaqua Gm 1 RB 3, CC 1 WP: A. Triggs (2-4) LP: R. Hill (3-8) S: K. Barraclough (12) HR: CC - A. Duvall (19); RB - T. Joseph (16) ** Triggs fans 9 in 7 IP; 3 hits, 3 RBI for Joseph ** Gm 2 CC 10, RB 6 WP: J. Fernandez (7-8) LP: N. Karns (4-6) HR: RB - J. Bruce (25) ** 2 hits, 3 RBI for Peralta; Fernandez (RIP) fans 9 in 6 IP ** Gm 3 RB 4, CC 3 (11) WP: J. Nicasio (9-10) LP: F. Rodriguez (3-3) HR: CC - K. Morales (22); RB - J. Villar (17) ** A. Morgan fans 8 in 10 IP ** Gm 4 CC 3, RB 1 WP: C. Tillman (10-8) LP: J. Niese (5-11) HR: CC - K. Seager (26); RB - J. Bruce (26) ** CG 3-hitter for Tillman (BB, 10 K); 3 hits for Gosselin ** Gm 5 RB 1, CC 0 WP: C. Anderson (5-14) LP: M. Leake (9-8) S: K. Barraclough (13) ** The Claw allows 3 hits in the 9th, but 0 runs **
Greensboro vs Coney Island August 2 - The Cyclones open with Tanner Roark against Max. The opener goes 11 before Coney prevails, 5-4. Pujols hits 2 and Texiera hits one. August 3 - Miguel Gonzalez faces Lester. Greensboro returns the favor, plating the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the ninth to win, 3-2. Beltre hits #14. August 4 - Nicolino against Aaron Sanchez in this one. The Hoppers take this one, 4-2. Sanchez is now 13-2. August 5 - Nova faces Lackey in game four. Coney hangs on for the 3-2 win as the Hoppers fall short in the bottom of the ninth. Shaw, Trout, and Giancarlo homer. August 6 - In the finale in this close series the Cyclones start Roark again and he faces deGrom. This one goes 12 before Coney takes it, 7-4. The Cyclones win 3 of the 5 contests and head to Durham as the Hoppers head south to Tampa.
Wildwood vs Gulf Breeze Wildwood came calling and took 3 of 5 with most of the games not being that close. Gm 1: WW 8-11-2 GB 2-5-3 The teams combined for 5 errors which didn't figure too much in the scoring, and down 2-0 in the 5th, Wave plated 5 to then coast the rest of the way to victory. After a WP and a later Coghlin rbi single, King Felix was sitting pretty into the 5th- but Wildwood scored 5 times, all after 2 were out. Marte and Bogaerts had rbi base knocks, then Machado rapped a 2 run triple followed by a PB for the 5 spot. It was no contest thereafter and Wave padded some stats in the 9th with 3 more tallies- a Marte triple and yet another PB helping their cause. Carlos Martinez (9-6) allowed just 4 hits through 7.1 frames while Felix evened his record at 8-8. Refsnyder was 3 for 4 for the home team- Machado 3 for 5 for the visitors. Gm 2: WW 9-12-1 GB 2-6-1 Another laugher for the visitors as they hung up a 6 spot in the 4th off Syndergaard (7-7) and were never challenged. The team enjoyed 5 doubles and a Polanco blast (17) in their victory, Bumgarner allowing just one unearned run in 7 frames, whiffing 9. Refsnyder was 2 for 2 for the Breeze- what a run he is on- and raised his average to .226. But wait! Like all Rebels this year, he's been injured in this one and will miss 23. That XXIII if you speak Latin. That's 3 weeks and 2 days if you don't. Oh brother.... Gm 3: WW 2-8-0 GB 7-9-0 The Rebel offense finally arrived with household name Lobaton going 3 for 4 with 4 rbi, 2 runs, and 2 HR (5). He's fresh off the disabled list- it's a wonder he didn't hurt himself running around the bases after the long balls. Greinke (9-7) actually pitched okay and didn't walk anyone- a feat in itself for him. Adrian Gonzalez was 3 for 4 for the losers. Machado had a 2 out, 2R blast (17) in the first to account for the Wave scoring. Jamie Garcia (6-7) was the loser. Gm 4: WW 3-6-1 GB 0-9-0 Breeze left 11 on base, hopped in to a DP, and had a runner out for missing 3rd base in this one. Price dominated (9-8) despite the 9 hits. He also walked 3 but K'd 9. For the 2nd game in a row, Machado has a 2R blast with 2 outs in the first (18) and Cain's dying quail ended the scoring in the 7th. Pomeranz (8-10) lost it for the good guys. Gm 5: WW 0-6-1 GB 4-7-0 Gausman whiffed 145 Breeze batters in 6.1 frames, but left down 1-0 on Herrmann's rbi single in the 1st. Boone Logan allowed a hit to plate a couple and that closed the book on Gausman- 3 ER in his outing. Herrmann's solo (6) ended the scoring in the home 8th. Trevor Bauer (8-8) was dominant, allowing just 6 hits and a BB while punching out 6. Calhoun was 3 for 4 for the visitors. Herrmann did enjoy a big day- 3 for 4 with 2 rbi, and the long ball. Valencia had a PH rbi single. So next week the Rebels hop aboard the DC-3 and head to Glab while Wilkdwood heads home to the breach to entertain the Evil Empire.
Arizona vs Elmjack The Kings arrive in the desert for a 5 game set. The Devils, home after a 3 city road trip, were hopeful that the Kings placing Kershaw on the trading block would have led to a deal before the series but alas and alack of offers has him penciled in as the game 1 starter for the Kings. ========================= Game 1: Clayton Kershaw (6-4) vs. Joe 'sacrificial lamb' Kelly (0-0) Kershaw goes the distance with a 4 hit shutout with no walks and 12 Ks. Grichuk with a solo shot and Adam Jones with a 2 run job provide 3 of the 5 King's runs. Kelly held his own going 8 with 10 Ks in his first start of the season. R H E ELM 5 10 0 ARZ 0 4 0 W: Kershaw (7-4) L: Kelly (0-1) HR: ELM Grichuk (11), Jones (19) ========================= Game 2: Gerrit Cole (3-4) vs. Joe Ross (3-4) Jake Lamb leads off the home 2nd with his 21st homer of the year and 1 out later Galvis breaks a 51 game homerless streak with his 6th of the year. Temporary Arizona mercenary Heisey pops the 3rd solo shot of the inning with 2 outs, 3-0 Arizona. Pollock poles a 2 run shot in the 3rd popping the Devils to a 5-1 lead. Final of 6-2, Arizona. Beltran had 3 hits for the Kings while Galvis had 3 for the Devils. Ross goes 6.1 and Ks 10 for the win. R H E ELM 2 10 0 ARZ 6 10 0 W: Ross (4-4) L: Cole (3-5) HR: ARZ: Lamb (21), Galvis (6), Heisey (4), Pollock (2) ========================= Game 3: Danny Duffy (10-6) vs. Aaron Nola (8-9) Nola throws a complete game 5 hit shutout walking none and striking out 11 as the Devils take game 3, 4-0. J.J. Hardy had 3 of the 5 King hits. The Devils picked up single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 8th. Eight of the 9 Arizona starters had 1 hit with Galvis the only holdout. R H E ELM 0 5 1 ARZ 4 8 1 W: Nola (9-9) L: Duffy (10-7) HR: ARZ Drew (10) ========================= Game 4: Corey Kluber (9-10) vs. Taijuan Walker (7-7) The Kings scoreless streak stretches to 20 innings as Arizona shuts them down and out for the 2nd game in a row with a 5-0 win in game 4. Walker went 7.1 giving up both King hits – singles by Lindor and Chris Davis. Odor is a triple shy of a cycle going 3 for 4 and knocking in 3 including a 2 run homerun in the 7th. R H E ELM 0 2 0 ARZ 5 10 0 W: Walker (8-7) L: Kluber (9-11) HR: ARZ Odor (18) ========================= Game 5: Chris Archer (3-13) vs. Matt Moore (10-5) A storm is brewing … the Devils take a 4-0 lead heading into the 5th. With the Kings scoreless innings streak at 24, they load the bases with no outs in the 5th. Jones strikes out and Frazier bangs into a 4-6-3 to make it 25 innings. Finally! Carlos Beltran belts one out of the park in the top of the 6th. Rasmus doubles, Castro singles him in and takes second on the throw home. Lindor singles in Castro, 4-3 Arizona. Frazier cranks a solo shot in the top of the 7th to knot the score at 4! The floodgates open … Beltran leads off the top of the 8th with a base hit. With 1 out, Castro doubles, Beltran stops at 3rd. Lindor singles, Beltran scores, Castro scores on a bad throw by Heisey, 6-4 Elmjack. Lindor takes 3rd on a wild pitch. Molina hits a hard grounder to short, they get Lindor in a rundown but he makes it safely back to 3rd on a high throw, Molina safe at 1st! Jones singles in Lindor and it's 7-4 when the dust settles on the Devils. The Kings aren’t done yet … Castro blasts a 2 run homer in the 9th as that scoreless streak is far back in the rearview mirror, 9-4. The Kings bang out 17 hits in an authoritative win in the series finale. Lindor had 5 hits, scoring 1, knocking in 3. Castro, hitting in the 9 spot, had 4 hits, a double, homer, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs. R H E ELM 9 17 0 ARZ 4 10 1 W: Blanton (3-1) S: Melancon (2) L: Lugo (3-3) HR: ELM Frazier (20), Beltran (18), Castro (7); ARZ Odor (19) =========== Elmjack now heads home with their warm bats to face the Wombats. Arizona heads back out on the road to Long Island to face the Ducks followed by a trip to Freeport which they hope is in the Bahamas and not Cowlitz County (http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/ref/collection/wastate/id/115).