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2019 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #8

Javier_Baez19Blake_Snell19Didi_Gregorius19Corey_Kluber19

NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
BAEZ,Javier FRE  AL .444 1.111 6 27 12 3 0 5 10 12 10 0 0 1 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
SNELL,Blake CCC  AL 1 1 0 0 1.00 9 1 1 0 10 4 0 0 0 1 0
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
GREGORIUS,Didi JNE  NL .417 .792 6 24 10 1 1 2 5 8 4 2 1 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
KLUBER,Corey TEM  NL 2 2 0 0 0.00 18 0 0 5 14 4 0 0 0 0 0

Dallas  Cougars @ Chicago  Mobsters

Series Preview: Dallas heads into the Windy City of Chicago for a 6 game series with the home town Mobsters.
Game #1: Noah Syndergaard was solid, but with a runner on in the 9th after 8.2 Innings pitched, Chicago pulled Syndergaard & went to Aroldis Chapman for the one out save. Odubel Herrera had 2 RBI’s for Chicago, which was enough for Syndergaard to pick up the win.

Final Score: Chicago 2 – Dallas 1

Win: Noah Syndergaard 4-2 (3.65)
Loss: Chase Anderson 5-3 (4.50)
Save: Aroldis Chapman #9

Game #2: Dallas comes back with a solid game from Patrick Corbin & a 1-2-3 9th Inning out of Edwin Diaz.

Final Score: Dallas 3 – Chicago 2

Win: Patrick Corbin 6-2 (2.92)
Loss: C.C. Sabathia 6-2 (2.10)
Save: Edwin Diaz #15

Game #3: Freddie Freeman was 3 for 5 with 2 Doubles & 2 RBI’s. Andrelton Simmons chipped in with 2 Hits in 4 trips & 2 RBI’s as well. Matt Harvey looked spectacular going 7.2 Innings for Chicago. Buster Posey breaks the 2nd Metacarpal on his throwing hand & landed on the 10 day D.L.

Final Score: Chicago 2 – Dallas 1

Win: Matt Harvey 4-1 (3.12)
Loss: Luis Giolito 4-3 (4.57)

Game #4: In the only blow out of the series Chicago knocked out 16 Hits, with only Odubel Herrera as the lone Mobster without a Hit. Leonys Martin hit a 1st Inning Grand Slam & had 6 RBI’s for the game.

Final Score: Chicago 11 – Dallas 1

Win: Lance McCullers 3-0 (2.33)
Loss: Dallas Keuchel 4-4 (2.98)

Game #5: Dallas comes back with a solid game from Brent Suter, who allows only 1 Run in 6 Innings of work. Robert Stock & Jose Alvarez pitch the final 3 Innings as Dallas wins this one.

Final Score: Dallas 3 – Chicago 2

Win: Brent Suter 3-3 (5.40)
Loss: Dellin Betances 0-6 (7.04)
Save: Jose Alvarez #2

Game #6: A late 8th Inning rally for the Cougars score 5 Runs & put Chicago down by 3. Miguel Rojas is 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s for Dallas.

Final Score: Dallas 7 – Chicago 4

Win: Kevin McCarthy 2-1 (4.76)
Loss: Victor Alcantara 1-3 (6.19)
Save: Edwin Diaz #16

Series Summary: The Series ends up with each club picking up 3 Wins & 3 Losses. No one stood out & it was simply two teams who are probably on the bubble for the playoffs.

Manhattan  Project @ Detroit  Crime

Series Summary: Manhattan Project get swept by the Detroit Crime.

Portland Lumber Jax @ Bethesda  Bandicoots

Series Preview: The 2nd place Portland Lumber Jax and their tractor trailer full of great pitching roll into town to play the Bethesda Bandicoots for six games as the home team tries to get on track by knocked the Jax off theirs.
Game #1: Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first start of the season starting off rocky with the Dodger lefty giving up a run in each of his first two innings, but he shook off the cobwebs and combined with the Bandicoots’ bullpen to hold the Lumber Jax the rest of the way as the offense rallied against Kyle Freeland and Company for a 3-2 win.

CJ Cron (12) opened the scoring for Portland with a solo shot off Ryu with two outs in the first inning and then an RBI double by Jose Bautista in the second inning drove home Evan Longoria to extend the lead to 2-0.

Matt Adams cut the lead to 2-1 in the ‘Coots half of the 2nd with a leadoff homer that crawled its way over the right field wall. Adams’ homer was his 5th and was a nice way to work his way back to the lineup in his first at bat over a month since being demoted to the minors.

Anthony Rendon evened things up as Kyle Freeland was uncharacteristically charitable giving up base hits (nine in 6-1/3 innings) with his 6th home run of the season. Freeland still showed characteristically good control walking just one while striking out 8, but in the bottom of the 7th with one out gave up a double to Lorenzo Cain who scored when the next hitter, David Peralta, lined one over Cron.

Ryu closed out his night with a scoreless 7th inning and finished allowing just the two runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking just one.

Steve Cishek came in and held the Lumber Jax scoreless in the 8th and then Brandon Morrow gave his team fits when he issued two walks (Cron and Michael Conforto) with none out, but then struck out Longoria and got Jose Martinez and David Freitas to pop out to the infield to end it and narrowly save the Bandicoots’ 3-2 win. It was Morrow’s 5th save of the season.

AJ Ellis and Cain for Bethesda were the only two players to have more than one hit in the game for either team.

Game #2: An even closer game that came down to the last at bat saw Aledmys Diaz make the Bethesda manager look like a genius when he pinch hit for Nick Martini in the bottom of the 9th with the score tie 3-3 and hit a none-out solo shot to dead centre off TJ McFarland to end it.

Diaz’s 5th homer of the year almost never happened as Martini had been having a good game (2/4 with a double), but McFarland (1-2) was just too tough against lefties for Bethesda to take the chance.

Yoshihisa Hirano (2-1) got the being in the right place at the right time for Bethesda by tossing a scoreless 9th.

The Bandicoots came out lucky in this one as Alex Cobb was bashed around but good for five innings before the Bethesda manager’s stomach gave out. In five innings, Cobb gave up nine hits and a walk but somehow managed to hold the Lumber Jax to just three runs – probably in no small part due to the fact he gave up just one extrabase hit (a bloop double to Wilmer Difo in the 2nd inning).

Portland’s Jose Martinez was tops in the game with three hits (all singles), but he did not factor into any scoring and in fact struck out with the bases loaded and two outs in the 4th inning. Michael Conforto was 1/3 with two walks and an RBI. Difo and CJ Cron each had two hits for Portland as well.

The Lumber Jax led 3-2 as late as the 7th inning but David Peralta’s double high off the centre field wall off Jack Flaherty tied things up when he drove in Martini.

Game #3: Bethesda gave John Gant plenty of run support for his first start of the season as the home team coasted to a 7-4 win over Portland.

Gant (1-0) went six innings allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, but gave up a monumental two-run home run to Jose Martinez (12) in the first inning before settling down the rest of the way.

The Bandicoots evened things up with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning when David Peralta smacked his 11th of the season off Ross Stripling after Nick Martini opened the inning by reaching first base on the Lumber Jax pitcher’s lousy throw to first that pulled CJ Cron off the bag.

Stripling never made it past the sixth batter he faced as his arm gave out and he was pulled from the game and was expected to be out of action for two weeks. Anthony Senzatela replaced Stripling and had no problems in the 2nd inning but gave up a couple of runs on three hits in the 3rd inning.

Bethesda then teed off Senzatela’s replacement, Tyler Clippard, with a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos (7) in the 5th and then back-to-back shots by Nick Martini (1) and Anthony Rendon (7) in the 6th.

Michael conforto (7) and Tyler Saladino (3) homered off Tyler Thornburg late in the game to make it closer as the Red Sox reliever logged three innings to earn his first save in his first appearance of the season (uh … don’t mind the 6.00 ERA).

Game #4: The series took a day off in the middle, but unfortunately Bethesda’s bats took two days off as they could manage just two hits off brilliant Walker Buehler and TJ McFarland in a 3-0 Portland win.

Buehler isolated the Bethesda damage to a double in the first inning by Nick Martini and a 5th inning double by Trevor Story but was otherwise completely in command. He walked just one while fanning six through his seven innings on the mound.

Tyson Ross was no slouch himself for Bethesda allowing only four hits over 7-1/3 innings, but he finally ran out of gas in the 8th. With the score tied 0-0, he walked Evan Longoria and then gave up a triple to Wilmer Difo. Ross then walked Jose Bautista to make it 1st and 3rd with one out. Steve Cishek entered and got Adrian Gonzalez to drive a hard grounder to Trevor Story at shortstop who then gunned the ball to the plate where Difo was tagged out by Robinson Chirinos as he tried to score. Kevin Pillar was up next and ripped Cishek’s pitch down the 3rd base line past Anthony Rendon which allowed Tyler Saladino to scamper home (he was brought in to pinch run for Bautista).

Game #5: It was a case of deja vu or some other stupid French saying for TJ McFarland as for the second time in the series in the bottom of the 9th with the score tied a Bandicoot ended the game with a walkoff home run courtesy of Anthony Rendon as the Lumber Jax fell 6-5.

Most of the runs in this game came late. The two teams entered the 7th inning tied 2-2, but the Lumber Jax pounced on Jonathan holder for three runs in the 7th when CJ Cron smacked his 13th of the year with two men aboard. The Bandicoots returned the favor in the 8th with three runs of their own off Blaine Hardy when they played small ball and rattled off four singles off the lefty reliever.

Hernan Perez and Difo each had three hits in the game for Portland while Max Stassi had three hits (one more than he had all season going into the game) for Bethesda.

Despite getting the no-decision, Portland starter German Marquez was brilliant giving up just two runs including a homer by Ryan O’Hearn (3) over 6-1/3 innings in which he struck out 10 and walked only one.

Game #6: Hyun-Jin Ryu was brilliant and had a no-hitter going into the 7th before the Lumber Jax finally got to him, but all they could come up with was a single run on three hits and fell short of Bethesda as the home team won the final game of the series 3-1.

Portland’s run in the 7th came after Jose Martinez smacked a one-out double off the centre field wall and then came around to score on a single by Freddy Galvis. Jose Bautista had a pinch hit single in the 8th for Portland but that would be all that the Lumber Jax would get as Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect 9th to nail down his 6th save.

Kyle Freeland was almost as good starting for Portland and left the game after the 7th inning with the score tied 1-1. He gave up just the one run on four singles and a walk, but had trouble with the punchout registering just a single K in the game.

The Bandicoots celebrated Freeland’s departure from the game by getting a couple of runs off Juan Minaya including a tie-breaking pinch hit homer by Ryan O’Hearn (4) and then an insurance run when Jon Jay doubled and then scored on Anthony Rendon’s single up the middle.

Series Summary: After floundering around for most of the first quarter of the season, the Bandicoots made a few lineup tweaks and added a couple of good starting pitchers to the roster in one of their biggest tests of the season against a very good team in Portland and came away with five of six wins in a very close series. Gotta figure Portland will be in tough all season for a great shot at a playoff spot while Bethesda will take the rare bright spots when and where it can.

Harsens Island  Walleye @ Rosemere  Renegades

Series Summary: In a basement battle, Harsens Island takes 4 out of 7.

Virginia  Sluggers @ Mesa  Solar Sox

Series Preview: Virginia visits Mesa in a battle of division middle dwellers.
Game #1: Mesa’s Trevor Bauer tosses a CG one hit shutout. He walked 5 and struck out 12. The Solar Sox win 2-0 on RBI hits from Nomar Mazara and Tim Anderson.
Game #2: Chris Archer was brilliant for the Sluggers, striking out 14 in 6 innings. Virginia’s manager took him out to start the 7th in a 1-1 game and the Sluggers bullpen gave it up. Mitch Garver’s bases loaded 3 RBI double was the big blow in a 5-3 Mesa win.
Game #3: Virginia’s bats broke out for 16 hits in an 8-3 win. George Springer had the games only homer as every batter in the Sluggers lineup had at least one hit.
Game #4: 14 more Virginia hits and a 7-2 win behind Trevor Cahill strong 6 innings of 2 run ball. This time the bullpen held a 4-2 lead until the 9th when Virginia broke it open with three runs against Lou Trivino. Carlos Santana and Whit Merrifield went yard.
Game #5: Mesa’s bats finally grew some hair as Suarez, Pierce, and Aguilar all hit homers in a 10-4 win.
Game #6: Virginia evened the series at 3 by hanging a 5-4 loss on Trevor Bauer (4 runs in the first three innings). Mesa chipped away at that 4-0 lead (Aguilar homered again) but never got even.
Game #7: Mesa’s James Paxton book ended the series with a one hitter of his own. His 6-0 CG included 10 Ks but 6 walks. Aguilar continued to rake with a double, a homer, and 4 RBI. Randal Gruchuk hit 2 homers.
Series Summary: Mesa took the series 4-3, with two one hit CG wins and some timely hitting.

Valdosta  Snappers @ Long Beach  Dirt Bags

Series Summary: Valdosta comes to Long Beach and takes 5 of 7.

Selkirk  Steelers @ Jersey  Nor’easters

Series Preview: Two sub-500 teams square off in rainy New Jersey.
Game #1: Vince Velasquez throws 8 shutout innings as the Nor’easters coast to a 6-0 win.
Game #2: Selkirk’s Brad Keller goes 8 innings of 3 hit baseball as Selkirk comes away with a 4-2 win.
Game #3: Jersey smacks 3 solo homers and wins the game 3-1.
Game #4: Jersey’s Matt Boyd and Selkirk’s Steven Matz lock up in an old fashion pitchers duel with Jersey finally winning 1-0.
Game #5: The Nor’easters come from behind late scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to tie and then walking it off in the 9th on a solo homer from Didi Gregorius. Jersey wins 6-5.
Game #6: Jersey wins a laugher 17-1 as they pound out 23 hits. Five Nor’easters have 3 or more hits. Marco Gonzales gets his 5th win of the year.
Series Summary: A good series for the Nor’easters as they take the series 5-1.

Triple Creek  Patriots @ Pittsburgh  Lumber Company

Series Preview: Triple Creek comes to town.
Series Summary: Other than the first game, all contests are 1 run affairs – with two going extra frames.
The Lumber Company wins 5 of 7 in a series that could have easily went the other way.

Tijuana  Bottle Rockets @ Coconut Creek  Crushers

Series Preview: Battle??? of the cellar dwellers.
Game #1: CCC gets 3 in the 1st and packs away the bats. TIJ wins 6-3.
Game #2: Blake Snell throws another No-Hitter in a CCC 3-1 win.
A couple walks and an error allowed an unearned run.
Game #3: CCC goes off in a 22-4 rout.
Game #4: Gomber out duels Roark in a 2-0 CCC win.
Game #5: TIJ remembers how to hit again and win a routine 7-4 game.
Game #6: Tied at 3-3 in the 9th, newly acquired Ken Giles can’t get outs as TIJ score twice to win 5-3.
Series Summary: Blake Snell throws his SECOND NO HITTER of the young season.
TIJ and CCC battle to a 3-3 split.

Hollywood  Werewolves @ Motor City  Muscle

Series Summary: Motor City exposes Hollywood for the fraud they are. They take 5 of 7 in Hollywood

Southwest Detroit  Fighting Chihuahuas @ Yonge Street  Stalkers

Series Preview: SW Detroit visited YSS.
Series Summary: The home team took 5 of 6. Wilson Contreras was injured in Game 5 for 5 days.  SWD continues its road trip to DET next week, while YSS stays home to host SBL.

Corktown  Cycle @ Columbus  Explorers

Series Preview: Corktown comes into town in a battle with Pittsburgh for the NL East – both teams looking to get going strong and move ahead. Columbus is having a really good start (3rd best record in MWBL) but still trail Tempe by 6.5 games.
Game #1: David Robertson gains the lead but then loses it in the 9th – but 3 run Ian Desmond homer (3) in 10th wins it in walk-off style as Columbus takes the opener 9-6. Drew Steckenrider the winner (1-0), Emilio Pagan gives up the homer for the loss (1-1). Ronny Rodriguez homers for the Cycle (6), Eric Hosmer 3 hits and 2 rbis.
Game #2: Another extra inning affair and again Ian Desmond figures into the winning run. He walks in the 12th, steals a base and scores on an Elvis Andrus throwing error. Cycle took a 2-1 lead into the 9th on Franmil Reyes (2) solo homer and rbi single. But, the earth moved and shook when Blake Treinen blew the save (1) in the 9th. But he stays in the game and when the Cycle score in the 11th – D.J. LeMahieu (5) solo homer, Treinen gives up a homer to Shin-Soo Choo (7) in the bottom half. Aaron Loup comes in for the fateful 12th and takes the loss (0-1) Luis Avilan pitches the final three and gets the win (1-0). Final 4-3 Columbus
Game #3: Glenn Sparkman (W 2-2) gives the team a spark tossing 8 shutout innings and the offense gets 15 hits and scores 11 runs. Ian Desmond (4) continue hot series with a homer and 3 hits. Eduardo Nunez (3) also continues to hit up a storm with a PH 3 run homer. Cycle score a lone run in the 9th – FINAL 11-1 Columbus.
Game #4: After a day off, the teams came back but by the end of 6 it was 5-1 Columbus. But Corktown makes it interesting getting single runs in the 7th and 8th and 9th – as Ronny Rodriguez (7) hits a lead-off homer to make it 5-4. David Robertson then comes in to get the next three batters and Columbus win 5-4. Felix Pena (1-3) the loss, Julio Teheran (5-3) the win. Franmil Reyes hits his 3rd homer of the season.
Game #5: J.A. Happ (W 8-1) goes 8 scoreless innings, 4 hits, fans 12 and his teammates rack up 3 runs including a Charlie Blackmon homer (7) and the Explorers take this one 3-0. Brian Johnson pitched well but got no support and takes the loss (0-5).
Game #6: Series finale and the crowd brought the brooms. BUT Jacob Faria (W 3-4) had serious other plans. He tosses a 3 hit CG shutout and gets some (minimal) run support. Game was scoreless through 6 but Ronny Rodriguez singles in 1in the 7th and D.J. LaMahieu drives in another in the 8th for a 2-0 CORKTOWN win.
Series Summary: Columbus takes 5 of 6 but really had to work hard to get 2 of those in extra innings. They solved the Treinen mystery – at least once! Explorers moved on to Pittsburgh next week (bus trip) and Corktown heads to Sacramento.

Sacramento  Capitals @ Tempe  Tempers

Series Preview: The 2018 World Series Champions visited Tempe for a six game series.
Game #1: Sale struckout 9 in only 5 innings, but he also surrendered four runs. Kluber pitched nine scoreless innings and only gave up two hits.  Tempe 5-0
Game #2: Scherzer struck out 10 in 7 innings and a two run homerun in 8th by Cano gave him the win.  Sacramento 2-1
Game #3: Martinez and Bogaerts hit solo homeruns, but Greinke calmed down after the first.  Sacramento 4-2
Game #4: The game was tied 1-1 in the 8th. Dyson came on as a pinch runner and promptly stole 2nd and 3rd base. He then shuffled home as Cano got a weak single through the infield that was playing on he grass. Sacramento added a few more runs for insurance that came in handy.  Sacramento 5-3
Game #5: Second complete game shutout of the series for Kluber. Upton and Braun homered off Sale.  Tempe 3-0
Game #6: Cano, Reddick and Lindor all hit solo home runs. Albies hit a two run hr in the 6th for Tempe’s first hit of game.  Sacramento 3-2
Series Summary: Tempe’s bats went cold and their bullpen couldn’t protect the few leads they had. The defending champs took 4 of 6 on the road.

Fremont  Cannons @ Southbend  Lynx

Series Summary:  Series Split.

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