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2019 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #12

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NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
CANDELARIO,Jeimer MCM  AL .700 1.600 2 10 7 0 0 3 6 10 1 0 0 0 0 1
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
VERLANDER,Justin MCM  AL 1 1 0 0 0.00 9 0 0 0 11 3 0 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
CRON,C.J. POR  NL .370 1.259 6 27 10 3 0 7 9 10 5 2 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
TAILLON,Jameson PIT  NL 2 2 0 0 0.64 14 1 1 5 11 1 0 0 0 0 1

Hollywood  Werewolves @ Chicago  Mobsters

Series Summary: Hollywood rights the home drought with a 4 to 2 series win vs Chicago.

Valdosta  Snappers @ Bethesda  Bandicoots

Series Preview: Two teams going nowhere this season slide towards the All-star break for six games of thrills and chills.
Game #1: Bethesda has one good inning, scoring six runs in the 5th and doing nothing much else but it was enough as they beat Valdosta 6-1.
Anthony Rendon had three hits for Bethesda with Jonathan Schoop (7) and Robinson Chirnos (13) going back to back in the 5th off starter Tseng.
Albert Pujols (11) homered for the Snappers.
Game #2: A battle of mediocre pitchers turned into a battle of mediocre offenses, but luckily Trevor Story and Jeff McNeil were awake enough to stoke the sleepy Bethesda bats to a 4-1 win.
Story homered for the 27th and 28th time this season (one of them was even with a man on, but of course it was McNeil) to drive in three runs while McNeil brought in the other with his 3rd triple of the season.
Valdosta starter Junior Guerra did well enough and limited the damage to three runs over five innings despite giving up eight hits in that time.
Alex Cobb did a little better for Bethesda as he went five innings but gave up just the one run – Kurt Suzuki’s 6th – and struck out two without walking a guy.
Brandon Morrow picked up his 9th save with a scoreless 9th.
Game #3: Valdosta finally acted like a team that cared about winning a ball game and slapped around Bethesda pitching but good for a 9-5 win.
In a strange game, the Snappers’ hitters seemed to have no trouble bashing double-digit pitchers John Gant, Ryan Tepera, and Jonathan Holder but were baffled for two ininngs by stat-boosting pitcher Austin Voth who was brought up from the minors primarily for entertainment value.
Hunter Renfroe (9) was the only one who managed to hit the ball out of the park in the 14-hit Valdosta attack, but pretty much everyone ht a double – Jose Peraza, Ronald Acuna, Kurt Suzki, Albert Pujols, Joe Panik and David Bote. Renfroe, Pujols, and Panik each drove in two runs.
Jeff McNeil’s 5-for-5 with a double and a triple supplied most of the offense with three runs scored. Trevor Story drove in two runs … yahoo.
Jason Hammell (3-8) gave up four runs (two earned) over six innings allowing eight hits and a walk while fanning eight.
Game #4: Valdosta won the duel of the crappy pitchers with Sonny Gray getting beaten around like a pinata once again, lasting just three innings in a 5-2 Snappers’ win.
Gray gave up all five Valdosta runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and that apparently was all the Valdosta correctly figured that they would need against the drowsy Bethesda offense.
Brandon McCarthy (2-9) owed the Bethesda hitters a big thanks after allowing just two runs (one earned) on eight hits in 6.2 innings. He walked four as well but struck out eight. The Bandicoots uselessness in clutch situations was a marvel to behold as half the lineup wound up with the coveted 4-men LOB stat with the team stranding 13 on the whole.
Hunter Renfroe (10) homered again and drove in three runs for the Snappers while Jose Peraza was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
For Bethesda, the game highlight was Jeff McNeil getting yet another hit and then pulling a hamstring while trying to steal 2nd base. Adios for 2 weeks to Senor McNeil.
Collin McHugh was sloppy giving up a walk and a single in the 9th but hung on to preserve his 9th save of the year.
Game #5: Jonathan Schoop crushed AJ Minter’s bases loaded two out bottom of the 9th pitch high off the centre field wall to bring home the dramatic winning run in a walkoff 5-4 win for Bethesda.
Schoop had three hits on the day and drove in two runs with Trevor Story chipping in with four singles, his 13th steal and an RBI.
A hardluck loss for the Snappers as they certainly had no problem hitting Bethesda starter Jake Arrieta hard. The problem was that when they hit him hard no one was aboard. Kurt Suzuki (7) homered off Arrieta in the 2nd, Ronald Acuna (9) homered off him in the 4th, Miguel Sano (9) in the 5th and Acuna (10) again in the 6th.
Collin McHugh (3-3) got the loss and suffered his 2nd blown save of the year after giving up a walk to Lorenzo Cain and hit to David Peralta in the 9th while only getting one out. Both runners came around to score with Peralta’s run being the winner.
Game #6: Another triumph over Valdosta’s crappy pitching over Bethesda’s crappy pitching as the series ends in a draw with the Snappers running riot over a revolving door of Bethesda pitchers 9-4.
The Snappers had a lot of problems with Austin Voth the reliever who went into the game with a 0.00 ERA, but no problem with him as a starter. Valdosta scored a pair off him in the 1st and added two more in the 3rd before his exit after the 4th. Voth gave up a two-run homer to Ender Inciarte (2) in the 3rd, but it was the only one of the 6 hits he gave up that went for extra bases.
The Snappers went quite for a few innings then with Voth tossing his final closing 4th inning and then John Gant and Yoshihisa Hirano blanked them for the 5th and 6th but then in the 7th Hirano was lifted with the score tied 4-4 after allowing a leadoff walk to Mark Reynolds. Adam Ottavino looked good getting Inciarte and Jose Peraza out easily and then pooped the sleeping bag by walking Ronald Acuna and giving up a double to Kurt Suzuki that scored both runners and gave the Snappers a 6-4 lead.
Valdosta then beat up on Ryan Tepera and Steve Cishek for three more runs in the 8th and called it a day.
Acuna led the attack with three singles, three runs scored and two RBIs while Enciarte had a single and a homer and three RBIs.
Pathetic Chris Owings who started the season hot but then went as cold as the frozen yogurt that has been in my freezer for three years was the only player to manage two hits for Bethesda.
Series Summary: A series split for Valdosta and Bethesda who just don’t have the arms to compete with the big boys this year.

Selkirk  Steelers @ Rosemere  Renegades

Series Preview: A cellar instead of a stellar battle!
Series Summary: Selkirk evades the cellar by taking 5 out of 6 rather easily outscoring ROS 42-11

Pittsburgh  Lumber Company @ Harsens Island  Walleye

Series Preview: NL East leading Pittsburgh comes to town
Game #1: Pitt 2-1
W Taillon 7-3 1.85 era
L Urena 4-7 2.69 era
S Hudson 1 4.76 era
Game #2: Walleye 6-5
W Springs 2-1 3.64 era
L Hudson 0-1 6.35 era
S Rodney 10 3.03 era
Game #3: Walleye 6-4
W Bettis 4-5 3.61 era
L Manaea 4-4 3.08 era
S Rodney 11 2.93 era
Game #4: Walleye 10-5
W Severino 7-5 3.71 era
L Odorizzi 2-4 4.75 era
Game #5: Pitt 6-1
W Clevinger 6-5 3.47 era
L Rodriguez 3-10 4.47 era
Game #6: Pitt 7-0
W Taillon 8-3 1.70 era
L Urena 4-8 2.88 era
Series Summary: Harsens Island finally didn’t lose a series as they split with Pittsburgh 3-3

Tempe  Tempers @ Corktown  Cycle

Series Preview: The 2019 World Series Cha….. I mean the Tempers from Tempe come east to Corktown for a swe….. I mean series of 7.
Game #1: Tempe 3-0 (11)
Game #2: Tempe 9-1
Game #3: Tempe 9-0
Clay Buchholz pitches 7 innings of 1 hit ball. That was Corktown’s only hit.
Game #4: The Tempers rattle off a run in the 7th, 8th and 9th to take a 1 run victory.
Tempe 4-3
Game #5: Rookie Miles Mikolas hurled a CG shutout for Tempe.
Tempe 8-0
Game #6: Pitching and hitting dominate once again. This time it was Corey Kluber
Tempe 5-0
Game #7: Tempe 4-3
Series Summary: The Tempers bring the brooms and sweep out Corktown. The Cycle were held scoreless 3 times while scoring 1 run once.

Southwest Detroit  Fighting Chihuahuas @ Coconut Creek  Crushers

Series Preview: Yuck
Game #1: Lopez is strong in a 3-0 SWD win.
Game #2: Snell evens up the series and gets 4 HR’s of support in a 7-2 CCC win.
Game #3: CCC blows a late lead and loses 3-2.
Game #4: Again… CCC blows a late lead and loses 5-3.
Game #5: Godley only gives up one run and CCC holds on to this one and wins 6-3.
Game #6: Lopez dominates again in a 4-1 SWD win.
Game #7: File this in the WHAT??? department. Snell cannot even get an out.
7 batters, no outs and 6 earned runs, so is pulled in the first inning.
SWD cruises to an 11-2 win
Series Summary: Could have been 4-3 CCC’s way. But the two late blown leads instead give
SWD a 5-2 series win.

Sacramento  Capitals @ Jersey  Nor’easters

Series Preview: Sacramento comes to town with the second most wins in the league while Jersey creeps closer to 500.
Series Summary: Jersey surprises the Capitals and takes the series 4-3. The Capital’s Max Scherzer raises his record to 16-1 not even half way thru the season.

Dallas  Cougars @ Tijuana  Bottle Rockets

Series Summary: Dallas comes to Tijuana and dominates for 6 out of 7 games. The lone exception was a walk off 2-run homer by Juan Centeno in game 4..

Motor City  Muscle @ Virginia  Sluggers

Series Preview: AL East leader Motor City Muscle coming off a strong showing against Yonge Street take on the AL West (even though they’re on the east coast) Virginia Sluggers.
SPOILER…NO HIT ALERT!
Game #1: VIR 2-0 W-Adam Plutko (2-2) L-Zach Davies (3-3)

Adam Plutko reached deep and threw a CG, 5-hit shutout, striking out 8 batters along the way. George Springer and Rafael Devers drove in the only runs Plutko would need as he picked up his 2nd victory of the year while lowering his ERA to 1.71.

Game #2: VIR 6-3 W Chris Archer (6-4) L-Mike Leake (3-3) SV- Felipe Vazquez (13)

Chris Archer struck out 13 in his 7 innings of work but needed 2-run homers from Anthony Rizzo and Carlos Santana to get the win as Virginia surprisingly claimed the first two wins of the series.

Game #3: MCM 17-5 W-Kyle Hendricks (7-3) L-Elieser Hernandez (2-3)

Not happy losing the first two games, Motor City exploded for 17 runs and punished the Sluggers. Where to start,…16 hits,…5 home runs,…Jeimer Candelario 4-6, 3 runs, 2 home runs,…8 RBI. Nick Ahmed 2-4, 3 runs, 4 RBI. Everyone in the lineup, except Ian Kinsler, got a hit. It was not pretty,…unless you played for Motor City.

Game #4: MCM 3-2 W-Arodys Vizcaino (1-0) L-Tommy HUnter (2-3) SV- Wily Peralta (2)

Bats must have been tired as it took Motor City 12 innings to win this one. They did manage 11 hits but 5 of them came off the bats of Yonder Alonso (3) who also doubled in the deciding run in the top of the 12th and David Freese (2), who drove in the other 2 Motor City runs of the game.

Game #5: MCM 10-2 W-Rich Hill (10-4) L-Heath Fillmyer (2-1)

Bats alive again. 13 hits, Christian Villanueva and Salvador Perez with long balls. Mike Trout and David Freese went 2-5 with 2 RBI. And oh, Virginia only managed 2 hits off the Muscle, one of which was a 2-run homer. The bad news for MCM,…Ian Kinsler injured 6 days, Christian Villanueva 13 days. Virginia’s Chasen Shreve and Tim Hill tossed for beaning them.

Game #6: MCM 10-0 W-Justin Verlander (9-6) L-Adam Plutko (2-3)

Adam Plutko not nearly as good this time around. Justin Verlander,…VERY good. Verlander faced 30 batters as he spun a no-hitter at the Sluggers. Verlander walked 3 and K’d 11 as he totally dominated the game. And he got plenty of support. Jeimer Candelario homered in a 3-4, 2 RBI day,…John Hicks homered in a 3-4 day with 4 RBI,…Yonder Alonso homered in a 3-5, 2 RBI day and Avisail Garcia joined in with a homer and 2 hits. The BAD news,…Mike Trout nailed by Plutko and out for 5 days.

Series Summary: After Virginia won the first two games it lit a fire under Motor City and they went on a tear, winning the last 4 games to take the series 4-2.

Mesa  Solar Sox @ Yonge Street  Stalkers

Series Preview: The Solar Sox visit Yonge Street.
Game #1: A Mike Zunino 3 run shot in the first had Dylan Covey feelin’ fine. Mesa tallied 3 in the 5th to tie it, then blew it open with 5 more in the 6th. Eugenio Suarez led the way for MSS, driving in 3 with a homer and a double. MSS 8 – YSS 3
Game #2: Trevor Bauer was overpowering. He K’d 10 in his 6.2 innings. Two relievers finished off the shutout for Mesa. The Sox were again led by Eugenio Suarez. He homered and plated 3 for the second game in a row. MSS 3 – YSS 0
Game #3: Of course Ivan Nova outdueled James Paxton to put the Stalkers on the board in the series. Aaron Hicks homered and drove home 3 to pace Yonge Street. Greg Bird homered and doubled as well. YSS 5 – MSS 4
Game #4: A back and forth affair. The home team scored 3 in the 8th to provide the difference. YSS got 2 RBI each from Adam Frazier, Scooter Gennett, and Tomas Telis. YSS 8 – MSS 5
Game #5: Gerrit Cole. Nuff said. Actually Joc Pederson (3-5, 2HR/5RBI) deserves to be said as well. YSS 11 – MSS 1
Game #6: Jeremy Jeffress was the key to the finale. He tossed 3 perfect innings, including the 10th to pick up the win and the split for Mesa. Eugenio Suarez finished a strong series by driving home 2 more. MSS 6 – YSS 5 (10)
Series Summary: Mesa took the first 2. YSS rattled off 3 straight. Mesa took the last for the split. yuck

Columbus  Explorers @ Triple Creek  Patriots

Series Summary: Columbus takes 4 of 6. 

Portland  Lumber Jax @ Long Beach  Dirt Bags

Series Preview: This sets up as an interesting mid season series between 2 teams who looked evenly matched fighting for a wild card spot.
Game #1: Long Beach rallied from 2 different 2 run deficits and won 8-6. Span, Encarnacion & Dietrich each had 2 RBI. Pillar had a huge game in a losing cause with 2 HRs and 4 RBI.
Game #2: Buehler threw 7 shutout innings as Portland coasted to a 6-1 win. Pillar continued to hammer his former team with 2 more HRs.
Game #3: Marquez and Elfin combined on a 9 hit shutout as Portland won 6-0. Cron hit his 3rd & 4th HRs of the series and had 4 RBI to lead the Lumber Jax offense.
Game #4: The best game of the series so far. After Kemp’s 3 run HR gave Long Beach a 4-2 lead in the 5th Portland chipped away and tied it 4-4 in the 8th on a Perez 2B. In the bottom of the inning Kiermaier tripled in 2 runs. In the top of the 9th, Portland loaded the bases with no outs but Chavez got the next 3 batters out to preserve the Dirt Bags 7-4 win. Cron hit 2 more HRs for the Lumber Jax giving him 6 in the series.
Game #5: Galvis doubled in Conforto with the winning run in the 12th as Portland won 7-6. After Eflfin got knocked around, the Lumber Jax bullpen threw 6 2/3 innings of 2 hit shut out ball. Cron hit a HR in the 5th game in a row.
Game #6: Portland took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th. Long Beach cut it to 1 when Rosario scored on a Keirmaier ground out. After a Gamel 2B, Wendle hit a 2 run HR to give Long Beach a 3-2 lead. Oh threw a perfect 9th to save the Dirt Bags win. Flaherty went the distance in the tough luck loss.
Series Summary: This was a close series with both teams winning 3 games. This will be a long fight for the final wild card.

Southbend  Lynx @ Manhattan  Project

Series Preview: Southbend Lynx at Manhattan.
First place Southbend (Central 45-26) meets 3rd place Manhattan (39-33).
Game #1: Manhattan 4-3
WP-Cimber
LP -Familia
SV- Alexander
Game #2: Southbend 8-3
WP- Peralta
LP – Tanaka
Game #3: Southbend 9-6
WP- Koch
LP – Chatwood
INJURY: COZART 31 DAYS
Game #4: Southbend 8-4
WP- Foltynewicz
LP -Quintana
SV- Osuna
Game #5: Southbend 4-3
WP- Moya
LP – Richards
SV- Osuna
Game #6: Manhattan 11-7
WP- Cimber
LP – Familia
Series Summary: Southbend takes the series 4 games to 2.

Detroit  Crime @ Fremont  Cannons

Game #1: Detroit uses the long ball to take the first game 7-3. Homers by Yasmani Grandal, Daniel Descalso,Brandon Crawford, and Kendrys Morales.
Game #2: Carlos Carrasco improves to 10-3 with a 6-4 victory over Fremont. Carrasco struck out 11 in the win.
Game #3: Crime bats explode for 5 runs in the 5th off of Ohtani, highlighted by Daniel Descalso’s grand slam. Khris Davis contributed a home run for Fremont. Detroit takes it 5-2.
Game #4: Sal Romano gets knocked with 7 runs in three innings, and Detroit hits another grand slam, this time from Bryce Harper. Khris Davis homers for Fremont in the loss. Detroit 13, Fremont 5.
Game #5: This game saw 25 runs scored. Kendrys Morales homered three times for Detroit, and Khris Davis homered three times for Fremont. Morales tallied 7 RBI in this one. In the end, it was Detroit with the 15-10 victory.
Game #6: Detroit scores three in the ninth to crush Fremont’s hopes for a victory in the series, pulling out a 12-10 win. Bryce Harper homered twice for Detroit, and Khris Davis went deep for the 4th straight game, improving his season total to 28.
Series Summary: A clean sweep by the Crime, 6-0. Khris Davis homers 6 times for Fremont this week, but in a losing effort. Scripts saved and available on request.

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