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2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #6

Austin_Meadows20Charlie_Morton20Marcus_Semien20Tim_Melville20

NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
MEADOWS,Austin SBL  AL .357 .821 6 28 10 1 0 4 10 10 3 1 0 0 0 1
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
MORTON,Charlie HOL  AL 2 2 0 0 0.00 14 0 0 6 21 2 0 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
SEMIEN,Marcus SEL  NL .296 .815 6 27 8 2 0 4 6 15 4 1 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
MELVILLE,Tim COL  NL 2 2 0 0 2.81 16 5 5 11 21 4 0 0 0 0 3

Jersey Nor’easters @ Rosemere Renegades

Series Summary: Jersey 4-3 over Rosemere.

Triple Creek Patriots @ Valdosta Snappers

Series Preview: First place Triple Creek pays a visit to Valdosta.
Game #1: Valdosta 5-1. Cole Irvin (2-1) pitched 8 innings allowing just 1 run as the Snappers win.
Game #2: Valdosta 10-1. Albert Pujols knocked in 3 as the Snappers romp.
Game #3: TC 9-2. Matt Strahm improved to 5-1 and Victor Caratini hit 2 of the Pats 3 HR’s as they win an easy one. Felix Hernandez continued to struggle as he allowed 7 in 7 IP.
Game #4: Valdosta 6-5. Jhoulys Chacin somehow hit a go-ahead HR in the 5th and Alex Colome picked up a save despite a very shaky 9th.
Game #5: TC 6-4. Kevin Gausman (2-0) went 6 solid innings and Cody Bellinger smacked 2 HR’s (14). Brandon Workman notched his 14th save.
Game #6: Valdosta 6-2. Snappers hit 4 HR’s including 2 from Josh Donaldson (11) and Kenta Maeda picked up his 3rd win.
Series Summary: Valdosta somehow wins 4 of 6 from the 1st place Patriots.

Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas @ Chicago Mobsters

Series Preview: I-94 Series between two long time rivals.
Game #1: Reynaldo Lopez thought he was Greg Maddux or something. He went the distance in a 3 Hit, 2 Walk, shutout. 13 K’s & 88 pitches later the Mobsters went home with their tails between their legs. Dansby Swanson had 2 Hits including a Home Run & 2 RBI’s.

Final Score: Southwest Detroit 2 – Chicago 0

Win: Reynaldo Lopez 3-4 (4.67)
Loss: Chad Green 1-2 (3.91)

Game #2: Chicago’s power showed p with 6 Home Runs. Michael Taunchman & Alex Avila both Homered & had 3 RBI’s. Joey Votto & Yordan Alvarez both Homered & had 2 RBI’s.

Final Score: Chicago 12 – Southwest Detroit 4

Win: Marcus Stroman 2-4 (6.15)
Loss: Jon Gray 2-3 (4.10)

Game #3: Chicago took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th, brought in Aroldis Chapman who blew the save in the bottom of the 9th. A 2-Run Home Run by Danny Santana in the 10th put Chicago back on top where they hold on to win it. Chapman Vultures the win. Luke Jackson faces his old team and after drilling Harrison Bader closes it out for the save.

Final Score: Chicago 6 – Southwest Detroit 4 (10 Innings)

Win: Aroldis Chapman 1-0 (1.46)
Loss: Miguel Castro 0-2 (13.50)
Save: Luke Jackson #1

Game #4: The Sherriff, Chris Paddack comes down a dark dusty corridor & shuts down the Mobsters bats with 9 K’s in a Complete Game Shutout. Not to be outdone on the other side of town was Trevor Bauer who Struck Out 12 and allows 2 Runs total. Complete pitchers dual in this one.

Final Score: Southwest Detroit 2 – Chicago 0

Win: Chris Paddack 3-2 (2.08)
Loss: Trevor Bauer 4-4 (4.70)

Game #5: After both times Chicago was Shutout in the Series they come back & score 10+ Runs. This time an 11 spot to be exact. Joey Votto Homers & has 3 RBI’s. Nico Goodrum has 3 Hits & Scores 2 Runs. Andrelton Simmons has 4 Hits & 2 RBI’s. C.C. Sabathia picks up the win. Chicago lets some bullpen arms finish out the side.

Final Score: Chicago 11 – Southwest Detroit 2
Win: C.C. Sabathia 4-1 (4.04)
Loss: Joey Lucchesi 0-2 (3.93)

Game #6: Yordan Alvarez has 2 solo Home Runs for Chicago but Southwest Detroit has a 4-3 lead heading into the 9th Inning, but with bases loaded in the 9th, Fighting Chihuahuas Closer Nick Wittgren gives up a Pinch Hit Grand Slam to Nelson Cruz & the Mobsters go on to a 7-4 lead & victory.

Final Score: Chicago 7 – Southwest Detroit 24
Win: Felipe Vazquez 2-1 (0.45)
Loss: Nick Wittgren 1-1 (4.96)
Save: Aroldis Chapman #10

Series Summary: Two Shutouts for Southwest Detroit. Two 10+ run games for Chicago. The Series goes to the Mobsters 4 games to 2, but besides the two 10+ Run games, the other 4 games were close and exciting. The Series was played using Team Viewer & Zoom. It was fun to play a face to face series!

Motor City Muscle @ Dallas Cougars

Game #1: Jacob DeGrom hits as many batters as hits allowed – 2 while punching out 11 in a complete game victory for the Muscle. Motor City only had 4 hits themselves. The difference in the game was Neil Walker’s first homer of the year in the 6th.
Motor City 2, Dallas 1
Game #2: Chase Anderson and two relievers were even better in this game for Dallas allowing only 1 hit. Hunter Dozier helped Dallas edge out the win with his 9th homer of the year in the 7th.
Dallas 2, Motor City 1
Game #3: Back to back solo home runs by Hunter Dozier and Miguel Rojas helped improve Dallas Keuchel to 5-0.
Dallas 3, Motor City 2
Game #4: Solo homers early by Shin-Soo Choo and Nick Castellanos helped Justin Verlander improve to 5-0 for the Muscle.
Motor City 2, Dallas 1
Game #5: Harold Castro had a bases clearing double in the bottom of the 5th for the Cougars and Dallas held on to win even though Motor City scored the last three runs of the game.
Dallas 4, Motor City 3
Game #6: Hunter Dozier broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the third with his 3rd homer in the series and 11th overall and for the first time in the series a game was decided by more than 1 run.
Dallas 5, Motor City 3
Game #7: Chase Anderson and a trio of relievers allowed just 4 hits and no runs to close out the series.
Dallas 4, Motor City 0
Series Summary: Dallas wins the series 5 games to 2, but the results could have easily been flipped as the first 5 games were all decided by a single run and only the last game was an easy win.

Selkirk Steelers @ Portland Lumber Jax

Series Preview: 23-16 Selkirk Steelers visit the Portland LumberJax
Game #1: SEL 8 POR 2
Freeland gives up 8 runs for Portland in the start. Four Steelers homer.
Game #2: SEL 7 POR 1
Portland managers just 5 hits. Semien goes 3-5 with a double and HR for Selkirk and Alonso 3-3.
Game #3: SEL 6 POR 1
Both teams manage 7 hits, but Portland loses by 5.
Game #4: SEL 3 POR 2
Game #5: POR 12 SEL 7
Portland explodes for six in the first inning and cruises to 12 run game. Marcus Semien hits a grade slam in the 9th inning for Selkirk.
Game #6: POR 8 SEL 6
Series Summary: Selkirk wins the series 4-2.

Coconut Creek Crushers @ Hollywood Werewolves

Series Summary: Hollywood takes 5 of 7 from Coconut Creek

Corktown Cycle @ Columbus Explorers

Series Preview: Corktown travels to Columbus for 6 games as the Explorers continue a lot of time at home early this season (it will mean long road trips later…..)
Game #1: Tim Melville gets the nod for game 1 in his first Explorer start and wam, blam, kapawie! The Cycle get into him right away. Chris Taylor opens with a single and Adam Eaton homers (4) to make it 2-0. Then 2 ks, and a walk to Eric Hosmer and Danny Jansen homers (2) and it’s 4-0! Just like that – oh, Melville does get a 3rd k in the evening, but is down 4-0. But Columbus then puts together a matching bottom half with a SF by Paul DeJong and then a bases loaded 3 run double by Charlie Blackmon. Melville settles down, but so does Matt Harvey. The next blip when Franmil Reyes slugs his 11th dinger of the season and the Cycle are up 5-4. However, Columbus then gets a 3 run 7th which was powered by a 2 run single from DeJong. Top 9 – Columbus up 7-5 and Jose LeClerc staying in for a 2nd inning and he gives up a leadoff homer (3) to Tony Kemp. Liam Hendriks is called on. He gets 1, then gives up a single to Nate Lowe. Derek Fisher in to PR with Taylor up. Fisher steals 2nd. Then Taylor goes to bunt – lays it down the first base side, Hendriks to field it – Taylor bowls him over – they both go down. Ump calls Taylor out for interference and makes Fisher go back to 2nd. Hendriks leaves the game. Perhaps Taylor got a sacrifice afterall, but it won’t go in the books that way. Yusmeiro Petit then comes in and gets the last 2 outs. Columbus hangs on to win 7-6 (coming back twice to get there).
CRK 6-9-0 LP Adam Morgan (0-1) BS (2)
COL 7-8-1 WP Melville (1-0) S Petit (5)
Game #2: Franmil Reyes begins the scoring with a 2 run homer (12) off Dario Agrazal in the 3rd. Columbus responds with 1 in the bottom half on a solo Matt Carpenter blast (5). Corktown gets another in the 4th but Columbus ties it up in the 5th with 2 runs. Game goes into the bottom of the 8th still knotted at 3 – but Paul DeJongs leads off with a single off Yefry Ramirez (in for the 8th). Gio Urshela then doubles, DeJong stops at 3rd. IW to D.J. LeMahieu. That brings in Peter Fairbanks (1st time I’ve seen the IW before the pitcher change – how refreshing!). But Fairbanks gives up a single to Brock Holt and the go ahead run scores. Bases still juiced but Fairbanks gets the other 2 outs. 4-3 into the 9th and Kyle Ryan sets down the Cycle in order for the save.
CRK 3-9-1 LP Ramirez (0-1)
COL 4-9-0 WP Rogelio Armenteros (1-0) S Ryan (1)
Game #3: Explorers get 3 in the 1st, big blow was Enrique Hernandez and his 2 run homer (4). Columbus makes it 5-0 after 7 and Homer Bailey leaves with a 7 hitter through 7.1. Luis Avilan comes on and faces 3 – gives up 2 walks and an rbi double from Eric Hosmer. Jose LeClerc comes in and gives up a 2 run Danny Jansen double and it’s 5-3. But then LeClerc settles down. Columbus needed more breathing room and they get 2 in the 8th and the final ends up 7-3.
CRK 3-12-0 LP Brian Johnson (1-4)
COL 7-11-1 WP Bailey (4-2)
Game #4: After a day off, the teams come out and play a 4th game – and extend it to 11 innings. Each teams scores 1 in the 2nd, then Kevin Plawecki hits a 2 run homer (1) off J.A. Happ in the 5th for a 3-1 lead. But D.J. LeMahieu counters with a 2 run shot (5) in the bottom half. Then no one scored until the 11th. Columbus burns through the top guns in the bullpen and Jose LeClerc opens the 11th and Franmil Reyes homers (13) for what ends up being the winning run.
CRK 4-9-2 WP Eric Pagan (1-0) 11 innings
COL 3-8-0 LP LeClerc (0-1)
Game #5: The Cycle are on a roll – Jose Berrios tames the Columbus bats for 8.2 innings giving up a lone run in the 2nd and 4 hits total while fanning 7. With a bit of a scare in the 9th, Eric Pagan is called in and he does his job. Meanwhile, Adam Eaton pops one over the fence (5) for 2 runs in the 4th, Ronny Rodriguez adds a solo homer (7) and the Cycle take it easily, 4-1.
CRK 4-7-0 WP Berrios (5-1) S Pagan (6)
COL 1-4-0 LP Julio Teheran (4-2)
Game #6: Well, as good as Berrios was in game 5 for Corktown, Tim Melville was even better in the finale. Making his 2nd start of the season and series, Melville goes the distance fanning 12, gives up 4 hits (all singles) and NO runs!! And he gets 12 hit support including homers from Charlie Blackmon (8) and Gio Urshela (1). Matt Carpenter and Blackmon each had 3 hits.
CRK 0- 4-1 LP Matt Harvey (2-4)
COL 7-12-1 WP Melville (2-0)
Series Summary: Series ends up with Columbus winning 4 of 6 and they host Valdosta next week. Corktown will host the Lumber Company from Pittsburgh.

Southbend Lynx @ Tijuana Bottle Rockets

Series Preview: Southbend travels to Tijuana for a 6 game series.
Game #1: SBL Muncy opens the scoring with a 2-run HR in the T1. TIJ Hampson hits a solo-HR in the B2 to get 1 back. SBL Joyce gets the run back with a solo-HR in the T3, his 1st of the year. In the TIJ B3 Mullins 1bs, after a Muncy error on Ford’s pop up, Murphy rips a rbi-1b to pull TIJ back within a run. SBL stretch their lead by 2 with rbi-2bs by Viloria and Altuve. In the TIJ B5 Mullins reaches on a Foltynewicz error and would eventually score on a Ford rbi-1b. But that would be all the scoring for TIJ as the SBL bullpen of Walden, Duffey, and Osuna would close the game out. SBL Bichette would add an RBIi-2b in the T9.

SBL 6, TIJ 3

Game #2: SBL gets on the board in the T3 on a Muncy rb-1b. TIJ takes the lead in the B4 on a Vogelbach 3-run HR. SBL Meadows matches him with a 3-run HR in the T5. The 6th and 7th are scoreless; in the T8 SBL Muncy 2bs, Escobar is HBP and has to leave the game, and 1 out later Mayfield hits a 3-run HR to open up the SBL lead to 7-3. TIJ Sanchez hits a solo-HR in the B8. But SBL put the game away with 3 in the T9 on an Altuve solo-HR and a Muncy 2-run HR.

SBL 10, TIJ 4

Game #3: SBL jump out in front again in the T2 ona Mayfield sac fly. SBL Altuve hits a 2-run HR in the T3 for a 3-0 lead. In the TIJ B3 Hampson 1bs and scores on Sanchez rbi-2b. SBL Escobar, quiet thus far, wakes up in the T5 with a 3-run HR. But TIJ stays in the game by plating 2 in the B5 when Hampson 1bs and Ford hits a 2-run HR. However, the SBL just won’t let up as they score 3 more in the T6 on a Meadows 2-run HR and a Muncy solo-HR. Thats pretty much the ball game, tho SBL would add 2 more runs and TIJ would get 1 more for the final tally. TIJ Grisham is injured for 20 days.

SBL 11, TIJ 4

Game #4: Both offenses slow down in this game as we have a good a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel between SBL Samardzija and TIJ Roark. The only runs scored in the game come by way of an Escobar rbi-1b in the T3 and T5. Samardzija is dominant getting the CG Shutout, giving up only 2 hits, while fanning 11 and only walking 1. TIJ Roark was almost as good giving up only 5 hits in 7IP, 2 runs, 1 earned, while fanning 10 and walking 1.

SBL 2, TIJ 0

Game #5: SBL put 2 on the board in the T1 ona Meadows 2-run HR. TIJ answers with a run in the B1 on a Hampson 1b, Freeman bb, and Murphy rbi-1b. SBL get the run back on a Mayfield sac fly in the T4. TIJ Hampson’s rbi-1b in the B5 pull them back within a run. In the TIJ B6 Freeman ties the game with a solo-HR; they would take the lead on a McKinney rbi-1b, and after the bases are loaded Kiner-Falefa would get HBP to add another run. The TIJ bullpen trio of Diekman, Valdez, and Garcia would come through and hold SBL scoreless over the last 3 innings for the win. TIJ Ruiz injured for 9 days and Schebler for 2 days on a collision in the outfield.

TIJ 5, SBL 3

Game #6: The SBL would jump all over TIJ Martin in the T1 and set the tone for this game. SBL plate 5 runs in the T1 on a Altuve 2-run HR, Cordell rbi-1b, a run scoring on a Sanchez passed ball, and a Martin rbi-1b. SBL add 3 more in the T4 on a Bichette 3-run HR and put the game away. Foltynewicz is strong through 6 giving up 0 runs on 3 hits while fanning 7. TIJ lone run comes on a Ford rbi-2b in the B8. SBL add 2 in the T7 and 4 in the T9 to close out the scoring.

SBL 14, TIJ 1

Series Summary: Southbend takes the series 5-1 as they continue to play well on the road and improve their road record to 19-7. TIJ ran into some injuries and some back luck along with the hot bats of the Lynx.

Virginia Sluggers @ Yonge Street Stalkers

Game #1: Brian Anderson went 3-6 with a walk and an RBI double for Virginia. Four totally separate VIR guys knocked home a pair of runs for the visitors. Two additional VIR guys knocked home 3 runs apiece. Finally, Jason Castro homered and plated 4. Quick math gives me 19…Sue me, I missed one. Domingo German could never quite find the zone for YSS. VIR 20 – YSS 7
Game #2: Whit Merrifield ended up a single shy of a cycle. He and Devers both drove home 3 for VIR. Another game, another Slugger blitz. VIR 12 – YSS 4
Game #3: Castillo spun a gem, and the offense continued to burst forth from VIR bats. VIR 8 – YSS 2
Game #4: The gut-punch game. Gerrit Cole pitched an absolute gem. His only mistake was a solo shot by Devers to open the 9th inning. (Trevor?) Williams gave up 3 hits and 3 walks in the shutout. VIR 1 – YSS 0
Game #5: This time it was (Ryan?) Borucki who flummoxed the home squad. VIR 10 – YSS 5
Game #6: 3 runs in the 8th gave the Sluggers a clean sweep in the series. VIR 6 – YSS 5
Series Summary: Arrgh. This one’s gonna leave a mark. VIR continues on to Manhattan, while YSS heads to DAL.

Detroit Crime @ Mesa Solar Sox

Series Preview: First place Detroit comes to Arizona to play the middling Solar Sox. Everyone in the outfield stands brings their gloves. Lots of souvenirs.
Game #1: Mesa hits MadBum hard in the 1st inning with a double, a single and an Eugenio Suarez homer. That 3 run lead is wiped out at Detroit scores 10 un-answered runs and win 10-5. The CRime blast 5 homers (Brandon Crawford 2, Hernandez, Grandal, and Adam Jones). Baumgardner goes to 6-1. Sanchez walks 8 in 4 innings for Mesa.
Game #2: Detroit gets 3 in the 1st this time, capped by a two run homer from Bryce Harper. They get a two run homer from Machado in the 2nd and Detroit leads 6-2 after 3. Mesa, however, chips away with a run in the 7th, 2 in the 8th, and a game tying Starling Marte single in the 9th. The bullpens go to work and it isn’t until the bottom of the 13th when Randall Grichuk doubles home Tm Anderson that Mesa gets away with a 7-6 win. Detroit strikes out 15 times, Mesa 12 in this whiff fest.
Game #3: Steven Strasberg was brilliant for Detroit – 7 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 Ks. Detroit gets homers from Harper, Grandal, LaStella, and Belt. Mesa gets back to back homers from Suarez and Rosario but lose 7-3.
Game #4: Mesa builds a 7-1 lead on long balls from Garver, Aguilar and a second straight day of back to backs from Suarez and Rosario. Detroit mounts a comeback built on power with homers from Grandal and Brett Gardner (2). They fall short. Mesa wins 7-5.
Game #5: Mesa’s Drew Smyly gives up 6 runs in the 1st 2 innings. They build a 7-1 lead before Mesa makes it interesting but they fall short 9-6. Smyly was on full Nuke LaLooch…6 innings, 6 runs, 10 Ks, 8 walks….
Game #6: A well-pitched game, for a change. Bumgardner gives up solo homers to Suarez (his 4th of the series) and Grichuk in the 1st two innings and then settles down. Detroit ties it at 2 in the 5th with RBI singles from Belt and Crawford. It remains tied until the bottom of the 8th when Jesus Aguilar parks one for the 3-2 Mesa win and a surprising series split. Daniel Hudson served up Aguilar’s game-winner for the loss. Pressley saved his 7th.
Series Summary: A very surprising series split. Mesa won the close ones and Detroit pounded Mesa pitching for their 3 wins. Eugenio Suarez is up to 19 homers and 43 RBI in 39 games.
Player of the series: Strasberg’s 7 innings one-hitter!

Harsens Island Walleye @ Pittsburgh Lumber Company

Series Summary: First place Pittsburgh has its hands full with last place Harsens Island, dropping 3 games and needing 17 innings to win the final game of the series.

Manhattan Project @ Fremont Cannons

Series Preview: Two teams jockeying for position in the AL East.
Game #1: A leaky defense lets down starter Zac Gallen for Fremont, allowing 3 earned runs. On the other side, Asher Wojciechowski was masterful, allowing only two hits in 8 innings. Manhattan wins 3-0.
Game #2: Fremont hits Brian Anderson hard, chasing him after 3.2 IP. Dylan Bundy is able to limit 11 Manhattan hits to 3 runs. Carlos Correa goes 4-4 and Yoan Moncada and Yulieski Gurriel homer for the home team. Fremont wins 7-3.
Game #3: The teams went back and forth for a while. Fremont leaves starter Derek Norris in two batters two long. First, he gives up a go-ahead 2-run homer to Anthony Santander,then he leaves with a wrist injury and is sidelined six days. Down by a run in the ninth, Byron Buxton scores off a Jake Marisnick error and Fremont ties it. Buxton makes an impact again, throwing out a tagging Jose Iglesias in the top of the tenth at home. Max Kepler leads off with a double in the bottom of the frame, but is stranded. The Project go ahead on a 2-run homer from J.T. Realmuto in the top of the 11th. Manuel Margot knocks home Yoan Moncada to score a Fremont run, but is thrown out at second trying to stretch for a double. Manhattan wins 6-5.
Game #4: Masahiro Tanaka gets sent off after allowing 4 runs in 3 innings. Javier Baez, Mike Yastrzemski, and Teoscar Hernandez all homer for Fremont in the 6-1 Fremont victory. Jason Vargas goes the distance without allowing an earned run.
Game #5: Brian Anderson was sent to the showers early again, but four Fremont errors lead to 3 unearned runs, which was three too many in the 10-8 loss to Manhattan. The Cannons scored three in the ninth to make it interesting, and brought the tying run to the plate before Adam Cimber struck out Michael Brosseau to close it out.
Game #6: The Project got out early, and Dylan Bundy was left in to take a nine-inning pummeling, as Manhattan wins 10-2. Asher Wojciechowski was impressive again, moving to 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA
Game #7: Manhattan jumped out with 3 runs in the top of the first, but Fremont answered with 5 in the bottom of the inning, with Masahiro Tanaka pulled after only two outs. Manhattan never scored again, and Fremont wins 8-3 behind home runs from Javier Baez, Yoan Moncada, and James McCann.
Series Summary: In a close and often exciting series, Manhattan comes out the victor 4-3. Featured bum Manuel Margot did notch a hit but was thrown out trying to extend it, though that fault lies more with the coaching staff.

Long Beach Dirt Bags @ Sacramento Capitals

Series Preview: Long Beach heads north on I-5 to visit long-time division rival Sacramento.
Series Summary: Sacramento surprises Long Beach, and themselves, by winning 6 of 7 games behind two walk-off wins and solid pitching.

Bethesda Bandicoots @ Tempe Tempers

Series Preview: Two teams looking for wild card spots.
Series Summary: Tempe rallies to win the final three games and the series – 4-2.

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