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2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #7

Barnhart_Tucker20Chris_Bassitt20JoshE_Bell20Lance_Lynn20

NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
BARNHART,Tucker MCM  AL .320 .600 7 25 8 1 0 2 7 10 5 3 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
BASSITT,Chris DET  AL 2 2 0 0 0.00 11 0 0 2 12 6 0 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
BELL,Josh E. PIT  NL .321 .714 7 28 9 5 0 2 7 12 6 3 1 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
LYNN,Lance LBD  NL 2 2 0 0 1.93 14 3 3 12 17 4 0 0 0 0 0

Valdosta Snappers @ Columbus Explorers

Series Preview: The Snappers come to Columbus and they appear to be ready to snap at our heals – plenty of punch, rotation is a bit (lot) thin, but the bullpen is decent…key: get them early and often (like voting), or it will be a struggle.
Game #1: Explorers got them early – 3 runs in the 1st – but remember the often part. Well, the 3 were it. The Snappers get a 2 run homer from Willy Adames in the 2nd (he’s 7th) and then Albert Puljos gets a big 2 run double in the 8th to give the Snappers the lead. Anthony Bass does a perfect 9th for the save.
VAL 4-5-0 WP Junior Guerra (1-3) S Bass (1)
COL 3-9-1 LP Matt Magill (0-1) BS (1)
Game #2: Ronald Acuna was a terror – stealing lots of bases, 2 in the 1st game and 2 attempts in this one – successful for his 23rd and caught for his 1st. But he also got 3 hits including a leadoff single in the 1st and he ended up scoring. But the Explorers get 4 in the 3rd, 3 of them on an Asdrubal Cabrera homer (5). And Dario Agrazal and 4 relievers make that stand – Acuna gets a rbi in the 5th, but the final ends up 4-2.
VAL 2-7-0 LP Tyler Alexander (1-4)
COL 4-6-2 WP Agrazal (4-1) S Yusmeiro Petit (6)
Game #3: Big 1st innings are a pain (unless they’re yours of course) – Snappers get a 4 run 1st keyed by a Roberto Hernandez 3 run homer (6). However, Columbus scratches back and gets 3 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th and 6th and leads 5-4 after 7. Charlie Blackmon (9) and Asdrubal Cabrera (6) homer as part of the scoring. But Josh Donaldson homers (12) to tie it up in the 8th before Columbus gets one back in their half for the 6-5 lead. Rogelios Armenteros, who already blew the save in the 8th, gives up a leadoff hit in the 9th to pinch hitter David Bote and they Yusmeiro Petit comes in and gives up a 2 run, 2 out homer to Ronald Acuna (7) and the Snappers snap up the lead. Alex Colome comes in for the bottom of the 9th and shuts down Columbus and Valdosta gets its 2nd win in 3 games.
VAL 7-10-1 WP Junior Guerra (2-3) S Colome (7)
COL 6-9-0 LP Petit (1-2) BS (1); Armenteros BS (1)
Game #4: OK – if I said Valdosta scores 4 in the 1st again, would you believe it? Well, they do – and they are all unearned. Willy Adames leads off and reaches on E2. Hector Ramirez is drilled. Ronald Acuna gets a 1 out infield single to load the bases. Kurt Suzuki then grounds into a 1-2 FC, 2 outs. Adeiny Hechavarria then grounds to Paul DeJong who boots it and 2 runs score. Albert Pujols walks and Jose Peraza singles in 2 more for a 4 run (all unearned) first. Charlie Blackmon hits a 2 run homer (10) in the bottom half to cut the score to 4-2. Columbus gets another in the 3rd, but Hechavarria leads off the 3rd with a solo homer (3) and it’s 5-3 Valdosta! But in the 4th, the Explorers get their own 4 run inning, keyed by an Eric Hasse 3 run homer (5). 7-5 Columbus. The teams trade 2 runs each in the 5thm and Valdosta scores one in the 8th to make it 9-8 Columbus. But this time, Yusmeiro Petit gets the job done in the 9th, despite the normal leadoff hit.
VAL 8-11-1 LP Kenta Maeda (3-2) (in relief)
COL 9-11-3 WP J.A. Happ (3-3) S Petit (7)
Game #5: No one scores in the 1st – but Columbus gets 2 4-run innings (the 7th and 8th) along with 3 other runs in the game. Charlie Blackmon (11) and Matt Carpenter (6) homer. Eric Hasse has to come in when Tyler Flowers is HBP and will miss some significant time. Hasse has a triple and double and drives in 3! Albert Pujols as 2 hits, double, rbi and Ronald Acuna continues to hit getting 2 singles.
VAL 1-8-1 LP Jordan Zimmerman (3-5)
COL 11-16-0 WP Julio Teheran (5-2)
Game #6: Another nail biter and come from behind win for Columbus. Valdosta plays long ball with Roberto Perez hitting a solo shot (7) in the 2nd, Albert Puljos hitting a 2 run shot (6) in the 4th, and Josh Donaldson hitting a solo shot (13) in the 6th. Jordan Lyles only gave up 4 hits – but they all ended up in runs. It was 3-0 after the 4th inning homer but Eric Hasse matched those 3 runs with a 3 run monster shot (6) in the bottom of the 4th. Charlie Blackmon and Giovanny Urshela then got rbi hits in the 5th for a 5-3 lead and the Explorers hung on for the 5-4 win.
VAL 4-6-1 LP Kenta Maeda (3-3) (as the starter)
COL 5-7-0 WP Lyles (4-1) S Liam Hendriks (6)
Game #7: Dario Agrazal sails through this game, giving up just 6 hits in 8 innings – 3 of them to Jarrod Dyson who scored the lone Valdosta run in the 5th. Cole Irvin was doing very well himself giving up just 1 run through 5, but in the 6th the wheels fell off and Columbus gets 3 runs. Then Columbus tees off Anthony Bass for 3 more in the 7th to run the score to 7-1 – and that’s how it ended.
VAL 1-7-0 LP Irvin (2-2)
COL 7-12-2 WP Agrazal (5-1)
Series Summary: Columbus wins the series 5-2 and it was a tough, fun struggle. The Snappers can get runs across and their pitching came through pretty well. But score early (and often).

Sacramento Capitals @ Selkirk Steelers

Series Preview: A great test for Selkirk. The great Sacramento pitching vs the bashers of Selkirk.
Game #1: Cano 4 hits and 4 RBIs is thinking its 2010 again. As Sacramento hammers Turnbull and the Steelers 15-3 and Greinke wins his 7th.
Game #2: The Capital pen was awful allowing homers to Lewis, Semien to tie it and then Gleybar wins it int he 10th. 5-4 Selkirk
Game #3: Skaggs only allows 2 hits and wins 6-2 for Sacramento.
Game #4: Selkirk hits 3 more homers and wins 5-2 as Quantrill pitches well
Game #5: Gibson allows use two hits and Selkirk wins 5-1 as Dixon and Greybar homer.
Game #6: The capitals get the spit as Mad Max was solid in this 5-3 win as Dickerson homers.
Series Summary: Selkirk was happy to split with Sacramento, as Gleybar and Dixon have good series.
Pitcher of the week -Skaggs 2 hits 7 K’s no walks one run in 8 innings

Jersey Nor’easters @ Bethesda Bandicoots

Series Preview: Two teams that, from the early going at least look like they are going nowhere in 2020 meet up to pummel each other with Nerf bats for seven games.
Game #1: A crazy game that had pretty much everything in it.
Kevin Pillar smashed a grand slam in the bottom of the 1st inning that gave Bethesda a 5-0 lead in the early going but the Jersey bullpen held them comatose for the next 10 innings…  Yes this went into extra innings.
Tommy Pham (8) went deep off former Bethesda ace now turned water cooler monitor Jake Arrieta in the 3rd inning to make it 5-1.
Ronald Guzman singled in a run in the 4th to make it 5-2 and then in the 5th Jose Ramirez doubled to narrow it to 5-3.
Pham (stinkin’ jerk) ruined Steve Cishek’s bid to get the save in the top of the 9th when the Itchy reliever gave up a game-tying two-run homer to send it into extra innings. Pham’s homer was his 2nd of the game and 9th of the season.
In the top of the 11th, the Nor’easters went apeshit on the Bethesda bullpen with a 5-run outburst that featured a triple by Ramirez and a homer by Rougned Odor (9).
Incredibly, the Bandicoots offense woke up and came back with five runs of their own including a two-run shot by Jeff McNeil (4).
The Nor’easters moved back in the lead in the top of the 12th thanks to a solo homer off last-man standing Alex Cobb by Domingo Santana (5).
Alas … and probably the first time I have ever used that word in a writeup … the Bandicoots had nothing left in the tank in this one and Sean Reid-Foley put the game in the bank for Jersey with the 11-10 win.
Game #2: Trent Thornton dominated in this game hitting a home run and striking out 8 in seven strong innings as the Bandicoots edged Jersey 2-1.
Tommy Pham (10) homered to provide the only offense for Jersey. Jeff McNeil was 3/4 for Bethesda and scored the only other run in the game on a groundout by Trevor Story in the 1st inning.
Thornton (4-1) also allowed six hits and two walks in the game. Steve Cishek saved his 5th game of the year with a perfect 9th.
Dinelson Lamet dropped to 1-3 despite pitching well and fanning 10 with only four hits in six innings.
EDITORIAL NOTE … not sure what APBA did in the off-season but there is a noticeable issue with pitchers with no plate appearances in 2019 who are hitting like Mike Schmidt and Rod Carew in the leagues I am in. Trent Thornton’s first career homer since little league in this game being the latest of the unlikely events.
Game #3: Kevin Pillar continued his monster series with two homers and drove in all of the Bethesda runs in a 6-3 win for the Bandicoots.
Kole Calhoun (5) and Ronald Guzman (1) countered for the Nor’easters.
For F—- sakes … Marco Gonzales (another pitcher with all of 0 plate appearances in 2019) went 2/2.
Pillar was 3/3 on the day for Bethesda with his other hit being a double.
Tommy Milone (4-3) mastered the K-zone in this one with all of the first 10 outs being by way of strikeouts. He went on to finish with 14 strikeouts over eight innings of seven hit ball with only one walk allowed.
Marco Gonzales lost for the first time this season dropping to 4-1. He went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs (one earned) with two walks and five strikeouts.
Game #4: The K-parade continued as Merrill Kelly was brilliant in registering the 2-0 one-hit, shutout complete-game win for Bethesda striking out 13.
Kelly allowed two walks.
Mike Soroka (3-5) took the hard-luck loss despite allowing just two runs (one earned on a Jeff McNeil double) on four hits and a walk. He K-ed five.
Game #5: Tyson Ross sucks and Jersey knew it as they hammered the Bethesda starter for four runs in the first inning and went on to win 8-4.
Tyler Naquin blasted a two-run homer for his 1st longball of the season. Trevor Story (8) and Anthony Rendon (11) countered for the losers.
Jose Ramirez was 3/5 with three runs for the Nor’easters.
Jakob Junis (3-2) pitched like a squid allowing nine hits over six innings but it was good enough for today. Ross (0-2) somehow managed nine strikeouts in the five innings he lasted but was otherwise ineffective.
Game #6: Robinson Chirinos’s grand slam in the 3rd inning helped lift Bethesda to a 6-3 win over Jersey.
Chirinos (2) did nothing else on the day and even with the 1/3 only lifted his average to .167.
Jake Arrieta (1-0) went the distance for Bethesda allowing just two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in the game.
Jake Bauers (2) homered for Jersey with a three-run homer in the 6th off Arrieta.
Luke Bard (1-3) was inserted for the emergency start as the depleted Jersey staff scrambled to be ready for the game with rampant fatigue issues throughout the roster. Bard allowed four unearned runs in five innings of two-hit ball.
Game #7: Everything Trent Thornton was in Game 2 he was not in Game 7.
Jersey continued to strike out a lot but Nunez (4) and Guzman (2) connected on long balls to lift Jersey to a 7-3 win.
Guzman was 3/4 on the day with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Domingo Santana (6) homered for the second time in the series as a pinch hitter.
Stephen Vogt (7) and Matt Adams (6) homered for Bethesda.
Dinelson Lamet (4-2) pitched well allowing just two runs over six innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Series Summary: Bethesda takes four of seven … sadly the feeling that the season is over has already moved into Bethesda with over 100 games remaining.

Rosemere Renegades @ Long Beach Dirt Bags

Series Summary: Long Beach takes 5 of 6 from Rosemere.

Coconut Creek Crushers @ Detroit Crime

Series Summary: CCC vs Det / The home team wins this series 5-1 / In Game 2 Strasburg faced 28 batters with 16 Ks

Hollywood Werewolves @ Fremont Cannons

Series Summary: Hollywood wins 4 of 6.

Chicago Mobsters @ Tijuana Bottle Rockets

Series Preview: Chicago heads down south of the border down Mexico way & into the stink hole of Tijuana. Where the children sell chicklets & your wallet is usually stolen.
Game #1: Danny Santana has a Home Run & 3 RBI’s. Joey Votto homers with 2 RBI’s. Alex Bregman with 4 Hits. Chicago gets out to an early lead & holds off the Bottle Rockets.

Final Score: Chicago 8 – Tijuana 2

Win: Josh Tomlin 1-1 (3.79)
Loss: Framber Valdez 4-5 (5.51)

Game #2: Chicago gets 1 in the 9th to take a 6-5 lead, but the Bottle Rockets get to Aroldis Chapman in the 9th & pull out the come from behind walk-off victory. David Freese homers & drives in 3 RBI’s for Chicago. Addison Russell does the same (HR / 3 RBI’s) for Tijuana. Gary Sanchez chips in with a Home Run & 2 RBI’s for the winning team.

Final Score: Tijuana 7 – Chicago 6

Win: Jarlin Garcia 1-2 (4.09)
Loss: Aroldis Chapman 1-1 (2.63)

Game #3: Chicago not happy with the game #2 loss puts on their hitting shoes & proceed to put up a 9 spot thanks to 3 Hits each by Joey Votto & Andrelton Simmons. But Nico Goodrum chipped in with 3 Hits of his own including 2 Home Runs & 3 RBI.s Noah Syndergaard goes the distance & strikes out 15 Bottle Rockets in the Complete Game victory.

Final Score: Chicago 9 – Tijuana 2

Win: Noah Syndergaard 5-2 (4.06)
Loss: Walker Lockett 0-4 (6.00)

Game #4: In the closest & best game of the series, Trevor Bauer tangles with Jonathan Hernandez in a fantastic pitcher dual where both pitchers get at least 12K’s each (Hernandez 13). Nelson Cruz & Yandy Diaz have RBI’s for Chicago as does Billy McKinney (Home Run), but that is all the score for both squads.

Final Score: Chicago 2 – Tijuana 1

Win: Trevor Bauer 5-4 (4.28)
Loss: Jarlin Garcia 1-3 (4.63)
Save: Felipe Vazquez #3

Game #5: Chicago hits early & often in this one knocking out 15 Hits, & 10 Runs (9 of them before the top of the 5th is done). Andrew McCutchen was the big man for the Mobsters with 3 Hits, 2 Home Runs, 3 RBI’s & 3 Run Scored. Nico Goodrum dropped in 4 Hits with 3 RBI’s. Marcus Stroman was solid for 7 strong & picked up the Win. Gary Sanchez is hurt for the Bottle Rockets & out for 12 games.

Final Score: Chicago 10 – Tijuana 2

Win: Marcus Stroman 3-4 (5.40)
Loss: Chris Martin 0-5 (9.46)

Game #6: Another day, another 10 spot for the Mobsters. The injury bug hit Tijuana once again this time with Nick Senzel taking a beating & out for 10 days. David Freese has 2 Home Runs, 3 RBI’s & 3 Runs Scored doing some damage for the Mobsters.

Final Score: Chicago 10 – Tijuana 3

Win: Josh Tomlin 2-1 (3.12)
Loss: Lucas Sims 1-3 (5.50)

Game #7: Joey Votto with 2 Hits & 3 RBI’s for Chicago & 6.2 solid Innings of work by the big left-hander C.C. Sabathia is good enough to skate by the Bottle Rockets with a win.

Final Score: Chicago 6 – Tijuana 3

Win: C.C. Sabathia 5-1 (4.11)
Loss: Tanner Roark 0-5 (4.50)
Save: Aroldis Chapman #11

Series Summary: Tijuana is battered, beaten up & is going to need a M*A*S*H Unit to take care of them before next week. Chicago takes the series 5 games to 1 skip out of Tijuana with their health & most importantly their wallets.

Yonge Street Stalkers @ Dallas Cougars

Series Summary: Dallas wins 4 of 6 against the Stalkers.

Mesa Solar Sox @ Southbend Lynx

Series Preview: Mesa visits Southbend for a 7 game series.
Game #1: The SBL erupt for 6 runs in the B1; Cave 2bs, Meadows 1bs, Muncy blasts a 2-run 2b, Escobar 1bs, Canha is HBP to load the bases, Mayfield hits a rbi-groundout., Owings follows with an inf-rbi 1b, and Viloria closes out the 6 run inning with a 2-run 2b. Mesa brings in Barlow who retires Forsythe to end the inning. The Mesa bullpen of Barlow, Brewer, Graterol, and Rondon is dominant from then on yielding only 2 hits and 0 runs. Unfortunately, the Mesa offense isn’t up to the task. SBL F.Pertalta goes 2.1 innings of scoreless ball before leaving with some shoulder stiffness. But the SBL bullpen matches the Mesa pen and completes a 6 pitcher shutout behind Brach, Duffey, Bradley, Walden, and Osuna. SBL F.Peralta is injured for 10 days.
SBL 6, MSS 0
Game #2: SBL Muncy once again opens the scoring with a solo-HR in the B2 and then follows with another solo-HR in the B4. In the B6 SBL stretches the lead to 4-0 on a Canha 2-run HR. SBL Holland, in his 1st start of the season, is strong through 6 giving up no runs. But in the T7 Holland beans Frazier ( who is injured for 5 days), Kipnis 1bs moving PR Wade to 3rd, and beats the cutoff throw into 2nd. Aguilar rips an RBI single to chase Holland and T.Anderson follows with another rbi-1b off SBL Moronta to make the score 4-2 SBL. Moronta settles down and Ks S.Marte and gets Garver 6-3 to get out of the inning. In the B8 SBL Escobar adds a solo-HR. SBL Duffey and Osuna (13th save) close out the game for SBL.
SBL 5, MSS 2
Game #3: The SBL score 1st in the B2 on a Canha solo-HR. MSS finally take their 1st lead of the series in the T4 when Suarez 2bs, Marte 1bs, a Mazara rbi-1b, and a 2-run 2b by Mondesi. SBL Escobar gets one right back in the B4 with a solo-HR. In the B3 MSS loses Aguilar when he falls into the dugout on a Joyce foul popup. Aguilar is injured for 6 days. In the B5 SBL Tilson reaches on Gomes error, steals 2nd, Viloria rbi-2b, Joyce bbs, and Altuve belts a 3-run HR for a 6-3 SBL lead. In the B8 more bad luck for Mesa as Canha bbs, Mayfield then hits a pop up to shallow LF, Mazara and Mondesi collide and are injured and Canha scores on the fluke 2b. Mazara is lost for 6 days and Mondesi for 20 days. That was all the scoring in the game. After the T4 Samardzija settled down and the Lynx bullpen closed the game out.
SBL 7, MSS 3
Game #4: MSS gets out quick in the T1 on a Rosario 2-run 2b. But MSS Smyly can’t hold the lead as SBL on an Owings rbi-2b, Escobar rbi-1b, and Cordell rbi-1b. SBL gets another run on a Muncy solo-HR in the B3. In the T4 MSS Rosario reaches 2nd on Muncy’s error and scores on a Grichuk rbi-1b. SBL Cave’s rbi-1b gets the run back in the B4. The next 3 innings are scoreless before Escobar hits a solo-HR in the B8. Osuna tosses a scoreless 9th for his 14th save.
SBL 6, MSS 3
Game #5: MSS decided to take out their frustrations on SBL Pivetta as they tag him for 5 runs early. MSS gets 3 in the T1 on a Suarez 3-run 2b and 2 more in the T2 on an S. Marte 2-run HR. In the T5 a Kipnis rbi-1b adds to the MSS lead. MSS puts the game away for sure with 6 runs in the T6; errors by Muncy and Brach help set up the big hit of the inning a 3-run HR from Suarez. On the mound, MSS P.Lopez is dominant giving up only 4 hits in 7IP and allowing no runs while fanning 8. Barlow and Brewer close out the game and the 3 pitcher shutout.
MSS 13, SBL 0
Game #6: The scoring starts in the B3 when Joyce scores on a Passed Ball by Gomes. MSS ties it in the T4 on a Rosario 2b and Grichuk rbi-1b. In the B4 SBL gets another cheap run on a wild pitch by Kay, adds more on a Martin rbi-1b, Altuve rbi-1b, and a Meadows rbi-1b. MSS answers with 4 or their own in the T5 on a Garver 3-run HR and a Rosario rbi-2b. But the MSS bullpen is just not up to the task in the B5 as MSS Brewer gives up a Martin rbi-1b, a Joyce rbi-2b, an Altuve rbi-1b, and final run of the inning on a Meadows GIDP. In the B6 Martin ends the scoring with his 3rd rbi-1b of the game. The SBL pen of Walden, Bradley, and Moronta close out the last 4 innings holding MSS scoreless. MSS Gomes is lost for 3 days due to an AIM injury.
SBL 10, MSS 5
Game #7: MSS comes out swinging against SBL Samardzija in the T1 with a Suarez 3-run HR, followed by a Rosario solo-HR. But as has been the case in this series SBL answers in the B1 as they load the bases, Escobar hits a sac fly, Canha bbs to reload the bases, and Mayfield rips a 3-run 3b to tie the game. Garver then misplays Cordell’s grounder to give the SBL the lead 5-4. MSS ties it in the T3 on a Rosario rbi-1b. In the B4 SBL retakes the lead on an Escobar 3-run HR. In the B6 SBL Muncy hits a solo-HR. MSS Wade gets a run on a rbi-2b in the T8. SBL Escobar answers with a solo-HR (his 2nd of the game) in the B8. Bradley would close out the game with a scoreless 9th.
SBL 10, MSS 6
Series Summary: The Southbend hitting was too much for Mesa as they take the series 6-1. However, SBL benefited greatly by the loss of 5 Mesa players due to injuries during the series. The SBL bullpen, except for the 13-0 loss, was solid, giving up only 1 run in the other 6 games.

Portland Lumber Jax @ Triple Creek Patriots

Series Preview: Couple NL West teams face off for a six-game set.
Game #1: Portland easily takes game 1 behind solid hill work from Suarez and Stripling. Vlad Jr. and Stewart each drove in 2 to pace the Jax offense. Each time gathered 8 hits, each with 2 homers, but completely different results.

POR 7 TCP 3

W – Suarez (1)
L – Montgomery (1)
S – Stripling (4)

Game #2: Eflin took a 1 hitter into the 9th with a 3 run lead. Conforto drilled a 2-run shot in the 1st and Zach took it from there for 8 innings. Patriots pitcher slot up to kick off the 9th, so Zack Collins is called upon to “just get on base baby”, and he coaxes a walk. The Triple Creek faithful start making some noise but it’s a tough row against a now grade 20 Eflin. Almora comes in to pinch run for Collins and the line-up turns over to Villar who makes the 1st out. Bellinger follows and gets Eflin to hand him a free pass too, is Zach getting tired? Seager then delivers a double to right-center and Bellinger is able to avoid the tag at the plate, the lead is cut to 1. The home town fans are going nuts as newly acquired Caratini digs in for his licks. Eflin is trying to pick the corners as his stuff is fading but a two-seamer gets too much of the plate and Victor delivers a game-winning 2 run jack for an improbable walk-off!

POR 3 TCP 4

W – Soria (1)
L – Eflin (4)

Game #3: Up 4-1 heading into the 7th when Portland unloads on Strahm who was cruising with some nice grade improvements. After the dust settled part-way through the 8th the Jax pulled ahead 6-4. Gott and Stripling cut off all oxygen the last three frames. Vlad Jr. (2-4 w/ 2 double and 2 RBI) and a pinch-hit 3 run bomb from Martinez in the 7th helped sink Triple Creek.

POR 6 TCP 4

W – Gott (1)
L – Strahm (2)
S – Stripling (5)

Game #4: Ivan Nova is still looking for the number of the bus that drilled him in the 1st. Patriots plate 5 early as Nova could only get 5 outs before showering. This one was all Triple Creek as they pound out 13 hits with Piscotty going a cool 3-3 w/ 4 RBI and Calhoun (2-5 w/ HR and 3 RBI) as the team batted .351

POR 2 TCP 8

W – Montas (3)
L – Nova (3)

Game #5: Title of today’s game, “Never tell me the odds”. Grayson “Sultan of Squat” Greiner, who hit 5 HRs in 224 PA and slugged .308, goes yard TWICE! Are you freaking kidding me? Sprinkle in 2 more HRs for Conforto and 1 from Vlad Jr. and you get a nice s**t stew for the homers. Triple Creek score all 4 of their runs late as Portland scores 11 on 11 hits and Freeland allows just 3 hits in 8 frames.

POR 11 TCP 4

W – Freeland (2)
L – Bieber (4)

Game #6: Nail-biter special as The Jax score in the 8th to tie it. This one takes 11 to decide a winner, and it was Portland, as they worm one out of Workman in his second inning of work. Barnes (4-6 w/ 2 RBI) and 2 other solo shots paced the visitors. Duggar joins Stewart on the DL for 11 games.

POR 5 TCP 4

W – Stripling (1)
L – Workman (1)
S – Hernandez (1)

Game #7: With the series is already decided Newcomb is called upon to duel Eflin. Both starters perform well as Portland takes a 1-0 lead into the 9th. Gott relieves Eflin in the 8th and holds that inning. Gott is then pulled for Cisnero after allowing a lead-off single in the 9th. Jose just didn’t have it as he allows the tying run to score. He then allows a lead-off walk to start the 10th so that Suarez can then come in and mime a Roman Candle allowing Bellinger to take him yard for game-winning 3-run blast.

POR 1 TCP 4

W – Jimenez (3)
L – Cisnero (1)

Series Summary: Fun series which Portland takes 4-3.

Virginia Sluggers @ Manhattan Project

Series Preview: Virginia Sluggers ignore stay-at-home orders, travel to Manhattan to play 7 game series
Game #1: Virginia 5-2
WP – Archer
LP – Anderson
Game #2: Virginia 4-3
WP – Fry
LP – Farmer
Game #3: Virginia 7-4
WP – Castillo
LP – Tanaka
SV – Webb
MANHATTAN INJURED: Jake Marisnik, OF, 12 days
Game #4: Manhattan 11-8
WP – Oberg
LP – Fry
Game #5: Virginia 11-3
WP – Plutko
LP – Quintana
MANHATTAN INJURED: Mike Duffy, 3B+, 28 days
Game #6: Manhattan 4-3
WP – Anderson
LP – Archer
SV – Oberg
Game #7: Manhattan 7-1
WP – Richards
LP – Williams
Series Summary: Virginia Sluggers take the series 4-3

Pittsburgh Lumber Company @ Corktown Cycle

Series Summary: Pittsburgh Lumber Company takes 5 of 7 from the home town Corktown Cycle.

Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas @ Motor City Muscle

Series Preview: Southwest Detroit travels across town for 7 games with Motor City
Game #1: MCM 12 – SWD 2

WP: Verlander
LP: De Los Santos

HR: MCM–N. Walker

MCM’s offense put up a five-run 2nd inning and seven-run 3rd inning, helped along by three SWD errors.

Game #2: MCM 4 – SWD 3

WP: Hendricks (CG)
LP: Wittgren

HR: MCM–Trout

Nick Ahmed led off the ninth inning of a 3-3 tie with a triple and scored the winning run by knocking the ball out of the catcher’s hand on a one-out fielder’s choice. This was a sloppy game, with three errors on each side. Kyle Hendricks went the distance for MCM.

Game #3: MCM 5 – SWD 3

WP: J.Jackson
LP: J. Montgomery
SV: A. Adams

HR: MCM–Kendrick(2), Trout; SWD–D. Swanson, Contreras

Howie Kendrick led the homer parade (five HRs between the teams) with a pair.

Game #4: MCM 8 – SWD 1

WP: Davies
LP: Fedde

HR: MCM–Barnhardt, Trout; SWD–Bader

MCM’s offense had another big day, which SWD couldn’t answer. Mike Trout and Tucker Barnhardt accounted for all the MCM RBI, with four each.

Game #5: MCM 5 – SWD 4

WP: J. Wilson
LP: Jeffress

HR: MCM–Barnhardt, Castellanos, Candelario; SWD–Wieters, B. Lowe, D. Swanson

SWD took a late lead but gave it right back in the 8th and 9th.

Game #6: MCM 9 – SWD 2

WP: R. Hill
LP: De Los Santos

HR: MCM–Trout; SWD–McMahon

Five MCM hitters had multiple hits, with Orlando Arcia going 4-4. Neil Walker and Mike Trout each had three hits.

Game #7: MCM 10 – SWD 8

WP: A. Adams
LP: Suarez

HR: MCM–Choo (2), Castellanos; SWD–D. Swanson (2), Contreras

SWD led off the game with back-to-back HRs, but MCM came back with a five-run 2nd inning. They couldn’t hold that lead, but then SWD gave up their 7-5 lead to Shin-Soo Choo’s three-run HR. Choo added a two-run shot for insurance in the 8th inning.

Series Summary: MCM sweeps the 7-game series.
MCM only outhomered SWD 11-10.
Three hitters (Shin-Soo Choo, Howie Kendrick, and Dansby Swanson) had multi-HR games
De Los Santos had two losses for SWD.
MCM has multiple Player of the Week candidates: Mike Trout (.300, 4 HRs, 9 RBI, 5 runs, 6 hits); Shin Soo Choo (.320, 8 RBI, 8 hits, 6 runs); Howie Kendrick .370, 2 HRs,10 hits, 7 RBI, 2 doubles); Neil Walker (.588, HR, 3 doubles, 10 hits, 3 RBI, 6 runs)

2Harsens Island Walleye @ Tempe Tempers

Series Summary: Back and forth series with Tempe just edging out Harsens Island to go 4-2. Albies had a big series in the win. Freddy “Not worth it” Freeman still hitting under .200.

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