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OLSON,Matt HOL  AL .391 .913 6 23 9 0 0 4 8 11 9 2 0 0 0 0
BLACKBURN,Paul HOL  AL 2 2 0 0 2.00 18 4 4 12 17 6 0 0 0 0 2
MILLER,Brad BET  NL .333 .792 6 24 8 3 1 2 6 10 6 1 0 0 0 0
ODORIZZI,Jake BET  NL 2 2 0 0 1.20 15 2 2 9 21 4 0 0 0 1 0

Harsens Island Walleye @ Columbus Explorers

Series Preview: NL East cellar owner Harsens Island comes to Columbus to play the NL Central leader for a 6-pack.
Game #1: Nolan Arenado smacks a 2 run homer (32) in the 1st and that was the Harsens Island offense. Eduardo Rodriguez however, was up to the task as he holds Columbus to 4 hits in 7 innings. Explorers do manage to score twice (singles runs in the 5th and 6th), so it’s 2-2 through 8. Rogelio Armenteros was also sharp in his spot start, the 1st inning was the only blemish on his card in 6 innings (and 6 ks).
The bottom of the 9th was the decider. Asdrubal Cabrera opens with single and Charlie Blackmon hits a walk-off double!
HIW 2-5-0 LP Matt Andriese (0-2)
COL 3-6-0 LP Jose LeClerc (2-1)
Injuries – Josh Naylor – 10 days (collision with wall)
Game #2: Another strong outing from the starters. Joe Palumbo gets the Walleye nod and goes 6 innings giving up 9 hits and a walk – but only 1 earned run. Columbus did get a 2nd as a gift.
Walleye start the scoring in the 3rd with a Mallex Smith homer (4). Seems like if he got on, it was almost a homer anyway as he steals a BUNCH of bases this week and nears his limit. But Homer Bailey was tough too – 6 innings, 6 hits, and that homer was his only surrendered run.
The Explorers do get those two run off Palumbo in the 6th and put across an insurance run in the 7th before Kyle Ryan and Liam Hendriks shut the door.
HIW 1- 6-2 LP Palumbo (2-6)
COL 3-12-0 WP Bailey (10-4) S Hendriks (19)
Game #3: The final score for this game looks more like a blowout and the tough struggle it was. Harsens Island again opens the scoring on a Johan Camargo rbi double. Tyler Beede had it scoreless through 6 but gives up 2 in the 6th. The game progresses through 7 1/2 still at 2-1 Columbus, but in the bottom of the 8th, Columbus gets 4 including a 3 run triple from Ian Desmond.
HIW 1-6-2 LP Beede (8-7)
COL 6-9-0 WP J.A. Happ (7-6)
Game #4: And the closeness continues. Walleye again score 1st with 1 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd-the 2 came on a 2 run Omar Narvaez homer (15). The 1st run was driven in by starter Kyle Wright. Matt Carpenter matched Narvaez’s 2 run homer in the 3rd with one of his own (13) and the score after 3 was 3-2 Harsens Island.
In the 6th Columbus takes the lead on in the 6th on a Victor Reyes SF and a Richie Martin rbi single. And Matt Carpenter adds the insurance run in the 7th with a rbi single.
HIW 3- 7-0 LP Wright (4-7)
COL 5-10-0 WP Julio Teheran (9-4) S Yusmeiro Petit (12)
Game #5: Now we finally get a pitchers’ duel – as if we hadn’t had some really good pitching up until now. Jordan Lyles gets the start for Columbus and pitches 8 innings – 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 ks – NO RUNS.
Jose Urena decides to be in top form and he too pitches 8 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 5 ks, and NO RUNS.
However, after getting D.J. LeMahieu for the opening out in the 9th, Asdrubal Cabrera tags him for a walk-off homer (11) and Columbus wins 1-0!
HIW 0-5-0 LP Urena (5-14)
COL 1-4-1 WP Liam Hendriks (7-0)
Game #6: So far we’ve had 2 1 run games and 2 2 run games (and the other was a 1 run game until a 4 run 8th) – so even though Columbus has won 5 of 5, the Walleye have been there! So, why should the finale be any different? It’s not!
EXCEPT – Columbus scores 1st! In fact, the get single runs in the 1st and 2nd including a leadoff homer in the 1st from Matt Carpenter (14).
And surprise pitcher of the season – Dario Agrazal is looking to be on his way to his 9th win of the season – throwing blanks for the 1st 7 innings. Did he need the CG? ReallY?
Harsens Islands was thrilled that he tried.
Chris Davis leads off the 8th with a single and makes 2nd on an E9. Kevin Kramer then singles him to 3rd. Jacob Stallings then doubles scoring Davis and Kramer, but Stallings is nailed at 3rd stretching it a bit too far. So the game is tied after 8. So what else is new.
Nothing, Charlie Blackmon leads off the 9th and hits another Columbus walk-off homer (24)!
HIW. The homer came off reliever Austin Pruitt. Eduardo Rodriguez had his 2nd great start of the series (7 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 4 ks), and his 2nd ND!
And once again, a Walleye hits a wall (eyes closed I guess) and goes down to the stretcher crew – Oscar Mercado, out for 12 days.
HIW 2-5-1 LP Pruitt (0-1)
COL 3-6-1 WP Yusmeiro Petit (3-2)
Series Summary: For a series sweep, it had a mixed set of feelings. It seemed like a struggle but never seemed out of reach. Columbus continues to get clutch hits down the stretch and strong work from the pen (and a bunch of surprises on the mound!!!).
Next week – Columbus goes to Triple Creek and Harsens Island will head to Long Beach.

Jersey Nor’easters @ Triple Creek Patriots

Series Summary: Patriots take 4 of 6 in a tightly contested series.

Pittsburgh Lumber Company @ Selkirk Steelers

Series Preview: 1st place Pittsburgh at 3rd place Selkirk.
Series Summary: Pittsburgh totally destroyed Selkirk. Even when Selkirk was ahead the Lumber company hammered the pen. it was a 6 game sweep for the visitors. Peralta, Gallo, Kelly, Bell, and Renfro all have great games but no clear POW.
Selkirk now a game above .500 at home and on the road as our dream to play .500 is getting iffy,

Dallas Cougars @ Chicago Mobsters

Series Preview: Two American League Division-leading squads face off in the Windy City. Both teams trying to improve their lead in their respective divisions & quite possibly a Playoff Match-Up further down the road in October.
Game #1: Niko Goodrum led off the bottom of the 1st with a solo Home Run & that was all the Mobsters needed. Trevor Bauer pitched lights out, Striking out 14 Cougars along the way to a Complete Game 3 Hit, 2 Walk Shutout.

Final Score: Chicago 2 – Dallas 0

Win: Trevor Bauer 9-10 (4.83)
Loss: Zach Plesac 6-5 (3.11)

Game #2: Alex Bregman led the way 2 Hits, 2 RBI’s, and Julio Urias improved to 4-1 with 5.2 solid innings of work. Chicago’s bullpen did the rest pitching 3.1 Innings of 1-Hit, no-run ball as Chicago wins this one.

Final Score: Chicago 5 – Dallas 2

Win: Julio Urias 4-1 (1.94)
Loss: Logan Allen 5-10 (6.82)
Save: Aroldis Chapman #20

Game #3: Yordan Alvarez was 2 for 2 with 4 RBI’s. Chicago was up 5-0 when the rains came in the bottom of the 6th. The umpires & everyone else sat through a 2.5-hour rain delay before they called in early.

Final Score: Chicago 5 – Dallas 0

Win: C.C. Sabathia 10-3 (4.63)
Loss: Lucas Giolito 8-6 (3.54)

Game #4: Yordan Alvarez went 2 for 4 with 2 Home Runs, 4 RBI’s. Michael Tauchman was 2 for 3 with a Home Run & 2 RBI’s. Chicago again defeats the Cougars.

Final Score: Chicago 6 – Dallas 4

Win: Noah Syndergaard 10-6 (3.48)
Loss: Patrick Corbin 10-5 (3.30)
Save: Aroldis Chapman #21

Game #5: Yangervis Solarte was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s & 2 Runs Scored for the Cougars. Chase Anderson went 6.1 Innings of 2 Hit, 2 Walk 2 Run ball & the Cougars pen holds on for the win.

Final Score: Dallas 5 – Chicago 3

Win: Chase Anderson 9-2 (2.49)
Loss: Marcus Stroman 7-8 (3.83)
Save: Casey Sadler #28

Game #6: Chicago ties the game at 6 runs each in the bottom of the 9th, but to no avail, as Will D. Smith blasts a 2-Run Home Run in the top of the 10th. Chris Martin holds down the Mobsters in the bottom of the 10th & the Cougars go on to win this one.

Final Score: Dallas 5 – Chicago 3

Win: David Hale 2-1 (3.73)
Loss: Amir Garrett 1-1 (2.81)
Save: Chris Martin #1

Series Summary: Chicago takes the series 4 games to 2 in what was a very tight series & could be (As mentioned above) be a very entertaining Playoff Match-up come October.

Rosemere Renegades @ Portland Lumber Jax

Series Preview: Rosemere 34-62 visits Portland 37-59
Game #1: ROS 8 POR 4
Game #2: ROS 5 POR 4 (11)
Game #3: ROS 2 POR 1 (11)
Game #4: ROS 4 POR 3
Game #5: ROS 6 POR 3
Game #6: POR 5 ROS 4 (12) Jose Martinez his a walk-off HR in the 12th to save Portland from the sweep.
Series Summary: Rosemere wins 5 of 6 in Portland

Fremont Cannons @ Mesa Solar Sox

Series Preview: Two teams with mirror images of themselves. Freemont at 46-44. Mesa at 44-46.
Game #1: Eugenio Suarez smacks his 40th homer (in the teams 91st game!). Mesa gets a long ball from Rowdy Tellez and Taylor Ward in Mesa’s 8-4 win. Zac Gallen (a 16) gives up 5 runs, a double, a triple, and 3 homers in 3 1/3 innings.
Game #2: Dylan Bundy strikes out 12 in 8 innings, giving up only one run. Yoan Moncada goes 3-4 with a double and a homer. The Cannons win 5-1.
Game #3: Cannons win 8-4. Daniel Norris is ejecting by hitting 3 Solar Sox batters. They score 4 in the 4th and 3 more in the 9th to sew it up.
Game #4: Mesa evens up the series, winning 4-3 behind James Paxton. Buxton homers for the Cannons. Rosario hits a two-run dinger for Mesa.
Game #5: Moncada and Teoscar Hernandez go long for Freemont. Tim Anderson, Rowdy Tellez, and Suarez (his 41st) counter with homers for Mesa. The difference? Anthony Kay (a 3y) wins his 11th!!! 5-3.
Game #6: Freemont goes all nasty on Aaron Sanchez (the worst pitcher in the league!0. 16 hits, 11 runs, homers from Gurriel, Beaz, and Kepler. An 11-2 win for Freemont that evens the series at 3.
Sanchez is now 3-9 with an 8.81 ERA. Anyone worse??
Series Summary: Series split 3-3. Long balls galore.

Coconut Creek Crushers @ Tijuana Bottle Rockets

Series Preview: The 2 worst teams in the league get together for 6 games.
Series Summary: Fittingly, This series ended in a split.

Bethesda Bandicoots @ Corktown Cycle

Series Summary: Bethesda comes into Corktown and wins 5 of 6 as they crawl to the surface of Wild Card dreams.

Virginia Sluggers @ Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas

Series Summary: Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas takes the series 4 games to 2.

Southbend Lynx @ Manhattan Project

Series Preview: Lynx prowl Manhattan
Game #1: Southbend 7-4
Game #2: Manhattan 4-0
Game #3: Southbend 7-1
Game #4: Manhattan 3-2
Game #5: Southbend 8-5
Game #6: Southbend 6-3
Series Summary: Southbend takes the series 4-2

Hollywood Werewolves @ Yonge Street Stalkers

Series Summary: Hollywood takes 5 of 6.

Detroit Crime @ Motor City Muscle

Series Preview: Detroit @ Motor City for 6 games.
Game #1: DET 3 – MCM 2 (11 inn.)

WP: B. Parker
LP: Farrell
SV: D. Hudson
HR: MCM–Trout, Dini

Game #2: DET 5 – MCM 4 (13 inn.)

WP: Britton
LP: A. Adams
HR: DET–Schwarber, LaStella, Gardner

Game #3: MCM 3 – DET 2 (10 inn.)

WP: Hendricks (CG)
LP: Elias
HR: DET–Maybin

Game #4: DET 7 – MCM 4

WP: Bassitt
LP: Davies
SV: Britton
HR: DET–Harper

Game #5: DET 4 – MCM 2

WP: Nola
LP: Bolanos (CG)
HR: DET–LaStella, Schwarber (2), C. Hernandez; MCM–Choo

Game #6: MCM 7- DET 6

WP: Blevins
LP: B. Parker
SV: Farrell
HR: MCM–Ahmed (2), Barnhardt, Benboom, D. Moore; DET–Schwarber, Harper

Series Summary: Detroit takes the series 4 games to 2.
Three extra-inning games.
Injuries: MCM–Trout 5 days, Kendrick 7 days, M. Beaty 25 days; DET–Maldonado 10 days, Grandal 1 day, Schwarber 1 day.

Valdosta Snappers @ Sacramento Capitals

Series Preview: 1st place Sacramento makes the long trip east to Valdosta.
Series Summary: The Snappers held their own against the Capitals and split the 6 game set. That was mostly due to Lane Thomas. Lane made his MLB debut in the series. He had 2 PH AB’s and hit 2 walk-off HRs. Pretty nice debut!

Long Beach Dirt Bags @ Tempe Tempers

Series Preview: A tired Long Beach comes to Tempe for six.
Series Summary: Tempe wins a bunch of close games and takes 5 of 6 behind solid pitching.

WEDNESDAY 07/29/2020
AT 11:00 PM - ET!