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2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #21

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NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
ALVAREZ,Yordan CHI  AL .467 1.533 5 15 7 1 0 5 7 10 4 2 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
KERSHAW,Clayton HOL  AL 2 2 0 0 0.71 12.2 2 1 6 14 4 0 0 0 0 1
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
PILLAR,Kevin BET  NL .391 1.087 6 23 9 1 0 5 7 12 2 0 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
RYU,Hyun-Jin PIT  NL 2 2 0 0 0.00 15 0 0 2 17 3 0 0 0 1 0

Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas @ Chicago Mobsters

Series Preview: Chicago holding on to 1st place in the A.L. Central, while the Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas are bringing up the rear in the A.L. East. Thought the little rat dogs always play tough in Chi-town.
Game #1: Yandy Diaz blasts a 3 Run Homerun early, the Chihuahuas tie it back up in the 6th at 4-4, but Buster Posey has a late-inning Homerun to put Chicago back in the driver’s seat.

Final Score: Chicago 7 – Southwest Detroit 5

Win: Trevor Bauer 12-12 (4.75)
Loss: Jordan Montgomery 1-6 (6.15)
Save: Aroldis Chapman #27

Game #2: Tomas Pannone went 7.1 Innings of solid work, Harrison Bader had 3 Hits in 4 trips & the 3, 4 & 5 hitters in the Southwest lineup all had Homeruns, including a 3-Run shot by Dansby Swanson.

Final Score: Southwest Detroit 9 Chicago 6

Win: Thomas Pannone 4-4 (5.28)
Loss: C.C. Sabathia 17-6 (4.79)
Save: Nick Wittgren #21

Game #3: Dansby Swanson was the man for the Fighting Chihuahuas with another 3-Run Homerun & Colin Moran had 3 hits in 6 At-Bats. Alex Bregman had a 3-Run Homerun for Chicago & 3 other Homeruns helped the Mobsters past the Fighting Chihuahuas in 11 Innings. Joey Votto’s 11th Inning blast was the game-winner.

Final Score: Chicago 8 – Southwest Detroit 7 (11 Innings)

Win: Aroldis Chapman 3-3 (2.31)
Loss: Dillon Tate 0-2 (5.93)

Game #4: Yordan Alvarez continues to amaze as he goes 3 for 4 with 3 Homeruns, 3 Runs Scored, 6 RBI’s & 12 Total Bases. Michael Tauchman chipped in with a solo bomb. Marcus Stroman pitched well going 8 Innings of 2 Run ball.

Final Score: Chicago 7 – Southwest Detroit 2

Win: Marcus Stroman 11-9 (3.51)
Loss: Jon Gray 3-9 (6.28)

Game #5: Danny Santana was the man for the Mobsters. 3 for 4, 2 Homeruns, 2 Runs Scored, 10 Total Bases & 4 RBI’s. This one was all Mobsters.

Final Score: Chicago 9 – Southwest Detroit 1

Win: Trevor Bauer 13-12 (4.61)
Loss: Enyel De Los Santos 1-10 (10.13)

Game #6: Nelson Cruz was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI’s, Andrew McCutchen had a Homerun & 3 RBI’s & Yordan Alvarez had a HOmerun & 2 RBI’s as Chicago cruised past the Fighting Chihuahuas. C.C. Sabathia picked up the win but came up with a stiff shoulder that will put him on the shelf well into September.

Final Score: Chicago 8 – Southwest Detroit 4

Win: C.C. Sabathia 18-6 (4.78)
Loss: Erick Fedde 9-3 (3.05)

Series Summary: Chicago takes the series 5 games to 1. Yordan Alvarez has a monster series, but the loss of C.C. Sabathia could hurt the Mobsters down the stretch.

Rosemere Renegades @ Jersey Nor’easters

Series Summary: In a series of have-nots Jersey takes the series 4-2.

Sacramento Capitals @ Long Beach Dirt Bags

Series Summary: Long Beach wins the first and last games while Sacramento takes the middle 4 and the series 4-2.

Tempe Tempers @ Bethesda Bandicoots

Series Preview: Current and seemingly perpetual contenders versus one-time contenders turned pretenders with the Tempe Tempers (77-49) visiting the Bethesda Bandicoots (64-62) who are fresh off a deal that sent Mike Moustakas to Sacramento in exchange for Kyle (Night Moves) Seager.
Game #1: The Bandicoots GM looked brilliant in acquiring the Mariners’ 3rd baseman as Kyle Seager was a perfect 2/2 and scored a run in Randy Dobnak’s first start of the season, dominating the Tempers in a 7-1 Bethesda win.
Trevor Story (28) blasted a two-run shot off Tempe starter Miles Mikolas in the bottom of the 5th with none out to put an end to the day for the pitcher. Mikolas (6-8) left allowing five runs on eight hits and a pair of walks. He fanned three.
Dobnak (1-0) was used sparingly in his first start. He left after five shutout innings with one hit and one walk allowed, but only one strikeout.
Michael Brantley had both of the Tempe hits in the game. Tempe’s only run of the game came off a sac fly by Freddie Freeman in the 6th inning.
Game #2: Bethesda pounced on Tempe starter Cole Hamels for six runs in the first two innings, but then the Tempers proceeded to wage a war of a thousand cuts eventually catching and passing the Bandicoots in the 7th inning as the visitors came from behind to even the series with a 7-6 win.
Michael Brantley’s double off Steve Cishek (4-5) in the 7th put the Tempers in the lead as we watched dumbfounded as Freddie Freeman scampered home with what would be the winning run.
The Tempe bullpen was far from perfect allowing four hits and three walks over seven innings, but they kept the Bandicoots from getting a runner past second base.
For Tempe, Freeman (29) and resident pain-in-the-ass Ozzie Albies (26) homered off Bethesda starter Trent Thornton who was mediocre to put it nicely after allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks in 4-1/3 innings.
Freeman and Albies each drove in a pair in the game.
For Bethesda, Trevor Story was 3/4 with a run and one RBI. Robinson Chirinos got plonked by Hamels in the 2nd inning with the bases loaded and was knocked out of action for the rest of the series.
Game #3: Tempe’s Xander Bogaerts, Marcell Ozuna, and Aristedes Aquino all homered off Tommy Milone, but the Tempers fell 5-4 before the mighty bat of Kevin Pillar who homered twice and drove in all of Bethesda’s runs.
Pillar’s first homer was a big one. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the 2nd, Pillar drove starter Wade Miley’s pitch high over the left-field wall for a grand slam that put Bethesda up 4-2. Bogaerts (25) had spotted Tempe to a 2-0 lead with a none out blast off Milone in the 2nd inning.
Ozuna (30) and Aquino (15) went back-to-back with two outs off Milone the next inning to tie it up.
Pillar’s second homer – and 18th of the season – came off Ryan Brasier (0-1) in the fourth inning to end the scoring.
Milone stuck long enough to get the win and improve to 7-5 while Steve Cishek’s 1-1/3 innings to close out the game nabbed him his 12th save.
Game #4: An absolute pitching horror show as the two teams combined for 21 runs on 28 hits with the Bandicoots outlasting Tempe 13-8.
The key to survival in this game took a page from the Amityville Horror novels … once you get in … GET OUT AND FAST.
Only Andres Munoz and Alex Claudio for Tempe and David Phelps and Adam Ottavino for Bethesda emerged unscathed in the game, but the four relievers combined for just 2-2/3 innings.
Bethesda got on the board first with a bases-clearing 3-run double by Brad Miller off Tempe starting pitcher Adam Wainwright who used to be excellent before they started using an Indian rubber ball instead of a baseball.
Tempe didn’t waste much time getting even with a three-spot of their own off Bethesda’s Jake Odorizzi whose perfect game earlier this season now seems like a lifetime ago. Xander Bogaerts (another pain in the ass) homered for #26 on the year and Evan Longoria (who used to be able to homer and now struggles even with the superball in use) doubled home two runs to tie it up.
Ozzie Albies and JD Martinez fit back-to-back doubles off Odorizzi in the 3rd inning to put Tempe up 4-3, but their lead was pretty short-lived as the Bandicoots answered with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a three-run homer by Kevin Pillar (what’s with that guy all of a sudden) off Nick Ramirez (5-4) and an RBI groundout by Trevor Story.
Bethesda put another three on the board the next inning on a solo homer by Kyle Seager and an RBI double by Jeff McNeil and another single by Matt Adams.
Later in the game, Maikel Franco (5) came off the bench to launch one in the cheap seats with Luis Cessa (1-1) on the mound and Pillar answered with his 2nd of the game and 20th of the season.
For Pillar, it was a nice month of baseball packed into two games as he had back-to-back games with two homers and five RBIs.
Game #5: Kevin Pillar was pathetic and only homered once and it was with no one on base and it proved to be the difference as his failure to hit the second homer resulted in Tempe winning it 9-6.
The fact that Tempe reached base at will throughout the game (15 hits, 8 walks) had nothing to do with the win.
They chased Merrill Kelly (10-12) after just two innings during the two teams’ slugfest in the early going that Tempe won with a 7-4 lead after 3.
Xander Bogaerts and Evan Longoria each had three hits for Tempe. Longoria, of course, couldn’t hit a home run, but Bogaerts (27) did off Kelly. Freddie Freeman also had a strong game with a single and his 30th dinger of the year to go with three RBIs.
Jonathan Schoop (10) and plucky strikeout machine Carter Kieboom (3) homered for Bethesda.
Game #6: The Tempe Tempers took advantage of a bullpen running on fumes, scoring three times in the top of the 8th to come from behind a spoil another great start by Randy Dobnak with a 4-3 win.
Dobnak went seven and really only allowed Ozzie Albies (27) to get to him when the Tempe second baseman took advantage of the tiring pitcher for a solo homer in the 7th. Dobnak made it through the 7th without further calamity but then with the entire normal bullpen’s arms on ice Trent Thornton got the call. Thornton couldn’t do anything right and gave up two walks and three hits including a three-run blast to Austin Riley (7) while getting just one out.
Jared Hughes (2) pitched two perfect innings to nail down the save.
Series Summary: A series split thanks to a nice performance by Kevin Pillar which otherwise could easily have been five of six going to Albies, Freeman and Bogaerts, and Company. Nice to see some life in the ‘coots this late in the series (or are they just too stupid to realize they’re dead).

Valdosta Snappers @ Triple Creek Patriots

Series Preview: Valdosta (62-64) paddle into Triple Creek (73-53) for a 6 game set.
Series Summary: After winning 5 of 6 last week the Patriots lay a big egg and probably blow any chance at the wild card. If it weren’t for two walk-off homer wins the home team would have been swept. Snappers take 4 but lose their catcher for 22 games.

Portland Lumber Jax @ Selkirk Steelers

Series Preview: Selkirk is 66-60 holding on to their goal of playing .500 Portland is having a rough season and are looking to collect a top prospect with 47-79
Game #1: Puig homers and Cashner was great going 8.2 shutout innings but lost it in the 9th so Dyson saved him with his 16th save 1-0 Selkirk.
Game #2: A 3 run triple by Dickerson for Portland looked like it would be enough for Marquez. But int he 9th Alonso homered and Puig gets the walk-off in a 3 run Selkirk comeback. 4-3 Selkirk.
Game #3: Gibson a solid 2 in 7 and Profar homers as Selkirk wins 6-2.
Game #4: Wow, Selkirk did not give up as Portland up by 3 after 7 blows the save and it went to the 13th where they scored 2 but Selkirk on an Alonso homer only scored 1. Puig had a 2 run homer in the loss. 5-4 Portlands Cron was the big hero with a 13th inning 2 run homer.
Game #5: Fried wins his 9th as Winker hits two homers and Dixon homered and drove in 4 in the 11-2 Selkirk blowou.t
Game #6: Alonso and Nunez homer as Selkirk holds on to win 5-4.
Series Summary: Selkirk is thrilled to have won the series 5-1 as they are looking good to play over .500. Puig and Winker had big hits and Alonso had 3 homers.

Mesa Solar Sox @ Detroit Crime

Series Summary: Detroit Crime takes the series 4 games to 2 over the Mesa Solar Sox.

Coconut Creek Crushers @ Hollywood Werewolves

Series Summary: Hollywood takes 5 of 6.

Yonge Street Stalkers @ Virginia Sluggers

Series Preview: Two 3rd place clubs playing it out.
Game #1: VIR 6-4 W-T.Williams (8-8) L-B.Martin (3-6) SV-H.Robles (17)

A ground out RBI in the 2nd followed by a N. Williams RBI double put YSS up 2-0. VIR came back to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning scoring on a dropped throw at home, a SF and a bloop single from W.Merrifield. G.Springer’s 2-run blast in the 3rd made it 5-2 VIR and then E. Thames ripped a bases-loaded @-run single to pull YSS with 1 in the 7th. Vir got one of those runs back in the bottom of the 7th when A.Garcia hit a solo shot for a 6-4 VIR lead and H. Robles came in to get his 17th save.

Game #2: YSS 6-4 W-G.Cole (13-7) L-E.Hernandez (7-4) SV-K/Kela (3)

Not as close as it appears. YSS had 14 hits, VIR 3. Cole was unhittable, but when he was hittable it resulted in 2-run homers from G.Springer and C.Santana in the 1st and 9th. In between those innings, there was nothing going on for VIR. Cole put up goose eggs. E. Sogard and A.Frazier had solo shots for YSS and M.Zunino had a 2-run single.

Game #3: YSS 2-1 W-Y.Chirinos (10-6) L-J.Rodriguez (2-4) SV-W.Smith (9)

Another well-pitched game from the YSS. Chirinos went 8.1 giving up just 4 hits, with one of them being a C.Santana solo blast. That homer kept VIR in front 1-0 until the 8th inning…”J. PEDERSON facing J. RODRIGUEZ, T 8th, No Outs, Runner on 1st, Behind 0-1…TURNER bluffs going … the pitch … hit hard to right-center … SPRINGER scampering back…at the track … he leaps … gone … a two-run dinger … PEDERSON will touch them all.”

Game #4: VIR 7-4 W-T.Webb (2-5) L-W.Smith (4-5)

A bases-loaded, 3-run double from E.Thames in the first and a dropped throw at home in the 3rd gave YSS a 4-0 lead. However, L.Castillo settled down after that and kept YSS off the bases. In the meantime, VIR used an RBI triple from W.Merrifield, and a ground out RBI to get within 2 at 4. A. Rizzo then roped a 2-run double to tie the game in the 5th at 4-4. That set the stage for the 8th. G.Springer led it off “muscled to deep left … this one has a passport … adios, amigo…it’s long gone!” R.Devers followed with a walk and E.Jiminez deposited one in the LF bleachers for a 2-run homer and a 7-4 VIR lead.

Game #5: YSS 8-3 W-D.German (8-9) L-A.Plutko (12-10)

Once again the YSS bats came alive to the tune of 13 hits this time which produced 8 runs. J.Heyward led the way going 3-5 with 3 RBI. T.Turner and G.Soler collected 2 hits each and N.Williams was 2-4 with a solo homer and scored 3 runs. All of VIR’s runs came on solo shots from Segura, Anderson, and Springer.

Game #6: VIR 7-6 W-H.Robles (5-3) L-E.Clase (0-1)

The bats for both teams were alive. 13 hits for YSS and 14 for VIR. YSS put up a 4-spot in the 4th on A.Nola’s 2-run double and RBI singles from A.Frazier and E.Sogard. VIR countered with a 2-run C. Santana homer and an error by LF’er A.Nola to close the gap to 4-3. A WP and a dying quail RBI single from A.Nola in the 5th stretched out YSS lead again to 6-3. G.Springer made it 6-4 with an RBI single in the 5th and D.Lugo made it 6-5 with a 7th inning RBI single. With 2 out in the bottom of the 9th A.Garcia provided the walk-off… A. GARCIA facing J. DIAZ, B 9th, 2 Outs, 1st, and 2nd, Tied 6-6…DIAZ comes to him … lined hard over second … base hit … HEYWARD is after it … he cuts it off…SEGURA is well around third … LUGO is around second…they’re waving SEGURA in…LUGO’s headed for third…the throw home…here’s the play at the plate … and he’s … safe easily. And VIR salvages a win and a 3-3 series split.

Series Summary: YSS and VIR split 3-3
George Springer 7-20, .350 BA, 7 runs, 8 RBI and 5 Home Runs

Columbus Explorers @ Corktown Cycle

Series Summary: Columbus who already has a stranglehold over the NL’s best record comes into Corktown and takes 5 of 6.

Pittsburgh Lumber Company @ Harsens Island Walleye

Series Preview: First place vs worst place. Pittsburgh visits Harsens Island.
Series Summary: Predictably the visiting Pittsburgh team sweeps. The final game featured a combined Ryu and Jansen no-hitter.

Dallas Cougars @ Motor City Muscle

Series Preview: DAL @ MCM for a 6 game division matchup
Game #1: DAL 7 – MCM 6

WP: C.Martin
LP: Hendricks
SV: Hale
HR: DAL–H. Dozier, Laureano, Smoak; MCM–Ahmed

INJ: MCM–Connor Menez (40 gms)

Game #2: DAL 6- MCM 0

WP: Giolito (CG)
LP: de Grom
HR: DAL–C. Gonzalez, W.Smith, Robles

Lucas Giolito throws a three-hitter.

Game #3: DAL 9 – MCM 0

WP: Corbin
LP: Davies

HR: DAL–Laureano, Rojas, Robles

Zach Davies struck out 11 but also gave up 11 hits. Three of the hits were HRs, marking the third day in a row DAL hit three HRs.

Game #4: DAL 4 – MCM 3

WP: Plesac
LP: Leake
SV: Diaz

HR: DAL–Pollock; MCM–Beaty, Choo

INJ: MCM–Castellanos (3 gms)

Game #5: DAL 9 – MCM 3

WP: C. Martin
LP: Hendricks

Game #6: MCM 6 – DAL 2

WP: T. Clarke
LP: L.Allen
SV: J. Wilson

HR: DAL–Hundley

Clarke gets ejected late but sticks around long enough to get the win.

Series Summary: Dallas takes the series 5 games to 1.

Looks like MCM’s decision to become sellers was the correct one.

DAL outhomered MCM 11-3.

Chris Martin won two games for DAL; Kyle Hendricks lost two for MCM.

Tijuana Bottle Rockets @ Southbend Lynx

Series Preview: Tijuana travels into Southbend for a 6 game series. Tijuana playing out the season. Southbend looking to rebound after a couple of sub-par series in their long-shot hopes of repeating as the AL West Division Champs.
Game #1: SBL jump on TIJ starter Lockett for 6 runs in 3.2 innings of work. SBL open the scoring in the B1 with back-to-back solo-HRs from Altuve and Meadows. In the B2 a Mayfield 2b, Tilson rbi-1b, and a Forsythe rbi-1b make it 4-0 SBL. SBL add 5 more runs and end up with 16 hits in the game. Yamamoto goes 5 innings for the win. G.Sanchez solo-HR in the T4 is TIJ lone bright moment in the game. Altuve 4-4 with 2 HRs

SBL 9, TIJ 1

Game #2: SBL continues to batter TIJ starting pitching as they score 5 runs off C.Martin in 3.2 IP. SBL Escobar opens the scoring in the B1 with 2-run bases-loaded 1b. SBL picks up another run in the B2 on a C.Martin throwing error and Muncy hits a 2-run HR in the B4 to pretty much put the game away. SBL get 8 runs on 15 hits off TIJ pitching. McKay is superb tossing the 5 hit CG Shutout while fanning 14 TIJ batters for the win.

SBL 8, TIJ 0

Game #3: SBL plates two in the B! again in this game on a Meadows rbi-1b and Muncy GIDP scoring Altuve. In the T4 TIJ VanMeter, Murphy, and Vogelbach 1b to load the bases and Ruiz sac fly cuts the SBL lead to 1. In the T5 TIJ Hampson’s solo-HR ties the game at 2-2. But the SBL comes right back in the B5 with a Cordell bb, Forsythe H&R 1b, Viloria groundout, Altuve 2-run 1b, and a Meadows rbi-2b. Meadows would eventually score on a Beeks WP to make it 6-2 SBL. SBL Samardzjia goes 6.1, Moronta and Barnes close out the last 2.2 IP to give Samardzija his 15th win.

SBL 6, TIJ 2

Game #4: TIJ strikes first in this game on a Happ solo-HR in the T1. SBL takes the lead in the B4 on doubles by Altuve and Muncy and an Escobar rb-1b (#100 rbi for Escobar). TIJ ties it in the T6 when Happ 1bs, Sanchez 1bs, and Ruiz rips a rbi-1b. The tie is short-lived as SBL Meadows bbs and Muncy hits a 2-run HR in the B6. In the B7 Martin bbs, Altuve 2bs him home and is safe on the cut-off throw to 3rd, and Meadows follows with a rbi-1b. SBL Pivetta goes 6 for the win, Duffy goes 1, and Kinley closes it out for the SBL.

SBL 6, TIJ 2

Game #5: TIJ scores first in the T2 when Schebler and Mullins draw 2 out walks, followed by a Hampson rbi-1b. But Hampton is nailed at 2nd on a cutoff play to get SBL Holland out of any further trouble. In the SBL B3 Owings 1bs, Martin H&R 1b, Altuve rbi-1b, Muncy reaches on a Margevicius error to load the bases, and Escobar follows with a 3-run 2b. TIJ gets 2 back in the T5 on a Mullins 1b and Murphy 2-run HR. TIJ then ties it in the T7 on a Hampson solo-HR. The SBL gets the lead back in the B7 on an Altuve solo-HR. SBL Bradley would pitch a scoreless 8th followed by Osuna’s 1-2-3 9th for his 34th save and an SBL win. Moronta gets the win after blowing the save in the 7th.

SBL 5, TIJ 4

Game #6: The SBL close out the series in fashion with a 3 pitcher CG shutout from Yamamoto, Barnes, and Kinley. SBL knock around Lockett again scoring 4 runs in 6 IP. SBL get all the runs they would need on a 2-run bases-loaded 1b by Escobar in the B1. Altuve goes 4-5 with a HR to close out his fantastic series.

SBL 6, TIJ 0

Series Summary: Southbend gets a much needed 6-0 sweep over Tijuana. Southbend greatly benefited from Tijuana’s low rated pitching. Southbend faced 34.1 innings of Grade 3 pitching, 10.2 innings of Grade 6 pitching, 1 inning of grade 8 pitching, and 2 innings of Grade 15 pitching. Altuve has a monster series going 17-25, .680 BAve, 13 runs, 17 hits, 8 rbi, 3-2bs, and 4-HRs.

Fremont Cannons @ Manhattan Project

Game #1: Manhattan 3-1
Game #2: Manhattan 12-10
Game #3: Fremont 9-2
Game #4: Manhattan 3-2
Game #5: Manhattan 6-3
Game #6: Fremont 14-2
Series Summary: Manhattan takes the series 4 games to 2.

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