1996 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #3
|Harper Woods Expos @ Chicago Demolition|
|Series Preview:||Two American League Central Teams go at it for a five-game set in the Windy City of Chicago.|
|Game #1:||Pedro Astacio was dominant for 9 Innings allowing only a Cecil Fielder Home Run in the 2nd Inning. Barry Larkin was injured for 2 days for the Expos.
Final Score: Harper Woods 3 – Chicago 1
Win: Pedro Astacio 1-0 (2.74)
|Game #2:||Chicago’s offense forgot to show up again for game #2. Mike Mussina goes the distance for the second Expo start of the series. Luis Sojo hits a Home Run. Pedro Martinez is the tough-luck loser in this one allowing 2 Runs, 1 Earned.
Final Score: Harper Woods 3 – Chicago 1
Win: Mike Mussina 1-0 (1.66)
|Game #3:||Well, guess who woke up in Game #3? Yes sir Chicago’s offense broke out with 11 Runs. Jeff Cirillo had 4 Hits in 5 trips, with 4 RBI’s. Randy Velarde had 4 Hits, and Tony Phillps & Edgar Renteria had 3 Hits apiece. Bobby Witt looked like an ace on the mound for Chicago allowing only 2 Hits in 9 complete innings of work for the Demolition.
Final Score: Chicago 11 – Harper Woods 0
Win: Bobby Witt 1-1 (7.00)
|Game #4:||Down 5 to 3 in the bottom of the 9th Chicago scores 3 to walk it off!
Final Score: Chicago 6 – Harper Woods 5
Win: Dave Mlicki 1-0 (6.00)
|Game #5:||In the rubber match, Marc Newfield destroys the Demolition with 2 Doubles, a Home Run, & 6 RBI’s. Chicago scores 5 in the 9th inning to make it respectable, but it really wasn’t.
Final Score: Harper Woods 13 – Chicago 9
Win: Mike J. Grace 1-0 (3.52)
|Series Summary:||The Demolition only wins two games at home on the week, but still, hold on to first place in the American League Central.|
|Santa Rosa Beach Bums @ Hampton Huskies|
|Series Preview:||The down-trodden unwashed masses that are the cellar-dwelling Hampton Huskies take their 3-8 home record and see what damage the Santa Rosa Beach Bums can provide. The Bums sit in 2nd spot in the NL East and have lost three straight so a matchup against Hampton may be just what the doctor ordered.|
|Game #1:||The top of the Beach Bums’ order has its way with lefty starter Mark Langston scoring three times to pace Santa Rosa to a 4-1 win. Prescription filled.
The score could have been much worse as the Bums had 13 hits in the game but Langston (0-1) and company danced their way around most of the time and escaped damage-free save for a straggler run that the Bums picked up in the top of the 8th on an RBI single by Roberto Alomar. The Bums also walked six times and finished with 13 men left on base. Yikes.
The Beach Bums scored their runs by starting fast out of the gate with Langston walking Col. Reggie Sanders, giving up a single to Alomar (who was a none-too-shabby 3/3 with two walks on the day), another single to Frank Thomas that scored Sanders, and a single to Ken Caminiti that would have added another run but Alomar was thrown out at the plate by stinky-armed Henry Rodriguez. Langston then struck out Rex (the Wonder Dog) Hudler who celebrated by giving up a two-run double to Mike MacFarlane.
Mark Loretta also had three hits for the Beach Bums and scored a run. Thomas, Caminiti, and MacFarlane had a pair of hits.
Willie Adams (1-0) won for the first time this season and limited the Huskies to just three hits over seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked four.
Eric Young scored the only run of the game for Hampton with a triple in the bottom of the 9th scoring on Jeff Reed’s sacrifice fly.
|Game #2:||Chan Ho Park was renamed Heave-ho Park after lasting giving up as many runs as he registered outs – seven – in a 14-2 disemboweling dished out by the Santa Rosa Beach Bums.
The 17-hit massacre was headlined by no-doubter home runs by Roberto Alomar (5), Ken Caminit (3), Rex Hudler (1), and Mike MacFarlane (1). Following up their six walk game with seven in this one the score could have been even more horrorshow as the Huskies doled out seven walks on the night.
Alomar was once again a perfect 3/3 with two walks and scored four times in the contest. Not to be outdone, Frank Thomas was 4/4 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs while Caminiti had to settle for a 3/5 with a walk, two runs, and 4 RBIs. Hudler also had four RBIs on the day with a three-run homer in the 1st inning and a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Henry Rodriguez (2) mounted the feeble protest for Hampton with a solo homer in the 2nd inning off starter Kevin Appier (2-1). Appier went 8 innings and gave up both runs on six hits and a walk while fanning seven.
The Huskies used six pitchers in the contest and by the end of it none of the six had an ERA lover than 6.14 and adding insult to injury with no more pitchers available the Huskies pressed Tim Van Egmond in to mop up duty for one inning and he emerged afterward with a 95-GAME INJURY (i.e. went into a coma after the game).
|Game #3:||Its pitching staff now in shambles as a result of getting hammered the last game and relying heavily on relievers in the first pair of games, the Huskies were forced to hand the ball to Mark Langston after only a day of rest and he promptly coughed up two runs in the top of the 1st inning as the Bums jumped into a 2-0 lead.
Mike Stanley erased that with one swing of the bat when in the bottom of the 1st inning the Huskies’ catcher clubbed Mark Thompson’s offering over the left-field wall with two guys on base to make it 3-2. Mickey Tettleton followed Stanley’s first homer of the season with a double and then scored on Kevin Stocker’s double to make it 4-2 at the end of 1 as the two teams were on a pace for a 36-18 final.
It was not to be though as Langston and Thompson held the hitters scoreless until the top of the 4th when Mike MacFarlane hit into a ground out that scored Frank Thomas to make it 4-3 for Hampton.
The Huskies re-established the two-run cushion with an RBI single by Stanley in the 5th and then scored three more in the 7th off Thompson (0-1) including yet another RBI by Stanley to give him five on the day with his 3rd hit.
The injury-bug hit the Beach Bums this time (or rather Langston’s fastball did) when Reggie Sanders took one in the shorts in the 4th inning and had to leave the game and will be lost to Santa Rosa for 10 days.
Jeff Juden (1-0) got the stupid relief win for just being on the mound at the right time.
|Game #4:||Eric Young cranked out four singles, stole his 5th base of the year and scored twice to lead the Huskies to a series-tying 7-1 win over Santa Rosa.
Seemingly leaderless without their injured leader (Col. Sanders, that is) the Beach Bums could do little damage to Orel Hershiser who won for the first time this season against two losses. Hershiser went six innings and allowed six hits and three walks while striking out six. Greg Myers created the only blemish of the game for the veteran righty as the Bums’ catcher smacked his first home run of the season in the 2nd inning with a line-drive shot over the wall in right.
Struggling BJ Surhoff took one for the team (in the jaw) and was knocked out of the game in the 2nd inning which must have been just the inspiration the Huskies needed as they scored five times in that frame.
Jeromy Burnitz got the last-minute call to replace Henry Rodriguez in the outfield and was a nifty 2/4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
|Game #5:||Eric Young doubled in the bottom of the 10th to drive in Bill Mueller as the Huskies walked off with a 3-2 extra-inning win to finish up the series.
Mueller came in to pinch hit for Paul Assenmacher and doubled off Tim Crabtree to set the stage for Young’s heroics.
Speaking of heroics, Jim Eisenreich came back from a 4-day rest and went absolutely bonkers at the plate with a 4/4 game and missed the cycle by only a triple. His home run – a solo shot off reliever Mike James in the 8th – was his 2nd of the year and tied the game after the Bums came from behind themselves and took a 2-1 lead into the inning after scoring twice in the 7th.
Young opened the game with a single and then scored on Eisenreich’s double off the center-field wall against John Smoltz. And that’s all that they would get against Smoltz. He gave up only three more hits over the six innings and struck out nine with just one walk.
The Beach Bums scored two in the 7th thanks to some clutch hitting by Frank Thomas who drove in both with a bases-loaded, two-out single off Tom Gordon.
Gordon’s six innings of shutout ball leading into the inning came as a surprise … the six walks he had allowed by the time he left were not.
|Series Summary:||Just as the general manager was reaching for the phone to start swinging the headsman’s ax the Huskies came back to actually win the series against a pretty darned good team. The Huskies still have a glut of players at 1st base, 3rd base, and the outfield and will likely go shopping for pitching help later on, but I guess for now things will stay quiet.
Santa Rosa (8-8) heads to Sugar Land to face the Skeeters next week while Hampton’s homestand ends here with a trip to Long Beach to face the Titans.
|Mexico City Chihuahuas @ Detroit Stars|
|Series Summary:||Detroit Stars sweep the Mexico City Chihuahuas.|
|Castle Rock Hounds @ Fort Worth Panthers|
|Series Preview:||AL West division rivals face off for week three. Hounds enter with a two-game losing streak while the Panthers have a two-game winning streak.|
|Game #1:||Edgar Martinez drove in three with a triple and home run while Kevin Brown dominated again. Brown couldn’t get the CG as he appeared to tire in the 9th with two outs when he gave up a singled and a walk.
Ft. Worth 6, Castle Rock 1
|Game #2:||Barry Bonds and Tom Pagnozzi both hit their 3rd home runs of the year and Bonds scored the tying run in the 8th after he beat out a double-play ball and stole 2nd base coming home to score on a double by Scott Stahoviak, but John Mabry walks off the game for the Panthers by doubling home Robert Perez who led off the 9th with a walk.
Ft. Worth 4, Castle Rock 3
|Game #3:||The Panthers went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the 2nd on Kevin Elster’s first home run of the year, the Hounds went back in front for good on 3 straight two-out singles in the 4th. Barry Bonds had the go-ahead hit and also gave his team some insurance in the 9th with his 4th homer of the year.
Castle Rock 4, Ft. Worth 2
|Game #4:||The Panthers leaped ahead 7 to 1 through 4 innings and Doug Drabek pitched 6 innings despite giving up 4 runs in the 5th as he got his first win of the season.
Ft. Worth 7, Castle Rock 5
|Game #5:||Jose Lima put in yeoman’s work to allow all the guys in the bullpen to enjoy a day off as he faced 51 batters in a CG although he gave up 8 earned runs and another 5 unearned runs on 16 hits. Kevin Seitzer and Stan Stahoviak each had 4 hits and Royce Clayton had three hits for Castle Rock. Stahoviak had 5 RBI|
|Series Summary:||Ft. Worth takes the series 3 games to 2.|
|Sugar Land Skeeters @ Cincinnati Outlaws|
|Series Preview:||Two teams in the bottom half of their division collide.|
|Series Summary:||Cincinnati takes four of the five games from visiting Sugarland.|
|Corktown Bootleggers @ DeWitt Tigers|
|Series Preview:||A banged-up DeWitt team welcomes Corktown to town.|
|Series Summary:||Corktown comes to town and takes the series 4-1.|
|Michigan Mauraders @ Valdosta Bombers|
|Series Preview:||Michigan @ Valdosta in an NL Central showdown.|
|Series Summary:||Michigan takes 3 of 5 in Valdosta and the teams are now tied atop the NL Central @ 9-7.|
|Steel City Sluggers @ Manhattan Gas Hornets|
|Series Preview:||Week 3 – So far the Manhattan can’t win at home and almost can’t lose on the road – can we change things this week as we host the Sluggers? ………..|
|Game #1:||Not in game 1 as the Sluggers score single runs in the 6th and 7th to tie and then go-ahead for the 4-3 win.
WP Williams (1-0), Jorge Posada 2 RBIs.
LP Morman (1-1)
|Game #2:||Hold the presses – Gas Hornets win, 6-4! And this time the Sluggers took the lead in the 8th with a lone run but Manhattan comes back for 2 in the bottom half. 2nd time they came back, a 4 run 5th wiped out a 3-0 Sluggers lead. Ryne Sandberg homers (2) for Steel City.
WP Jay Powell (1-0) but BS (2) LP Omar Daal (0-2)
|Game #3:||Home winning streak stopped at 1 as Steel City scores 4 in the 7th en route to 7-1 win. Danny Darwin pitches 6, 3 hits, 4 ks no runs. Greg Vaughn slugs 2 homer (2, 3). WP Darwin (2-1) LP Chris Haney (1-2)|
|Game #4:||Sluggers keep up the slugfest – 1 homer, Mark Grace (1) but their 8 hits tally 9 runs (that and the 8 walks they were given). Jaime Navarro goes 8, giving up 4 hits and no runs. Final 9-0 Steel City.
WP Navarro (2-0) LP Terry Mulholland (1-2)
|Game #5:||Sluggers make it a 4 wins to 1 week with a 6-2 win in the finale. 4 run 5th the key. Plenty of long ball SLUGging as Damone Mashore (1), Greg Vaughn (4) and Ryne Sandberg (3) go deep. Vaughn’s knocked in 3 runs.
WP Pete Harnisch (2-1)
LP Alan Watson (1-1)
|Series Summary:||So, the home field still has not been friendly and the offense was kept in check by some good Sluggers pitching. Damon Mashore was a beast as well…|
|Winnipeg Goldeyes @ Long Beach Titans|
|Series Summary:||After Nilsson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 12th to win game 1, Winnipeg outscored Long Beach 33-9 in winning the last 4 games.|
|Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ New Hampshire Nighthawks|
|Series Preview:||An early-season matchup between 2 AL East squads.|
|Game #1:||Flossmoor strikes first with 2 runs in the first inning. That would be all that Tim Belcher would give up in this game as he goes 8.2IP 6H 2ER. The game was tied at 2 in the 8th but the Nighthawks broke it open with 3 runs in the inning to take game 1.
Nighthawks 5 Flossmoor 2
|Game #2:||Flying Squirrels bats show up in game 2 with 3 Triples and a Walt Weiss HR. Tim Worrell gets shelled giving up 7 runs in 5 innings. Flossmoor runs away with this one.
Flossmoor 9 Nighthawks 3
|Game #3:||Flossmoor gets 3 in the 4th 2 in the 5th and 3 more in the 6th inning to jump out to a big lead. Mike Bertotti pitched well 7IP 5H 2ER. A similar score in this one as game 2.
Flossmoor 9 Nighthawks 3
|Game #4:||Both starters get hit early in this one as each team scores 4 runs in the first 2 innings. Flossmoor adds single runs in the 5th 6th and 8th. Greg Maddux gets his 2nd save of the season pitching the 8th and 9th innings.
Flossmoor 7 Nighthawks 4
|Game #5:||Ken Hill pitches well going 8IP 10H 3ER. Flossmoor gets HRs from Curtis Pride and Eddie Taubensee as Flossmoor’s offense is too much for the Nighthawks pitching to handle.
Flossmoor 9 Nighthawks 4
|Series Summary:||Nighthawks win the first game but then Flossmoor scores a bunch of runs to win the last 4 games.|
|Stockton Wings @ Blarney Drive Bandits|
|Series Summary:||Bandits take the series 3-2.|
|California Quakes @ Portland Mavericks|
|Game #1:||Cali wins behind 3 dingers.
CAL 8 POR 2
|Game #2:||Portland, yes Portland, get the win in a squeaker.
POR 8 CAL 7
|Game #3:||All… PORTLAND in this one as Bob Wells pitches a masterful complete game 4-hit shutout.
POR 5 CAL 0
|Game #4:||As they say… all good things (for Portland) must come to an end. California absolutely trashes Portland.
CAL 16 POR 7
|Game #5:||Another easy win for Cali with 3 HRs.
CAL 5 POR 1
|Series Summary:||Portland wins a respectable 2 games from a very good California team.|