1996 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #4
|Corktown Bootleggers @ Castle Rock Hounds|
|Series Preview:||The Bootleggers come to Castle Rock in a battle of teams sitting at 8-8. Pretenders or contenders? Let’s see.|
|Game #1:||Jason Dickson, the Hounds’ starter, enacts many people’s dreams by knocking out A-Rod with a HBP in the top of the 1st. He’ll be out for one game. Meanwhile, Castle Rock pushes out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a Dye home run. Corktown takes revenge by knocking Stahoviak for 10 games with a HBP in the bottom of the 7th. The game is getting chippy and both dugouts are likely warned. But, in the end, Dickson cruises to a 6-1 victory, only allowing 6 hits and the final run in the 9th.
WP: Dickson (1-1)
|Game #2:||Ben McDonald faces off against James Baldwin in a pretty even match up. Bootleggers get on the board first with a Mariano Duncan 2-run homer. Corktown piles it on in the 4th, making it 6-0. Duncan adds another in the 5th to make it 8-0! Baldwin, meanwhile, has a no-hitter through 6 innings. Bonds breaks up the no-no in the 7th with a single. Duncan hits a third homer(!) in the 9th. He only had 8 on the season, so this is quite a power surge for Mariano. The final is 10-2 for Corktown.
WP: Baldwin (3-0)
|Game #3:||Kenny Rogers vs. Fernando in Game 3. Hoping for a close one after two blowouts to start the series. Corktown gets a runner to third in each of the first three innings, but can’t drive them in. But, they break through in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. While the Hounds tie it up, Corktown scores another in the 6th and Rogers gets tossed for hitting Lankford, who is injured for 2 days. No love lost between these two teams. Ruffin comes on in relief and walks everybody, and the Bootleggers take an 8-3 lead. The final is 9-3 Corktown.
WP: Valenzuela (1-0)
|Game #4:||After dropping two blowouts in a row, the Hounds turn to their worst starter, Miranda to stem the tide. He’s facing off against Sanders, a 14YZ, so the odds are not in our favor. Miranda walks the bases loaded in the 1st, only to get Giambi to roll into a DP, and escape the jam. Hounds turn another DP in the second to avoid another jam, and Miranda is living on borrowed time. Huskey puts the Hounds on top with a solo shot in the second. A-Rod ties it up with a HR in the 3rd. Corktown plates 3 in the 5th to take a 4-2 lead. After walking his 7th batter, Miranda gets the hook. Bootleggers continue to pile it on, and take an 8-2 lead in the 7th. Final is 10-2, Corktown. The Bootleggers bats have just been too much for the Hounds pitching staff to handle.
WP: Sanders (2-1)
|Game #5:||The Hounds turn to Pettitte to stem the tide while the Bootleggers counter with a highly-rated Trachsel. It’s a pitchers duel for the first five innings, with the score knotted 1-1. Both teams score in the 6th to make it 2-2. Luis Gonzalez supplies a clutch 2-RBI double in the 7th to put the Hounds up 4-2. Plunk gets A-Rod to strike out with the bases loaded to keep it at 4-3 after 8 innings. But, Corktown will not be denied. They plate 3 runs in the 9th and Hernandez comes on to close it out. Final is Corktown 6, Castle Rock 4.
WP: Casian (1-0)
|Game #6:||The Hounds are trying to salvage something out of the series by taking the bookend games. It’s a bullpen game for Castle Rock, as Dickson is still tired from Game 1. Ramon Martinez is on the mound for Corktown, looking to avenge his Game 1 loss. It’s a back and forth affair, with Corktown taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the 7th. Corktown breaks through in the 8th with 2 home runs (A-Rod and Belle) to take a 7-2 lead, and that is the final.
WP: Ramon Martinez (2-2)
|Series Summary:||The Bootleggers prove that they are the real contenders in this series, taking it 5-1. How this team was .500 coming into this game, I can’t explain. With A-Rod, Belle, Giambi, etc. and a strong starting staff and bullpen, they seem destined to go a long way.|
|Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ Harper Woods Expos|
|Series Preview:||Harper Woods welcomes first place Flossmoor to town.|
|Game #1:||Chilli Davis goes yard as the Expos win game 1 5-4.
W Cook 2-1 5.68 era
L Maddux 1-2 1.93 era
|Game #2:||3 homers power Harper Woods to a 5-2 victory
W Salkeld 2-2 4.94 era
L Ashby 2-2 4.55 era
S Eckersley 3 4.09 era
|Game #3:||Flossmoor scores 4 in the 9th to steal a 9-8 win
W Huisman 1-0 0.00 era
L Eckersley(BS) 2-2 6.94 era
|Game #4:||Flossmoor evens the series with a 4-1 win
W Hill 4-0 2.16 era
L Mussina 1-1 2.51 era
S Maddux 3 1.67 era
|Game #5:||Davis goes deep again in the Expos 10-7 win
W Mitchell 1-0 5.17 era
L Bertotti 1-1 8.18 era
S Pennington 1 1.08 era
|Game #6:||Bagwell and the Flying Squirrels even the series with a 7-3 win
W Key 4-0 4.54 era
L Salkeld 2-3 4.78 era
|Series Summary:||Harper Woods hang with the big boys as they split the series with Flossmoor 3-3|
|Fort Worth Panthers @ Chicago Demolition|
|Series Preview:||Fort Worth comes into the Windy City for a six-game series.|
|Game #1:||Kevin Brown is unreal going eight innings allowing only 1 Earned Run for the Panthers. Home Runs by Rondell White & Rich Aurilia bookend the 1 & 9 spots in the lineup for Fort Worth.
Final Score: Fort Worth 6 – Chicago 1
Win: Kevin Brown 4-0 (1.20)
|Game #2:||Two Home Runs by Cecil Fielder and a solid start by Pedro Martinez help Chicago take this one from Forth Worth.
Final Score: Chicago 5 – Fort Worth 3
Win: Pedro Martinez 2-2 (5.59)
|Game #3:||Chicago squeaks by in this one as Cecil Fielder has 2 RBI’s. Juan Guzman goes 7.1 Innings Pitched allowing only 2 solo Home Runs.
Final Score: Chicago 3 – Fort Worth 2
Win: Juan Guzman 3-0 (1.99)
|Game #4:||3 Home Runs put Chicago down in this one. Ivan Rodriguez has one of them & 3 RBI’s.
Final Score: Fort Worth 6 – Chicago 2
Win: Bob Tewksbury 2-0 (1.99)
|Game #5:||Doug Drabek found the fountain of youth & throws a complete game 7 Hit Shut-Out while dominating the Demolition.
Final Score: Fort Worth 3 – Chicago 0
Win: Doug Drabek 2-1 (4.95)
|Game #6:||Chicago forgot how to score runs. Second Shut-Out for Fort Worth. Kevin Brown goes the distance for the Panthers. 2 RBI’s each by John Mabry, Willie McGee & Fred McGriff are all the Panthers needed.
Final Score: Fort Worth 6 – Chicago 0
Win: Kevin Brown 5-0 (0.92)
|Series Summary:||Chicago falls 4 games to 2 & is Shut-Out in 2 of the 6 games & only score 11 Runs in the Series.|
|New Hampshire Nighthawks @ Portland Mavericks|
|Series Preview:||7-9 New Hampshire Nighthawks visit the 5-11 Portland Mavericks|
|Game #1:||Frank Rodriguez pitchers a 3-hit shutout for Portland as they squeak out a win.
POR 1 NEW 0
|Game #2:||Portland shuts out the Nighthawks for the second straight game, this time it is Bones with the 7-hit shutout.
POR 2 NEW 0
|Game #3:||Portland was heading for 3-straight shutouts before New Hampshire finally scores, but Portland still gets the win.
POR 3 NEW 1
|Game #4:||New Hampshire wins a close on as their offense wakes up.
NEW 5 POR 4
|Game #5:||New Hampshire scores 4 in the 4th to break it open and cruise to the win.
NEW 8 POR 5
|Game #6:||New Hampshire in control early, but Portland storm back to send it into extra’s, but Nighthawks still get the win.
NEW 5 POR 4
|Series Summary:||It is a series split 3-3.|
|Hampton Huskies @ Long Beach Titans|
|Series Summary:||Hampton takes 4 of 6 from Long Beach|
|DeWitt Tigers @ Detroit Stars|
|Series Summary:||Detroit Stars win the series 4 games to 2 over the DeWitt Tigers.|
|Michigan Mauraders @ Winnipeg Goldeyes
|Series Preview:||Winnipeg and Michigan go at it north of the border. both are playing well so far this year.|
|Game #1:||Palmeiro homers off Benes to make it close but it wasn’t enough as Winnipeg wins 4-3 with Jay Buhner hitting a grand slam off Gardner.|
|Game #2:||Winnipeg stupidly pulled out Flener who went only 5 shutout innings. Holtz allows 3 in the 9th as Castilla comes through in the 5-3 Michigan win.|
|Game #3:||Buhner homers again as Winnipeg wins 13-5 although Candiotti gives up 5 homers as Ripken, Lieberthal, Castilla and Hoiles go deep.|
|Game #4:||Beck tries to blow a 4 run 9th inning lead allowing 3 runs, but Winnipeg held on to win 7-6 Castilla and Hoiles homer in the loss as Ventura homered for Winnipeg.|
|Game #5:||Buhner hits a 3 run homer and Glavine throws a complete game 4 hitter, 86 game score. 8-0 Winnipeg|
|Game #6:||Castilla continues his amazing series with 2 homers and 4 RBIs. Michigan wins 10-9 with a run int he 9th.|
|Series Summary:||Wow, great series Winnipeg wins 4 games to 2. Glavine is up for pitcher of the week with his 4 hit shutout with 9 K’s
Hitters were amazing either one seems a sure player of the week except for it the same week.
Buhner for WGE went 8 for 20 with 3 homers 10 RBIs
Castilla of Mich goes 8 for 24 with 4 homers and 9 RBIs
|Manhattan Gas Hornets @ Valdosta Bombers|
|Game #1:||Manhattan 7-3. Garrett Anderson was 4-4 to help push the Hornets past the Bombers.|
|Game #2:||Valdosta 3-2 (10 Innings). $ shutout IP from the Bombers pen proved to be the difference. Steve Finley was 4-5 for Valdosta in the game.|
|Game #3:||Valdosta 7-6 (13 Innings). Bombers tied it in the 9th and 10th and finally win it in the 13th.|
|Game #4:||Valdosta 10-4. Steve Finley knocked in 5 runs as the Bombers rapped out 19 hits en route to an easy victory.|
|Game #5:||Manhattan 6-5. Hornets sneak past the Bombers and hold on against a late Bombers rally in the 9th.|
|Game #6:||Valdosta 7-6. Bombers win on a walk-off 3-run HR from Eric Karros in the 9th.|
|Series Summary:||Bombers take 4 of 6.|
|XSanat Rosa Beach Bumbs @ Sugar Land Skeeters|
|Series Summary:||Santa Rose goes 4 & 2 over the Skeeters from Sugar Land.|
|Steel City Sluggers @ Stockton Wings|
|Game #1:||SCS 7 – STO 4
|Game #2:||SCS 8 – STO 3
|Game #3:||SCS 11 – STO 4
|Game #4:||STO 8 – SCS 4
|Game #5:||SCS 8 – STO 2
|Game #6:||SCS 5 – STO 4
|Series Summary:||SCS takes the series 5 games to 1|
|Mexico City Chihuahuas @ California Quakes|
|Series Summary:||California sweeps an exhausted and injured Mexico City team. Rumor has it the Chihuahuas are about to go on strike, those that can still walk, that is.|
|Blarney Drive Bandits @ Cincinnati Outlaws|
|Series Summary:||Blarney Drive wins four of six at Cincinnati. Blowout win for each team. Cincinnati wins game four, 18-2. Slugging percentage of 1.002 for the Inferno in that one. Yhe Bandits get a 17-5 win the next day.|