1996 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #9
|Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ Castle Rock Hounds|
|Series Preview:||The Flossmoor Flying Squirrels visit the Castle Rock Hounds for a Christmas week match up. The Squirrels are a first-place club, while the Hounds are right around .500.|
|Game #1:||Maddux pitches a complete game and the Flying Squirrels pile on the hits with 10 runs. The final is 10-4, Flossmoor.
WP: Maddux (5-2)
LP: Rogers (3-4)
|Game #2:||Flossmoor pulls out a close one, as Castle Rock gets a little too aggressive on the basepaths, and the tying run is thrown out at home in the 8th. Ashby and Miranda both provide quality starts, but the Squirrels bullpen is better. The final is 5-4, Flossmoor.
WP: Ashby (8-2)
LP: Miranda (2-6)
S: Manuel (5)
|Game #3:||The Hounds look to take Game 3 with their ace, Pettitte on the mound. That is just what they do. Ochoa is the offensive star with 4 hits, a home run short of a cycle. The final is 7-4, Castle Rock.
WP: Pettitte (6-2)
LP: Neagle (3-4)
S: Adams (5)
|Game #4:||Feeling confident, the Hounds take Game 4 in 12 innings. Despite having a decided advantage in the bullpens, the Hounds overtake the Squirrels in this one. The final is 6-5.
WP: Eichhorn (1-1)
LP: Hill (4-3)
|Game #5:||Having one-two in a row against Flossmoor, the Hounds throw Aaron Small on the mound and expect the worst. Instead, he pitches a complete-game shutout, and the Hounds offense does just enough to pull off the unexpected 1-0 victory.
WP: Small (2-0)
|Game #6:||The Squirrels have had enough these shenanigans, and take Game 6 by a 2-0 count. Ken Hill goes the distance for Flossmoor.
WP: Hill (5-3)
LP: Roger (3-5)
|Series Summary:||It’s a Christmas miracle, as the Hounds are able to salvage a split with the first place Flossmoor club.|
|California Quakes @ Chicago Demolition|
|Series Preview:||Two solid top notches teams match up on the south side of Chicago.|
|Game #1:||2 RBI’s each by Tim Salmon, Terry Steinbach & John Olerud put a hurting on Chicago.
Final Score: California 8 – Chicago 3
|Game #2:||Tied at 3 after 9 innings of play, the Quakes score 1 in the 10th, but Chicago walks it off on a Gene Schall pinch Hit scoring 2 in the bottom & win it.
Final Score: Chicago 5 – California 4
|Game #3:||Mark Clark spins 5.2 Innings of 1-Run ball & the Quakes bullpen does the rest.
Final Score: California 2 – Chicago 1
|Game #4:||Cecil Fielder has a day with 2 hits (2B & HR) & 4 RBI’s.
Final Score: Chicago 4 – California 1
|Game #5:||Dean Palmer has a Home Run & 4 RBI’s to lead the way for California.
Final Score: California 5 – Chicago 4
|Game #6:||Chicago squeaks out a 1-Run victory as the bottom three players in the Demolition lineup each have an RBI (Edgar Renteria, Charles Johnson & Mark Lewis.)
Final Score: Chicago 3 – California 2
|Series Summary:||The series is a split. Chicago scores 20 Runs, California scores 22. Couldn’t have been any tighter.|
|New Hampshire Nighthawks @ Detroit Stars|
|Series Summary:||New Hampshire Nighthawks & the Detroit Stars split the series 3-3.|
|Corktown Bootleggers @ Harper Woods Expos|
|Series Preview:||A top team in Corktown takes I-94 to challenge the Expos.|
|Series Summary:||All C-Town. They win every close play and take 5 of 6. Top-end Bullpen.|
|Steel City Sluggers @ Sugar Land Skeeters|
|Series Summary:||Steel City wins four of six.|
|Manhattan Gas Hornets @ Long Beach Titans|
|Series Summary:||Manhattan takes 5 of 6 from Long Beach.|
|Blarney Drive Bandits @ Michigan Mauraders|
|Series Preview:||Blarney Drive rolls into Michigan for 6 games.|
|Game #1:||Hanson vs. Avery. Brady Anderson goes 5 for 6 including a homer and 3 RBIs. Vinny Castilla with 3 hits. For Blarney Drive, both Klesko and Murray go a remarkable 5 for 5. Klesko has 6 RBIs. Somehow, Michigan wins this game!
Michigan 10 Blarney Drive 7
|Game #2:||Castillo vs. Nagy. Nagy tosses a complete game. Vinny Castilla goes deep twice and Brady Anderson hits one.
Michigan 9 Blarney Drive 1
|Game #3:||Randy Johnson vs. Mark Gardner. Johnson stops the Bandits slide with a well-pitched complete game. Klesko with his 19th homer and 48th RBI.
Blarney Drive 5 Michigan 1
|Game #4:||Wells vs. Radke. Wells throws 8 and Myers gets the save. Brady Anderson hits his 15th, but Michigan falls short. Klesko with both RBIs on a triple.
Blarney Drive 2 Michigan 1
|Game #5:||Weathers vs. Morgan. Michigan loses 3 players to injury including Bernie Williams, Rafael Palmeiro, and Chris Hoiles. Eddie Murray and Todd Greene hit homers. Murray with 4 RBIs.
Blarney Drive 11 Michigan 1
|Game #6:||Hanson vs. Avery. Like game 5, this is a blowout. Giles with 4 hits and 5 RBIs. Michigan’s pitching staff implodes.
Blarney Drive 16 Michigan 3
|Series Summary:||Blarney Drive wins the last 4 games to take the series, 4 games to 2.|
|Fort Worth Panthers @ Mexico City Chihuahuas|
|Series Summary:||Panthers win 5 in Mexico City.|
|Hampton Huskies @ Valdosta Bombers|
|Series Preview:||Hampton pays a visit to Valdosta for a Christmas week series. Of course, it’s about 78 degrees down here at the moment!|
|Series Summary:||Valdosta takes 5 of 6. Bombers got plenty of solid pitching and they lived up to their name as they launched 14 HR’s in the series.|
|Winnipeg Goldeyes @ Cincinnati Outlaws|
|Series Preview:||First place Winnipeg rolls into Cincinnati for a six-game set.|
|Series Summary:||WPG 5-4-6-4-1-9
CIN 6-5-1-5-4-7Games two and four went ten innings each. Cincinnati took four of six from Winnipeg.
|DeWitt Tigers @ Portland Mavericks|
|Series Preview:||A couple of bottom dwellers meet to find who is trending in a positive direction.|
|Game #1:||DEW 8 POR 7|
|Game #2:||POR 7 DEW 1|
|Game #3:||DEW 8 POR 7|
|Game #4:||DEW 8 POR 0 Fernandez with the 4-hit complete game shutout.|
|Game #5:||DEW 8 POR 1|
|Game #6:||DEW 5 POR 4 (11)|
|Series Summary:||DeWitt steals all the Presents from Portland, well… except on tidbit not even fit for a mouse.|
|Santa Rosa Beach Bums @ Stockton Wings|
|Series Summary:||Santa Rosa takes 5 of 6.|