1996 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #10
|Valdosta Bombers @ Blarney Drive Bandits|
|Series Summary:||Bombers take 4 of 6.|
|Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ Mexico City Chihuahuas|
|Series Summary:||Flossmoor sweeps in Mexico City!|
|Winnipeg Goldeyes @ Steel City Sluggers|
|Series Preview:||Battle of first-place teams.|
|Game #1:||Benes 3 hits over 8.2 gets the 3-0 Winnipeg win.|
|Game #2:||Corsi and steel city win 3-2 in 13 innings.|
|Game #3:||Winnipeg wins 5-4 in 10 innings as Javy Lopez gets a big homer.|
|Game #4:||Buhner hits 2 homers as Winnipeg wins 10-5.|
|Game #5:||steel city wins 8-4.|
|Game #6:||Nillson his big homers as steel city wins 3-2.|
|Series Summary:||Series split in a fun back and forth series.|
|Stockton Wings @ Hampton Huskies|
|Series Preview:||Reeling after losing 5 of 6 to Valdosta, the Huskies return homes to hopefully barbecue some Wings.|
|Game #1:||Henry Rodriguez’s pinch-hit 3-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning put the Huskies in the lead 4-3 as they hung on to win 6-5 in the series opener.
Willie Greene was a monster at the plate for Stockton going 3/4 with two homers and four RBIs. Reggie Jefferson was no slouch for the Wings either with a double and a triple and two runs scored.
As he has done all too often this season, reliever Doug Bochtler pitched like crap and lost the lead for starter Chan Ho Park and instead picked up the win to improve to 4-1 with TJ Mathews picking up his 7th save.
Rodriguez’s homer was his 15th of the year. Jim Eisenreich celebrated his return from a month in the minors with an RBI double.
|Game #2:||Another game another 3-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 6th inning, but this time it came off the bat of Jeromy Burnitz which gave the Huskies a temporary 6-5 lead and they would hang on to win 7-6 over Stockton.
Reggie Jefferson continued to be a juggernaut at the plate for Stockton in this one with three hits including a double and two RBIs.
Starting pitcher Ramiro Mendoza was lucky to hold the Huskies to just six runs in 5-2/3 innings as he allowed 11 hits and two walks but got himself out of several jams thanks to strikeouts (of which he finished with seven). Rich Garces continued to provide anything but relief for Stockton giving up the winning run in the 7th after the Wings came back and tied it and seeing his ERA swell to almost 10.00.
Mark Langston got the no-decision for Hampton with six innings of seven-hit ball. He gave up six runs but two were unearned on a wild throw in the 6th inning by outfielder Henry Rodriguez that found itself in the dugout.
Burnitz’s homer was his 1st of the season. Jim Eisenreich had three hits for Hampton. Jeff Juden (2-2) got the win with one inning of crappy relief and TJ Mathews notched save #8 by getting the final out with a runner on 2nd.
|Game #3:||No pinch-hit heroics in this game, but some minor ones on the mound were provided by Tom Gordon who held the Wings to two runs over five innings and then the Hampton bullpen closed things out by not allowing a hit in a 4-2 come from behind win.
Gordon (3-6) gave up six hits and two walks while striking out four with T.J. Mathews getting his 3rd save of the series and 9th of the season with a scoreless 9th. Brian McRae had three singles for Hampton.
Paul Wilson fell to 0-4 on the season for Stockton after allowing four runs (one earned – thank you, Daryl Hamilton, allowing a grounder single to roll all the way to the wall) on 10 hits in 5 innings. He struck out six and walked two. Rick Wilkins had two hits including a double and an RBI for the Wings.
|Game #4:||Henry Rodriguez drove in four runs with a pair of homers as the Huskies downed the Wings 5-1 in a rare not close game.
Rodrguez’s homers gave him 17 on the season after 56 games to go along with 43 RBIs. Massive production from this all-or-nothing guy. Orel Hershiser (7-3) went eight strong for Hampton and allowed just six hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Jason Schmidt (2-9) flirted with disaster all day and emerged with four runs allowed on 10 hits and a walk in 4-2/3 innings.
|Game #5:||Matt Ruebl’s shutout bid was spoiled by a leadoff homer from Reggie Jefferson in the top of the 9th as the Huskies had to settle for a narrow 2-1 win over Stockton.
Jefferson’s homer was his 8th of the year and was matched by B.J. Surhoff’s first of the season for Hampton.
Ruebel (4-3) was too wild to hit until Jefferson’s blast as he only gave up two other hits but walked five to go with three Ks in eight innings. T.J. Mathews was at it again, thorwing a scoreless final three outs to get his 10th save and 4th of the series. Jim Eisenreich had two hits and scored a run for Hampton.
|Game #6:||Jim Eisenreich had four hits and Craig Paquette provided Hampton’s third pinch-hit homer of the series in a 7-3 win to complete the sweep of the Stockton Wings.
Paquette’s homer was his 6th while the four-hit performance lifted Eisenreich’s average to a cool .467 in 75 at-bats. And yes, he still is available in trade for pitching.
Chan Ho Park (1-5) finally got his 1st win of the season with five innings of work in which he gave up all three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Jeff D’Amico fell to an identical 1-5 record after allowing six runs (five earned) on 12 hits in 5.2 innings. He walked three and fanned four.
Daryl Hamilton got the Wings’ only RBI as he doubled in the 1st inning with no outs scoring Quinton McCracken who opened the game against Park with a walk.
Kevin Stocker had two hits and drove in two for Hampton.
|Series Summary:||A sweep of six against Stockton but with four of the six games being close ones.|
|Sugar Land Skeeters @ Manhattan Gas Hornets|
|Series Preview:||A couple of low hanging fruits in this one – good offenses but little pitching (oh what could be for either of these teams with a few more arms….)|
|Game #1:||Gas Hornets score 4 in 4th to take a 4-3 lead, after it’s tied in the 8th, they score 3 more for 7-4 win. Craig Biggio goes 4 for 5 in the losing cause. Dave Hollins drvies in 5 for Manhattan with a double and homer (5). WP Mike Perez (1-2, BS 2), S Bob Patterson (10); LP Jeff Nelson (1-1)|
|Game #2:||Manhattan pounds out 13 hits, get 5 walks and win 9-5 (never seemed close, but we have no pitching so….). Jay Bell homers (4) against the team that let him get away – 2 for 4, 2 rbis. Moises Alou goes 3 for 4 with 3 runs. Luis Alicea (no one wanted him – and check his average by the end of the week) goes 3 for 3, wal, 2 SBs, 2 rbis and 3 runs. Derek Jeter gets 3 hits, 2 runs/rbis. Dave Martinez and Tino Martinez each get 2 rbis.
WP Sterling Hitchcock (3-1) LP Jim Abbott (3-6)
|Game #3:||20 hits for Gas Hornets in this one including 3 homers (Tino Martinez – 7; Garrett Anderson – 4; and Lenny Harris – 2_. Tino and Lenny get 4 rbis each, Dave Martinez 3. Skeeters get 9 hits with Orlando Merced, Ken Griffey, and Moises Alou each collecting 2 hits and a homer each, Merced (8), Griffey (13), Alou (11).
WP Chris Haney (6-4) LP Scott Aldred (5-5)
|Game #4:||Odd fact for this one, starting pitcher for the Skeeters and owner/GM/Manager Schindel for Gas Hornets share the same birthday – March 24. Wilson Alvarez got the better in this game. He goes 8, gives up 2 hits – 1 was a Matt Stairs homer (4) – and 1 run (he did walk 6 to make it interesting) – and wins the game 2-1. Sugar Land gets the winning run in the 9th when Mike Cummings PHs for Alvarez and executes a successful squeeze against a drawn in infield.
WP Alvarez (4-5) LP Lance Painter (1-2)
|Game #5:||Skeeters enjoyed getting off the schneid so much that they come back and won this one 5-2 despite being outhit 10-9. Craig Biggio has another 3 hit game with his 3rd double, 3rd homer and 3 rbis! Julio Mosquerra gets 3 hits – all doubles and scores twice. Bobby J. Jones tosses a 9 hitter for 6.2 innings but only gives up 2 runs. Ray Durham and Derek Jeter try hard to spark things for Manhattan as each got 3 hits at the top of the order, but other than Durham (2) no one else scored.
WP Bobby J. Jones (2-9), S Billy Taylor (11) LP Allen Watson (5-4)
Bad news – Matt Stairs crashes the wall catching a fly and will go on the DL for a LONG TIME (40 or more….)
|Game #6:||Gas Hornets did not want to see the series split, so they scored 4 runs in the 1st, then chipped in single run innings in the 3rd, 4th and 5th before giving up 2 runs in the 6 – final, 7-2 Manhattan.
Jim Thome drives in 1 – double and Moises Alou drives in the other with a SF but Brian Moehler goes the distance giving up 3 hits (5 walks) and 2 run…..BUT – he’s effectively done for the year….
Manhattan offense was sparked by the return to active play by Jason Kendall – he goes 3 for 4, 4 rbis and a homer (2), runs his average up to .363. Derek Jeter gets 3 hits.
WP Moehler (1-0) LP Mark Gubicza (5-5)
|Series Summary:||Manhattan wins 4 of 6 to move to .500. But most of the wins were against poor pitching teams – the only chance we have. We are home again next week.
*** The Luis Alicea saga – he’s hitting .352/.420/448 in 38 games – but no one wanted him…..
|Cincinnati Outlaws @ Long Beach Titans|
|Series Summary:||Long Beach gives up 64 runs in 5 games but somehow manages to win 1 game.|
|Santa Rosa Beach Bums @ Michigan Mauraders|
|Series Preview:||NL East 2nd place Santa Rosa takes on NL Central 2nd place Michigan.|
|Game #1:||Smoltz v. Nagy – the game is won and lost in the bullpen. both teams exchange runs throughout the game. Michigan wins it in the 9th on an Anderson hit. Anderson had two homers, Casanova with one, and Bernie Williams adds one. Cangelosi with 3 hits for Santa Rosa.
Michigan 5 Santa Rosa 4
|Game #2:||Thompson v. Estes. Estes with a solid 7 innings. Anderson and Palmeiro hit homers for the Mauraders. Williams with 3 RBIs.
Michigan 4 Santa Rosa 1
|Game #3:||Appier v. Gardner. Appier with a solid performance. Rex Hudler hits a big homer. Anderson and Ripken hit homers for Michigan.
Santa Rosa 5 Michigan 3
|Game #4:||Finley vs. Radke. Caminiti, White, and Vanderwal hit homers for the Beach Bums. White with 5 RBIs. Palmeiro, Brosius, and Valle hit homers for Michigan. But, the bullpen falters for Michigan, and Santa Rosa gets the easy victory.
Santa Rosa 11 Michigan 6
|Game #5:||Boskie v. Morgan. Big-hitting day. Anderson, Castilla, and Ripken go yard. Anderson with 4 RBIs. MacFarlane with 3 RBIs. for the visitors.
Michigan 11 Santa Rosa 7
|Game #6:||Smoltz v. Nagy. Smoltz gives up 2 hits and 1 run through 8 innings. Smoltz adds 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Palmeiro hits his 14th homer for Michigan.
Santa Rosa 9 Michigan 3
|Series Summary:||Each team takes three games. Brady Anderson with 4 homers and 9 RBIs in the series.|
|Harper Woods Expos @ DeWitt Tigers|
|Series Summary:||DeWitt and Harper Woods split a 6 game series. DeWitt takes games 1 2 5. Harper Woods 3 4 and 6.|
|Chicago Demolition @ Portland Mavericks|
|Series Preview:||The first-place team in the Central visits the last-place team in the West.|
|Game #1:||Portland knocks Martinez out of the game early and cruises to the win.
POR 10 CHI 5
|Game #2:||CHI 8 POR 3|
|Game #3:||CHI 9 POR 1|
|Game #4:||POR 10 CHI 5|
|Game #5:||CHI 7 POR 3|
|Game #6:||CHI 3 POR 1|
|Series Summary:||Chicago takes 4 of 6 in Portland.|
|Detroit Stars @ Fort Worth Panthers|
|Series Summary:||Panthers win 5 of 6.|
|Castle Rock Hounds @ New Hampshire Nighthawks|
|Game #1:||Troy O’Leary homers and Tim Worrell pitches well for New Hampshire as they take game 1
Nighthawks 2 Hounds 1
|Game #2:||Andy Pettite shuts out the Nighthawks on just 4 hits. Bonds hit his 13th HR as Hounds take game 2.
Hounds 2 Nighthawks 0
|Game #3:||Another low scoring game with Nighthawks manufacturing 2 single runs in the 2nd and 6th. Rueter gives up 1ER in 7.1IP.
Nighthawks 2 Hounds 1
|Game #4:||J.T. Snow’s HR in the 6th proves to be the game-winner. Hounds bullpen gives up 1H in 4.1 to edge NH.
Hounds 7 Nighthawks 6
|Game #5:||Tim Belcher gives up 9R but 0ER!!! 3 errors by NH kills them in this one.
Hounds 9 Nighthawks 6
|Game #6:||Cal Eldred throws a 4-hit SO while the bats put up 7R on 14H. Hounds win easy and take series.
Hounds 7 Nighthawks 0
|Series Summary:||Hounds win series 4-2.|
|Corktown Bootleggers @ California Quakes|
|Series Preview:||Two-second place teams–the two highest-scoring teams in the AL–face off.|
|Series Summary:||Corktown and California split.|