1996 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #11
|Harper Woods Expos @ Castle Rock Hounds|
|Series Preview:||A battle of two third-place teams this week as Harper Woods faces Castle Rock.|
|Game #1:||Mike Mussina vs. Andy Pettitte as the two long-time teammates face off on opposite sides. While Pettitte has a better grade this year, Mussina gets the better of the match-up as the Expos take it 6-4. The key was a 3-run homer by Grissom in a 6-run 7th inning.
WP: Mussina (5-3)
LP: Pettitte (7-3)
S: Cook (3)
|Game #2:||The Expos outmuscle the Hounds again, putting up 8 runs, aided by two big innings. The Hounds manage to get the tying run to the plate in the 9th, but Harper Woods holds on.
WP: Grace (4-3)
|Game #3:||Apparently the Hounds have forgotten that they are a .500 ball club, as they drop another one to Harper Woods, and it’s not even close. The team is now 9 games under .500 at home and 6 games above .500 on the road. Only the home manager to blame for that. The final is 8-2 Expos.
WP: Erickson (4-6)
LP: Small (2-1)
|Game #4:||This is just not Castle Rock’s week, as the Expos take it to them again, this time by a 7-3 count. Hayes and Grebeck(!) homer for the Expos and Astacio pitches a quality start.
WP: Astacio (5-4)
LP: Rogers (3-6)
S: Eckersley (8)
|Game #5:||Can the Hounds salvage some level of dignity in Game 5? The answer is yes! Eldred pitched eight strong innings and Adams comes on to finish it off. Bonds extend his on-base streak to 41 games, which is pretty impressive. The final is 4-2.
WP: Eldred (3-2)
|Game #6:||Maybe this series won’t be too bad if the Hounds can eke out a win in Game 6. Pettitte, the staff ace, takes the mound. The Hounds jump all over Mercker and have 11 hits (and 6 runs) through 3 innings. The Hounds add one more, and the game is never close. 7-2 is the final.
WP: Pettitte (8-3)
LP: Mercker (0-2)
|Series Summary:||It is a tale of two series, as the Expos look great in the first four and the Hounds manage to take the last two.|
|Fort Worth Panthers @ Flossmoor Flying Squirrels|
|Series Preview:||Battle of first-place teams in the American League|
|Game #1:||Flossmoor blows a three-run lead in the ninth only to walk it off in the bottom half of the inning for a 7-6 win.|
|Game #2:||The rain-shortened affair as Fort Worth gets a 4-2 win in five innings.|
|Game #3:||Maddux cruises through eight innings and the offense does enough to give the Squirrels a 6-3 win. The Flossmoor ace is now 8-2 with a 1.89 ERA.|
|Game #4:||Once again the Panthers tie it up in the top of the ninth and the Squirrels walk it off in the bottom half and win it 3-2|
|Game #5:||This one was a pitchers duel, as it was 1-0 home side into the 8th inning. Panthers get one to tie it in the top half, but the Squirrels get one in the bottom half and Mohler shut them down in the 9th for the save and a 2-1 FFS win.|
|Game #6:||The only lopsided affair of the series has Fort Worth cruising to a 6-0 win behind 8 shutout innings from Osborn.|
|Series Summary:||Flossmoor takes four out of six in the battle of first-place teams and is now a league-best 46-17 on the season.|
|Michigan Mauraders @ Hampton Huskies|
|Series Preview:||Two very similar teams with high octane offenses and suspect pitching met for six games as the Hampton Huskies (3rd NL East 31-27) hosted the Michigan Marauders (3rd NL Central 30-28).|
|Game #1:||Rafael (What me do steroids?) Palmeiro and Brady (how the hell did I ever hit 50 homers) Anderson went back-to-back in the 1st inning and that was all the Marauders needed as Shawn Estes easily handled the Huskies in a 4-1 Michigan win.
Estes’ biggest obstacle in the game was his aching shoulder which prompted two visits to the mound with the last one resulting in him leaving in the 7th inning with a 4-0 lead. He wound up with a 23-day stint on the DL but did come away with the win to improve to 2-2.
Palmeiro had three hits on the day and missed the cycle by a triple. He scored twice and drove in two.
Estes gave up just two hits in his 6.1 innings and struck out seven while walking two. Dan Plesac pitched the 9th and earned his 7th save of the year after bailing Kirk McCaskill out of a jam with none out and runners on 2nd and 3rd.
Tom Gordon dropped to 3-7 after allowing all four runs in five innings. He fanned six and gave up seven hits. Hampton’s lone run was scored off Kirk McCaskill in the bottom of the 9th on an RBI double by Henry Rodriguez.
|Game #2:||A back and forth game with the two teams pummelling each others pitchers for a combined 17 runs on 28 hits, but it was Michigan that wound up winning again 9-8.
Michael Tucker (4) homered twice and doubled while Brady Anderson (21) added a 3-run shot in the 4th inning to lead the Marauders. Tucker and Cal Ripken each had three hits on the day. Some nice batting averages for Michigan to date with Rafael Palmeiro at .345, Anderson at .351, and Ripken at .343.
Jeff Parrett hung on to get the last three Hampton outs to earn his 5th save of the year for Michigan.
Orel Hershiser (7-4) was super shaky through 5-1/3 innings for Hampton and allowed seven runs on 10 hits and four walks and only struck out two. Showing his age perhaps?
Al Martin (5) and Brian McRae (9) homered for Hampton with Martin driving in three runs. Mickey Tettleton continued to make a case to start at 1st base ahead of Tony Clark with three hits and an RBI.
|Game #3:||Michigan took another step towards a sweep by giving poor Jose Paniagua a hard time in his first start of the season as the Marauders trampled the Huskies 5-1.
Raffy Palmeiro had four hits including a double and scored three times to lead the Michigan attack with Bernie Williams, Vinny Castilla, Scott Brosius and Chris Hoiles each chipping in with two hits.
Brad Radke (5-5) went the distance scattering six hits and a walk while striking out eight.
Henry Rodriguez provided the only offense for Hampton with his 18th homer of the season in the 5th inning.
|Game #4:||Team trampling shifted gears into reverse as the Huskies exploded for four runs in the 6th inning against reliever Toby Borland in an 8-2 Hampton win over Michigan.
Al Martin (6) and Brian McRae (10) combined again to homer off Borland and starter Kirk McCaskill who was knocked out for five days after taking a Henry Rodriguez line drive off his leg. Martin had three hits on the day and drove in four runs while McRae also had three hits and scored once and drove in one and stole his 11th base of the year. Mike Stanley was hitless but scores twice as a result of three walks on the day.
Matt Ruebl (5-3) pitched solidly for six innings to earn the win. He gave up five hits and a walk while striking out four.
|Game #5:||The momentum swing continued with Henry Rodriguez cranking out three hits including his 19th home run of the season in a 9-3 Hampton win.
Kevin Stocker had three doubles on the day and scored three runs with one driven in to win the award for a supporting role.
Mark Langston (6-2) continued to rebound from his crappy season start to pitch seven strong innings where he allowed just one run on six hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Charles Nagy (4-4) got the L for five innings of four-run ball in which he walked two and struck out the same number. He gave up five hits including the homer to Rodriguez.
Scott Brosius (6) homered for the Marauders and drove in all three runs.
|Game #6:||Alas although there was trampling it was Tom Gordon and the Huskies that got crushed under the wagon wheels as Michigan ended the series with a resounding 8-1 win.
The Marauders were indiscriminate in their abuse of Hampton pitching with Bernie Williams (12), Jim Edmonds (7) and Scott Brosius (7) each homering off a different pitcher.
Brosius had another big game at the dish with three hits and three RBIs. The Marauders had yet another injury bug bite them with Brady Anderson getting plonked in the melon by TJ Mathews late in the game for a resulting three day injury.
Brian McRae (11) homered for the 3rd time in the series for Hampton. Yee-haw.
Steve Avery improved to 5-4 on the year with 8 innings of seven hit ball. He walked one and fanned four.
|Series Summary:||Only one close game in the series but it was close enough that the series could easily have been a 3-3 split, but instead Michigan takes it 4-2.
To quote Rob Schneider’s great Water boy quote “Oh no – we suck again!”
With the offense, each of these teams has either could be nearing the contender zone if they could just add a top-flight starting pitcher.
|Portland Mavericks @ Detroit Stars|
|Series Summary:||Detroit beats Portland 5 games to1 to win the series.|
|Chicago Demolition @ Corktown Bootleggers|
|Game #1:||Corktown 9-2|
|Game #2:||ChiChicago 4-1cago 4-1|
|Game #3:||Chicago 15-5|
|Game #4:||Chicago 3-2|
|Game #5:||Corktown 11-5|
|Game #6:||Chicago 8-1|
|Series Summary:||Chicago comes into Corktown and takes 4 of 6. Corktown falls even further out of the East.|
|Winnipeg Goldeyes @ Manhattan Gas Hornets|
|Series Preview:||Last place (NL East) vs. 1st place (NL West) as Winnipeg comes to the Big Apple. If we only had some pitching, what might be – then again, the Goldeyes seem to have it all…|
|Game #1:||Curt Schilling goes 8, gives up 6 hits, fans 11 and lets no one score. And since Robin Ventura homers (13) and drives in 3 with 2 hits, and Omar Vizquel doubles a couple of times and drives in 2, the game wasn’t close. FINAL 6-0 Winnipeg. Sterling Hitchcock loses and goes to 3-2.|
|Game #2:||The same number of runs scored in this one, but Dave Martinez drives in 1 for Manhattan so they only lose by a total of 5-1. Rich Becker appears all over the boxscore in this one. He doubles, triples and drives in 2. Edgardo Alfonzo gets 2 singles and drives in 2, and Omar Vizquel gets 2 more hits (and a rbi) to account for the 5 Goldeyes runs. Tom Glavine goes 8, 5 hits, 1 run, 6 ks and the win (6-4), Jeff Shaw tosses the 9th (2 outs worth) to earn a save (6) as Winnipeg takes this one 5-1.|
|Game #3:||Manhattan continues its lack of offense but it was the stellar pitching of Hank Flener as he takes a no-hitter into the 9th. (more on that later – does he? or doesn’t he?). Winnipeg gets an unearned run in the 4th and then Javy Lopez unloads a 2 run shot (4) in the 6th making it 3-0 and that’s how it is going into the bottom of the 9th. Luis Alicea leads off the 9th pinch-hitting and…he triples! So Flener leaves, Jeff Shaw comes on. Shaw gives up a 1 out hit to Derek Jeter and it’s 3-1, but then he gets the final 2 outs and the Goldeyes win it 3-1. WP Flener (5-0), S Shaws; LP Haney (6-5)|
|Game #4:||Winnipeg starts a high grade (based on Manhattan standards) pitcher in Tom Candiotti (5) and the Gas Hornets take advantage. BUT – the Goldeyes do give Candiotti a 2-0 lead in the 1st, but the Gas Hornets retaliate with 4 in their half. Then another run in the 2nd – and after Winnipeg cuts it to 5-4 after 5 – the Gas Hornets get another 4 run inning in the 6th to put it away (well, they still have to have some pitching accomplishments to keep the score under control). And they do, when it’s over, it’s 10-5 MANHATTAN (27 combined hits).
Omar Vizquel goes 4 for 5 with 2 more RBIs! Lenny Harris, Tino Martinez, and Jason Kendall combine for 8 hits and 6 RBIs pacing the Gas Hornets attack. Terry Mulholland gets the win (4-4) and Candiotti takes the loss (4-6).
|Game #5:||Manhattan gets 1 in the 1st but Winnipeg gets single runs in the 3rd and 4th to gain a 2-1 lead. Robin Ventura cracks his 2nd homer of the week (14) as part of those 2 runs. Andy Benes is pitching well until he isn’t and that occurs in the 6th where he gives up 3 runs courtesy of a Benito Santiago homer (8). Then the Gas Hornets tee off on Buddy Groom in the 7th for 3 more sending them to a 7-2 win. Dave Martinez and Tino Martinez each get 2 hits and 2 RBIs. WP Alan Watson (6-4), LP Andy Benes (5-4)|
|Game #6:||Well for some reason the Gas Hornets thought they might get a split! They do give up 2 runs in the 1st and 2 more in the 3rd – but they manage 3 of their own in the bottom of the 3rd – helped by the 1st of 2 homers (5,6) by Ernie Young. However, there were a few factors to consider. 1: Omar Vizquel returns to getting hits – 3 of them and driving in 2. 2: Robin Ventura getting 3 hits and driving in 2. 3: THE BIGGIE – Curt Schilling – he pitches 7 and does get tagged for 8 hits and does give up 5 runs BUT he also goes 3 for 5 at the plate, scoring 3 times (funny how his 2 speed can always beat the throws home) and he drives in 2 runs. What he struggled with in pitching, he made up in hitting. OH – it also didn’t hurt that Rich Becker went 4 for 6, scored 3 times, stole a base AND drove in 3 runs. Or that Kenny Lofton gets 3 hits, SB, scores 2, drives in 2. Of the 19 Winnipeg hits, 2 were doubles, the rest singles (and they also drew 7 walks and 1 HBP). Boy, there are some choice words for Manhattan’s pitching, but they can’t be printed.
WP Schilling – he’s a perfect 7-0. Sterling Hitchcock loses to him again and drops to 3-3
|Series Summary:||So we do manage to win 2 of 6 – but couldn’t keep up with Winnipeg’s far better pitching.|
|Blarney Drive Bandits @ Santa Rosa Beach Bums|
|Series Preview:||A series between two-second place teams looking for a wild card.|
|Series Summary:||Bandits bats were stolen and replaced with balsa bats as they suffer through 5 straight shutouts. MacFarlane had the series of his life 9-17 6R 14RBI 6HR 0W 3K|
|Cincinnati Outlaws @ Steel City Sluggers|
|Series Summary:||A tough Cincy squad comes to town and leaves with 4 wins. We’re lucky to come out with 2.|
|California Quakes @ DeWitt Tigers|
|Series Summary:||California comes into DeWitt and takes 5 of 6.|
|Mexico City Chihuahuas @ New Hampshire Nighthawks|
|Game #1:||Nighthawks bats pound out 12 runs on 18 hits as they rout Mexico City in game 1.
Nighthawks 12 Chihuahuas 3
|Game #2:||Mexico City gets 4 runs on 8 singles. Nighthawks strand a thousand runners as Mexico City handles this one.
Chihuahuas 4 Nighthawks 1
|Game #3:||Johnny Damon goes 2-5 with an HR, Aaron Sele goes 7 innings to get the win.
Nighthawks 8 Chihuahuas 5
|Game #4:||Ed Sprague hits his 17th HR of the season and Tim Belcher gets his 5th win of the season. Nighthawks win again.
Nighthawks 7 Chihuahuas 4
|Game #5:||Isringhausen throws a 5-hit shutout for his first win of the season.
Chihuahuas 4 Nighthawks 0
|Game #6:||Tyler Houston goes 2-4 with 2 RBI to lead the charge for the Nighthawks in the Series Finale.
Nighthawks 5 Chihuahuas 3
|Series Summary:||Nighthawks win this version of the Toilet Bowl 4-2.|
|Sugar Land Skeeters @ Stockton Wings|
|Series Preview:||Sugar Land @ Stockton for 6 games.|
|Game #1:||STO10 – SLS 4
HR: SLS–Griffey; STO–Wilkins
|Game #2:||SLS 6 – STO 5 (10 inn.)
HR: SLS–Griffey; STO–McCracken, Greene
|Game #3:||SLS 7 – STO 1
|Game #4:||SLS 5 – STO3 (10 innings.)
HR: SLS–Alou; STO–R. Jefferson
|Game #5:||STO 8 -SLS 5
HR: SLS–Thome; STO–Andrews
|Game #6:||SLS 6 – STO 3
|Series Summary:||SLS takes the series 4 games to 2.|
|Long Beach Titans @ Valdosta Bombers|
|Series Summary:||Bombers stay hot as they take 5 of 6 from Long Beach.|