1996 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #15
|Manhattan Gas Hornets @ Winnipeg Goldeyes|
|Series Preview:||Tale of two divisions Manhattan would be in second place in the NL West but in the East they are last. Winnipeg is first in the west and is cruising half way threw the year. Winnipeg is likely not as good as its record and Manhattan is not as bad as theirs.|
|Game #1:||Glavine was cruising 6th nothing but in the 7th Livingston hits a pinch-hit grand slam. With Winnipeg up 7-4 in the 9th and the Winnipeg pen gives up 4 runs and loses as Durham hits a 3 run homer off Shaw. 8-7 Gas Hornets|
|Game #2:||Winnipeg losses again 8-3 as Jeter homers.|
|Game #3:||Bottenfield improves to 5-0 as Winnipeg gets a Ventura walk-off in the 9th. Winnipeg wins 5-4|
|Game #4:||Game 1 revenge Gas Hornets up 9-3 in the 8th but the pen gives up 7 runs in the 8th to lose 10-9|
|Game #5:||Lofton walks it off in the 9th as Winnipeg wins 4-3|
|Game #6:||Winnipeg wins its 4th 1 run game int a row as Frye drives in the winner in the 10th. 5-4 Winnipeg|
|Series Summary:||Gas Hornets outscore Winnipeg in the series but lose 4 1 run games(three walk-offs) as the Goldeyes take the series 4-2. sadly no player of the week types,|
|Corktown Bootleggers @ Chicago Demolition|
|Series Preview:||Two evenly matched-up teams showdown in the windy city of Chicago for 6 games before the All-Star Break.|
|Game #1:||Todd Stottlemyre craps the bed and allows 9 Runs, 8 Earned in 7 Innings. Ellis Burks has a Home Run & 3-RBI’s for the Bootleggers. Carlos Delgado is 3 for 5 with 2 Home Runs & 5 RBI’s in the losing cause for Chicago.
Final Score: Corktown 10 – Chicago 9
Win: Jamie Bluma 1-0 (0.00)
|Game #2:||Steve Trachsel improves to 9-5 for the Bootleggers. Best game of the series for both squads.
Final Score: Corktown 4 – Chicago 2
Win: Steve Trachsel 9-5 (3.91)
|Game #3:||Ramon Martinez goes down after 1 Inning Pitched, but the Bootleggers offense lead by Albert Belle’s 2 for 4 with 2 Home Runs & 5 RBI’s lead the way. Juan Guzman suffers his first loss of the season for Chicago.
Final Score: Corktown 11 – Chicago 2
Win: Heathcliff Slocumb 2-1 (1.75)
|Game #4:||A solo Home Run by Ellis Burks in the 11th Inning wins it for the Bootleggers.
Final Score: Corktown 4 – Chicago 3 (11 Innings)
Win: Jamie Bluma 2-0 (0.00)
|Game #5:||After being up 6-0 with a No-Hit bid in the top of the 6th, Roger Clemens implodes. Albert Belle with a Home Run & 3 RBI’s, Jamie Bluma wins his 3rd game of the series & the year.
Final Score: Corktown 4 – Chicago 3 (11 Innings)
Win: Jamie Bluma 3-0 (0.00)
|Game #6:||James Baldwin is masterful for 8.1 Innings before giving way to Heathcliff Slocumb for 2/3’s of an Inning as the Bootleggers show no mercy.
Final Score: Corktown 4 – Chicago 0
Win: James Baldwin 8-4 (3.39)
|Series Summary:||Chicago forgot how to play as they headed into the break losing 7 of 10 & allowing Detroit to creep into first place at the All-Star Break.|
|Castle Rock Hounds @ Harper Woods Expos|
|Series Preview:||Castle Rock is in town for 6 games.|
|Game #1:||Expos win game one 7-1
W Astascio 8-4 3.19 era
L Miranda 2-9 7.79 era
|Game #2:||Expos take game two 3-1
W Grace 6-4 4.70 era
L Dickson 3-3 3.92 era
|Game #3:||Hounds take it 7-6 in 10
W Hermanson 1-0 3.86 era
L Cook 4-3 2.92 era
|Game #4:||Expos get back in the win column 9-3
W Mussina 7-7 3.86 era
L Rogers 4-9 4.51 era
|Game #5:||Hounds win 11-4
W Petite 9-5 3.45 era
L Salkeld 4-8 4.66 era
|Game #6:||Harper Woods wins the final game 7-3
W Astascio 9-4 3.22 era
L Miranda 2-10 7.75 era
|Series Summary:||Harper Woods goes 4 and 2 against Castle Rock|
|Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ Fort Worth Panthers|
|Series Preview:||Two of the AL’s best teams meet to close out the first half before meeting again before meeting again for a makeup game on Tuesday afternoon.
Panthers enter the series in first place in the AL West 1 game ahead of the California Quakes. Ft. Worth is 3rd in batting average at .275, 4th in slugging, 4th in on-base percentage, and leading in ERA 3.29. Their home record is 30-10
For the Flying Squirrels, they enter the series in first place in the AL East 7.5 games in front of Corktown. On the league leader boards Flossmoor is 5th in batting average at .270, 3rd in runs, 3rd in stolen bases with 46, and 3rd in ERA at 3.44. Their road record is 25 and 14
|Game #1:||Gary Sheffield doubled home two runs in the first while a trio of Panthers hit solo home runs as Ft. Worth easily took game 1 by a score of 6-1|
|Game #2:||Andy Ashby pitched a complete game allowing only 4 hits for the Flying Squirrels, but unfortunately one of those hits was a 3 run blast by Fred McGriff and Kevin Brown continued his pitching dominance striking out 10 batters in 7 innings as the Panther’s win a pitcher’s duel 3-1|
|Game #3:||Thomas Howard entered the game hitting only .161 for the Panthers, but he would hit for the cycle going 4 for 4 with 4 RBI’s raising his average to a Mendoza line respectable .198. He got a triple in the 2nd, a home run in the 5th, a single in the 6th, and a double in the 7th. Six other Panthers drove in runs as well as Ft. Worth routes Flossmoor 11 to 3|
|Game #4:||Thomas Howard entered the game hitting only .161 for the Panthers, but he would hit for the cycle going 4 for 4 with 4 RBI’s raising his average Mendoza line respectable .198. He got a triple in the 2nd, a home run in the 5th, a single in the 6th, and a double in the 7th. Six other Panthers drove in runs as well as Ft. Worth routes Flossmoor 11 to 3|
|Game #5:||Greg Maddux had a rough 2nd inning as the bottom of the Panther order got him for 3 runs, but the Flying Squirrels scored the last 6 runs of the game to end their 4-game skid. Maddux stroke out 7 in 7 and two thirds. Flossmoor wins 6 to 3|
|Game #6:||It was a two-man wrecking crew for the Panthers as both Gary Sheffield and Kevin Elster homered twice to offset a shaky starter by Ft. Worth starter Drabek. Sheffield got his 22 and 23 homers in the first and third – the second one putting the Panthers back in front 4 to 3. Elster hit a solo home run in the 4th, but his big blast came with two on and two outs in the 7th, “SHEFFIELD takes his lead at third … the pitch … swung on … hit deep to left field could be trouble … BERROA’s racing back … it’s gone! … he got all of that one Kevin trots around the bases … he loves a trip downtown … he claps his hands he’s greeted at home plate … congratulations all around PANTHERS 8, FLYING SQUIRRELS 7” Both hitters drove in 4 runs each as the Panthers come from behind to take the final 9 to 7.|
|Series Summary:||Ft. Worth outscores Flossmoor 36 to 21 winning 5 of 6 going one game ahead for the best record in the AL. Before the two teams can relax for the break they have a make-up game in Flossmoor. Scheduled starters are Kevin Brown for the Panthers and Andy Ashby for the Flying Squirrels.|
|Valdosta Bombers @ Long Beach Titans|
|Series Summary:||Long Beach gets swept at home by Valdosta.|
|Detroit Stars @ Portland Mavericks|
|Series Preview:||Detroit 52-35 visits Portland 30-57|
|Game #1:||Detroit just demolishes Portland, with 21 hits and 18 runs.
DET 18 POR 3
|Game #2:||Portland never really gets close again (though 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th decreased the margin to 2), and the Stars shine again.
DET 5 POR 3
|Game #3:||Pete Schourek pitches a 4-hit shutout for Detroit, as they get another easy win.
DET 4 POR 0
|Game #4:||Portland bounces back to get a win sprinkling runs in 5 innings.
POR 7 DET 2
|Game #5:||Portland bats get red hot.
POR 12 DET 2
|Game #6:||Detroit scores 4 runs in the first inning, and cruise to a win.
DET 7 POR 4
|Series Summary:||Detroit wins 4 of 6.|
|Hampton Huskies @ Michigan Mauraders|
|Series Preview:||Hampton comes to Michigan for 6.|
|Game #1:||Estes and Gordon are dueling until the 6th. The Huskies break loose with 3 in the 6th off of Estes. Martin had a 3 run double. Later, in the game, Stanley hits a homer.
Hampton 4 Michigan 0 – Gordon with a complete game shutout.
|Game #2:||Radke vs. Langston. Michigan starts off hot early. They score 5 in the 2nd inning. Rodriguez and Tettleton hit homers for Hampton. For Michigan, they get Bernie Williams with a homer and 3 RBIs.
Michigan 10 Hampton 5
|Game #3:||Nagy vs. Hershiser. Michigan narrowly wins. They score 4 in the 8th, and Hampton scores 4 in the 9th to make it a 1 run game. Mike Stanley with 2 homers and 4 RBIs for the Huskies. Jim Edmonds with 3 RBIs on a big pinch hit.
Michigan 7 Hampton 6
|Game #4:||Gardner vs. Maddux. Maddux is tired, but it doesn’t matter. Michigan’s pitching gets bombed. Tettleton and Stocker hit homers. Surhoff with 4 hits. Hampton has 20 hits for the game.
Hampton 15 Michigan 4
|Game #5:||Michigan with 8 in the 1st. Hampton comes back within one. But, Jim Edmonds puts the game away with a homer. Brady Anderson hit a grand slam in the 1st inning.
Michigan 11 Hampton 8
|Game #6:||Radke throws a 3 hit shutout. Rafael Palmeiro hits a 2 run homer in the 1st inning.
Michigan 2 Hampton 0
|Series Summary:||Michigan wins 4 of 6 from Hampton.|
|Santa Rosa Beach Bums @ Blarney Drive Bandits|
|Series Preview:||Santa Rosa, 2nd place in the NL East, visits well below .500 Blarney.|
|Series Summary:||Visitors take the first 3 games. Smoltz starts game 4 and is up 5-0 quickly until the 4th when the Bandits ambush for 9! The Beach Bums scratch back the difference to tie it up in the 9th. Hidden Power Source Quilvio Veras wins it the thriller with a walk-off 3 run bomb. That would be the Bandits only victory as Da’ Bums win 5.|
|Stockton Wings @ Sugar Land Skeeters|
|Series Summary:||Series is a split, 3 games apiece.|
|DeWitt Tigers @ California Quakes|
|Series Summary:||Sacramento sweeps visiting DeWitt. Four games decided by 1 run–it was a very close series, despite the outcome.|
|New Hampshire NIght Hawks @ Mexico City Chihuahuas|
|Series Summary:||Mexico City loses 5 of 6 despite allowing only 3 runs in the final 3 games of the series.|
|X Steel City Sluggers @ Cincinnati Outlaws|
|Series Summary:||Cincinnati loses 4 of 6 to Steel City.|