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Castle Rock Hounds @ Chicago Demolition

Series Preview: Chicago is hosting Castle Rock, but I am going to play the series, as Stray is unable to do so. A red-hot Castle Rock squad comes into the Windy City, 9-1 in its last 10 contests. Meanwhile, Chicago is playing its first home series (kind of), and the Demolition fans are thirsting to see some action.
Game #1: Castle Rock jumps out to a 3-0 lead off of sac fly and a two-run homer from Huskey. Chicago gets runners to 3rd base in the first two innings, but can get a run across. Mlicki gets bounced after giving up two more in the 3rd, and he leaves down 5-0. Wilkins comes in and immediately gives up a 3-run homer to Royce Clayton of all people, and it’s 8-0 early. Meanwhile, Bohanon is cruising for Castle Rock, as he goes 7 IP with 1 earned run. The Demolition manage a couple of runs in the 9th, but the final is 11-3, Castle Rock. The Hounds connect for four homers (Bonds, Sveum, Clayton, and Huskey, the 7, 8, and 9 batters each hit one).

WP: Bohanon (1-2)
LP: Mlicki (3-2)

Game #2: g fashion, Womack grounds into a DP, and the Hounds get the win.

WP: Dreifort (2-0)
LP: Radinsky (1-1)
S: Benitez (7)

Game #3: The Demolition fans are still looking for that first home win. Clemens is on the mound facing Mark Clark, so the odds are definitely in Chicago’s favor. Despite that, Castle Rock manages to score two in the first off of the Rocket. They add one more on a Clayton homer in the second. That is all Mark Clark would need, as he goes 9 innings, only allowing 3 hits. The final is 3-0, Colorado. The hard-luck season continues for Roger, who gets no run support.

WP: Clark (4-1)
LP: Clemens (2-4)

Game #4: Can the Hounds keep up this momentum? Dickson vs. Foster in Game 4 looks like an even matchup. The Hounds continue their trend of early-inning runs, plating 3 in the second to take the early lead. But, the Demolition explodes for 6 runs (all unearned) in the 4th to take a 6-3 lead. Chicago bullpen is not threatened and the score stays the same.

WP: Foster (3-3)
LP: Dickson (2-1)
S: Radinsky (4)

Game #5: It is Pettitte vs. Pedro in game 5. Feels like 2003 out there in this classic matchup. In a battle of all-time greats, Bonds leads off the game with a HR off of Pedro. Bonds adds another shot in the 7th, which makes it 5-0 Hounds at that point. Pettitte is looking good until giving up a 2-run homer to Hunter in the 8th, which makes it 5-3. Bonds adds an RBI single to make it 6-3 in the 9th. Benitez comes on to close it, and this one goes to the Hounds, who are now guaranteed a series win.

WP: Pettitte (5-1)
LP: Martinez (3-1)
S: Benitez (8)

Game #6: Castle Rock is looking for a 5-1 series win, while Chicago is trying to salvage a 2-win home series. It’s a rematch of Game One as Mlicki faces off against Bohanon. These Hounds are tough, as they score two runs in the first inning. Mlicki is gone after giving up 5 runs in 2.1 IP and the Demolition bullpen will be stretched. Chicago starts inching back and they make it 5-3 with a Cirillo homer. But, Chicago can’t figure out Dreifort and Benitez at the back of the Castle Rock bullpen, and the final stays at 5-3.

WP: Bohanon (2-2)
LP: Mlicki (3-3)
S: Benitez (9)

Series Summary: A tough home-opening series for the Demolition, as the Hounds come in and take 5 out of 6. It could have easily been a series split. That Castle Rock offense, spearheaded by Bonds, makes it tough for any pitching staff, even one with Pedro and Roger.

Blarney Drive Bandits @ Sugar Land Skeeters

Series Preview: Sugar Land finally gets its home opener after a 28-game road trip (16-12) to start the season.
Series Summary: Sugar Land wins 4 of 6 while getting some lesser-grade pitchers some work in. Hopefully, the schedule makers get over whatever angered them.

Valdosta Bombers @ Hampton Huskies

Series Preview: A tough matchup for Hampton as they take on the Valdosta Bombers and Manny Ramirez for six games.
Game #1: Shane Reynolds just didn’t have it as the Hampton Huskies manhandled him for four innings en route to an 8-2 win.
Reynolds (1-3) gave up seven runs in his four innings of nine-hit ball which included homers by Henry Rodriguez (3) and Kevin Young (6). Young also had a single and double and drove in four runs in the game while Rodriguez’s homer and single netted him 3 RBIs.
Orel Hershiser improved to 3-1 on the year with a pretty solid start in which he gave up two runs on five hits. He fanned six Bombers without giving up a walk and continued to be a target for opposing pitchers as his beaning by Reynolds was already the 7th time this season he was hit by a pitch.
Steve Finley (5) and Scott Servais (1) went deep for Valdosta while Mike Lansing had a couple of hits.
Game #2: This game was not even close when the lineup cards were being handed to the umpires.
Valdosta pummelled anyone that stood near the pitcher’s mound, smashing out 17 hits in an 11-0 wedgie delivered to the Hampton Huskies.
Steve Finley (6) was the only one to go deep for Valdosta in the game and his two singles, double, and homer accounted for 5 RBIs in this one. Bobby Higginson matched his four hits with a pair of doubles and a pair of singles but only drove in one run in the game. Eric Karros also got in on the hit parade with a trio of singles with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Jamie Moyer (5-1) was unnecessarily very good in this game and allowed just two hits with four Ks. He did not walk a batter and never saw a whiff of trouble in his six innings of work.
Tim Belcher fell to 3-4 with five blood-soaked innings of work for Hampton.
Game #3: Jeromy Burnitz’s mammoth blast off Greg McMichael on his first pitch of the 16th inning ended a bullpen draining marathon with the Huskies getting the 5-4 walk-off win.
For Burnitz (6) the home run was his only hit in seven at-bats in the game and saved the Huskies from falling victim to a bullpen collapse in the 8th when the Bombers stormed back from 4-2 to score twice on a Manny Ramirez double that drove in Mike Lansing and Bobby Higginson (each of whom had three hits in the game). For Valdosta, Eric Karros had a hit and drove in a run, and walked three times.
The Huskies had been trailing 2-1 heading into the 7th but Kevin Young (7) quickly changed that with one swing of the bat while there were two on and two outs. Young was in as a pinch hitter for Hampton starter Chan Ho Park at the time. Scott Hatteberg had two doubles and a single in four trips to the plate for Hampton.
Tom Gordon (3-0) got the win for Hampton as the last man standing who could pitch and was the happiest man on the field in the 16th not named Burnitz as he had already thrown 4.2 innings (one hit but five walks) and the last two were on fumes.
Game #4: With basically no one left to pitch for Hampton, game one starter Orel Hershiser was handed the ball to start as he was getting set to have a steak and cheese sub and got pounded as the Bombers evened the series with a deceptively close 9-5 win.
This game was over by the end of the 3rd inning with the Bombers knocking Hershiser around for six runs which included a three-run blast by Eric Karros (8) in the 3rd inning. Mike Lansing (6) also homered for Valdosta in the 6th inning of TJ Mathews when the Bombers were padding their lead with three runs.
Scott Servais had two singles and two doubles and drove in three runs for Valdosta.
Hampton catcher jody Reed (2) hit a solo homer off Valdosta starter Pat Hentgen (4-0) in the 4th inning. Hentgen didn’t have the greatest game of his life (four runs on 8 hits and two walks in 8 innings), but pitched well enough to win with the cushion his hitters gave him.
Game #5: Another game that was not close with the Huskies running roughshod over starting pitcher Bob Tewksbury and reliever Paul Quantrill in a 13-4 victory over Valdosta.
Valdosta was not without strong hitting performances in the game as Bobby Higginson (6), Mike Lansing (7), and Eric Karros (9) all took Hampton pitchers deep in the game, but it was no match for the Huskies’ 15-hit attack that was led by Jeromy Burnitz who hit for the cycle and then just for the heck of it in the 7th inning added his second homer of the game, third of the series and 8th of the year.
Burnitz’s 5/5 performance also saw him score three runs and drive in six … not a bad week. Eric Young had three hits, scored three runs, and drove in a run for Hampton with Kevin Young (8) and Scott Hatteberg (3) adding home runs.
Game #6: As bad as Tim Belcher was in his earlier start in this series, he was great in this one as he blanked the Bombers for 8 innings and then TJ Mathews held off Valdosta’s 9th inning surge to nail down a 2-1 win for the home team.
Belcher (4-4) scattered seven hits and two walks in the game while Mathews earned his first save of the year with a shaky 9th inning in which Steve Finley drove in Eric Karros on back-to-back doubles, but wound up stranded on 2nd base after Mathews struck out Joe Randa and Mark Grudzielanek.
The Huskies opened the scoring in the game in the 4th inning when Al Martin hit a one-out triple and then scored on Jeromy Burnitz’s ground out. The eventual game-winning run came in the 7th inning when Burnitz reached on a fielder’s choice with one out, advanced to second base on Scott Hatteberg’s ground out and then scored on Tony Clark’s single to right field.
Series Summary: A very tough series marked by two very close games and four games that were never close with Hampton pulling out wins in four of six. Jeromy Burnitz didn’t play in the first two games of the series but finished with seven hits including 3 homers to go with seven runs scored and 9 RBIs. Mike Lansing also had a very good series for Valdosta with 11 hits including two home runs and he drove in 4.

Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ California Quakes

Series Summary: California wins 5 of 6 from visiting Flossmoor, all 1 or 2 run games.

Corktown Bootleggers @ Detroit Stars

Series Summary: Detroit wins the series 5-1 over Corktown.

Hollywood Vampires @ DeWitt Tigers

Series Summary: DeWitt sweeps Hollywood. Alfonseca with four saves. Every starter for DeWitt got the win in their game.

Santa Rosa Beach Bums @ Long Beach Titans

Game #1: Long Beach got HRs from Strange and Hammonds for an early lead and went on to a 9-1 win. Blauser had 4 hits and 3 RBI to lead the offense. Garcia pitched into the 7th and improved to 5-0.
Game #2: Santa Rosa built an 8-2 lead in the 7th behind HRs by Alomar, Thomas, Caminiti & Sanders. In the bottom of the inning, Long Beach got 2 run HRs by Justice & Hammonds to cut the lead to 8-6. In the 8th Long Beach loaded the bases but couldn’t score. In the 9th after King singled, Hammonds followed with another 2-run bomb tying the game. In the bottom of the 11th, Oliver singled in Justice to give the Titans a walk-off 9-8 win.
Game #3: This was a 2-2 game into the 8th when Santa Rosa took the lead on a Boggs throwing error. In the bottom of the inning Long Beach came back and tied the game on a Blauser run-scoring hit. It was still 3-3 in the 11th when Loretta singled in PR Encarnacion to give the Beach Bums a 4-3 win.
Game #4: Hammonds hit a 2 run HR in the 7th increasing Long Beach’s lead to 4-1 which ended up being the final score. Benes struck out 11 over 6 2/3 in picking up his first win of the season.
Game #5: Long Beach took a 2-0 lead into the 7th on a Justice HR and a DiFelice run-scoring 2B. They were feeling pretty good with Cordova throwing a no-hitter, but Thomas led off the inning with a HR. Long Beach got an insurance run in the bottom of the inning when Justice doubled in Santangelo. In the 9th White homered to cut the lead to 3-2 but with Caminiti on first, Karchner came in and got Alomar to end the game.
Game #6: Long Beach scored 5 in the first inning and rolled to an 11-5 win. Blauser had 4 hits to lead the 16 hit attack. Oliver added a HR and 3 RBI as Garcia picked up his second win of the series.
Series Summary: Long Beach won 5 of the 6 games.

New Hampshire Nighthawks @ Fort Worth Panthers

Series Summary: Nighthawks take the first two games including winning game 2 in the 10th inning. Panthers take the last 4 including two games won in the 10th inning.

Portland Mavericks @ Harper Woods Expos

Series Summary: The Expos sweep the Mavericks.

Manhattan Gas Hornets @ Michigan Mauraders

Series Preview: A good Manhattan team comes to Michigan for 6 games.
Game #1: Michigan 10 Manhattan 3

Estes wins his first game of the year and Mulholland takes the loss. Brosius, Castilla, and Clark hit homers. Brosius with 3 RBIs. Hollins hits a homer for Manhattan.

Game #2: Manhattan 10 Michigan 2

Watson wins his 3rd, and Gardner takes his 2nd loss. Jeter with 4 RBIs and 3 hits. Durham with a homer in addition to two other hits.

Game #3: Manhattan 4 Michigan 2

Reed with his 4th win and Nagy takes his 3rd loss. Harris with 3 hits for Manhattan.

Game #4: Michigan 5 Manhattan 4

Radke throws a complete game and earns his 2nd victory. Ripken hits his 5th homer. Martinez with 3 homers for Manhattan, and has their only 3 hits. Moehler takes the loss.

Game #5: Michigan 11 Manhattan 4

Ripken and Boone hit homers. Edmonds with 4 hits. Morris with his 1st loss. Livan Hernandez gets the win. Boone and Ripken with 3 RBIs.

Game #6: Manhattan 9 Michigan 8

Manhattan with 4 runs in the 7th for a comeback win. Martinez with 3 RBIs. Jeter with a homer and Telford gets the win in relief.

Series Summary: The series is split.

Steel City Sluggers @ Winnipeg Goldeyes

Series Preview: Battle of two good teams, Steel City and Winnipeg.
Game #1: Lopez homer 4-1 Winnipeg.
Game #2: walk-off in the 9th by Franco 2-1 Winnipeg.
Game #3: Steel City wins 5-3 in the 12th.
Game #4: Steel City wins 5-4 in the 11th
Game #5: Thompson pitches a 1 hitter(Bogar) walking none and striking out 5. Winnipeg scores only 2 but was enough as Ventura homered.
Game #6: McGwire grand slam as Winnipeg wins 6-2.
Series Summary: Winnipeg manages to win 4 of the 6 vs Steel City. Pitcher of the Week Thompson 1 hit 9 innings 28 batters faced.

Cincinnati Outlaws @ Stockton Wings

Series Summary:  Stockton wins 4 of 6.

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