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1997 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #8

John_Valentin97Roger_Clemens97Dave_Hollins97Carlos_Perez97

NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
VALENTIN,John CAL  AL .423 .846 6 26 11 2 0 3 5 11 3 1 0 0 0 1
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
CLEMENS,Roger CHI  AL 2 2 0 0 0.50 18 1 1 2 20 2 0 0 0 0 1
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
HOLLINS,Dave MGH  NL .474 .526 4 19 9 1 0 0 3 7 4 1 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
PEREZ,Carlos LBT  NL 2 2 0 0 0.56 16 1 1 9 9 5 0 0 0 1 0

Long Beach Titans @ Hampton Huskies

Series Preview: First place Long Beach slums it out in Hampton to take on the Huskies for six games.
Game #1: Fricking Carlos Perez.
Perez (4-0) continues to expose the Huskies Achilles heel when it comes to facing southpaws as he holds them to one run on four hits over seven innings and the pen does the rest as the visiting Titans strangled Hampton 4-1.
Joe Nunnally had a triple and a homer to pace the winners’ offense – the homer was his 6th of the season and led off the game against Orel Hershiser (3-4) who really did not pitch badly – two runs on seven hits and three walks with seven Ks.
Jose Vidro added a couple of doubles and scored a run and Alan Embree picked up Save #4 with a scoreless 9th.
Tony Clark was the only Hampton hitter that showed up today with two hits and drove in the lone Hampton run.
Game #2: Jeff Juden continued to exceed Hampton’s expectations as he gave up one measly unearned runs over seven innings as the Huskies held off the Titans 6-3.
Juden (4-1) struck out 8 in the game without giving up a walk and lowered his ERA to 2.43.
Tony Clark added another multi-hit game with a 3/4 performance which included a double. He also scored once and drove in a run. Juden smacked a double in the 4th off Titans’ starter Alan Benes (2-5) which drove in two runs.
Game #3: The Huskies could do absolutely nothing against Francisco Cordova as the Titans’ right-hander held Hampton to one hit … until the bottom of the 8th inning when they churned out five hits and a couple of walks to come from behind and stun Long Beach 4-2.
Scott Hatteberg cleared the loaded bases with a double in the bottom of the 8th to put the Huskies ahead.
The one good inning spoiled an otherwise great start for Cordova who dropped to 3-1.
The Huskies bailed out starter Tom Gordon and saved him the indignity of pitching really well (two runs, five hits, one walk, 7 strikeouts) and getting tagged with the loss. Arthur Rhodes tossed a perfect 9th and fanned two to get his 6th save.
Game #4: Tim Belcher’s “crud ball” was dancing like a Brazilian pole dancer during Carnivale as he scattered seven singles over eight innings in a 2-0 shutout of the Titans.
Belcher (6-4) walked three and struck out five in the game but was never really in any trouble even though the Titans doubled the Huskies in hits 8-4.
Hampton got both its runs early off Long Beach starter Ramon Garcia (6-2) with Tony Clark getting an RBI single to drive in Bill Mueller and then Scott Hatteberg hit a deep fly ball that brought in Jeromy Burnitz from 3rd base.
The Huskies won the game with only four singles and marked the beginning of the end of the offense for the home team in this series.
Arthur Rhodes (7) tossed a scoreless 9th for the save.
Game #5: Chan Ho Park’s pitches dances like a beached walrus with Jeff King doing the honors for Long Beach and putting the Huskies out of their misery early with a first-inning grand slam as part of the 9-0 drubbing of Hampton.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa got the rare start for Long beach but only hung around into the 3rd inning before coming down with a minor arm injury.
King’s slam was his 4th homer of the season and was his only hit in the game as he continued to struggle at the plate with a .187 average. David Justice was a perfect 3/3 with a double, two singles, and two RBIs – giving him a crazy 39 on the year.
Park (2-7) continued to do as he had the past four season for Hampton … sucked the big one … and was yanked after three innings in which he spotted Long Beach to a 5-0 lead.
Glenallen Hill and Billy Ripken each had two hits for Long Beach with Ripken getting two RBIs.
Game #6: Long Beach blanked Hampton for the second straight game with fricking Carlos Perez again mystifying the Hampton hitters with a five-hitter 2-0.
Perez (5-0) fanned three and walked three so he wasn’t overpowering but Hampton was just impotent in the game and ran themselves out of a couple of potential rallies thanks to Joe Oliver throwing out Eric Young and Brian McRae – probably the two fastest guys on the Hampton team so good for you!
Kevin Stocker had two hits for the losers.
David Justice smashed his 16th homer of the season and it came off Orel Hershiser (3-5) with two outs in the first inning. Jeff King drove in the other Titans’ run with a single in the 6th with Joe Nunnally scoring.
Series Summary: A series split and a dying offense so we will take it. Frigging left-handers just continue to kill my hitting.

Cincinnati Outlaws @ Manhattan Gas Hornets

Series Preview: Cincinnati is off to a terrible start in the rebuilding year, but they’re not as bad as Hollywood!! Can their weak pitching hold off the high hitting of Manhattan, enough maybe to catch some weak Gas Hornets pitching……
Game #1: Looked like the Outlaws were trying to steal this one. After going down 2-0 in the 1st they storm back for 3 in the 2nd. Mike Piazza is off to a good start – goes 4 for 5 in this one with 3 RBIs (2 doubles). Gas Hornets chip away and lead 4-3 as the 6th inning starts. But then the Piazza express strikes for 4 runs and a big 7-4 lead. Well, it looked big, but the Gas Hornets struck and struck hard for 5 big runs and flipped the lead to 9-7 Manhattan. To ensure it would last, they added 3 more in the 8th so Dishman could pitch most of the 9th without the manager breaking into a big sweat.
CIN 7-13-0 LP Henry (0-1) BS (1)
MGH 12-15-1 WP Aybar (3-1)
Game #2: Even after Scott Karl decked Derek Jeter in the 1st, the Gas Hornets prevailed. In fact, seldom used Hanley Frias, Jeter’s backup, ends up going 2 for 4 with 2 runs, 3 rbis filling in! He also got some more offensive help as the Gas Hornets rack up 18 hits and 13 runs – Dave Hollins the biggest contributor with a 3 for 6 day and 4 rbis. Garrett Anderson hits his 1st homer of the season. Melvin Nieves scores and drives in the only Outlaws with his 2nd homer of the season. Big star – Rick Reed tosses a 6 inning 2 hitter.
CIN 1- 3-0 LP Karl (1-6)
MGH 13-18-0 WP Reed (5-2)
Game #3: So, with all that run-scoring it was time for a close game and this one was just that. Gas Hornets score 3 in the 2nd and Cincinnati gets a 2 run single from Benji Gil in the 4th to draw within 1. Then in the top of the 8th, Anthony Telford comes on to set up the close and Chipper Jones greets him with a solo homer (7) to tie the game. Stays that way through 9, but in the bottom of the 10th, Al Reyes is brought in and he walks Tino Martinez. Deion Sanders comes into PR, Hollins singles him to 3rd and Garrett Anderson singles him home for the winning run.
CIN 3-5-1 LP Reyes (0-1) 10 Innings
MGH 4-5-2 WP Martin (2-2) BS Telford (1)
Game #4: We return to the blowouts as Manhattan plates 4 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, and 3 in the 5th to win big, 9-1. Jason McDonald (1) and Matt Stairs (9) homer for the Gas Hornets and Mike Piazza nullifies the shut out attempt with a solo shot (12) in the 6th.
CIN 1- 9-1 LP Ken Hill (2-8)
MGH 9-13-0 WP Morris (7-2)
Game #5: Blowouts are over and the nail biters are back. Manhattan gets single runs in the 4th and 6th and then waits to see if the bullpen can save it for Terry Mulholland (6 ip, 4 hits, 9 runs). Omar Olivares was pretty good in his 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, and 2 run. He did however hit two batters and when his replacement came in, Doug Henry, he beaned a 3rd Gas Hornets and got tossed! Then in the 7th, Tony Batista doubles and ends up scoring on a Jason Kendall error to make it 2-1. However, Ricardo Rincon and Tom Martin are able to quell any more threats and Manhattan hangs on for the 2-1 win.
CIN 1-5-0 LP Olivares (2-4)
MGH 2-7-1 WP Mulholland (5-2) S Martin (7)
Game #6: fore the Outlaws load the bases! Fortunately, when Mike Piazza came up with bases loaded and 2 outs, Martin came in and DIDN’T give up the bomb!
CIN 2- 9-1 LP Pittsley (1-5)
MGH 4-10-0 WP Telford (2-0) S Martin (8)
Series Summary: So we managed the sweep (which after last week’s tough time in Long Beach was nice to have). But we need a bit more pitching if we hope to go anywhere. So, if anyone reads this far into the report – MGH is looking for 1 or 2 decent starters and 1 decent reliever (or 1 starter/1 reliever).

Valdosta Bombers @ Winnipeg Goldeyes

Series Preview: Winnipeg is in second place and last years champs are hosting Valdosta as they try to reach .500/
Game #1: A classic Glavine for Winnipeg Hentgen for Valdosta. Hentgen was slightly better allowing 3 in 7 was slightly better than Glavine who allowed 4 in seven as Ramirez and Flaherty. But Quantrill fell apart in the 8th and allowed a huge homer to Javy Lopez and gets the loss.win 5 Val 4 w-Reed 1-1 L Quantrill 1-3 save Shaw 9
Game #2: Buhner and Mcgwire homer for Winnipeg and Schilling completed the game in a 4-1 Winnipeg win. W-Schilling (3-3) L-Reynoso (1-3)
Game #3: Tewksbury got crushed for Valdosta 5 runs without an out, Manny did hit A 3 run homer for Valdosta but that was all Thompson allowed as Winnipeg wins 7-3.W-Thompson 6-3 L-Tewksbury 1-2 S-Beck 3
Game #4: Valdosta has a 3 run 8th as Lansing homers and drives in 3. Valdosta holds on to win 5-4. W Reynolds(2-4) L-Escobar (0-1) S-Timlin (1)
Game #5: Ugly Winnipeg scores 14 as Ventura, Buhner, and Franco homers. Candiotti did give up solos to Ramírez and Karros but that was all he allowed.WIN 14 VAL 6 w-Candiotti (6-3) L-Moyer(5-4)
Game #6: Glavine night McGwire homer and a 6 hitter by the ace gives Winnipeg a 4-0 win. W-Glavine(5-2) L-Hentgen (5-1)
Series Summary: Winnipeg wins the series 5 to 1 as Buhner, Lopez, and McGwire have strong series as did Manny Ramirez.

Hollywood Vampires @ Fort Worth Panthers

Series Preview: Ft. Worth looks to get back to .500 against one of the worst teams in the MWWL.
Game #1: Dave “Talladega Knight” Telgheder pitches his 2nd complete game shutout of the season in the same amount of starts. When asked about his hot start Dave replied, “Here’s the deal—I’m the best there is. Plain and simple. I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence.” Jermaine Allensworth had 3 hits, including a triple driving home 3 to lead the Vampires to victory.

Final Score: Vampires 5, Panthers 0

Game #2: The two teams combined for 15 runs and 29 hits, but the Vampires outlast the Panthers as Steve Kline pitches the final two and a third for his first save of the season. Pudge Rodriguez did his best to help his team win as he collected 3 hits, his 4th homer with 3 RBI and he threw out 4 would-be base stealers.

Final Score: Vampires 8, Panthers 7

Game #3: Kevin Brown didn’t have his best stuff and his defense allowed 2 unearned runs to score, but Rondell White had the game-winning hit in the 7th and Pudge added 2 insurance runs with a double as the Panthers won game 3.

Final Score Panthers 7, Vampire 4

Game #4: Hideo Nomo couldn’t make a three-run homer by Fred McGriff stand up as he allowed 4 runs in the 5th. He recovered enough to pitch 8 innings to give the bullpen guys some relief, but his offense couldn’t do anything else.

Final Score: Vampires 6, Panthers 3

Game #5: Three injuries put a damper on this one, but Jose Lima came on with 2 outs in the 5th to pitch 3 innings to secure the win. Back up catcher Bill Haselman doubled home two runs in a 3 run third and the Panthers managed to take their 2nd game of the series.

Final Score Panthers 4, Vampire 2

Game #6: Hollywood jumped ahead 7-0 through the top of the third and there was no looking back as they cruised to victory.

Final Score: Vampires 7, Panthers 2

Series Summary: Even though the Panthers are an average team Hollywood came in and surprised them winning 4 of 6.

Chicago Demolition @ Portland Mavericks

Series Preview: The underperforming Chicago Demolition visits the Portland Mavericks.
Game #1: CHI 8 POR 1
Clemens was just 2-5 for Chicago, but he leaves no doubt in this one, pitching a 1-hitter (solo HR)
Game #2: POR 1 CHI 0
Rush pitches a complete game 3-hitter for Portland as they squeak out the win.
Game #3: CHI 21 POR 2
That isn’t a typo, Chicago rakes up 21 runs on 18 hits (12 walks). Portland? Not so much.
Game #4: POR 13 CHI 2
This is the last game in reverse as Chicago bats go cold, while Portland’s are hot.
Game #5: CHI 9 POR 3
Game #6: CHI 3 POR 0
Clemens has Portland’s number as he again pitches a 1-hitter for the complete game, this time shutout, win.
Series Summary: Chicago takes 4 or 6 games… and really, Portland got lucky to not lose 5.

Blarney Drive Bandits @ Santa Rosa Beach Bums

Series Preview: A 6-game set between Blarney Drive Bandits and the Santa Rosa Beach Bums.
Game #1: The Bandits call on Wengert (0-5) to face the Bums Rosado (3-5). Buyms Loretta and Alomar start the game with singles and Thomas followed with a 3-run shot. Bums fill the bases and plate two more before the carnage is over. In the 4th Bandits Klesko doubled, Palmer and Green singled for one with 1-out. Rosado them threw a grounder away for a second run followed by a Bordick RBI single for three. Bums 5-3. Bandits add another in the 8th. Greene singled, Klesko doubled, and Palmer lifted a sacrifice fly. In the 9th, Bandits leadoff hitter reached, Pitch runner Giles stole, pitch hitter Magadan singled. First and third no outs. Henderson doubled to bring in two. Bandits 6-5. Veras singled for the insurance run. Bandits steal Game 1. NOT!

Blarney Drive 7 11 2 WP: Swindell 2b: Klesko 2, Henderson, Green; IBB: Molitor; SF: Palmer; Sb: Giles; S: King.
Santa Rosa Beach 5 8 2 LP: Daal 2b: Loretta; HR: Thomas; HBP: MacFarlane; SH: Rosado.

Game #2: Bandits go with Hampton (2-4) and the Bums Miller (0-2). Bandits Henderson leadoff the game with a single and Giles followed with a double. Fletcher’s ground out scoring Henderson and Klesko’s sacrifice fly scored Giles, 2-0. In the 3rd Madagan’s single brought in the Bandit’s third run. In the bottom of the 4th Bums, Strawberry’s 2-run homer made it a one-run game, Bandits 3-2. But Bandits Palmer followed that with a solo shot to produce some breathing room. Palmer then lifted a sacrifice fly in the 7th, 5-2. Bandits Giles added an RBI single in the 8th to cap the scoring.

Blarney Drive 6 12 0 WP: Hampton 2b: Giles; HR: Palmer; HBP: Fletcher; SH: Hampton; SF: Klesko, Palmer.
Santa Rosa Beach 2 6 1 LP: Miller; 2b: Alomar, Gagne; HR: Strawberry. Bandits place Wells (1-5) on the mound to face Bums Smoltz (4-2). In the 1st Bandits Henderson singled, stole, Greene singled and Klesko lifted a sacrifice fly, 1-0. In the 2nd, Bandits Molitor singled, advanced to on a Bordick base on an error, and scored with Tartabull’s single. In the 3rd, Greene doubled, Klesko walked and Palmer went deep for three and to chase Smoltz. His first bad outing of the year. Bandits 5-0.

Blarney Drive 12 17 0 WP: Wells 2b: Greene, Bordick; 3b: Molitor; HR: Greene, Palmer; SH: Wells; SF: Klesko; Sb: Henderson.
Santa Rosa Beach 4 13 2 LP: Smoltz 2b: Strawberry; 3b: Loretta.

Game #3: Bandits place Wells (1-5) on the mound to face Bums Smoltz (4-2). In the 1st Bandits Henderson singled, stole, Greene singled and Klesko lifted a sacrifice fly, 1-0. In the 2nd, Bandits Molitor singled, advanced to on a Bordick base on an error, and scored with Tartabull’s single. In the 3rd, Greene doubled, Klesko walked and Palmer went deep for three and to chase Smoltz. His first bad outing of the year. Bandits 5-0.

Blarney Drive 12 17 0 WP: Wells 2b: Greene, Bordick; 3b: Molitor; HR: Greene, Palmer; SH: Wells; SF: Klesko; Sb: Henderson.
Santa Rosa Beach 4 13 2 LP: Smoltz 2b: Strawberry; 3b: Loretta.

Game #4: Now the Bandits pull Randy Johnson (8-0) out of their hats for Bums Hammond (1-2). Goose eggs until the 5th when Bandits broke the stalemate, 1-0. Bandits add an insurance run in the 8th, but the Bums tie it in the bottom half. Henderson leadoff the 10th with a double and scored on a Veras single, Bandits 3-2. Bums Perez reaches second on a throwing error in the bottom half with one out. X-Bum Aguilera gets his revenge as he holds the Bums for the win.

Blarney Drive 3 8 2 WP: Aguilera; 2b: Palmer, Molitor; IBB: Bordick; Sb: Henderson 2, Veras, Molitor.
Santa Rosa Beach 2 7 2 LP: Manzanillo; 2b: Bautista, MacFarlane; 3b: Perez; SF: Caminiti.

Game #5: Going for the knockout Bandits call Oquist (2-4) and the Bums rely on Beech (2-4). In the 1st, Bums Loretta reached on a single, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an Alomar sacrifice fly. In their next at-bat, Bandits Giles reached on a single and advanced to third via error, no outs. Oquist helped his own cause singling to left, tie the game. In the 4th White singled, stole, and scored on a Gagne double as the Bums retake the lead. Bandits again respond in their next at-bat, Henderson singled, stole, and scored on a Greene single. Bums in the bottom half score one on a Loretta, single and Thomas double, 3-2. And with two out Molitor singled and scored on a Gagne error to tie it up in the Bandits next at-bat. In the 8th White singled, stole, and scored on a MacFarlane single. Bums 4-3, can they hold and avoid the sweep. Bums Daal then gave up a leadoff single to Bandits Bordick in the top of the 9th. Here we are again. Daal then got Bandit pitch hitter Madagan to ground into a double play and Henderson flew to center. Ball game!

Blarney Drive 3 10 0 LP: King; 2b:Veras; Sb: Henderson, Molitor.
Santa Rosa Beach 4 9 2 WP: Daal; 2b: Thomas, Gagne, VanderWaal; SF: Alomar; Sb: White 2.

Game #6: Bums will face Wengert (0-5) again and the Bums call on Smoltz (4-3) to try it again. Smoltz strikes out 6 going through the line-up the first time. Is this 2020? Wengert plows through the line-up only giving up a walk to Smoltz. To leadoff the 4th Bandits Fletcher goes solo. Smoltz responds by k-ing Klesko and Giles. Bums VanderWaal tied it in the 5th with his own solo. Bums add another with singles by Perez, Alomar, and Thomas, followed by a Caminiti three-run shot – Bums 5-1. Smoltz gets his 10th and 11th K in the 6th. Fletcher hit his second leadoff solo in the 8th, Bums 5-2.

Blarney Drive 2 8 1 LP: Wengert 2b:Fletcher, Klesko; HR: Fletcher 2; HBP: Henderson; Sb: Henderson.
Santa Rosa Beach 5 9 0 WP: Smoltz HR: Caminiti, VanderWaal; S: Daal.

Series Summary: After a slow start, the Bums take 2 of 6 from the Bandits.

Michigan Mauraders @ Steel City Sluggers

Series Summary: Steel City takes 4 of 6 from Michigan.

Detroit Stars @ New Hampshire Nighthawks

Series Summary: Detriot takes 4 of 6 from the Nighthawks.

California Quakes @ DeWitt Tigers

Series Summary: The Quakes travel to Dewitt for a 6 game series. California takes the series 4-2 winning the last 3 games.

Sugar Land Skeeters @ Stockton Wings

Series Preview: Sugar Land @ Stockton for 6 games.
Series Summary: Sugar Land takes 5 of 6.

Castle Rock Hounds @ Flossmoor Flying Squirrels

Series Summary: Flossmoor takes the series 4-2 with a come from behind walk-off win against Armando Benetiz in the finale.

Harper Woods Expos @  Corktown Bootleggers

Series Summary:  Harper Woods goes 4 & 1 on the road in Corktown with 1 game rained out.

MWWL
OPENING DAY
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10th
10:00 AM ET

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