1997 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #14
Hollywood Vampires @ Chicago Demolition
|Series Preview:||Chicago hoping to clean their plate with the Vampires. Does it happen?|
|Game #1:|| Pedro Martinez goes 5 scoreless, Tony Phillips hits a lead-off Home Run as Chicago takes Game #1
Final Score: Chicago 7 – Hollywood 1
|Game #2:|| Dan Serafini went 6 scoreless, Tony Clark was 5 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.
Final Score: Chicago 8 – Hollywood 0
|Game #3:|| A pitchers duel between Steve Avery & Roger Clemens.
Final Score: Chicago 2 – Hollywood 1
|Game #4:|| Reserve outfielders Dante Powell & Damon Mashore have 2 RBI’s apiece & Todd Stottlemyre goes 8 Innings allowing only 2 Run.
Final Score: Chicago 5 – Hollywood 2
|Game #5:|| Chicago’s bats go quiet as Dave Telgheder goes the distance in a complete game Shutout.
Final Score: Hollywood 2 – Chicago 0
|Game #6:|| Tom Goodwin runs through 2 red lights thrown up from the 3rd base coach & the Demolition lose by 1-Run. Wilton Guerrero has a 3-Run triple in the 5th inning.
Final Score: Hollywood 5 – Chicago 4
|Series Summary:||Chicago wins the first 4 games and then drop the last 2. Disappointment sets in for the Chicago General Manager.|
Detroit Stars @ Harper Woods Expos
|Series Preview:||Detroit visits Harper Woods. 2 of the 3 teams in the AL Central race battle.|
|Game #1:||Expos win 4-1.|
|Game #2:||Stars take it 9-7.|
|Game #3:||Detroit scores 4 in the 11th in their 4-0 victory.|
|Game #4:||The Woods evens the series with an 8-5 win.|
|Game #5:||4-3 Stars in a close one.|
|Game #6:||Another close Detroit victory 7-5.|
|Series Summary:||Detroit increases the Central lead taking 4 of 6.|
California Quakes @ Castle Rock Hounds
|Series Preview:||A juicy mid-season matchup between the first-place Quakes and second place Hounds. While Castle Rock sits 10 back from California in the division race, they are not giving up hope. And, they are in the thick of the wildcard hunt, so every game matters.|
|Game #1:|| It’s a battle of crafty lefties, as Fassero faces off against Pettitte in this one. Castle Rock strikes first with an RBI double from Snow in the 1st. The Hounds add 3 more in the 2nd, taking advantage of some wildness in Fassero, walking home one of the runs. Meanwhile, Pettitte cruises through 7, just giving up one run. The final score is CRH 5, CAL 1.
WP: Pettitte (12-2)
|Game #2:|| Hermanson (12) and Alex Fernandez (13) face off in this one. Easley welcomes Fernandez to Castle Rock with a leadoff solo shot to open the bottom of the first. Hermanson has a no-hitter until two outs in the 6th when Galarraga gets the first Quakes hit. It happens to be a home run, which ties the game up at 1-1. California takes the lead on an RBI single from Salmon in the 8th, but Dreifort gets Galarraga to ground into a DP to end the inning and halt the damage. But, California adds two more in the 9th to make it 4-1, and that would be the final.
WP: Fernandez (11-3)
|Game #3:|| Tomko vs. Mark Clark in Game 3. Bragg throws out at Olerud at the plate to end the top of the 1st for California. And, Bonds opens up scoring with a two-run shot in the bottom half. Widger and Easley, the 9 and 1 hitters go back-to-back in the 3rd to make it 4-0, Castle Rock. O’Neill opens the scoring for California with a solo HR in the 4th. But Hamelin puffs around from 1st on a Bragg double in the bottom of the 4th to make it 5-1, and to chase Tomko. Still breathing heavily, Hamelin hits a homer two innings later to make it 6-1, and that would be the final tally.
WP: Clark (8-2)
|Game #4:|| Bohanon vs. Adamson in Game 4. Another lefty/lefty matchup. Both teams strike in the first inning, with Castle Rock scoring 2 runs and California adding 1. Things are quiet until the 6th when California mounts a two-out rally. Erstad hits an RBI double and Williams follows it with a 2-run homer to make it 4-2, California. then Leyritz goes deep to make it 5-2. Then Olerud hits one to go back-to-back-to-back and make it 6-2. A couple of meaningless runs score after that and the final is 7-3, California to tie up the series at 2-2.
WP: Adamson (4-2)
|Game #5:|| Pettitte and Fassero again in a rematch of Game 1. California strikes with a 3-run shot by Valentin in the 1st (all unearned runs on a Clayton error). Tatis gets one back with a solo shot, and the Hounds add two more on an Easley double in the 2nd, and we are knotted at 3-3. But, California explodes in the 7th, adding four runs to make it 7-3. Fassero gets the revenge in this one, as it ends at 7-3, California.
WP: Fassero (10-2)
|Game #6:|| Colorado hoping to salvage a split in this one and keep pace in the wildcard race. It’s going to be Dickson vs. Alex Fernandez. Castle Rock manufactures a run in the second, but Olerud matches it with a solo shot in the 3rd to make it 1-1. Valentin makes it 2-1, Quakes, with his own homer in the 4th. Castle Rock gets 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the 4th, but can’t score a run, as Clayton and Bragg strikeout and Widger pops out to end the threat. Nomar adds a third Quakes solo shot to make it 4-1. Salmon piles on with a three-run shot to make it 7-1, California. The Quakes then light into the back end of the Hounds bullpen, and the final is 12-2, California.
WP: Fernandez (12-3)
|Series Summary:||The series starts out promisingly for the Hounds, as they win 2 of the first 3. But, in true first-place team fashion, the Quakes come back to win the last three and take the series 4-2.|
Manhattan Gas Hornets @ Steel City Sluggers
|Series Summary:|| In each APBA league, there’s always a team that has your number.
In MWWL, it’s Manhattan for us.
We win one game at home, even after our big trade for Park, Young, and McElroy.
Santa Rosa Beach Bums @ Hampton Huskies
|Series Preview:||It seemed like only yesterday that the Hampton Huskies were the new kids on the block and were getting their asses handed to them routinely by division powerhouse Santa Rosa. That was several years ago, but the more things change (Santa Rosa now in the cellar of the NL East) the more they stay the same (Hampton butts always poised to be kicked). This battle was pretty much a mud-wrestling match between two teams already out of the running.|
|Game #1:|| Holy Moley. Where did this one come from?
Jeromy Burnitz had five hits including a grand slam and drove in five runs as part of a 20-hit barrage the Huskies unloaded on the Beach Bums as they won 16-0.
Jody Reed chipped in with four hits and drove in a couple of runs with one of his hits being of the kind that a stewardess belonged on. Eric Young was a busy man as well getting three hits in four at-bats (one of them a home run), walking twice, scoring four times, and driving in three runs.
Tom Gordon wasted six shutout innings of one-hit ball in getting the win for Hampton while across the field Santa Rosa hurlers Matt Beech, Kevin Jarvis, and Travis Miller had to be resuscitated.
FINAL – HAMPTON 16, SANTA ROSA 0
Win-Gordon (7-2, 2.81)
Loss-Beech (2-10, 7.40)
HR-HAM: E.Young (4), McRae (3), Burnitz (12), Reed (9)
|Game #2:|| Didn’t deserve it, but we will take it …
Jose Rosado was brilliant for the Beach Bums for eight innings, but unfortunately hung on a little too long into the 9th and watched his team’s 3-0 lead disintegrate capped by a Jody Reed walk-off home run blast to right field that lifted the Huskies for a sudden 4-3 win.
Usual suspects Frank Thomas and Ken Caminiti continued to bash for the Bums with Thomas getting a single and a double and Caminiti a single and scoring twice. Greg Gagne stepped up with two singles and two RBIs in a losing cause.
Brian McRae made the most of his rare starts thanks to the vacancies created by the team’s recent trades and fell a homer short of hitting for the cycle. Future full-time first baseman Derrek Lee was pressed into starting duty this series and responded with two singles, a run scored, and an RBI.
FINAL – HAMPTON 4, SANTA ROSA 3
Win-Fox (1-0, 4.50)
Loss-Rosado (4-10, 4.40)
HR-HAM: Reed (10)
|Game #3:|| Another close game but this time the Bums did the coming from behind (not as dirty as it sounds) as Ken Caminiti ripped a line drive over a drawn-in infield in the top of the 10th to drive home the winning run as Santa Rosa nipped Hampton 5-4.
Mark Loretta reached base four times with two singles, a double, and a walk and scored three of the Bums’ runs as the main benefactor of some timely hitting by Caminiti and Roberto Alomar who each drove in a pair of runs with Alomar’s hit coming as a pinch hitter in the 8th and tying the game.
Kudos to the Santa Rosa pen as they muzzled the Huskies for the final 4-1/3 innings of the game allowing just a single hit.
Hampton’s Derrek Lee piffled out a couple of singles, scoring once and driving in one.
FINAL – SANTA ROSA 4, HAMPTON 3
Win-F.Rodriguez (1-1, 5.23)
Save-Santiago (1, 0.00)
Loss-Mathews (0-2, 5.12)
|Game #4:|| Game one was obviously a complete aberration as these teams are very equally matched in their degree of suckiness.
The game followed a pattern of Santa Rosa busting out into a lead (4-0 after the 2nd), Hampton fighting back (4-3 after the 4th), Santa Rosa widening the lead again (7-3 after 6-1/2) only to have Hampton come back and tie it 7-7 in the 7th.
Unfortunately that Ken Caminiti guy continued to hit like a bastard – he doubled and homered and drove in three runs including the game-winner – a double off Chad Fox in the top of the 8th that scored Frank Thomas for the 8-7 Hampton win. Those two guys make me tired.
Thomas also did his part scoring two runs and driving in one as he had three singles and a walk on the day. Mike MacFarlane and Neifi Perez each chipped in with a couple of hits including Perez’s 2nd home run of the season.
FINAL – SANTA ROSA 8, HAMPTON 7
Win-Daal (3-4, 3.62)
Save-Santiago (2, 0.00)
Loss-Fox (1-1, 4.50)
HR-SBB: Perez (2), Caminiti (12); HAM: Burnitz (13)
|Game #5:|| Jody Reed erased a 7-5 Santa Rosa lead with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the 9th as the Huskies enjoyed another 8-7 walk-off win.
Reed’s 3rd homer (and 5th, 6th, and 7th RBIs) of the series came with two men on board after relievers Tim Crabtree and Mark Guthrie struggled to get even one out in the 9th. Crabtree started the inning by walking Al Martin and was quickly given the ol’ heave-ho. Guthrie fared even worse as he gave up a single to Eric Young that moved Martin to 3rd base. With Derrek Lee up, Santa Rosa catcher Mike MacFarlane couldn’t handle a pitch and Martin raced home on the passed ball. Lee then followed up with a grounder that almost fooled 2nd baseman Roberto Alomar, but the slick-fielding dude kept the ball in the infield and Young was stuck at 3rd … for a moment anyway. Reed’s homer was a no-doubter as he hit it on a line over the right-field wall.
Again for Santa Rosa, it was Frank Thomas in the thick of things with a three-run blast in the 7th inning off Mike Fetters that temporarily gave the Beach Bums a 6-3 lead. The Bums opened the game with three runs in the first inning as well thanks to Mark Whiten greeting Juan Guzman with a shot over the center field wall on his first pitch in a Hampton uniform. Ah well. Neifi Perez later tripled in the inning to drive in another two runs and make it 3-0 early.
Hampton got back one run on a 1st inning RBI single by Wil Cordero and then tied it 3-3 in the 5th on Jeromy Burnitz’s two-run double off the wall opposite field.
FINAL – HAMPTON 8, SANTA ROSA 7
Win-Fetters (1-3, 6.04)
Loss-Guthrie (1-3, 8.29)
HR-SBB: Whiten (2), Thomas (18); HAM: Reed (11)
|Game #6:|| This re-match of Game One was a much better one for Santa Rosa starter Matt Beech as he outlasted Hampton’s starter Tom Gordon, but he was not around to see the finale in the bottom of the 11th when Bill Mueller doubled into the left-field alley and scored Wil Cordero in a 3-2 hometown win.
It was the third walk-off win of the series for Hampton … did I mention that these two teams were evenly matched?
Mueller had three hits in the game including the game-winner and got the Huskies on the scoreboard with a homer in the 5th inning off Beech. Beech pitched well for the Bums allowing just two earned runs on seven hits across 8 innings.
Tom Gordon also got the no-decision with 7 innings of five-hit ball with two runs allowed on a walk and seven strikeouts.
The incredible Frank Thomas churned out another four hits in ho-hum fashion – three of them doubles – and drove in half of the team’s runs. Mark Loretta and Greg Gagne added a pair of hits each.
FINAL – HAMPTON 3, SANTA ROSA 2
Win-Springer (1-0, 6.50)
Loss-Daal (3-5, 3.86)
HR-HAM: Mueller (2)
|Series Summary:||Hampton takes four of six from Santa Rosa but no one was fooled as these two teams are pretty equally futile. Other than the one big blowout to start the series all of the games were decided by one run, two of them in extra innings and three games were walk-offs.|
Cincinnati Outlaws @ Michigan Mauraders
|Series Preview:||The second place (NL Central division) Michigan Mauraders to take on the last-place Cincinnati Outlaws for a six-game set to close out the season’s first half.|
|Game #1:||CIN 4-7-0, MIC 3-8-2 11 innings.|
|Game #2:||CIN 9-11-0, MIC 2-3-0 Cincinnati explodes for seven in the first.|
|Game #3:||CIN 4-8-0, MIC 2-6-1|
|Game #4:||MIC 3-9-0, CIN 2-9-0 10 innings, ends Outlaws’ eight-game win streak.|
|Game #5:||MIC 6-12-0, CIN 0-2-0 Charles Nagy fans ten.|
|Game #6:||CIN 10-10-0, MIC 3-7-1|
|Series Summary:||Cincinnati takes four of six in the series and since starting its trading plans for next year, is 9-2 in the past two series….. Players are trying to win despite management…..|
Stockton Wings @ Winnipeg Goldeyes
|Series Preview:||Last place Stockton vs. First Place Winnipeg. It did not go well.|
|Series Summary:|| Winnipeg dominates in this series sweep over the wings.
HOW -Mark McGwire .500 7 for 14 4 homers and 7 walks .667 OB%
POW – Benes 2-0 16.2 innings 7 hits 2 runs 3 walks 21 Ks
Valdosta Bombers @ Sugar Land Skeeters
|Series Preview:||Two division rivals square off.|
|Series Summary:||Valdosta stays above .500 as the team’s alternate victories in a split. Along the way, Sugar Land blows an 8-run lead and wastes a 9th-inning comeback by losing in the 10th; Myers saves two of SLS’s wins and finishes the other one, lowering his ERA close to 1.|
Portland Mavericks @ Fort Worth Panthers
|Series Summary:|| Portland wins 4 of 6 in Ft. Worth averaging more than 5 runs a game.
The injury bug hits the Panther outfield.
Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ DeWitt Tigers
|Series Summary:||Flossmoor takes the series 5-1. All the games are fairly close.|
Long Beach Titans @ Blarney Drive Bandits
|Game #1:|| LBT 3 BDB 2 – Blarney scores 3 early and Titans single runs in the 7th and 8th to fall short.
W – Hampton (5)
|Game #2:|| LBT 4 BDB 1 – Carlos Perez tosses a 4 hit CG and Hammonds drives in 3.
W – Perez (8)
|Game #3:|| LBT 2 BDB 1 – Benes allows just 4 hits over 7 frames and Mesa locks down the last 2.
W – Benes (4)
|Game #4:|| LBT 2 BDB 3 – Bandits score 1 in the bottom of the 9th to eek out the W.
W – Swindell (5)
|Game #5:|| LBT 2 BDB 3 – Titans outhit Bandits 10-7 but strand 9.
W – Vosberg (1)
|Game #6:|| LBT 1 BDB 2 – All 3 runs scored in the 2nd inning. Teams strand a combined 16 runners.
W – Hampton (6)
|Series Summary:||5 out of the 6 games were 1 run affairs of which Blarney won the majority taking the series 4-2.|
Corktown Bootleggers @ New Hampshire Nighthawks
|Series Summary:||Corktown takes 5 of 6.|