1997 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #17
Corktown Bootleggers @ Castle Rock Hounds
|Series Preview:||While it’s technically a battle of two second-place teams, Castle Rock is 56-37 and Corktown is 38-54, so the Hounds are looking for a strong series as they host the Bootleggers. This Corktown offense has some studs though (A-Rod, Rolen, Giambi, Belle)|
|Game #1:|| Corktown jumps out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings, despite facing Hermanson (12). They will only score one more run after that, but it is enough. The final is 5-3, Corktown as the Bootleggers take the series opener. Baldwin gets a quality start for Corktown.
WP: Baldwin (4-10)
|Game #2:|| Castle Rock’s ace, Pettitte, faces off against Doc Gooden. The Hounds defense is sloppy, and Corktown takes advantage, taking a 4-0 lead into the 8th. Castle Rock scores 3 in the 8th, aided by a Corktown error. In the 9th, Hamelin coaxes a two-out walk and is replaced by Clayton as a pinch-runner. Bonds then grounds it to Brito, who throws it away, and Clayton comes all the way around from first to score and ties it at 4-4. Snow walks, and Easley wins with it a bloop single to take it 5-4. A nice comeback win for the Hounds.
WP: Small (2-1)
|Game #3:|| Bohanon vs. Ramon Martinez in this one. All is quiet until the bottom of the 4th when Sean Berry breaks things open with a 3-run homer. Bohanon is cruising until the 7th when Burks hits a pinch-hit three-run homer. It is 5-3, Castle Rock at that point. And, that is how it would end. The Hounds’ bullpen settles things down.
WP: Bohanon (7-3)
|Game #4:|| Looking to guarantee the split, the Hounds send Dickson to the mound to face Paniagua. The Hounds are doing everything they can to let the Bootleggers stay in this game, grounding into 5 double plays through 5 innings! But, with 5 walks and 7 hits through 5 innings, the Hounds are still up 4-0. Corktown doesn’t get to Dickson until the 8th, with a Rolen two-run homer to make it 4-2, which sends Jason to the showers. Clayton clears the bases with a double in the bottom of the 8th to take a 7-2 lead for Castle Rock. And, that’s all she wrote.
WP: Dickson (6-6)
|Game #5:|| Castle Rock looking to win its fourth in a row, sends Mark Clark to the mound to face Steve Trachsel. Corktown starts the game off with a bang, as A-Rod hits a single and Lockharts hits a homer to lead things off. But, Castle Rock claws its way back in, taking a 4-2 lead after 5 innings. Corktown tightens things up with a run in the 7th to make it 4-3. Then, Castle Rock falls apart in the 9th. The Hounds defense commits three errors in one inning, and Corktown scores four unearned runs to capitalize. Hernandez finishes it off for Corktown, as the Hounds will be scheduled for extra defensive drills tomorrow. The Final is 7-4, Corktown.
WP: Roberto Hernandez (3-5)
|Game #6:|| It’s a rematch of Game 1, as the Hounds try to win the series, while Corktown looks to salvage a split. It’s another close one as Corktown again jumps out to a quick 2-0 lead. But, Castle Rock ties it up in the 3rd. Corktown adds a run in the 7th to make it 3-2. Belle and Gaetti hit back-to-back doubles in the 8th to make it 5-2, Corktown. Small proceeds to walk in another run to make it 6-2. And, that is how it ends up.
WP: Baldwin (5-10)
|Series Summary:||Corktown and Castle Rock split the series. The Hounds defense really fails them in one game, with four unearned runs in the 9th inning. Hermanson, despite having a 2.02 ERA on the season, has a 6-9 record.|
Winnipeg Goldeyes @ Hampton Huskies
|Series Preview:||Winnipeg looks like a monster and has a big lead in the division the Huskies are rebuilding.|
|Game #1:||Benes wins Mcgwire 2 hits and 2 RBIs in the 7-1 Winnipeg win.|
|Game #2:||McGwire homers but it’s all Huskies as the pound Winnipeg ace Thompson. Reed McRae and Buford homer and Guzman are strong over 7 innings in the 11-3 Hampton win.|
|Game #3:||O’Henry Bar Rodriquez homers but did not matter as Schilling was on and Lofton got 3 hits in the 5-2 Winnipeg win.|
|Game #4:||McGwire hits 2 home runs & drives in 5 and Winnipeg and Glavine win 9-4 although O’Henry hits another in the loss.|
|Game #5:||Hampton claws back in the 8th and 9th to win 6-5 in a walk-off. O’Henry had another good game and Surhoff homered in the Hampton win.|
|Game #6:||Thompson hit hard again as O’Henry Rodriquez homers again but this time Lopez and Everett had huge games to give Winnipeg a 9-5 win.|
|Series Summary:||Hampton fought hard and won 2 of the 6 games. O’Henry Rodriquez was wonderful going 7 for 20 with 3 homers. But Big Mac 9 for 21 with 7 walks and 3 homers and 9 RBIs. No great pitchers to note.|
Sugar Land Skeeters @ Steel City Sluggers
|Series Summary:||In a battle of 1st place teams, it ends as you’d expect – with a split.|
Manhattan Gas Hornets @ Blarney Drive Bandits
|Series Preview:||Gas Hornets looking to gain on division-leading Steel City. Can they make it happen?|
|Game #1:|| Both teams score in the first but The Hornets don’t score again till the 9th; by then they were down by 6. Hollins 2-4 w/ 2 doubles and McDonald injured for 11 days.
MGH 3 BDB 7
W – Wells (6)
|Game #2:|| Injury bugs bite again into Manhattan as they lose Martinez for 4 days.
This was all Randy Johnson as he allows just 1 hit over 7 full.MGH 0 BDB 7W – Johnson (12)
L – Foster (5)
|Game #3:|| Blarney hung a pair of 3-spots (1st and 5th innings) to barely out-pace the Hornets.
MGH 5 BDB 7
W -Oquist (6)
|Game #4:|| Bandits ambush the Hornets and take the first three. And they were pissed. Poor Wengert took the brunt of their frustration as he faces 25 batters in 3 innings. Seven Hornet batters would collect 2 or more hits.
MGH 13 BDB 0
W – Reed (11)
|Game #5:|| Manhattan kept their hitting shoes on and spanked Hampton. Jeter 5-6 w/ 2 doubles and a triple, Alicea 3-6 w/ double and a triple, Stairs 3-4 w/ 4 RBI.
MGH 16 BDB 4
W – Morris (14)
|Game #6:|| A little back and forth to finish out the series with Manhattan coming out on top.
MGH 5 BDB 2
W – Powell (2)
|Series Summary:||Teams split the series 3-3.|
Hollywood Vampires @ California Quakes
|Series Summary:||California sweeps Hollywood. Dellucci heads to the DL.|
Portland Mavericks @ Detroit Stars
|Series Summary:||Detroit Stars take the series 4 games to 2 over the Portland Mavericks.|
Stockton Wings @ Michigan Mauraders
|Series Preview:||Stockton travels to Michigan for six games.|
|Game #1:||Stockton 3 Michigan 2|
|Game #2:||Michigan 5 Stockton 3|
|Game #3:||Michigan 11 Stockton 3|
|Game #4:||Michigan 10 Stockton 5|
|Game #5:|| Michigan 5 Stockton 0
Kamieniecki tosses a 6 hitter. Palmeiro hits a homer. Castilla has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. D’Amico falls to 2-11.
|Game #6:|| Michigan 8 Stockton 3
Tucker, Lieberthal, and Boone hit homers. Gardner wins his 3rd. Tucker has 3 RBIs.
|Series Summary:||Michigan wins 5 of 6 games from Stockton.|
Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ Harper Woods Expos
|Series Preview:||First place Flossmore travels to Harper Woods.|
|Game #1:||Expos double up the squirrels 6-3.|
|Game #2:||All ‘Spos 7-0.|
|Game #3:||Harper Woods hangs on 5-4.|
|Game #4:||Flossmoor gets in the win column 12-10.|
|Game #5:||Flossmoor eeks out another one 10-9.|
|Game #6:||The Squirrels throw out the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th to hang on 2-1.|
|Series Summary:||The Expos thought that they were gonna gain ground in the playoff race winning the first 3 games. Reality set in as they lose the last 3.|
Chicago Demolition @ New Hampshire Nighthawks
|Series Summary:||Chicago comes to New Hampshire and takes 4 of 6.|
Santa Rosa Beach Bums @ Cincinnati Outlaws
|Series Preview:||Two bottom-feeders in the National League meet up in Cincinnati, where the fans are staying away in droves as Santa Rosa makes a visit.|
|Game #1:||CIN 18-23-4, SRB 7-11-0 — Cincinnati scored at least five runs in three different innings|
|Game #2:||CIN 12-15-1, SRB 8-15-3 — Cincinnati rallied from a six-run deficit to win. Juan Gonzalez drives in six.|
|Game #3:||SRB 7-15-0, CIN 0-5-1 — Jose Rosado pitches a complete game shutout.|
|Game #4:||SRB 4-8-1, CIN 3-4-1|
|Game #5:||SRB 7-10-0, CIN 6-11-3|
|Game #6:||SRB 2-7-0, CIN 0-3-2 — Travis Miller pitches a complete game shutout.|
|Series Summary:||Cincinnati does almost all of its scoring in the first two games and the Beach Bums win four of six. The Outlaws implode in dramatic fashion, committing TWELVE errors in six games.|
Fort Worth Panthers @ DeWitt Tigers
|Series Summary:||Ft Worth comes into DeWitt and takes the series 4-2. 2 of the games were blowouts.|
Long Beach Titans @ Valdosta Bombers
|Series Summary:||In a kind of disappointing series for Valdosta, the Bombers and Titans split the 6 games. Bombers bullpen wasn’t too effective in the series and starter Bob Tewksbury continues to resemble Charlie Brown on the mound.|