2023 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #12

Cal_Raleigh23Jose_Urquidy23Mookie_Betts23Max_Fried23

NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
RALEIGH,Cal CIN  AL .333 1.000 7 27 9 3 0 5 5 12 6 1 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
URQUIDY,Jose CIN  AL 2 2 0 0 0.64 14 1 1 7 11 2 0 0 0 0 1
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
BETTS,Mookie SEL  NL .423 .923 7 26 11 1 0 4 8 10 2 4 0 2 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
FRIED,Max SEL  NL 2 2 0 0 0.73 12 1 1 # 17 1 0 0 0 0 0

Baltimore  Comets @ Bethesda  Bandicoots

Preview: Worst hosts first with the Bandicoots treading water against the anticipated tidal wave in a battle for Maryland against Baltimore.
Game #1: Baltimore capitalized on Dylan Floro’s running on fumes in the top of the 16th scoring a run, but Josh Harrison singled in the bottom half to bring the winning run across the plate for the Bandicoots as they took the marathon opening game 9-8 in 16 innings. Floro got the rare much-deserved relief win with 8 innings of work as the last man standing in the Bethesda bullpen. Baltimore stopper Evan Phillips took one in the shorts and got knocked out of action for 3 days. Bryson Stott had four hits for the Comets, scored twice and drove in a pair while smacking his 6th homer. Adam Duvall (5) and Josh Harrison (5) each homered for Bethesda with Duvall leading the team charge with three hits and four RBIs.
Game #2: Back to our regularly scheduled programming …
Baltimore gutted Bethesda 13-3 with Josh Donaldson (11) and Nick Castellanos (6) each hitting a home run. Donaldson drove in four runs on the day. Jeff McNeil was the only bright spot for Bethesda with a couple of hits and as many RBIs in a futile effort.
Game #3: The Bandicoots could only muster a meagre four hits against Tyler Anderson and the Comets as the visitors took another not-close one 8-1. Joey Wendle had three doubles and drove in three runs for Baltimore. Jorge Polanco hit his 4th home run of the year as well.
Game #4: Chris Flexen tossed a great game and allowed just two hits and a walk in a 6-0 shutout by Bethesda over Baltimore. Jeff McNeil was 3/3 with two runs scored while Tucapita Marcano (3) and Paul DeJong (5) went deep.
Game #5: Jeff McNeil continued his torrid hitting going 4/4 with two RBIs, but the rest of the team did squat as Baltimore crushed the Bandicoots 11-3. Josh Donaldson and Harold Ramirez each had four hits for the winners. Donaldson (12), Ramirez (4) joined Nick Castellanos (7) and Hunter Renfroe (13) in the homer parade. Leadoff hitter Kevin Newman was the only Comets’ hitter that didn’t get a hit. Fricking loser.
Game #6: Merrill Kelly tossed eight innings of shutout ball and was followed by Matt Moore who gave up a single but that was all as the Bandicoots blanked Baltimore 3-0. Each team only had six hits in the game, but the difference was that four of Bethesda’s were doubles – including three in the 4th inning that brought in two runs.
Summary: A series split with Baltimore keeps Bethesda’s championship hopes alive.

Motor City  Muscle @ Detroit  Crime

Summary:  Detroit wins the series 5 games to 2.

Columbus  Explorers @ Long Beach  Dirt Bags

Summary: Long Beach won the first and last games. Columbus took the middle 4 and the sereis 4-2.

Southwest Detroit  Fighting Chihuahuas @ Virginia  Sluggers

Preview: Two 3rd place clubs go at it.
Game #1: SWD 5-0
T.Wells goes 8 allowing 3 hits to get the win. T.Abrams 2-run double is big blow in game.
Game #2: SWDS 4-2
Down 2-1 going into the 8th, SWD comes back to win. Olivares’ 2nd hit and 2nd RBI puts them ahead 3-2 and Wall’s 2nd hit and 2nd RBI gives them the final 4-2 cushion.
Game #3: VIR 6-2
T.McKenzie goes to 8-1 with his CG win. Devers and Rizzo go deep for VIR and Gallagher goes 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
Game #4: VIR 2-1
Rizzo’s 2-run blast in the 1st holds up as L.Castillo pitches a CG allowing 3 hits (including R.McMahon’s 13th HR). SWD loses D.Smith 4 Days.
Game #5: SWD 11-4
SWD scores 5 in the 1st and just keeps on going. E.Olivares (3), B.Rodgers (7) and C.Abrams (4) all go deep. Contreras and Walls only ones not to get a hit for SWD. 5 players got 2 hits each. SWD had a field day.
L.Gonzalez (12 days), S.Murphy (2 days) and C. Biggio (12 days) all injured for VIR.
NOTE: rough year for Murphy in the injury department as well as VIR.
Game #6: VIR 3-1
Segura’s 2-run homer in the 1st is the winning blast. They added one more in the 8th. SWD scored their run in the 9th on J.Groshans RBI single.
Summary: The two clubs split the series 3-3 and probably maintain their positions.

Yonge Street  Stalkers @ Hollywood  Werewolves

Summary: Hollywood takes 5 of 6 from Yong Street. McClananhan and Kershaw hold them scoreless over the last 18 innings

Tempe  Tempers @ Sacramento  Capitals

Summary: Sacramento manages a split against a far better team, and handed Verlander his first loss of the season.

Chicago  Mobsters @ Dallas  Cougars

Summary: Chicago wins 4 of 6 in Dallas.

Selkirk  Steelers @ Corktown  Cycle

Summary: The Steelers come to Corktown and dominate winning 5 of 7 form the Cycle.

Tijuana  Bottle Rockets @ Coconut Creek  Crushers

Preview:  Six game set in the Creek.
Game #1: CCC offense explodes out of the gate and Musgrove is strong. CCC cruises to an 8-3 win.
Game #2: TIJ jumps out to a 7-0 lead after 4 innings. CCC battles back to take an 8-7 lead. TIJ plates 2 in the 8th to win the game 9-8.
Game #3: Framber vs Snell doesn’t pan out as TIJ rolls to a 9-0 win.
Game #4: TIJ pulls away late to win 5-2.
Game #5: CCC gets 3 off of Manoah in the 1st but that’s it. TIJ comes back to win 8-3.
Game #6: Musgrove is strong again and carries CCC to a 3-2 win.
Summary: TIJ beats CCC 4 games to 0. Musgrove beats TIJ 2 games to 0.

Portland  Lumber Jax @ Yucaipa  Road Runners

Preview: As expected, Portland wins series 5-1.
Game #1: Jax 12-1
12 runs, 16 hits
Iglesias 5 hits, 5 rbi
Game #2: Jax 5-0
Flaherty pitches a great game
Iglesias 3 ore hits, 2 rbi
Game #3: Jax 4-3
Jax score 1 run in T9 for the go ahead run
Game #4: YUC 5-4
YUC only win
score 2 in B8 to go ahead
Hand gets his 8th save
Game #5: Jax 9-5
Iglesias 3 more more hits, 1 rbi
Game #6: Jax 3-1
NEWS ALERT – Iglesias held hitless
Hicks picks up 2nd win of series, spoting a phenom 1.98 ERA
Peralta 14 save
Summary: Jax got to break even for the year

The big question is will YUC break 30 wins for the season?

Valdosta  Snappers @ Harsens Island  Walleye

Preview: Valdosta visits Harsens Island.
Summary: The Walleye take 5 of 6.

Cincinnati  Skyliners @ Southbend  Lynx

Preview: Cincinnati comes to Southbend for a 7 game series.
Game #1: CIN A.Wainwright vs SBL C.Sands

CHI opens the scoring T3 when Farmer 1bs, Sheets 1bs, Edman rbi-1b, Gamel bbs, Santander is HBP (lost for 1 day) to drive in another run, and Ramirez w/rbi-FC for a 3-0 CIN lead.

CIN puts the game away in the T4 when Hall 1bs, Sheets bbs, Edman loads the bases on a catcher’s interference, Gamel w/2-rbi 2b, and Morel with a 3-run HR.

SBL K.Tucker hits a solo-HR in the B4 to break up the shutout and Soto adds a rbi2b in the B8 for the other SBL run.

CIN Morel 3bs in the T9 and scores on a Ramirez grounder for the last CIN run.

CIN Wainwright went 7IP giving up only 3 hit and 1 run while fanning 6 for the win.

WP-A.Wainwright CIN
LP-C.Sands SBL

Cincinnati 9, Southbend 2

Game #2: CIN J.Urquidy vs SBL J.Junk

A good ole fashioned butt whooping as CIN plated runs in the 1st 4 innings to build up a 7-0 lead.

In the CIN T1 rbi-1bs by Hall and Ramirez started the onslaught. In the T2 Edman with a rbi-1b and Gamel with a 2-run 2b make it 5-0 CIN.

CIN would add 5 more runs with C.Raleigh swatting 2 HRs going 2-4 w/3 rbi; Ramirez ends up 3-6 w/3 rbi.

But CIN pitching is the story of the game as Urquidy, Chavez and Murfee combine for the 3 hit shutout, as they fam 7 and walk none.

WP-J.Urquidy CIN
LP-J.Junk SBL

Cincinnati 10, Southbend 0

Game #3: CIN R.Hill vs SBL F.Peralta

CIN on top in the T2 when Ramirez bbs and Raleigh hits a 2-run HR

SBL comes back in the B2 when Canha 1bs, Escobar 1bs, Muncy with a 2 out 2-run 2b, and then Wynns with a rbi-2b; SBL up 3-2.

SBL Altuve adds a solo-HR in the B3.

CIN Raleigh is back at it in the T4 with a solo-HR (4th of the series)

But SBL put 4 across in the B4 when Bichette hits a Grandslam.

The pitchers take over and there is no more scoring.

SBL Moronta comes on for the 3 inning save.

WP-F.Peralta SBL
LP-R.Hill CIN
Sv-R.Moronta SBL

Southbend 8, Cincinnati 3

Game #4: CIN C.Irvin vs SBL N.Pivetta

Once again CIN puts the wood to the SBL pitching as they open the game with 4 runs in the T1; Edman 1bs, Gamel 2-run HR, Walker 1bs, Ramirez 1bs and Soto misplays the ball allowing Walker to score, and then Raleigh with a rbi-2b.

SBL Plummer with a SF in the B2 gets the Lynx on the board.

CIN gets another unearned run in the T4 when Fraley drops a fly ball to allow a run to score.

But CIN put the game away in the T6 with 6 runs with the big hit being a Raleigh 3-run HR (#5 in the series).

CIN Gamel goes 4-5 with 2 runs and 3 rbi, 2-2bs and a HR.

CIN C.Irvin is dominant on the mound going 7IP, allowing only 2 hits, while fanning 4; Mayza and Burke close it out for CIN.

WP-C.Irvin CIN
LP-N.Pivetta SBL

Cincinnati 11, Southbend 2

Game #5: CIN P.Sandoval vs SBL D.Martin

SBL on the board in the B4 when Soto 2bs, moves to 3rd on a groundout, and scores on a Muncy rbi-1b.

In the SBL B5 Cave 1bs and then scores on a Bichette H&R rbi-2b.

SBL D.Martin has CIN number as he tosses 6 scoreless innings.

In the CIN T7 Ramirez hits a solo-HR to spoil the shutout.

But SBL D.Martin tosses a scoreless 8th and Houck close the game out in the T9 for his 12th save.

Both teams only got 4 hits, but SBL got the two timely hits.

WP-D.Martin SBL
LP-P.Sandoval CIN
Sv-T.Houck SBL

Southbend 2, Cincinnati 1

Game #6: CIN A.Wainwright vs SBL C.Hernandez

In the CIN T1 Edman reaches on a Escobar error, moves to 2nd on Gamel’s groundout, and then scores on a Walker rbi-1b.

SBL ties it in the B3 when M.Perez bbs, Bichette 1bs, and Soto w/rbi-1b

In the SBL B5 M.Perez hits a solo-HR.

But CIN takes the lead in the T6 when Gamel 1bs and Walker hits a 2-run HR.

CIN can’t hold the lead as SBL Fraley hits a solo-HR in the B6 to tie the game.

In the CIN T8 Edman 1bs, steals 2nd, Santander reaches on Altuve’s throwing error, Edman to 3rd, Walker with a rbi-1b, and Raleigh with a 2-rbi 2b.

In the SBL B8 McHugh is still on the mound for CIN for his 2nd inning of work; Altuve leads off with a 2b, Fraley bbs, and then Muncy comes through with a 2-out 3 run HR to tie the game at 6-6!

The two bullpens take over from there and they toss 7 ½ innings of scoreless ball.

In the SBL B16 Escobar 1bs with 2 out off CIN Mayza and then M.Perez hits a 2-run walk-off HR for the win.

A tough loss for CIN after they took the 3 run lead in the 8th.

WP-J.Familia SBL
LP-T.Mayza CIN

Southbend 8, Cincinnati 6

Game #7: CIN J.Urquidy vs SBL C.Sands

SBL scores 1st in the B4 on a K.Tucker solo-HR

CIN ties it in the T6 when Edman 3bs and Santander with a SF9.

CIN takes the lead in the T8 when Sheets 2bs, Edman 1bs, Santander with a SF7, Edman steals 2nd, and Trout w/rbi-1b.

CIN Urquidy is solid again only giving up 1 run in 7IP while fanning 7. B.Burke comes on for the 2 inning save.

WP-J.Urquidy CIN
LP-C.Sands SBL
Sv-B.Burke CIN

Cincinnati 3, Southbend 1

Summary: Cincinnati takes the series 4-3 over Southbend.

Cincinnati hitting unusually disappeared in Game #5 and in the extra innings of Game #6 to allow Southbend to win 2 more games than expected.

Cincinnati’s Raleigh is the man in the series swatting 5 HRs with 12 rbi.

Mesa  Solar Sox @ Fremont  Cannons

Preview: Second in the East hosts second in the West.
Game #1: Pablo Lopez (MSS) and Carlos Rodon (FRE) match up in a pitchers’ duel. Mesa threatens first with a runner on 3rd with no outs in the second, but Eugenio Suarez is caught in a rundown and the Sox fail to score. Fremont loads the bases in the bottom of the frame but Josh Rojas grounds out. Rowdy Tellez leads off the fifth with a double but Carlos Santana strikes out attempting to bunt, and the game stays scoreless. Fremont tries to bunt their way closer to a run in the bottom of the inning but gets a double play out of it instead.

Jace Peterson singles and steals for Fremont in the seventh, but is left stranded. Mesa finally gets the breakthrough run in the eighth with a solo HR from Kolten Wong, and Carlos Rodon is lifted. Eddie Rosario singles in an insurance run in the ninth, but Austin Hays robs Wong of a 3-run homer to keep it close. Pablo Lopez is left in to finish the game, and after double to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., buckles down to finish off the 2-0 Mesa win. Lopez strikes out 8 in the CGSO.

W: Pablo Lopez (7-4)
L: Carlos Rodon (8-5)

HR: MSS- Kolten Wong (6); FRE- none

Game #2: On paper the weakest pitching matchup, both starters were effective in this one. In the first, Oscar Gonzalez hits one off of Fremont starter Austin Voth that Teoscar Hernandez misplays, but he’s thrown out trying to extend it to 3B. In the bottom of the inning Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singles off of Kyle Hendricks with two on, but Carlos Correa runs through the stop sign and is thrown out at home, and Guerrero Jr. is nailed trying to sneak into 2B for the old 9-2-6 double play. Mesa goes up 1-0 in the fourth with a run-scoring single from Jesus Aguilar.

Fremont scores their first runs of the series in the sixth when a 2-run homer from Shohei Ohtani puts the Cannons up 2-1. Giovanny Gallegos comes on to try to hold the lead, but a Carlos Santana homer toes it and a two RBI single from Jon Berti puts Mesa back on top 4-2. Scott Barlow comes on to close it out in the ninth, and after a few loud flyouts the Solar Sox come away with the 4-2 win. Austin Voth came out after striking out 6 and allowing 1 run in 6 innings, but watched as the Cannons bullpen gave it away.

W: David Bednar (3-3)
L: Giovanny Gallegos (1-3)
S: Scott Barlow (17)

HR: MSS- Carlos Santana (6); FRE- Shohei Ohtani (13)

Game #3: Another good pitching matchup, one expected (Sandy Alcantara- FRE), the other maybe not (Ken Waldichuk- MSS). Fremont is first on the board in the third with a run-scoring single from Shohei Ohtani, but Carlos Correa is thrown out at home to keep it at 1-0. With two on in the fifth, Mesa goes to the pinch-hitter early, and it pays off big with a Gunnar Henderson 3-run homer. Fremont loads the bases in the bottom of the inning, and looks to have tied it up with an Austin Hays single, but…

wait a minute … what’s this? … WALDICHUK steps off the rubber … throws to SUAREZ
there’s an appeal at third … and he’s out! … CORREA missed third base
that’s the third out … neither run counts

Neither side scores again until the eighth, when Manuel Margot homers off of Ryan Pressly to score two and tie it up at 3-3. Neither side gets anything going in the ninth and we’re on to extra innings. Nothing happening in the tenth, but Gunnar Henderson leads off the eleventh with a walk. After he advances to second, Carlos Santana strikes out to end the threat. Manuel Margot singles and steals 2B to lead off the bottom of the inning, but is left stranded. An error and wild pitch put runners on 2nd and 3rd for Fremont in the twelfth, but Austin Hays flies out for the third out.

A two-out Oscar Gonzalez double threatens in the 13th, but Mesa can’t get him home. Meanwhile, the Cannons go down in order. Mesa then goes down in order in the 14th inning. Lucas Luetge gets the first tow out for Fremont in the bottom of the 14th, but Carlos Correa sends one over the fence and the Cannons walk it off 4-3 in 14 innings.

W: Ronny Henriquez (2-1)
L: Lucas Luetge (0-1)

HR: MSS- Gunnar Henderson (5); FRE- Carlos Correa (7), Manuel Margot (2)

Game #4: After an off day, Mesa looks to get started by getting two on in the first but fail to score. Fremont does get it going in the second with a pair of two-run homers from Teoscar Hernandez and Yoan Moncada off of Andrew Heaney to go up 4-0. Three long flyouts in the third off of Fremont’s Tarik Skubal raise heartbeats but little else. A Carlos Santana error in the third adds to Fremont’s lead with another run. Lucas Luetge comes on in the fifth, and the former Cannon helps out his old team again as Fremont scores three going up 8-0.

Mesa finally gets on the board with a three-run Jack Suwinski HR in the 6th. Mesa gets two more on but can’t bring them home. Eugenio Suarez adds a solo HR in the eighth to cut it to 8-4, but that dould be the final for the Fremont win.

W: Tarik Skubal (6-5)
L: Andrew Heaney (3-3)

HR: MSS- Jack Suwinski (3), Eugenio Suarez (8); FRE- Teoscar Hernandez (11), Yoan Moncada (3)

Game #5: A marquee matchup as Cristian Javier (MSS) faces off against Shohei Ohtani (FRE). A Mike Yastrzemski error in the top of the 1st puts Kolten Wong on third base, and Jon Berti promptly singles him home for the 1-0 lead. Eugenio Suarez adds to Mesa’s lead with a solo homer in the 4th. Josh Rojas leads off the bottom of the 4th with a single but he is thrown out stealing by Jose Trevino. Fremont again tries to get something going in the sixth with a leadoff single and steal by Jace Peterson. Edwin Diaz attempts to bunt him over to third, and an error by Suarez would leave both runners safe, but Peterson gets too greedy and is thrown out at home, with the score still 2-0 Mesa. Fremont still has yet to get a hit off of Javier.

Ohtani walks Wong to lead off the eighth and is pulled. Giovanny Gallegos comes on and Wong steals second, his third steal of the game. Gallegos is able to induce two weak swings and a strikeout and Wong is stranded. Austin Hays leads off the eighth for Fremont with a single, their first hit of the game, and Javier is brought out of the game. Ryan Pressly comes on and a Jace Peterson single puts runners on 1st and 3rd. PH Byron Buxton strikes out, then Fremont gambles and succeeds with a two-out SB from Peterson to put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Manuel Margot is brought in to pinch-hit and laces one in the gap, bringing in two to tie the game with a double. Mesa gets a runner on in the ninth but fails to score. The Solar Sox bring on closer Scott Barlow in the tie game in the ninth. Teoscar Hernandez hits a two-out double, but Austin Hays can’t bring him in and we go to extra innings for the second time in the series.

Mesa gets a runner on in the tenth but nothing more, while Fremont goes three and out. Mesa goes three and out in the eleventh while Fremont gets one on but comes up empty. Jesus Aguilar doubles in the 12th, but Robert Suarez is able to strike out the next two batters to end the threat. In the bottom of the inning a sacrifice puts Austin Hays at 2B with two outs. The next batter, Jace Peterson, is HBP and injured for 5 days, seemingly a good trade for Mesa in the situation. Byron Buxton can’t get the big hit and we move on to the 13th.

Oscar Gonzalez singles in the top of the 13th inning but a GIDP gets the Cannons out of trouble. Fremont then goes quietly in the bottom of the inning. A Josh Rojas error opens the door in the 14th with a leadoff runner, but a poor bunt by Jose Trevino costs the lead runner. Ryan Tepera comes on for Fremont and allows a walk then gets a flyout. Another walk loads the bases with two outs, but Kolten Wong grounds out 1-3. A walk to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and a single from Austin Hays puts the winning run on second with one out. Javier Baez grounds out, then Dylan Lee gets Yoan Moncada to flyout to end Fremont’s chances in the 14th.

The 15th inning proves to be quiet, as Ryan Tepera and Dylan Lee keep the bases clean. Tepera does the job again with a 1-2-3 sixteenth inning. Carlos Correa singles to leadoff the bottom of the inning, and is followed by a run-scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. double to walk it off 3-2 for Fremont in 16 innings.

W: Ryan Tepera (3-2)
L: Dylan Lee (3-5)

HR: MSS- Eugenio Suarez (9); FRE- none

Game #6: The finale sees Pablo Lopez and Carlos Rodon match up again. A double and a walk gets tow on with no outs in the second inning for Mesa, but they’re unable to bring anyone in. In the bottom of the third, Josh Rojas singles and steals, but he can walk home after Teoscar Hernandez sends it over the fence for the 2-0 Fremont lead. Shohei Ohtani steps up and makes it back-to-back homers and it’s 3-0 Fremont. Lopez only goes 5, and in the sixth a single from Austin Hays is followed by a Nolan Gorman HR for a 5-0 Fremont lead.

The Cannons are feeling good, but back-to-back singles in the seventh are followed by a Rowdy Tellez HR to cut the lead to 5-3. Tim Anderson collects one-out double in the eighth to bring the tying run to the plate, but Rodon is able to keep Mesa off the scoreboard. Trying to conserve the bullpen, Rodon stays in the ninth and gets two outs but walks two before Ronny Henriquez is brought on. Henriquez strikes out Oscar Gonzalez and Fremont takes the finale 5-3. Rodon strikes out 13 in 8.2 IP in the win.

W: Carlos Rodon (9-5)
L: Pablo Lopez (7-5)
S: Ronny Henriquez (1)

HR: MSS- Rowdy Tellez (5); FRE- Teoscar Hernandez (12), Shohei Ohtani (14), Nolan Gorman (6)

Summary: Fremont takes this battle of playoff contenders 4-2. Two marathon games really got the bullpens involved. Next up, Mesa travels to Tijuana while Fremont continues the homestand with Yonge St. before the midseason flip.

Triple Creek  Patriots @ Prairie Falcons

Summary:  The Falcons got knocked down, & barley had a chance to even stand at the end of this series.

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