2024 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #5

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NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
ABRAMS,C.J. SWD  AL .462 .885 6 26 12 2 0 3 6 8 1 1 0 1 0 1
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
DUNNING,Dane VIR  AL 2 2 0 0 1.15 15 2 2 # 14 3 0 0 0 1 0
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
SEAGER,Corey TCP  NL .478 1.261 6 23 11 3 0 5 7 10 6 1 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
KELLER,Mitch BET  NL 2 2 0 0 1.69 16 3 3 # 19 2 0 0 0 0 1

Long Beach  Dirt Bags @ Bethesda  Bandicoots

Preview: Super early meeting between two teams jockeying for position in the middle of their respective NL divisions with the Bandicoots at 16-9 somehow and the Dirt Bags at 9-18.
Game #1: Jose Siri homered twice and Adam Duvall once in a 5-2 win for Bethesda. Fermin and Frazier both had two hits for Long Beach with old Swedish goaltender Tommy Soderstrom coming through with a solo home run off Bethesda starter Mitch Keller.
W-Keller (1-1)
Sv-Rogers (2)
L-Bradford (2-3)
HR-LBD: Soderstrom (3); BET: Siri 2 (5), Duvall (3)
Game #2: George Kirby fanned 11 and held the Dirt Bags to one hit in a 2-0 Bethesda win. Bowlan pitched well as well for Long Beach and struck out 11 but was victim of the long ball giving up solo shots in the 3rd and 8th innings.
W-Kirby (6-1)
L-Bowlan (2-4)
HR-LBD: none; BET: Friedl (5), A.Diaz (1)
Game #3: The Bandicoots used five pitchers to shut out the Dirt Bags 7-0 despite the two teams each having just seven hits in the game. Peguero and Taylor had two hits each for Long Beach while Jeff McNiel with a single and a triple was the lone multi-hit batter for Bethesda.
W-Kelly (5-0)
L-Feltner (0-3)
HR-LBD: none; BET: O’Hearn (2)
Game #4: Reid Detmers limited the Dirt Bags to one run on two hits over eight solid innings in a 5-1 Bethesda win. Matt Mervis absolutely demolished a Detmers’ pitch in the 5th to account for the lone Long Beach run. Yu Chang continued his insane assault on the team home run record with a pair of solo shots in the game and even if he never had a hit the rest of the season far exceeded expectations.
W-Detmers (3-3)
L-Paxton (1-4)
HR-LBD: Mervis (2); BET: Chang 2 (9)
Game #5: Yu Chang did it again and came through with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th to bring the Bandicoots from behind in a 5-4 win over Long Beach. Jonathan Aranda had the big hit for the Dirt Bags in the game with a pinch hit three-run homer in the 6th.
W-Baumann (1-0)
Sv-Moore (4)
L-Sborz (0-2)
HR-LBD: Aranda (1); BET: McNeiil (3), Chang (10)
Game #6: Mitch Keller dominated, fanning 11 and went the distance in a close 2-1 win by Bethesda over Long Beach. Tyler Freeman went 3/3 for Long Beach in the game which was the first in the series that didn’t have a home run. Bradford fanned eight without walking one in 6.1 innings for Long Beach.
W-Keller (2-1)
L-Bradford (2-4)
HR-none
Summary:: Most games were close but the Bandicoots were able to pull out a series sweep thanks to continued improbably timely hitting by guys like Yu Chang and Paul DeJong who somehow has like a 12 game hitting street going.

Valdosta  Snappers @ Tempe  Tempers

Preview: Tempe returns home with a current 13 game winning streak. Valdosta has a very good top of the lineup and some decent late inning arms. Can they stop the streak and grab a few wins?
Game #1: Winans vs. Verlander
A three run homer by Ozuna in the first got Tempe started strong. Singles from Sheets, Hedges and Harris put two runs on the board for Valdosta in the 3rd. Winans gave up four straight hits in the 5th and left the game down 5-2. Schuster recorded a couple strikeouts and stranded two Tempe runners. Acuna solo shot off Jimenez in 6th and Andrus rbi double in the 7th made it a one run game. A Walker rbi single in the 8th tied it 5-5 and removed Verlander’s shot at a win. A Kwan triple, a Noda double and Ramirez single put Tempe back up 7-5 in bottom of the 8th. Munoz closed out the 9th for Tempe’s 14th straight win.
Tempe 7-5
W – Braiser, L Ginkel, S – Munoz
Game #2: Wolf vs. Perez
Mancini rbi single put Valdosta up 1-0. Tempe loaded the bases in the 2nd, but Wolf got a SO to get out of the jam. A Rooker rbi single made it 2-0. Tempe got on the board with Freeman solo homer in 3rd. Martinez sac fly and a Bogaerts rbi single put Tempe up 3-2 in 5th. Rooker solo in 6th tied it and knocked out Perez. Richards replaced Wolf in the 6th and struck out the side. Tempe gots a run in the 7th on an error. Munoz came on in 9th to close it out, but Gurriel took him deep to tie it. Higashioka threw out a pinch runner in the bottom of the 9th to send it extra innings. Harris rbi double in 10th put Val up 5-4 and Scott struck out the side for the win.
Valdosta 5-4 10th
W – Scott, L – Jimenez
Game #3: Toussaint vs. Gray
A Realmuto RBI single in the second inning after Bogaerts had singled and stole second base was the only run of the game. Gray pitched a complete game, two hit shutout for the win. Toussaint only gave up three hits over 7 innings, but picked up the tough lost.
Tempe 1-0
W – Gray, L – Toussaint
Game #4: Smyly vs. Verlander
Freeman led off with a solo and JD Martinez followed with a two run shot to Tempe up 3-0 in the 1st. Smyly balked for the second time in the game allowing Kwan to move to second and then score on a Ramirez rbi single in the 2nd. Kwan gunned a runner at home in the 3rd to preserve the shutout. Martinez hit his second homer in the 3rd. 5-0 Tempe. Schuster came on and stopped the bleeding. Darvish replaced Verlander was puled after 4.2 innings causing him to miss getting win again. Hedges solo in 6th was the only run for Valdosta. Two RBI double by Ramirez in the 7th. Freeman rbi double added a few more in 8th. Darvish went the final 4.1 innings for the win.
Tempe 10-1.
W – Darvish, L – Smyly
Game #5: Bradley vs. Maeda
Valdosta loaded the bases in 3rd with only one out and Maeda was forced to pitch to Acuna… Acuna crushed a grand slam. Valdosta then added another run in the inning to go up 5-0. Tempe responded strong in the bottom of the inning with 7 hits and five runs to tie it at 5-5. Acuna doubled off Braiser to put Valosta back up 6-5 in 4th. A Murphy three run jack in the 5th made it 9-5. Two run homer by Bogaerts in 7th cut it to 9-7. Scott pitched a quiet 8th for Valdosta. Murphy rbi double in 9th gave Valdosta another insurance run. 10-7. In the 9th, Scott got Bogaerts to start the inning and then allowed solo homers to Ozuna and Martinez to make it a one run game. An Albies triple put the tying run on 3rd with one out and a Realmuto a sac fly tied it 10-10 in the bottom of the 9th. In the 10th, Acuna led off with a single off Munoz and then stole 2b. Tempe intentionally walked Riley. Munoz then got Andrus and Gurriel. Walker came on as a pinch hitter and Tempe IW to load the bases. Munoz then got Waters to ground out. Scott remained in the game and pitched a perfect 10th. With two outs in the 11th, Rooker took a tiring Munoz deep. 11-10 as Tempe ran out of pitching. Scott still in the game pitched a perfect 11th for the win.
Valdosta 11-10 11 INN
W – Scott, L – Munoz
Game #6: Winan vs. Perez
Realmuto put Tempe on the board with a RBI single in 2nd. Tempe loaded the bases in 3rd, but Winan got Albies on a called third strike. Walker two rbi single helped Valdosta get three off Perez in 4th to go up 3-1. Tempe loaded the bases in the 6th with one out and Noda singled in two runs to tie 3-3. Freeman then crushed a three run homer to put Tempe up 6-3. Ozuna added a RBI single to make 7-3.
Perez went 8.1 INN with 13 SO for the win.
Tempe 7-3
W – Perez, L – Winan
Game #7: Wolf vs. Verlander
Acuna doubled and Riley singled in the first to put Valdosta up 1-0 in the 1st. In the 2nd, Realmuto walked, stole 2b and scored on a Bogaerts rbi single. RBI hits from Albies, Freeman and Ramirez made it 5-1. Ramirez two run homer in 7th put the game out of reach. Gray was still tired from his complete game, so Verlander manned up and went seven innings to finally get a win after pitching well in two earlier games.
Tempe 7-2
W – Verlander, L – Wolf
Summary: Two late inning falters by Munoz cost Tempe the sweep and a shot at 20 straight wins. Valdosta lost five games, but should still feel good about grabbing two extra inning wins after how bad their starting pitching was during the entire series. They return home to host Baltimore while Tempe heads to Long Beach.

Hollywood  Werewolves @ Cincinnati  Skyliners

Preview: The Hollywood Werewolves make the annual visit to Glenn Sample Field for a six-game set against the Cincinnati Skyliners. Hollywood leads the West Division by a game and a half, while Cincinnati is mired in third place in the American League East.
Game #1: HOL 8, CIN 3
Hollywood was savage at the plate, going 16 for 40 (.400 batting average) and delivering a .625 slugging percentage in the contest.
Game #2: CIN 10, HOL 4
Christian Walker mashed a pair of homers and drove in five in the triumph.
Game #3: HOL 4, CIN 1
Lane Thomas popped a pair of solo homers for Hollywood, which received two and two-thirds scoreless relief from the bullpen.
Game #4: CIN 3, HOL 2 (11 innings)
Eddie Rosario walked it off in the bottom of the 11th with a solo blast.
Game #5: CIN 5, HOL 4
Brandon Drury’s three run homer was just enough for the victory.
Game #6: HOL 8, CIN 6
Aaron Judge delivered three hits, drove in three, scored a pair and homered.
Summary: The series wound up a split. Christian Walker had a solid series for Cincinnati with a 7-for-24 batting line, with three runs, seven RBI, three double and a pair of homers for a .292 batting average, .320 on base, .667 slugging and .987 OPS.

Triple Creek  Patriots @ Prairie  Falcons

Preview: Two divisional leaders heading into a clash…one team for sure playing WAY over their APBA abilities in the Prairie Falcons…the other team I wont comment on because I dont need an libel suits filed with the commishioners offices.
Game #1: Falcons without two starters in the lineup as both Beantown Boys Casas and Yoshida were overused to date so we gave them a week off…Conforto, Loftin were recalled from the minors along with Henry Davis as our 27th man as we hadnt utilized that roster spot but are now confortoble with it..LOL Hard to lose when Mike Trout comes off the bench and hits a 3 run pinch hit homer…which capped off a 6 run 6th inn explosion off after the an inning earlier Javy Baez took Lorezen deep to tie 3-3…TCP gets one back in 7th on a Miranda homer but Cessa finished off the final 2 innings with a stellar performance. PRA 9 – TCP 4

Estevez with the W, Lorenzen with the L HR’s by Seager, Canha, Miranda and for PRA – Trout and Baez…

The fresh prince of Bel air was hurt for 5 games so Carson Kelly will see a lot of playing time the rest of this series.

Game #2: Mathew Boyd came into the game with a 4-1 record but and error on Tyler Stephenson led to 3 unearned runs and then he gave a couple on his own and he was in the showers before gym class was even over for the day. Alex Kirilloff hit 2 dingers and Moniak had one of his own but PRA was no match today for TCP – The Lordes himself went yard as did Cory Seager who was originally on the bench but Boyd beaned Zack Neto and set him down and out for the rest of this series and 8 more games after that 12 in total and with Casey Schmitt hurt Cory had no where to hide.. Belly, Lordes, Cory all had 3 hits each in this shellacking..TCP 11 – PRA 5

Kremer his 2nd win, Boyds 2nd loss…

Game #3: Damn this Cory Seagar guy – another 3 hits, 2 homers and he is a one man wrecking crew…Falcons get a long ball from John Grisham but that was the only novel thing we have happen…Our lawyers couldn’t buy us a win.

TCP 9 – PRA 6

Pruitt the win in relief his 3rd while the Cessa Plane took the loss…B Wilson did record his 5th save.

Game #4: Falcons score first on a DP ball…woo hoo!!! but in the 7th Lordes doubles home a run and it is 1-1…then in the 8th Miranda singles..O Miller pinch runs and swipes 2nd and then swipes 3rd – where the hell is the Prairie coaching….and Kyle Stwoers singles him home to take the lead 2-1…Bottom of the 8th..Trout singles and Joe Jiminez is summoned from the pen – gets Loftin to popup but the Meister Burger hits a 2 run game winning homer…as Alzolay shutdown the 9th
PRA 3 – TCP 2
Jiminez the loss, Cionel Perez the win Alzolay 8th save…
Game #5: Mad Maz on hill for TCP and he was not sharp at all…Falcons went round and round the mulberry bush plating 6 runs off him..he gave up a single and a walk to Baez – I dont even think Baez has a 14 – hell I am not sure the kid even takes a pitch anymore and then to rub salt in wound Trent Grisham goes yard on him so my 8-9 hitters were 3 for 7 with 2 EBH 3 runs 3 rbi’s TCP did manage some late inning runs capped off with some India cuisine as he went yard as did Casey Schmitt.

PRA – 7 TCP 4

Mad Max the loss, Fleming the win and ALzolay with his 9th save, and sports a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings he is vying for a spot in the ASG

Game #6: Back to Cory Seager controlling the game again 2 more hits – another long ball 3 ribbbies while Lorensen kept the Prairie offense in check. Icing on cake was seeing Votto go yard – I like the guy so I root for him even if on other team…

TCP 6 – PRA 2

Lorenzon 3-1 on season, Elder gets handed 1st defeat..not other great interesting points to mention

Summary: Sister kissing time as 3-3 series for these two teams. MVP of week Cory Seager 11-22 .500 5HR’s about a kajillion runs and a bajillion rbis…he was just flat out SICK! Prairie still way over their head at 21-11 and travel to divisional foe Bethesda next week in waht could be the start of the great demise for the Birds. TCP flys home and will find that the RATS have infested their town for the week as they still sit pretty at 23-9 and despite those nice records for PRA and TCP both teams are still looking up the skirt of the Tempe Tempers and their 25-8 record…

Chicago  Mobsters @ Gainsville  Swamp Things

Preview: A new divisional rivalry is born in the AL Central as Chicago heads to Gainesville for the first time in history. Both teams are at the top of the division through the early part of the season.
Game #1: A back and forth game that saw Chicago get to their bullpen holding a 5-2 lead. Doval gave up a run in the 6th on a Ryan Jeffers single but then was lights out in the 7th and 8th. Maintaining the lead, Doval came out for the 9th and gave a quick home run to Jeffers to make it a 1 run game. Chicago turned to Josh Hader to close the door. He struggled to get the 3 outs and instead walked Max Kepler. Followed that up with two outs but with Michael Brantley coming up and the runner now on 2nd, we got ourselves a tie game as Brantley slapped a single to make it 5-5. Dejected, Chicago still recovered in extras in a fun way. Jake McCarthy worked a one out walk and ended up for the 2nd time of the day stealing both 2nd and 3rd. All it took was a Willy Adames sac fly and Chicago got the lead back 6-5. Felix Bautista did even giver Gainesville a chance, he pitched both innings in extras and came away with 5k’s.

Chicago 6
Gainesville 5 (11)
W: F. Bautista 1-0
L: B. Francis 1-1

Game #2: Game 2 saw Gainesville turn to J.P. France to try and get a game back after the eventful end of game 1. This was a much less exciting game if you prefer offense and drama. Instead, France absolutely silenced the Chicago bats only allowing 3 men to reach base over the course of the game. 2 singles and a walk. 9 inning complete game shutout is just what the doctor ordered for Gainesville. Chas McCormick and Luis Robert both went deep and not much else was needed.

Gainesville 4
Chicago 0
W: J. France 3-1
L: Z. Thompson 0-1

Game #3: Back to another game with some excitement. The problem for Chicago was leaving runner stranded. Both starting pitchers Urias and Flaherty did not have outstanding stuff but enough to keep both teams alive through 5 innings. Gainesville got a huge 3 run home run from youngster Ronny Mauricio in the 2nd and it looked like things were not going to be close, it was 4-0. Chicago battled back plating 1 in the 3rd and then getting 2 more across in the 5th thanks to singles by Julio Rodriguez and Luis Arraez to make it 4-3 and chase Flaherty. Gainesville got a little bit of insurance in the bottom of the 6th with a Max Kepler home run to make it 5-3. The score remained this way as over 4 innings Foley, Coulombe, Leiter, and Milner gave up just 1 hit and walked 2.

Gainesville 5
Chicago 3
W: J. Flaherty 4-0
L: J. Urias 3-1
S: H. Milner 6

Game #4: After dropping game 1 Gainesville managed to get their 3rd win in as many days thanks to another great pitching performance as Zac Gallen went 7 giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 9. On the other side J.P. Sears gave up 10 hits against 16 batters, 9 of which were singles and just 1 double. In the bottom of the 3rd he was pulled for Chapman already down 5-0. Chicago stopped the bleeding defensively and only allowed 2 base runners the rest of the way, both walks. If it wasn’t for Gallen the way the Chicago pen pitched would have been the recipe for a win. Leody Taveras got a home run for Chicago in the 9th to close the gap to 3 but there was no coming back on this night.

Gainesville 5
Chicago 2
W: Z. Gallen 2-2
L: J. Sears 2-4

Game #5: Chicago got a huge bounce back as Jesus Luzardo was absolutely lights out against Gainesville. A complete game shutout striking out 12 batters and only giving up 1 extra base hit. On the other side Zach Eflin gave up 3 in 5.2IP but average was not going to get it done. Julio Rodriguez had a nice night going 2/4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Outside of Luzardo, the story was that Gainesville really got the rivalry going with Jason Foley and Mark Leiter both getting ejected in the 7th for hitting batters. In total, Gainesville hit 4 Chicago hitters. We will see where this goes down the road.

Chicago 4
Gainesville 0
W: J. Luzardo 3-3
L: Z. Eflin 4-2

Game #6: We had ourselves quite a pitching duel through 5 innings as it was a 0-0 stalemate. Tyler Mahle making his 2nd start of the year was rock solid going 7 strong giving up 3 hits and not allowing a runner to get to 3rd base. Brennan Bernardino did great in 5 but the 6th inning things began to come apart. He gave up a single to Matt Duffy and then a double to Austin Barnes. Chicago turned to Josh Hader and he was quickly greeted by a Seiya Suzuki 3 run home run to break the scoring open. Max Kepler and Spencer Steer both got RBI doubles and Gainesville plated 5 in the 6th. There was no turning back. Late in the game both teams scored a run as Luis Robert and Yandy Diaz both left the park. This win guaranteed a Gainesville series win.

Gainesville 6
Chicago 1
W: T. Mahle 1-0
L: B. Bernardino 0-1
Chicago 1

Game #7: The final game of the series saw rain come in before we got things underway and then just saw both team sprinkle the field with hits, runs however were still a premium. Both scored 1 in the 2nd and then in the bottom of the 5th Spencer Torkelson ran into one against Josh Hader to put Gainesville up 2-1. In the 8th Julio Rodriguez tied it back up with his own home run off Leiter. 2-2 and Chicago wanting to get a 3rd win in the series they turned to Felix Bautista who has previously been unhittable in the series. However, in the bottom of the 8th Chas McCormick gave the lead back to Gainesville with the 3rd solo shot of the game. Hoby Milner came in for the 9th and put a bow on the series.

Gainesville 3
Chicago 2
W: M. Leiter 1-0
L: Felix Bautista 1-1
S: H. Milner 7

Summary: Gainesville took 5 of 7 in the first series between these new rivals. Chicago won’t forget, especially game 5 with all the hit batters. It is fully expected that there will be retaliation it is just a matter of when.

Jesus Luzardo gets a shout out for his week going 1-0 with 9IP 12K 5H 3BB 0R
J.P. France also had a great series going 1-0 in 2 starts 15IP 9K 11H 2BB 1R 1ER

Detroit  Crime @ Coconut Creek  Crushers

Preview: 2024 Role Reversal Series.
Game #1: Webb gets dinged up for the first time this season. CCC battles back and the game is tied after 6. DET blows up the CCC bullpen with 5 int he 7th and holds on for a DET 9-7 win.
Game #2: Snell outduels Wheeler in a 6-0 CCC win. After getting his first loss last series, Snell throws a complete game 2-hit shutout with 12 K’s.
Game #3: Cabrera is strong and gets big support from Santander’s 2 HRs and 5 RBI. CCC wins 7-2.
Game #4: Schwarber hits a 2-run HR in the 2nd inning while Nola and Claudio combine to hold CCC to one hit through 7 innings. CCC then hits solo homers in the 8th, 9th and 10th to walk off with a 3-2 win.
Game #5: Bohm reaches base all 4 times and drives in 4 as CCC wins 8-5.
Game #6: Webb bounces back with 7-1/3 IP of 2 hit ball only to see the bullpen blow it. CCC had a 4 run lead with 2 outs in the 9th when future HOF member Brett Wisely comes in to PH. Naturally he blasts a game tying grand slam to send it to extras. Fortunately for the home team, CCC walks it off in the 10th 6-5.
Summary: CCC wins the series 5-1 with two of the wins being very close calls. CCC fans are encouraged to be tied for the division lead while our 50+ HR guy is scuffling. Offense should be scary when he gets on a run. On a down note, we lost Domingo German for a month to the DL.

Corktown  Cycle @ Harsens Island  Walleye

Summary: Corktown flexes their muscles winning the series 5-2.

Columbus  Explorers @ Baltimore  Comets

Preview: A pair of last place teams battle it out in Baltimore, as the Columbus Explorers (6-21) visit the Comets (12-14)
Game #1: Columbus starter Jose Urquidy enters the game with a 14.77 ERA. After shutting out the Comets on 3 hits over 7 and a third, his ERA drops to 10.44. Urquidy gets just enough offensive support, a Charlie Blackmon RBI single in the 2nd, to earn his first win of the year.

EXPLORERS 1 / 5 / 0
COMETS 0/ 3 / 0
WP – Urquidy (1-2)
LP – Mikolas (2-4)
S – Abreu (5)

Game #2: Baltimore bounces back in a big way, plating 5 runs in the 2nd and 7 runs in the 5th to cruise to a 12-3 victory. Bryson Stott homered (4) and knocked in 3, and Joey Wiemer clubbed a 3-run triple to pace to offense.

EXPLORERS 3 / 9 / 3
COMETS 12 / 14 / 0
WP – Taillon (4-1)
LP – Peterson (1-4)
S – Woodford (1)

Game #3: Columbus jumps out to an early 5-0 lead, but Baltimore comes all the way back, capped off by a game-tying 3-run homerun off the bat of Joey Wiemer. But with a run in the 9th, Bryan Abreu comes in and locks it down to send the Explorers home with the “W”.

EXPLORERS 6 / 13 / 0
COMETS 5 / 6 / 0
WP – Garcia (1-0)
LP – Bummer (1-1)
S – Abreu (6)

Game #4: Garrett Mitchell’s 7th inning grand slam stakes the Comets to an 8-1 lead. After scoring a pair in the 8th, Columbus’ D.J. LeMahieu delivers a grand slam of his own to pull the Explorers within 1 in the 9th, but Taylor Rogers comes in and snuffs out the rally to secure the win for the home team. LeMahieu knocked in 6 in the game.

EXPLORERS 7 / 9 / 2
COMETS 8 / 9 / 1
WP – Contreras (1-5)
LP – Lambert (1-4)
S – Rogers (1)

Game #5: Joey Gallo doubles, homers, and knocks in 3 to lead Baltimore to a 4-1 win. Angel Zerpa pitched 7 innings of 2-hit shutout ball to win his 2nd of the season. Clarke Schmidt pitched well for Columbus, allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, on 6 hits over 6 2/3, but he takes the loss, dropping his season record to 0-7.

EXPLORERS 1 / 3 / 1
COMETS 4 / 8 / 1
WP – Zerpa (2-0)
LP – Schmidt (0-7)
S – Bummer (1)

Game #6: Bryson Stott (6) and Garrett Mitchell (2) both homer as Baltimore comes from behind twice to earn the 4-2 win in the series finale. Jose Urquidy pitched well, again, for Columbus, going 6 2/3 innings, yielding only an unearned run on 6 hits, to lower his ERA to 8.24.

EXPLORERS 2 / 11 / 1
COMETS 4 / 9 / 0
WP – Woodford (1-0)
LP – Honeywell (0-1)
S – Rogers (2)

Summary: Baltimore takes the series 4-2 to even its record on the season at 16-16. With a favorable early schedule, 13 of the Comets 16 victories have come at home, but the schedule promises to get much stiffer down the line, starting next week with a road trip to Valdosta. Columbus returns home to meet Harsens Island.

Sacramento  Capitals @ Yucaipa  Road Runners

Preview: YUC has high hopes coming into the series.
Game #1: Battle of the Grade 3’s.
Lauer pitches a good game only 3 hits, 1 run.
Turang slams a 2 run HR, walk off.
YUC 2-1
Game #2: SAC 14-5
Lindor 5 ribbies.
All but Massey are in on the hit parade.
Game #3: YUC 9-4
Greinke picks up first win of the season.
Game #4: SAC 3-2 in 11 Innings.
Game #5: SAC 6-0
Glasnow throws a shutout.
Game #6: SAC 5-3
Yepez HR, 3 ribbies.
Summary: SAC wins series 4-2.

Southbend  Lynx @ Tijuana  Bottle Rockets

Preview: Tijuana hosts Southbend for a 6 game series.
Game #1: A solid outing from S. Strider and a good day for the offense propels Tijuana to victory. TIJ 9 SBL 4
Game #2: Southbend starter T. Henry pitches 5+ innings of 1-run ball and J. Soto homers to lead The Lynx to an easy victory. SBL 5 TIJ 1
Game #3: Southbend gets another solid pitching performance. N. Pivetta throws 5+ innings of shutout ball and the offense gets homers from Fraley and Raley to lead the way. SBL 8 TIJ 1
Game #4: The Tijuana bullpen lets them down in this one. B. Stewart allows two 9th inning runs to blow the save and J. Hoffman allows a run in the 10th to take the loss. SBL 3 TIJ 2
Game #5: G. Rodriguez allows 1-run over 6 innings and the bullpen doesn’t implode. C. Carol hits his 3rd homer of the season. TIJ 5 SBL 1
Game #6: Tijuana’s bullpen strikes again! B. Stewart allows 2 ninth inning runs, taking the blown save and J Hoffman gives up 1 in the tenth to take the loss. SBL 4 TIJ 3
Summary: The hometown fans feel the pain of 2 – ninth inning blown saves. Southbend takes the series 4 – 2

Dallas  Cougars @ Motor City  Muscle

Preview: DAL @ MCM for 7 games.
Summary: MCM takes the series 4 games to 3.

Southwest Detroit  Fighting Chihuahuas @ Mesa  Solar Sox

Preview: SW Detroit cruises into Mesa hoping to blast the woebegone Solar Sox.
Game #1: What a way to screw up bullpens for the series! A 16 innings 2-2 game won by Mesa on a walk off grand slam by Rowdy Tellez.
Game #2: Mesa builds a 6-0 lead mainly due to a bases clearing double from Carlos Santana. SW Detroit comes all the way back to win it 7-6 behind their bullpen’s 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.
Game #3: C.J. Abrams had the game of his career – 5-5 with 5 runs scored, 5 RBI, a double, and 2 homers! Detroit wins 14-1.
Game #4: Mesa wins 5-3. Homers from Tellez, Suwinski, and Gunnar Henderson supply the muscle.
Game #5: Abrams hits another homer, this time it’s a 2-run 10th inning shot that wins the game 6-4.
Game #6: Logan Allen out-duels Matt Manning 1-0. Kyle Isel hits a solo homer for the game’s only run.
Summary: A series split and a moral victory for the Solar Sox! Be sure to note Abrams’s great series!

Virginia  Sluggers @ Fremont  Cannons

Preview: Virginia comes in to Fremont just 4th in the AL West, while Fremont is surprisingly atop the league. Can the good times keep rolling?
Game #1: Dane Dunning (VIR) vs Griffin Canning (FRE)

Fremont rests Ohtani and Skubal for next week’s series with Cincinnati, so Canning makes his season debut. Virginia greets him roughly with four in the 1st, with the big blow a George Springer 3-run HR. Fremont scores one in the fifth, but leaves the bases loaded. Luken Baker then singles home Yoan Moncada in the 6th to cut it to a 4-2 game. Virginia tacks on an insurance run in the 8th and takes it 5-2.

Fremont doesn’t walk a batter but leaves 12 on base to come out on the wrong end of this one. Bryan Reynolds and Eloy Jimenez both go 3-4 with a combined 5 RBI.

W: Dane Dunning (3-1)
L: Griffin Canning (0-1)
S: Ryan Borucki (8)

HR: VIR- George Springer (3); FRE- none

Game #2: Joe Ryan (VIR) vs Sandy Alcantara (FRE)

Virginia strikes first again, with a run in the 1st with some help from a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. error, already his 3rd of the year. Three doubles in the bottom of the inning puts Fremont on top 2-1. Vlad Guerrero atones for the error in the 3rd with a two-run HR. It stays 4-1 until the seventh, when Teoscar Hernandez singles in a run to add to the Fremont lead. Fremont salts it away with two in the 8th to win it 7-1. It was vintage Sandy Alcantara as he picks up the CG win in this one.

W: Sandy Alcantara (3-1)
L: Joe Ryan (1-3)

HR: VIR- none; FRE- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (7)

Game #3: Yonny Chirinos (VIR) vs Kodai Senga (FRE)

With two outs in the second, Fremont pushes four across to chase Chirinos from the game. Mike Ford singles in a run in the 4th to cut it to 4-1 Fremont. Senga isn’t at his sharpest, but the wheels fall off in the 6th. A single, walk, and HBP loads the bases with no outs. Ready for a change anyways, the Cannons turn to closer Shelby Miller for some mid-game work. Luis Rengifo shows him up with a PH 3-run triple. Miller gets the first two outs but also walks two to load the bases for Rafael Devers, who singles in two more to put the Sluggers on top 6-4. Virginia adds another in the 7th, then George Springer closes it out with a 9th inning solo shot and Virginia wins 8-4.

W: Eli Morgan (2-0)
L: Shelby Miller (2-1)

HR: VIR- George Springer (4); FRE- none

Game #4: Nick Lodolo (VIR) vs Garrett Whitlock (FRE)

Virginia uses another strong 1st inning with a 3-run HR from George Springer. Fremont gets one back in the 2nd, but the Sluggers load the bases in the 3rd and bring one in via groundout, Shohei Ohtani brings the Cannons closer with a solo HR in the bottom of the 3rd, then Elias Diaz homers in the 4th to make it 4-3. Lodolo walks off with an injury in the 6th, but should make his next start.

A walk and steal from Byron Buxton allows Manuel Margot to bring him home with a single to tie it in the 7th. Virginia puts runners on 2nd and 3rd in the eighth, and brings them both home for the 6-4 lead, and it would stay that way to the end. Springer goes 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBI in the win.

W: Gregory Soto (1-1)
L: Ryan Thompson (0-1)
S: Ryan Borucki (9)

HR: VIR- George Springer (5); FRE- Shohei Ohtani (3), Elias Diaz (2)

Game #5: Luis M. Castillo (VIR) vs Griffin Canning (FRE)

Another 1st inning outburst from Virginia sees them score 4 off of Canning, with a three-run blast from Sean Murphy leading the way. Mike Yastrzemski leads off the bottom of the inning with a HR to get the crowd back in it. Virginia adds on another in the 5th to go up 5-1. Castillo and company aren’t really challenged, and the Sluggers win 5-1. Castillo racks up 9 K’s in the win.

W: Luis M. Castillo (3-3)
L: Griffin Canning (0-2)

HR: VIR- Sean Murphy (3); FRE- Mike Yastrzemski (6)

Game #6: Dane Dunning (VIR) vs Carlos Rodon (FRE)

Both pitchers keep it scoreless until the 4th, when back-to-back homers by Rafael Devers and Eloy Jimenez puts Virginia on top 2-0. Osleivis Basabe homers in the 5th to give the Sluggers some cushion, then Sean Murphy singles in one more in the 9th for the 4-0 CGSO for Dunning. Dunning only allowed 3 hits and struck out 7.

W: Dane Dunning (4-1)
L: Carlos Rodon (1-2)

HR: VIR- Rafael Devers (5), Eloy Jimenez (4), Osleivis Basabe (1); FRE- none

Summary: Virginia takes the series 5-1! Fremont bats were cool, totaling 11 runs in the 5 losses. Without a couple bullpen meltdowns it could have been 3-3. Virginia outscored Fremont 12-3 in the 1st inning. George Springer went 9-20 with 7 RBI, 7 R, and 3 HR.

Next week: Virginia travels to Coconut Creek, and Fremont hosts Cincinnati.

Selkirk  Steelers @ Arboga  Rats

Preview:  Six game series between two evenly matched up teams.
Game #1: Rats score 4 runs in the second to support Cortes. Rats 6-2
Game #2: Anderson goes 7.1 inn to preserve the the victory. Steelers 4-0
Game #3: McLain and Turner go deep for a 5-2 victory.
Game #4: Cole goes to 4-0 with 7 inn 1 hit ball. Arboga 7 -1
Game #5: Turner goes 3 for 3 with 2 Doubles enroute to a victory. Steelers 3 – 1
Game #6: Arboga goes 11 innings for the victory. Arboga 2-1
Summary: Even split with the Rats and Steelers

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