2024 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #13

Matt_Chapman24Dane_Dunning24Marcus_Semien24Brandon_Williamson24

NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
CHAPMAN,Matt HOL  AL .333 .667 5 21 7 4 0 1 2 8 4 2 0 0 0 0
                                   
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 2.30 15 5 4 # 12 6 0 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
SEMIEN,Marcus SEL  NL .417 .917 6 24 10 3 0 3 8 12 4 4 0 0 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
WILLIAMSON,Brandon TCP  NL 2 2 0 0 0.50 18 3 1 8 15 4 0 0 0 0 1

Chicago  Mobsters @ Southwest Detroit  Fighting Chihuahuas

Summary: Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas takes 4 of 6, but does so with significant injuries.
Jose Quintana injured for 36 days for Chicago.

Selkirk  Steelers @ Long Beach  Dirt Bags

Summary: Selkirk sweeps Long Beach outscoring the home team 61-6!

Columbus  Explorers @ Bethesda  Bandicoots

Summary: Columbus snags the win in the first game and then goes on hiatus for the remainder of the series leaving five games on the table for Bethesda to scoop up.

Valdosta  Snappers @ Sacramento  Capitals

Summary: Valdosta takes 4 of 6 from Sacramento. Valdosta is a better team.

Yucaipa  Road Runners @ Harsens Island  Walleye

Preview: Yucaipa visits Harsens in the Cellar Dweller World Series
Summary: No Hitter Alert! Brian Woo throws a no-no for the Walleye as they take the series 4-2.

Prairie  Falcons @ Tempe  Tempers

Preview: The Falcons and the Tempers square off in Tempe for the first seven of the next thirteen games.
Game #1: Elder vs. Verlander
Grisham’s two run homer in 1st was matched by Kwan’s two runner in the 4th. Ozuna’s solo in 6th gave Tempe the 3-2 lead and knocked out Elder. Bickford came on in relief and was pounded.
Tempe 10-4
W – Verlander (12-4), L – Elder (8-4)
Game #2: Boyd vs. Woodruff
Tempe took an early 3-0 lead in the first led by a Bogaerts homer. Albies’ bases clearing double in the 5th made it 8-0. Woodruff tossed five hit-less innings and Little pitched the last four for the save. Moniak’s two run homer in the 9th stopped the shutout.
Tempe 8-2
W – Woodruff (6-1), L – Boyd (9-7), S – Little (#2)
Game #3: Fujinami vs. Cole
Conforto’s single and Moniak two run homer off Cole in 1st were the only hits for Prairie in the entire game. However, that was all Fujinami needed to give Cole his first loss of the season. Fujinami only allowed one run on a solo homer to Ozuna. Tempe threatened almost every inning, but they finished with 10 runners stranded. Alzolay picked up the save in the 9th with the tying run stranded at 3B.
Prairie 2-1
Fujinami (7-4), L – Cole (12-1), S – Alzolay (#20)
Game #4: Ashcraft vs. Perez
The Falcons jumped on Perez for four runs in the 1st and one in the 3rd. Darvish gave up two more in relief. Ashcraft took the 7-0 lead and a No Hitter into the 8th until he gave up a solo homerun. Bickford came on in relief and gave up a 3 run homer to Freeman, but Alzolay pitched a quiet 9th for the save.
Prairie 7-4
W – Ashcraft (8-7), L – Perez (2-1), S – Alzolay (#21)
Game #5: Fleming vs. Woodruff
Fleming was pounded early and only finished two innings. Tempe had 19 hits on the day and homeruns by Albies and Ex-Falcon Pillar. Woodruff left after three hitless innings and a 8-0 lead. Strzelecki got the easy win in relief.
Tempe 12-3
W – Strzelecki (1-1), L – Fleming (9-7)
Game #6: Elder vs. Cole
Both aces didn’t disappoint. Kirilloff got the scoring going in the 3rd with a solo off Cole. Elder stranded runners every inning until he finally gave up a game tying double to Martinez in the 5th. In the bottom of the 7th, Azuna walked, Haggerty pinch ran and stole 2B and Bogaerts singled off Elder to give Tempe a 2-1 lead. Cole pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th for the complete game win.
Tempe 2-1
W – Cole (13-1), L – Elder (8-5)
Game #7: Boyd vs. Perez
No aces in this one, but another solid performance from the starters. Bouchard got the rare start and led off with a solo homer for Tempe. Gelof got a two out rbi single in the 6th to tie it at 1-1. Martinez’s solo in the bottom of 6th gave Tempe a 2-1 lead. Trout led off with a double in the 8th and scored the tying run after two consecutive deep flies. In the bottom of the 8th, Tempe got two runs on Fujinami as he started his third inning of relief to go up 4-2.
Tempe 4-2
W – Munoz (2-1), L – Fujinami (7-5), S – Verlander (#1)
Summary: A back an forth series with Tempe squeezing out two tight wins in the final three games to take the series 5-2. The teams will enjoy three days of rest and then square off again in Prairie.

Dallas  Cougars @ Coconut Creek  Crushers

Preview: CCC hoping for a big series to keep up in the West.
Game #1: Anderson is too strong as he holds CCC down. DAL wins 4-2.
Game #2: CCC offense takes out the Game-1 frustrations on Miller. Musgrove is on his game and CCC wins 6-1..
Game #3: Ragans is dominant and carries DAL to a 4-1 win.
Game #4: CCC again bounces back. 4 HRs lead the way to a rout as CCC wins 10-2.
Game #5: Snell cruises as CCC wins7-2.
Game #6: CCC is able to get to Anderson this time around. We then hold on to win 4-1.
Summary: CCC wins the series 4-2.

Cincinnati  Skyliners @ Tijuana  Bottle Rockets

Preview: Tijuana hosts Cincinnati for 6.
Summary: The hometown Bottle Rockets drop 4 of 6 to The Skyliners.

Motor City  Muscle @ Mesa  Solar Sox

Preview: Bottom dwellers team up for a 6 game set.
Game #1: Matt Wallner hits a two-run homer in the 1st and never looks back in a 4-2 MCM win.
Game #2: Alex Faedo pitches brilliantly (8 1/3, 4 hits, no earned runs, 9 Ks.). Arcia homers. MCM wins again 4-1.
Game #3: Mesa’s Pablo Lopez hurls a CG, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs (a Kerry Carpenter homer), and strikes out 10 for his 8th win of the season. Carlos Santana hits a two-run homer and Mesa wins 3-2.
Game #4: Mesa hits 5 homers and Christian Javier goes the distance. Mesa wins 14-2.
Game #5: 4 more Mesa homers in an 11-2 win.
Game #6: Paul Blackburn goes the distance for MCM, giving up only one hit and striking out 13. The Muscle evens the series at 3-3 with a 7-2 win.
Summary: Lots of homers for Mesa in their wins, no offense in their losses.

Southbend  Lynx @ Virginia  Sluggers

Preview: The surprising Division leading Lynx wander cross town to visit the lowly slugless Sluggers.
Game #1: VIR 5-3
RBI’s by d’Arnaud in the 2nd and 4th put SBL up 2-1. But Merrifield singles in a run to start the 5th and Devers follows with a 2-run double to make it 4-2 VIR. Both teams would add another run in the 8th but Borucki would come in for his 16th save.
Game #2: SBL 11-0
SBL was ticked off having lost the first game. Soto led a 12 hit attack with a 3-6 day with a homer and 4 RBI. Bichette chipped in 2 hits and 3 RBI and Escobar went 3-4 with 4 runs and a solo homer. VIR was held in check by Oviedo pitched a CG 2-hitter striking out 9 and walking only 2 while facing 31 batters.
Game #3: SBL 4-1
SBL got hitting and pitching again. d’Arnaud was 3-4 and Tucker and Raley got 2 hits each. One of Raley’s hits was an RBI double and Bichette picked up the other RBI as 2 of the SBL runs came on errors. On the mound, Houck went the distance scattering 4 hits while striking out 12 and only walking 1.
Game #4: SBL 3-2
RBI back-to-back doubles by Springer and Devers gave VIR a 2-1 lead after the 1st, And they were the only runs VIR would get in the game,…Peralta and 4 relievers made sure of that. Meanwhile, in the 5th, Pinto crushed a solo homer for SBL and a few batters later Tucker drove in what would be the deciding run as he put SBL up 3-2.
Game #5: VIR 6-5
VIR jumped out 2-0 on Jiminez’ first inning 2-run bomb. SBL answered with 2 in the top of the 2nd on RBI’s by Escobar and Straw. VIR came right back in the bottom of the 2nd on a 2-run double by Springer to give VIR the lead back 4-2. Bichette’s solo shot in the 3rd made it 4-3 VIR. However, in the 6th, Escobar (having a good series) rips one way out into the night and puts SBL up 5-4. Kind of a seesaw game so far. Well, it continues as VIR comes back in the bottom of the 6th, “M. ZUNINO facing J. WEEMS, B 6th, 2 Outs, Runner on 1st, Behind 4-5…He brings it in … a big fly to left … STRAW backpedals … still drifting back … look out now!…it’s outta here! … STRAW thought he had a play … but the ball carried just beyond his reach…home run for ZUNINO … and two runs score.” VIR 6-5. VIR pen closes out the game.
Game #6: VIR 6-0
This was Este’s game. A grade 3 starter who would go the distance scattering 4 hits and allowing no runs and striking out 7. Ruiz and Devers would get 2 hits each and drive in 2 runs each while leading a 12 hit attack that gave Pivetta his second loss of the series.
Game #7: VIR 8-2
In the rubber match it was over quickly. VIR went up 5-1 after 2 innings and cruised from there. Springer and Merrifield went deep for VIR collecting 2 RBI each while Jiminez was 4-4 with 2 RBI. SBL’s Oviedo, who had such a great start earlier in the series, got battered in his 3.2 innings of work. So frustrated was he that he nailed VIR catcher Murphy and he’ll be out for 19 days.
Summary: A good, solid comeback from the Sluggers. Down 3-1 in the series they suddenly pulled out productive hits and the pitchers pitched their best games in a while. VIR may not be anywhere near a playoff spot, but they sure proved they are a team to be reckoned with. They take the series over first place SBL 4-3.

Hollywood  Werewolves @ Detroit  Crime

Summary: Hollywood wins 4 of 6 from Detroit

Triple Creek  Patriots @ Baltimore  Comets

Preview: N.L. West leaders, the Triple Creek Patriots (52-25), visit Baltimore to face the Comets (34-43)
Game #1: Patriots rally for 4 runs in the 7th to take the opener. Brandon Williamson goes the distance, yielding 2 runs on 4 hits, to pick up the win. Corey Seager (14) and Lourdes Gurriel (11) homer for Triple Creek.

PATRIOTS 5 / 9 / 1
COMETS 2 / 4 / 0
WP – Williamson (7-2)
LP – J. Suarez (1-1)

Game #2: Kevin Gausman was tossing a shutout before yielding 4 runs in the 9th, the big blast, Joey Gallo’s walk-off, 3-run homerun (9), and Baltimore evens up the series.

PATRIOTS 1 / 4 / 0
COMETS 4 / 5 / 0
WP – Dominguez (1-0)
LP – Gausman (10-4)

Game #3: Dakota Hudson yields 5-runs in the first 2 innings and the Comets cannot recover. Will Smith had 4 hits and Jonathan India homered (8) to lead the Patriots offense. Drey Jameson pitches the 3rd straight complete game for Triple Creek.

PATRIOTS 7 / 13 / 1
COMETS 1 / 6 / 1
WP – Jameson (1-0)
LP – Hudson (10-4)

Game #4: Baltimore gets out to an early lead but can’t stop the Triple Creek hit parade. The Patriots hit 6 doubles and prevail 6-4. Mark Canha had 2 of those doubles, plus a single, knocking in 3.

PATRIOTS 6 / 14 / 0
COMETS 4 / 7 / 0
WP – Lorenzen (8-3)
LP – Taillon (7-7)
S – Wilson (10)

Game #5: Baltimore’s lack of defense contributed to 10 unearned Triple Creek runs, as the Patriots blast the Comets 18-3. Joey Votto had 3 hits, including a homerun (8), and knocked in 5 runs. Corey Seager (15) and Johnathan India (9) also homered for the Patriots. Dean Kremer goes the distance, despite yielding 8 walks, to earn the victory.

PATRIOTS 18 / 16 / 0
COMETS 3 / 3 / 3
WP – Kremer (5-6)
LP – Mikolas (2-11)

Game #6: Max Scherzer tosses another Patriot complete game, allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits, while striking out 11. Lars Nootbaar homered twice (5,6) and Will Smith (19), and Jonathan India (10) also went deep for Triple Creek.

PATRIOTS 6 / 10 / 0
COMETS 2 / 7 / 2
WP – Scherzer (8-2)
LP – Contreras (1-6)

Game #7: A disastrous game to end a disastrous series for Baltimore. An 8 run Patriot 5th inning ends any doubt who would win the game, and to add to the Comets’ woes, Domenic Canzone and Joey Wiemer collide and both are lost for an extended duration (Wiemer – 11 days and Canzone – 35 days). Jonathan India hit another homerun (11) for Triple Creek and knocked in 4. Brandon Williamson tosses his 2nd complete game of the series.

PATRIOTS 10 / 14 / 0
COMETS 1 / 4 / 0
WP – Williamson (8-2)
LP – Zerpa (4-3)

Summary: Triple Creek starters pitch 6 complete games and win the series 6-1. Baltimore loses 3 players to extended injuries which is going to make coverage interesting the next couple of series.

Gainsville  Swamp Things @ Fremont  Cannons

Preview: Gainesville is trying to stay relevant in the back-end of the playoff race, while Fremont’s strong division lead at the start of the season has dwindled as of late. These two teams hooked up for a massive trade (when the Swamp Things were in Portland) that helped Fremont to the title in 2022, but now Gainesville is starting to see the fruits of the trade pay off.
Game #1: Julio Teheran (GST) vs Kodai Senga (FRE)

Senga’s last start was a disaster (9 BB, 1 Balk, 1 HBP, 1 E) so he’s looking for better. Back-to-back homers from the Gleyber Torres and Spencer Torkelson make it 4-0 Swamp Things in the 2nd. Senga loads the bases in the 3rd, and Luis Robert makes him pay with two more runs off a single. Shohei Ohtani finally gets the Cannons on the board with a solo shot in the 5th. Gainesville puts it out of reach on a two-run HR from Nolan Jones in the 7th, and the Swamp Things go on to win 10-4.

The teams combined for seven HRs. Teheran moves to 3-0, allowing one run in six innings. Senga allowed 6 ER for the second straight game.

W: Julio Teheran (3-0)
L: Kodai Senga (6-6)

HR: GST- Nolan Jones (13), Spencer Steer (16), Gleyber Torres (18), Spencer Torkelson (15); FRE- Shohei Ohtani (18), Austin Hays (5), Carlos Correa (8)

Game #2: Kyle Freeland (GST) vs Garrett Whitlock (FRE)

Neither pitcher would be considered their team’s best, but both tried to make you think so. Joey Bart nearly opens the scoring for Fremont in the 3rd, but Nolan Jones robs him of a homer. Fremont does get a run in the 4th with an RBO single from Elly de la Cruz. Freeland then loads the bases, but gets Byron Buxton swinging. In the ninth, Gainesville threatens with a 1-out double by Gleyber Torres, but Shelby Miller collects the final two outs for the 1-0 Fremont win. Whitlock goes 8.1 IP allowing just 4 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 5. Freeland pitches well in the loss, going 7 innings with 4 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, and 1 earned run.

W: Garrett Whitlock (9-2)
L: Kyle Freeland (2-3)
S: Shelby Miller (15)

HR: none

Game #3: Zach Eflin (GST) vs Griffin Canning (FRE)

Zach Eflin lasts just 1/3 of an inning before leaving due to injury (15 days). Spencer Steer is later lost for 4 days after a HBP. Not ideal for the Swamp Things, but they do get an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd from a Luis Robert homer. Fremont gets one back a Shohei Ohtani double in the 6th. Fremont strikes again with several singles and steals in the 7th to go up 3-2.

Things fall apart for Fremont with two outs in the 8th, as Robert Suarez gives up a walk, steal, double, another walk, and then a homerun to former Cannon Max Kepler, and Gainesville takes the 6-2 lead. Fremont wouldn’t threaten again, and the Swamp Things hold on for the win. Seven pitchers contributed to the W for Gainesville

W: Mark Leiter (2-0)
L: Robert Suarez (0-1)
S: Hoby Milner (11)

HR: GST- Luis Robert (26), Max Kepler (13) FRE- none

Game #4: Jack Flaherty (GST) vs Scott Alexander (FRE)

Gainesville gets to Alexander in the second for 5 runs, with the aid of a Carlos Correa error, but Fremont gets two back in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 5-2. A pair of singles and HNBP in the third loads the bases for Fremont, then Correa atones for his error with a grand slam. An RBI single from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the fourth increases the Cannons lead to 7-5.

Gainesville puts runners in scoring position over the next few innings but can’t bring them home. A Byron Buxton HR in the eighth seals it for Fremont, aa they win 8-5. Scott Alexander picks up his first win despite allowing 10 hits.

W: Scott Alexander (1-2)
L: Jack Flaherty (5-5)
S: Greg Weissert (1)

HR: GST- none; FRE- Nolan Gorman (16), Carlos Correa (9), Byron Buxton (6)

Game #5: Zac Gallen (GST) vs Sandy Alcantara (FRE)

Gallen’s first game back in Fremont after the trade to Portland was a good one. He goes 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, no walks and no runs while striking out 6. Sandy Alcantara struggled for the home side. A two-run HR by Gleyber Torres puts the Swamp Things on top on the second, then another former Cannon, Nick Gonzalez, leads a 5-run third inning with a 3-run HR. Nolan Jones homers in the fourth, and Nick Allen singles in a run in the fifth, and the Swamp Things run wild in the 9-0 victory. Gleyber Torres and Nick Gonzalez each go 3-5, and the Swamp Things racked up 14 hits in the win.

W: Zac Gallen (3-7)
L: Sandy Alcantara (9-5)

HR: GST- Nolan Jones (14), Gleyber Torres (19), Nick Gonzalez (1); FRE- none

Game #6: Julio Teheran (GST) vs Kodai Senga (FRE)

A rematch of Game 1. A run-scoring triple by Shohei Ohtani and a 2-run HR from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the first puts the Cannons up 3-0. Guerrero adds another in the second with a bases-loaded sac fly, but that would be all for the Cannons in that inning. Things look promising again in the third with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but Fremont fails to bring them in.

Senga loads the bases in the sixth but a groundout from Max Kepler ends the threat. A three-run homer from Shohei Ohtani in the sixth all but puts the game away. Nick Allen singles in the first run for Gainesville in the ninth, then Daniel Palencia loads the bases. Shelby Miller gets the final two outs and the Cannons take it 7-1. Shohei Ohtani goes 3-4 with his second game of the series with a a triple and a homer.

W: Kodai Senga (7-6)
L: Julio Teheran (3-1)

HR: GST- none; FRE- Shohei Ohtani (19), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (15)

Game #7: Kyle Freeland (GST) vs Shohei Ohtani (FRE)

Nolan Jones puts the Swamp things up early with a first-inning solo shot. Jones takes Ohtani deep again, and it’s 2-0 Gainesville in the fourth. Fremont finally gets to Freeland in the sixth with a two-run homer by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to tie it up at 2-2. After Teoscar Hernandez K’s, Byron Buxton sends another one over the fence and Fremont takes the 3-2 lead. Jack Flaherty comes on for Freeland and gives up a triple to Elly de la Cruz, but the Cannons can’t bring him home.

Gainesville put two on with one out in the seventh, but Ohtani strikes out Luis Robert and Spencer Torkelson. Austin Hays reaches on an error and steals second in the bottom of the inning but is stranded. Nolan Jones leads off the eighth with a walk but is thrown out stealing by Joey Bart. Seiya Suzuki follows with a triple but Ohtani gets the next two batters to ground out. Gainesville goes 1-2-3 in the ninth and the Cannon stake the rubber match 3-2. Ohtani wasn’t at his best but still remains unbeaten.

W: Shohei Ohtani (8-0)
L: Kyle Freeland (2-4)
S: Griffin Canning (1)

HR: GST- Nolan Jones 2 (16); FRE- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (16), Byron Buxton (7)

Summary: Fremont fends off Gainesville to win the series 4-3! Next week is the rematch in Gainesville, with rest and recovery from injuries the Swamp Things should be more formidable the next go-around.

Corktown  Cycle @ Arboga  Rats

Game #1: A Houser goes 7.2 for the win
Final Arboga 5 Corktown 1
Game #2: C Rea and 2 relievers combined to shut out Arboga
Final Corktown 6 Arboga 0
Game #3: J Berrios gets his 9th win
Final Corktown 6 Arboga 3
Game #4: N Syndergaard holds off Corktown for the victory
Final Arboga 7 Corktown 4
Game #5: T Walker and 2 relievers hold Corktown scoreless
Final Arboga 1 Corktown 0
Game #6: A 7 run 7 inning does in Arboga
Final Corktown 15 Arboga 6
Summary: A Split series.

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