2024 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #15

Juan_Soto24Sandy_Alcantra24Ronald_Acuna24Andre_Jackson24

NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
SOTO,Juan SBL  AL .500 1.227 6 22 11 1 0 5 6 6 3 6 2 1 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
ALCANTARA,Sandy FRE  AL 2 2 0 0 0.61 14 1 1 7 16 1 0 0 1 1 1
                                   
NAME TEAM AVG SLG G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI K W IW SB CS HBP
ACUNA,Ronald VAL  NL .615 1.154 6 26 16 6 1 2 # 8 2 1 0 5 0 0
                                   
NAME CLUB G W L S ERA IP R ER H K BB IBB WP BK HB HR
JACKSON,Andre COL  NL 2 2 0 0 0.56 16 3 1 # 16 7 0 0 0 1 1

Virginia  Sluggers @ Detroit  Crime

Summary: Two bad teams going nowhere but down.   Virginia beats up on Detroit 4 games to 2.

Coconut Creek  Crushers @ Chicago  Mobsters

Preview: The upcoming series between the Chicago Mobsters (46-44) and the Coconut Creek Crushers (56-34) promises to be an exciting matchup. The Crushers, with a stronger regular-season record, come in as the favorites. Their robust lineup and consistent pitching have been key factors in their success this season. On the other hand, the Mobsters have shown resilience and the ability to pull off upsets, making them a formidable opponent despite their lower win count.

Key Players to Watch
Chicago Mobsters: Julio Rodriguez, known for his clutch hitting, will be crucial for the Mobsters. Their pitching staff, led by ace pitcher Jesus Luzardo, will need to be at their best.

Coconut Creek Crushers: Brandon Nimmo, and Anthony Santander are the powerhouses in the Crushers’ lineup. Their pitching rotation, anchored by Joe Musgrive & Blake Snell, will look to dominate the Mobsters’ hitters.

Series Odds
Given the regular-season performance and overall team strength, the odds for the series are:

Coconut Creek Crushers: 65%
Chicago Mobsters: 35%

While the Crushers are favored, the Mobsters have the potential to surprise, making this series a must-watch for baseball fans.

Game #1: In a dominant performance, Coconut Creek shut out Chicago with a final score of 4-0. Joe Musgrove was stellar on the mound, improving his record to 5-4 with a 3.18 ERA, while Chris Bassitt took the loss, dropping to 6-7 with a 3.55 ERA.

The Crushers took the lead in the 4th inning with back-to-back home runs by Matt Olson and Brandon Nimmo. They extended their lead in the 6th inning, capitalizing on a costly error by Bassitt that allowed two more runs to score.

A notable lowlight for Crushers was Brandon Marsh’s rough day at the plate, striking out five times and earning the infamous Platinum Sombrero. Musgrove’s pitching was complemented by solid defense, keeping the Mobsters off the scoreboard throughout the game.

Final Score: Coconut Creek 4 – Chicago 0

Win: Joe Musgrove 5-4 (3.18)
Loss: Chris Bassitt 6-7 (3.55)

Game #2: The Coconut Creek Crushers secured a decisive 8-3 victory over the Chicago Mobsters, with Hector Neris earning the win and Julio Urias taking the loss. The Crushers took an early lead with a solo home run by Matt Olson in the first inning and never looked back. In the third inning, Seby Zavala extended the lead with another solo shot. The fourth inning saw a flurry of runs for the Crushers, including a three-run homer by Geraldo Perdomo, putting them up 7-0. Santander added another run with an RBI double, making it 8-0.

Chicago managed to get on the board in the fourth inning, capitalizing on a throwing error and a double by Willy Adames. They added another run in the ninth with a sac fly by Leody Taveras, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.

A significant moment came in the third inning when Crushers’ pitcher Kutter Crawford left the game with a shoulder injury, which could be costly for the team later in the season. Hector Neris stepped in and pitched effectively, while Urias struggled, giving up eight runs over four innings.

Final Score: Coconut Creek 8 – Chicago 3

Win: Hector Neris 5-4 (4.19)
Loss: Julio Urias 4-5 (4.81)

Game #3: The Coconut Creek Crushers once again dominated the Chicago Mobsters with a final score of 16-6. The Crushers took an early lead with a two-run homer by Matt Olson in the first inning. Randy Vasquez, the Mobsters’ pitcher, struggled throughout the game, issuing multiple walks and allowing several key hits. Due to tired pitching staff, the Mobsters’ management had to leave Vasquez on the mound to “take one for the team” in an old-fashioned style, resulting in a rough outing for him. Vasquez ended up giving up 15 runs, 13 of which were earned, over eight innings.

Domingo German pitched six solid innings for the Crushers, allowing three runs on nine hits and securing the win. The Crushers’ offense was relentless, with contributions from multiple players, including a three-run homer by Willi Castro in the seventh inning. Despite a late two-run homer by Yandy Diaz for the Mobsters, the Crushers’ lead was insurmountable.

Final Score: Coconut Creek 16 – Chicago 6

Win: Domingo German 4-3 (4.26)
Loss: Randy Vasquez 0-3 (7.97)

Game #4: In a thrilling 11-inning showdown, the Chicago Mobsters edged out the Coconut Creek Crushers with a final score of 3-2. The game was a pitching duel, highlighted by an outstanding performance from Hunter Brown, who pitched all 11 innings for the Mobsters. Brown struck out 12 batters, allowed only 3 hits, and issued 5 walks, showcasing his dominance and resilience on the mound.

Blake Snell of the Crushers was equally impressive, striking out 11 batters over 8 innings and allowing just 3 hits. Despite his efforts, the Crushers couldn’t hold off the Mobsters.

The game was tied 2-2 after a two-run homer by Andrew McCutchen in the second inning. It remained deadlocked until the bottom of the 11th when Julio Rodriguez singled, advanced to third on a hit-and-run by McCutchen, and scored the winning run on a bloop single by Jake McCarthy.

Final Score: Chicago 3 – Coconut Creek 2 (11 Innings)

Win: Hunter Brown 2-3 (4.09)
Loss: David Robertson 2-3 (4.30)

Game #5: The Coconut Creek Crushers emerged victorious over the Chicago Mobsters with a final score of 6-4. The Mobsters took an early lead in the first inning when Rodriguez scored, but the Crushers responded in the fourth inning with a two-run homer by Alec Bohm, putting them ahead 3-1. Matt Olson’s two-run home run in the fifth extended the Crushers’ lead to 5-1.

Chicago attempted a comeback in the eighth inning, scoring three runs to narrow the gap to 6-4. However, the Crushers’ bullpen held firm, with Robert Stephenson closing out the game in the ninth inning to secure his 20th save of the season.

Logan Webb pitched a strong game for the Crushers, going seven and a third innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, and striking out five. Jesus Luzardo took the loss for the Mobsters, giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings.

Final Score: Coconut Creek 6 – Chicago 4

Win: Logan Webb 10-3 (2.96)
Loss: Jesus Luzardo 10-6 (3.41)
Save: Robert Stephenson #20

Game #6: The Chicago Mobsters dominated the Coconut Creek Crushers with a decisive 8-1 victory. Chris Bassitt pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one earned run on four hits, while striking out four to secure the win. Julian Merryweather took the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits over four and a third innings.

Chicago’s offense was powered by Yordan Alvarez, who hit two home runs, one in the fifth inning and another in the eighth. The Mobsters took an early lead in the second inning with an RBI double by Gabriel Arias. They extended their lead in the third inning with a single by Yandy Diaz, scoring Alex Bregman. Alvarez’s first homer in the fifth inning made it 5-0, and a solo shot by Diaz in the seventh inning added to the lead. Alvarez’s second homer in the eighth inning and a double by Brayan Rocchio capped off the scoring.

Coconut Creek’s lone run came from a solo home run by Brandon Nimmo in the seventh inning.

Final Score: Chicago 8 – Coconut Creek 1

Win: Chris Bassitt (7-7, 3.41)
Loss: Julian Merryweather (2-1, 5.48)

Summary: The Coconut Creek Crushers dominated the series against the Chicago Mobsters, winning four out of six games. The Crushers showcased their powerful offense and strong pitching, highlighted by Joe Musgrove’s shutout performance and Matt Olson’s consistent home runs. Key victories included an 8-3 win where Hector Neris stepped up after Kutter Crawford’s injury and a crushing 16-6 victory with Domingo German on the mound. Despite a standout 11-inning complete game by Hunter Brown for the Mobsters, resulting in a 3-2 win, and a decisive 8-1 victory powered by Yordan Alvarez’s two home runs, the Mobsters struggled overall. The Crushers’ bullpen, led by Robert Stephenson, and solid starts from Logan Webb and others, secured the series.

Sacramento  Capitals @ Long Beach  Dirt Bags

Summary: In a series between 2 teams going nowhere this season, Sacramento takes 5 of 6 from Long Beach.

Triple Creek  Patriots @ Selkirk  Steelers

Preview: Big series for Selkirk as triple creek is in first and a better team.
Game #1: Fried was great 1 hit in 8.1 innings and Ad Garcia hits a walk off homer in the 10th. Selkirk 2 Triple Creek 0
Game #2: This time its Triple Creek hitting a 2 run homer in the 10th for the 5-3 win.
Game #3: Cease out pitches Guasman as Turner and Perez homer. Selkirk 3-2
Game #4: Stewart hits a pinch 2 run homer to tie it in the 8th by Triple creek wins it in the 10th 5-4.
Game #5: Kremer 2 hitter for Triple creek and wins 1-0.
Game #6: Freid is great again just 3 hits in 8 innings Semien and Alonso homers for the 5-1 win.
Summary: What a fun series every game was a nail biter.Ends in a 3-3 split.
POW – Max Freid 1-0 16.1 innings 4 hits 1 run just 2 walks and 11 K’s

Bethesda  Bandicoots @ Tempe  Tempers

Preview: Top dog in the East visits the Central’s best.
Game #1: Cobb vs. Darvish
Tempe sent eight to the plate in the first and scored four capped by a J.D. Martinez bases clearing three run double. Darvish surrendered only one run over seven innings. Bethseda added a few runs off Cisnero in 8th, but Munoz closed it out for the save.
Tempe 6-3
W – Darvish (6-1), L – Cobb (8-6), S – Munoz (20)
Game #2: Kelly vs. Gray
Pitchers duel with both starters throwing shutouts through six innings. Wong gunned two Tempe steal attempts to help Kelly. Tempe went to the pen in the top of the 7th. In the bottom of the 7th, Realmuto walked and stole 2nd. Azuna was intentionally walked and the move paid off as Kelly got the next three hitters. Hader replaced Kelley to start the the bottom of the 9th and served up a solo homerun to Realmuto.
Tempe 1-0
W – Munoz (3-1), L – Hader (1-2)
Game #3: Gonzales vs. Verlander
Ramirez started the scoring with a two run homer in the 1st. Pavin Smith’s two run double in the 2nd tied it up, but Verlander got a double play with bases loaded to prevent a much bigger inning. Change launched a two run homer in the 4th to give Bethseda their first lead of the series. Bogaerts two run homer tied it in the bottom of the 4th. Gonzales worked out of runner on 3rd with no outs in the 5th. An itchy Baumann replaced Gonzales in the bottom of the 6th as a 18 grade. Braiser replaced Verlander in the 7th and gave up three straight doubles to Siri, Castellanos and Vaughn. The Coots added another run in the 8th that was matched by a solo homerun from Ozuna. Hader redeemed himself in the 9th with a perfect inning.
Bethseda 7-5
W – Baumann (3-1) L – Braiser (4-2), S – Hader (#11)
Game #4: Kirby vs. Woodruff
In the 4th, Tempe used a couple pinch runners and stolen bases to manufacture three runs. They added another in the 5th with a SB, sac bunt and single from Bogaerts. Woodruff turned it over Kittridge in the 6th and the Coots got their first run of the game. Braiser and Munoz closed out the final three innings.
Tempe 4-1
W – Woodruff (8-1), L- Kirby (13-3), S – Munoz (#21)
Game #5: Keller vs. Cole
Tempe put runners on the corners in the 2nd, but Keller worked out of the jam. Chang’s solo homerun in the 3rd was the Coots first hit of the game. Wong added a broken bat rbi single in the 4th. Keller stranded runners in just about every inning and took the shutout to the 8th before giving up a solo homerun to Realmuto. Three Tempe errors in the 9th allowed an insurance run to score for Betheseda. Hader closed out the 9th. Bethseda made the most of their four hits to give Cole his second loss of the year.
Bethseda 3-1
W – Keller (7-6), L – Cole (15-2), S – Hader (#12)
Game #6: Cobb vs. Darvish
Tempe scored three in the first behind a Martinez homer. Langelier’s solo in 2nd and a Smith rbi single in the 4th made it a close game. Braiser replaced Darvish in the 6th and allowed an inherited run to tie the game and prevent Darvish from getting the win. Tempe then rallied for four runs in the 6th and two more in the 7th as Realmuto hit triples in two consecutive innings. Cisnero getting some usage gave up homers to Smith, Langeleirs and Marcona in the 9th. Tempe eventually had to use next game starter Gray to get the final out and preserve the win.
Tempe 10-9
W – Braiser (5-2), L – Cobb (8-7), S – Gray (#1)
Summary: Tempe hangs on to win a very competitive series four games to two. Realmuto was the player of the series.

Southwest Detroit  Fighting Chihuahuas @ Hollywood  Werewolves

Summary: Hollywood takes 5 of 6 from the Fighting Chihuahuas.

Arboga  Rats @ Valdosta  Snappers

Preview: Rats invade Valdosta.
Game #1: Valdosta 12-1. Ronald Acuna, Jr hit 2 of the Snappers’ 5 HR’s and knocked in 4 in a laugher. Ronald added 4 RBI’s as well.
Game #2: Valdosta 7-0. Taj Bradley (8-7) made his best start of his young career, as he K’d 13 while spinning a 2-hitter. Acuna added 3 base knocks.
Game #3: Valdosta 5-2. Martin Perez (4-1) pitched 6 strong innings and the Snappers pen were able to stymie the Rats hitters.
Game #4: Valdosta 9-6. This game turned into a battle of the pens and the Snappers proved superior today. Tanner Scott picked up his 24th save.
Game #5: Arboga 9-4. Rats jumped all over Drew Smyly (7-5). Oddly, no HR’s in the game for either team, but Acuna did go 4-5 for the Snappers.
Game #6: Valdosta 5-2. Jackson Wolf (9-4, 3.75) won his 2nd game of the series with 7 IP and 9 K’s. Ronald Acuna was only 3-4 with 3 SB’s.
Summary: Valdosta stays red-hot at home as they take 5 of 6. Acuna had another great series, going 16 for 26, 2 HR’s, 5 SB’s. He’s pretty good folks.

Mesa  Solar Sox @ Dallas  Cougars

Summary: Cougars and Solar Sox split

Fremont  Cannons @ Tijuana  Bottle Rockets

Preview: Tijuana and Fremont get together for a 6 game series.
Summary: The 2 teams played to a 3-3 split.

Southbend  Lynx @ Motor  City Muscle

Preview: Southbend @ Motor City for 6 games.
Summary: MCM somehow finds a way to split

Baltimore  Comets @ Harsens Island  Walleye

Preview: Baltimore visits Harsens for six games.
Summary: Split 3-3.

Corktown  Cycle @ Yucaipa  Road Runners

Preview: YUC struggling to beat last years record.
Game #1: CRK 6-2
Jansen 2 Home Runs
Game #2: CRK 5-0
Corporate shut out from the staff
Volpe Hr 3 rbi
Game #3: CRK 7-0
Outman HR 3 rbi
Jansen 3rd HR the series
Game #4: YUC 6-3
YUC finally pulls out a win, Lauer gets his 2nd win
Reynolds 3 rbi
Game #5: CRK 4-3
Outman 3 more ribbies
Game #6: YUC 6-0
YUC gets a rare shutout, Megill 4 hit shutout
Summary: CRK wins series 4-2

Prairie  Falcons @ Columbus  Explorers

Preview: Prairie comes to Columbus for 6. Explorers have the best of it.
Game #1: 5-1 COL
Game #2: 2-1 COL
Game #3: 6-2 PRA – Benintendi (5) homers, 3 hits. Elder (W 9-5) 7 ip,3 hits, 2 runs
Game #4: 5-2 COL
Game #5: 7-2 COL
Game #6: 5-2 COL
Summary: Not sure why we are winning so much.

Gainsville  Swamp Things @ Cincinnati  Skyliners

Preview: Gainesville comes to Cincinnati for six games.
Summary: Series split, 3-3.

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