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Week # 3 - Game 3: Airway Heights Spartans at Piney Creek Palookas


                                                 THE PINEY CREEK "NO-HITTER" TEAM


      COLIN McHUGH          JAKE McGEE                ADDISON REED               CHAD GREEN

The Piney Creek Palookas pitching staff gave the fans an evening that they'll never forget by tossing a combined no-hitter! The tension started to build around the 6th inning.  By the 9th inning the crowd  was electrified.  Piney Creek had 11 hits for the night. 

The win went to Collin McHugh (1-0) who allowed no runs and no hits in 5 innings. He was followed by Jake McGee who pitched a perfect 6th innings. Addison Reed followed with a seemless 7th inning.  Chad Green finished the game off with 2 hitless innings (only allowing 1 baserunner via a walk). Matt Boyd (0-1) was charged with the loss.  He gave up 3 runs, 3 hits and a walk in only 2/3 of the 1st inning.

"You probably have a better chance of winning the Colorado lottery than this happening," said McHugh who got credit for the win, "I don't expect it to sink in for awhile." he said. "You know, it's hardto say who was better, the starter or the bullpen!... but we're a solid group of guys, and we always try to play as a team."



Week # 1 - Game 2: Mississippi Big Orange at Northwest Ohio Franconians



Chris Taylor smashed 2 homeruns and had 3 RBI as the NW Ohio Franconians really laid it on the Mississippi Big Orange 12 to 2 behind the help of (count 'em) 8 HOME RUNS...

Taylor was a one-man wrecking crew.  He clubbed a solo home run in the 1st inning, doubled in the 3rd inning, doubled in the 5th inning and cleared the fences for a two-run home run in the 6th inning.  NW Ohio had 14 hits overall, while Mississippi had 6. 

The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon (1-0) who allowed 2 runs in 5 and 2/3 innings. The losing pitcher was Anibal Sanchez (0-1).  He surrended 6 homeruns in his 4 and 1/3 innings. 

"I had good swings and the "Random Number Generator" was really working well for us tonight," Taylor said, "Everything felt right".

For the Series...NW Ohio won 2 of 3 games.

NW Ohio wins Game # 1 --  4 to 3 as Carlos Santana homers in the 12th inning.

Mississippi wins game three 7-4 behind homers by Starling Marte and Curtis Granderson.

For the Series... Northwest Ohio clobbered a total of 11 HOME RUNS!  (Can you say... BOOM!!)



Week # 4 - Game 3: Kessel Smugglers at Kona Coast Coffee Growers

While Robbie Ray was vying for his no-hitter, Matt Harvey held the Coasters pretty much in check, allowing only 2 runs in the first five innings. Then the sixth inning ruined his pitching line. As part of 6-run sixth inning, Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam when Nomar Mazara leapt and could not hold onto the wall scraper.

Robbie Ray had a no-hitter into the ninth inning until Manny Machado got a 3-12 roll for a pure single to break up the no-no. This is the closest no-hitter chance in the history of the Kona Coast Coffee Growers.


Week # 2 - Game 3: Suffolk Swashbucklers at Kona Coast Coffee Growers

Game 3: Swashbucklers 5, Kona Coast 2. C.J. Cron played long-ball, hitting homeruns in his first two at bats. Cameron Rupp added another solo shot of loser Robbie Ray. David Price pitched 6 strong innings but the bullpen wobbled in the Suffolk victory. Tyson Ross, after loading the bases, got a 7th inning-ending double play, and Enny Romero got through the ninth, allowing one run but faced the tying run at the plate before striking out PH Ryan Hanigan to end the game.

Some factoids: Suffolk swatted 6 HRs in the series to just 1 by Kona Coast. Five of the Suffolk HRs were with nobody on base. Kona Coast stranded 24 runners, compared to 14 for the Swashbucklers.

Some News from the Albany Internationals....

The Internationals managed to squeeze out a 6-3 home stand, winning each of the series 2 games to 1 vs division rivals.

Pitching, surprisingly, dominated the first six games vs Long Island and Richmond, before Albany and Busters showed more punch in the final series.


Also a nice statistical anomaly for the statheads among us- Albany finished the homestand with a team ERA of 2.54 and a team batting average of .254?





In the most unlikely series probably played this season (or maybe the past few seasons), Kona Coast somehow wins 2 of 3. For the first game and a half+, the Micro Brewers outscored Kona Coast 17-3. But Game 2 had an epic bullpen fail for Grand Rapids, and then, in Game 3, Kona Coast somehow beat Max Scherzer 1-0 on an unearned run (but it was his own fault!).


Game 1: Micro Brewers 11, Coffee Growers 3. The Micro Brewers took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning and then played batting practice with the Kona pitching staff, scoring a combined 9 runs over the sixth and seventh innings. Every Grand Rapids hitter, except Didi Gregorius, got at least one hit AND scored at least one run. The Micro Brewers accumulated 15 hits, and were 7 for 16 with RISP. Marwin Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and homerun. Ariel Miranda got the win and Brian Duensing got the rare 3-inning save credit.


Game 2: Coffee Growers 8, Micro Brewers 6 – on a Mad Bum PH, walk off, grand slam. Erasmo Ramirez pitched 7 shutout innings and the Micro Brewers had a 6-0 lead going to the bottom of the 8th inning. Then the most improbable win of probably the history of Kona Coast began. With one out and Ramirez still on the mound, Todd Frazier doubled and Jarrod Dyson walked. Marcell Ozuna homered to cut the lead in half at 6-3. Call in Yusmeiro Petit, who then got out of the 8th inning with no more damage. Grand Rapids went out 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Petit got two quick outs and the home team was down to its last out, still trailing 6-3. Rougned Odor homered to make the score 6-4. Todd Frazier walked and Jarrod Dyson singled him to second, so now the tying run (represented by the speedy Dyson) was aboard. Jose Alvarez was called upon by Grand Rapids but gave up a single to Marcell Ozuna to load the bases. Matt Barnes was called in. Roberto Perez was lifted for PH Madison Bumgarner and a 2-8 roll off Mad Bum’s own hitting card generated the no doubt grand slam HR and Kona wins in a walk-off.


Game 3: Coffee Growers 1, Micro Brewers 0. In a game with only 5 total hits between the two clubs, starters Max Scherzer and Dylan Bundy struck out 8 each for their respective clubs. Neither team could get a runner past first base until the bottom of the fifth inning. Scherzer’s own error put Max Kepler on base to lead off the inning. A hit and run failed by Jonathan Lucroy but Kepler was safe at second with a stolen base (the same hit and run tactic failed earlier in the game and Kepler was thrown out). Lucroy then walked, Scherzer’s only walk allowed of the game. Scherzer then retired the next two batters. Rougned Odor rolled a 1-7 and drew a “5” card on a DO 1-10, fb 11-20 chance. Kepler scored and Lucroy was throw out at the plate to end the inning, but Kona had their run. Dylan Bundy continued on, dominating. Bundy faced no more than four batters in any inning. He was pulled after getting the leadoff batter in the ninth. Craig Kimbrel first faced Marwin Gonzalez, the potential tying run, who got on via a Todd Frazier error. Kimbrel bore down and struck out Andrew McCutchen and Josh Donaldson to earn his 15th save.



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Kona Coast wins two of three in a marquee series versus the powerful Richmond Banshees. In Game 2, Dylan Bundy throws Kona Coast’s first no-hitter for the franchise.

Game 2: Coffee Growers 2, Banshees 0. NO-HITTER! Dylan Bundy pitched brilliantly for the Kona Coast franchise’s first no-hitter. Bundy struck out nine and walked only two in his complete game but the game was not without drama. In a scoreless game, Bundy walked Nick Markakis in the fifth inning with one out, and Jonathan Schoop booted Kevin Pillar’s ground ball for a  2-base error to put runners on second and third. But a GB (2B)-X by the next batter, Russell Martin, resulted in Schoop recording the out with no runner advancement. Dustin Pedroia flew out harmlessly to end the inning. After that, Bundy retired the next twelve batters in a row to finish strong. The closest thing to Bundy allowing a hit was Zack Cozart’s SI 1-8, GO 9-20 with a “13” split card to lead off the 7th inning.  Whew.


The game was scoreless until the bottom of the eighth as Banshee Carlos Carrasco allowed only 3 hits in his seven innings of shutout work.  Richmond brought in Anthony Banda to begin the eighth and Todd Frazier doubled off Banda’s card. Submariner Joe Smith came in and Austin Barnes doubled to drive in Kona Coast’s first run. One out later, Jonathan Lucroy walked and Marcell Ozuna singled home Barnes for the second run of the inning. Tommy Hunter finished off the inning but the damage was done. Three quick outs in the top of the ninth and the Coffee Growers flooded the field in celebration.


BOXSCORE: 2018 Richmond Banshees At 2018 Kona Coast Coffee Growers   7/5/2018


  Banshees           AB  R  H RBI AVG     Coffee Growers     AB  R  H RBI AVG

  D.Pedroia 2B        4  0  0  0 .288     A.Barnes C          3  1  1  1 .355 

  D.Fowler LF         4  0  0  0 .253     A.Presley DH        4  0  2  0 .346 

  J.Turner 3B         3  0  0  0 .296     J.Lucroy 1B         3  0  0  0 .210 

  M.Adams DH          4  0  0  0 .301     M.Ozuna LF          4  0  2  1 .271 

  Z.Cozart SS         3  0  0  0 .287     J.Dyson CF          3  0  0  0 .304 

  Y.Alonso 1B         3  0  0  0 .239     F.Lindor SS         3  0  0  0 .272 

  N.Markakis RF       2  0  0  0 .237     M.Kepler RF         4  0  0  0 .186 

  K.Pillar CF         3  0  0  0 .325     J.Schoop 2B         3  0  0  0 .223 

  R.Martin C          3  0  0  0 .162     T.Frazier 3B        3  1  1  0 .220 

                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---     

         Totals      29  0  0  0                 Totals      30  2  6  2



Banshees........ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  0  1

Coffee Growers.. 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 2    -  2  6  2


Banshees (53-27)         IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA  SCORESHEET

C.Carrasco                7       3   0   0   2   7   0  97   2.58  A1 C8

A.Banda LOSS(0-2)         0       1   1   1   0   0   0   6   7.56  C9 C9

J.Smith                   0 1/3   2   1   1   1   0   0  16   5.14  D1 D4

T.Hunter                  0 2/3   0   0   0   1   0   0  11   5.59  D5

Totals                    8       6   2   2   4   7   0


Coffee Growers (46-36)   IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA  SCORESHEET

D.Bundy WIN(7-4)          9       0   0   0   2   9   0 109   2.79  A1

Totals                    9       0   0   0   2   9   0


ATTENDANCE- 49,408 DATE- Monday, July 5th 2018 TIME- Night

T- 2:30

LEFT ON BASE- Banshees: 4  Coffee Growers: 8

DOUBLE PLAYS- Banshees: 1  Coffee Growers: 0

ERRORS- Z.Cozart, F.Lindor, J.Schoop

DOUBLES- A.Barnes(8th), T.Frazier(17th)

RBIs- A.Barnes(18th), M.Ozuna(52nd)

STOLEN BASES- J.Dyson(16th)

WALKS- J.Turner, N.Markakis, A.Barnes, J.Lucroy, J.Dyson, F.Lindor

STRIKE OUTS- D.Fowler-2, J.Turner, M.Adams-2, Y.Alonso, K.Pillar-2, R.Martin,

             A.Barnes, J.Lucroy, M.Ozuna, J.Dyson, M.Kepler-2, J.Schoop

GIDP- J.Lucroy

RLISP 2-out- M.Kepler-3, J.Lucroy, D.Pedroia-2

TEAM RISP- Banshees: 0 for 2  Coffee Growers: 2 for 8



Chicago gets pantsed by Kona.  


 7/13 KCC 13 18 2 CHM  9 17  0      M.Bowman (2-0)        M.Gonzalez (4-5)
 7/14 KCC 4 8 1 CHM    1  8  0      B.Snell (2-5)         J.Shields (6-7)
 7/15 KCC 6 12 0 CHM  1   5  2      M.Bumgarner (6-3)     T.Blach (2-10)

Everything that could go wrong by Chicago went wrong

Game # 1 - After getting staked to a 5 - 1 lead, Chris Sale allows Chicago to get back into the game on a double by Domingo Santana and error by Jerrod Dyson that ties the game at 8 in the 6th.  But oh, how thy bullpen doth sucketh.  Richard Bleier and Seung Hwan Oh allow 3 runs in the top of the 7th and 2 more in the 8th.  Chicago doesn't die yet, as Altuve homers to lead off the 8th.  Chicago gets two men on and with 2 out David Peralta gets a hold of one but misses the BP 1 - 7 HR.  Jose Alvarado shuts the door in the 9th for Kona.  Former Mobster, Young Alex Pressley goes 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI vs. his former mates.  Thanks, Young Alex.  

Game # 2 - Kona gets 3 in the 2nd and Blake Snell does what Chris Sale couldn't in game one, shutting down the Mob on 4 hits in 6 innings with the bullpen doing the rest.  

Game # 3 - Another frustrating loss for Chicago, missing 3 out of 4 BP homers.  Joey Rickard has been hitting the heck out of the ball lately, but his defense allowed 4 costly runs.  One when he threw wildly to home that allowed both the runner on first and the batter to score.  Then, missing a fly ball for a double that plated 2 runs.  Mad Bum scatters 3 hits over 6 innings, striking out 7.  A wasted immaculate inning by Mob closer Blake Parker, striking out the side in the top of the 9th on 9 pitches.  

Manager Fred Turtle was a little down after the series was over but did not blame his team.  Kona Coast made the right moves and got the good rolls when needed.  They're an awesome team.

By the way, we visited Reptile Gardens near Rapid City while on vacation.  I very much recommend it if you ever get the chance to go.  Don't miss the alligator show. AND.... visit the giant tortoises!  There are three, Quazi, Tank and Orville, that you're allowed to pet. One is 110 years old!   Orville asked me how Young Fred is doing (Fred's "only" 25 to 30 years old) and wanted to know what it's like living with him.  I told him I'd give Fred their best regards.  Fred was happy that we said hi to his cousins in Rapid City.  I think they have a psychic connection.  






Kenta Maeda reeled off a total of 10 strikeouts as the Richmond Banshees defeated the Piney Creek Palookas by the score of 3 to 2 at Centennial Field.

Maeda (6-2) had a solid outing for Richmond.  He surrendered 9 hits and no walks in 6 and 2/3 innings.  Richmond managed 9 hits in their victory.

Dellin Betances preserved the game for Maeda, recording his his 16th save. The loss was charged to Corey Kluber (8-6).  He allowed 3 homeruns in 7 and 2/3 innings of work. .... but also had 11 K's 

When asked about his performance against Piney Creek, Maeda said

Which means... when interpreted...."Ah.....Every-ting felt graaa. I had good fastball, I frell I could fro it by Honorable Opponent and  everybody to-day."








With taking on Jeff and Piney Creek head to head (Which he's getting in), the Greensboro Smoke are becoming hot at the end of the year.  The Smoke took all three games from Latrobe here at Home this month.  

Game 1

The incomparable Danny Duffy pitched seven strong innings of 1-run baseball, striking out 8 Dawgs in route to his ninth win of the season.  The Smoke scattered only 5 hits against starter Michael Pineda, but timely hits by Reddick and Suarez, allowed for star catcher, Wilson Ramos to do what few have done in Greensboro this year, hit two balls out into the Deep Left Field Bleachers.  "I felt good tonight" Ramos said while icing his knees. "It's definitely a no-doubter when you hit a ball out of Left Field here in Greensboro.  I saw the ball well tonight, I saw a couple of cement mixers and jumped on the ball."    The Smoke won the contest 6 to 2. 

Game 2

Drama filled the air, as League potential Cy Young award winner, Clayton Kershaw came in for the Dawgs tonight, facing off with Journeyman Martin Perez.  In normal fashion, Perez provided innings, giving up five runs over five innings, but it is the Smoke offense the lead the Smoke to victory over the Dawgs 6 to 5.  The heavy lumber came out against Kershaw with Wong hitting a ball deep over the Rightfield Smokehouse, Reddick hitting a ball down the line, which hit the Foul Pole...and Everyone's favorite Smoke player Eugenio Suarez, hit a ball into Section 130...the Suarez Section in Left Field...which made the whole crowd erupt and the section to begin, what is now called the Suarez Shuffle, a combination of a two step and the Latin Samba.  

"I hate this stadium," Kershaw said.  "Who puts a 80 foot wall in Right field?  Pitching here is even more taxing that pitching in Colorado!  It seems that you miss location and you are afraid of a ball off the wall.  And if you miss to Suarez, that things won't come down until tomorrow.   When can we get home??"   It wasn't only Kershaw that struggled, as Dawgs hitters left 9 men on base compared to 2 men for the Smoke.  

Game 3

Greensboro attempts to come away with the sweep of the first place Dawgs as Nate Karns takes the bump for Greensboro against 15 game winner Cole Hamels.   Much to the surprise of all 45,000 in attendance, Greensboro came away with a pitching jem by Karns, as the Smoke defeat the Dawgs, 5-3, with all of the Smoke runs coming on Home Runs by Ramos, Suarez and a three-run bomb by Chase Utley.  The Veteran infielder said in his post game interview, "It's a joy to play here in Greensboro.  I realize I am a rental player for this year, but I have greatly enjoyed my time in Greensboro.  Perhaps during the Free Agent draft this off-season, Nielsen might consider spending a 5th or 6th round pick on me.  I love it here."

This win, brings about a three-game sweep of Latrobe.   It makes the Smoke 70-65, pending the away series vs. Latrobe and the 6 game set with Piney Creek.   




With  a chance to catch Wrigley in the division race, Mob barely wins game 3 to avoid a sweep.


 9/10 WRR 7 13 1 CHM  4 10  0      J.Urena (10-7)        M.Gonzalez (6-8)
 9/11 WRR 6 12 1 CHM  4 10  0 10   T.Cahill (2-2)        N.Martinez (2-1)
 9/12 WRR  3  9  0  CHM 4 5 1      T.Blach (5-11)        J.Fields (3-2)

Gm1: Death by a thousand cuts for Chicago.  Raiders score a run or two in most innings.  Jose Urena 6 innings of 1 run ball for Wrigley


Gm2:  After 2 outs in the 10th, Wrigley scores 4 times.  A single on a 1 - 2 chance lights the way.  Mob get a 2 run HR from Jesus Aguilar in the bottom of the 10th (where was that in the 8th?) but can't do anything else.


Gm3:  After Chicago gives up 3 unearned runs in the first inning, Mob tie the game using 2 triples in the 8th.  Jarrett Parker is then out at home on a fielders choice but Mob goes single, walk, walk to take the lead.  Blake Parker with a 1,2,3  9th for the save.



In a key series, the Coffee Growers come up big with a sweep. After having zero offense versus Long Island, Kona Coast scores 20 more runs against the Pilots in their series.


Game 1: Coffee Growers 8, Pilots 4. Miguel Sano hit a 2-run HR in the second but it was Marcell Ozuna’s 4-for-4 day with a 2-run HR in the fifth inning that put the distance on Seattle. Dylan Bundy got a quality start for his 13th victory.


Game 2: Coffee Growers 6, Pilots 0. Kevin Gausman threw a CG shutout, striking out 14. The Coffee Growers rapped out 11 hits with only Jurickson Profar getting more than one. The balanced attack pushed over 6 runs across 4 innings.


Game 3: Coffee Growers 7, Pilots 2. Paul DeJong’s 2-run HR in the top of the first was a great start for Seattle, but Kona Coast got one back immediately. In the second inning, the Coasters strung together a two-out double and single to put Kona Coast up for good. Blake Snell allowed 5 hits and 4 walks over 8-2/3 impressive innings.




Luis Perdomo pitched a complete game as the Seattle Pilots beat the Albany Internationals by a score of 8 to 2.











Seattle plated all the runs they needed in the 6th inning as they pummeled Albany for 8 runs on 5 hits.  The crucial at-bat was provided by Brandon Crawford who made the crowd come alive when he delivered a single bringing home two baserunners.  Seattle rapped out 12 hits for the afternoon.










Perdomo (12-9) was the winner allowing 2 runs for the game. Sandy Alcantara (0-1) was the losing pitcher in relief.  He was unable to retire a batter giving up no hits and 3 walks.




In a dramatic ending at Centennial Field the Piney Creek Palookas won in their last at-bat beating the McHenry County Cybermen by the count of 4 to 3.

The game was won by Piney Creek with a run in the bottom of the 9th inning. After an out was recorded, Lane Adams delivered an "Inside the Park" Home Run.  Adams hit the ball over CF Ender Inciate's head.  Inciate got his spikes caught on the grass and the warning track, causing him to fall to the ground. LF Adam Duvall came racing over to help on the play, but collided with Inciate when Inciate attemped to get up.  Although he got the stop sign, Adams never hesitated as he bolted around 3rd Base and scored on a 1 - 13 chance (rolling an 8) and making Piney Creek the victor and beginning a joyous home town celebration. 






 Ender Inciate and Adam Duvall collide chasing Lane Adam's Inside the Park
"Walk-Off" Home Run (were they chasing...or were they "break-dancing?")

Both teams totaled 10 hits on the night. 

The win was credited to Jose Ramirez (3-4) who went 1 inning allowing no runs. Dominic Leone (3-4) was hit with the loss in relief. 


With the Autumn fall coming along quickly in the Smokey Mountains, Greensboro and Lars Nielsen welcome in the Grapes from Concord and Owner Mike Lefkow for a three game series.  

Game One:

Smoke Ace Danny Duffy took the mound for Duffy Bobblehead night.  48,871 Smoke fans came out to watch a great night of pitching, however, the great pitching was not done by the Smoke Ace.  Sean Newcombe was crafty on the mound, as he had Smoke hitters off their swings all night.  And when Greensboro did get runners on, he was able to have the Smoke ground into 3 Double plays in his 6+ innings of pitching.   Smoke hitters were shutout and limited to only 7 hits in their 6-0 loss, as the Grapes were led by Homeruns by Danny Valencia and Y. Solarte. 

"I simply did not execute on my pitches tonight."  Duffy said.  " My slider simply didn't bite and looked more like a cement mixer, with that I was limited in my ability to get swing and misses."   Greensboro prepares for the second in the three game set.  

Game Two:

As much as game one was a great pitching display.  The Smoke bats warmed up and knocked out starter Trevor Williams, in four innings, knocking the ball around 10 times.  And with Rookie starter, Jeff Montgomery going solid over 5 innings, things looked good as things were turned over to the bullpen.  However, there was no relief today, as veteran Kendrys Morales hit his 41st Homerun off of Jennings.  "It was surreal," said veteran first basemen Joe Mauer.  "I am unsure what happened.  Jeff gave us a great start and we thought things were well in hand."

It was a quick 7th, 8th and 9th innings as the Grapes bullpen shut down the Smoke the way that it should be in a bullpen.  Concord goes for the sweep tomorrow as the Smoke hope to put all of the pieces together.

Game Three:

Greensboro brought out the big guns for the third game of the series, as owner Lars Nielsen, brought out free food and beer for all!  He grabbed shorts and had his family join all of the fans in the Suarez Section 127 in Left Center Field.  However, the smoke bars had been silenced again for eight innings.   

With the Smoke down to there final out, fan favorite Eugenio Suarez came up with two men on.  After a quick visit to the mound, lefkow decided to stay with his closer. The 48,000 fans who had not only been drinking heavily for seven innings, also started a rockus cheer for everyone’s favorite third basemen. And on a 2-0 pitch, Suarez hit a hanging slider deep into section  127 for the Smoke victory.  

Nielsen was so excited, he stated “cigars for everyone.  And with that vendors came out of the woodwork giving Churchill’s and cigarillos to every man woman and occasion teenager who was able to pass as an 18 year old.  

Nielsen’s post game comments were, “I’m going to sign Suarez to a lifetime contact.  10 years and 150 million.  Put that in your paper tomorrow. “. As Suarez came out for the press conference.  Nielsen greeted him with a cigar and a new contract.   

Suarez stated, “I love Greensboro!”  As he inked his new deal.

Concord takes 2 of 3. 


Christian Villanueva RIPPED 3 HOME RUNS and had 4 RBI and Masahiro Tanaka had a strong outing as the Piney Creek Palookas topped the Toronto Titans by a score of 9 to 0 at Centennial Field.

Villanueva had a great evening at the plate.  He had the crowd singing La Vida Es Un Carnaval and cheering his every move.   He smashed a two-run homer in the 1st inning, hit a bases-empty Home Run in the 3rd inning and blasted a solo shot in the 7th inning.  For the game Piney Creek out-hit Toronto 14 to 2. 


The winning pitcher was Tanaka (12-6) who allowed no runs in 5 innings. Jordan Zimmermann (8-8) was given the loss.  By giving up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning his ERA increased from 5.71 to 6.03 (UH… YUK!!!) 

“I didn't feel that good when I came to the park tonight,” Villanueva said. I wasn’t sure what the problem was.  I think I had a slight case of Montezuma’s Revenge from eating off of one of the local “Roach Coaches” last night. I heard from my Hommies that there was a lot of that going around in my Neighborhood .  It was either that or it was the Chimichanga that I got at Taco Bell on the way to the Stadium.  I took a “Bromo” and that helped settle me down. “I'm glad I decided to play!”

GAME # 3 --- AND HE DID IT AGAIN!   VILLANUEVA HIT 3 MORE HOME RUNS IN THE FINAL HOME GAME OF THE YEAR!  That made his line for the Series look like this...

                                       AB    R    H    RBI    2B   3B    HR       AVG
                                       14    6    6      8      0     0      6       .429


WEEK 25 GAME # 2


Carter Capps went 3 and two third solid innings as the powerful NW Ohio Franconians beat the Chicago Mob in 10 innings by a score of 8 to 7.

The game was deadlocked at 7 after nine full innings.  NW Ohio won it in the 10th inning.  After two were out Brett Gardner blasted a solo shot giving NW Ohio the victory and sending the 45,857 home-town fans home happy.  NW Ohio banged out 12 hits on the night. 

Matt Albers (6-2) allowed no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings, and picked up the victory. Blake Parker (1-6) took the loss in relief.  NW Ohio, who had been struggling lately, moved their record to 91-61.  They are now 2-8 in their last ten games.  Not able to get much going in recent weeks, Chicago is 2-8 of late and now has an overall record of 80-78

WEEK 25 GAME # 3


Chris Taylor had 5 hits at Progressive Field as the amazing NW Ohio Franconians won in their last at-bat beating the Chicago Mob by the count of 4 to 3.

The game was decided in the bottom of the 9th inning.  After an out was recorded, Taylor hit a single.  Taylor was safe at second on a stolen base. Josh Harrison then stroked a base-hit.  Brian McCann came up and he drew a walk to load the bases.  Francisco Pena was next to the plate, but was promptly struck out.  Carlos Santana added to the outburst and smacked a single giving NW Ohio the win and sending the home town fans into a frenzy.  Chicago was out-hit by NW Ohio, 15 hits to 8. 

Carter Capps (1-0) was the winner allowing no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings. Nick Martinez (2-3) was given the loss in relief.  He surrendered 5 hits and 1 walk in 1 and 2/3 innings. 

WEEK 27 GAME # 3


Chris Taylor had 2 base hits as the strong NW Ohio Franconians defeated the Richmond Banshees in 10 innings by a score of 7 to 6 at Progressive Field.

The score was tied at 6 after nine.  NW Ohio ended up winning it in the 10th inning.  Andrew Romine lashed a single.  Taylor came next and he laid down a sacrifice bunt.  Carlos Santana then ripped a one-base hit.  One out later, Ichiro Suzuki came up and he stroked a single resulting in an exciting win for NW Ohio and a raucous post-game celebration by the home town fans.  NW Ohio ended up with 12 hits for the game while Richmond had 9. 

John Brebbia (3-1) got the win allowing no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias (2-2) suffered the loss in relief.  He pitched 1 and 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits and no walks.

AND FINALLY....  October 31st...... First it was Gary Sinese... NOW, it's former Vice President (and... hmmmm.... maybe the NEXT PRESIDENT of the United States??)... anyway, here's McHenry Manager, Evan "I meet ALL the Celebrities" Steinberg meeting Joe Biden when he was stumping for Illinois congressional candidates.  Young Evan looks good standing next to him. Politics in his future?  You never know.....