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 BLOCK # 1 HIGHLIGHTS  

 

WEEK # 1  GAME # 3

SEATTLE PILOTS at KONA COAST COFFEE GROWERS


Chris Sale mowed down 15 Seattle batters at Coffee Grounds where the Kona Coast Coffee Growers beat the Seattle Pilots in 14 innings 2 to 1.

                                   

                              (Chris Sale was "ON FIRE" in his recent game against the Seattle Pilots)

Both teams were tied at 1 runs apiece after nine innings.  Kona Coast won the hard fought contest in the 14th inning.  After an out was recorded, Francisco Lindor drew a walk.  A balk was called.  Marcell Ozuna then hit a single making Kona Coast the victor and beginning a joyous home town celebration. Kona Coast had only 5 hits for the night. 

 

The winning pitcher was A.J. Minter (1-0) who allowed no runs in 2 innings. Miguel Castro (0-1) suffered the loss in relief.  He gave up 1 run and 2 hits in 2 and 1/3 innings. 

                                   

WEEK 3 GAME # 1

WASHINGTON SENATORS at NORTHWEST OHIO FRANCONIANS

The NW Ohio Franconians edged the Washington Senators in 11 innings at Progressive Field by the score of 2 to 1.

The score was knotted at 1 after nine innings.  NW Ohio was victorious in the 11th inning.  Chris Taylor blasted a solo shot giving NW Ohio the win as 34,444 happy fans joyfully celebrated.  NW Ohio out-hit Washington for the game, 7 hits to 4. 

                        
                Chris Taylor hits the winning HR for the Franconians!

The win was credited to John Brebbia(1-0) who went 2 innings allowing no runs. Jace Fry (0-1) absorbed the loss in relief.  He allowed 1 run and 1 hit in 1 inning
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WEEK 4  GAME # 2

SEATTLE PILOTS at PINEY CREEK PALOOKAS

"BATTLE... BATTLE... HIT IT TO SEATTLE"

Just like the Little Leaguers say....

Seattle did that... and more! Paul Dejong had 2 base hits and 4 RBI as the Seattle Pilots rallied impressively to win in dramatic style over Piney Creek Palookas, 7 to 6.

    OR                     

 

In the end... Piney Creek played like a bunch of Little Leaguers. Many of the Palooka players were already in the Club House taking showers... when they got the bad news that their "closer" lost another game.

Pilots............. 0 0 2  0 0 0  0 1 4  -  7  9  0

Palookas........ 4 0 1  0 0 0  1 0 0  -  6 12  0

Seattle scored the winning runs in the top of the 9th inning as they scored 4 runs on 4 base hits.  The biggest moment was provided by Derek Dietrich who silenced the stadium when he lifted one out of the park for a two run home run.  Corey Knebel (1-0) was helped out by Edwin Diaz who pitched a perfect ninth and recorded his 1st save. 

Collin McHugh (0-2) "choked" again... as he was tagged with the loss in relief.  He surrendered 3 hits and 3 walks in 1 inning.   "We just kept swinging the bats and didn't give up," Dejong said. "You know...if you just keep on trying... good things can happen!" 

When asked, Manager Fleischman, as usual, wasn't at a loss for words.  He said "I have a hard time believing what Dijon... Dejong... or whatever his name is.  I don't need to hear that bunch of basiviousness, blaspheny, malarkey, crapalini, hooey and/or cherrington global scholar nonsense."  

 

WEEK 1 -  GAME # 1

CONCORD GRAPE at MILWAUKEE BEERS

 

The Milwaukee Beers nipped the Concord Grape 3 to 2 at Das Beers in a hard fought contest.

Milwaukee wasted no time and took the lead in the first inning scoring one runner.  Milwaukee had only 1 hit for the game. 

Kyle Gibson (1-0) picked up the victory, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings. Arodys Vizcaino got the save, his 1st.  The loss was charged to Jhoulys Chacin(0-1). He pitched 8 innings allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks.

Grape........... 0 0 0  0 1 1  0 0 0  -  2  8  3

Beers...........  1 1 0  1 0 0  0 0 x  -  3  1  1
 

WEEK 1 -  GAME # 2

CONCORD GRAPE at MILWAUKEE BEERS

Designated hitter Kendrys Morales cracked 2 homeruns and had 5 RBI as the Concord Grape "KICKED ASS" on the Milwaukee Beers - totally humiliating the Rookie Team by the final score of  33 to 3.

Morales was unconscious all evening.  The Milwaukee fans hated to see him approaching the batter's box as he just kept delivering base hits! He launched a three-run homer in the 4th inning, ripped a solo home run in the 5th inning, delivered a one-base hit knocking in a run in the 5th inning and stroked a single in the 8th inning.  Concord bats were hot in the 4th inning which saw them plate 9 runs on 6 hits and the 5th inning with 11 runs on 10 hits.  Concord simply wore out the Milwaukee pitching staff, scoring in 6 different innings. 

Rick Porcello (1-0) went 8 innings allowing 2 runs for the win. Jake Junis (0-1) was the losing pitcher.  He allowed 4 homeruns in 4 innings of work. 

"I was in my hotel room the other night, working on my swing and made some adjustments," Morales said. "I'm always working on it. If they are getting you out certain ways, you've got to make changes."

Grape........... 0 7 0  911 0  2 3 1  - 33  34  2

Beers........... 0 1 0  0 0 0  0 1 1  -    3    7  2

 

WEEK 1 -  GAME # 3

CONCORD GRAPE at MILWAUKEE BEERS

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??  TWO 1-HITTERS IN A 3-GAME SERIES....

Well, folks... it happened in Milwaukee's first Series of the year.

Trevor Williams delivered 8 solid innings of 1-Hit baseball... as the Concord Grape defeated the "sleeping" Milwaukee Beers by the score of 1 to 0 at Das Beers.

Concord scored the only run of the game in the 7th inning.  Concord had only 3 hits for the night.  Williams (1-0) went 8 innings allowing no runs for the win. Kelvin Herrera got the save, his 1st.  Tyson Ross (0-1) was the loser. He was overheard outside the Locker Room talking to the Beers General Manager... demanding to be traded to a team that knows how to hit.

Grape........... 0 0 0  0 0 0  1 0 0  -  1  3  2

Beers........... 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -   0  1  1

 

 

 BLOCK # 2 HIGHLIGHTS  

 

 
WEEK 9 -  GAME # 3 
 
RICHMOND BANSHEES at GOTHAM CITY BATMEN

Kenta Maeda retired 11 batters on strikeouts as the Gotham City Batmen were badly beaten by the Richmond Banshees, 13 to 1.
      
Justin Turner enjoyed a big day at the plate.  He bombed a two-run dinger in the 1st inning and doubled which was good for two runs in the 2nd inning.  Richmond had 11 hits for the game and Gotham City had 5. 
      
The win was credited to Maeda (1-0) who went 7 innings allowing 1 run. Derek Holland (3-4) absorbed the loss.  He allowed a few too many baserunners giving up 9 hits and 2 walks in 3 and 2/3 innings. 
      
Jeff "Batman" Wadkowski was impressed with Maeda and his 11 strikeouts. '
"It's tough to generate runs if you can't make contact with the ball."

 

 

 BLOCK # 3 HIGHLIGHTS  

 

 

 

 

 BLOCK # 4 HIGHLIGHTS  

 

Week 17 - CONCORD GRAPE at CHICAGO MOB

 

Game # 1: Rick Porcello allows all of 2 hits through 8 innings; a solid single by Trumbo in the 3rd and a cheapy by Domingo Santana in the 8th.  No walks, 11 K's.  The most dominant game thrown against The Mob all season.  Chicago rallies against the bullpen in the 9th but the rally fizzles.

Game # 2: Nick Ahmed with 3 doubles and a homerun are too much.  Mob was in the game for most the game but couldn't contain Ahmed.  Jose Altuve with a big BP HR in the 9th when it didn't matter.  Where was that LAST game?

Game # 3: Again, Mob was in it until Yasiel Puig launches a 3 run homerun in the 5th to more or less ice the game.  

 

WEEK 16 - GAME # 2

LONG ISLAND HOUNDS at PINEY CREEK PALOOKAS

What an evening for the Long Island Hounds! They shellacked the Piney Creek Palookas pitching for 14 runs while Yovani Gallardo (1-0), with relief help from Jorge De La Rosa, allowed Piney Creek 4 runs.

Mike Trout had a big day against Piney Creek.  He bombed a two-run dinger in the 1st inning and slapped a base-hit plating two runs in the 2nd inning. The Long Island offense poured it on, scoring in 7 of the 9 innings. De La Rosa got the save, his 4th.  Kyle Freeland (7-5) was tagged with the loss.  He struggled with his control issuing 6 walks in 3 and 2/3 innings.

Piney Creek only had 1 hit through the first 5 innings!

Hounds.......... 2 2 2  4 2 1  0 0 1  - 14 15  0
Palookas........ 0 0 0  0 0 2  0 0 2  -  4  7  1




WEEK 15   GAME # 1

MILWAUKEE BEERS at GOTHAM CITY CITY BATMEN
 

Beers...........   0 5 3  1 0 4  2 5 1  - 21 24  0

Batmen.......... 0 2 0  0 1 1  0 0 0  -  4 10  2
 

Wilmer Flores collected 4 RBI with one swing of the bat at Arkham Asylum as the Milwaukee Beers belted the Gotham City Batmen by the count of 21 to 4.

Flores was a source of great heartache for the Gotham City faithful all evening.  He just kept pounding out hits! He delivered a one-base hit which brought home a run in the 4th inning, doubled resulting in a run in the 7th inning and caught a hold of a bad pitch for a Grand Slam homerun in the 8th inning.  Milwaukee bats were very productive in the 2nd inning when they had 5 runs on 5 hits and the 8th inning with 5 runs on 3 hits.  The Milwaukee offense man-handled the Gotham City pitching staff as they scored in 7 of the 9 innings.

Kyle Gibson (5-4) allowed 4 runs in 6 and 2/3 innings, and picked up the victory. Ian Kennedy (2-9) ended up with the loss.  He allowed Milwaukee 8 runs in 3 innings of work. 
 

WEEK 15   GAME # 2

MILWAUKEE BEERS at GOTHAM CITY BATMEN

 

Beers...........   1 5 0  1 0 2  0 0 0  -   9  9  0

Batmen.......... 2 0 1  0 0 1  2 0 4  - 10 11  3
 

Cody Bellinger cracked 2 homeruns as the Gotham City Batmen won in dramatic fashion over the Milwaukee Beers by a score of 10 to 9 at Arkham Asylum.

Gotham City came up with the deciding runs in the 9th inning when they came up with 4 runs on 2 hits.  The big moment was provided by Joey Gallo who brought the crowd to their feet when he lifted one out of the park for a two run home run. Gotham City had a total of 11 hits for the game.

The winning pitcher was Adam Morgan (2-0) who allowed no runs in 1 inning. Arodys Vizcaino (1-3) took the loss in relief.  Jeff Wadkowski was in great spirits in his post-game interview.  Yet, when asked about his feelings after the thrilling comeback victory, he volunteered, 'I'll tell you this much - I know how my counterpart, J. P.  Keltenbrun, feels right now - and it's not very good.  It's terrible when you come up on the short end of one of these!'

 

WEEK 15   GAME # 2

WASHINGTON SENATORS at STANFORD ROBBER BARONS

Hyun-Jin Ryu retired 10 batters on strikeouts as the potent Stanford Robber topped the Washington Senators by a score of 8 to 0 at The DagoDome.

Ryu (4-1) had a strong outing.  He allowed just 8 hits and 2 walks in 9 innings improving his ERA from 1.88 to 1.43 (WOW…. That’s almost exactly what he’ll have for NEXT year!!).  Stanford banged out 13 hits on the night. 

Jason Vargas (0-1) was the loser.  He was not very effective, surrendering 6 runs in 3 and 1/3 innings.  Andrew Phelps was upset after the game.  “I don't like to complain very often, but did you see that @#!*% Umpire’s strike zone?”, he said.  “It was about as big as a Frickin’ Postage Stamp!  Maybe they ought to start calling the strike zone the way it's printed in the rule book.'”

 

WEEK 14  GAME # 2

GREENSBORO SMOKE at AIRWAY HEIGHTS SPARTANS

Smoke........... 1 1 1  1 0 0  2 3 0  -  9 15  1

Spartans........ 1 0 0  0 0 0  0 3 0  -  4  7  2

Josh Reddick hit a homerun and had 3 RBI as the Greensboro Smoke defeated the Airway Heights Spartans by the score of 9 to 4 at The Coliseum.

Brian Johnson (5-3) had a strong outing.  He didn't allow much, just 3 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings reducing his ERA from 5.37 to 4.97.  Greensboro kept the pressure on throughout the contest as they scored in 6 different innings.

Hector Velazquez (0-2) was tagged with the loss.  He allowed 10 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings.

 

WEEK 17  GAME # 3

LONG ISLAND HOUNDS at AIRWAY HEIGHTS SPARTANS

45,901 fans were treated to a fine game at The Coliseum as only one run separated the combatants at game's end.  The Long Island Hounds won by the slimmest of margins, 6 to 5.

Long Island tallied 4 runs in the 7th inning when they had 4 base hits.  The crucial at-bat was provided by Salvador Perez who quieted the crowd when he smacked a three-run homer.  Airway Heights threatened in the 9th but their rally came up short. 


The strength of Salvador Perez... breaking his bat, yet hitting
a 3-run Home Run!

The victory was credited to Mike Montgomery(3-2) who went 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs. T.J. McFarland gained credit for his 4th save.  BradPeacock (2-2) ended up with the loss in relief. 

Ray Ross was SLIGHTLY subdued when questioned after the game, "Sure, this kind of loss takes a while to get over, but heck, we're all professionals... Strat-O-Matic Profesisonals!".  "We've been through this many times - it's the nature of the game.  We'll be fine - as for me - I'll be ready to go again tomorrow!"

.................... and talk about being Subdued..... this one will really raise a Manager's Blood Pressure....


WEEK 18  GAME # 3

ALBANY INTERNATIONALS at AIRWAY HEIGHTS SPARTANS

20 FREAKING INNINGS!!!   Well, there goes my usage for the Season!!

Internationals.. 1 0 1  0 1 0  0 0 1  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 -  4 14  2

Spartans.......... 0 0 0  2 0 0  0 1 1  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 1  -  5 13  1

 

48,286 fans watched an exciting game at The Coliseum.  The Airway Heights Spartans topped the Albany Internationals by the slimmest of margins, 5 to 4.

Both teams were tied at 4 runs apiece after nine innings.  Airway Heights won it in the 20th inning!  After an out was recorded, Nelson Cruz smashed a bases-empty 'big-fly' resulting in an exciting win for Airway Heights and a raucous post-game celebration by the home town fans.  Airway Heights banged out 13 hits on the night. 

The winning pitcher was Junior Guerra (9-3) who allowed no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings. The losing pitcher was Dylan Covey (10-3) in relief.  He pitched 4 and 1/3 innings and surrendered 1 hit and 2 walks.

With this win, Airway Heights has a 60-45 record.  They have been 3-7 lately.  Not able to get much going in recent weeks, Albany is 2-8 of late and now has an overall record of 56-40.

 

 BLOCK # 5 HIGHLIGHTS  

 

WEEK 20  GAME # 1

WRIGLEY RAIDERS at PINEY CREEK PALOOKAS

 

Raiders..........  0 0 2   0 0 0   0 0 0   1 -  3  8  0

Palookas........ 0 0 0    0 0 0   0 0 2   0 -  2  9  1

David Hernandez had a strong outing as the Wrigley Raiders topped the Piney Creek Palookas in 10 innings by a score of 3 to 2 at Centennial Field.

The score was tied at 2 after nine.  Wrigley came out on top in the 10th inning.  Elvis Andrus lined a one-base hit.  Eddie Rosario came next and he ripped a base-knock.  Rosario took second on the throw.  Two outs later Ryan Braun stepped in and he was walked intentionally to load the bases.  Addison Reed then unleashed a wild pitch scoring the run.  Reed was told by Manager Jeff Fleischman, that his Contract was not going to be renewed at the end of the Season. Reed understood, but still told Fleischman to "stick his Contract where the sun don't shine", and then stormed out of the Manager's Office!

Wrigley had a total of 8 hits for the game. Harrison Musgrave (2-0) went 2/3 of an inning allowing no runs for the victory. Josh Fields earned the save, his 7th.  The losing pitcher was Reed (0-4) in relief. 

 

WEEK 19  GAME # 1

LATROBE DAWGS at LONG ISLAND HOUNDS


Dawgs........... 1 0 2  2 0 0  2 0 0  -  7  9  1

Hounds.......... 0 0 0  1 0 0  4 0 3  -  8 10  2

Jose Martinez left the yard and had 3 RBI at Coors Field as the Long Island Hounds came back dramatically to top the Latrobe Dawgs by the score of 8 to 7.

Long Island won the game with a rally in the bottom of the 9th inning with 3 runs utilizing 4 base hits.  Michael Conforto kicked off the action when he reached on an error.  Martinez got his turn next, but he was a strikeout victim.  Devin Mesoraco dug into the batters box next, but he struck out. Mike Trout followed next and he stroked a one-base hit.  Salvador Perez came to the plate and hit a single bringing in a run.  Mitch Haniger did his part to keep things going and slapped a base-hit scoring one more run.  Alcides Escobar next to the plate and he doubled giving Long Island the victory and sending the 40,428 home-town fans home happy.  Long Island finished with 10 hits in the victory. 

The win was credited to Sal Romano (3-4) who went 2 and 1/3 innings allowing no runs. Felipe Vazquez (3-3) was the loser in relief.  Romano and Martinez were really whooping it up in the clubhouse after the great come from behind victory.  As Robert Morelli noted, “A win like this one can do wonders for a team's attitude. Everyone shares in the joy - the fans, the players – even you guys in the FAKE NEWS (sic like a President) - it's better than winning by a dozen runs! We’re trying hard to “Make Long Island GREAT Again.  Rumors had it that Long Island is a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."  Oh, no… that was Baltimore.  Or was it El Paso?  “That City used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation's most dangerous cities," Trump said. "Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, it is one of the safest cities in our country.”  Oh wait… NOW the word on the street is that Long Island is going to BUILD A WALL to keep all of those DAWGS (from Latrobe) out!”

 

 BLOCK # 6 HIGHLIGHTS  

WEEK 23  GAMES # 1 - # 2 - # 3

CONCORD GRAPE at RICHMOND BANSHEES

A couple of wild games when Concord came to town. 

Game 1 - Concord crushes Banshee ace Carlos Carrasco early and often for the 7-4 win.

Game 2 - Score tied in the bottom of the 11th; Addison Russell (1-14) attempts to score on a Justin Turner sac fly and is thrown out to send the game into the12th inning.  Markakis eventually plates Asdrubal Cabrerra on a two out double after Cabrerra had walked and advanced on a passed ball.

Game 3 - Concord's bullpen (Kenyon Middleton and Scott Alexander) does it's best Atlanta Braves impression and melts down allowing three runs in the bottom of the 9th to let the rubber game slip from their hands.

Asdrubel Cabrerra leads off the 9th with a single, pinch hitter Lorenzo Cain follows with a single, Yonder Alonso strikes out and pinch hitter Justin Turner is beaned to load the bases. 

Adam Eaton knocks the third single of the inning pulling the Banshees to a one run deficit.  Adam Frazier is intentionally walked to reload. 

Game # 2 hero Nick Markakis walks in the tying run before Middleton is pulled in favor of Scott Alexander. 

Alexander is no relief as Eduardo Escobar raps a game winning single to send the crowd into a frenzy.

 

WOW.... THEY REALLY KNOW HOW TO GO INTO A FRENZY
IN RICHMOND!!

 

Definitely NOT a Highlight.... Piney Creek manages one of the BIGGEST "CHOKES" of the Season!

 

In a thriller the Greensboro Smoke staged a dramatic comeback then held on to win over the floundering Piney Creek Palookas by a score of 10 to 6 at Centennial Field.

n offensive explosion by Greensboro in the 9th inning ended any Piney Creek hopes for a victory as they erupted for 8 runs on 7 hits.

The key offensive moment was provided by Rene Rivera who deflated the crowd as he doubled plating three runs. Overall Greensboro out-hit Piney Creek 13 to 10.

The victory went to Antonio Senzatela (2-6) who went 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run. Shane Carle (1-4) was charged with the loss in relief. "I feel like I should change my name to CLAYTON KERSHAW.  I mean... I choked as bad as he did yesterday versus the Nationals!!  I pin this one on my own shoulders," Carle said. "The bottom line is I didn't get the job done. I should be sent down to the Minors.  Our fans deserve better than this." WINO Radio.... "Wonderful Wino"...  started a Poll by asking fans to "vote" on what the Palookas should do with Carle. The results were not a surprise. It was a tie between "Stoning" him.... or "Feeding him to the Lions".....

              

                   Wrong kind of            Shane Carle               Did Carle get fed
                        "Stoned"                gets Stoned!                  to the Lions?                                          

 

 BLOCK # 7 HIGHLIGHTS