Week 7 Box Scores
Yankees manage to split with the Dodgers, but probably not in the fashion you thought they would.
Game 1: Dodgers 4 – Yankees 1
Two legends of the league took the mound against each other in game 1 of Sunday's double header, and what a showdown it was. Mike Weiner started for the Yankees, and was dealing the dirty as he usually does, but due to a lingering shoulder injury, had to mix speeds from start to finish of the game. Tim Trenary on the other hand, brought the heat all game. It was a pitcher's duel until the middle of the game where Joey Maniscalco slapped in a run with a tailing triple off the bottom of the right field pole. With the Yanks up 1-0, Weiner went to work to close out the game. In the bottom of the fifth after a bunch of near miss pitches and patient walks from the Dodgers, the bases were loaded for Wiffman. Weiner gave his should all it could handle, but it wasn't enough as one of the league's best hitters ever crushed a screwball that landed on top, and eventually over, the right center fence. A walk off grand slam from Wiffman sealed the score of the game, and gave Weiner his first loss of the season.
MVP: Rob “Wiffman” Pierniaozniodnaqndoawifi
Game 2: Yankees 2 – Dodgers 0
Although Johnny Costa was absent for the first game, he arrived in time to start the second game against the Yankee's #2, Greg Tyler. Bo Muschinsky did not hesitate to get to work in the bottom of the first inning, where he jacked a 2 run shot off Costa to give the Yanks an early 2-0 lead. Costa pitched clean from there on out, even snagging yet another line drive pelted right at him by a Yankee hitter. However, Tyler seemed to not be threatened by the stellar Dodgers lineup as he hit all his spots, and worked in some new pitches. There was a some trouble in the bottom of the 5th where Tyler issued back to back walks with nobody out, and the dangerous bat of Wiffman back at the plate. #27 hunkered down though, struck out 2, and got Costa to bloop fly out to Maniscalco to end the game. With the help of Bo's bat action, Tyler fought for and earned his second win of the season, and managed to keep the dangerous Dodgers at bay.
MVP: Greg Tyler
Game 2 against the Padres set the young Ryan Petrone vs the legend Jordan Robles. On paper this was a total mismatch, the pitching favors the Padres, the hitting favors the Padres, but there's a reason we play the games. That reason was shown on Sunday. Petrone came out firing and set the tone early with a quick K to start the game, and it would continue all game long. Jordan also was in fine form mixing drops, screws, risers, sliders, and change ups. The two would trade zeros but the Brewers seemed to have an easier time putting the bat on the ball and were able to scatter 3 hits, while the Padres scattered 2. Each pitcher kept walks to a minimum with 2 each and the Brewers won on total bases in 6. The Brewers are not winning any championships this season, but there appears to be a good core and they have shown ability to compete with the best talents in the league, notching wins against D-Backs, Giants, Dodgers, and Padres. If you're competing for a playoff spot down the stretch don't overlook the Brewers.
At 12:20pm the Giants and Expos began a series that had intensity written all over it. Ryan McElrath took the carpet for the Giants and the Expos would send out Ty Wegerzn. With very high grass that would help and hurt both teams, the games were underway. Early on, the Giants were able to string together a couple of walks and hits off Wegerzn but unable to score a run. McElrath was dealing. Allowing no hits with a few walks in the 3rd, but bouncing back with a clean 4th and 5th inning. The game came right down to the wire. Tim McElrath stepped to the plate with 1 out in the bottom of the 5th and smashed a walk off home run over the right field wall. The home run would end T. McElraths homerless 2017 and secure the R. McElrath no hitter. Also sending both McElraths into a frenzy and ultimately giving the Giants a huge win to start the second half.
Coming off a game 1 win, the Giants sent their number 2 Dave Fisher to the carpet and the Expos went with their crafty man Anthony Didio. Game 2, although not as thrilling, was much of the same as game 1. Both teams were able to reach base multiple times and load the bases, but unable to get a run across. However in the top of the 3rd, Dave Fisher stepped in and delivered a solo shot to left field to help his cause. Eventually, that was all Fisher would need. Escaping a bases loaded jam in the 4th, and cruising through the 5th, putting the team on his back giving the Giants another 1-0 win and the sweep.
Are they for real?
The Mariners have had the worst start in franchise history. After 6 weeks they only tallied 3 wins. They match up with the royals in week 7 where the royals are down their ace. This was the week where the Mariners needed to get back on track if they wanted to have even a glimmer of hopes to continue their playoff streak. Istorico took the mound vs Kollias. In an odd turn in events, Istorico was lights out and struck out 13 while only walking 2. The Mariners run support came off the bat of Scott Fliesser. He launched two solo home runs to give Istorico all he would need. Nick martinez and Gerard Fitzgerald added a few hits for the royals but it wasn't enough as the Mariners took game one.
M. Fliesser gets it going
Game two featured Matt Fliesser vs Kollias. Matt was looking untouchable throughout the entire game. The Royals bats couldn't find the ball. The Mariners got another home run off the bat of Scott Fliesser. We would like to welcome John Istorico to the home run club for 2017 as he hit his first and second home run of the year. Matt Fliesser added a bomb later in the game to seal the deal for the Mariners. Final score 12-0. Mariners got a much needed sweep and enter week 8 a solid 5-9. If they can get one win week 8, the league will be on watch for a hot Mariner team coming down the stretch.
Padres Obliterate Opposition on Offensive Outburst
The Padres (9-3) took on the Brewers (3-9) on a dark and cloudy Sunday afternoon. Sean Ryan got the start for the Padres, while the Brew Crew chose Anthony Bevilacqua as their pitching probable for the first game of the doubleheader. Both pitchers traded zeros until the top of the 3rd inning, when the Padres bats came alive to score 6 runs in the frame. They also managed to put up 3 runs on the board in the 4th, as well as 2 more runs in the 5th. Sean Ryan was pitching a shutout through the first 4 innings, however, the Brewers wouldn't go away quietly. They rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th, but it wasn't enough as the Padres held on for their 10th win of the season.
S. Ryan: 5 IP, W (2-0), 8 K
J. Robles: 4-10, 6 RBI, Grand Slam
K. VonSchleusingen: 7-9, 3 RBI