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August 29, 2017

Maniscalco picks up win, Weiner drives in two gets the save

10-8 Yankees would send to the mound Joey Maniscalco for his first start of the year against a 10-8 Royals Cy Young Candidate Oliver Avallone. A game that can determine the playoff hopes for these two teams. Maniscalco would start off the game in rare fashion and finding the strike zone early cruising through the first 3 innings only walking one and striking out 4. Avallone would work in and out of trouble until the 4th inning surrendering a 2-run triple to Mike Weiner. Maniscalco would take the mound and look worse than McGregor in the 9th round against Floyd. All-star Gerard Fitzgerald would start by getting a single down the right field line out of reach of the diving BO Muschinsky. Maniscalco would walk the next 2 batters that’s all manager Bo Muschinsky would need to see and take the ball from the sexy right hander. Mike Wiener would take the mound and shut the door on the royals cruising through the rest of the game. Maniscalco gets first win of the year and Mike Wiener would get his first save of the year. Yankees head to 11-8. Interesting to see them face the Astros to end the year hopefully landing a playoff spot. 


Trenary holds Astros scoreless, Dodgers score two

Tim Trenary worked in and out of trouble in nearly every inning against the Astros but was able to hold them scoreless.  Trenary helped his cause working a bases loaded walk against Bobby Daly in the third. In the fourth Costa would drive Wiffman in with a timely two out double as the Dodgers would go on to win 2-0


Dodgers clinch Pennant with Johnny Wiffs walk off

Johnny Costa would take the carpet in the Dodgers game against the Brewers and would retire the first nine batters. With a one run lead thanks to Wiffman's solo HR in the second Costa looked like he would cruise through the Brewers but Paraskevas would single and Petrone would triple to tie it up in the fourth. Costa would settle down, retire the next four batters in order and then end it with third walk off HR of the season. 

Padres Shut Down Short-Staffed Expos

With the absence of T-Weg, Didio, and Caras from the dangerous Expos lineup, the Expos called up three minor leaguers for Week 10 to pick up the slack. The Padres were also missing a key player: Jordan Robles. After dropping Game 1 to the Expos by the final score of 3-1, the Padres called on Kyle "K-Von" VonSchleusingen to take the carpet against hard throwing waiver wire pickup Tim Caulfield, pitching his second game of the day. Both offenses were held scoreless through the first 3 innings. However, in the 4th, the Padres strung together some hits and walks to load the bases. Nick Anezoulakis would drive in the only run of the game on a bases loaded walk. That would be all the run support K-Von would need to earn his 6th win of the season while holding the Expos to only one hit and two walks. This was a must-win game for the Padres, as they are fighting three other teams to earn the highly coveted 1st round bye in the playoffs.

D. Torres shocks Giants in 5th for win

Ryan McElrath vs. either of the Torres brothers usually shapes up to be a great battle, and this game was no different.  Garret Torres struck out the side in the first, and Ryan did the exact same thing in the bottom of the frame.  Things got shaky for the Diamondbacks after an error and two walks loaded the bases, but Torres was able to escape the jam.  


The 0-0 stalemate continued until the 5th inning.  With the Giants up 6 bases to 0 (yes, McElrath was on his way to a perfect game,) the Diamondbacks needed to score in order to win.  Devin Torres wasted no time doing so as he led off by blasting a walk off solo shot to dead center to end the perfect game, no-hitter, shutout, and take the win all in one swing.  Don’t worry though, Ryan tossed a perfecto the next game.

R. McElrath perfect game, T McElrath homers twice

After a tough loss game 1 to the DBacks the Giants could have been set up for a disaster.  However both McElrath's weren't ready to let that happen.  After nearly being perfect the first game, the Giants would again go with their ace Ryan McElrath. And the DBacks sent Devin Torres to the carpet. In the bottom of the 1st Tim McElrath landed the first blow delivering a solo shot to right field giving the Giants and early 1-0 lead.  R. McElrath was on cruise control, and again perfect through the first 4 innings.  In the bottom of the 4th Tim McElrath would connect a 2nd time blasting a moonshot 2 run homer to right field. With a 3-0 lead R. McElrath went out in the 5th and retired the side. Securing the perfect game and the win. 


M. Fliesser's Grand Slam Keeps the Dream Alive

During the first game of two vs the Cardinals, the Mariners sent Istorico to the mound against Jimmy Cole. It was a tough battle throughout. The Mariners left a 7 base runners through the first three innings while managing to score one run. The cardinals didn't get going until Chris Morse hit a two run triple of a shard slider from Istorico. Later in the fourth Matt Fliesser came up with the bases loaded and unleashed a bomb to seep center to give the Mariners a 5-2 lead. 


Scott Fliesser ends it with late inning heroics

It always seems when Matt Fliesser takes the hill, the Mariners stop hitting. Nothing really changed for the first four innings of game two. It was a total bases looking game all the way until the bottom of the fifth inning. Down 1 base Scott Fliesser leads off with a double to RF. Matt and John go down in order.  With two outs and a runner on second, the Cardinals play their defense back to the way to do anything to stop the run from scoring. Matt Fliesser was caught on the side asking commissioner Brett what happens if the bases and everything comes down to a tie?  Scott overhead that and said "don't worry about that". On the very next pitch he hits a walk off two run bomb to send the Mariners to victory. The Mariners are now 10-0 after being 3-9 after the first six weeks. With one loss from the Royals and one from the Yankees and a Mariners sweep of the Brewers, the boys from Seattle will be back in the playoffs again. 



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