Wednesday 7/27/2063: Brent Lanning pitches 2-hit shutout against Chicago (N)
CHICAGO (N) - Chicago (N)'s hitters looked uncomfortable, and San Francisco's Brent Lanning didn't help them. The left-hander fired his 2nd shutout of the season, a 2-hitter. 'Wow, what a nice day. I guess I had a good breakfast today.' Lanning (14-2) fanned 1 and walked 2, throwing 97 pitches. Raymond Chamberlain helped Lanning at the plate, he stroked 2 hits in 4 AB, doubling once. San Francisco improved its record to 58-44, scoring 3 runs on 7 hits.
Wednesday 7/27/2063: 5-hit performance by Atlanta's Timothy Bobb
FLORIDA - Timothy Bobb saw the ball really well, leading Atlanta to a 9-8 win over Florida. His five hits thrilled his teammates and coaches, and Timothy seemed happy as well after the game. A pitch from Jose Fernandez in the 1st inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 410 feet from home plate in right-center. A 360 foot drive to right field marked his 2nd hit, a two-run homerun off Jose Fernandez in the 5th inning. The game was tied, 4-4, after the blast. He had singles in the 8th , in the 9th inning and in the 10th inning (one RBI). Timothy did drive in 4 while scoring 4 runs on his own. He now has a total of 110 hits this season, accounting for a .301 batting average.
Monday 7/25/2063: Portland's Michael Young clears fence three times
PORTLAND - Michael Young was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Portland to a 9-3 win over Milwaukee by homering three times. A pitch from Albert Kendrick in the 3rd inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 367 feet from home plate in left field. That one tied it at 1 runs apiece. Number 2 in the 5th inning, a shot estimated at 409 feet, cleared the wall in right-center. In the 7th inning he unloaded a three-run homerun off Matthew Santistevan. Michael stroked 4 hits in 4 AB, scoring three runs and driving in 5 runs. In 1847 career at bats, he has hit 100 homeruns and collected 327 RBI.
Monday 7/25/2063: Vail and Abella win Player of the Week award
The American League's best player of the week was Kansas City's Michael Vail, who wins the award for the 11th time in his career. Michael pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .517 with 0 HR and 10 RBI while slugging .793. The National League's best player of the week was St. Louis' Nelson Abella, who wins the award for the 16th time in his career. Abella helped his team with an average of .500 and 20 RBI in 32 at bats. Nelson has gone 152 for 393 (.387) this season, hitting 28 homeruns and driving in 132 runs. He has scored 91 runs on his own. He's 4th in the National League in batting, 4th in homeruns and 1st in RBI!
Friday 7/22/2063: Nelson Abella clubs six hits in a game
SAN DIEGO - St. Louis' third baseman Nelson Abella once again displayed his tremendous ability to make contact with that little white ball. He tore up San Diego's pitching staff with a 6 hit performance on Friday. Number 5 in the 6th inning, a shot estimated at 400 feet, cleared the wall in right field. His 6th hit, a solo homerun off Bruce Cannella in the 9th inning, cleared the fence in left field. He had singles in the 1st (one RBI) , in the 3rd inning (two RBIs) , in the 3rd (one RBI) and in the 5th . Nelson scored 4 runs, and he collected 9 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .384. St. Louis scored 24 runs on 26 hits.
Thursday 7/21/2063: Pasqual Pineda ropes 2000th career hit
PHILADELPHIA - Washington's Pasqual Pineda showed a smile on his face after he got his 2000th career hit against Philadelphia on Thursday. His hit in the 4th inning was a double off John Edmond. In 11 years of big league action so far, Pasqual has compiled a batting average of .304, along with 396 homeruns and 1350 RBI. 'Good things happen when you put the bat on the ball.'
Thursday 7/21/2063: 5-hit performance by Florida's Luis Monteiro
NEW YORK (N) - Luis Monteiro hits 'em where they ain't. New York (N) certainly agrees as Florida's centerfielder unloaded five hits, adding to his reputation of being one of the best pure hitters in the game. A pitch from John Weir in the 3rd inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 405 feet from home plate in right-center. His 5th hit, a solo homerun off Ruben Taylor in the 9th inning, cleared the fence in right field. He had singles in the 6th inning (one RBI) , in the 6th inning and in the 8th (one RBI). Luis did drive in 4 while scoring 4 runs on his own. He is hitting .316 this season, with 22 HR and 66 RBI. Florida scored 17 runs on 20 hits.
Tuesday 7/19/2063: Oscar Labastilla hits for the cycle against Cleveland
DETROIT - Oscar Labastilla is a pretty good hitter, but his 4 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself considering that the hits added up to the cycle, one of the most difficult things to accomplish in baseball. A single in the 1st off Martin Fuentes accounted for his 1st hit. A pitch from Martin Fuentes in the 3rd inning left his bat for a double. In the 7th inning he unloaded a RBI triple off Tony Ibaņez. His 4th hit, off Armando Zorrilla in the 9th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in center field. His final hit proved to be the game winner as well! That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Oscar did drive in 2 while scoring 3 runs on his own. He is hitting .313 this season, with 12 HR and 76 RBI. 298 players in league history have so far hit for the cycle, including Oscar. Gary Dustin was the last player to hit for the cycle, doing it 7/10/2063.
Monday 7/18/2063: Koepp and Cardoso win Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Cecil Koepp, Toronto's starting centerfielder. He hit .611 with 7 RBI and slugged .833 in 18 at bats. Cecil managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week. He has hit one longball while batting .320 this season. His 105 hits and 45 walks add up to a .406 on-base percentage. It's the 1st time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to Milwaukee's third baseman Santiago Cardoso. He had an on base percentage of .450 and hit .450, while driving in 9 runs. Cardoso has hit for a .293 average this season. He has 38 extra base hits along with 176 total bases, resulting in a .506 slugging percentage.
Thursday 7/14/2063: Toronto's Chet Crase laces six hits
NEW YORK (A) - Chet Crase hits 'em where they ain't. New York (A) certainly agrees as Toronto's third baseman unloaded six hits, adding to his reputation of being one of the best pure hitters in the game. His 2nd hit was a RBI double off Kanko Tatsui in the 5th inning. In the 8th inning he belted a double off Thomas Gwynn. His 6th hit was a three-run triple off James Koger in the 9th inning. He had singles in the 3rd inning , in the 7th and in the 7th (one RBI). Chet did drive in 5 while scoring 2 runs on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 98 hits in 313 at bats, resulting in a .313 batting average. Toronto improved its record to 46-45, scoring 27 runs on 28 hits.
Monday 7/11/2063: New York (A)'s Fouch wins Player of the Week award
Timothy Fouch from New York (A) wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. In 26 at bats he hit .538 with 4 HR and 12 RBI. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 11 game hitting streak right now. Pittsburgh's leftfielder Adelardo Mendez had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Mendez helped his team with an average of .550 and 7 RBI in 20 at bats.
Sunday 7/10/2063: Gary Dustin ropes five hits, completes cycle
NEW YORK (A) - Gary Dustin hits 'em where they ain't. Colorado certainly agrees as New York (A)'s designated hitter unloaded five hits and hitting for the cycle. A single in the 1st off Pablo Ortega accounted for his 1st hit. Hit number 2 followed in the 2nd inning, a RBI triple. In the 5th inning he belted a double off Pablo Ortega. His 4th hit, off Geronimo Fabregas in the 6th inning, was a two-run homerun and cleared the fence in right-center. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! A single in the 8th off Christopher Fred accounted for his 5th hit. Gary scored 2 runs, and he collected 3 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .349. He's now the 297th player in league history to hit for the cycle! John Larosa was the last player to hit for the cycle, doing it 6/14/2063.
Friday 7/8/2063: Kansas City's John Blaney has great day with six hits
MINNESOTA - On Friday, Kansas City's rightfielder John Blaney displayed his sensational ability to handle the bat against Minnesota, punishing their pitchers with six hits. A pitch from Willard Munk in the 3rd inning left his bat for a double. Number 4 in the 5th inning, a shot estimated at 444 feet, cleared the wall in left-center. His 6th hit, a solo homerun off Renato Vasco in the 8th inning, cleared the fence in left field. He collected singles in the 1st (one RBI) , in the 4th and in the 6th inning (two RBIs). John did drive in 8 while scoring 3 runs on his own. He now has a total of 96 hits this season, accounting for a .300 batting average. The final score of the game was 18-14.
Monday 7/4/2063: Player of the Week honors go to Otto and Vazquez
The American League's best player of the week was Chicago (A)'s Abel Otto, who wins the award for the 3rd time in his career. Abel was on fire, hitting .545 with 3 HR and 9 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .320, Abel hit .280 and slugged .534. He has collected 65 runs batted in this year. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Jesus Vazquez, Los Angeles' starting leftfielder. In 24 at bats he hit .458 with 4 HR and 14 RBI.
Friday 7/1/2063: Casto and Lanning receive Pitcher of the Month award
Winner of this months American League Pitcher of the Month award is Seattle's Augusto Casto. His record of 3-0 in 5 was among the leagues best this month. In 39 innings of work he allowed just 30 hits while striking out 25, compiling an ERA of just 1.62. This season Casto compiled an ERA of 2.70, going 9-2 in 16 starts. He fanned 87 while giving up 103 hits in 106.2 innings. He's 5th in the American League in ERA and 7th in wins! Brent Lanning couldn't have pitched much better than he did in June, and the National League thought so as well, naming the left-hander Pitcher of the Month. He started 7 games in June, going 5-1 and compiling an ERA of 2.47 in 51 innings. Brent fanned 33 hitters. Brent pitched a shutout as well. Opposing players hit .240 against Brent this season. While posting an ERA of 2.95 he went 10-1 in 18 starts, fanning 88 and walking 19 hitters. He has one complete game and one shutout. He's 6th in the National League in ERA and 1st in wins!
Friday 7/1/2063: Red hot Gomez and Roberson win Batter of the Month award
The American League Batter of the Month award goes to Lorenzo Gomez, Texas' starting centerfielder. In 101 at bats he hit .396 with 10 HR and 32 RBI. Gomez has hit for a .315 average this season. He has 36 extra base hits along with 171 total bases, resulting in a .592 slugging percentage. He's 7th in the American League in RBIs and 3rd in homeruns! It's the 1st time that the National League Batter of the Month award goes to St. Louis' first baseman Jason Roberson. Jason pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .396 with 10 and 45 RBI while slugging .772. Roberson has walked 44 times this year and posts a .391 OBP. While batting .298, 88 for 295, he has driven in 81 runs. He's 2nd in the National League in RBIs and 8th in homeruns!
Thursday 6/30/2063: Arizona's Virgil Bicknell has great day with six hits
SAN FRANCISCO - 'Wow, six hits in one game is something special, isn't it?' said Arizona's catcher Virgil Bicknell after the 14-11 win over San Francisco. His 1st hit was a double off Roger Stoll in the 2nd inning. He had singles in the 3rd inning (one RBI) , in the 5th , in the 6th (two RBIs) , in the 8th inning and in the 9th inning (two RBIs). Virgil scored one run, and he collected 5 RBI as well! He is hitting .284 this season, with 11 HR and 53 RBI.
Monday 6/27/2063: Oakland's Ortis wins Player of the Week award
Oakland's leftfielder Ernest Ortis had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. In 23 at bats he hit .565 with 2 HR and 9 RBI. Ernest has gone 72 for 211 (.341) this season, hitting 5 taters and driving in 29 runs. He has scored 36 runs on his own. He's 10th in the American League in batting! It's the 1st time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to Los Angeles' shortstop Joseph Benz. Benz helped his team with an average of .500 and 14 RBI in 18 at bats. Joseph is hitting .306 this year, with 82 hits in 268 at bats. He has driven in 72 runs, slugging .608. He's 3rd in the National League in RBIs and 4th in homeruns!
Saturday 6/25/2063: Damien Bohner out for 7 weeks
PORTLAND - When it rains, it pours. Portland's right-hander Damien Bohner will not pitch for at least 7 weeks, handing the team a huge setback. He suffered a serious injury in a game against Cincinnati where he left the field in the 4th inning. Pulled Bicep Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. Damien has a record of 3-8 this season, with an ERA of 4.39. In 96.1 Innings he was able to strike out 60 batters.
Monday 6/20/2063: St. Louis' Roberson wins Player of the Week award
Lester Crockett wins his 1st Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He had an on base percentage of .577 and hit .542, while driving in 7 runs. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 9 games. His season numbers are: .342 AVG, 80 hits, 8 doubles, one triple and 14 taters, along with 53 RBI and 43 runs scored. He's 8th in the American League in batting! The National League Player of the Week award goes to Jason Roberson, St. Louis' starting first baseman. He had an on base percentage of .500 and hit .444, while driving in 12 runs. Roberson has walked 40 times this year and posts a .392 OBP. While batting .297, 78 for 263, he has driven in 66 runs. He's 3rd in the National League in RBIs and 8th in homeruns!