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Oct 30, 2008

St Louis at Northeast 1st Round Series Results

Round 1: #2 Northeast Huskies vs. #7 St Louis Bombers
Bombers win series 4-1

Game 1: Bombers 6 - Huskies 3
Game 2: Bombers 2 - Huskies 1
Game 3: Huskies 4 - Bombers 5
Game 4: Huskies 3 - Bombers 0
Game 5: Huskies 0 - Bombers 4

Highlights included Marcus Thames batting .500 with two pinch hit game winning homeruns, Brian Giles batting .474, Bombers team ERA of 2.15, Keppinger batting .429 and Huskies team ERA of 3.48.

St Louis will travel to Northwest for round 2.

Oct 28, 2008

California at Northwest 1st Round Series Results

Round 1: #3 Northwest Stars vs. #6 California Roadrunners
Stars win series 4-1

Game 1: California 4 - Northwest 7 : WP Meche - LP Lackey
Game 2: California 5 - Northwest 3 : WP Gardner - LP Downs
Game 3: Northwest 10 - California 7: WP Perez - LP Garland
Game 4: Northwest 10 - California 5: WP Accardo - LP Hill
Game 5: Northwest 9 - California 7: WP Arroyo - LP Lackey

Highlights included Mauer batting .389 with 9 rbi and 6 runs scored, Cordero with 3 saves and an era of 0.00, Northwest batting .337 as a team, and A Hill batting .333 with 6 rbi and 2 runs scored. California batted an anemic .201 as a team and had a team era of 6.80.

Northwest will play the winner of the Northeast Huskies / St Louis Bombers series.

Oct 27, 2008

Mohawk Valley at Cape Cod 1st Round Results

Round 1: No. 5 Mohawk Valley vs. No. 4 Cape Cod Breakers
Breakers win series 4-1

Cape Cod outscored Mohawk Valley 45-26, out-homered them 15-6 and even out-doubled them 13-3, meaning that the outcome of this series was only occasionally in doubt.

Game 1: Breakers 13, Jive 3
Game 2: Jive 12, Breakers 3

Game 3: Breakers 8, Jive 4
Game 4: Breakers 17, Jive 5
Game 5: Breakers 4, Jive 2

Mohawk Valley twice got to within 1 run in Game 3, but never could overtake the Breakers. Meanwhile, Game 5 was knotted at 2 into the 8th inning before Cape Cod pulled ahead on a Varitek 2-run shot.

In fact, Varitek batted .438 with 2 HR (one of them a series winner) out of the nine-hole, making him at least an MVP candidate. Other candidates: Beltran hit .438 with 2 HR, 2 2B and 10 RBI, and Hudson went 2-0, 4.50 over 14 innings.

The series goat is much more obvious. Webb went 0-2, 19.13, giving up 18 hits (6 HR) and 4 walks in 8 innings.

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Oct 24, 2008

Kalamazoo at Bethlehem 1st Round Series Results

Bethlehem defeats Kalamazoo 4 games to 1.

Kalamazoo 10 - Bethlehem 3 : WP - Penny - LP Peavy
Kalamazoo 2 - Bethlehem 3 (16 innings) : WP Otsuka - LP Hoffman
(Interesting note about game 2 was that the Bethlehem starter was injured in the third inning and the game went 16)
Bethlehem 17 - Kalamazoo 8 : WP Lowe - LP Snell
Bethlehem 6 - Kalamazoo 1 : WP Peavy - LP Penny
Bethlehem 3 - Kalamazoo 1 : WP Johnson - LP Zambrano

Series highlights included Chipper Jones batting .421, Placido Polanco batting .545 and Randy Johnson posting an ERA of 1.59. There was one save recorded and Halladay, Peavy and Lowe all had ERA's above 6 for the series. Lowlights included Bonds batting .143 and Hamilton going an amazing 0-14 with a lone walk.

Oct 13, 2008

2008 Season Wrap-up

The final MMDA playoff picture, post-season awards and top 12 draft picks after the full 162-game schedule. Awards are selected by the game.

Playoffs

No. 1 Beaz vs. No. 8 Knights
No. 4 Breakers vs. No. 5 Jive

No. 2 Huskies vs. No. 7 Bombers
No. 3 Stars No. 6 Roadrunners

MVP

Alex Rodriguez, 3b, Breakers
Numbers: .296/.396/.676 with 65 HR, 37 2B, 154 RBI, 144 R, 9 SB in 611 AB
Black Ink: runs, home runs, RBI, slugging, total bases (413), HR vs. RHP (64)
Runners-up: Miguel Cabrera, 3b, Beaz; David Ortiz, dh, Beaz; Jimmy Rollins, ss, Jive; Derek Jeter, ss, Beaz

Cy Young

Jake Peavy, rhp, Beaz
Numbers: 23-5, 3.12 with 241 SO, 76 BB, 224 H, 16 HR in 243 IP
Black Ink: none
Gray Ink: 2nd in wins, 3rd in innings, 2nd in strikeouts, 5th in K/9, 3rd in HR/9
Runners-up: Derek Lowe, rhp, Beaz; Javier Vasquez, rhp, Huskies; Josh Beckett, rhp, Huskies; Gil Meche, rhp, Stars

Top 12 Draft Picks

1. Bats
2. Black Sox
3. Bulldogs
4. Fishermen
5. Dirtnappers
6. Dazzlers
7. Blackhawks
8. Miracle
9. Dobermans*
10. Razorbacks*
11. Pilots
12. Crows

* The Dobermans and Razorbacks both finished 76-86, but by virtue of the Dobermans going 2-4 in head-to-head play they "win" the No. 9 pick. No other teams had identical records.