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Old 02-16-2018, 06:16 PM   #221
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Magpies move Miller to Concord in exchange for Soto

Posted by Stefan Snorkling | Nov 17 | 11:52AM

The Concord Jackals have moved to strengthen their outfield and infield depth by acquiring elite defensive outfielder Bob Miller and infielders Dave Kelly and Floyd Tipton from the Magpies. In return, the Magpies have received 23–year-old outfielder Pedro Soto and veteran minor league catcher Elmer Fuller.

Concord finished just one game away from an Eastern League wildcard spot this season, and feel that Miller’s elite defense and contact hitting will significantly strengthen their outfield for another postseason charge. He struggled at the plate this season after returning from a lengthy spell on the disabled list, but the Jackals hope that a change of scene and full preseason will help him rediscover his best form.

Soto also had a disappointing year at the plate, his first full season in the SCL, hitting .206 with a .591 OPS. While he continues to develop, the Magpies will have him sharing time with Al Elliott in right field. Moving Miller saves a large contract, roughly $11m per year, from their under-pressure player payroll budget, and possibly allows GM Billy DePodesta some flexibility to make one or two free agent signings over the rest of the winter.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:18 PM   #222
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Firesale has started den, byebye #BobMillerSCL. Long seasons ahead #enjoyitwhileitlasts
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I like the look of Soto. Elite defense, cannon arm, good eye and plate discipline, only 23. I expect a big improvement on last season’s .292 OBP and 74 OPS+. #BobMillerSCL just had a horrible year and has a large contract so can see why we moved him.
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@sabermetricjedi it’s just really concerning all these reports of the financial probs, we surely can’t keep competing if we have less and less money
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@worrywart the bigger question is, will we even have a club this time next year #ruedaout
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Wolfhounds chasing Clayton

Posted by Silvio Cattlegrid | Nov 21 | 4:31PM

The Olympia Wolfhounds are interested in acquiring the Des Moines Magpies’ veteran first baseman Patrick Clayton, reports SCLhotstove.com’s Silvio Cattlegrid. Clayton, 32, has been a dominant hitter in minor league baseball in recent seasons, but has found himself blocked in Iowa by all-star Enrique Limón. With young first base prospects Brandon Farley and Max Marshall in the organisation, the Magpies are prepared to let Clayton leave in exchange for prospects, and have expressed an interest in a deal involving the Wolfhounds’ 21-year-old catcher Ernesto Solís. As yet, though, the two sides have not yet been able to work out a deal.
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The SCL Armchair Almanac, 2047 Edition

CAREER HOME RUN LEADERS


675 - James Fox
640 - Tsugahara Baba
632 - Carlos Díaz
585 - Viçente Lindbergh
544 - Sancho García
537 - Dale Russell
523 - Ben MacIntyre
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By Maggie Pye | 17 Dec | 151 comments

The Magpies have agreed a 2-year contract with free agent pitcher Scott Harris, which will pay the right hander $6.4m over the duration of the deal. Harris, 28, had spent 7 seasons with North Division rivals Madison, where he split his time between the rotation and the bullpen. He has a 4.39 career ERA and is renowned as an extreme groundball pitcher. He is expected to compete with rookie Gabe Copeland for the 7th and final spot in the Magpies bullpen. Fans’ forums were concerned that the move to ink Harris to an affordable contract may mainly be with an eye to the following season if further cuts are needed from the club’s player payroll expenditure.

GM Billy DePodesta said: “We have had Scott in our sights for some time, and are delighted to bring him into the Magpies organisation. His excellent control and three good pitches should integrate well with our strong defense.”
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Cox and Magpies agree to 1-year, $1.7m deal

Posted by Pete Squelch | Dec 20 | 10:51AM

Magpies GM Billy DePodesta has used the budget headroom granted by the recent trade of Bob Miller to sign corner outfielder Cy Cox to a 1-year contract that will pay him $1.7m. The former Atlanta and Carson City star will compete with António Fernández for a right-handed backup bat position in the Magpies’ predominantly left-handed outfield. Cox has a reputation for displaying good discipline at the plate, and can also fill in at centre field if needed. Club sources say that Cox will likely start the new season on the club’s minor league roster.
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- I’m playing a waiting game to get a free agent left-handed backup reliever. Top target Bill Lewis is still asking far too much, and his agent says Trenton have already made an offer.
- No other interest yet in my other target Greg Dickson, so I plan to hold out longer and try and drive his asking price down.
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Dickson joins Magpies in cut-price deal

Posted by Michael Cornpop | Feb 1 | 3:37PM

The Magpies have announced that they have reached an agreement with free agent pitcher Greg Dickson on a 1-year contract worth $0.9m. The deal is worth considerably less than the $2m+ salary that Dickson had started the winter by seeking. However with preseason about to begin and no other concrete offers on the table, Dickson will seek to build his value ahead of a second round of free agency next year. That could be easier said than done, though, as Dickson will likely be on the Magpies minor league roster when the season starts. He is expected to provide competition for Jorge Cruz and former starter P.J. Hendrickson for the team’s two left-handed relief pitcher spots on the active roster. Dickson could also benefit should the Magpies decide to move Hendrickson back into the rotation at some stage.

The Magpies also told SCLhotstove.com that negotiations have ended with Olympia on a possible trade involving first baseman Patrick Clayton and catcher Ernesto Solís, after the Wolfhounds decided to promote Solís to their active roster as understudy to starting catcher Kenkichi Sato.
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Magpies swoop for Rookie of the Year Ishii in surprise trade with Indianapolis

Posted by Lou Cistern | Feb 4 | 8:41PM

It had looked like the Des Moines Magpies had got their roster all set for the new season. But GM Billy DePodesta raised eyebrows across the SCL this afternoon with his announcement that Eastern League rookie of the year Iemitsu Ishii was joining the organisation from Indianapolis and would be their starter in right field.

Sources say the wheels were set in motion yesterday, when the Wildcats made a big splash in free agency, signing all-star corner outfielder Marcos Osorio on a 4-year, $86m contract. Osorio’s arrival seemingly left Ishii blocked and without a starting role, and the Magpies moved quickly to take advantage. Ishii, 26, hit .327 with a .821 OPS last season, which he started with Augusta before a late May trade to Indianapolis. The left-hander has good power and hits lefties pretty much as well as he hits righties. He has an excellent throwing arm in the field, but does lack pace. That he is two years away from arbitration eligibility was also an attraction to the cash-strapped Magpies. Minor league starting pitcher José Aguilar, a fringe prospect, also moved to the Magpies in the exchange.

The Wildcats received outfielder Al Elliott and minor league reliever Sergio Cantú in return. Although also an outfielder like Ishii, the Wildcats were keen on Elliott’s elite base running and the flexibility he adds to their roster through his ability to play first base too. Elliott is likely to see game time at first in Indianapolis, with veteran incumbent Sergio Ramos expecting to move into the designated hitter role.

DePodesta said: “This was not a move we had planned, but we realised there was an opportunity to improve the ballclub and we able to to make it happen”. Magpies insiders said DePodesta’s willingness to part with Elliott was to some extent unexpected, but that the front office assessment had been for some time that Elliott would probably experience some regression after enjoying such a terrific 2017 season.
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Preview: As spring training nears its end, Graziano Polomint presents the first of a two-part series looking at the Des Moines Magpies roster. Today, we look at the offense.

The Magpies offense returns largely intact with the group which performed well in the regular season, but was such a let down in the league championship series defeat to Lansing last October.

Fernando Martínez (.221/.303/.393) will be the starting catcher. But he failed to build on an encouraging break-out year in 2046 and will be under pressure to rebound. The club’s former top prospect Walton White (.206/.304/.267) had a difficult debut season in the big leagues as Martínez’s backup, but improved during August in September and will see regular playing time. Valentín Ortíz is a capable third catcher.

The real star of the lineup is first baseman Enrique Limón (.290/.367/.447), who will bat #2 in the lineup most days. He is entering the first year of a $9m per year contract extension which looks exceptionally good value from the club’s perspective. At the other hot corner is Carlos Zúñiga (.260/.319/.410), who enjoyed a terrific year at the plate while retaining his defensive excellence. Shortstop extraordinaire Matt Anderson (.233/.264/.308) won his second straight Glove Wizard award, but came under increasing pressure over his lacklustre hitting. Roberto Caro (.278/.331/.365) will play at second base, while versatile former #1 draft pick Jeremiah Harvey (.225/.317/.360) will back up all four infield spots after suffering a disappointing second half of 2047. Fast-improving 24-year-old Juan MacNamara and veteran Felipe Ríos back up the infield, with MacNamara in particular highly likely to feature during the season.

Left fielder Guillermo Díaz (.259/.332/.450) will bat leadoff ahead of Limón. At centre field is Dave Dodd (.254/.297/.434), like Anderson an absolutely elite defender, but who also put up good numbers at the plate in his best year in the SCL so far. Offseason trades saw GM Billy DePodesta part ways with right fielders Bob Miller and Al Elliott, and the starter will be Eastern League rookie of the year Iemitsu Ishii (.247/.326/.495), previously of Augusta and Indianapolis. The Magpies have excellent outfield depth, with promising young players Pedro Soto (.206/.292/.299) and António Fernández (.250/.289/.458) on the 25-man roster, and Cy Cox and Terry Lawrence on the minor league roster.

The oldest member of the offense is 29-year-old Michael O’Quinn (.238/.348/.382), who returns for a second year as designated hitter, batting cleanup.
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Preview: Part two of our Des Moines Magpies pre-season preview. Dave Cameroon evaluates the pitching staff.

The Magpies have a young and talented pitching staff, who have benefitted hugely from the support of the exceptional defense behind them.

Leading the rotation will be 28-year-old Philip Givens (19-6, 2.45), the surprise winner of the Western League Outstanding Pitcher award for 2047. Givens has a 29-7 record since joining from Nashville a season and a half ago. Kevin Cantrell (10-15, 3.28) faded after an impressive first half of the year, while #3 starter Robinson Ortíz (13-6, 2.44) just got better and better and won the wildcard game. Jeremy Williams (16-10, 2.93) had a very solid year, as did righty Wesley Weaver (6-0, 2.25), the club’s first round draft pick in 2046, who steps up from the bullpen.

Júlio Martínez (5-6, 3.00, 38 SV), the closer, is unhittable when on form, but showed periods of inconsistency last term. Talented lefty Jorge Cruz (6-5, 2.55) and veteran right-hander Don Rich (1-4, 3.40) will bridge the gap between the starters and Martínez. In middle relief, 2047 draft picks Ken James (3-5, 4.50) and Gabe Copeland (0-0, 3.00) are as lethal as they come, and both made it to the big leagues within weeks of being drafted. They will be looking to establish themselves as full-time major leaguers this year. Experienced former starters P.J. Hendrickson (11-5, 3.34) and 2046 Cup Final Series hero Tommaso Chigi (1-1, 1.35) consistently outperform their scouting assessments and are capable of throwing multiple innings if required.

The bullpen has several arms capable of stepping into a rotation role if needed, and promotees from the club’s minor league roster are likely to move into the bullpen rather than the rotation. Free agent signing Scott Harris and 2047 2nd round draft pick Rhys Nunn are at the front of the queue.

Like the offense, the Magpies pitching staff are young, dynamic and extremely competent. There are few outright superstars, but consistent quality throughout the roster. The real action, however, is off the field, with the club operating to a reduced payroll budget this season. And, if recent leaks and insider rumours are to be believed, the prospect of further reductions to come next year. The team look well-placed for another run at the playoffs this coming season, but the big question is, will they be able to keep their star players into next year and beyond, or will they have to break up the roster to cut costs? It could well be a case of ‘now or never’ for this group.
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- Raleigh Dark Knights have signed Jack Morris to a 2-year contract, and will play him as their fifth starter. Our only compensation for his departure is a fifth round draft pick.
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Posted by Cornelius Rumormill | Mar 28 | 12:07PM

- The first big trade of the offseason saw WL champions Lansing upgrade their starting pitching by re-acquiring 2-time all-star starting pitcher Bryan Brown from Providence. Brown had previously played for the Sharks in 2045. They gave up a talented but fragile second base prospect to get him.
- Four-time all-star centre fielder Menzu Magambo signed a 3-year contract with the Richmond Eagles worth a total of $68m. The 32-year-old’s defensive skills have deteriorated badly the last couple of years, and fans feel the Eagles have overpaid for a player who will operate exclusively at DH.
- Carson City have paid former Concord pitcher John Smith $15.2m to be their closer for the coming season. Smith has no previous closing experience.
- Top-rated shortstop Armando Hinojosa signed for rebuilding Santa Fe for 3 years and $65m. Hinojosa has led the SCL in walks the last two seasons.
- Indianapolis gave their outfield a boost by signing Marcos Osorio to a $21.4m per annum contract. However fans were less happy that Osorio’s arrival blocked reigning EL rookie of the year Iemitsu Ishii out of the starting lineup, and the team quickly traded him to Des Moines.
- Sacramento signed experienced starting pitcher António Martínez to a whopping 5-year, $129m contract. Martínez pitched a perfect game against Columbus in July 2046.
- The other top-tier shortstop on the free agent board, Chinese hitter Chung Yang, agreed a $22m per year contract with SCL champions Tallahassee, filling their biggest hole on offense.
- Santa Fe made another big move to solidify their infield by awarding a $23.6m per year contract to third baseman António Rodríguez. The Outlaws’ offense will be very strong this season.
- Annapolis awarded a lucrative contract to catcher Ricardo López: a monster 6 years at $24.2m annually. The 30-year-old is an extremely talented and popular player, but that has the whiff of a contract that will become a huge burden in 3 or 4 years’ time.
- López’s contract was surpassed by the enormous deal that Phoenix gave to former Providence ace Kenny Young. Young is a superb pitcher, but $164m over 6 years is a huge commitment to someone entering their age 31 season who does not have a reputation for durability.
- Providence replaced Young with Mario Velasco, awarding him a huge $28.9m per year for 5 years. Velasco, 32, only made 17 starts last year because of injury problems. If the Blue Rocks were determined to splash out that kind of cash they would have been better off sticking with Young.
- The big contracts kept coming, as Lansing made a push to go one better than last year by signing all-star catcher Jimmy Howard for an eye-watering $29.8m per year over the next 5 years.
- Albany made a statement of intent by grabbing veteran outfielder David Miller for $85m over the next 3 seasons. The 7-time all-star may be 35 now, but he is still a quality hitter.
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To: Billy DePodesta

Des Moines Magpies Scouting Department
PROSPECT REPORT


Baseball News Network has today published its annual Top 100 prospects list. The findings for the club are very encouraging from a pitching perspective. Ken James did not feature because of his immediate promotion to the major league roster following last year’s draft.

MR Gabe Copeland - 12
SP Israel Padilla - 14
SP Robert Terry - 41
MR Bernardo Merrado - 61

We also have other very talented young players like a SP Rhys Nunn, MR Wade Kelly, 1B Max Marshall, SS Juan MacNamara and RF Dave Plummer, who have the ability to become major league regulars in future. Nunn and Kelly, in particular, I feel are unlucky not not feature in the top 100.

Israel Padilla has fallen slightly from his #6 rating last year, which reflects concerns about the development of his control. The scouting department now projects him to become a good #2 or #3 starter rather than the top-of-the-rotation star we previously expected.
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GM’s notebook - Series 1 and 2

Magpies 9-3 Baton Rouge
Magpies 6-7 Baton Rouge
Magpies 3-4 Baton Rouge
Denver 3-2 Magpies
Denver 7-2 Magpies
Denver 4-1 Magpies

- The whole lineup got at least 1 hit in the big opening day win. Guillermo Díaz (3-4, DBL, BB) was the stand-out.
- In game two versus the Deltas, we put ourselves 6-4 ahead in the top of the 10th, only for closer Júlio Martínez to give up a 3-run home in the bottom of the inning.
- Michael O’Quinn went 3-3 with 2 doubles and a walk in the defeat in the rubber game.
- Wesley Weaver’s debut as a full-time member of the rotation lasted only 2.1 innings. Matt Anderson committed an unprecedented 2 errors in a single game, but that didn’t affect the result.
- We finished the week with a game where we got as many hits (2) as we committed errors. That’s a recipe for a dismal loss.

This week: 1-5
Record: 1-5, =4th place, 3 GB from Lansing
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The SCL Armchair Almanac, 2048 Edition

2048 SEASON OPENING DAY REPORTED PAYROLLS, WESTERN LEAGUE


$224m - Lansing Sharks
$212m - Austin Tycoons
$183m - Salem Ironclads
$179m - St. Paul Rockets
$173m - Denver Snow Sox
$170m - Santa Fe Outlaws
$159m - Olympia Wolfhounds
$155m - Phoenix Raccoons
$154m - Madison Brown Bears
$149m - Des Moines Magpies
$143m - Bismarck Coyotes
$141m - Sacramento Stingrays
$138m - Carson City Rattlesnakes
$107m - Baton Rouge Deltas

(1) Figures compiled by SCL At-Bat.
(2) Some data are estimated and as such may not be fully accurate in all cases.
(3) Figures include salaries of players on major league contracts who are currently on minor league rosters.
(4) Minor league contract salaries are excluded.
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GM’s notebook - Series 3 and 4

Magpies 9-1 Carson City
Magpies 0-3 Carson City
Magpies 5-1 Carson City
Bismarck 0-1 Magpies
Bismarck 3-0 Magpies
Bismarck 0-3 Magpies

- Kevin Cantrell opened the week with a tidy 7.2 innings for just a single run. Pedro Soto hit 3-4.
- Guillermo Díaz got 2 of our 3 hits in the dire 3-0 defeat to Carson City in the second game of the series.
- Jeremy Williams is the one starter so far who’s played at his best, and was excellent (8 IP, 1 ER) as we took the series.
- Wesley Weaver was much better in his second appearance in the 1-0 win over the Coyotes. He scattered 9 hits over 8 innings, allowing no runs.
- Díaz’s fine start to the season continued. He went 3-3 with 2 SB, and is hitting .400 so far.
- Cantrell was awesome in the rubber game against Bismarck. He was on for a no-hitter until he gave up a leadoff single in the 8th. He finished with 8.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.
- Some of the lineup have been really poor so far. Carlos Zúñiga has been the worst culprit, hitting a dire 2-45. Among the others in a slump, Iemitsu Ishii is hitting .125 and Fernando Martínez is .184.
- Lansing are looking absolutely formidable. They have a superb lineup and a deep rotation. I expect them to win the Western League pennant again.

This week: 4-2
Record: 5-7, 3rd place, 3 GB from Lansing
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GM’s notebook - Series 5 and 6

Madison 2-3 Magpies
Madison 2-3 Magpies
Madison 0-1 Magpies
Magpies 12-3 Austin
Magpies 1-11 Austin
Magpies 4-8 Austin

- Enrique Limón dominated the Brown Bears pitching in the first 3-2 win, hitting 4-5 with a home run and 2 doubles.
- Jeremy Williams made it 3 quality starts in a row as we won 3-2 for the second day running, throwing 7 scoreless innings. We won the tight game in the 10th.
- Wesley Weaver was fantastic and completed the sweep of Madison, going 8 innings for just 2 hits and no runs.
- The 12-3 rout in Austin was hopefully a slump-buster for Carlos Zúñiga, who hit a home run and a double. Michael O’Quinn did the same.
- We then got routed ourselves the next day, when pretty much everyone was bad.
- Robinson Ortíz has had several disappointing starts so far, and gave up 6 runs from 1+ IP to end the week.

This week: 4-2
Record: 9-9, 2nd place, 3 GB from Lansing
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20 April 2048

From: Agamemnon Profitloss, Chief Finance Officer
To: Billy DePodesta

Des Moines Magpies Finance Department
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL MEETING - AGREED ACTION POINTS


As you’re of course fully aware, we and the rest of the front office senior management team met yesterday to discuss the club’s increasingly perilous financial position. We discussed that season ticket sales and gate receipts have been lower than forecast in these early weeks of the season, and the owner has decided to take further steps as a matter of course to ensure financial stability.

- Action (Billy): Although the current player payroll ($149m) is below the budget agreed pre-season of $160m, no increases in payroll above $150m are now permitted, whether through trade or signing free agents.
- Action (Agamemnon): Work with Billy and other department heads to secure at least $1m of further administrative savings.
- Action (Billy): Begin early planning now for the 2049 season, where we currently project that a payroll ceiling of approximately $110m-$120m will be necessary.
- Action (Agamemnon): Identify a firm and fixed payroll ceiling for the 2049 season at the earliest possible opportunity, to aid the general manager’s roster planning process.

To confirm, the new payroll limit means that during the course of the season two players who are currently on minor league salaries may be promoted to the major league roster and receive the SCL minimum. No further increase in player payroll is permitted at this point. Additional promotions beyond the permitted two are allowed, but only as long as they are preceded by a commensurate reduction in player salaries elsewhere.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:35 PM   #240
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GM’s notebook - Series 7 and 8

Olympia 2-4 Magpies
Olympia 3-1 Magpies
Olympia 2-1 Magpies
Magpies 6-5 Lansing
Magpies 3-2 Lansing
Magpies 9-3 Lansing

- The further payroll restrictions imposed by Will at the emergency meeting on 19 April were disappointing but not a surprise. It’s part of a GM’s job to work within the owner’s financial constraints so I’m not grumbling or annoyed - I view it as a problem to be solved.
- I do not need to shed any payroll right at this point so I can see how the season pans out before deciding what to do next. If we are out of the hunt by the deadline then I will certainly be moving at least 1 or 2 larger contracts. But I really do want to get clarity from Agamemnon about the 2049 budget limit (and ideally beyond) before I rush into a decision that turns out not to be necessary.
- Enrique Limón is carrying the lineup at the moment. He went 3-4 in the 3-1 defeat to Olympia, and is hitting .319 on the season.
- Iemitsu Ishii has suffered a fractured thumb after being hit by a pitch in the 1st inning of the game (see next post). Pedro Soto and António Fernández will platoon at RF in his absence. Terry Lawrence has been called up as outfield backup.
- Kevin Cantrell had a fantastic duel against Wolfhounds starlet Ed Rice in the rubber game of the series. He eventually finished with 10 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. But we lost the game in the 15th inning.
- The lead changed hands 5 times in a ding-dong opening game in Lansing. Fernando Martínez hit 2-run homers in the 5th and 7th games to earn us the victory.
- Carlos Zúñiga’s slump isn’t bust, after all. He’s a dreadful 6-76 at the plate. His usually top notch defense has been poor, too. I have no idea what’s up with him.
- We completed a quite brilliant sweep of the hot favourites to win the Western League with a 6-run 9th inning, which broke a 3-3 tie.

This week: 4-2
Record: 13-11, 2nd place, 1 GB from Lansing
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