The summer of 2020 will be remembered for being very hot and humid with unstable air masses. The fourth week at LSB began under those conditions on Monday August 10, but mother nature turned kind on that evening allowing both games to be played. The Royals and Padres squared off on their second meeting in three days at Meades. Solomon faced Stevens and both pitchers started effectively. The Royals built an 8-3 lead which eroded to 8-7 by the time the 7th inning began. In the top M. Stojda helped his own cause scoring an insurance run and then closing the game in the bottom of the inning. Over at Benevoles the Cubs squared off with the Dodgers. The Cubs prevailed 16-10 with clutch hitting and three pitchers combining for the victory. New comers T DiTuri and L Deschamps had hot bats for the Cubs as they took their record to .500.
On Wednesday August 12 the lone game at Benevoles had the Geese vs House of David who called Reed Gilmore to take the mound. Reed was pitching for the first time in nearly a year and managed to keep his team in the game, exiting after 4 innings with a tied score at 5. But, as we have seen earlier this season, the Geese turned it on in the last 3 innings scoring 10 for a 15-5 win. The Braves hosted the Orioles on Thursday looking to stay within striking distance of first place of at least a by for the first round of playoffs. J. Sangiovanni scattered 8 hits while walking none over 6 innings for the win and a key victory for the Braves. In the loss veteran Tyler Lowe went 3 for 3.
The weekend matches began on Saturday Aug 15 with the Geese hosting the Padres. The Geese had everything going that day and prevailed 10-0. The following game featured the Braves @ Royals with J. Lyman getting another start against Dave Panasuk who was taking the mound for the first time in 2020. The game featured some great defensive plays on both sides and an exciting finish with the Braves scoring 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 7-6 lead which they held on to.
The first Sunday game saw an 8-8 tie between the Royals and House of David. J Solomon had a no-hitter after 4 innings but HoD nibbled away and exploded for 6 in the 7th for the draw. J Larson and A. Ciccia had base clearing triples for the Royals, while V Rizzolo did the same for HoD. The Cardinals and Dodgers played immediately after in a game that could impact first place. The Cardinals once again found ways to score with few hits edging the Dodgers 9-8 staging yet another late come back. Coach Andrew took the win over his Anthony who did record another 8 k’s to lead all pitchers in that category. The Cubs and Bombers closed out the evening and weekend at Meades. Despite being out hit 15-9 the Cubs took advantage of a few miscues and used their speed to prevail 12-9.
The Orioles and Padres squared off to start the week on Monday evening at Meades. C Stephens started against M. Ruiz and both of them looked effective early on. D. Cox hit a long homerun to center field which gave the Padres the lead. Pedro Caviedes responded with a line drive shot into the parking lot beyond right field to reclaim the lead for the Orioles. With the Orioles leading 10-8 and the Padres putting the tying run on base in the 7th Finnbar Sandy came in to pitch and saved the win. Over at Benevoles the Cubs were hoping to make it 4 wins in a row but it wasn’t meant to be. The Cardinals behind great pitching from J Lopriore won 9-4.
The Bombers and Dodgers met on Tuesday Aug. 18 in a match that followed a chaotic end to the previous encounter. Both teams had their hitting shoes on in a game that saw the Dodgers opening an 11-6 lead by the 5th inning. The Bombers came back late to tie the score at 11, and suddenly the game
was coming down to the 7th inning for a decision. The Bombers threatened in the top of the inning with base runners on but Dodgers ace Anthony Porporino came on in relief to put out the fire. In the bottom of the inning the Dodgers had the bases loaded with 2 outs and a hit batter forced in the winning run for a 12-11 final.
The Padres played the Geese on Wednesday hoping for an upset after a couple of one sided matched. M Lalonde started for the Padres and induced many Geese batters to hit ground balls for routine outs. Meanwhile K Hazel had a blazing fastball but the Padres managed 8 hits against him. With a few lead changes and a well played, fast paced game the Geese scored the go ahead run in the 6th and held on for a 4-3 win. The Royals and Braves met for the 3rd time this summer in another close game. Both starters went 5 respectable innings after which the Braves scored 3 in the bottom of the 6th. J Sangiovanni came on the close the door and give the Braves a season sweep of the Braves.
The early Saturday game had the Dodgers @ Cubs. The Dodgers built an 8-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, when they could not get the 3rd and final out. The Cubs scored 5 runs to steal the game and place themselves again in contention for the division title in the Robinson Division. Over at Benevoles HoD caught the Orioles flat footed and short several regulars on their way to a 13-3 victory in which they got 15 hits.
The weekend closed out with wet weather that threatened the 3 games scheduled on Sunday Aug. 23. After some extra work to drain puddles from the infields we heard the magical “Play Ball”. The Bombers and Cardinals played a rare double header at Meades. In the early game the Bombers earned their first victory behind T D’Silva’s pitching and a home run by T Havlena. In the night cap the Cardinals bounced back with strong pitching from Jesse Lopriore for a 12-2 win. The win also maintains the Cards in 1st place by a full game over the Dodgers and Cubs. Meanwhile at Benevoles the young Royals were visiting the Orioles for the 3rd and last time this season. J Solomon faced M Jimenez, another lefty getting his first start. Both pitchers breezed along surrendering very few hits. The Royals combined a couple of singles and a hit batter to score their 2 runs. J Solomon pitched a couplete game, striking out 11 and giving up only 2 hits for a 2-1 victory