WFBL 2014 PENNANT / WILDCARD RACE
Following the games of Week #11, the divisional Pennant leaders will be listed, as well as the two teams leading the Wildcard playoff race. Also listed will be any team within 2 games of either race.
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WFBL WEEK #2
Alabama and Mark Trumbo are off to the first-ever 2-0 start to a season by the Farm Boys
The surprises kept coming as the teams of the WFBL wrapped up the 2nd week of action in the 2014 season. Both Alabama and Spokane, picked for also-ran status in preseason polls, won again to reach 2-0, the first time that the Farmers have ever attained that mark.
Boston and Montreal battled to an epic tie result, leaving both perennially contending clubs winless in the early going. Meanwhile, Houston, St. Louis and Philly all made early season statements with big wins over rival divisional contenders.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Justin Upton, Boston
STARTING PITCHER OF THE WEEK
C.J. Wilson, Rayne
RELIEF PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sergio Santos, Las Vegas
ALABAMA - 6, GEORGIA - 5
at The Alabama Farmhouse
For the first time in their 12-year franchise history, the ALABAMA FARMERS (2-0) are off to a 2-0 start after slipping past the GEORGIA TRAVELLERS (0-2) in front of a charged-up home crowd at The Farmhouse. Manager Alan Trammell's squad was paced by Brian Dozier (3hr-5rbi-6r) and the duo of Mike Napoli (.333/.400) and Mark Trumbo (5rbi) on offense, and the pitching of Ervin Santana, Joe Kelly, and Jarred Cosart. The Travs lost their 2nd straight, and were paced by 5rbi apiece from Dioner Navarro & Yoenis Cespedes, 3 steals each from Elvis Andrus & Andrew McCutchen, and the arms of Scott Feldman & Grant Balfour. The Farm Boys now face their toughest challenge as they host Joplin in Week #3, while the Travs try to get into the 'W' column back home vs. Rayne.
SAINT LOUIS - 8, JOPLIN - 3
at Busch Stadium
The host SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS (2-0) are at the 2-0 mark for the first time since the 2011 season after flying past the 2-time defending Kalas/Central champ JOPLIN TORNADOES (1-1) in front of their thrilled home fans at Busch Stadium. The Cards were paced by Kelly Johnson (.300/.391, 3hr-5rbi), Shin-Soo Choo (.333/.500), Alex Rios (3sb) and Hunter Pence (4r), while on the mound it was Michael Wacha, Kyle Lohse, Jonathan Niese & Dan Straily leading the way. The Twisters were led by Troy Tulowitzki (.308/.353, 4rbi), Carl Crawford (.429/.429, 2sb) and the arms of Zack Greinke & Jake Peavy. Joplin now visits unbeaten Alabama, while the Cards fly north to Detroit for Week #3.
RAYNE - 10, DETROIT - 1
at Frog City Field
The RAYNE RAJIN' CAJUNS (1-1) kept the hometown fans on the Bayou happy by romping to victory over the visiting DETROIT DRILLERS (0-2) who remain winless in the early going. The Cajuns were paced on offense by Melky Cabrera (.333avg, 4r-2sb), Asdrubal Cabrera (4rbi-5r), Jason Heyward (5r-2sb) and tremendous pitching from closer Glen Perkins and the entire rotation of Max Scherzer, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren, Yovani Gallardo & Aaron Harang. The Drillers were led by Jose Abreu (4hr-8rbi-5r) on offense, and by the arms of Yordano Ventura, Garrett Richards & James Paxton. Rayne now travels to winless southern rivals Georgia, while the Motown Boys will host unbeaten Saint Louis.
HOUSTON - 11, PORTLAND - 0
at The Google Dome
The 2-time defending Mack/West champion HOUSTON COLT .45'S (2-0) romped for the 2nd straight week in front of a packed house at The Google Dome by shutting out the visiting PORTLAND WOLFPACK (1-1) in an early statement game. The Colts got well-spread offense from Carlos Gomez (.423/.429, 2hr-5rbi-7r), Jayson Werth (.286/.348, 2hr-7rbi-6r), Jose Bautista (.481obp, 2hr-5rbi-5r), Everth Cabrera (.423/.423, 4r-2sb), Paul Goldschmidt (4r-5rbi) and Brian McCann (2hr-4rbi), while also receiving strong pitching efforts from Andrew Cashner, Justin Verlander, Jeff Samardzija, Robbie Erlin & Sergio Romo. The Pack got strong efforts from Adrian Gonzalez (.409/.435, 4hr-11rbi-6r), Michael Morse (.350/.409, 5rbi-4r), Yan Gomes (.316/.435, 4r), Ian Desmond (6rbi-4r) and the arms of Scott Kazmir & Chris Tillman, but just ran into the wrong opponent on this week. Houston takes to the road for the first time, trying to stay unbeaten as they travel to Omaha. Portland will host Pac-Northwest rivals Eugene in their home opener at The Wolf Den.
EUGENE - 6, LAS VEGAS - 5
at World Series of Poker Stadium
The visiting EUGENE EMERALDS (1-1) built up a lead and then held on at the end for a tight victory over the host LAS VEGAS HIGH ROLLERS (0-2) in a disappointing home opener for the crowd in the Nevada desert. The Ems got strong offense from Alfonso Soriano (.346/.393, 3hr-4rbi-5r), Albert Pujols (.280/.379, 3hr-6rbi-4r), Joe Mauer (.292/.393, 4rbi) & Martin Prado (5r), and strong pitching from Mark Buehrle. Vegas received offense from Chris Davis (.286/.370, 4rbi-4r) and Christian Yelich (.364/.462, 4r-2sb) and solid pitching from Matt Cain, Chris Archer, Zach McAllister, Tony Cingrani & Sergio Santos. The Rollers will try again for their first win of the season as they host surprise unbeaten Spokane, while Eugene renews their in-state Oregon rivalry in a visit to Portland.
SPOKANE - 7, OMAHA - 4
at Avista Stadium
The SPOKANE INDIANS (2-0) won for the 2nd straight week in front of a thrilled house at Avista Stadium, this time dumping the visiting OMAHA ROYALS (0-2) who have yet to taste victory in 2014. The Tribe was led by Yadier Molina (.458/.480, 6rbi-5r), D.J. LeMahieu (.375/.500, 5rbi-5r), Anthony Rizzo (.391/.423, 5rbi-7r) & Avisail Garcia (.500/.583, 2hr-4r), and the arms of Brandon Morrow, Corey Kluber, Hiroki Kuroda & Jason Grilli. The Royals were led by Pedro Alvarez (3hr-7rbi-4r), Alex Gordon (.286/.348, 4rbi) and the pitching of Ricky Nolasco. Omaha faces a tough task in search of their first win, visiting unbeaten juggernauts Houston, while the Tribe travels down to the desert to face winless Las Vegas.
PHILADELPHIA - 10, BRANTFORD - 2
at Liberty Bell Park
A year after beginning 0-2, the PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS (2-0) have turned that around following a romp over the BRANTFORD BISONS (1-1) that leaves Philly alone in 1st place in the early Owens/East going. The A's offense was on fire, paced by Chase Utley (.563/.611, 4rbi-5r), Freddie Freeman (.458/.481, 2hr-8rbi-6r), Carlos Beltran (.423/.464, 3hr-6rbi-7r), Bryce Harper (.476/.560, 4rbi-4r), Mike Trout (.333/.379, 2hr-6r), Matt Wieters (.278/.364, 2hr-5rbi) and even 7rbi from Conor Gillaspie. The arms were paced by Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish & Alex Wood. The Bison bats were led by Aramis Ramirez (.320/.346, 5rbi), Ian Kinsler (.300/.364, 5r-2sb), Carlos Gonzalez (.273avg, 2hr-5rbi), and they were led by the pitching of Johnny Cueto, Ernesto Frieri & Fernando Rodney. Brantford now hosts winless Boston, while Philly stays close to home, visiting suburban rivals Horsham.
NEW YORK - 9, HORSHAM - 3
at Five Guys Field
The visiting NEW YORK KNIGHTS (1-1) got into the win column by charging past the HORSHAM CHARGERS (1-1) to spoil the host's home opener at Five Guys Field. The Knights were led by Russ Martin (.400/.412, 2hr-5r), Victor Martinez (.357/.412, 4rbi), Jay Bruce (.400obp, 6r) and the arms of Jose Quintana, Marco Estrada, Mike Leake & Jim Henderson. The Bolts were led by Matt Carpenter (.304/.400, 7rbi-5r), Jimmy Rollins (.333/.448, 4rbi-5r), Marlon Byrd (.280avg, 7rbi) and the pitching of Masahiro Tanaka & Alfredo Simon. Horsham will now host unbeaten neighbors Philly, while New York hosts winless defending WFBL champion Montreal.
MONTREAL - 6, BOSTON - 6
at Labatt Park
The host MONTREAL EXPOS (0-1-1) home opener proved an epic battle with the visiting BOSTON BULLDOGS (0-1-1) with neither club wanting to slip to 0-2 to begin the season. In the end, neither lost, but neither won, as the teams battled to a thrilling tie that was up-in-the-air to the very end. Montreal was led by Ryan Braun (.417/.423, 3hr-10rbi-7r), Matt Holliday (.300/.481, 4rbi-4r), Hanley Ramirez (.316/.435, 6r) and Jason Kipnis (.355obp, 2hr-4rbi), as well as the pitching of King Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, and the bullpen troika of KRod/Papelbon/Uehara. The Dawgs were paced by Justin Upton (.591/.654, 4hr-8rbi-8r), Ben Zobrist (.304/.385, 3hr-5rbi), Starling Marte (5r-3sb) and the arms of Sonny Gray, Tim Hudson, David Price & John Lackey. Boston now visits Brantford, while Montreal visits New York, each still in search of their first 2014 victory.
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