The Toronto Nomads opened 2018 with a surprisingly strong surge, leading the Bull League in wins with 7 after the first eight games of the season.
Division rival Boston remains close behind – just ½ a game away – with a 6-1 record, after their Wednesday night game in Detroit was scratched due to weather.
Toronto opened the season at home with a four-game sweep over Chicago, outscoring the Pit Bulls 18-8, including a game 4-0 shutout in game 2. Top pitchers Alex Medina and Knuckles Malone picked up wins, then later Medina would drop the only loss the team had in opening week as the Louisville Sluggers rolled into town.
Malone was hot as ever, however, in his second start, allowing just a pair of runs as Toronto dealt the Sluggers a 3-2 blow Saturday. The series against the Sluggers ended with a win as Toronto notched their third shutout in a week yesterday.
The Minneapolis Ravens were also strong, finishing the week 6-2 and leading the Lake League’s West division. They beat Montreal in a four-game sweep, after opening the season with a 2-2 split against Rimouski. Ravens ace Ricky Rodriguez was in as fine a form as ever, cementing his eventual place in the Hall of Fame one pitch as a time as he notched 18 K’s in two solid starts.
The 2017 Bull Cup Champions, the Calgary Inferno, moved to a new division for 2018 but they aren’t slowing down. They won both their opening week series, first dispatching Dallas with a 3-1 series win, then repeating the feat against St Petersburg.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jim Lahey of California earned the AEL’s Player of the Week nod as the big-hitting first baseman/DH went 11-for-30 with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs. For the Lake League, the player to get noticed was Dao-zi Ling, the catcher for the Rimouski Fighting Moose. Ling his .429 in opening week, garnering 5 home runs and 11 RBIs.