The Minneapolis Ravens have displaced the Nevada Speeders from the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings, after a 5-1 run that saw them topple Chicago 2-1 on the road, and take the first three in Toronto against the Nomads. They close out their four-game set with Toronto tonight and will try for the sweep.
The Speeders fell when they dropped their first two of three against Seattle to start the week off. They then went 2-1 against Calgary, with their fourth game going ahead tonight.
Garth Goyle was selected as the LL player of the week. The Ohio Oxen first baseman, who many fans are wondering whether he will still be with the club next year as he is in his walk year of his contract, went 9-for-25 with 6 of those hits going for home runs. He drove in 10 runs and scored 6 times on the week. Goyle leads the team with 25 home runs on the year, and 50 RBIs.
Meanwhile, hot-hitting Xavier de Soto of the Miami Storm was chosen as the AEL’s player of the week. De Soto, who hit for the cycle back in July, and was also named player of the week at the end of May, earned his 4th player of the week after batting .467 with a pair of homers and 7 RBIs. He was flirting with .400 most of the season, and leads the AEL in batting with a .387 average right now. De Soto has found some surprising power this year, not seen before. He is sitting at 17 home runs on the year, after not having hit double-digit homers since 2010.
At the end of 11 weeks of baseball, the Nevada Speeders find themselves still on the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings as they continue to dominate through the second half of the season. The Speeders have gone 7-2 since the All-Star break, and are 43-22 on the year.
Rimouski, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg are close behind, all with 39 wins. The Denver Danger have made serious gains, however, and are looking to challenge St. Pete’s for the division crown. Continue reading “Speeders Still Dominating in Second Half”
The Nevada Speeders have pulled ahead of the pack to take the top of the weekly team power rankings for Week 9, after taking the first three against their former AEL rivals, the Chicago Pit Bulls, in the interleague home-and-home series that marked the main event for all teams this past week.
The fourth and final game proceeds tonight for Nevada against Chicago, and then the league breaks until Thursday’s All-Star Game in Calgary. Continue reading “Nevada Speed to the Top of Power Rankings”
In what was already billed to be a series that brings back memories of the 2016 Bull Cup, the Ohio Oxen rolled into Calgary to play the Calgary Inferno in the second half of a home-and-home series, a brawl erupted that cleared the benches tonight, and suspensions have been announced by the Commissioner.
The Inferno took the first two games, which were in Ohio, and then came home to open the last two games. Ohio was ahead for the first time since the first inning of game 1 of the series, after a Brad Bogus solo shot in the 2nd inning was followed up by one from Corny Maise in the 4th. Continue reading “Testy Inferno-Oxen Rematch Leads to Brawl, Suspensions”
The St. Petersburg Admirals have taken command of the Weekly Team Power Rankings, following a 5-1 stretch since July 2, with their only loss coming on July 4 against the Norfolk Sharks. The Admirals are now 8-2 in their last 10 games.
Their hot run actually began last week, in Week 7, when they swept Miami, then opened went into the weekend 1-1 against the Dallas Deputies. Continue reading “Admirals Take Command in Power Rankings for Week 8”
The trade floodgates have opened as teams decide early on whether they are contenders or not. Chicago has pulled the trigger on two major deals that will cement their status as rebuilders right into 2019 and possibly later, while Toronto and Ohio have worked out an exchange of top-level minor league talent that could impact both teams later this season.
First, Chicago has offloaded two rotation features to the Denver Danger, giving them Mario Morales and Greg Whittingdon in exchange for 2018’s NCAA home run champion Brian Goldstein (Iowa) and RF Shintaro Matsushita. Continue reading “Flurry of Deals Continues: Chicago Tees Up Two, Toronto-Ohio Deal”
Oxen Minor League News
The Cow League season came to a close, with the last wild card spot determined on the last day in dramatic fashion. The last wild card slot was awarded to the Hillsborough Dinos (California) after they defeated the Savannah Salts (Seattle) in a make-up game yesterday.
Milton Meteors starter Edwin Rivera, drafted in the 10th round just this past June by the Ohio Oxen, will miss ten months after tearing a rotator cuff while pitching yesterday. The 21-year-old from Mexico has had a circuitous route to his present posting at the Ohio Short Season A affiliate. He was originally signed out […]
The books have closed on the first month of play in the Cow League, and all teams have completed their first 11 games of an 82-game schedule. So far, some clear early leaders and laggers have emerged, such as the hot-hitting Hillsborough Dinos (California) and Gatineau Devil Bears (Battle Creek), both of whom are leading […]