Ichiro Suzuki's two homers and a bomb from David DeJesus on Saturday has the Cys one day away from a huge victory that could propel them into the South Division lead.
With Bomba trailing big to Scully's Slammers, the Cys could gain up to seven games in the pennant race. They currently trail by six games. It would be the first time the Cys have led the South Division.
The Cys 9, Marin Menehunes 2
It was more than hot bats that pushed the Cys to their big lead Saturday. Pitcher's C.J. Wilson, Yu Darvish, and Edinson Volquez all earned quality starts and combined for 17 strikeouts, giving the team two additional points. The Menehunes will try to tie the quality start category today when Barry Zito takes the mound while the Cys can protect the point with a solid outing from young Matt Moore.
Scully's Slammers 8, Los Coche Bomba 2
Quality starts from Matt Garza and Brandon Beachy and their combined 12 strikeouts has Bomba in position to gain two points on the final day of this series. They will turn to Matt Harrison today while the Slammers counter with the red-hot James McDonald. Relievers Jim Johnson and Tyler Clippard earned the first two saves of the series Saturday for the Slammers while Joe Mauer homered and drove in three runs. The final day of play between these teams brings plenty of intrigue as the Slammers cling to a two points lead in Runs, one point lead in Home Runs, a three point lead in RBI and they are tied in Stolen Bases. Bomba is within striking distance of a huge comeback.
Lower Haighters 6, The Bulls 5
Speaking of comebacks, the Bulls are at it again. A quality start from Shaun Marcum and two perfect relief innings from Scott Downs and Joaquin Benoit has the Bulls in position to take the ERA and WHIP categories and a big series win. Poor pitching has plagued the Lower Haighters all season and Saturday was no exception as Erik Bedard gave up five runs in 3.1 innings and closer Addison Reed blew his second save of the season. Offensively, Hunter Pence tied the Home Run category for the Bulls with a long ball. The bullpens will decide the Strikeout category today. The Bulls lead by one and neither team has a starter on the hill.
Jersey Boys 9, HUMA 2
The Jersey Boys are a day away from their first series win of 2012 thanks to a pair of stolen bases by Rickie Weeks and three quality starts Saturday. Hiroki Kuroda, R.A. Dickey, and Aaron Harang secured the quality start category and likely the Strikeout category, combining to allow just three earned runs in 22 innings while striking out 19. HUMA will try to salvage a point in the series by breaking the deadlock in the Runs category.
The Machine 6, Bacon at Mile 11 3
It will be a big start for Trevor Cahill and Bacon today. A quality start and a good strikeout total could earn the team two valuable points. The Machine tied the Quality Start category Saturday when Matt Cain and Daniel Hudson combined to give up just three runs over 16 innings. Stolen Bases, RBI, offensive Strikeouts and Saves are also up for grabs on the final day.
High Cheese 9, Vicious Fishes 2
The Fishes fell apart at the plate Saturday, scoring just two runs while driving in none, allowing High Cheese to take the Runs lead and expand its RBI advantage. Hanley Ramirez hit two homers for High Cheese while Steve Cishek had a valuable hold to protect the category lead. It promises to be a wild final day on the mound as the Fishes start Tommy Hanson, Dan Haren, Carlos Zambrano, Chris Sale, and Jake Arrieta. High Cheese will start rookie Tommy Milone and ace Gio Gonzalez.
A-Rod's Mirrors 6, Give it a Yankee 5
Stolen bases by Erik Aybar, Nick Swisher, and Alex Rios and a hold by Jordan Walden on Saturday have moved Give it a Yankee into striking distance. The Mirrors will try to protect the Quality Start lead when Jake Westbrook and Justin Masterson pitch today. Give it a Yankee will try to tie the category with starts from Daniel Bard and Jonathon Niese. Two categories - Holds and Stolen Bases - will probably determine the series winner.
Twinkle Toes 7, Home Run 101 5
Quality starts from Jeremy Hellickson and Brian Matusz Saturday gave Twinkle Toes the category win and possibly the series win. To maintain the lead, Twinkle Toes needs batters to reach base today. The category is too close to call so every walk and hit will count. Neither team did well Saturday, with Home Run 101 reaching base at a .235 clip while Twinkle Toes wasn't much better at .250.