Another strong week for the National League with all teams on the upswing during the weeks action including the Pirates winning their eighth straight game and the Phillies remaining percentage points behind. In the AL, the Angels and the White Sox have swapped the lead while the Royals still linger as a threat to go on a winning streak.
The game of the week featured the two teams that makeup the last four RBRL champions, Royals (’09,’10) and Phillies (’08,’11). In the game there were five lead changes and the game came down to the final pitch.
The Phils jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first inning behind hits from Patrick McDonald and Sean Dynan. Luis Sosa got two back for the Royals on a two RBI single in the third and Austin Tierno singled and scored in the fourth to tie it up. In the bottom of the fourth the Phillies added two more to go up 6-4 on a hit by Mark Dalton.
The Royals took the lead back with four runs in the sixth, with hits by Matt Voegelin and Sosa to make it 8-6, but the Phillies came right back with four of their own, on a single by Mike Nelson and back-to-back doubles by Carter Swaebe and Dalton to make it 10-8 heading into the last inning.
In the top of the seventh the Phillies were leading 10-9 after a Corey Kenny double, but the Royals had the bases loaded and a 3-2 count on the batter. With all the runners off with the pitch, Phillies Pitcher Liam O'Neill delivered a strike to end the game.
Dynamik Sports Player of the Week
Patrick McDonald 15 Phillies
Pat continues to show why he has been one of the key components in the Phillies 26-4 run over the last two seasons. Pat pitched nine innings for the week striking out 10 batters and walking just one. He also picked two runners off base, and had three base hits and stolen bases. Pat has now recorded victories off the mound in six of the Phillies seven wins on the season.
Honorable Mention: Austin Kilduff 14 Athletics and Thomas Chiappini 14 Rockies
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Kyle Rosenstein 13 Nationals
Kyle had a strong game as the Nationals snapped their recent losing streak against the Tigers this past Mother’s Day. After allowing two first inning runs, Kyle threw two scoreless innings while striking out four batters in gaining the win. At the plate Kyle went three for three and scored two runs.
Honorable Mention: Dan Sletterink 13 Angels Danny Tighe 13 Mariners