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The Tropics welcome the Madison Wolves for a three game series at Diamond Head.
Game 1- Hawaii SP Niccolo “Notorious” Destefani pitched 6 good innings and CF Ronnie Hubbard and 1B Manuel Aguilar, Jr. each homer. They combined for 6 RBI in leading the Tropics to a series opening win.
Both were 2 for 4 on the day with Aguilar scoring twice and Hubbard crossing the plate once.
Destefani allowed 1 run on 7 hits, a walk and struck out 3 batters. He improved to 10-6 on the season with a 4.01 ERA.
Hawaii wins 7-2.
Game 2- The Tropics overcome 2 errors and use an efficient day from LF Bastiao Fardos to put the Wolves in the kennel. Fardos was 3 for 3 on the day with a homer, 2 singles, a walk, 3 runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. He is having a breakout season for Hawaii hitting .326 with 23 homers and 59 RBI.
RF Mike Campbell hit a big 3 run homer in the second inning to cut the early Wolves lead to just 5-4.
SP Jesus Gonzalez fought through the errors through 4 1/3 innings. He allowed 5 runs, all unearned, on 7 hits, 3 walks and struck out 3.
RP Norm McConnell pitched the ninth and walked a batter but earned his 23rd save of the season.
McConnell earns another save
Hawaii wins 7-5.
Game 3- The Tropics score 4 runs in the first inning and hold on for a win and a series sweep.
SP Alaric Wullenweber pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up just 1 run on 4 hits, a walk and struck out 5. He moves to 10-9 with a 3.59 ERA.
RP Luis Torres almost blew another lead after relieving Wullenweber in the seventh. Torres gave up 3 runs on 4 hits over 1 1/3 innings of work. He did strike out 1 batter and barely bridged the gap to Norm McConnell. McConnell recorded his 24th save allowing no runs, no hits, issued 2 walks and struck out 2.
1B Miguel Aguilar, Jr. was 2 for 4 with another homer and a double. He drove in 3 runs and scored 1.
3B Gary Allen was 1 for 4 with a solo homer.
Hawaii wins 5-4.
The Tropics pay a visit to San Fernando for a three game series with the Bears at Chico’s Bail Bonds Field.
Game 1- The Hawaii bullpen blows another late lead and the Bears take the series opener. A team effiort by RP Felipe Lopez, RP Luis Torres and Norm McConnell. Lopez and Torres give up 4 runs in the seventh the McConnell follows with 2 runs allows in the ninth to give the Bears the win.
3B Gary Allen was 2 for 4 with two doubles, a run and 3 RBI.
DH Ernest McBride was 2 for 4 with 2 homers, 2 runs and 3 RBI. McBride has hit 38 bombs and driven in 106 runs while batting .330.
San Fernando wins 8-7.
Game 2- This game turned into a slugfest early by the Bears then late by the Tropics. The Bears eventually holds on the the “W”.
Bastiao Fardos was 2 for 4 with 2 homers, 3 runs and 4 RBI.
Mike Campbell was 1 for 5 with a 3 run homer.
C Ron Shiplack was 1 for 4 with a solo shot.
SP Stephen Taub struggled in this game after a string of good performances, He gave up 6 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks.
Felipe Lopez and Luis Torres added to their woes. Lopez allowed 3 runs over an 1 1/3 and Torres allowed 2 runs in an inning.
San Fernando wins 11-8.
Game 3- The Bears score 3 runs in the sixth, 1 in the seventh and 2 in the eighth to sweep the Tropics.
Mike Campbell hit a 2 run homer and Ernest McBride hit a solo homer.
Nick Destefani allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks and streusel out 3 over 5 2/3 innings.
San Fernando wins 6-4 and sweeps the series.
After the game GM Jim Walker said, “We are going to sit down with the coaching staff and work out a bullpen plan going forward. We have some guys with some reverse splits that is extremely out of character.”
Everyone in Hawaii is wondering "WTF is going on?"
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