In Kansas City on Tuesday night, the National League scored 5 runs in the first inning and coasted to an 8-0 win, winning home field for the World Series for the 3rd straight year. Carlos Ruiz and Michael Bourn each had an at bat, and Cole Hamels tossed a 1-2-3 inning. The Giants' Melky Cabrera had 2 hits including a home run and was awarded the MVP of the game.
In Lakewood, some bad defense and some missed offensive opportunities conspired to allow Hickory to defeat the Claws, 5-4. Ethan Stewart was victimized, giving up 5 runs, only 2 earned in 5 innings of work. Alejandro Villalobos had the only 2 hit game for Lakewood, who left 9 runners on base and had many chances to tie this game, but was unable to get the big hit at the right time. The BlueClaws have now lost 4 of 6, and at 10-9, find themselves 4 games behind the first place Crawdads.
Congratulations again to Jonathan Singleton, who was named Texas League player of the week, going 7 for 17 (.412) with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run and 4 RBI in 5 games for the Corpus Christi Hooks. That does not include the 3 hits he got in Kansas City Sunday in the Future Stars game. Clearwater's Adam Morgan was named Florida State League pitcher of the week, throwing 13 shut out innings in his 2 starts, allowing just 5 hits and 2 walks, and striking out 16 hitters.