The Wuxi Jaywalkers swept all three games against the Suzhou Green Hats at Suzhou’s Green Hat Baseball Park this weekend to take first place in the East Division of the China Expat Baseball League.
Jaywalkers manager Casey Stench had his three best starters scheduled to start on the weekend.
Friday Evening, Jaywalkers starter Lefty Horowitz stunned the overflow crowd of 250,000 at Green Hat Baseball Park by throwing a no-hitter. None of the Green Hat hitters could solve his descending "latke" pitch. Said Green Hat Steve Garvey, " The pitch seem to come at you very slowly and temptingly, before it suddenly dipped to the ground three inches in front of your bat. The ball seemed to rolled off a latke! Very hard to resist the pitch’s temptations." The Jaywalkers, with the 3-0 victory, were one game behind the Green Hats in the standings.
Saturday Evening, Moses Melker pitched into and pitched out of jam after jam in each of the nine innings, but still managed to pitch a shutout. The Green Hats had eighteen hits and left twenty seven on base in the Jaywalkers’ 2-0 victory. The Jaywalkers and Green Hats, at the end of the game, were in a dead heat for first place in the CEBL East.
Sunday evening, a record crowd of 255,000 managed to squeeze themselves into Green Hat Baseball Park to see the game which had first place in the CEBL East on the line. Abraham Skolnick started for the Jaywalkers, but had to be pulled after seven innings, after he allowed the Green Hats to score a run. Green Hats fans were into ecstasy as their team held a 1-0 lead going into the top of ninth. However, solo home runs by Jaywalkers Maxie Eckstein and Babe Lefkowitz gave the Jaywalkers a 2-1 lead. Jaywalker closer Killer Kugelman finished off the Green Hats with nine straight pitches, all strikes and all-timed at 250 kmh.
Said Casey Stench, in the Jaywalker locker room after the sweep, "I dedicate this series sweep to their majesties King Gorzo the Mighty, and Queen Ayira: The Chosen One."