HWB Dish: Alonso Red Hot

Waikiki 3, North Shore 2 (10 Innings)

First baseman Yonder Alonso (Reds) put Waikiki on the brink of the HWB league’s Eastern Division title with a walk-off homer in the tenth Wednesday night against North Shore. Alonso went 2-for-5 in the game with two RBIs and a double to go along with the home run. Alonso, the Reds first pick in the 2008 draft, is now 7-for-16 with a homer and four RBIs over his last for games. Not to be outdone, Giants top pick catcher Buster Posey had a very good nigth as well, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and a double. Posey leads the HWB league with a .373 batting average on the campaign. The other star for Waikiki during the evening was right hander Andrew Brackman (Yankees). Brackman has been up and down throughout the HWB league season, and he was up for this game. Despite allowing five walks in five innings Brackman managed to scatter his nine baserunners and only allow two runs. The two runs that North Shore got off of Brackman were both via solo homers, one by first baseman Kyu Hyun Moon (Lotte Giants) and the other by left fielder Jordan Parraz (Astros). Honu started right hander Jason Godin (Royals) who actually outpitched Brackman through his 4 2/3 innings allowing just two hits, two walks, no runs, and striking out four. Unfortunately for Godin, the North Shore bullpen was unable to hold the lead and the Honu fell 3-2.

 West Oahu 5, Honolulu 1

West Oahu started right hander Fumikazu Kimura (Seibu Lions) who led the way to an easy 5-1 win over Honolulu Wednesday. Kimura went 5 2/3 innings allowing three hits, one run, three walks, and striking out four. The victory was the twenty-year-old Kimura’s first in the HWB league. West Oahu got offensive contributions from a slew of players, starting with leadoff hitting left fielder Kyle Peter (Tigers) who went 3-for-5 and scored twice. Peter remained in second place in the HWB league batting average race, sitting at .368. CaneFires second baseman Mark Hallberg (Diamondbacks) remained hot going 3-for-4 with an RBI (Hallberg is hitting .366), as did third baseman Tyler Henson (Orioles) who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Former Orioles pitching prospect attempting to come back from multiple injuries as a first baseman Adam Loewen (Blue Jays) had a good night as well going 3-for-4 with a run scored, his first stolen base, and an RBI for West Oahu. Honolulu left hander Jonathan Venters (Braves) was effective in the loss. Despite giving up nine hits Venters allowed only two runs (one earned) and struck out four. Venters ERA stands at 2.90 for the HWB league season.