HIGHLAND PARK–Led by Maddux Award candidate Max Scherzer’s 10 Ks last night (21 Ws, 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 240 Ks), the Craydawgs totaled 22 strikeouts in 17 innings yesterday to take back the lead from the Fish in that category (1445-1439, + 2 points) and help bolster the Dawgs’ overall lead over the second-place Cudas at 4.5 points. Evan Longoria (.266/31/82/1) gave the Dawgs the edge over the Villagers in HRs with two fencemothers (+1/2 point). The Dawgs of Cray also saved three games–Cishek, Benoit, Romo–to pull even with the Kents there (+1/2 point).
Of course, the door still remains plenty open for the Cudas if things break their way, given that the Fish have a little under 30 IP left and the Dawgs have fewer than 20 IP left and are also struggling to maintain their standing in HR, Saves, Average and ERA. In addition, with a power surge in the last few days the Fish can gain two points in HR over the Snowmen and CMLY.
Did you know?: on this date in 2008, the Cudas and Dawgs were tied for the lead (https://bigeastmeadow.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/peavy-wins-dawgs-tie-cudas-for-beml-lead/); as bemoaned on this site ad infinitum, the Cudas went on to win BEML XVI three days later.