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Midwest League 1988

Season Highlights

Batting Leaders

  • Batting: Ruben Gonzalez (Wausau/Mariners) .314
  • Home Runs: Brian Hunter (Burlington/Braves) & Steve Davis (Cedar Rapids/Reds) 22
  • Runs Batted In: Reggie Jefferson (Cedar Rapids/Reds) 89
  • Stolen Bases: Ramon Sambo (Cedar Rapids/Reds) 98

Pitching Leaders

  • Wins: Pat Bangston (Kenosha/Twins) 17
  • Won/Lost: Floyd Henry (Cedar Rapid/Reds) 16/2, .889
  • Saves: Pete Delkus (Kenosha/Twins) 33
  • Earned Run Average: Mark Dewey (Clinton/Giants) 1.43
  • Strikeouts: Tom Gordon (Appleton/Royals) 172


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1988 Season
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Post-Season All-Star Team

Catcher                 Lenny Webster, Kenosha
First Base              Reggie Jefferson, Cedar Rapids
Second Base             Rich Casarotti, Burlington
Third Base              Bob Rose, Quad City
Shortstop               Shawn Gilbert, Kenosha
Outfield                Jarvis Brown, Kenosha
                        Jamie Cooper, Clinton
                        Jeff Forney, Cedar Rapids
Designated Hitter       Bobby Knecht, Appleton
Left Handed Pitcher     Butch Henry, Cedar Rapids
Right Handed Pitcher    Tom Gordon, Appleton
Left Handed Reliever    Greg Becker, Springfield
Right Handed Reliever   Pete Delkus, Kenosha

Accomplishments

Players

  • Pat Bangston (Kenosha) 17 wins
  • Scott Brosius (Madison) .304
  • Jarvis Brown (Kenosha) 108 runs scored, 156 hits, 72 stolen bases
  • Steve Davis (Cedar Rapids) 22 home runs
  • Pete Delkus (Kenosha) 33 saves; completed 56 games
  • Mark Dewey (Clinton) 1.43 ERA
  • Shawn Gilbert (Kenosha) scored in 11 straight games
  • Bernard Gilkey (Springfield) 17 game hitting streak
  • Ruben Gonzales (Wausau) .314, 23 game hitting streak
  • Tom Gordon (Appleton) 172 strikeouts
  • Brian Hunter (Burlington) 22 home runs
  • Reggie Jefferson (Cedar Rapids) 90 runs batted in
  • Gregory Kallevig (Peoria) 1.44 ERA
  • Mike Maksudian (South Bend) .303
  • Rodney McCray (South Bend) 55 stolen bases
  • Leonardo Perez (Beloit) 2.05 ERA
  • Robert Perry (85 consecutive games without an outfield error)
  • Ramon Sambo (Cedar Rapids) 98 stolen bases

Teams

  • Cedar Rapids hitters had 4817 at bats
  • Peoria had 3762 putouts

Notable Games

  • April 11
    • Bernardo Cruz (South Bend) 8 putouts at shortstop
  • April 17
    • Beloit & Waterloo played a 19 inning game
      • each team had 71 at bats
      • William Narleski, Ramon Bautista, Mark Pike (Waterloo) 9 at bats
      • Robert Simonson (Beloit) 9 at bats
      • Beloit pitchers had 25 strikeouts
      • Waterloo pitchers had 18 strikeouts
      • Tim Torricelli (Beloit) 26 catcher putouts (29 total chances)
  • May 5
    • Beloit & Appleton played a 17 inning game
      • Appleton pitchers had 22 strikeouts
      • Beloit pitchers had 20 strikeouts
      • Jorge Pedre (Appleton) 26 total chances at catcher
  • May 14
    • Frank Bolick (Beloit) 5 runs scored
  • May 16 & 21
    • Tom Gordon (Appleton) 36 strikeouts (17 5/16; 19 5/21)
  • May 17
    • Clinton and Peoria played an 18 inning game
  • May 19
    • Mark Pike (Waterloo) 2 outfield double plays
  • May 20
    • Scott Scudder (Cedar Rapids) No Hitter (Wausau, 4-0)
  • May 21
    • Tom Gordon (Appleton) 19 strikeouts
  • May 31
    • Fred White (Kenosha) 7 consecutive strikeouts
  • June 4
    • Jeff Hooper (Wausau) 3 home runs
  • June 5
    • Kenosha had 15 hits (vs. Madison)
  • June 5
    • Burlington hit 9 doubles (and Wausau hit 4)
      • Richard Casarotti (Burlington) had 4 doubles
  • June 11
    • Shane Jenny (Kenosha) Grand Slam Home Run
      • Kenosha stole 7 bases in this game.
  • June 23
    • Mike Redding (Kenosha) No Hitter (Quad City, 3-0 [7 innings; 21 batters])
  • June 23
    • Scott Mackie (Waterloo) 10 outfield putouts
  • July 19
    • Sean Baron (Waterloo) first baseman; part of 6 double plays
      • Waterloo had 7 DPs
  • July 22
    • Gregory Kellevig (Peoria) 3 pitcher double plays
  • July 23
    • Archie Cianfrocco (Rockford) 3 home runs, 7 runs batted in
  • July 29
    • Cesar Hernandez (Rockford) hit for cycle
  • August 1
    • Jose Marzan (Kenosha) hit for cycle
  • August 5
    • Pete Delkus (Kenosha) allowed first earned run of season (after 56 IP)
  • August 6
    • Curt Hasler (South Bend) no walks in 11 innings pitched vs. Rockford
  • August 9
    • Michael Aspray (Peoria) No Hitter (Waterloo, 5-0)
  • August 12
    • Donald Meyett (Beloit) 10 outfield putouts
  • August 13
    • Kurt Brown (South Bend) hit for cycle
  • August 19
    • Shawn Gilbert (Kenosha) 4 double plays at shortstop
  • August 22
    • Mark Girouard (South Bend) No Hitter (Appleton, 5-1)



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