We’ve finished out four weeks of Constellation Energy League play and last week we saw the league’s four teams continue to be deadlocked around the .500 mark thanks to some ultra-competitive baseball. As we flip the calendar over to August lets take a look at who shined the brightest for each team last week.
Eastern Reyes del Tigre
IF Casey Gillaspie
The former Tampa Bay Rays first-round pick displayed his mammoth power throughout the week, belting two more home runs to put him in a tie for first place in the league with four on the season. Overall last week, Gillaspie went 3-for-8 (.375) with two homers, a double, five RBIs, five runs scored and a stolen base. The switch-hitter is also tied for the league lead with 12 RBIs.
LHP T.J. House
A former hurler for the Cleveland Indians, House flirted with history last Saturday night, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the seven-inning ballgame. Through five innings of work, House allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out six to pick up the winning decision -- Eastern’s only win of the week. House ranks third in the Constellation Energy League with a 3.00 ERA and is third in the league with 15 innings pitched.
Sugar Land Lightning Sloths
OF Jamie Westbrook
Westbrook had hits in all four of the Lightning Sloths games this week, including an extra-base hit in three of the four. The former Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants minor leaguer went 6-for-15 (.400) with four doubles, a home run and four RBIs. Westbrook leads Constellation Energy League qualifying hitters with a .382 average and also leads the league with seven doubles.
LHP Zac Rosscup
Rosscup, who owns six years of Major League experience, appeared in three of the Lightning Sloths four games this week, not allowing a run and picking up six strikeouts in 3 ⅔ innings of work. Rosscup also picked up the winning decision in the team’s 7-3 win over the Skeeters last Tuesday.
IF Ryder Jones
Jones, a former Major Leaguer with the San Francisco Giants, displayed prodigious power over the weekend, homering in three straight ballgames to close out the week. Jones had four RBIs to go along with his three long balls. Jones, who’s currently a member of the Boston Red Sox organization, is tied for the league lead with four home runs and 12 RBIs on the season.
LHP Daniel Gibson
Sugar Land Skeeters fans are familiar with Gibson, who was dominant out of the team’s bullpen in 2019. Gibson pitched in three of the Skeeters five games last week and allowed just one hit and one walk through four innings of work while striking out six batters. The former Florida Gator leads the Skeeters with seven appearances on the season.
OF Conner Capel
Capel, currently a St. Louis Cardinals, undoubtedly had the biggest hit for Team Texas last week. Trailing Team Skeeters heading into the bottom of the eighth last Tuesday, Capel put Texas out in front with his first home run of the season -- a go-ahead grand slam onto the Grassland in straightaway right field. That was one of two hits on the night for Capel, who had also doubled earlier in the game. Capel’s grand slam had an exit velocity of 100 mph and traveled 387 feet.
IF Braxton Davidson
The former first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves left the yard for the first time this season with a home run last Friday night against Team Skeeters. Davidson had a hit in three of Team Texas’ four games last week, going 3-for-10 with four runs scored, the home run and an RBI. Davidson now has a hit in five of his last seven games.