Wednesday’s winner is Collin Cowgill; he will go on to face Reggie Sanders. Wednesday also set the record for most votes on one matchup so far!
Cliff Pennington vs. Darren Lewis
- Cliff Pennington played in Harrisonburg in 2003. He was the 21st overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft of the Oakland A’s. He made the majors three years later, in 2008, and had a total of 11 years at the game’s highest level. In 2,799 career at-bats, he hit .242/.309/.339. He played in the postseason in 2012 and 2015- he appeared in three games against the Royals in the ALCS (and walked in his only plate appearance). In August, 2013, he walked five times for the Diamondbacks in an 18-inning game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He bounced around a bit at the tail end of his career, and was released just about a year ago, in June 2019, and almost immediately moved on to the next stage of life as a coach for his alma mater, Texas A&M. He earned 11.1 WAR in his career.
- Darren Lewis also played for the Harrisonburg Turks, but several years before Pennington. He was picked by Oakland in the 18th round of the 1988 draft, and eventually made his major league debut in August, 1990, and stayed up for a cup of coffee that fall. He was traded that December to the San Francisco Giants, and stayed in the Bay Area for the next five seasons. He also played for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs. In over 4,000 at-bats, he hit .250/.323/.322. He stole 46 bases in 1993 with the Giants, and set a major league record (since broken) by playing in 392 games (938 chances) without committing an error. He earned 10.5 WAR in his career. He last played in 2002.