June 9: Detroit 1, Toledo 0. Sam Goerts (8-3) throws seven shutout inning. This is the fourth straight start in which he hasn’t allowed a run. It’s been 33 2/3 innings since he last allowed a run—an unearned run—and 46 2/3 innings since he last allowed an earned run.
The Architects fall back to the pack, following their 22-3 April with a 10-18 May. The order of the American standings does not change this month, but things tighten up considerably. Milwaukee does the most to improve their position, going 16-10 and moving to within two games of the Wild Card. The league awards Batter of the Month to Detroit’s Jon Harrison and Pitcher of the Month to Traverse City’s Scott Banda. Gray Dijkstra repeats as Rookie of the Month.
Defending champion Chicago begin the new season with 13 straight wins. Duluth loses 14 straight, Detroit wins 8 straight, and Windsor loses 8 straight. Thunder Bay signs some big names and seizes first place in Canada. Pitching dominates, with league ERAs around 3.00.
The 2042 season featured a record-tying hit streak, a perfect game, a pitching triple crown, exciting races in both leagues, a tie-breaking game 145, and several tense playoff series. In the end, a familiar name had won the Championship: the Chicago Architects. The Architects made the playoffs for the 20th time in 28 years and won their eighth Championships.
The Hamilton Mounties caught lightning in a bottle the last month of the season. They took the GLBL by storm as they surged their way to the Canadian Wild Card and defied what appeared to be a non-postseason year.
Once they caught fire, the flame burned even brighter as they defeated favored Owen Sound Waveriders in four games. If you were not convinced by thenm you only had to watch the Championship Series against the 89-55 Chicago Architects. The Mounties just could not be stopped as they dispensed with the other favored team in six games.
The Traverse City Bears were the last team standing in 2040, doing it the hard way as the Wild Card. A team that was good enough to take down the favorite Chicago Architects was not going to be stopped by the Canadian Wild Card entry, the Hamilton Mounties (79-65). Just 74-70 in the regular season the Bears found a way to bring it all together come playoff time.
By the time the 2039 season ended, the city of Chicago had captured its league-leading seventh championship, beating the Caribou in four of six games.
The Caribou provided plenty of drama themselves this season. Predicted to finish dead last in Canada, they started hot (49-28 over the first three months) before fading down the stretch (28-39). They had done enough early to keep themselves in the Wild Card hunt and swept Hamilton to end the season and clinch their playoff berth.
Left fielder John Davis, an All-Star in eight of his nine seasons with the Comets between 2029-37, returned to Kingston with the ‘September’ call-up crew. After signing with Windsor in 2038, Davis spent time at Triple-A Leamington, putting up decent numbers but never getting any playing time in the majors.
Truman Dare stole third base in the ninth inning for the Caribou. Jamel Langlois single past the drawn-in infield meant the series was over and Thunder Bay had secured its 4th GLBL title, three under the leadership of Rob L.