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Breathless Blowout

Congratulations to this week's Breathless® Blowout Ballclub of the Week -- the team that won by the highest combined margin of victory across all games played this week! A new Ballclub of the Week will be named every week, so check back throughout the season to see if your favorite team owns the title.

The Breathless Blowout Ballclub of the week is part of a larger partnership effort between Boehringer Ingelheim and MiLB to step up to the plate to raise awareness of the rare lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This partnership includes Breathless Blowout game days at 15 MiLB ballparks across the country this season. MiLB will provide fans attending Breathless Blowout games with gum to raise awareness of breathlessness, the telltale symptom of IPF. When blowing a bubble during the game, after the game, or with your own gum at home, think about those with IPF who may not be able to do so due to their disease and share your photo with #BreathlessBlowout. To learn more about the Breathless campaign and IPF visit www.BreathlessIPF.com.


Baseball and bubble gum have a longstanding relationship, dating back to the days when the stretchy confectionery first appeared in baseball card packs many decades ago. Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) used the baseball mainstay to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. In partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim's Breathless™ campaign, the event was the pinnacle of a season-long "Breathless™ Blowout" campaign that raises awareness for the rare lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt took place on July 11 at the 2018 Eastern League All-Star Game in Trenton, New Jersey. ARM & HAMMER Park, home of the Trenton Thunder (Double-A® affiliate of the New York Yankees), served as the backdrop as five-time All-Star and IPF spokesperson Bernie Williams directs fans in the challenge. Williams' father, Bernabé, passed away from IPF in 2001.



Week 21 (Aug. 26 - Sept. 3)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
California League
Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Schedule/Results

Rancho closed the regular season on a tear, defeating their opponents by a total of 56 runs over nine games to lead Minor League Baseball. The Quakes faced Inland Empire six times, scoring double figures in five of the contests. On Sunday, Aug. 26, Rancho won 16-5 and followed that up with a 10-1 triumph. After losing two of three games in Lancaster -- the lone victory was a 9-0 shutout -- the Quakes returned home and swept a four-game set with the 66ers. After scoring just six runs in the opener, the playoff-bound Quakes pounded their opponent with a 16-2 win on Saturday, a 14-1 thumping on Sunday and a 15-11 decision on Labor Day.

Week 20 (Aug. 19 - 25)
Burlington Royals
Appalachian League
Rookie Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals

Schedule/Results

A trio of clubs posted a 26-run differential, but Burlington scored 64 times to break a tie with Altoona and Down East and earn Breathless Ballclub of the Week honors. The Royals opened with a split against Danville, scoring seven in a losing effort, then won 2-0 on Monday. The heavy lumber came out Tuesday in Johnson City as Burlington won 13-5, then 18-8 on Wednesday, before scoring eight in a losing effort on Thursday. The Royals enjoyed another double-digit performance Saturday, winning 11-2 in Kingsport.

Week 19 (Aug. 12 - 18)
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Florida State League
Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers

Schedule/Results

Lakeland's pitching staff was dominate over the past week, giving up only 11 runs in seven games as the Flying Tigers went 6-1. After losing last Sunday in Palm Beach, the club returned home and swept a four-game set against the Daytona Tortugas, including a 10-3 win on Monday and a 12-1 victory on Thursday. The Florida Fire Frogs came to town Friday and scored just one run in each of the first two games as the Tigers remained on a roll, winning 12-1 and then 5-1.

Week 18 (Aug. 5 - 11)
Greenville Drive
South Atlantic League
Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox

Schedule/Results

The Drive plated 42 runs for the week, outscoring their opponents by 24 to take Breathless Blowout Ballclub of the Week honors. The team won their only home game during the period, beating Rome by a score of 9-2 on Sunday before traveling to face their in-state rivals, the Columbia Fireflies, on Monday. The Drive lost the opener but held the Flies to a pair of runs over the next two games, winning 7-1 and 11-1. Greenville also enjoyed a 10-run effort in Augusta on Friday.

Week 17 (July 29 - Aug. 4)
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Midwest League
Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Schedule/Results

The Hot Rods outscored their opponents by 28 runs over the past week, becoming the first team to be named Blowout Ballclub of the Week three times this season. They opened with a pair of shutout victories against the Fort Wayne TinCaps before traveling to Lake County on Wednesday and posting their highest offensive output of the week in a 13-4 win. After a pair of eight-run efforts Thursday and Friday, Bowling Green capped their dominant stretch with a 6-0 blanking of South Bend on Saturday.

Week 16 (July 22-28)
Rome Braves
South Atlantic League
Class A Affiliate of the Atlanta Braves

Schedule/Results

The Braves were one of six teams in the Minors this past week to outscore their opponents by at least 20 runs total, taking the competition with a final tally of 24. Rome pushed ahead of the pack in its final two games against Columbia, putting up 21 runs across a pair of wins before beating Lexington 7-3 in the opener of a three-game road series. The Braves' 14-5 victory over the Fireflies on July 26 was the biggest outburst of their remarkable stretch.

Week 15 (July 15-21)
Winston-Salem Dash
Carolina League
Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox

Schedule/Results

The Dash had outscored opponents by just one run in four games entering Friday's contest against the Carolina Mudcats, but they ended the week without allowing a run in their final two games to finish with a run differential of 24. Winston-Salem exploded for 17 runs on Friday night behind homers from Yermin Mercedes and JJ Muno, then took down Myrtle Beach on Saturday as three pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout.

Week 14 (July 8-14)
Elizabethton Twins
Appalachian League
Rookie Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins

Schedule/Results

After splitting a pair of close games against Danville to open the week, the E-Twins went on the road and enjoyed an offensive explosion, scoring in double figures in four of five games to capture Breathless Ballclub of the Week honors. They swept a four-game series in Johnson City -- winning 15-1, 10-6, 7-2 and 13-10 -- and finished up with a 15-5 thumping of Kingsport on Saturday night.

Week 13 (July 1-7)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
California League
Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Schedule/Results

The Quakes didn't limit their fireworks to Independence Day, exploding for 50 runs in seven games to start July and earning Breathless Ballclub of the Week honors. They swept all seven contests, opening with a 10-2 victory over Inland Empire on July 1 and rolling over San Jose on July 6 with a decisive 14-6 win that was highlighted by an eight-run fifth inning.

Week 12 (June 24-30)
Ogden Raptors
Pioneer League
Rookie Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Schedule/Results

The Raptors lost their first game of the week but followed with six straight victories, outscoring opponents 58-23 to capture Breathless Blowout Ballclub of the Week. Ogden tallied double figures Thursday and Friday in Orem, then again in an 11-2 home victory over Idaho Falls on Saturday. Honorable mention goes to Class A Cedar Rapids, who also had a run differential of 35 but lost the tiebreaker of total runs scored.

Week 11 (June 17-23)
Elizabethton Twins
Appalachian League
Rookie Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins

Schedule/Results

The E-Twins jumped out of the gate, winning their first four games of the season en route to Breathless Blowout Ballclub of the Week honors. They swept the Burlington Royals in their first homestand, plating 30 runs over three games, then hit the road for a 19-5 rout over Bristol on Friday before finishing the week with a 49-18 run differential.

Week 10 (June 10-16)
Altoona Curve
Eastern League
Double-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Schedule/Results

The Altoona Curve stormed to victories in all five games they played, outscoring a pair of opponents 47-13 to win the Breathless Blowout Ballclub of the Week. The Curve battered Binghamton on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, scoring 12 runs in the opener. The team returned home to face New Hampshire and the bats stayed hot as Altoona won 10-1 on Friday and 9-5 on Saturday.

Week 9 (June 3-9)
Indianapolis Indians
International League
Triple-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Schedule/Results

The Indianapolis Indians' pitching staff surrendered just seven runs over six games in the past week, leading the team to Blowout Ballclub of the Week honors. The Tribe staff tossed a pair of shutouts in Rochester on Tuesday and Thursday, and allowed just a single run in each game on Friday and Saturday night in Pawtucket as the Indians went 6-0.

Week 8 (May 27-June 2)
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Midwest League
Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Schedule/Results

The Hot Rods become the first team to win multiple Blowout Ballclub of the Week honors, exploding for 55 runs and a 39-run differential as the calendar flipped to June. Bowling Green's pitching staff held opponents to just one run in three of the team's games, including a 14-1 win over Dayton on May 28 and a 15-1 victory against West Michigan on June 1.

Week 7 (May 20-26)
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Midwest League
Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Schedule/Results

The Bowling Green Hot Rods were one of three MiLB clubs to outscore their opponents by 19 runs during the week but earn the title of Breathless Blowout Ballclub of the Week based on the tie-breaker of total runs scored. The Hot Rods scored 40 runs over their seven games, including a 9-6 win over Lansing on May 20 and a 10-2 pasting of Great Lakes on May 23.

Week 6 (May 13-19)
Durham Bulls
International League
Triple-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Schedule/Results

The Durham Bulls went 6-1 over the week with six straight home wins, outscoring their opponents by 18 runs. The biggest blowout came in a rain-shortened 12-3 win over Indianapolis on May 18. Durham scored in double digits again the next night, topping the Tribe 10-7 thanks to a pair of four-run innings.

Week 5 (May 6-12)
Potomac Nationals
Carolina League
Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Washington Nationals

Schedule/Results

Potomac reeled off a five-game road winning streak to close the week and capture the Breathless Blowout award with a 22-run margin of victory. The Nationals thumped Frederick 14-3 on May 10 on the strength of five home runs, two each by Blake Perkins and Jake Noll.

Week 4 (April 29 - May 5)
San Antonio Missions
Texas League
Double-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres

Schedule/Results

The San Antonio Missions remained in first place in the Texas League South Division, outscoring their opponents 70-25 over the week. The club plated double figures in runs in three of their seven games, including a 14-0 win over Midland on April 29 and a 20-4 rout in Frisco on May 1.

Week 3 (April 22 - 28)
Lansing Lugnuts
Midwest League
Class A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays

Schedule/Results

Lansing rolled through the third week of the season, picking up wins in seven of their eight games, including a four-game sweep of the Dayton Dragons. In outscoring their opponents by a 33-run margin (70-37), the Lugnuts scored 13 runs twice, in a 13-2 win over the Dragons on April 25 and in a 13-5 victory in West Michigan on May 28.

Week 2 (April 15 - 21)
Jackson Generals
Southern League
Double-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Schedule/Results

The Generals scored 49 runs over six games on the week, with a high of 13 against Chattanooga on April 21, but their pitching staff was dominating, allowing just 18 runs over the same span. Jackson limited Birmingham to just 13 runs in a five-game sweep from April 16-20.

Week 1 (April 5 - 14)
Memphis Redbirds
Pacific Coast League
Triple-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals

Schedule/Results

The defending PCL champs started 2018 in repeat performance, going 9-1 over their first 10 games and outscoring their opponents by a 69-29 margin. Memphis scored in double figures in two of their first three games in Round Rock, with 17 runs on April 6 and 11 more a day later. The club shut out Omaha by a count of 7-0 in their home opener on April 10.

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