California Coolers vs.
|1||at Sun Lakes||Apaches 5, Coolers 2||C.Sale(1-0)||J.Samardzija(0-1)||Doolittle(1)|
|HR – R.Rivera(1)|
|2||at Sun Lakes||Apaches 7, Coolers 2||C.Hamels(1-0)||J.Guerra(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Napoli(1), N.Castellanos(1)|
|3||at California||Apaches 9, Coolers 6||C.Kluber(1-0)||J.Ross(0-1)||A.Ramos(1)|
|HR – S.Castro(1), D.Ortiz(1), R.Chirinos(1)|
|4||at California||Coolers 6, Apaches 5||J.Marinez(1-0)||M.Bowman(0-1)||A.Colome(1)|
|HR – S.Castro(2), M.Upton(1)|
|5||at California||Apaches 7, Coolers 4||C.Sale(2-0)||J.Samardzija(0-2)||None|
|HR – B.Belt(1), S.Castro(3), R.Cano(1)|
Sun Lakes wins series 4-1
Game 1 – The 1st inning was a less than spectacular offensive outburst of 4 runs by the Apaches on a couple of walks a couple of singles and a sac fly. That was all that Chris Sale would need as he stuck out 13 in 8 innings pitching Sun Lakes to a 5-2 win over the visiting California Coolers who where lead by Carlos Beltran and Rene Rivera who homered. Ender Inciarte, Cam Maybin & Tyler Naquin each collected 2 hits for the Apaches. Jeff Samardzija took the loss.
Game 2 – Nick Castellanos hit a 3rd inning grand slam that propelled the Sun Lakes Apaches to a 7-2 win over the California Coolers in game 2 of the series. Cole Hamels went 6 2/3 for the win, Junior Guerra took the loss. Jedd Gyorko had 2 hits and a RBI double. Mike Napoli went deep for the Coolers.
Game 3 – Kris Bryant went 3-4 with 3 RBI and Starlin Castro hit a home run in his 2-5 day to lead Sun Lakes to a 3-0 series lead with a 9-6 win. Big Papi was 2-5 with a dinger and 4 ribbies for the Coolers. Corey Kluber pitched 6.2 innings for the victory.
Game 4 – The California Coolers found themselves in must-win situation. The big blow ended up being a 2-run shot to deep right by Melvin Upton off Matt Bowman in the bottom of the 8th. Upton entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 6th, doubling as the first batter Bowman faced. Jhan Marinez got the win, Alex Colome the save as the Coolers survive 6-5.
Game 5 – Starlin Castro hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 4th, his 3rd HR in 5 games, that gave Sun Lakes a 5-0 lead. Chris Sale pitched 6 innings for his 2nd win as the Apaches advance to the ALCS with this 7-4 victory. Congratulations to Robert White for another fine season at the helm of the Coolers, his 30th in the league!!