California Coolers 91-71 vs.
|1||at Harlingen||Aztecs 7, Coolers 6||Y.Chirinos(1-0)||A.Colome(0-1)||None|
|HR – B.Dixon 2(2), M.Margot(1), C.Walker(1), R.Healy(1), H.Pence(1)|
|2||at Harlingen||Coolers 6, Aztecs 2||A.Wojciechowski(1-0)||C.Bassitt(0-1)||K.Ryan(1)|
|HR – Br.Anderson(1), A.Judge(1), JD.Martinez(1)|
|3||at California||Aztecs 4, Coolers 3||D.Hale(1-0)||K.Ryan(0-1)||None|
|HR – JD.Martinez(2), K.Wong(1)|
|4||at California||Coolers 5, Aztecs 4||A.Wojciechowski(2-0)||J.Taylor(0-1)||A.Colome(1)|
|HR – C.Walker(2), R.Healy(2), Br.Anderson(2), A.Judge(2), M.Margot(2),
|5||at California||Coolers 5, Aztecs 1||J.Samardzija(1-0)||S.Bieber(0-1)||None|
|HR – B.Dixon(3), C.Biggio(1), A.Rosario(1)|
|6||at Harlingen||Aztecs 7, Coolers 3||C.Bassitt(1-1)||Aa.Sanchez(0-1)||None|
|HR – JD.Martinez(3), M.Conforto(2), A.Rosario(2), R.Perez(2), R.Chirinos(1)|
|7||at Harlingen||Coolers 12, Aztecs 1||S.Turnbull(1-0)||H.Bailey(0-1)||None|
|HR – Br.Anderson(3), R.Chirinos(2), O.Mercado(1), M.Adams(1)|
California wins series 4-3
Game 1 – Minute Maid Park, September 30 – Michael Conforto took a Shane Bieber offering in the ribs to open the 2nd inning. Two batters later, Brandon Dixon hit one 330 feet down the left field line to make it 2-zip Coolers. Manny Margot added a run, nailing one down the LF line in the 5th. Hunter Pence and Roberto Perez drove in runs in the bottom of the 8th to make it a one-run game. Dixon came up in the top of the 9th with two runners on and went down the LF line again, clearing the fence for a 6-2 California advantage. Down to their last out in the bottom of the 9th, J.D. Martinez singled. Christian Walker made it a 6-4 game, drilling a fastball 375 feet into the left-center bleachers. Kyle Seager then walked. Ryon Healy stepped to the plate and wrapped one around the LF foul pole to greet Alex Colome and knot the game at 6. Pence came up, hit a deep fly to left-center, clearing the fence for the dramatic 9th-inning walk-off win. Yonny Chirinos got the win. Walker and Perez each had 2 hits. Dixon finished 2-4 with 5 RBI.
Game 2 – October 1st, Minute Maid Park – Brian Anderson’s throwing error extended the bottom of the first and Ryon Healy made it count with an RBI single. Anderson made up for his miscue in the top of the 2nd, taking Chris Bassitt deep with 2 runners on to give CAC a 3-1 advantage. JD Martinez’s solo shot in the 5th brought Harlingen within a run. The Coolers added a run in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to even the series with a 6-2 victory. Asher Wojciechowski got the win, Bassitt the loss. Aaron Judge had a home run and 3 walks to reach base in 4 of his 5 PA.
Game 3 – Wrigley Field, October 3rd – California returns home to the friendly confines and gets on the board quickly as Kolten Wong leads off the bottom of the first by tattooing Homer Bailey’s 3-2 offering 364 feet down the RF line into the bleachers. Aaron Judge padded the score with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 3rd. The lead evaporated in the top of the 6th when Andrelton Simmons and Cavan Biggio walked to open the inning. J.D. Martinez then stepped to the plate and crushed one 50 feet beyond the LCF wall to tie the game at 3. The Harlingen bullpen didn’t allow a base runner past the 4th inning, so Biggio crossing the plate on a wild pitch in the 8th proved to be the winning run. David Hale pitched 3 perfect innings for the win. Kyle Ryan was tagged with the loss. The Aztecs reclaimed home-field advantage with the 4-3 win.
Game 4 – October 4th – After JD Martinez singled in the top of the 1st, Christian Walker hit a bomb down the left field line and the Aztecs were up quickly, 2-0. Michael Conforto and Brian Anderson hit solo shots in the bottom of inning two and the game was tied. Aaron Judge went yard for the 2nd time of the series in the 3rd and the home squad was up one. Roberto Perez reached the LF bleachers in the 7th to tie the game at 3. It was short-lived as Manuel Margot hit a 2-run shot in the bottom half and put the Coolers up 5-3. Ryon Healy’s dinger brought HAZ within one in the 8th, but California’s pen held up for the 5-4 victory. Asher Wojciechowski got his 2nd win, Alex Colome his first save. Margot was 3-4 on the day. Judge was 2-2 with 2 walks. After four games the series is tied 2-2.
Game 5 – October 5th – Cavan Biggio cleared the fence in right-center with a 420-foot blast in the 3rd inning to put Harlingen up by a run. Michael Conforto lined a single in the bottom of the 4th to tie the score. Brandon Dixon doubled and scored on Aaron Judge’s single in the 6th for a 2-1 Cooler lead. California added another run in the 7th on an Amed Rosario solo shot. Dixon went yard for the 3rd time of the series in the bottom of the 8th to ice the 5-1 win for CAC. The Shark, Jeff Samardzija, got the win and Shane “Don’t Call Me Justin” Bieber took the loss. Biggio was 2-2 with 2 walks for HAZ. Conforto and Dixon had a pair of hits each for California. The series shifts back to Minute Maid Park with the Aztecs down 3-2.
Game 6 – Minute Maid Park, October 7th – The Harlingen Aztecs returned home to Minute Maid Park in a must-win game. With two outs in the 4th, Roberto Perez pulled Aaron Sanchez’s 1-2 pitch down the line and over the wall to give the home fans a 2-0 lead to cheer about. JD Martinez went yard in the 5th for a 3-0 game. The Aztecs scored 2 more in the 6th. Michael Conforto led off the 7th with a dinger to get California on the board. Harlingen tacked on two more in the 7th as Kyle Seager doubled off the RF wall. The Aztecs forced a game 7 with a 7-3 win. Chris Bassitt got the victory, striking out 8 with no walks, 4 hits and one run in 7innings. Sanchez got the loss. Perez and Matt Adams each had two hits for Harlingen. Robinson Chirinos a pair for California.
Game 7 – October 8th – Rookie Oscar Mercado opened the scoring with a two-run shot to right center in the top of the 2nd inning. In the top of the 4th, Brian Anderson hit his 3rd dinger of the series over the wall in LF to make it a 4-0 Cooler advantage. Robinson Chirinos’ 3-run blast to left center capped off a 4-run 6th inning, increasing the Coolers’ lead to 8-0. With two outs in the top of the 7th, CAC added four more runs and advanced to the American League Championship Series with a 12-1 victory. Spencer Turnbull won it, Homer Bailey got the “L”. The bottom three of the California lineup, (Anderson, Mercado and Amed Rosario) combined to go 7-13 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. The teams combined for 30 home runs for the series.