Hannibal Cannibals vs.
|1||at River City||Cannibals 4, Vipers 2||C.Martinez(1-0)||C.Kluber(0-1)||D.Betances(1)|
|HR – B.Nimmo(1), J.Reddick(1)|
|2||at River City||Vipers 3, Cannibals 2||C.Sale(1-0)||L.Lynn(0-1)||S.Doolittle(1)|
|HR – J.Realmuto(1), B.Nimmo(2)||3||at Hannibal||Vipers 2, Cannibals 1 (12)||M.Strahm(1-0)||A.Gomber(0-1)||S.Doolittle(2)|
|HR – None|
|4||at Hannibal||Vipers 3, Cannibals 0||C.Kluber(1-1)||R.Erlin(0-1)||None|
|HR – B.Belt(1), E.Inciarte(1)|
|5||at Hannibal||Cannibals 3, Vipers 0||C.Martinez(2-0)||C.Anderson(0-1)||D.Betances(2)|
|HR – A.Jones,A(1), J.Turner,T(1)|
|6||at River City||Cannibals 2, Vipers 1||L.Lynn(1-1)||C.Sale(1-1)||A.Vizcaino(1)|
|HR – K.Morales(1)|
|7||at River City||Cannibals 2, Vipers 0||R.Hill(1-0)||C.Hamels(0-1)||A.Gomber(1)|
|HR – None|
Hannibal series 4-3
Game 1 – October 2 at Camden Yards – Hannibal wasted no time scoring in their road game. Trea Turner got a leadoff single and Brandon Nimmo clobbered one down the RF line and before the River City crowd had taken their first sip of beer, they were down 2-0. It was Nimmo again in the 4th, this time with an RBI single to make it 3-0. River City got a run in the 4th on a Micheal Perez and tacked on another in the 5th when Kendrys Morales grounded out to first base. Josh Reddick went yard in the top of the 9th, to make it a 4-2 final score. Hannibal had 11 hits to River City’s 4. Carlos Martinez got the win and Dellin Betances the save. Corey Kluber took the loss. Turner and Reddick each had 3 hits, but Nimmo’s 3 RBI earned him game MVP honors.
Game 2 – Oriole Park at Camden Yards, October 3 – After Chris Sale retired the first 5 batters he faced, J.T. Realmuto hit one 377 feet over the wall in left-center. Sale then sat down the next 18 batters in order, before Brandon Nimmo hit his 2nd home run of the series to chase him to the showers. Sean Doolittle took over, was shaky, allowing 3 hits in 1.1 innings, but he got the final out with runners on 1st & 3rd to close it for River City. The home town Vipers got three RBI singles by Matt Duffy, Brandon Belt and Ender Inciarte to win it 3-2. Lance Lynn was straddled with the loss. Inciarte and Duffy each had 2 hits for the game. The series will now shift to CitiField tied 1-1.
Game 3 – Citi Field, October 5 – With two outs in the bottom of the first, Matt Chapman doubled and scored on Matt Olson’s single. After setting down the first 9 batters he faced, Rich Hill gave up a game-tying single in the top of the 4th to Kendrys Morales. Neither team really threatened until the top of the 9th when the Vipers got a runner to third before the final out. Hannibal had a chance in the 11th. Eric Hosmer reached on an error, but was then picked off at first. Trea Turner then tripled and was stranded. In the top of the 12th, Starlin Castro single and went to second on a grounder to first. He then scored on Avisail Garcia’s single to put River City up 2-1. Sean Doolittle pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half for his 2nd save of the series. Matt Strahm got the win, Austin Gomber the loss.
Game 4 – October 6, 2019 – Brandon Belt led off the 2nd inning by drilling Robbie Erlin’s 2-2 pitch 442 feet over the wall in right-center, giving the snakes a 1-0 lead. Before the inning was over, Michael Perez had a 2-out RBI double to make it 2-zip. Ender Inciarte went yard leading off the 8th to make it a 3-0 final. Corey Kluber allowed 4 hits in 5.2 innings for the win, evening his post-season record at 1-1. Erlin was saddled with the “L”. Belt and Inciarte both had a pair of hits on the day. River City is now up 3 games to 1 in this divisional series.
Game 5 – October 7 – The Hannibal Cannibals found themselves in a bind, down 3-1 for this ALDS. They were glad to be at home at Citi Field and Adam Jones took advantage in the third. He raked the first pitch he saw from Viper starter Chase Anderson and it’s first stop was in the LF bleachers. River City managed two base runners in the top of the 4th, but they were erased on an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Hannibal tacked on a couple more in the 6th, when Trea Turner led off the inning with a dinger and Matt Olson scored when A.Jones hit into a fielders choice. RCV never had more than one base runner on after the 4th inning. Carlos Martinez fanned 6, walked 4 and allowed only one hit in 6.1 innings – now having both Cannibal victories in the series. Dellin Betances got the final out for his 2nd save. River City collected only 2 hits in the contest. The series moves back East to River City for game 6.
Game 6 – October 9, Orioles Park at Camden Yard – Trea Turner led off the game with a single, stole second, went to third on a HBP and scored on Adam Jones’ sac-fly to give the Cannibals a quick 1-0 advantage. Chris Sale settled down and the guests were held in check until the 7th. Josh Reddick hit a one-out triple that chased Sale to the showers. JT Realmuto got the SF this time for a 2-0 lead. Lance Lynn and the HAC ‘pen did an excellent job of spacing out Viper base runners. Kendrys Morales led off the bottom of the 9th with a HR to cut the lead in half and that was it. The Hannibal Cannibals force a game 7.
Game 7 – October 10, Orioles Park at Camden Yard – The Hannibal Cannibals outscored the River City Vipers 5-1 in games 5 & 6, coming back from a 3 games to one deficit to force game 7. The Cannibals wasted no time putting pressure on the home town Vipers. Jurickson Profar hit a one-out double in the first inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch by Cole Hamels and scored on Matt Chapman’s ground out to shortstop. Rich Hill, who pitched well in game 3 but didn’t get a decision, dominated the Viper lineup for 5.2 innings. He fanned 7 and allowed only one hit and one walk. The Cannibal bullpen took Hill’s lead, fanning 4 batters and allowing only 2 hits (no walks) in their 2.1 innings. J.T. Realmuto led off the 7th with a double and scored on Brandon Nimmo’s single for an insurance run, making the final score 2-0 Hannibal. The HAC pitchers allowed only one run for the last 3 games to the SWBA’s 3rd best run-scoring offense to advance to the AL Championship Series. Hill finished the series with a 1-0 record and 0.68 ERA. Congratulations to Nick Milford in his first season BACK in the SWBA. Nick originally came into the league in 1990 with an expansion team that saw him win the division and become the SWBA Runners-Up.