Hannibal Cannibals 89-73 vs.
|1||at Bronx||Bombers 1, Cannibals 0||R.Pressly(1-0)||M.Barnes(0-1)||C.Bedrosian(1)|
|HR – None|
|2||at Bronx||Bombers 7, Cannibals 6||R.Pressly(2-0)||B.Peacock(0-1)||S.Lugo(1)|
|HR – M.Olson(1), J.Reddick(1), J.Villar(1)||3||at Hannibal||Bombers 9, Cannibals 4||Z.Plesac(1-0)||L.Lynn(0-1)||R.Pressly(1)|
|HR – J.Abreu, 2(2), JD.Davis(1), M.Semien(1), C.Bellinger(1), Y.Grandal(1), T.Turner(1)|
|4||at Hannibal||Bombers 6, Cannibals 2||R.Pressly(3-0)||A.Garrett(0-1)||None|
|HR – C.Bellinger(2), J.Profar(1), E.Hosmer(1)|
Bronx wins series 4-0
Game 1 – September 30th, Yankee Stadium – This game was a pitchers’ duel from the get-go. Second year starter, Mike Soroka squared off against veteran Kenta Maeda in his 12th year of professional ball. Soroka scattered 4 hits and 4 walks, while fanning 5 in 5.2 innings of shutout baseball. Maeda pitched 5.2 scoreless innings as well, striking out 7, allowing 2 hits and no walks. Both teams threatened a few times, getting two runners aboard, but double plays wiped out the scoring opportunities. In the bottom of the 8th, Cody Bellinger scored on Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead. Cam Bedrosian had a shaky 9th getting the first out before walking Jurickson Profar. After a lineout to 3B, Eric Hosmer lined a single to right-center, but hit it too hard for Profar to advance to third. With two out and two on, Bedrosian’s 1-1 offering was tattooed by Matt Olson deep into RF to silence the crowd, but Bellinger raced back and caught it at the wall to save the game. Hannibal finished with only 3 hits, Bronx managed 6. Jose Abreu was the only player with 2 hits. Ryan Pressly got the victory, Matt Barnes the loss.
Game 2 – October 1st – The Bronx Bombers attacked Lucas Giolito in the bottom of the first. JD Davis ripped one down the 3B line that rolled all the way to the wall for a one-out stand-up double. Austin Meadows hit a worm-burner between 1B and 2B to make it first and third. Cody Bellinger stepped to the plate and bounced one off the right-center wall for a 2-run double. One out later, Adam Eaton’s single scored Bellinger for an early 3-0 lead for the home team. With two outs in the top of the 2nd, Josh Reddick doubled and scored on Matt Olson’s dinger down the RF line. Davis and Meadows got it going again in the 3rd and both scored on Jose Abreu’s double off the LF wall. 5-2 Bronx. Hannibal came right back and took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 4th on doubles by JT Realmuto and Carson Kelly, a home run by Reddick and a single by Raimel Tapia. The Bombers tied it in the bottom of the 6th when tripled off the left-center wall and scored on Jonathan Villar’s sacrifice fly. Villar opened the home half of the 8th with a blast over the RF wall to regain the lead for Bronx. Seth Lugo earned the save with a perfect 9th and Bronx heads to Hannibal with two wins in their pocket. Ryan Pressly got his 2nd win in 2 days. Brad Peacock was tagged with the loss. Reddick and Jurickson Profar each had two hits for Hannibal. Davis was 4-5 to top BXB.
Game 3 – October 3rd, CitiField – With one out in the top of the first, JD Davis raked Lance Lynn’s 1-1 offering down the left field line, just fair, into the seats. In the bottom of the 2nd, Dominic Smith hit a lead-off double off the RF wall and scored two batter’s later on Alex Verdugo’s sacrifice fly. Marcus Semien went yard in the 3rd to put Bronx back on top temporarily. In the bottom of the inning, JT Realmuto doubled to score Trea Turner and tie the game at 2. Jose Abreu hit a 3-run shot in the 5th to give the Bombers a 5-2 advantage. Bronx iced the game with homers by Cody Bellinger, Abreu and Yasmani Grandal in the 7th. Final Score: Bombers 9, Cannibals 4. Rookie first round pick, Zach Plesac, earned the win. Lynn got the loss. Abreu was named game MVP with his 2 blasts and 4 RBI. Davis finished 3-5. Turner and Matt Olson went 2-4 for Hannibal. The frustration got to Realmuto and he was tossed in the top of the 9th after striking out. Game 4 is tomorrow and the Cannibals have their backs to the wall.
Game 4 – October 4th – A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Bronx Bombers to start the game. That brought Cody Bellinger to the dish with the opportunity to do something huge. Rich Hill couldn’t find the plate and walked Bellinger for a 1-0 BXB lead. Hill regrouped to fan Jose Abreu and get a double play ball from Adam Eaton to not allow any more runs. Jurickson Profar tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd with a 407 foot blast to right center. Bellinger went yard in the 6th and Bronx had a one-run advantage again. Eric Hosmer took care of that in the bottom of the 7th clearing the RF wall and they headed into the 9th, 2-2. Amir Garrett took the mound for Hannibal and gave up an infield single to Adam Eaton. He got a groundout, then Scott Kingery hit an RBI double to right-center. Jonathan Villar struck out. Marcus Semien singled Kingery home and chased Garrett to the showers. Carlos Martinez gave up back-to-back doubles before fanning Bellinger and Bronx was up 6-2. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Hannibal got a pair of singles for one last gasp, but Cam Bedrosian got a fly ball from Profar to advance the Bombers to the ALCS for the 2nd straight year (Hayward Outlaws last year). Ryan Pressley got his 3rd win of the series to go with one save. Garrett was saddled with the “L”. Hosmer collected 3 of HAC’s 7 hits. Semien, Kingery and Austin Meadows each had 2 hits for Bronx. Kudos to Steve Hamilton for winning his 3rd division title in a row and 4th in 5 seasons. Bronx will host their division foes, the California Coolers, in the league championship series.