Chatham Bluefish vs.
|1||at Hannibal||Bluefish 2, Cannibals 0||N.Goody(1-0)||D.Betances(0-1)||R.Iglesias(1)|
|HR – None|
|2||at Hannibal||Bluefish 6, Cannibals 4||T.Bauer(1-0)||C.Martinez(0-1)||R.Iglesias(2)|
|HR – A.Rendon(1), E.Hosmer(1), M.Olson(1)||3||at Chatham||Cannibals 8, Bluefish 0||R.Hill(1-0)||D.Straily(0-1)||None|
|HR – J.Realmuto(1)|
|4||at Chatham||Bluefish 6, Cannibals 5 (11)||R.Iglesias(1-0)||A.Reed(0-1)||None|
|HR – C.Correa 2(2), R.Hoskins(1), K.Davis(1)|
|5||at Chatham||Bluefish 6, Cannibals 1||D.Bundy(1-0)||J.Nelson(0-1)||F.Rivero(1)|
|HR – None|
Chatham wins series 4-1
Game 1 – The starting pitchers, Dylan Bundy and Jimmy Nelson, allowed a combined 8 hits in 13 innings of shutout ball. Dellin Betances took the hill for Hannibal in the top of the 8th and struck out the first two batters he faced. Then, all of a sudden, he couldn’t find the plate with Google Maps. He walked the next four batters to give Chatham a 1-0 lead. Jake McGee came in to put an end to the madness, but gave up an RBI single to Tucker Barnhardt. Arodys Vizcaino came in to limit the damage to 2 runs. Felipe Rivero and Raisel Iglesias closed it out for the Bluefish victory.
Game 2 – Eric Hosmer blasted one deep into the RF seats in the bottom of the first to put the Cannibals on top. In the top of the 2nd, Joe Panik reached base on Matt Chapman’s error and scored on a Michael Taylor single. Anthony Rendon blew it wide-open in the 3rd, clobbering a grand slam off HAC starter Carlos Martinez. Trevor Bauer was cruising along, having sat down 15 straight batters until the bottom of the 6th. Trea Turner singled, Hosmer doubled and Matt Olson gave one a ride to the RF bleachers and suddenly it was a 5-4 game. Once again, Felipe Rivero and Raisel Iglesias closed out the 8th and 9th as Chatham won 6-4, taking both road games to open this ALDS.
Game 3 – Rich Hill didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the 6th inning. He finished with a 6.2 inning, one-hit performance to go with 8 strikeouts. J.T. Realmuto’s 2-run shot in the 2nd proved to be enough offense, although the frustrated Cannibals tacked on 6 more for the 8-0 shutout. Trea Turner, Eric Hosmer and Josh Reddick each had two hits for Hannibal. Carlos Correa had both Bluefish hits.
Game 4 – Anthony Rendon hit a sacrifice fly and Kris Davis followed with a 2-run shot to LF putting Lucas Giolito down 3-0 in the bottom of the first. Brandon Phillips’ RBI double in the 2nd got Hannibal on the board. Rhys Hoskins went yard to left-center in the 3rd for the 4-1 CBF advantage. Matt Olson raked a 2-rbi double down the first baseline in the 5th to make it a one-run game. Two innings later, Adam Jones hit a go-ahead 2-RBI single for the visitors. With one out in the bottom of the 9th, Carlos Correa greeted Addison Reed with a solo shot to left to force extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, it was Correa at the plate with Reed on the hill again – same result – a walk-off solo shot to LF. With the dramatic come-from-behind win, Chatham takes a 3-1 series lead.
Game 5 – Number 4 pick overall in the 2018 SWBA Draft, Rhys Hoskins hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd to put CBF up by one. Adam Jones threw a missle from CF to nail Carlos Correa at the plate, otherwise it would have been 2-0. Jed Lowrie added an RBI double in the 4th and a 2-RBI double in the 6th to give Bluefish starter Dylan Bundy a 4-zip advantage. Adam Lind’s RBI double in the 7th was the only run Bundy would allow in his 6 innings on the mound. Felipe Rivero came on and pitched 3 innings of hitless ball to save it as the Bluefish head to the ALCS. Lowrie added another pair of RBI in the 7th on a triple to finish 3-5 and driving in 5. Chatham flashed the leather too, turning two doubleplays and squelching a 4th inning uprising with a TRIPLE PLAY!!!
Kudos to Steve Hamilton for winning the Ryan Division and having another successful season.