Chatham Bluefish vs.
|1||at Sun Lakes||Bluefish 10, Apaches 4||T.Bauer(2-0)||C.Kluber(0-1)||None|
|HR – C.Correa(3), R.Hoskins 2(3), K.Davis(2), A.Garcia(2), A.Altherr(1)|
|2||at Sun Lakes||Apaches 4, Bluefish 3||C.Sale(1-1)||I.Nova(0-1)||W.Davis(1)|
|HR – K.Davis(3), B.Belt(2)|
|3||at Chatham||Bluefish 4, Apaches 3||D.Steckenrider(1-0)||D.Jennings(0-1)||R.Iglesias(3)|
|HR – K.Calhoun(1), J.Polanco(1)|
|4||at Chatham||Apaches 5, Bluefish 4||B.Kintzler(1-0)||B.Duensing(0-1)||W.Davis(2)|
|HR – C.Correa(4)|
|5||at Chatham||Bluefish 8, Apaches 3||L.Avilan(1-0)||C.Sale(1-2)||None|
|HR – H.Ramirez 2(2)|
|6||at Sun Lakes||Bluefish 3, Apaches 2||F.Rivero(1-0)||M.Bowman(0-1)||R.Iglesias(4)|
|HR – C.Correa(5), M.Taylor(1), B.Belt(3)|
Chatham wins series 4-2
Game 1 – Rhys Hoskins hit a pair of home runs and Khris Davis added another to put the Bluefish up 3-0 after they batted in the 4th inning. Aaron Altherr hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 4th to make it a one-run game. Avisail Garcia’s dinger to lead off the bottom of the 5th tied it up. Tucker Barnhardt grounded a single into CF to plate a couple of Chatham runners. The Bluefish tacked on 4 unearned runs in the top of the 7th to win this one 10-4. Trevor Bauer got the win, Corey Kluber the loss. Hoskins, Davis, Joe Panik and Michael Taylor each had a pair of hits for the winners.
Game 2 – The Sun Lakes Apaches scored 4 times in the bottom of the first inning with Brandon Belt’s 2-run blast being the big hit. Chris Sale struck out 9 while allowing only 4 hits in 6 innings for the win. Wade Davis pitched a shaky 1.1 innings for the save. Ivan Nova was dealt the loss. Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro each had 3 hits for SLA.
Game 3 – Kole Calhoun hit a 2-run shot into the RF bleachers in the 2nd to put the Apaches up. Rajai Davis made it a one-run affair in the bottom of the 2nd with an RBI single. Jorge Polanco added to the SLA lead by going yard in the 4th. Chase Anderson walked in a run in the 4th to make it a 3-2 game. A couple of wild pitches and a Tucker Barnhardt single in the 7th led to a 3-3 tie. Anthony Rendon lined out to left in the bottom of the 8th, but Jed Lowrie was able to tag up and score the go-ahead run. Raisel Iglesia allowed a walk and fanned 3 in the top of the 9th for the save. Drew Steckenrider was credited with the win, Dan Jennings took the defeat.
Game 4 – It was 52 degrees at Fenway Park when the Sun Lakes plated 4 runners in the top of the 2nd inning and had a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the 6th. Carlos Correa gave Brandon Kintzler’s 2-1 offering a ride down the LF line just inside the foul pole to tie it up. Nick Goody entered the game with a runner on first and proceeded to walk one and hit one. With the bases loaded, Ender Inciarte hit a bouncer to second, Jorge Polanco got a great jump from third forcing the Bluefish to settle for the doubleplay, but it proved to be the winning run. Chatham left 5 runners on base the last 3 innings(13 for the game) – just couldn’t get the tie. Wade Davis fanned 4 and walked 2 in 1.2 innings for the save. With the win, Sun Lakes evened the series at 2 games each.
Game 5 – Chris Sale took the hill again after his game 2 win for the Apaches. He was cruising along thru 5 innings, having fanned 10 while allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks. He entered the 6th up by a 3-1 score. All of a sudden, he couldn’t find the plate. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases and Kevin McCarthy was brought in. He gave up a pair of singles and a fielder’s choice and Chatham was up 4-3. Four Bluefish relievers struck out 8 batters while allowing only one hit and one walk over the last 3 innings to save it for Luis Avilan and bring Chatham within one game of their first World Series appearance since 2010 when they won their 4th consecutive SWBA title. Hanley Ramirez, filling in at 1B for Rhys Hoskins, went 2-4, both hits being home runs for 4 RBI.
Game 6 – The series shifted back to Miller Park for some indoor baseball. The Bluefish drew first blood as Carlos Correa clobbered Cole Hamels’ 1-1 pitch over the LF wall for his 5th dinger of the 2018 post-season. Dan Straily was smokin’, allowing only one hit and one walk thru six innings for Chatham. Brandon Belt put an end to that, drilling one to deep CF to tie the score in the bottom of the 7th. With a runner on 1st in the top of the 9th, Apache closer Wade Davis was brought in to keep it tied. He fanned pinch-hitter Rhys Hoskins, but Michael Taylor got a hold of one and it landed in the cheap seats in left to put CBF up 3-1. Two batters later, Davis got injured and Sean Doolittle came in to get them out of the inning. With their backs to the wall in the bottom of the 9th, Sun Lakes got a leadoff walk from Ender Inciarte. Kris Bryant hit into a force play and went to second on Belt’s walk. Starlin Castro hit an RBI single and SLA had something going, the tying run at second base. Eric Young came up to pinch-hit and grounded into a force play at second. With the tying run 90 feet away, Raisel Iglesias fanned Aaron Altherr to secure the win for Chatham and earn his 4th save in the playoffs. The Chatham Bluefish will now face the Dobson Ranch Bashers in the SWBA’s 31st World Series.
ALCS MVP – Hanley Ramirez
.417/.462/1.000, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI