Whitewater Minerhawks vs.
|1||at Jackson||Minerhawks 6, Holy Cows 4||C.Kershaw(1-0)||M.Tanaka(0-1)||D.Law(1)|
|HR – F.Freeman(1), M.Saunders(1), S.Rodriguez(1)|
|2||at Jackson||Holy Cows 4, Minerhawks 3||B.Logan(1-0)||D.Law(0-1)||None|
|HR – A.Dickerson(1), R.Schimpf(1)|
|3||at Whitewater||Holy Cows 4, Minerhawks 2||J.Lester(1-0)||C.Carrasco(0-1)||D.Otero(1)|
|HR – B.Moss(1), R.Weeks(1)|
|4||at Whitewater||Holy Cows 5, Minerhawks 2||Y.Ventura(1-0)||J.Odorizzi(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Trumbo(1), Y.Ventura(1), G.Sanchez(1)|
|5||at Whitewater||Minerhawks 2, Holy Cows 0||C.Kershaw(2-0)||M.Tanaka(0-2)||T.Lyons(1)|
|HR – M.Saunders(2)|
|6||at Jackson||Minerhawks 7, Holy Cows 3||C.Archer (1-0)||J.Verlander (0-1)||None|
|HR – F.Freeman(2)|
|7||at Jackson||Minerhawks 7, Holy Cows 3||C.Carrasco(1-1)||J.Lester(1-1)||D.Law(2)|
|HR – J.Altuve(1), M.Saunders(3), M.Trumbo(2)|
Whitewater wins series 4-3
Game 1 – Game one of the NLDS between the Whitewater Minerhawks and Jackson Holy Cows saw Clayton Kershaw facing Masahiro Tanaka. Freddie Freeman was 2-5 with a 2-run home run in the top of the 9th as Kershaw and the ‘Hawks got the 6-4 road win.
Game 2 – RBI doubles by Justin Upton and Michael Saunders give Whitewater a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. With the bases loaded and two out, Jon Lester hit a pinch-hit double for the walk-off win against closer Derek Law.
Game 3 – Game 2’s hero, Jon Lester took the hill for Jackson in game 3. He managed only 5 innings, but got the win as Brandon Moss went 2-2 with a double, home run, walk and HBP as the Holy Cows reclaimed home field advantage.
Game 4 – Mark Trumbo went yard in the first inning to put Jackson up 2-0. He hit a 2-out, 2-RBI double in the 5th inning and the Minerhawks found themselves down 3 games to 1.
Game 5 – Clayton Kershaw took the hill for Whitewater to avoid elimination. He tossed 7 innings of shutout ball, allowing 2 hits and fanning 10 without walking anyone before yielding to the bullpen. Jacob Barnes and Tyler Lyons were perfect in relief for the 2-0 win. The series heads back to Jackson for game 6.
Game 6 – With their backs to the wall, the Whitewater Minerhawks traveled to Jackson for game 6. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st on a Michael Saunders 2-run double. Jackson came back with one run in the 3rd and a pair in the 4th to knot the score. Freddie Freeman put WWM back up with a solo shot in the top of the 5th. Freeman provided some insurance in the 9th with a 2-run triple as the Minerhawks force a game 7.
Game 7 – Jose Altuve teed off on Jon Lester’s 0-1 offering and driving it just right of the LF foul pole to lead off the game. Domingo Santana added an RBI single and Jackson was down 2-0. Mark Trumbo eased the home crowd in the bottom of the first with a 3-run blast for a 3-2 JHC lead. Santana tied the score in the top of the 6th, adding an RBI double. Then, with 2-out and the bases loaded, rookie Dansby Swanson lined a pinch hit double to right center, putting the Minerhawks back on top 5-3. Derek Law pitched a hitless 2 innings of relief for his 2nd save of the series in the 7-3 victory. Congratulations to Lou Landhuis on a great season with the SWBA’s best record.