Dobson Ranch Bashers vs.
|1||at Baltimore||Bashers 6, Chop 4||S.Cishek(1-0)||T.Cahill(0-1)||E.Diaz(1)|
|HR – W.Ramos(1)|
|2||at Baltimore||Bashers 3, Chop 2||J.Arrieta(1-0)||J.Quintana(0-1)||E.Diaz(2)|
|HR – None|
|3||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 3, Chop 2||E.Diaz(1-0)||K.Middleton(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Moustakas(1), P.Goldschmidt(1), L.Adams(1)|
|4||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 7, Chop 2||C.Sabathia(1-0)||D.Keuchel(0-1)||None|
|HR – N.Cruz(1), A.McCutchen(1), W.Flores(1)|
Bashers win series 4-0
Game 1 – The Chop took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an rbi fielder’s choice by Paul Goldschmidt. Dobson Ranch countered with a pair as starting pitcher Trevor Williams ripped a 2-rbi single. Andrew McCutchen’s double in the 5th plated Francisco Lindor for a 3-1 score. In the bottom of the 7th, Wilson Ramos tattooed Adam Warren’s 2-2 offering over the LF wall for a 3-run home run, putting the Chop up 4-3. It was short-lived as Lane Adams singled in a pair in the 8th to put the Bashers ahead for good.
Game 2 – Ian Happ doubled home Wilmer Flores in the 2nd to put the visiting Bashers up 1-0. Jesus Aguilar’s double and Manny Machado’s fielder’s choice in the 3rd gave Dobson Ranch a 3-0 cushion. Kevan Smith 2-out single in the bottom of the 5th made it 3-1. Juan Lagares drilled a pinch-hit triple to right-center to lead off the bottom of the 6th. One batter later he scored in Ketel Marte’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly. Five relief pitchers held the Chop scoreless the rest of the way and Dobson Ranch heads back home to Arizona with a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 – The Bashers got an RBI double by Francisco Lindor in the 3rd and a solo shot by Lane Adams in the 4th to go up 2-0 and give the home fans in the Coliseum something to cheer about. After Gerrit Cole struck out the first two batters in the top of the 5th, Mike Moustakas and Paul Goldschmidt hit back-to-back home runs to even up the scoreboard. Both bullpens got the job done until the bottom of the 9th. Keynan Middleton then allowed consecutive singles to Jesus Aguilar and Ian Happ. Koji Uehara came in to put out the fire, but Matt Joyce raked the 4th pitch he saw into RF for a pinch-hit, walk-off double to put Dobson Ranch up 3 games to none.
Game 4 – The Bashers smelled blood and loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with nobody out. Dallas Keuchel managed to give up only a sacrifice fly to Jesus Aguilar and then strikeout the next two batters to limit the damage to one run. DRB added another in the bottom of the 2nd when Keuchel thought he had Manny Machado picked off 3B, but threw it wild, allowing Machado to skip home. The home crowd kept rockin’ in the bottom of the 3rd when Wilmer Flores hit a 2-run shot over the LCF wall. C.C. Sabathia sat down the first 11 batters in order. Paul Goldschmidt broke up his perfection in the 4th and Wilson Ramos got the only other hit off him in the 5th, but was quickly erased by a 6-4-3 doubleplay. Andrew McCutchen iced the cake in the bottom of the 4th, hitting a 3-run dinger to left. Sabathia, Dobson Ranch’s #1 pick in the 2002 Draft(4th overall) got a big ovation when he was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the 6th. Emilio Pagan took the hill and struck out 4 in a perfect 1.2 innings of relief. Blake Snell came on and got 3 straight outs before allowing a single in the 9th. Nelson Cruz greeted Steve Cishek with a blast into the left-center bleachers. Shrek then coaxed Paul Goldschmidt to hit it to CF and when Andrew McCutchen squeezed it into his glove, the Bashers had won 7-2 to advance to the NLCS. Congratulations to Donald Ward for another fine season with his Baltimore Chop.