Jackson Holy Cows vs.
|1||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 2, Holy Cows 1||S.Cishek(1-0)||S.Kelley(0-1)||None|
|HR – J.Choi(1)|
|2||at Dobson Ranch||Holy Cows 4, Bashers 2 (10)||B.Hand(1-0)||E.Diaz(0-1)||A.Wood(1)|
|HR – None|
|3||at Jackson||Bashers 8, Holy Cows 2||J.Flaherty(1-0)||J.Lester(0-1)||None|
|HR – G.Polanco(1), T.Pham(1)|
|4||at Jackson||Holy Cows 4, Bashers 0||M.Tanaka(1-0)||T.Williams(0-1)||None|
|HR – None|
|5||at Jackson||Bashers 5, Holy Cows 3||G.Cole(1-0)||J.Verlander(0-1)||E.Diaz(1)|
|HR – M.Machado(1)|
|6||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 2, Holy Cows 0||S.Cishek(2-0)||S.Kelley(0-2)||E.Diaz(2)|
|HR – J.Aguilar(1)|
Dobson Ranch wins series 4-2
Game 1 – October 2 – Ji-Man Choi got the party started in the top of the 2nd inning. He drilled Gerrit Cole’s 2-2 pitch 341 feet down the right field line and into the seats. Cole and Justin Verlander pretty much had a pitchers’ duel from there. In the bottom of the 7th, Francisco Lindor ripped a 2-out RBI double that tied the game. It was Lindor again in the bottom of the 9th at the plate with Francisco Cervelli, who had just hit a 2-out double, on second base. Lindor ripped one up the middle and Cervelli, running with the pitch, was able to score the winning run. Steve Cishek was the pitcher of record for DRB and got the win. Shawn Kelley was on the hill in the 9th and took the defeat. Cervelli, Lindor and Jesus Aguilar each had 2 hits for Dobson Ranch.
Game 2 – October 3, Oakland Coliseum – Blake Snell only allowed one base runner over the first 3 innings, but Jackson got to him in the 4th for a pair of runs from Welington Castillo’s single and Tommy Pham scoring on a 4-6-3 doubleplay. Miles Mikolas cruised thru 8 innings for JHC, allowing no runs, fanning 8 and scattering 6 hits. He allowed Manny Machado to lead off the 9th with a single and was pulled for the ‘pen. Brad Hand came on to walk the next batter, but got two consecutive outs and with runners on 2B and 3B, free agent acquisition Niko Goodrum singled to tie the game. The extra frame saw Edwin Diaz walk a couple and then hit a batter to load the bases. Xander Bogaerts then singled to left to put Jackson up 4-2. Alex Wood closed out the 10th, allowing a walk and getting 3 flyouts for the save. Hand got the victory. Bogaerts was 2-5 and Andrew McCutchen was 2-2 with a walk for the Bashers. The series heads to Jackson tied 1-1.
Game 3 – October 5 at PNC Park – Glad to be home, Jackson wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Tommy Pham gave a Jack Flaherty 3-2 pitch a ride over the left field wall to put the home team up 2-zip. Dobson Ranch scored 4 times in the top of the 3rd, with the big blow being a 3-run dinger by Gregory Polanco. Flaherty and the Bashers’ bullpen tossed a shutout the rest of the way, DRB tacked on 4 more runs and won it 8-2. Jon Lester was tagged with the loss. Francisco Lindor was 3-4 with 2 walks in this one, raising his series average to .350. Pham went 3-4 for JHC. Thru the first 3 games, Jackson is struggling with a .147 batting average against DRB pitching.
Game 4 – October 6 at PNC Park – The first four base runners reached against Trevor Williams and before the first inning was over, Jackson had a 3-0 lead. That would be plenty as Masahiro Tanaka tossed 7 innings of 1-hit ball, striking out 9 and walking none. Shawn Kelley and Brad Hand finished the Bashers off and the Holy Cows evened the series at 2 games each.
Game 5 – PNC Park; October 7, 2019 – With one out in the bottom of the 4th, Tommy Pham doubled and was chased home on Ji-Man Choi’s single to put the Cows up 1-0. The Bashers bashed, posting a 5-run 5th with Manny Machado’s blast capping off the inning. Jackson came back with solo tallies in the 7th and 8th. Edwin Diaz pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and DRB took game 5 by a 5-3 score. The Bashers head home to Oakland Coliseum with a 3-2 series lead. Gerrit Cole got the win, Justin Verlander the loss. Machado finished 3-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.
Game 6 – October 9th at Oakland Coliseum – The Dobson Ranch Bashers accomplished a No Hitter!!! Pretty sure it’s the first in the playoffs in our 32 years. Four hurlers combined on the 2-0 shutout of Jackson. Jesus Aguilar had the big blow, a pinch-hit 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. The two starters, Miles Mikolas and Blake Snell, combined for 13.2 innings of 3-hit ball. They struck out 15 and walked only 3. Steve Cishek got the victory. Shawn Kelley the loss. Edwin Diaz saved it. The Bashers advance to the NLCS to take on the San Diego Tigersharks. Congratulations to Lou Landhuis on a fine season.