Cape Crusaders vs.
Whitewater Minerhawks

Game Location Results Win Loss Save
1 at Whitewater Crusaders 2, Minerhawks 1 J.Montgomery(1-0) C.Kershaw(0-1) C.Devenski(1)
HR – J.Ramirez(1), J.Altuve(1)
2 at Whitewater Minerhawks 8, Crusaders 3 K.Giles(1-0) P.Bridwell(0-1) None
HR – HR-Y.Solarte(1),F.Freeman 2(2)
3 at Cape Minerhawks 3, Crusaders 1 (12) C.Gearrin(1-0) R.Osuna(0-1) None
HR – D.Santana(1), G.Sanchez(1), Y.Solarte(2)
4 at Cape Minerhawks 4, Crusaders 3 T.Walker(1-0) C.Devenski(0-1) J.Barnes(1)
HR – J.Upton(1), M.Holliday(1)
5 at Cape Minerhawks 4, Crusaders 1 C.Archer(1-0) J.Montgomery(1-1) B.Parker(1)
HR – S.Souza(1), J.Altuve(2), G.Sanchez(2), S.Choo(1)
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Minerhawks win series 4-1

Game 1 – Jose Altuve hit an 0-2 Jordan Montgomery offering over the left-center fence to give Whitewater a one-run lead in the bottom of the opening frame. Jose Ramirez countered in the top of the 4th off Clayton Kershaw to tie it. Before Clayton could get out of the inning, he surrendered an RBI single to Austin Hedges. Both bullpens combined to allow only one hit in 6.2 innings and the Cape Crusaders escaped with the 2-1 win. Chris Devenski was perfect in his 2.2 innings for the save.

Game 2 – Yangervis Solarte got Cape on the board with a 2-run shot to right-center in the top of the 3rd inning. It was short-lived as Freddie Freeman found the right-center bleachers in the bottom half to knot the game at 2. Shin Soo Choo doubled down the first base line to score Joey Votto and CCR was up one again in the 4th. With Jose Altuve on first, Freeman went yard into the RF cheap seats in the 5th making it 4-3 Whitewater. The ‘Hawks tacked on 4 more and tied the series with an 8-3 victory. Chris Archer started, but only went 4 innings so Ken Giles got the win. Gary Sanchez had 3 hits for the home squad, Votto 3 for the guests.

Game 3 – Yangervis Solarte opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, blasting Carlos Carrasco’s 2-2 offering over the right-center wall. Gary Sanchez did the same thing in the top of the 2nd and the game was 1-1. The Crusaders thought they got a break in the bottom of the 4th as Carrasco headed to the dugout prematurely due to injury. CCR’s starter Danny Duffy fanned 8 in 7 innings of 3-hit ball. He and both bullpens were dominant until thru 11 innings. Roberto Osuna, who sported a 2.49 ERA during the regular season, took the mound in the top of the 12th. Carlos Gomez drew a leadoff walk and then scored when Domingo Santana went yard. Cody Gearrin pitched the final two innings for Whitewater, allowing only a walk to Jose Ramirez who was quickly erased by a 1-6-3 double play. The Minerhawks reclaimed home field advantage with a 3-1 victory.

Game 4 – Gary Sanchez had an RBI single in the 2nd to give the Minerhawks a 1-0 lead. Austin Jackson plated Joey Votto with a double in the bottom half to make it 1-1. He ended up on third due to Dansby Swanson’s throwing error and scored on Christian Vazquez’s groundout to short. Cape kept that 2-1 advantage until the 7th, when Chris Devenski entered the game and surrendered gophers to Justin Upton and Matt Holliday. The Crusaders made it a one run game in the 8th on a walk, error and a pair of wild pitches. Jacob Barnes came on to pitch a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th for the 4-3 Minerhawk victory.

Game 5 – Jose Altuve, batting only .200 in the series’ first 4 games, took advantage of the wind blowing out to CF, hitting it over the 401-foot mark with one out in the first. Shin Soo Choo raked one to right in the 2nd and the score was 1-1. Gary Sanchez hit his 2nd HR of the series and the Minerhawks were up again. Steven Souza hit a dinger and Domingo Santana an RBI double in the 7th for some insurance runs and Whitewater advanced to the NLCS with a 4-1 victory. Congratulations to Brian Pelletier for another successful season.