San Diego Tigersharks vs.
|1||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 4, Tigersharks 0||J.Flaherty(2-0)||J.Berrios(1-1)||None|
|HR – None|
|2||at Dobson Ranch||Tigersharks 8, Bashers 7 (19)||D.German(1-0)||B.Snell(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Muncy(3), S.Ohtani(1), A.Bregman(2), M.Machado,M(2)|
|3||at San Diego||Tigersharks 3, Bashers 1||K.Gibson(1-0)||G.Cole(1-1)||A.Minter(1)|
|HR – M.Machado(3), C.Culberson(2)|
|4||at San Diego||Bashers 7, Tigersharks 5||B.Snell(1-1)||S.Ohtani(1-1)||E.Diaz(3)|
|HR – Y.Diaz(1), J.Aguilar(2), YMolina(1), M.Canha(3)|
|5||at San Diego||Bashers 8, Tigersharks 4||J.Flaherty(3-0)||J.Berrios(1-2)||E.Diaz(4)|
|HR – J.Aguilar(3), F.Lindor(1)|
|6||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 8, Tigersharks 5||T.Williams(1-1)||D.Price(0-1)||S.Cishek(1)|
|HR – Y.Molina(2), J.Baez(2), D.Robertson,Dan(1)|
Dobson Ranch wins series 4-2
Game 1 – October 12, 2019 – Oakland County Coliseum, 62 degrees – Things got ugly right off the bat for Jack Flaherty and the Bashers. A hit-by-pitch and two walks loaded the bases for the Tigersharks. Flaherty took a breath, rared back, then fanned both Max Muncy and George Springer to end the threat. Jack continued from there, pitching the next 5 innings perfectly. Jose Berrios, conversely, started off with 2 perfect frames, then gave up a leadoff single to Francisco Lindor to start the 3rd. Francisco Cervelli followed suit with a single and Flaherty moved them over with a bunt. Ian Happ put DRB on the board with a sac fly. Daniel Descalso walked and Manny Machado hit an RBI double to right center. Jesus Aguilar flied to left, but Shohei Ohtani misplayed it to make it a 4-0 game. The Basher bullpen was up to the challenge and kept the score right there to take game one.
Game 2 – October 13, 2019 – Max Muncy hit a 3-run shot in the top of the 1st inning to put San Diego up. Manny Machado hit a solo shot in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 3-1. Trevor Williams and David Price settled down and didn’t give up anymore runs thru 6 innings. The ‘Sharks got to the Dobson Ranch bullpen in the 7th as Shohei Ohtani went yard to drive in 3 more. The Bashers countered by sending 7 batters to the plate and scoring 3 runs on 2 hits and an error in the bottom half. Alex Bregman homered for SDT in the 8th to give them a 7-4 advantage. It didn’t last too long as the home team got a pair of singles by Andrew McCutchen and Matt Adams to knot the scoreboard. This game went deep into extra innings, deeper than any previous ALCS, NLCS or World Series game. Charlie Culberson broke the tie in the top of the 19th inning with an RBI single. Domingo German pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the win. He tallied 5 innings of one-hit ball with 9 strikeouts. Blake Snell was forced to pitch 2 innings of relief and was on the hill when the winning run scored. Bregman and Javier Baez each had 2 hits for San Diego. Machado had 3 hits for the Bashers.
Game 3 – October 15, 2019 – Manny Machado teed off on Kyle Gibson’s 0-1 offering in the top of the first, hitting his 3rd home run of the post-season and put Dobson Ranch up 1-0. Miguel Cabrera, long-time Clemente Division foe of DRB while with SouthWest, doubled to lead off the bottom of the 4th inning. Gerrit Cole fanned the next two ‘Sharks, but George Springer knotted the game at one with an RBI single to CF. It was Cabrera again in the 6th, getting a 2-out single and then scoring on Javier Baez’s liner to right-center to give SDT a 2-1 advantage. The Bashers threatened in the top of the 7th, getting men on 1st & 2nd with a pair of one out walks. Gibson dug in and got a strikeout and ground out to end the inning. Charlie Culberson greeted Reyes Moronta with a 404 dinger to start the bottom half of the 7th. Gibson had a 1-2-3 eighth inning and yielded to A.J. Minter who had a 1-2-3 ninth for the 3-1 San Diego win. Cabrera and Baez both had 2 hits for the home team. Matt Adams had 2 hits for DRB.
Game 4 – October 16, Petco Park – Dobson Ranch scored in 5 consecutive innings to take a 7-0 lead over San Diego heading into the bottom of the 7th. They got home runs from Yandy Diaz and Jesus Aguilar. Singles by Francisco Cervelli and Daniel Robertson also scored runs. Yadier Molina went yard in the 7th to put the ‘Sharks on the board. Miggy got a sac fly in the 8th. With two out in the 9th and runners on first and third, Mark Canha clobbered a Josh Fields offering to make it a 2-run game. Edwin Diaz came on to walk Max Muncy which brought Miguel Cabrera to the plate representing the tying run. Diaz induced a grounder to short to save the game, his 3rd of the playoffs. Blake Snell fanned 8 batters and allowed 4 hits in 5 innings for the win. Shohei Ohtani allowed all 7 runs and took the defeat. Yandy Diaz and Aguilera combined to go 4-5 with 2 HR in the Bashers’ cleanup spot. Canha, Molina and Alex Bregman each had 2 hits for SDT.
Game 5 – October 17 – The Dobson Ranch Bashers had reclaimed home field advantage with their win in game 4, but didn’t want to head home having to win both games. They got things under way in the top of the first as Jesus Aguilar had an RBI single and Andrew McCutchen ripped a 2-RBI double off Jose Berrios to go up 3-0. The San Diego Tigersharks tied it in the bottom of the second as they loaded the bases off Jack Flaherty and Yadier Molina doubled off the RF wall, plating all three base runners. The teams traded runs in the 3rd. Francisco Lindor hit his first October home run in the top of the 6th to make it 5-4 Bashers. In the top of the 9th, Dobson Ranch roughed up the ‘Sharks bullpen for some insurance runs with Daniel Robertson, Manny Machado and Matt Kemp each getting RBI. After SDT got runners on in the bottom of the 9th with a walk and catcher’s interference, Dave Kruper put it in Edwin Diaz’s hands. He promptly fanned Yadi and got pinch-hitter Corey Seager to hit into a 6-4-3 double play for his 4th save of the playoffs. Jack Flaherty struck out 10 batters in 6.1 innings to go 3-0 in the 2019 post-season. Aguilar had 3 hits in 5 AB. The NLCS now shifts back to Oakland Co. Coliseum for game 6.
Game 6 – October 19, 2019 – Oakland Co. Coliseum – With their backs to the wall, having to win 2 games in the Coliseum to advance to the SWBA’s 32nd World Series, the San Diego Tigersharks got a solo shot from Yadier Molina and a 2-run double from Javier Baez in the top of the 3rd. David Price tossed 4 shutout innings and the visitors thought things were going their way. Then the wheels fell off. Two walks and a single led to the Bashers having bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the 5th. Price dug deep and fanned the next two batters and it suddenly didn’t look so bad. Andrew McCutchen then doubled off the left-center wall, plating all 3 runners to tie the game. Before the inning was over, the Bashers got RBI singles from Elias Diaz and Matt Kemp and a 3-run HR from Daniel Robertson for an 8-run outburst. SDT got a run in the 7th on 4 walks before hitting into an inning-ending double play. Baez went yard in the 8th to make it a 3-run game again. In the top of the 9th, a single and a walk brought Alex Bregman to the plate with the tying run. Steve Cishek got Bregman to hit a grounder to short for the series-ending 6-4-3 double play. For the 2nd year in a row, the Dobson Ranch Bashers will represent the National League in the SWBA World Series. Congratulations to Kory Klecker for an awesome 99-63 season with his Tigersharks. There could easily be a rematch with these teams in the 2020 post-season.
NLCS MVP – Edwin Diaz
7.1 IP, 0 Hits, 1 BB, 10 K
0.00 ERA, 2 saves