Dobson Ranch Bashers 102-64 vs.
|1||at San Diego||Tigersharks 4, Bashers 3||K.Gibson(1-0)||A.Voth(1-1)||None|
|HR – F.Lindor(4), M.Muncy(1), B.Harper(1), G.Springer(1)|
|2||at San Diego||Tigersharks 17, Bashers 4||T.Duffey(1-0)||T.Gott(0-1)||None|
|HR – F.Lindor(5), DJ.LeMahieu(2), J.Baez 2(2), V.Robles(1)|
|3||at Dobson Ranch||Tigersharks 11, Bashers 3||D.German(1-0)||CC.Sabathia(0-1)||None|
|HR – F.Lindor(6), B.Harper 2(3), J.Baez(3), G.Springer(2), A.Bregman(2),
|4||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 6, Tigersharks 3||T.Rogers(2-0)||N.Anderson(1-1)||None|
|HR – A.Bregman(3), G.Polanco(2), R.Guzman(1)|
|5||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 5, Tigersharks 4||T.Rogers(3-0)||F.Vazquez(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Canha(2), A.McCutchen(1)|
|6||at San Diego||Bashers 9, Tigersharks 1||J.Flaherty(2-0)||A.DeSclafini(1-1)||None|
|HR – C.Dickerson(2)|
|7||at San Diego||Tigersharks 9, Bashers 1||R.Stephenson(1-0)||CC.Sabathia(0-2)||None|
|HR – DJ.LeMahieu(3), N.Goodrum(2), M.Cabrera(1)|
San Diego wins series 4-3
Game 1 – October 7, Petco Park – The Dobson Ranch Bashers threatened in the top of the first, getting two runners on, but they came up empty. In the top of the 3rd, they drew a HBP and got a double from Francisco Lindor to lead off the inning. Jose Berrios got two quick outs without allowing a run and it looked like DRB would be frustrated again. They let out a sigh of relief when Corey Dickerson ripped Berrios’ 3-1 offering down the RF line, plating both runners with a 2-out triple. On the hill, Gerrit Cole was cruising, allowing only one runner and no hits thru 4 innings. DJ LeMahieu led off the 5th with a single to burst the no-hitter bubble. With one out in the bottom of the 6th, Alex Bregman walked and scored on Max Muncy’s homer to RF. Lindor led off the top of the 7th with his 4th HR of the post-season, a 422-foot blast to right-center to make it 3-2 Dobson Ranch. Bryce Harper returned the favor, going yard over the RF wall to lead off the bottom half. The game was deadlocked at 3 thru the next ELEVEN innings. George Springer, in the early hours of October 8th, ended the game with a 383-foot home run to left-center, with one out in the bottom of the 19th inning. This tied the the post-season record of 19 innings set by these two teams in last year’s NLCS. San Diego won that one as well, in the top of the 19th on a Charlie Culberson single. The two teams went thru 19 pitchers in this contest. Kyle Gibson got the win, Austin Voth the loss. Lindor and Manny Machado were both 3-9 for DRB. Muncy was 3-8 for SDT. The teams showered and headed home for short naps and will take up Game 2 early in the afternoon.
Game 2 – October 8th – Anthony DeSclafini got two quick strikes on DRB lead-off man Francisco Lindor, but then he got one up in the zone and Lindor sent Mr. Rawlings into the RF bleachers. In the bottom of the first, Max Muncy stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a worm-burner between 1st and 2nd to make it 2-1 San Diego. Dobson Ranch tallied 3 runs in the 3rd inning on 3 singles, a double and 2 errors. The 4-2 advantage held up until the bottom of the 7th inning when the wheels fell off the bus for the visitors’ bullpen. Back-to-back home runs by DJ LeMahieu and Javier Baez capped off a wild 8-run inning for SDT that saw the first 6 batters get on base. Austin Voth, who took the loss in the wee hours of the morning of game 1, was brought in to just get some outs with no pressure, but he was still reeling from earlier in the day and gave up 6 of the 7 runs San Diego tacked on in the 8th. Final score: SDT 17, DRB 4. Tyler Duffey picked up the “W”; Trevor Gott the loss. Lindor finished 2-4 with a walk for the Bashers. Baez went 2-2, both HRs for the home team. Corey Seager was 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. The Bashers are in desperate need of a day off and can’t wait to get back to Oakland County Coliseum.
Game 3 – October 10th, Oakland Co. Coliseum – Javier Baez swung at the first pitch he saw from CC Sabathia and ripped a 2-out RBI single to CF to put San Diego up 1-0 in the first. Francisco Lindor tied it up in the bottom half by hitting his 6th HR of the 2020 post-season to right-center field. The ‘Sharks jumped back ahead 3-1 in the top of the 2nd behind an RBI double by DJ LeMahieu and an RBI single off the bat of Alex Bregman. George Springer, Javier Baez and Bryce Harper opened the 3rd frame by going back-to-back-to-back with home runs to make it a 6-1 game. Corey Dickerson went yard in the bottom half. Baez had an RBI single in the 4th and Bregman blasted a 3-run shot in the 5th and the rout was on. The final score was 11-3 and San Diego moves within one win of facing the Bronx Bombers in the 2020 SWBA World Series. Domingo German won it for SDT. San Diego pounded out 17 hits with LeMahieu, Bregman, Baez and Victor Robles each getting 3 hits. Harper was 2-4 with both hits being dingers.
Game 4 – October 11 – The defending champion Dobson Ranch Bashers found themselves in a must-win situation, trailing the San Diego Tigersharks 3-0. With one out in the top of the 3rd, SDT starter, Kyle Gibson, drew a walk from Ian Snell. He went to second on a wild pitch and DJ LeMahieu’s single to RF drove him in. Alex Bregman led off the 4th by tattooing Snell’s 2-0 offering over the wall in RCF and the home crowd grew uneasy and there were even a few boo’s from the OF bleachers. The crowd got back into the game in the bottom half as Gregory Polanco and Ronald Guzman hit solo homers to tie the game. The Bashers took the lead for good in the bottom of the 7th with RBI hits by Francisco Lindor, Andrew McCutchen and Corey Dixon. San Diego put a couple on base in the 8th, but managed only one run and the Bashers stayed alive with the 6-3 victory. Taylor Rogers got the win, Nick Anderson the loss. Shohei Ohtani was 2-4 for the visitors. The Bashers had 9 hits as a team, but only Lindor had more than one (2-4). Tomorrow’s game is the last one at home for DRB, can they avoid elimination?
Game 5 – October 12 – Fresh off the must win in game 4, the Bashers got on the board in the bottom of the first as Andrew McCutchen hit a home run to left center that scored Francisco Lindor. Mark Canha cut the lead in half in the 2nd, wrapping one around the LF foul poled off Gerrit Cole. Logan Forsythe had an RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd to give DRB a 2-run cushion again. Alex Bregman doubled home Jose Berrios in the 3rd to make it a 3-2 ballgame. A little deja vu in the 5th as Bregman singled home Berrios this time to even up the scoreboard. Miggy gave SDT their first lead with an RBI single in the 6th. The inning might have been bigger, but Lindor cut the throw and nailed Corey Seager at 3B. The Bashers got back-to-back doubles from Reese McGuire and Lindor in their half of the inning and we had another tie. The ‘Sharks left the bases loaded in the top of the 7th, setting up a dramatic finish to this one. In the bottom of the 9th, Wilmer Flores beat the throw to first for a one-out infield single. Delino DeShields came up with intentions of moving Flores to 2B, but managed to get on with Max Muncy’s throwing error. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and manager Kory Klecker decided to load ’em up by walking Gregory Polanco. Manny Machado stepped up, hit one back up the middle and Dobson Ranch survived another elimination game. Taylor Rogers got the win. Felipe Vazquez the loss. Bregman and Canha had 2 hits each for SD. Machado finished with 3 hits for DRB. The series shifts back to Petco Park with the home team needing to win only one game.
Game 6 – October 14, Petco Park – The defending champions had fought off elimination two games at home and now they were faced with the challenge of doing it on the road in Petco Park where San Diego boasted a 60-21 record during the regular season. Francisco Lindor led off the game by getting on courtesy of Max Muncy’s error and scoring on Corey Dickerson’s 2-out shot over the RF wall. Lindor pushed another run over the plate with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 2nd. SDT loaded the bases in the bottom half of the 2nd, but could only manage a single tally on DJ LeMahieu’s walk. Ronald Guzman singled in Dickerson in the top of the 3rd and the Bashers were up 4-1. They weren’t done, adding 2 runs in the 6th and 7th innings, plus a solo score in the 8th. Final score: DRB 9, SDT 1. Dobson Ranch took last year’s NLCS 4 games to 2, now we’re all set up for an exciting finish between these two NL powerhouses. Game 7 will be October 15th, once again at Petco Park. Jack Flaherty earned the win in this one. Flare struck out 9 and allowed 3 hits in 6.0 innings. He gave up only one run despite walking 6 batters. He did induce 2 double plays. The DRB ‘pen allowed only one walk while fanning 3 in 3.0 innings. Anthony DeSclafini gave up 4 runs in 5.0 innings for the loss. Dickerson, Nico Goodrum and Manny Machado each had 2 hits for DRB. Muncy had 2 walks and a hit in 5 trips to the dish for the ‘Sharks.
Game 7 – October 15, 2020 – Game 7 of the National League Championship. Will it be the defending champs advancing to take on the AL’s Bronx Bombers or will it be the home town favorite Tigersharks. DJ LeMahieu opened the scoring by tattooing CC Sabathia’s 2nd pitch of the ballgame over the left-center wall. San Diego fans got a big scare as their starter, Domingo German, apparently pulled a muscle striking out Ronald Guzman in the 2nd. The crowd was eased in the bottom of the 3rd as their team increased their lead to 3 on Miguel Cabrera’s 2-run shot. LeMahieu drove in another run in the 7th with a single. The stress of the series finally got to DRB’s bullpen as they allowed 5 runs in the 8th to fall behind 9-0. Nico Goodrum led off the 9th with a solo home run to avoid the shutout, but San Diego advances to the 2020 World Series with the 9-1 rout. Robert Stephenson didn’t allow a runner in 2 innings of relief to earn the win. Sabathia was saddled with the “L”. Yadier Molina was 3-5 for SDT. Alex Bregman had 2 hits and 2 walks in 5 plate appearances. Congratulations to Dave Kruper for another fine season. He won it all last year, has won the Clemente Division 3 years in a row and has averaged 103 wins per season over that span. The San Diego Tigersharks are seeking their first SWBA World Series win. They were runners-up to the St. Charles Saints in 2011. Alex Bregman was named NLCS MVP. He boasted a line of .276/.462/.552 while driving in 8 runs, scoring 7 and hitting 2 long balls.
NLCS MVP – Alex Bregman
.276/.462/.552, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R