Dobson Ranch Bashers vs.
|1||at Whitewater||Bashers 3, Minerhawks 2||C.Sabathia(2-0)||C.Carrasco(0-1)||E.Diaz(3)|
|HR – N.Walker(1), J.Upton(2)|
|2||at Whitewater||Minerhawks 3, Bashers 2||C.Kershaw(1-1)||J.Arrieta(1-1)||K.Giles(1)|
|HR – M.Machado(1)|
|3||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 5, Minerhawks 0||G.Cole(1-0)||C.Archer(1-1)||None|
|HR – None|
|4||at Dobson Ranch||Minerhawks 6, Bashers 1||C.Carrasco(1-1)||T.Williams(0-1)||None|
|HR – D.Santana(2), C.Taylor(1)|
|5||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 6, Minerhawks 4||E.Pagan(1-0)||C.Kershaw(1-2)||E.Diaz(4)|
|HR – D.Santana(3), A.McCutchen(2), J.Aguilar(1), M.Machado(2), N.Hundley(1)|
|6||at Whitewater||Bashers 9, Minerhawks 4||E.Pagan(2-0)||T.Walker(1-1)||None|
|HR – F.Lindor(1), M.Machado(3), I.Happ(1), D.Santana(4), N.Williams(1)|
Dobson Ranch wins series 4-2
Game 1 – It was an unseasonably warm 79 degrees for an October game in Busch Stadium. Jose Altuve started the first inning fireworks by grounding a one-out triple down the first base line. Justin Upton was the next batter and he tattooed C.C. Sabathia’s 2-2 offering over the LF wall. Dobson Ranch closed the gap in the top of the second as Matt Joyce got an RBI on a fielders’ choice. Neil Walker homered and Matt Adams got an RBI single for DRB in the 3rd and the visitors got 4 innings of shutout ball from six relievers for the 3-2 win. Sabathia got the “W”, Carlos Carrasco the loss.
Game 2 – Whitewater drew first blood again in the bottom of the 2nd. Clayton Kershaw helped his own cause by lining a single to right that plated Chris Taylor. Manny Machado took Kershaw deep to left in the next half inning and it was a 1-1 game. Rookie 2nd round pick Nick Williams came to the plate with ducks on the pond in the 3rd. He hit a liner just over Machado’s head and raced to second base with a 2-RBI double. Francisco Cervelli’s double in the top of the 9th made it a one-run game, but Ken Giles fanned Matt Adams to end the game. Kershaw got his first win of the post-season by fanning 7 and allowing only one run on 4 hits in 6 innings.
Game 3 – Gerrit Cole and the Bashers’ bullpen were dominant in this outing. Cole pitched 6 innings of 2-hit, shutout ball; striking out 7 in the process. Four DRB relievers combined to allow only 1 hit in 3 innings for the 5-0 win. Colby Rasmus went 3-4 with an RBI and Francisco Cervelli was 2-3 with 2 ribbies to lead the offense.
Game 4 – Chris Taylor took Trevor Williams deep down the LF line in Oakland Coliseum to give Whitewater a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning. Domingo Santana joined the party in the top of the 5th tattooing Williams’ 1-1 offering over the RF wall for a 3-run shot and the Minerhawks evened the series with a 5-1 victory. Carlos Carrasco got the win, allowing one run on 4 hits in 5 innings. Taylor was 2-4 for the day.
Game 5 – The temperature at first pitch was 63 degrees on October 14, 2018 at Oakland Coliseum. Domingo Santana hit his 3rd post-season home run in the top of the 2nd to give the Minerhawks the lead. Manny Machado tied it in the bottom half, taking Clayton Kershaw deep to RF. Whitewater got an RBI double from Chris Taylor and an RBI single from Jose Altuve in a 3-run 4th inning. Jesus Aguilar made it a one-run game with his homer in the bottom of the 4th. Andrew McCutchen tied it in the bottom of the 6th with a solo shot down the line in left. With two strikes, two outs and Aguilar on first base, Nick Hundley clobbered a HR down the LF line making it 6-4 Bashers. The Bashers’ pen allowed only one baserunner in the final 3 innings to save it. Emilio Pagan got the win, Kershaw the loss.
Game 6 – The series shifted back to Busch Stadium and the home town Minerhawks had their backs to the wall. Domingo Santana went deep again, giving the home crowd a 1-0 score to cheer about. Francisco Cervelli’s single in the top of the 2nd evened the scoreboard. Nick Williams led off the bottom of the 2nd with a home run and WWM was up again. Gary Sanchez’s double in the 3rd gave them a 3-1 advantage. The wheels fell off the truck in the top of the 4th. Cervelli raked another RBI single and Jake Arrieta plated Manny Machado to tie it. Francisco Lindor came up and cleared the bases with a 3-run shot to right. The Bashers ended up scoring 6 in the 4th, making it 7-3. Whitewater added one in the 5th and DRB got a couple insurance runs in the 9th and advance to the World Series with a 9-4 victory. The Dobson Ranch bullpen was phenomenal, allowing no earned runs (and only one run total) in 24.1 innings, allowing only 11 hits and fanning 27 batters. Congratulations to Tim Johns for another great season at the helm of the Whitewater Minerhawks.
NLCS MVP – Nick Hundley
.600 AVG, 1 double, 1 home run