Dobson Ranch Bashers 122-52 vs.
|1||at Hayward||Bashers 5, Outlaws 2||G.Cole(2-1)||L.Severino(3-1)||E.Diaz(5)|
|HR – M.Machado(4)|
|2||at Hayward||Bashers 6, Outlaws 1||B.Snell(2-1)||M.Gonzales(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Kemp 2(2)|
|3||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 15, Outlaws 1||J.Flaherty(4-0)||K.Maeda(1-3)||None|
|HR – J.Segura(2), M.Adams 2(2), D.Descalso(1), G.Polanco(2)|
|4||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 12, Outlaws 11||T.Rogers(1-0)||J.Zimmerman(0-2)||E.Diaz(6)|
|HR – J.Camargo (2), D.Robertson,Dan 2(3), J.Aguilar (4), G.Polanco,G(3)|
Dobson Ranch wins World Series 4-0
Game 1 – October 23, 2019 at Yankee Stadium – The Dobson Ranch Bashers made it back to the World Series ready to overcome last year’s 4-2 loss to the Chatham Bluefish. Gerrit Cole took the hill against Luis Severino. In the 2nd inning, Francisco Cervelli opened the scoring with a 2-RBI double and DRB was up 2-0. Ian Happ and Francisco Lindor each drove in a run with a single and Cole had 4 runs to work with. Hayward cut the lead to 2 in the bottom of the 3rd with an RBI double by Yasmani Grandal and Jean Segura’s single plated another run. In the top of the 7th, Manny Machado hit one 366 feet to LF and into the bleachers for a 5-2 Basher advantage. NLCS MVP Edwin Diaz came on to pitch the 9th and walked the first batter. He struck out the next two batters before balking the runner to second. He ran the count to 3-2 on Johan Camargo and the crowd was hoping for a walk to bring the tying run to the plate in the name of Cody Bellinger. Diaz struck him out and the Bashers take game one and home field advantage. Happ and Andrew McCutchen each had 3 hits for the visitors. Camargo was 2-4 for HWO.
Game 2 – October 24 – Matt Kemp hit a 2-run shot 405-feet into the left-center bleachers to give Dobson Ranch a 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. The Bashers opened the 6th inning with 3 straight singles. Manny Machado came to the plate and hit a laser off the LF wall for a 3-run double and 5-0 lead. Cody Bellinger drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half, but a 3-6-1 double play ended the inning before any more runs could score. Kemp led off the 7th with a solo shot and DRB had a 6-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the 9th. With two outs, Hayward got runners on with a HBP and single. Johan Camargo came to the plate and tattooed one to very deep RF. Gregory Polanco raced back and made the catch right at the wall and Dobson Ranch is headed home to Oakland Coliseum with a 2-0 lead. Blake Snell fanned 6 and allowed 4 hits and 3 walks in 5.1 innings for the win. Marco Gonzales was saddled with the loss. Kemp, Machado and Nico Goodrum each had two hits in the win.
Game 3 – October 26, Oakland County Coliseum – Game 3 saw the Outlaws take a 1-0 lead when Jean Segura led off the 2nd inning with a home run. The Bashers, having won the first two World Series games on the road, smelled blood and unloaded on Kenta Maeda in the bottom half. Dingers by Matt Adams and Daniel Descalso led to 6 runs and a very, very happy crowd. It was John Brebbia’s turn to get whiplash in the bottom of the 4th. The home team put up another 6-spot behind a 2-RBI double by Ian Happ, 3-run shot by Gregory Polanco and another tater by M.Adams. Hayward was stunned by a 15-1 score. They managed only 4 hits while yielding 17. Happ finished with a 4-5, 2 run, 2 double and 2 RBI day. Four other Basher’s each had a pair of hits. Jack Flaherty raised his post-season record to 4-0 with the easy win. The AL Wild Card Hayward Outlaws really have their backs to the wall now, needing to win 4 straight to be league champs.
Game 4 – October 27, 2019 – Dobson Ranch managed to add some seats to the bleacher areas to allow even more fans into the game. They squeezed over 47,000 people into Oakland County Coliseum for their biggest game in recent history. They were up 3 games to none and looking for their first title since 1995 when they went up, as a 94-68 team, against the SWBA’s Goliath at that time, the 118-44 Chicago Cobras. The Bashers shocked the baseball world by winning 4-1 behind the heroics of Kirk Gibson (see David slays Goliath). Trevor Williams got off to a shaky start in the first inning, giving up a couple of walks before Jean Segura lined a single to right-center making it 1-0 Outlaws. The crowd quieted down a lot in the top of the 2nd as Johan Camargo singled up the middle, plating 2 runners and taking a 3-run lead. Williams made up for his shaky pitching in the bottom of the inning, driving in a pair of runs himself. Ian Happ followed with an RBI single and the Outlaws’ advantage had evaporated. Home runs by Daniel Robertson, Jesus Aguilar and Gregory Polanco led to a 5-run 4th and Dobson was up 9-3. The Hayward faithful, whose heads were still spinning from game 3, thought “here we go again”. The players didn’t buy into it though and got a sacrifice fly from Yasmani Grandal. They managed to load the bases and Ryan Braun came up and doubled off the wall down the LF line to chase all 3 runners home. We have a ballgame again. In the Bashers’ half, Robertson said “wait just a minute”, tattooing one 368 feet into left-center field, over the wall, for 3 more DRB tallies. Just like in a heavyweight fight, HWO came back with 2 runs in the 6th on RBI hits by Kurt Suzuki and Segura. Adam Eaton led off the 8th inning by drawing a walk from Edgar Santana. Camargo followed him with a 2-run shot to right center and the score was Bashers 12, Outlaws 11. Two batters later, Suzuki doubled to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Suzuki made a HUGE mental error on the next play, by running towards 3B thinking Manny Machado wasn’t going to field the ball, but he did, saw the catcher so close and tagged him and still had time to fire to first base for the inning-ending double play. The Bashers opened the bottom of the 8th with 2 walks and it looked like they were going to add some insurance runs, but a 6-4-3 DP put a damper on that. NLCS MVP, Edwin Diaz, took the mound in the 9th. He fanned the first two hitters and then got a grounder to short to end the game and the 32nd SWBA World Series with a sweep. Robertson went 2-4, with 2 HR, a walk and 5 RBI to lead the Bashers’ 13-hit attack. Three teammates also had a pair of hits. Camargo, Segura and Braun each had 3 hits for Hayward. Taylor Rogers got the win, Jordan Zimmerman took the defeat.
Congratulations to Dave Kruper for putting together back-to-back World Series trips and winning his 2nd ever SWBA Championship.
2019 World Series MVP – Manny Machado
.353 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .421 OBP, .588 SLG