Chatham Bluefish vs.
|1||at Dobson Ranch||Bluefish 7, Bashers 3||D.Bundy(2-0)||C.Sabathia(2-1)||None|
|HR – J.Pirela(1)|
|2||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 3, Bluefish 2 (10)||K.Crick(1-0)||F.Rivero(1-1)||None|
|HR – K.Davis(4)|
|3||at Chatham||Bluefish 17, Bashers 1||D.Salazar(1-0)||J.Arrieta(1-2)||I.Nova(1)|
|HR – L.Adams(2), A.Rendon(2), T.Barnhart(1)|
|4||at Chatham||Bashers 4, Bluefish 1||B.Snell()||D.Straily()||None|
|HR – J.Pirela(2), J.Aguilar(2), N.Walker(2), N.Hundley(2), C.Correa(6)|
|5||at Chatham||Bluefish 3, Bashers 1||D.Bundy(3-0)||C.Sabathia(2-2)||R.Iglesias(5)|
|HR – T.Barnhart(2)|
|6||at Dobson Ranch||Bluefish 6, Bashers 2||T.Bauer(3-0)||G.Cole(1-1)||None|
|HR – K.Davis(5)|
Chatham wins World Series 4-2
Game 1 – Anthony Rendon opened the scoring in the top of the 1st with an RBI double. Three batters later, Jed Lowrie’s single drove in another run and the visiting Bluefish were up 2-zip. Rendon got another ribbie with a single in the 4th. Ian Happ’s single in the bottom half made it a 2-run game again. CBF got another run on a Kyle Crick wild pitch in the 6th. Jose Pirela hit a pinch-hit home run in the 8th for Dobson Ranch, plating Andrew McCutchen making it a 4-3 game heading to the 9th. The Bashers’ bullpen, which was near-perfect in the NLCS, gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th and Raisel Iglesias pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half as Chatham stole home field advantage from the Bashers. Dylan Bundy allowed 1 run in 5 innings for his second 2018 post-season win. C.C. Sabathia was charged with the loss. Carlos Correa was 4-6 at the plate, Rendon finished with 3 hits in 5 trips.
Game 2 – Matt Adams and Ian Happ got back-to-back RBI hits in the bottom of the 4th to give DRB the lead. Gerrit Cole was cruising along. He had given up only one hit thru 6 innings, but the ‘Fish got roughed him up a bit in the 7th. Anthony Rendon doubled and then scored on Khris Davis’ HR to knot the scoreboard. In the bottom of the 10th, Andrew McCutchen hit a walk-off double to tie up the World Series at one game each. The Bashers out-hit the Bluefish 12-3, but left 7 runners on base. Manny Machado had 3 hits and a run scored.
Game 3 – The Bluefish were excited to be back in front of the Fenway faithful having split the first 2 games in Arizona. A Rhys Hoskins double and Joe Panik single game them a 3-0 lead. Dobson Ranch got a Lane Adams dinger in the 3rd, but Tucker Barnhardt countered in the home half with a 2-run shot and Chatham was off to the races in this one, winning it 17-1. They were only 2 runs shy of tying the all-time SWBA World Series’ highest run total of 19 set by the Chicago Cobras in 1997. Danny Salazar got the win, giving up one run on 3 hits and striking out 10. Six Bluefish batters had 3 hits.
Game 4 – Desperately not wanting to get down 3-1 on the road, Dobson Ranch handed the ball to Blake Snell. He responded by allowing only 4 baserunners in 5.1 innings of shutout ball. The bullpen took over from there, did their job well and tied the series at 2 games each. Jose Pirela gave Dan Straily’s 3-2 pitch a ride over the wall down the left field to lead off the game. The Bashers’ Neil Walker was the only player with more than one hit and he also added an RBI. Final score: 4-1.
Game 5 – Tucker Barnhardt gave Chatham a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd with a single. ALCS MVP Hanley Ramirez doubled in a run in the 3rd and Dylan Bundy & gang did the rest. Bundy allowed only one unearned runs on 2 hits in 5 innings. Felipe Rivero and Raisel Iglesias combined to fan 6 Bashers and allowed only one walk in the final 4 frames for the 3-1 Bluefish victory. Barnhardt had 2 hits for CBF while Colby Rasmus had both DRB hits. The Bluefish are headed back to Mesa, Arizona needing to win only one game for their 5th SWBA Championship.
Game 6 – A capacity crowd of 47,170 at Oakland County Coliseum was ready to cheer on their squad down 3-2 coming back from Chatham. Their last appearance in the World Series was when MVP Kirk Gibson led the David vs. Goliath squad in their upset of the heavily favored Chicago Cobras. Tucker Barnhardt quieted the crowd with a 2-RBI double in the 2nd. The Bashers’ got back within one in the bottom of the inning with a Sac Fly by Matt Joyce. The teams traded runs in the 3rd, but Chatham added insurance runs in the 4th, 6th and 8th innings to win their 5th World Series and their first since 2010 which was their 4th in a row. Trevor Bauer got the win, giving him a 3-0 record this post-season. Khris Davis was 3-4 with 2 RBI and a HR, his 5th of the post-season. Congratulations to manager Dave Kruper for making it back to the WS.
2018 World Series MVP – Dylan Bundy
10 IP, 2-0, 0.90 ERA