Harlingen Aztecs 101-68 vs.
|1||at Hannibal||Aztecs 8, Cannibals 2||S.Bieber(3-0)||L.Giolito(0-2)||None|
|HR – K.Seager(3), C.Walker(2), B.Nimmo(2)|
|2||at Hannibal||Aztecs 5, Cannibals 4||J.Hahn(1-0)||A.Garrett(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Ozuna(3), J.Marisnick(2), M.Chapman,M(2)|
|3||at Harlingen||Aztecs 3, Cannibals 2||A.Scrubb(1-0)||J.Hoyt(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Chapman(3), J.Kipnis(1)|
|4||at Harlingen||Cannibals 4, Aztecs 0||R.Hill(2-0)||M.Bumgarner(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Olson(1)|
|5||at Harlingen||Aztecs 3, Cannibals 2||S.Bieber(4-0)||L.Giolito(0-3)||J.Tinoco(1)|
|HR – M.Ozuna(4)|
Harlingen wins series 4-1
Game 1 – CitiField – The game was tied 0-0 after 4. In the 5th Inning, a Jason Kipnis double scores 2 and a Christian Walker Grand Slam gave Harlingen a 6-0 lead. In the 7th, a Kyle Seager 2-run HR stretches the lead to 8-0. Brandon Nimmo hits a 2-run HR in the 8th, but the Aztecs win it 8-2. Shane Bieber won it (6.0 IP, 11K) and Lucas Giolito (5.1 IP, 10 K) took the loss.
Game 2 – CitiField – Harlingen jumped out to an early lead as Christian Walker drives in a run with a 2B in the first. Hannibal answered back in the 3rd with 3 runs. The big hit was a 2-run HR by Brandon Nimmo. 3-1 HAC after 3 innings. That score would hold up until the 6th when a Marcell Ozuna solo shot made it 3-2. The Cannibals answered quickly in the bottom of the inning as a Matt Chapman double made it 4-2 HAC. In the 8th, Jake Marisnick hit a 2-run HR to tie the score and an Andrelton Simmons single later in the inning put HAZ ahead 5-4. Jesse Hahn pitched the final 2.1 innings giving up no hits and no runs and earning the victory. Amir Garrett was tagged with the defeat.
Game 3 – Minute Maid Park – The series moved to Harlingen with the Aztecs holding a 2 game to 0 lead. A Matt Chapman HR starts the scoring for Hannibal in the 3rd. Jason Kipnis tied the game with a HR in the 6th. In the 8th, the visitors took the lead with a run scoring 2B by Trea Turner. HAC takes a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th with James Hoyt on the mound trying to get the save. Pinch hitter Myles Straw led off the 9th for HAZ and drew a walk. He then stole second base. Kyle Seager flied out and Straw had to hold. With one out, Marcell Ozuna hit a 2B to tie the game. HAC brought in Joe Kelly to pitch and Christian Walker greeted him with a game-winning 2B. The Aztecs won 3-2, taking a 3-0 series lead.
Game 4 – Minute Maid Park – In this battle of LH starters, Hannibal took a quick lead in the 2nd on a 2-run HR by Matt Olson. JT Realmuto drives in a run in the 7th to make it 4-0. Cannibal pitching took a no-hitter into the 9th. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, pinch hitter Myles Straw beats out an infield hit to break up the no-no. (Note: the commentary in the game said it was a bad call). The game ended 4-0 with Rich Hill the winner and Madison Bumgarner the loser.
Game 5 – Minute Maid Park – Harlingen looked to close out the series before it headed back to Hannibal, Missouri. The game started out horribly wrong for Shane Bieber. The Cannibals had a lead-off 1B followed by two BBs. With bases loaded and nobody out, Dominic Smith knocked in two with a 2B. Bieber came through and stopped the bleeding by striking out the next three batters. HAC up 2-0. There was no more scoring until the 6th when Marcell Ozuna tied the game with a 2-run homer. Jake Marisnick singled him in and it was a 3-2 HAZ lead after 6. Jesse Hahn came in to pitch for HAZ and hit Matt Chapman. Raimel Tapia tried to bunt him over, but Roberto Perez gunned down Chapman at second. Hahn then walked Brandon Nimmo and Eric Hosmer to load up the bases with only one out. Hahn fanned Trea Turner and gets Smith to ground out to end the inning. There was no more scoring as Jesus Tinoco picked up the save. Bieber got the series clinching win and Lucas Giolito took the loss.
Christian Walker was the offensive MVP for HAZ, hitting 3 2Bs, 1 HR and driving in 6. National League Championship Series MVP was Bieber with two wins and a 1.38 ERA.
ALCS MVP – Shane Bieber
2-0, 13 IP, 1.38 ERA, 7 H, 23 K