Batavia Muckdogs 91-71 vs.
Kentucky Pillbillies 96-76

Game Location Results Win Loss Save
1 at Kentucky Muckdogs 6, Pillbillies 0 Z.Gallen(1-0) Y.Darvish(0-1) none
HR – R.Odor(1)
2 at Kentucky Pillbillies 6, Muckdogs 4 B.Graterol(1-0) J.Gant(0-1) T.Clippard(1)
HR – C.Vazquez(1), W.Smith(1)
3 at Batavia Muckdogs 8, Pillbillies 7 D.Duffy(1-0) B.Woodruff(0-1) P.Baez(1)
HR – D.Ruf(1), J.Donaldson(1), R.Acuna(1)
4 at Batavia Muckdogs 9, Pillbillies 8 K.Jansen(1-0) T.Clippard(0-1) None
HR – R.Acuna 2(3), C.Vazquez(2), T.Nido(1), J.Ramirez(1)
5 at Batavia Pillbillies 3, Muckdogs 1 Y.Darvish(1-1) Z.Gallen(1-1) T.Clippard(2)
HR – F.Reyes(1)
6 at Kentucky Pillbillies 9, Muckdogs 4 B.Suter(1-0) H.Ryu(0-1) None
HR – J.Donaldson(2), M.Trout(1), N.Goodrum(1)
7 at Kentucky Muckdogs 6, Pillbillies 4 D.Duffy(2-0) B.Woodruff(0-2) K.Jansen(1)
HR – C.Vazquez(3), A.Bohm(1)

 

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Batavia wins series 4-3

Game 1 – Nick Solak singles in a run in the 2nd, and Jose Ramirez gets an RBI on a groundout to take a 2-0 lead.  Although Mike Trout singles in a run, Roughned Odor hits a 3 run HR to put it away in the 5th. Kentucky was only 7-35 with 21Ks, that has to be a record of some sort.  Zac Gallen had 14 of them in only 6 innings to earn the victory.  Muckdogs win it 6-0. Trout was 3-5 on the day, Odor 2-5. Alec Bohm, Will Smith and Ronald Acuna each had 2 hits for Kentucky. Yu Darvish took the loss.

Game 2 – The game was tied at 1 going into the 4th when Franmil Reyes singled in Darin Ruf to take the lead.  In the 5th inning Austin Hays and Alec Bohm had RBI singles to chase Hyun Jin Ryu and give the Pillbillies a 4-1 lead.  However, in the 7th, Shin-Soo Choo sent German Marquez to the showers with a single. Aaron Loup came in and surrendered a single and a 3-run HR to Christian Vasquez to tie the game.  In the bottom of the 8th, Dexter Fowler had a pinch-it single and Will Smith homered to give the Pillbillies a 2-run lead they would not relinquish. Tyler Clippard got the Muckdogs to go 1-2-3 in the 9th for the save.  The Pillbillies evened the series with a 6-4 win. Brusdar Graterol got the win, John Gant the loss. Kentucky had 18 baserunners (13 H, 5 BB) to Batavia’s 7. 

Game 3 – In this game Batavia began to embarrass the Pillbillies by chasing Brandon Woodruff after just 3 innings with 4 consecutive singles with Roughned Odor driving in 2, Christian Vazquez and Nick Solak each driving in one to give Batavia a 6-0 lead.  In the 4th, Trevor Cahill comes in relief of Woodruff and gives up a Walk, a Double, and a 2-run single to Donovan Solano.  The game was out of hand with Batavia leading 8-0 at this point.  However, down 8-2 in the 9th, the Pillbillies mounted a rally.  Will Smith led things off with a walk and chased Kenley Jansen.  Casey Weems came in and surrendered a 2-run HR to pinch-hitter Josh Donaldson to make it 8-4.  Weems also allowed a 3 run HR to Ronald Acuna to make the game 8-7.  Manager Mark Landhuis made a call to the bullpen and Pedro Baez came in to strike out Franmil Reyes to close out the game and earn the save.  Muckdogs hold on for the 8-7 victory. Danny Duffy got the win.  Solak led all hitters going 3-4 with a walk.

Game 4 – With a 2-1 lead in the series Batavia jumped out to a 3-1 lead with some unearned runs off of Tyler Alexander.  In the 5th they stretched their lead to 4-1 on a pinch-hit single by Shin-Soo Choo.  However, in the top of the 6th, Derek Holland gave up a double to Darin Ruf, a walk to Alec Bohm and a walk to Ronald Acuna to load the bases. He then gave up a pinch-hit Grand Slam to little-used Tomas Nido which gave the Pillbillies a 5-4 lead.  In the bottom of the 6th, Nick Solak chased Noe Ramirez with a walk, and then Dane Dunning came in because the Pillbillies bullpen was tired.  He struckout Mike Trout, but served up a dinger to Jose Ramirez and the Muckdogs took a 6-5 lead.  In the top of the 7th, Chad Green gave up a walk to Ruf, a single to Bohm, and a 3-run HR to Acuna to give the Pillbillies the lead back at 8-6. Aaron Loup came in to start the 7th, but gave up singles to Choo and Vazquez and was relieved by Chasen Shreve.  Shreve gave up a single to Brent Rooker to make it 8-7.  However, Shreve recovered and struck out Solak with 2 men on to preserve the lead.  In the 8th, Brusdar Graterol came in and allowed a single to Ramirez and a double to PH Edwin Rios to tie the game.  He then loaded the bases with a walk to Donovan Solano, but got 2 infield outs to leave the game tied.  In the bottom of the 9th, the normally reliable Tyler Clippard, came in and surrendered a walk-off home run to Christian Vazquez to give the Muckdogs a 3-1 series lead.  Muckdogs won it 9-8.

Game 5 – Yu Darvish was trying to redeem himself from his poor game one performance. He rebounded, making it all the way into the 8th inning, only allowing one run and striking out 10. Zac Gallen also struck out 10, bringing his total to 24 in 2 games, but Kentucky never trailed in this one and Franmil Reyes added a solo HR to put it away.  In the bottom of the 9th, in this, an elimination game, Tyler Clippard allowed a single to Edwin Rios and a double to Donovan Solano, but got Shin-Soo Choo to ground out to the pitcher and pinch-hitter Brent Rooker to fly out to end the game. The series shifts back to Coors Field. Pillbillies win it 3-1. Rookie #3 pick overall, Alec Bohm, had two hits for KYP. Rios and Andres Gimenez each had a pair for the ‘Dogs. 

Game 6 – Batavia drew first blood in this one, but Kentucky answered with 4 in the 2nd on RBI singles by Franmil Reyes, Will Smith, and Austin Hays; and an RBI groundout by Niko Goodrum.  In the 4th Kentucky stretched their lead to 7-1 on a 2-run HR by Goodrum and a wild pitch.  The Muckdogs answered with 3 in the 5th and chased German Marquez with RBI singles by Donovan Solano and Roughned Odor.  Edwin Rios stranded 3 in the 6th and 2 more in the 8th.  The final score was Pillbillies 9-4. Brent Suter picked up the win, Hyun Jin Ryu the defeat. Solano went 4-5 for the visitors. W.Smith, Matt Kemp and Alec Bohm each had 3 hits for KYP. The Pillbillies have come from being down 3-1 to force a game 7 at home in Coors Field.

Game 7 – Batavia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the winner-take-all game on a double by Edwin Rios and a groundout by Donovan Solano.  Kentucky answered in the 4th with doubles by Austin Hays and Darin Ruf and a 3-run HR by Alec Bohm.  The ‘Dogs came back in the top of the 5th on a single by Brent Rooker, a triple by Andres Gimenez, and with 2 outs, a double by Jose Ramirez. Mike Trout was intentionally walked and Brandon Woodruff got Rios to make the 3rd out with the bases loaded. The visitors were up 4-3.  The teams traded runs and, entering the bottom of the 8th, the score was 6-4 Muckdogs. Josh Donaldson had a pinch-hit walk, Hays singled, and then Bohm was up with 2 on and 1 out and down by 2.  However, Pedro Baez was able to coax him into a rare 3-6-1 double play to get out of the inning.  In the bottom of the 9th, Kenley Jansen came in and got Ronald Acuna to fly out, Franmil Reyes to strike out, but then surrendered a walk to PH Dexter Fowler and a single to Will Smith.  There were 2 men on and the winning run at the plate in Anderson Tejeda, who had left a man on in the 8th.  It was not meant to be for the youngster as he struck out with the tying run on base to end the game. The Muckdogs advance to the National League Championship series by a 6-4 margin.