Dobson Ranch Bashers 98-64 vs.
|1||at Chattanooga||Bashers 5, Lookouts 3 (11)||T.Rogers(1-0)||M.Lorenzen(0-1)||None|
|HR – AJ.Pollock(1)|
|2||at Chattanooga||Bashers 10, Lookouts 0||J.Flaherty(1-0)||M.Kelly(0-1)||None|
|HR – F.Lindor(1)|
|3||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 9, Lookouts 3||B.Snell(1-0)||J.Quintana(0-1)||None|
|HR – F.Lindor(2), CJ.Cron(1), W.Flores(1), J.Stallings(1)|
|4||at Dobson Ranch||Bashers 9, Lookouts 1||A.Voth(1-0)||D.Keuchel(0-1)||None|
|HR – F.Lindor(3), J.Stallings(2), W.Flores(2), N.Goodrum(1)|
Dobson Ranch wins series 4-0
Game 1 – September 30th, Comerica Park – Chattanooga got Dobson Ranch out 1-2-3 in the top of the first and Elvis Andrus led off the bottom half, drilling a single on Gerrit Cole’s 0-2 pitch and he then scored on AJ Pollock’s double off the right-center wall. DRB tied the game in the 4th when Francisco Lindor doubled and scored on Corey Dickerson’s single. Lindor doubled again to lead off the 6th and Ian Happ chased him home with a single. The 2-1 advantage was short-lived as Pollock led off the CTL half with a 410-foot shot into the bleachers. Both teams scored a run in the 8th. Delino DeShields raced to first on a 2-out bunt single, went to 2B on a walk and scored on Manny Machado’s grounder into left field. Andrus walked and made it to 3B on a single and error. He crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Edwin Diaz. Diaz walked the next batter and was tossed from the game for yelling at the ump. Emilio Pagan came on to get the last two outs and squelch CTL’s chance at a big inning. A 2-out throwing error by Andrus in the top of the 11th extended the inning and allowed the Bashers to score a pair of unearned runs, making it a 5-3 game. Mike Moustakas walked to lead off the bottom of the 11th, but was erased on a 5-4-3 double play. Taylor Rogers got the last batter to ground out to 2B and the defending champions took game 1. Pollock finished 3-5 for CTL and Lindor 2-5 for DRB.
Game 2 – October 1st – Dobson Ranch started with two outs in the top of the 1st. Andrew McCutchen singled and Corey Dickerson doubled. Both scored when Ronald Guzman doubled off the right field wall. 2-0 DRB. The Bashers padded their lead in the 5th on Francisco Lindor’s 2-run home run and Clint Frazier’s 2-RBI double. Frazier repeated the feat in the top of the 9th and scored on Manny Machado’s 2-run single. The story of the night, though, was not DRB’s 10-run explosion, it was Jack Flaherty. He was perfect thru the first 5 innings and had a no-hitter until 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th. He finished the game tossing a one-hitter, walking one and striking out 12. Merrill Kelly got the loss. Frazier was 3-5 with 4 RBI. The teams will take a day off and resume from Oakland Coliseum on October 3rd.
Game 3 – October 3rd, Oakland Coliseum – The Chattanooga Lookouts jumped on veteran CC Sabathia in the top of the first inning. Leury Garcia led off with a single to left-center and scored on CJ Cron’s 2-run shot down the left field line. Sabathia pulled something on the pitch and left the game for precautionary measures. Young lefty Blake Snell took over and gave up a hit and a walk and got lucky as Hunter Dozier’s blast down the left field line was just a few feet short of the fence, dying in Andrew McCutchen’s outstretched glove. Jacob Stallings knotted the score in the bottom of the 2nd with a 2-RBI single. With two outs in the bottom of the 3rd, DRB got back-to-back home runs as Wilmer Flores hit a 3-run shot down the third base line and Francisco Lindor followed with a no-doubter way up into the stands. 6-2 Bashers. Stallings led off the 4th with a shot over the CF wall and drove in 2 more in the 5th with a double. Final score Bashers 9, Lookouts 3. Snell was credited with the win, Jose Quintana was the pitcher of record for CTL. Cron and Dozier finished with 2 hits each for the visitors. Stallings was 3-4 with 5 RBI for DRB.
Game 4 – October 4th – The Bashers smelled blood and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. After Dallas Keuchel walked 3 straight batters, Wilmer Flores hit a grounder into RF and suddenly it was a 2-0 game. Game 3 hero, Jacob Stallings, continued his hot hitting with a dinger in the 2nd to make it 3-0. A single by Niko Goodrum in the 4th made it 4-0, then Flores and Francisco Lindor hit back-to-back shots in the 5th for a 6-0 lead. Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly in the 6th avoid the shutout. Goodrum hit a 2-run shot in the 8th and Dobson Ranch coasted to a 9-1 win. Austin Voth got the win allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks in 5 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts. Goodrum finished 3-5 with a run and 3 RBI. Congratulations to Donald Ward for another fine season in the SWBA. The Dobson Ranch Bashers advance to the NL Championship series in a rematch from last year against the San Diego Tigersharks.