Batavia Muckdogs 95-74 vs.
Dobson Ranch Bashers 98-70

Game Location Results Win Loss Save
1 at Dobson Ranch Muckdogs 3, Bashers 2 C.Green(1-0) J.Fleming(0-1) K.Jansen(2)
HR – C.Casali(1)
2 at Dobson Ranch Bashers 4, Muckdogs 0 G.Cole(2-0) H.Ryu(0-2) None
HR – None
3 at Batavia Muckdogs 8, Bashers 5 C.Green(2-0) T.Matzek(0-1) K.Jansen(3)
HR – J.Ramirez(2), A.McCutchen(1)
4 at Batavia Bashers 9, Muckdogs 7 (12) I.Snell(1-0) K.Jansen(1-1) T.Kinley(1)
HR – J.Aguilar(2), I.Happ(2), E.Rios(1)
5 at Batavia Muckdogs 5, Bashers 1 Z.Gallen(2-0) J.Happ(1-2) None
HR – J.Ramirez(3), M.Trout(2), A.Gimenez, A(1)
6 at Dobson Ranch Bashers 13, Muckdogs 7 G.Cole(3-0) H.Ryu(0-3) None
HR – J.Ramirez(4), J.Naylor(1)
7 at Dobson Ranch Muckdogs 3, Bashers 0 D.Duffy(3-0) J.Flaherty(0-2) K.Jansen(4)
HR – None

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Batavia wins series 4-3

Game 1 – Oakland Co. Coliseum – In the top of the 2nd, Curt Casali gave JA Happ’s 1-2 offering a ride over the wall down the LF line to put Batavia up 2-0. Dobson Ranch came back with a run in the 4th after an error kept the inning alive with Ian Happ getting the RBI double. A wild pitch in the bottom of the 5th allowed the Bashers to knot the score at 2. Back-to-back doubles by Edwin Rios and Nick Markakis in the top of the 9th broke the tie. After Chad Green walked Manny Machado to start the bottom of the 9th, Kenley Jansen took the mound and struck out the next 3 batters on 9 pitches for the save. Green got the win. Josh Fleming was charged with the loss. Maikel Franco of BMD was the only player with 2 hits. Zac Gallen started for Batavia, allowing 2 hits, 3 walks and 2 unearned runs while striking out 10. The Muckdog hurlers combined on the 2-hitter. 

Game 2 – Oakland Co. Coliseum – Gerrit Cole and Hyun Jin Ryu had a scoreless pitchers’ duel going on for 5-1/2 innings. Andrew McCutchen led off the bottom of the 6th with a double and Manny Machado chased him home with a single. With two outs in the bottom of the 7th, the Bashers got 3 straight singles and then a 2-RBI double by McCutchen to make it 4-0. DRB’s bullpen was perfect in their 2 innings and the home team evened the series at one game apiece. Cole got the victory, scattering Batavia’s 3 hits and 2 walks while fanning 10. Ryu took the defeat. Cutch, Machado and Jacob Stallings each had two hits in the win.

Game 3 – Globe Life Field – Andrew McCutchen continued where he left off in game 2 by hitting a shot over the wall down the LF line in the top of the first. In the bottom of the 2nd, Jack Flaherty, with two outs, walked 4 straight Muckdogs and then Jose Ramirez launched one into the RF corner for a Grand Salami. 5-1 Batavia. McCutchen struck again in the 3rd with a 2-RBI double. DRB added a run on a wild pitch to pull within one. Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly knotted the game at 5 in the top of the 5th inning. Batavia broke the tie in the 7th as Andres Gimenez led off with a triple and scored on J.Ramirez’s single. Gimenez plated two more runners with a single in the 8th to make it an 8-5 final. Chad Green earned his 2nd win of the NLCS. Tyler Matzek took the loss and Kenley Jansen saved it. J.Ramirez was 3-5 with 5 RBI. McCutchen finished 2-3 with 3 ribbies.

Game 4 – Globe Life Field – The Bashers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Francisco Lindor led off the game with a single and scored on Yandy Diaz’s double off the LF wall. Two batters later, Jesus Aguilar went yard 386 feet down the LF line and the “Bash” were up 3-zip. A walk and a pair of singles in the bottom of the 4th cut the lead to 2. Y.Diaz’s single and Manny Machado’s sac fly put DRB up 5-1 in the top of the 5th. Jose Ramirez’s single in the bottom of the inning drove in another run for Batavia. Edwin Rios tied the game with a 3-run homer down the RF line. Neither team scored in the 9th. Machado doubled off the LF wall in the top of the 10th to put Dobson Ranch up by a pair. Rios had an RBI double in the bottom of the inning and the ‘Dogs tacked on another run on a fielder’s choice and the game continued. Ian Happ went yard in the top of the 12th, giving the guests another 2-run advantage. This time it held up as Batavia left two runners stranded when the final out was recorded. The Bashers win in 12, 9-7. Ian Snell got the win, Kenley Jansen the loss and Tyler Kinley the save. The home team had 12 hits and 9 walks with Donovan Solano getting 2 hits and 3 walks. Rios, who came in as a pinch-hitter, and Nick Solak each had 2 hits. Y.Diaz’s 2 hits led DRB. The series is now tied at 2 games each.

Game 5 – Globe Life Field – Ian Happ’s fly to shallow RF plated Francisco Lindor to give the Bashers a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first. Andres Gimenez led off the bottom of the first with a single and scored on Jose Ramirez’s blast down the LF line. Nick Solak singled home another Muckdog run in the 5th, and Mike Trout and Gimenez added solo shots in the 6th and 8th as Batavia wins it 5-1 and takes a 3-2 lead back to Oakland County Coliseum for game 6. Zac Gallen fanned 9, but walked 7 batters and allowed 3 hits. He pitched 7.0 innings for the win. JA Happ was on the short-end of the decisions. Lindor had 2 of Dobson Ranch’s 4 hits. The first 3 batters in BMD’s order; Gimenez, Trout and J.Ramirez each were 2-4 with a dinger.

Game 6 – Oakland Co. Coliseum – The Dobson Ranch Bashers were back at home, but had their backs to the wall trailing 3 games to 2. An RBI double by Jesus Aguilar and a sacrifice fly by Manny Machado gave them a 2-run cushion after one. Joey Votto’s double in the top of the 2nd cut the lead in half. The Bashers countered with 5 runs in the bottom half, scoring on doubles by Francisco Lindor, Aguilar and Clint Frazier. Yandy Diaz added an RBI single. In the 3rd, Andres Gimenez led off and was hit by a pitch. Jose Ramirez wend down the RF line 364 feet for his 4th post-season dinger. With a runner on in the bottom of the inning, Josh Naylor duplicated Ramirez’s HR by hitting it 10-feet farther, making it 9-3 DRB. Both teams tacked on a few more runs with the home team holding serve 13-7 to force a game 7. Gerrit Cole raised his playoff record to 3-0 by fanning 7 and scattering 7 hits over 6 innings. Hyun Jin Ryu’s post-season got worse, losing all 3 decisions he’s had. DRB pounded out 21 hits, with Lindor going 5-6 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI. Aguilar and Andrew McCutchen added 3 hits each. Gimenez and Donovan Solano led Batavia with 2 hits apiece. 

Game 7 – Oakland Co. Coliseum – The scoreboard on this one was filled with 17 goose eggs. Only one half inning featured any runs, otherwise it was all pitching… In the top of the 5th Donovan Solano drew a one-out walk from Jack Flaherty. He went to 2nd on Joey Votto’s single and scored on Christian Vazquez’s double. Shin-Soo Choo drove in 2 more runs with a single and ended up on 3rd with Clint Frazier’s throwing error. That was all the scoring. The Batavia Muckdogs have upset the #1 and #2 seeds in the National League to advance to their first World Series with this 2-hit shutout. Danny Duffy got the win with 8 strong innings, allowing only one hit and 2 walks while striking out 6. Kenley Jansen notched his third save of the series. 

NLCS MVP – Jose Ramirez

NLCS MVP.286/.394/.643, 3 HR, 10 RBI