Batavia Muckdogs 99-77 vs.
|1||at Harlingen||Muckdogs 2, Aztecs 1||Z.Gallen(3-0)||S.Bieber(4-1)||K.Jansen(5)|
|HR – D.Varsho(2)|
|2||at Harlingen||Aztecs 3, Muckdogs 0||J.Hahn(2-0)||J.Weems(0-1)||T.Watson(1)|
|HR – J.Kipnis(2)|
|3||at Batavia||Aztecs 5, Muckdogs 0||T.Antone(2-1)||D.Duffy(3-1)||None|
|HR – M.Ozuna(5), J.Marisnick(3)|
|4||at Batavia||Muckdogs 5, Aztecs 4 (10)||P.Baez(1-0)||C.Valdez(0-1)||None|
|HR – M.Ozuna(6), J.Ramirez(5)|
|5||at Batavia||Aztecs 6, Muckdogs 1||S.Bieber(5-1)||Z.Gallen L(3-1)||None|
|HR – D.Varsho(3)|
|6||at Harlingen||Aztecs 8, Muckdogs 2||C.Bassitt(1-2)||H.Ryu(0-4)||None|
|HR – None|
Harlingen leads World Series 3-2
Game 1 – Minute Maid Park – Andres Gimenez led off the game by hitting a grounder to first base, but Christian Walker couldn’t find the handle and the Muckdogs had a baserunner. He went to second on Mike Trout’s single and scored on Donovan Solano’s liner up the middle. Those would be the only two hits Batavia could get off Shane Bieber and the Aztec bullpen. Zac Gallen was on fire too, sitting down the first 11 batters he faced before Marcell Ozuna raked a double in the 4th. In the bottom of the 5th, Daulton Varsho went yard down the RF line to knot the score at 1-1. In the 7th, Curt Casali drew a leadoff walk from Bieber and advanced to second when Maikel Franco’s grounder bounced off Jason Kipnis’ glove. Casali went to third on another walk and scored on a 5-4-3 double play. Kenley Jansen took the hill in the bottom of the 9th and quickly got a strikeout. Andrelton Simmons then singled and Ozuna pushed him to second with a walk. Jansen regrouped and fanned the last two batters, earning his 5th save of the 2021 post-season. Gallen upped his playoff record to 3-0 and ALCS MVP, Shane Bieber, got his first taste of defeat, making his record 4-1. Batavia pitchers allowed only 3 hits while fanning 15. The Harlingen staff K’d 12.
Game 2 – Minute Maid Park – The game was scoreless through 5-1/2 innings as Hyun Jin Ryu and Chris Bassitt locked heads in a pitchers’ duel. Jordan Weems took over for Batavia in the bottom of the 6th and Jason Kipnis rudely greeted him by knocking one over the fence in right-center. Ryan McBroom singled, then Daulton Varsho drove him in with a triple and scored the 3rd run of the inning on a sac fly. The Muckdogs managed only one hit off Aztec relievers from there and Harlingen evened the series with a 3-0 shutout. Jesse Hahn got the win, Weems the loss and Tony Watson the save. Donavan Solano had 2 of BMD’s 4 hits. Joey Wendle was 3-4 and Cavan Biggio 2-3 for the hosts.
Game 3 – Globe Life Field – The World Series moved to the Muckdogs’ home park. Marcell Ozuna opened the scoring by blasting one down the LF line with 2 on in the 3rd, giving Harlingen an early lead. Jake Marisnick followed suit in the 4th, hitting a 2-run shot over the wall in left-center, pushing the scoreboard to 5-0. That was more than enough as Tejay Antone pitched 5 innings of 2-hit shutout ball. Three Aztec relievers scattered 3 hits for the rest of the game, not allowing any runs. Batavia has now been held scoreless for 20 straight innings. Danny Duffy had been a perfect 3-0 in this post-season prior to getting this loss. Nick Markakis led the ‘Dogs with 2 doubles in 3 trips to the dish. Cavan Biggio drew 2 walks and singled for Harlingen. The 2 dingers were the obvious big blows. The visitors have reclaimed home field advantage as we move to game 4.
Game 4 – Globe Life Field – Marcell Ozuna blasted his 6th post-season home run in the top of the first, giving Harlingen the early lead. It didn’t last long as Jose Ramirez drilled a 2-run shot over the wall down the third base line, his 5th of the playoffs. Batavia scored again on Maikel Franco’s RBI single and they were up 3-1 heading into the 2nd inning. Adam Engel’s 2-run double in the top of the 6th tied the game at 3. Harlingen could have had a bigger inning, but Engel was nailed at the plate by Nick Markakis’ throw on Jake Marisnick’s single. Joey Wendle’s single in the 7th put the Aztecs up by one again. The Muckdogs forced extra innings in the bottom of the 9th on a bases-loaded force out at second base. In the top of the 10th, HAZ loaded the bases on Pedro Baez with one out, but he managed to get the last two outs without surrendering a run. In the bottom half, Edwin Rios got the walk-off double to knot the World Series at 2-2. Baez got the victory, Cesar Valdez the loss. Wendle, Ozuna and Marisnick each had 2 hits for Harlingen. Ramirez led BMD with a 3-5 outing.
Game 5 – Globe Life Field – It was to be a duel between Shane Bieber, 4-1 in the playoffs and Zac Gallen who was 3-0. The Aztecs got to Gallen in the top of the 2nd when Daulton Varsho blasted a 2-run shot to RF. They piled on 3 more on 3 consecutive run-producing hits by Jason Kipnis, Kyle Seager and Marcell Ozuna. Harlingen got their final tally on a bases-loaded walk to Cavan Biggio. Bieber yielded to Jimmy Herget, who gave up a pair of doubles leading to Batavia’s lone run. The Aztecs win it 6-1 and head back to Minute Maid Park, leading the World Series 3-2. Bieber fanned 12 and allowed only 2 hits in his 6 innings of work. Herget allowed the bullpen’s only 2 hits. Gallen took the loss. Seager was 3-4 on the day with a double, RBI and 2 runs scored. Christian Walker and Joey Wendle added 2 hits each.
Game 6 – Minute Maid Park – Things started on the wrong foot for Harlingen as Andres Gimenez’s grounder went thru Andrelton Simmons’ legs. He scored shortly after on Mike Trout’s double. Batavia was up 1-0 in this must-win game. Marcell Ozuna came up in the bottom of the inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd. He drove one down the LF line that curved into foul territory, but Shin-Soo Choo had enough room to catch it. It was deep enough for the sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Ryan McBroom singled between short and third to put Harlingen up 2-1. Hyu Jin Ryu got in trouble in the bottom of the 2nd. A single sandwiched between two walks loaded the bases. Cavan Biggio drew another walk and then Marcell Ozuna raked a bases-clearing double off the wall in left-center and scored on McBroom’s 2nd hit in two trips. Suddenly the Aztec crowd was ecstatic over the 7-1 lead, but there were still 7 innings to play. Nick Markakis scored on a grounder by Jose Ramirez in the 3rd to make it 7-2. From there, the Muckdogs didn’t get 2 runners on in one inning until the top of the 9th. Edwin Rios led the inning off with a double, Joey Votto drew a one-out walk and Christian Vazquez a two-out walk to load the bases. Andre Scrubb fanned Brent Rooker to end the game and the World Series. The Harlingen Aztecs are the 2021 SWBA Champions. It is their first championship and second World Series appearance (2006). Chris Bassitt got his first victory of the post-season. Ryu was tagged with the loss. Batavia was held to 4 hits once again. McBroom and Adam Engel each had two hits for Harlingen.
2021 World Series MVP – Marcell Ozuna
.300/.423/.700, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI