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2016 WORLD SERIES Detroit Crime making their first ever Mid-West Baseball League World Series hosts the Bandicoots of Bethesda who are also making their Mid-West Baseball League debut in the World Series.    Some evenly matched teams square off for the best of seven series.

Game #1: Jake Arrieta (17-10 1.66) vs. Stephen Strasburg (13-3 2.62)
The Bandicoots come to Detroit to play before a fired up crowd as this is the first World Series appearance for both teams.

Arrieta16WorldSeriesThe crime take the field on this beautiful 75 degree day hoping Steven Startburg has brought his A game as he will need it against the mighty Jake Arrieta. The first inning went as planned for both starters but in the top of the second Bethesda had other plans after a fly out by Andre Eithier, Chris Colabello lined a single to CF Alex Rodriguez grounded out moving the runner over and with Brad Miller at the plate Stburg fired a 54 footer right by the catcher Salty as Colabello scored easily on the WP, Miller ended the inning on a flyout Bandicoots lead 1-0…In the top of the 3rd after a K Lorenzo Cain lined a single into left and then AJ Pierzynski clocked a HR to deep right center making the score now 3-0

but Bethesda was not done yet…after a David Peralta walk and Gonzalez fly out Eithier rocked a triple off the center field wall making it Bethesda 4 Detroit 0, Scott Kazmir would come into the game and get out of the inning, he would pitch 3 scoreless innings, Arrieta was just dealing in this one , the only trouble he managed was in the 6th, a Machado double got the crowd on there feet and after a ground out by Ben Zobrist moved the runner over then a pop out from Kendrys Morales a two out RBI single from Prince made it 4-1 Bethesda;The Crime fans would not have much to cheer about as Detroit would only manage one more batter getting to second base as Jake Arrieta would scatter 6 hits striking out 7 and walking 2 only facing 34 in this complete game,
Final Score:  Bethesda 4 – Detroit 1

Game #2: Sonny Gray (17-8 2.67) vs. Carlos Carrasco (14-9 3.29)
Maybin16The Bandicoots come into this game up 1-0 in the series vs the Crime and as the Detroit fans entered the stadium there was a definitive sense of nervous energy in the air, 87 year old Margaret Smith from Milford said she has her good luck ear rings on for the boys.

In the top of the first Carlos Carrasco made quick work of Bethesda with a 1,2,3 inning and says to the boys lets go to DetroitCrime2work; Sonny Gray in the bottom of the first walked the lead off man Ben Zobrist and after a Manny Machado pop out and Zobrist steal of second the AL MVP candidate Bryce Harper came up and promptly singled to right his first hit of the series, Kendrys Morales then walked to load the bases for Prince Fielder then got Detroit on the board with a sac fly to center field his 2nd RBI of the series, Adam Jones then hit a bloop single to left which scored Harper making it 2-0 ; Jones would have 3 hits on the day;  Jhonny Peralta then hit an inning ending grounder to Jose Iglesias who botched the throw to first.. E6.. to load the bases for Cameron Maybin; with the crowd on there feet cheering and chanting Maybin;  Cameron jumped on a hanging Sonny Gray curve and hammered a double to left center right by Lorenzo Cain clearing the bases and making it 5-0 Cameron said it was the biggest hit of his career;  Carrasco was pitching well until the 4th when he got in some trouble AJ Pierzynski hit a grounder to Fielder who booted it E3, then Andre Eithier blasted a two seemer from Carrasco over the right field wall making it 5-2 Detroit. Kevin Siegrist came on in the 5th to bail out Carrasco who got in a small jam and pick up the win; Three more Detroit relievers came in to close it out Benoit, Giles and Zach Britton who K 2 batters and picked up his first save for the Detroit Crimes first ever World Series win ( The first of 4 muddled Bryce Harper) . Sonny Gray and T Ross both pitched well giving up 5 runs but only 2 ER but Bethesda could not rebound after that Iglesias error.The series will now move to Bethesda tied at 1.
Final Score:  Detroit 5 – Bethesda 2

Game #3: Madison Bumgarner (25-5 1.75) vs. Chris Young (8-3 2.21)
Jhonny_Peralta16WSGame 3 brings Bethesda home for there first World Series, excited and ready to show there fans a good game mother nature had other plans and kept both teams in the dugout until this weather cleared, NBC showed a re-run of Shane and when the umps got the go ahead from the local weatherman the crowd jumped to there feet to cheer on there boys to victory

In the top of the first Chris Young started off slow walking the lead off hitter Manny Machado, Ben Zobrist then lined an RBI double to left and later scoring on an RBI single from Adam Jones making it Detroit 2 Bethesda 0 after one. Madison Bumgarner would only last 2 1/3 inning giving up 3 hits and getting a quick hook in place of Carlos Villanueva In the thrid Carlos Ruiz single got the crowd going and with Lorenzo Cain coming up Villanueva got the call to get out of a small jam in the 3rd with a fly out and strikeout. In the 5th inning Machado picked up a 1 out walk from E. Ramirez he would later steal 2nd and score on a Zobrist RBI double,his second of the game Bryce Harper would knock him in with and RBI single making it 4-0. In the bottom of the 7th Adrien Gonzalez the Bandicoots crowd back on there feet with a mammoth shot to right field off of Ken Giles making it 4-1 but as the fans started ordering more beer and cracker jack Ken Giles wold settle down and get out of the 7th and that was all the would muster up in game 3 as Benoit and Zach Britton would pitch the last 2 1/3 perfect innings, Britton would pick up his second save for Detroit and Carlos Villanueva would get the victory out of the pen. Bethesda will regroup and return with hopefully a better fate tomorrow;  Detroit leads the series 2-1.
Final Score:  Detroit 4 – Bethesda 1

Game #4: Stephen Strasburg (13-3 2.62) vs. Jake Odorizzi (13-2 2.70)
The hometown Bandicoots look for a better result today as they have Jake Odorizzi on the mound for the sellout crowd to cheer for and Detroit is throwing Stephen Starsburg looking to go up 3-1;

IBryce_HarperWS16n the bottom of the first Travis Shaw would get things going for Bethesda with a 2 out double off the wall in right followed by an RBI double to right from Adrien Gonzalez and with David Peralta coming to the plate he yelled at Gonzalez ” be ready to run Gonzo” and promptly dropped a single in front of Bryce Harper, Gonzo blew thru the stop sign and scored under the tag making it 2-0 as the Bethesda faithful cheered.In the top of the second Adam Jones doubled off up the gap stole 3rd and later scored on an RBI double from Jhonny Peralta putting the score at 2-1 Bethesda, it would stay that way until the top of the forth when Franklin Guitierez got a 1 out walk followed by another RBI double from Peralta to tie the score at 2; In the 6th AJ Pierzynski got a leadoff single off of Alex Wilson, Siegrist would relieve him and retire Shaw and Gonzalez but would walk David Peralta setting up Andre Eithier to get a double down the line scoring 2 and sending the Bandicoots crowd into a frenzy, Bethesda leads 4-2; Prince Fielder would join the scoring with a PH home run in the 7th off of Morrow making it 4-3. Ryan Madson came on in relief for Bethesda in the 8th 6 outs away from a home victory and got Ben Zobrist to hit an easy grounder to Drew but he botched the throw to first giving Detroit the lead off man on and bringing up Bryce Harper who was looking for his first HR of the series and he didnt need to look any further as he launched a long bomb over the right field wall giving Detroit the lead 5-4, he took his time rounding those bases too. Madson was disgusted with himself and then walked Kendrys Morales on 4 pitches Tyler Ross spelled Madson  and gave up a single to Jones , single to Guitierez and sac fly to Peralta for the first out of the inning, soft hitting Christian Bethancourt then came up and hit a line drive over the first basemans head making it 7-4, Ichiro would add another sac fly and by the time the harvest was in it was 8-4 Detroit; After the Harper HR Bethesda could not regain the lead but the crowd still loves there boys and will hope for a better result tomorrow. Detroit would take this one 8-4 , Madson would take the loss as he would not record an out and Kazmir would get the win pitching a scoreless 7th. Detroit now leads the series 3-1 over Bethesda.
Final Score:  Detroit 8 – Bethesda 4

Game #5: Madison Bumgarner (25-5 1.75) vs. Jake Arrieta (17-10 1.66)
Madison_Bumgarner16WSIts a comfortable 65 and sunny here in Bethesda and the fans are eagerly awaiting the start of game 5 to cheer on there Bandicoots;  Their ace and Game 1 winner Jake Arrieta will take the mound against Madison Bumgarner for the Crime; Bumgarner said ( I spent last night clearing out some timber for a young couple who needed the help)

In the first 2 innings an error by Kendrys Morales and a single by David Peralta were the only things either team could muster up but in the bottom of the 3rd Bethesda got a 2 out double from AJ Pierzynski followed by an RBI single from Andre Either to move Bethesda ahead 1-0 and also get the 45,000 fans on there feet.

In the top of the 4th Ben Zobrist stepped up to the plate and smacked a home run to right center field to tie the game at 1,Ben said “Jake hung one and I hit it ”  then Bryce Harper got a double up the gap in right his 5th hit of the series and would later score on a bloop single to left from the bat of Jhonny Peralta and go up 2-1; both Arrieta and Bumgarner pitched very well in this game but Arrieta was pulled after 5 and in the 7th the Crime would get to the Bandicoots bullpen ; With Chris Young on the mound Franklyn Guitierez would lead off with a double and score on a Peralta single making it 3-1 , Justin Miller would relieve Young but promptly walk Kyle Schwarber and get the easy grounder from Bumgarner to Travis Shaw but Shaw would fire it right by Adrian Gonzales to extend the inning, Peralta scored easily making it 4-1, another costly error by the Bandicoots defense , after another walk this time to Manny Machado , Brian Matusz would come into relief and pitch to Zobrist  “lets get out of this jam yelled Gonzales ” but Matusz also walked Zobrist making it 5-1; the Bandicoots crowd started to hit the exits early to beat the traffic saying how can you come into relief and start walking guys, oh well wait till next year well be back; The crime would get another run on a Harper sac fly making it 6-1 and that’s the way it would end as Bumgarner pitched excellent  going 8 1/3 giving up only the 1 run, Ken Giles came in for the last 2 outs and celebrate the 4-1 series win ;Chris Colabello made the last out with a fly out to Adam Jones, as Jones made the catch Bryce Harper could be heard shouting  “Hit em with Hein” ;   One footnote to this game Bethesda manager Nik Malatestinic benched ARod and when asked why he said quote I benched him for a career of cheating and lying to baseball and the millions of fans of baseball he is a disgrace to the game end quote; the two had to be separated in the dugout as they exchanged words.

Detroit popped bottles of IPA beer and champagne celebrating there first Championship and will have there parade of Friday ,Madonna says she will be there sporting a jersey and not much more.
Final Score:  Detroit 6 – Bethesda 1


The Detroit Crime are now the World Series Champions as they take the series 4 games to 1.

Bryce Harper is the 2016 World Series Most Valuable Player going 5 for 18 with 1 Home Run & 4 RBI’s.

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