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Detroit Crime vs. Tempe Tempers 2019 World Series Recap was written to you by Jim Craddock.


Two Central Division titans face each other in the 2019 MWBL World Series.
In the AL, The Detroit Crime went 108-54, winning the AL Central by 25 games. Then they provided some postseason drama by finishing their ALDS series against Mesa Solar Sox with a combined no-hitter by Carlos Carrasco and Seranthony Dominguez in the fifth game. In the ALCS, they took down the Southbend Lynx in six games.
In the NL, perennial powerhouse Tempe Tempers racked up an amazing 126-36 record, winning the division by 23 games. They created plenty of drama of their own in the NLDS, taking the back-and-forth series from the Columbus Explorers with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game. In the NLCS, they had to win three one-run games (two of them extra-inning affairs) to take the series in five games from the Sacramento Capitals.


GAME #1 – Carlos Carrasco 19-6 (2.23)  – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20) 

A pitching duel was expected with Kluber going against Carrasco, and the final score would make you think that starters both went deep. On the contrary, neither saw the fifth inning as both managers went all out to get leg up in the series. Carrasco pitched into trouble in the bottom of the first, but Madison_BumgarnerWS19Tempe left the bases loaded (the first of two innings in which they would do so). He couldn’t escape damage in the fourth inning, giving up Maikel Franco’s solo HR to give Tempe a 1-0 lead. Both pitchers left for pinch-hitters when their first at-bat came up. Maikel_Franco19WSFor Tempe, Kluber got through his four innings giving up only two hits. The bullpens took over, with Tempe’s manager having a particularly quick hook, using eight pitchers in the game, including five in the fifth inning, with Detroit mounting a rally that fizzled out. For Detroit, Madison Bumgarner tossed three innings of one-hit relief. Detroit did manage to tie the game on a seventh-inning sac fly by Adam Jones, scoring pinch-runner Daniel Descalso (running for Yasmani Grandal). That was it until the bottom of the ninth when Wilmer Difo led off the inning with a triple off Roenis Elias that went over the head of Cameron Maybin. Seranthony Dominguez came in the face Ozzie Albies. With the infield drawn in, Albies blooped one down the line in right that Bryce Harper couldn’t get to, driving in Difo with the game-winner.

Final Score: Tempe 2 – Detroit 1

W – Kyle Crick 1-0 (0.00)

L – Roenis Elias 0-1 (6.75)

HR – Maikel Franco (1)


GAME #2 – Mike Minor 14-6 (4.06) – Wade Miley 6-2 (2.21)

Another close, low-scoring affair, as both managers brought the hook with them. Paths were worn from the dugouts to the mound as Tempe used nine pitchers, and Detroit Ryan_BraunWS19-1used six. The scoring started early as Tempe got back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first from Ozzie Albies and Ryan Braun. Miley’s appreciation for the early run support was short-lived, as he left for a pinch-hitter before he could grab a bat. He ended up going two innings without giving up a hit. In fact, Detroit wouldn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning on a Luke Voit single. They would mount a rally in the fourth inning on a walk and an error, but Ozzie_AlbiesWS19three Tempe pitchers snuffed it out.  In the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Braun reached on a Mike Minor error, stole second, and then scored on Melky Cabrera’s double to make it 3-0 Tempe. That’s where it would stay as the tempers’ bullpen gave up three hits over seven innings and nailed down the shutout and the Game 2 win.


Final Score: Tempe 3 – Detroit 0

W – Kirby Yates 1-0 (0.00)

L – Mike Minor 0-1 (4.50)

HR – Ozzie Albies (1), Ryan Braun (1)


GAME #3 – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20)  – Aaron Nola 20-8 (2.25)

Aaron_NolaWS19Bringing the series back to Detroit, the Crime was looking for home cooking to help them solve the Tempers. Well, it worked. Aaron Nola got in some early trouble, as Joey Votto walked, Miguel Cabrera doubled, and Detroit got a sense of déjà vu. But two strikeouts and a lineout to Luke Voit ended the rally and the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Leadoff hitter Bryce Harper didn’t waste any time getting the crowd into it with a soBryce_HarperWS19lo home run. From there, a parade of Tempe pitchers (they used a total of seven relievers in the game) kept things quiet until the bottom of the fifth, when Bryce Harper doubled and Yasmani Grandal gave Detroit a 3-0 lead with a two-run shot to right field. Meanwhile, Aaron Nola was cruising for Detroit until the sixth inning, when Joey Votto walked, and JD Martinez drove him home with a double off the CF wall. Martinez went to third on a ground out, but then, with two outs he tried to steal home and was thrown out. Detroit pushed across an insurance run in the seventh, when Brett Gardner singled, went to second on Michael Brantley’s error, and scored on Martin Maldonado’s RBI two-out double. Tempe made three errors in the game.


Final Score: Detroit 4 – Tempe 1

W – Aaron Nola 1-0 (1.23)

L – Corey Kluber 0-1 (1.42)

HR – Bryce Harper (1), Yasmani Grandal (1)


GAME #4 – Wade Miley 6-2 (2.21) – Stephen Strasburg 9-11 (4.69)

Detroit was looking to even the series, but Tempe signaled early that it wouldn’t be easy. Before the home crowd could even get comfortable, Joey Votto ambushed Strasburg wJoey_VottoWS19ith a leadoff home run. In the second inning, Marcell Ozuna singled and scored on Jose Castillo’s base hit. Ozuna rode home on again in the fourth inning, this time on Maikel Franco’s two-run home run to make the score 4-0 and chase Stephen Strasburg from the game. The move didn’t help much, as Ozzie Albies greeted Carlos Carrasco with a solo home run. Things were going all Tempe’s way, as, in the bottom of the inning, Ozuna continued his good day by robbing Kendrys Morales of a home run and keeping Wade Miley’s no-hitter intact. Miley would lose the no-no on a sixth-inning leadoff Brandon Crawford single. Wade_MileyWS19That would be the end of Miley’s day, as Tempe’s manager was itching to make a pitching change. In the top of the sixth, Wilmer Difo tripled but was thrown out trying to steal home with two outs. Undeterred, the Tempers scored two more in the seventh on Joey Votto’s second solo home run of the day, and a Ryan Braun RBI single for a 6-0 lead. Detroit answered the two runs with two of their own in the bottom of the inning on Manny Machado’s two-run home run. That was the last gasp for the Crime, though. Tempe added a couple more demoralizers in the top of the ninth on a pair of doubles by Jeff Mathis and Yeonis Cespedes and a bloop RBI by Xander Bogearts. Tempe’s 9-2 victory gets them to within one win of the championship.


Final Score: Tempe 9 – Detroit 2

W – Wade Miley 1-0 (0.00)

L – Stephen Strasburg 0-1 (9.82)

HR – Joey Votto 2 (2), Ozzie Albies (2), Maikel Franco (2) & Manny Machado (1)

GAME #5 – Clay Buchholz 7-3 (1.85) – Madison Bumgarner 14-8 (3.35)

Ryan_BraunWS19-2Trying to extend their season, Detroit got off to a good start with a first-inning Luke Voit leadoff home run. They added to the lead with a pair of doubles by Manny Machado and Daniel Descalso. Tempe quickly answered back in the top of the second with a Marcell_OzunaWS19three-run home run by Maikel Franco, scoring Marcell Ozuna and Yeonis Cespedes ahead of him. The Tempers weren’t finished, as Ryan Braun followed up with a solo shot to make it 4-2 Tempe and knock out Crime starter Madison Bumgarner. Tempe added a run in the fourth on an Ozuna single and RBI double by Ryan Braun, and yet another on a JD Martinez RBI single that scored Xander Bogearts, who had doubled. Braun made his case for MVP with his second home run of the day in the top of the sixth inning to make it 7-2 Tempe. After failing to cash in a mini-rally in the seventh, Detroit entered the bottom of the ninth staring down the end of their season. Sparking some hope, Brandon Belt led off with a single and Brandon Crawford doubled to put two on for Bryce Harper. Harper rose to the moment with a three-run home run to bring the Crime to within two runs. Tempe manager brought in Dylan Floro to get a ground ball to shortstop for the second out. Kyle Crick then came in to face Manny Machado, who got him to swing and miss for the strikeout, the Save, and the 2019 MWBL Championship.


Final Score: Tempe 7 – Detroit 5

W – Jose G. Castillo 1-0 (0.00)

L – Madison Bumgarner 0-1 (8.31)

HR – Maikel Franco (3), Ryan Braun 2 (3), Bryce Harper (2) & Luke Voit (1)

Ryan_BraunWS19-2World Series MVP: Ryan Braun, who hit .600 (6-10), with 3 Home Runs, 5 RBI, AND 4 runs scored, and a double.

–Tempe used at least eight pitchers in every game of the series.

–The team that scored first won every game except Game 5.

–Other standout performances for Tempe: Marcell Ozuna (.389, 7 hits, 4 runs); Maikel Franco (.333, 2 HR, 3 runs, 6 RBI); Ozzie Albies (3 HR, 3RBI, 2 runs); JD Martinez (.538, 7 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI); Kyle Crick (Win, Save, no runs or hits, 1.1 IP).

–Standout performances for Detroit: Bryce Harper (.333, 5 hits, 4 RBI, 3 runs, 2 HR, 2 doubles); Daniel Descalso (.444, 5 hits, 2 doubles).

Wade Miley took a no-hitter into the 6th inning of Game 4.

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