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Triple Creek Patriots @ Pittsburgh Lumber Kings

PittsburghSERIES PREVITriple CreekEW – One of the favorites and one contender showdown for what could be a beating, an upset, or just an all-around good series.   Which of these two teams will move forward?
GAME #1 – Kevin Gausman (9-8 4.09) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (16-6 1.31)

Kevin Gausman (3XY) pitches the game of his life, going 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 walks, and 12 Ks.  Unfortunately for him, one of his four hits was a solo HR from Jorge Polanco.  And his opponent on the mount (Ryu) was just as good – going 6 innings with 2 hits, 6 Ks, and one run (also on a solo HR).  Hunter Wood comes in to relieve Gausman in the 8th and promptly serves up a 2-run gopher ball to pinch-hitter Ryan Braun – and just like that, it’s a 4-2 Pittsburgh victory.

Pittsburgh 4, Triple Creek 2

GAME #2 – Frank Montas (11-3 2.44) vs. Justin Verlander (23-3 1.93)

This one is all Pittsburgh, as they jump all over Frankie Montas, collecting 3 HR in the game for an easy 8-2 victory.  Justin Verlander goes 6 strong, allowing a pair of runs while striking out 9.  The Lumber Company collects 13 hits; Josh Bell is the big star with 7 total bases (3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs).

Pittsburgh 8, Triple Creek 2

GAME #3 – Mike Clevinger (13-4 1.97) vs. Shane Bieber (13-9 2.72)

The series shifts to Triple Creek and Shane Bieber delivers the goods – a complete-game victory, striking out 10 and allowing only 5 hits.  Mike Clevinger doesn’t have his best stuff for Pittsburgh, as surrenders 4 doubles and a single in his 6 innings of work as the Patriots win it 4-2.

Triple Creek 4, Pittsburgh 2

GAME #4 – Sonny Gray (10-9 2.94) vs. Matt Strahm (15-11 3.68)

Sonny Gray quickly rights the ship for Pittsburgh, going the distance in a 5-0 shutout.  Gray allows only 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 11.  Matt Strahm pitches well for Triple Creek, but the bullpen implodes late to let the game get away.  Lumber Company bats produce 3 HR (JUdge, Braun, Carson Kelly) in the victory.

Pittsburgh 5, Triple Creek 0

GAME #5 – Hyun-Jin Ryu (16-6 1.31) vs. Kevin Gausman (9-8 4.09)

Facing elimination, the Patriots send Gausman back to the hill hoping to catch lightning in a bottle again.  He pitches well but is nowhere near as dominant as he is pulled after 3 innings.  Meanwhile, Ryu is on auto-pilot, going 8 innings and only allowing 3 hits and a walk while whiffing 7 batters.  The Lumber Company pounds Brandon Workman in the 9th to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 rout and win the divisional series 4 games to 1.

Pittsburgh 5, Triple Creek 1

SERIES SUMMARY – The series goes the way we all thought, as the Lumber Kings are just so strong that it wasn’t close.   Who do these Lumber Kings take on next?   Stay tuned.

WEDNESDAY 10/08/2020
AT 10:00 AM - ET!