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2019 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Sacramento Capitals @ Tempe Tempers

The 2018 World Series champion Sacramento Capitals looked to continue towards a repeat while the Tempe Temper attempted to extend their winning streak during odd numbered years.  Tempe came into the series well rested while the Capital’s bullpen was a little tired having barely survived a seven-game match with Pittsburgh.
GAME #1 – Chris Sale 20-5 (1.35)  – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20)

Kluber started for the hometown Tempers and went three scoreless innings before yielding to a pinch hitter. Sale got the start for the Capital’s and racked up nine strike outs over seven scoreless innings. In the 6th, Upton took Crick deep to break the 0-0 tie.  In the 8th,  Upton went deep again to make it 2-0.  Tempe traded Upton mid-season to Sacramento, so he definitely made them regret that trade.  Perez and Strop pitched two scoreless innings to close it out.  Tempe managed only one hit and the Sacramento’s pitchers only faced 28 batters.

Sacramento 2-0,  W – Sale,  L – Crick,  S – Strop

GAME #2 – Zach Greinke 23-5 (2.73) – Clay Buchholz 7-3 (1.85)

Upton was back at it again hitting his 3rd solo homerun of the series in the 1st.  In the bottom of the 1st, Tempe scored their first runs of the series.  Votto walked and Ozuna hit a two-run homerun.  Martinez then hit a solo shot to put Tempe up 3-1.  In the 2nd, Stanton walked, Beltre doubled, and then Molina singled.  Stanton scored on the single, but Brantley gunned Beltre at the plate. 3-2 TEM.  Buchholz didn’t have his control, so Tempe did a double switch and brought in Sipp to pitch and Difo to play 3B.  Sacramento countered by bringing in the right handed hitting Reynolds to replace Moreland.  Reynolds grounded out, but Sac went to the bench again and had Grossman pinch hit for Greinke.  Grossman doubled to tie it up after two innings.  3-3.   In the bottom of the 5th, Tempe went back on top on a Brantley rbi double.  4-3.  In the 6th, Lindor reached on a walk, stole second base, moved to 3rd on a fielder’s choice and then stole home with two outs to tie it up. 4-4.  In the top of the 7th, Flores hit a solo homerun as a pinch hitter to give Sac their first lead since the 1st.  TEM 5-4.  In the bottom of the 7th a perfectly executed hit and run by Bogaerts put runners on the corners.  A Brantley sac fly scored JD and put Bogaerts at 2nd when Stanton tried for the play at the plate. 5-5.  Braun struck out but ended up reaching on a passed ball.  Albies then walked to load the bases with one out.  Cespedes pinch hit for Castillo and hit a deep sac fly to put Tempe back in the lead.  6-5.   Braun tried to sneak a steal of home, but was called out for the final out.  In the top of the 9th, Yates walked the lead off hitter Beltre.  DeShields then pinch ran for Beltre and stole 2B.  Molina then followed with a rbi sinlge.  Floro relaced Yates and then Castillo replaced Floro as Tempe played the platoons to get out of the inning.  6-6.  In the 11th, Tempe’s last available pitcher Mikolas came on.  Sac’s last available pitcher Coleman came on in the 12th.  The game remained tied until the 14th, when Castro singled, was moved to second by Yadie, and then scored when Reynolds hit an RBI single.  7-6 SAC.  In the bottom of the 14th, Bogaerts led off with a solo homerun to tie it again. 7-7.  Finally, in the bottom of the 17th, Albies doubled to lead off the inning. The weak hitting Mathis fouled off two bunt attempts, so Tempe let him swing away.  The result was a slow grounder up the middle that scored the winning run.  8-7 TEM.  Mikolas got the win going 6 innings and only giving up one run in relief.

Tempe 8-7 17INN,  W – Mikolas,  L – Coleman

GAME #3 – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20)  – Max Scherzer 27-5 (1.56)

In the top of the 3rd, Cespedes pinch hit for Mathis and doubled.  Tempe’s longest tenured player at eight years, Melky Cabrea then pinch hit for Kluber and singled to put runners on the corners.  Votto took one to the track that allowed Cespedes to outrun Stanton’s throw.  TEM 1-0.  Scherzer then settled down and didn’t allow a single hit for the next three innings.  Unfortunately for Sacramento, Tempe’s pen pitched seven scoreless innings, including 2.1 innings from Crick for the save.

Tempe 1-0,  W – SIPP, L – Scherzer, S – Crick

GAME #4 – Wade Miley 6-2 (2.21) – Chris Sale 20-5 (1.35) 

Due to the fog of war…the script was lost for game four so we’ll start in the bottom of the 9th with two outs.  Tempe was leading 1-0 after scoring an unearned run in the 1st inning.  Sacrament had runners on 3rd and 1st.  They sent Dickerson (who only had 8 SB during the year) on a straight steal of 2B. Mathis the defensive replacement catcher (1 error in 575 TC) tried to gun him to end the game and he air mailed it over 2nd allowing the tying run to score on the error.   1-1.  Buchholz took the blown save, but he managed to get out of the inning and pitch a scoreless 10th.  Grienke (the other game two starter) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th for Sacramento.  Fields pitched a scoreless 11th for Sacramento and Mikolas was perfect for Tempe in the bottom of the 11th.  In the 12th, Brantley continued his playoff heroics with a solo shot.  TEM 2-1.  Mikolas pitched another perfect inning in the 12th.

Tempe 2-1 12INN  W – Mikolas  2-0,  L – Fields

GAME #5 – Corey Kluber 19-8 (2.20) – Ryne Stanek 6-4 (2.68)

Unlike some of the prior games, both starters went deep into the game.  In the 2nd, Tempe got on the board with a Brantley double and then a pinch hit double by Miggy. TEM 1-0.  In the 3rd, Ozuna crushed a solo shot. TEM 2-0.  Sacramento finally got to Kluber in the 6th, when Lindor hit a solo shot to right. TEM 2-1.  In the 7th, Albies gave Tempe some insurance with a solo shot.  TEM 3-1.  In the bottom of the 7th, Sac threatened with runners on the 3rd and 2nd, but Hughes bailed out Kluber.   Tempe ended up using six relievers over the final 8 outs to preserve the win and wrap up the series.

TEM 3-1, W – Kluber, L – Stanek, S – Yates.

Every game was extremely tight and things could have easily gone the other way.  Pitching dominated the series with Tempe’s relief pitching being the key to their success.  During the series, Sacramento only hit .141 and their lead-off hitter Cano didn’t even have a single hit.  Tempe wasn’t much better hitting .155 and only had one starter hit above .200.  Tempe’s pen put up a collective ERA of 1.34 over 40.1 innings.

It wasn’t easy to pick an MVP, but I’ll give the nod to the pitcher that only pitched when the games went into extra innings.  Mikolas was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 8 IP.  The series would have been completely different if he hadn’t won those two extra-inning games.  Sale was also deserving in a losing cause.  He was 1-0 with 0.00 ERA, 15 SO, 4 H, and 13 IP.

2020 DRAFT LOTTERY

DraftLottery2020The 2020 MWBL Draft Lottery will take place on Monday Night October 14th, 2019 at 9:00 PM ET.

The ten Franchises listed below will have a shot at the #1 Pick in the 2020 MWBL Draft to be held on Saturday February 22nd, 2020.

The Commissioner’s Office has a link (Team Viewer link) that will go live at 8:45 PM on Monday night 10/14  if you would like to watch the event.

American League W L WIN % BALLS
Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas 42 120 .259 20
Tijuana Bottle Rockets 47 115 .290 16
Coconut Creek Crushers 56 106 .346 8
Fremont Cannons 69 93 .426 4
Yonge Street Stalkers 81 81 .500 2
         
National League W L WIN %  
Harsens Island Walleye 40 122 .247 20
Rosemere Renegades 47 115 .290 16
Corktown Cycle 55 107 .340 8
Valdosta Snappers 60 102 .370 4
Triple Creek Patriots 72 90 .444 2
         

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2020 MWBL FREE AGENTS

The following list of players have filed for MWBL Free Agency based on Usage Rules, and the 3-Year Expiration of a Minor League (Un-Carded) Contract.

Carded Free Agents based on insufficient playing time are eligible to be drafted in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft to be held on Sunday December 8th, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET.

Un-Carded Free Agents are eligible to be drafted in the 2020 MWBL Draft to be held on February 22nd, 2020 at 10:30 AM ET.

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2019 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Southbend Lynx @ Detroit Crime

The Southbend Lynx face off against the Detroit Crime for the AL Championship.
The season series stood at 9-5 in Detroit’s favor, with Southbend losing all 7 games at Detroit. Southbend comes into the series with the #1 Hitting team at .271/.340/.462.

Detroit was at #7 with .254/.330/.439. The long ball, which was key for both teams, is pretty even at 242 HRs for Southbend and 235 HRs for Detroit.

Southbend comes in at #2 in Pitching with Detroit hot on their heels at #3. Southbend’s one problem area is in giving up walks, tho they only yielded 149 HRs, the least in the AL. Fielding wise its all Detroit who were #2, whereas Southbend was at #10.

GAME #1 – Michael Foltynewicz 22-5 (3.06) – Aaron Nola 20-8  (2.25)

Southbend strikes first in the T3 when Zack Cozart 3bs and with 2 out Jose Altuve hits a 2-run HR for an early 2-0 Lynx lead. In the SBL T4 Max Muncy 2bs, after Eduardo Escobar and Jake Cave strike out, Austin Meadows plates Muncy with an rbi-1b. But SBL Michael Foltynewicz couldn’t protect the lead as Yasmani Grandal leads off the B4 with a 2b, Kyle Schwarber bbs, and Brandpm Belt ties the game with a 3-run HR. Its gets worse for the Lynx when J.P. Crawford 1bs and Brett Gardner hits a 2-run HR for a 5-3 Crime lead. SBL gets one back in the T5 when Cozart 2bs and Altuve 2bs him home. But Detroit would put the game away in the B5 off Jeurys Familia when Grandal bbs, Schwarber hits a 2-run HR, Belt bbs, Crawford bb, and Gardner bloops a 2-rbi 2b, moves to 3rd on the throw, and then scores on Ben Zobrist sac fly. The pitchers take over from here and there was no more scoring.

Both aces are less then stellar, but the Detroit bullpen is better then Southbend’s.  Southbend pitchers give up 9 walks in the game with 4 of those runners scoring. Detroit leads the series 1-0.

Detroit 10, Southbend 4

DET W – Aaron Nola (1-0)  SBL L – Michael Foltynewicz (0-1)

GAME #2Edwin Jackson 8-10 (3.56) – Carlos Carrasco 19-6 (2.23)

Southbend jumps on DET Carlos Carrasco quickly in the T1; Jed Lowrie bbs, Max Muncy 1bs, Eduardo Escobar rips a 1b to LF and Brett Gardner pegs Lowrie at the plate, but wait! Yasmani Grandal drops the throw and Jed Lowrie scores! Both Muncy and Escobar move up to 2nd and 3rd. Austin Meadows, 1 out later, blasts a 2-rbi 1b for a 3-0 SBL lead. In the SBL T3 Jake Cave 1bs with 2 out and scores on Meadows rbi-3b. That would be the end of the scoring for Southbend. But they don’t need it was Edwin Jackson is on the mark tossing 5 innings of Shutout ball as he fans 4 and only gives up 4 hits. The SBL bullpen comes through in this game giving up no hits over the last 3.2 innings to even the series at 1-1. Carrasco was the victim of the normally strong DET fielding as he gives up only 1 ER in 6.1IP. Zobrist is the lone hitting star for DET going 2-3
with a walk. Southbend finally wins a game at Detroit after 8 tries!

Southbend 4, Detroit 0

SBL W- Edwin  Jackson (1-0) DET L – Carlos Carrasco (0-1)

The series shifts to Southbend.
GAME #3Stephen Strasburgh 9-11 (4.69)Freddy Peralta 11-2 (3.72)

Southbend opens the scoring in the B3 when Jose Altuve smacks a 2 out solo-HR. In the DET T4 Manny Machado 1bs, steals 2nd, and then scores on Yasmani Grandal’s rbi-1b when the ball is cut off to get Grandal at 2nd. SBl retakes the lead in the B4 when Max Muncy hits a lead-off solo-HR. Eduardo Escobar then 2bs and 1 out later Mark Canha singles him home for a 3-1 SBL lead. But DET is not to be denied as in the T5 Adam Jones hits a lead off solo-HR of his own, Brett Gardner 1bs, steals 2nd, moves to 3rd on Ben Zobrist fly to RF, Justin R. Miller comes on for the SBL, and Harper bbs, Machado then crushes a 3-run HR to give DET a 5-3 lead! In the BL B6 Canha blasts a 2 out 2b, Stephen Strasburg is pulled for Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner comes in faces Mason Williams, throws a wild pitch, and then gives up an rbi-1b. In the SBL B8 DET Seranthony Dominguez is on for his 2nd inning of work and faces Muncy to lead off the inning. Muncy belts his 2nd HR of the game, a solo-HR to tie the game at 5-5! Dominguez settles down and gets the next 3 Lynx to end the inning. SBL Moronta is stil on the mound for the SBL to start the T9 and Gardner leads off with a 1b, but he’s nailed by Maxwell trying to steal 2nd. Escobar then throws away J.P. Crawford’s grounder, and Zobrist follows with a rbi-3b, but is thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into a inside-the-park HR. DET goes to R.Elias to close out the game and PH Mark Trumbo fans, Zack Cozart then 1bs, Bruce Maxwell flies out to CF, and Lucas Duda is called on to PR, and he then steals 2nd on a broken H&R play with Altuve at bat. But Roenis Elias is able to strike out Altuve to end the game! Detroit takes a 2-1 lead in the series!

Detroit 6, Southbend 5

DET W – Seranthony Dominguez (1-0) S – Roenis Elias (1) SBL L -Reyes Moronta (0-1)

GAME #4 Aaron Nola 20-8  (2.25) – Michael Foltynewicz 22-5 (3.06)

DET gets on SBL Michael Foltynewicz right away in the T1 when Bryce Harper gets his 1st hit of the series a solo-HR to deep RF. But SBL is used to this and comes right back in the B1 when Max Muncy draws a 2 out bb and Eduardo Escobar buries a 2-run HR off Nola for a 2-1 SBL lead. Jake Cave would follow with a long 2b, but that would be the rest of the hits for Southbend in the game as Aaron Nola bears down. Nola would retire the next 22 SBL in a row. Fortunately for the Lynx Foltynewicz only gives up the HR to Harper through 6 innings. Foltynewicz would bend giving up 6 walks and 1 more hit, but would not break, as he turns the ball over to Sean Gilmartin, Reyes Moronta, and Roberto Osuna to close out the game. The SBL tie up the series at 2-2 going into Game 5.

Southbend 2, Detroit 1

SBL W – Michael Foltynewicz (1-1) S – Roberto Osuna (1) DET L – Aaron Nola (1-1)

GAME #5Carlos Carrasco 19-6 (2.23) – Edwin Jackson 8-10 (3.56)

SBL scores first in the B2 on a Mark Canha solo-HR. In the T3 DET Maybin 2bs, Brett Gardner then 1bs to LF, and Cameron Maybin scores as Gardner is cut down at 2nd. In the SBL B3 JoseAltuve 1bs, steals 2nd, and then Max Muncy 2-out rbi-1b puts SBL back out on top. Pitching takes over from there as SBL E.Jackson goes 5IP giving up the lone run while fanning 4, and amazingly not walking anyone. Jeurys Familia comes on for 2IP of scoreless work through the 7th. For DET Carlos Carracso goes 4IP giving up the 2 runs, then turns the ball over to Mike Minor, who eventually will go 5IP giving up only 2 hits and no runs. The turning point of the game is in the T8 when SBL Seasn Gilmartin is brought in, he walks Maybin, then gives up a infield 1b to Gardner, after J.P. Crawford grounds out back to Gilmartin, Ben Zobrist follows with a 2-rbi 2b for a 3-2 DET lead. One out later Manny Machado would put the game away with a 2-run HR. SBL would get two runners on in the B8, but DET would stay with Minor who Ks Austin Jackson and Mason Williams to end the inning. Minor would throw a perfect 9th for the DET win! DET now leads the series 3-2!

Detroit 5, Southbend 2

DET W – Mike Minor (1-0) SBL L – Sseasn Gilmartin (0-1)

Series goes back to Detroit. Southbend has its back to the wall.
GAME #6Freddy Peralta 11-2 (3.72) – Stephen Strasburgh 9-11 (4.69)

Both starters are solid through 4 innings. In the B5 DET Brandon Belt 1bs, Cameron Maybin grounds out moving Belt, Brett Gardner then hits a rbi-2b off the wall for a 1-0 DET lead. SBL Freddy Peralta gets out of the inning by getting J.P. Crawford to P5 and Ben Zobrist to F8. DET Stephen Strasburg would mow through the SBL through 7IP racking up 8 Ks along the way. In the SBL T8 Jose Altuve leads off with a 2b, Jed Lowrie draws a walk, and DET calls on Roenis Elias (Game 3 closer) to faceMax  Muncy. But Muncy stuns the home crowd as he belts a 3-run HR to give SBL the lead and possibly save their season. SBL still has Reyes Moronta on the mound to start the B8, and Zobrist leads off with a 1b, Bryce Harper gets a scratch infield hit, bringing up Manny Machado. But Reyes Moronta bears down and Fans Martin Machado, gets Maldonado to F9. Roberto Osuna is brought in and gets Kyle Schwarber to L4 to end the inning. In the B9 Osuna would give up a 1b to Belt, but get Maybin to hit into a 6-4-3 DP and Gardner to F7 to end the game and knot the series at 3-3!

Southbend 3, Detroit 1

SBL W – Reyes Moronta (1-1) S – Roberto Osuna (2) DET L – Stephen Strasburg (0-1)

GAME #7Michael Foltynewicz 22-5 (3.06) – Aaron Nola 20-8  (2.25)

The all or nothing game for both teams!

Game 7 would follow the same track as Game 6 as the pitcher’s would dominate. DET Aaron Nola picked up where he left off in Game 4 keeping the SBL scoreless through the 8 innings he pitched. SBL had their chances during the game as they left 9 runners on base and had the bases loaded twice in the game. But they just couldn’t come up with the big hit. The only scoring came in the DET B8 when Brett Gardner bb’s, J.P. Crawford bounces into a FC, Ben Zobrist bb’s, and Bryce Harper hits a 3-run HR to atone for his poor overall series. SBL Mark Canha would lead off with a 1b in the T9, but DET Seranthony Dominguez would come on and strikeout Zack Cozart, get PH Mark Trumbo on a FC, and then finish the game getting PH Austin Meadows to hit into a FC.
Detroit wins the game 3-0 and takes the series 4-3!

Detroit 3, Southbend 0

DET W – Aaron Nola (2-1) S – Seranthony Dominguez (1) SBL L – Michael Foltynewicz (1-2)

Overall there were key/clutch hits by players on both teams. But the most crucial stat line in the series is the lack of hitting from one player in the series. SBL Jed Lowrie, a key contributor for the SBL during the season, goes 0-25 with a paltry 5 walks. Also, to a lesser degree, SBL Austin Jackson also goes hitless 0-21 with only 1 HBP in the series. But getting almost no production out of Jed Lowrie was devastating to the SBL. DET Bryce Harper also did not have a big series, but he at least produced some runs during the series as he had the clutch HR in Game 7 and a HR in Game 4. Other players on DET also had poor series but they at least produced something. The biggest hitting surprise of the series was the performance of DET Brett Gardner. The series put in by Gardner was quite amazing as he had a stat line of .480/.500/.720, he went 12-25 w/3 2bs, 1 HR, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI. Brandon Belt, Manny Machado, and Harper all had the big 3 run HRs for DET in the series, but it was Gardner who many times kept things going. As such he was clearly the MVP of the series. Congratulations to Sergio and Detroit on a fine season and playoff series!

2019 NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES #2

Pittsburgh Lumber Company @ Sacramento Capitals

The Sacramento Capitals (115-47) host the Pittsburgh Lumber Company (95-65) as the winners of the National League West and National League East face off in the National League Division Series.
GAME #1 – Mike Clevinger 12-11 (3.08) – Max Scherzer 27-5 (1.56)

Max Scherzer opens the series with a gem, pitching 7 shutout innings while giving up just 2 hits. Stanton got on the board first with a solo shot in the 2nd inning, while Lindor added to the lead with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 6th. An RBI triple by Grossman and single by Upton in the 8th increased Sacramento’s lead to 5-0, shutting down Game 1.

GAME #2Michael Wacha 6-6 (2.97) – Chris Sale 20-5 (1.35) 

Once again, Stanton got on the board first with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning–which would have been enough in another shutout by the Capitals pitching staff. This time led by Chris Sale, who pitched 6 scoreless inning. Stanton would hit another 2-run home run in the 6th inning followed by an RBI double in the 7th inning. Sacramento takes Game 2 6-0.

Sacramento leads the series 2-0 behind impeccable pitching and timely hitting and heads east to Pittsburgh with the hopes of a series sweep.

Down 2-0 in the series, Pittsburgh looks to turn their fortunes around at home.

GAME #3 – Zach Greinke 23-5 (2.73) – Jameson Taillon 13-7 (2.69)

Sacramento jumps out to a 2-0 lead after two against Taillon, and things aren’t looking good. But Willy Adames (4-5 in the game) collects a 2-run double to tie it up. The teams trade runs in the 5th and we go extra frames! Juan Soto plates Mallex Smith in the bottom of the 10th and the Lumber Company win it 4-3.

GAME #4Max Scherzer 27-5 (1.56)Sean Manaea 11-6 (2.33)

Bouyed by their victory in Game 3, the Pirates square off against Mad Max Scherzer with some confidence. And Scherzer isn’t exactly intimidated, fanning 12 batters… but he can’t handle Francisco Cervelli. The Pittsburgh catcher belts a solo HR in the 2nd and also scores after a leadoff double om the 5th and Sean Manaea goes the distance for the 2-0 upset. The series is now knotted up at 2-2!

GAME #5Chris Sale 20-5 (1.35) Mike Clevinger 12-11 (3.08)

Next up for SAC is Chris Sale. Pittsburgh buys what he’s selling, as Cervelli and Marte both take him deep early. Unfortunately Clevinger is a little shaky, surrendering a pair of runs (including a Stanton HR). We find ourselves with a 3-2 lead into the 7th, where Kenley Jansen coughs up an unearned run to tie it at 3-3. Colin McHugh serves up a solo HR to Aaron Judge in the bottom of the 8th, and Raisel Iglesias slams the door as the Lumber Company wins it 4-3.

Timely hitting and solid pitching allows Pittsburgh to take all 3 games at home and head back to Sacramento with dreams of playing spoiler.   Pittsburgh heads back to Sacramento with a 3-2 series lead.
GAME #6Michael Wacha 6-6 (2.97)Ryne Stanek 6-4 (2.68)

The Caps turn to Ryan Stanek in a do-or-die Game 6 while the Lumber Company hand the ball to Michael Wacha for his 2nd start of the series. Sacramento jumps to an early lead with a lead-off single by Cano, double by Lindor, and sacrifice hits by Stanton and Beltre. Sacramento’s lead wouldn’t last long; with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the top of the 4th, Brian Dozier singled to right-centerfield, scoring both and tying the game at 2. The Capitals pull Stanek and turn the game over to the pen. The Capitals eventually take the lead in the bottom of the 7th with an RBI single from Cano, and extend the lead with a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Beltre. Sacramento’s bullpen shut down the Lumber Company with 5 scoreless to secure the win, 4-2, and a series tie at 3-3.

GAME #7Jameson Taillon 13-7 (2.69)Max Scherzer 27-5 (1.56)

Sacramento turns to Scherzer for the series finale to face off against Taillon. This time it was Pitttsburgh that would jump to an early lead, getting on the scoreboard with a Soto 2-run home run in the top of the 1st inning. Pittsburgh would extend its lead to 3-0 in the top of the 2nd with a Brian Dozier solo home run. Down 0-3 in the 3rd, Sacramento gets on the board with a Justin Upton 2-run home run followed by a sac hit by Moreland to tie the game at 3 all. The game would stay tied 3-3 until the 10th inning when Johnathan LuCroy would come off the bench to give the Lumber Company the 4-3 lead with a Dozier-scoring double. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th, Cano get’s the leadoff walk and is promptly replaced at 1st by DeShields Jr. DeShields swipes 2nd and is driven home by a Lindor single, tying the game at 4-4. The game remains tied at 4 and Castro takes over for Cano at 2B. Bottom of the 11th and Yarbrough on the mound–Yadier Molina reaches on a Valentin error; Yarbrough strikes out Moreland for out number one; Reddick comes in to run and Torreyes comes in to pinch hit; and Yarbrough gives Torreyes the pass, opting instead to face Starlin Castro. Castro makes him pay, launching a series winning home run over the leftf ield wall. Sacramento beats Pittsburgh in 11, 7-4

In a very close series, Pittsburgh hit a triple slash of .190/.247/.341 with 16 runs in 7 games, and held the Capitals to a 3.32 ERA, while Sacramento hit a similar triple slash of .190/.276/.367 with 28 runs, and held the Lumber Company to a 2.26 ERA. Giancarlo Stanton led the Capitals offense batting .240 with 4 HR, 5 runs, and 9 RBI, while Brian Dozier led the Lumber Company ith a .273 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, and 5 RBI.

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