After an 8 game road trip which saw the Blazers go 4-4 to start the season, New Milford returns home to face the Kansas City Boulevards.
Game 1: Happ @ Kershaw
Both pitchers scoreless through 5. Top 6, Prado leads off with a walk and Kemp singles him to second. Ruf then steps to the plate and singles in Prado with Kemp getting cut down at third. Kershaw then settles down to K Morales and Ozuna to end the threat.
Facing a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the 6th, Betts lines a one out single followed by a Raburn single and Tulo RBI single to tie the game. A Lowrie single loads the bases and a Choo double unloads them, giving the Blazers a 4-1 lead.
Top 7, Moustakas hits a solo bomb off of Kershaw to cut into the Blazer lead, 4-2.
Bottom 8, with 2 outs, Blazers add some insurance on back to back to back doubles by Johnson, Dietrich, and Choo extending the Blazer lead to 6-2.
That, my friends, is how this story ends.
WP Kershaw (2-1) (7 IP, 7H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10K)
LP Happ (1-2)
*Kershaw’s 146th win of his career ties him with King Felix for 15th on the all time wins list.
Game 2: Lynn @ Anderson
A first inning Peralta RBI double and Johnson RBI single stake the Blazers to an early 2-0 lead.
Top 3, Prado bloops a single to right to cut the Blazer lead to 2-1.
Top 6, a Moustakas RBI single to center scores Ruf to tie the game.
Top 8, a Blackmon 3B, Ozuna 1B, and Moustakas 2B give the Boulevards the lead. Aaron Barrett wasn’t done sucking, though. A Holt BB, Prado single, Kemp HBP, and WP give the Boulevards 4 runs in the inning as the Blazers cough up another game late, which seems to be the theme in Blazer losses this season.
Blazers bring the tying run out of the dugout in the 9th, but he never makes it out of the on deck circle, as Boulevards win 6-3.
WP Rivero (1-0)
LP Barrett (0-1)
Game 3: Kazmir @ Warren
Both pitcher rolling through 4. Bottom 5, Blazers scratch out a run on a Kelly Johnson HR to right (yes, off of the lefty Kazmir, as Lowrie was lost for the series in the prior game).
Bottom 6, Blazers get a single from Tulo, James McCann reaches on an E5, and then Choo is HBP, setting the stage for Martin Maldonado launching one deep to left to put the Blazers up 5-0.
Top 8, O’Day on and Prado walks, Kemp singles and Morales goes yard to cut into the Blazer lead 5-3.
Bottom 8, Kelly Johnson gets 2 back with another longball, this time off of the righty Grimm. And the Blazers would win by that 7-3 score.
WP Warren (2-0) (the gift from Salem)
LP Kazmir (0-2)
Game 4: Danks @ Quintana
Unbeknownst to Blazer management, Quintana went into this game with a brilliant strategy. Let them get lots of hits to tire themselves out. This “rope a dope” worked to perfection.
Boulevards score 2 in the first on Ruf RBI single and Ozuna RBI double.
Blazers take a 3-2 lead in the third on a Raburn 2 RBI double and McCann RBI single, Blazers 3-2.
Top 4, a Molina RBI single ties the game for the Boulevards.
Bottom 4, a Carpenter RBI double and Raburn RBI single give the Blazers a 5-3 lead.
Top 5, Prado double, Kemp single, Morales FC RBI, Ruf RBI single and DeAza single make it 6-5 Boulevards. That was all for Quintana as he gave up 10 hits in 4+ IP. On comes Tanaka to get out of the inning. (The FC to Morales was frustrating, as the computer asked if I wanted to throw home on a double play ball to second with no outs. I clicked NO, yet, Carpenter threw home anyway, where the runner was safe. WTF! Has this happened to anyone else? I think there is a glitch in the game)
Bottom 5, Carpenter hits his first HR of the year, a 2 run shot to give the Blazers a 7-6 lead.
And all the running in the first 5 innings seemed to tire the Boulevards out, as K-Rod comes on in the 9th to nail his second save of the season to match his 2 BS as Blazers take the series 3 games to 1.
WP Tanaka (1-0)
LP Lyons (1-1)
S KRod (2)
Blazers (7-5) sit one game behind the upstart Western Kansas Buffaloes (8-4) and a game in front of the Granite State Lightning (6-6) in the early going of the season.