Blazers and Rocks (Ch 3)
New Milford starts Chapter 3 with an interleague series against first place Cleveland.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Karns
A first inning Peralta RBI single is matched by a Moreland solo shot in the second.
Top 5, with 2 outs, Karns uncorks a WP to plate a run as Blazers take a 2-1 lead. A Johnson single scores 2 more and a Robinson double plates Johnson. Kershaw then helps his own cause by driving in Robinson with a single to put New Milford up 6-1.
Top 7, a Tulo HR gives the Blazers an 8-1 lead. Blazers win the opener 8-3.
WP Kershaw (9-2)
LP Karns (3-2)
The win ties Kershaw with Derek Lowe’s 153 career wins for 11th all time in the BDBL.
Game 2: Tanaka @ Greinke
A Choo first inning RBI double and Robinson second inning solo shot put New Milford up 2-0 early.
Top 7, with 2 outs and Greinke still on the bump, Carpenter, and Betts line back to back RBI doubles, Choo hits an RBI single, Peralta hits a RBI triple, and Tulo hits an RBI double. 7-0 New Milford. New Milford wins 7-0.
WP Tanaka (6-0)
LP Greinke (9-6)
Game 3: Kluber @ Iwakuma
Series shifts to New Milford and through 7 innings, a Dietrich RBI groundout is the only scoring of the game giving New Milford a 1-0 lead.
Top 8, Warren on for New Milford and he immediately gives up a double by Bethencourt and a RBI single to Rojas to tie the game at 1.
Top 11, Kemp and Pham both hit RBI singles giving the Rocks a 3-1 lead.
Bottom 11, Choo walks and Tulo hits a one out single putting the tying runs on base off of Melancon. A Kelly Johnson IF single loads the bases. Bethancourt allows a run to score on a passed ball. Robinson walks to load the bases and make a force at any base. Castro draws a walk to tie the game. With the bases loaded, Cleveland brings in Siegrist to face Carpenter, who draws a 4 pitch walk to win the game in walk off fashion for New Milford 4-3
WP Thornton (1-0)
LP Melancon (1-2)
Game 4: deGroom @ Quintana
A Reyes second inning groundout puts Cleveland up 1-0.
A Choo RBI double ties the game at 1 in the 4th.
Top 5, Kemp’s 2 RBI double gives Cleveland a 3-1 edge.
Bottom 6, Dietrich’s 2 RBI triple ties the game at 3.
Bottom 8, Tulo rips a RBI double to give New Milford a 4-3 lead.
Top 9, Melky and Rojas lead off the inning off of KRod with singles, but Escobar, Philips and Gilespie go down in order preserving the Blazer 4-3 win and sweep over Cleveland.
WP Furbush (1-1)
LP Siegrist (1-2)
S KRod (12)
New Milford is 4-0 on the chapter and 44-16 on the year. The 28 games above .500 ties the highpoint of the year.
New Milford put up a 2.03 ERA as 8 pitchers failed to give up a run. Cleveland had a 5.40 team ERA.
New Milford hit 257/325/426 which bests Cleveland’s 274/312/336.