For the second year in a row and the fourth year overall, the Blazers face Los Altos in the OLCS. New Milford has never beaten The Undertakers in the playoffs.
The batting roster is virtually unchanged from the OLDS. Matt Carpenter will hit lead off playing 2B, followed by Mookie Betts in CF. Shin Soo Choo will bat third in RF followed by OLDS MVP Mark Teixeira at 1B. David Peralta will hit 5th in LF, Troy Tulowitzki will bat 6th at SS, Kelly Johnson (26 PA overall, 4 vs L) will play 3B batting 7th, and Jason Castro (30 PA overall and vs R) will hit 9th at C. The bench will consist of James McCann C (12 PA vs L), Jed Lowrie IF (21 PA overall, 8 vs L) , Derek Dietrich IF (23 PA overall and vs R), Clint Robinson IF/OF (28 PA overall 4 vs L), and Ryan Raburn OF (16 PA vs L).
Starters will be Kershaw, Tanaka, Iwakuma and Quintana. KRod will close with O’Day, Thornton, Rivero, Albers, Warren, Furbush (1.2 IP) and McGee in the pen.
Series slated to kick off Saturday, November 12th at 5 PM EST with Kershaw facing Archer in Los Altos.
Wild Card winner Flagstaff Outlaws travel to New Milford to take on the Blazers in New Milford.
Game 1: Lackey @ Kershaw
After a very well sung National Anthem by Ariana Grande, Steve Bartman rode a goat out the pitcher’s mound and threw a strike for the first pitch to Jason Castro as the crowd erupted.
Top 2, Chris Colabello homered to left to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Bottom 2, Teixiera jumped on the first pitch from Lackey driving it deep to right immediately giving the Blazers some life to tie the game.
Bottom 3, Carpenter walked, Betts popped up, Choo walked and Teixeira singled to load the based. Peralta unloaded them with a grand slam. 5-1 Blazers.
Bottom 6, a Choo RBI single made it 6-1, and a Johnson sac fly pushed it to 7-1. That’s all Kershaw (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 11K) would need in the Blazers opening 7-1 win.
WP Kershaw (1-0)
LP Lackey (0-1)
Game 2: Wood @ Tanaka
Bottom 4, a Teixeira double gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead.
Bottom 6, a Robinson PH sac fly and Lowrie 2 RBI double made it 4-0 New Milford.
Top 7, an unlikely 3 run HR from Dee Gordon off of Jake McGee pulled Flagstaff within one run.
Top 8, a Springer 2 run bomb off of Rivero gives Flagstaff the lead 5-4.
Bottom 8, with a runner on second and 2 outs, Lowrie is IBB’d by Sipp and Carpenter ripped a double down the line. Lowrie is sent home. The throw is close. He is SAFE! Blazers up 6-5. KRod goes 1-2-3 as Blazers come from behind for the 6-5 win.
WP Rivero (1-0)
LP Sipp (0-1)
S KRod (1)
Game 3: Iwakuma @ McHugh
Series shifts to Purina.
A Teixeira first inning RBI single gave NM the early 1-0 lead.
Top 4, a Johnson RBI double made it 2-0 Blazers.
Top 5, a Choo sac fly and Peralta 3 run bomb made it 6-0 Blazers.
Top 6, a Betts RBI single, Choo RBI double and Tulo GRAND SLAM made it 12-0 Blazers.
Iwakuma finished the complete game as Blazers win going away 13-3.
WP Iwakuma (1-0)
LP McHugh (0-1)
Game 4: Warren @ Ross
Outlaw bats wake up with 4 in the first on a Martin RBI single and Springer 3 run bomb.
Blazers cut the lead in half in the bottom half on a Tulo 2 run bomb.
Outlaws score 3 more in the third on a Springer single, Jones bases loaded walk and Suarez sac fly to make it 7-2 Outlaws.
Top 6, a Castro double, Carpenter single, Betts RBI double, Choo walk load the bases for Teixeira who unloads them with a GRAND SLAM to tie the game. A Carpenter bases loaded walk later in the inning gave the Blazers an 8-7 lead.
Top 7, a Johnson bases loaded walk, Dietrich RBI single (in for carp who was ejected), and a Castro RBI groundout made it 11-7 Blazers.
KRod on in the 9th and Outlaws put 2 on but he leaves the tying run on the on deck circle as Blazers sweep Flagstaff 11-7.
WP Warren (1-0)
LP Ross (0-1)
Congrats to Greg on a great season.
Teixeira went 625/700/1.188 with 3 doubles , 2 HR, 10 runs and 7 RBI.
Blazers hit 331/430/592
New Milford (AP)
The New Milford Blazers return to the postseason for the 6th year in a row looking for the elusive BDBL trophy. In 7 previous postseason appearances, New Milford has reached the World Series once with 5 losses in the OLCS and just one loss in the OLDS. “Eighth time’s a charm?” joked NM GM Anthony Peburn.
New Milford will carry 12 pitchers in the OLDS featuring OL CY candidate and 22 game winner Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw will be followed in the rotation by Masahiro Tanaka, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Adam Warren, The bullpen will be anchored by KRod with Darren O’Day, Matt Albers, and Blake Treinen backing him up from the right side and Jake McGee, Matt Thornton, Felipe Rivero and Charlie Furbush (1.2 IP) from the left side.
The 13 hitters include probable MVP Shin Soo Choo in RF with Mookie Betts in CF and David Peralta in LF. Ryan Raburn (16 PA overall and vs L) and Clint Robinson (28 PA overall 4 vs L) will round out the OF. Mark Teixeira will start at 1B in his long awaited Blazer debut as he has served as a PH for most of his time since the trade. Matt Carpenter will start at 2B and Troy Tulowitzki will handle SS. Kelly Johnson (26 PA overall 4 vs L) will handle 3B. Jed Lowrie (21 overall 8 vs L) and Derek Dietrich (23 PA overall and vs R) will back up the IF. Jason Castro (30 PA overall and vs R) and James McCann (12 vs L) will share duties behind the plate.
Game 1 will be at Nestle Field on Friday, November 4th with first pitch set at 7 PM EST. Clayton Kershaw will face Iron Man John Lackey starting 2 games in a row (which we find incredibly stupid).
Projected Game 1 line up: