Super cage death grudge match, round II.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Strasburg
Bottom 1, Werth creamed a ball to left center for a 1-0 Tipper lead.
Kershaw was great with 7 IP, 1 ER, 7H, 0BB, 8K.
Stras was untypically PHENOMINAL against the Blazers, 7 IP, 0 ER, 2H, 1BB, 9 K.
Top 9, Montgomery on for his second inning of work and Betts greets him with a HR to left to tie it at one. Freeman K’s for out #1, and Phelps comes on to have Kinsler single, Saunders single him to third, and Grandy line out to left where the quick Kinsler scored.
Kimbrel closes out the 9th to preserve the miracle Blazer win.
WP Devenski (3-0)
LP Phelps (0-1)
S Kimbrel (15)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Guerra
Tanaka is battered for 5 ER with Seager, Miggy and Ramirez all chipping in for 2 RBI.
Blazers bats go silent as 5 H, 0 R, and 10 LOB is the story here.
WP Guerra (2-2)
LP Tanaka (5-3)
Game 3: Quintana @ Matz
Matz goes down with an injury after 1.2 and then long man Shoemaker goes down with an injury after 2 innings.
A Werth RBI single in the first and Ruiz RBI double in the second give Salem a 2-0 lead.
Blazers tie it at 2 in the 5th on a Betts 2 run double.
Salem gets both runs back in the bottom half on an Altuve groundout and Miggy RBI single.
Herrera laced a single in the 6th for a 5-2 lead.
Top 7, Betts doubles in 2 more to make it a 5-4 Salem lead.
Top 9, Grandy and Carp single with 2 outs but Solis gets Betts and Freeman to end it as Salem prevails 5-4.
WP de la Rosa (4-0)
LP Quintana (4-4)
S Solis (5)
This was the first game all year started by an opposing lefty (although he wasn’t in all that long) that the Blazers lost. It was also only their second one run loss all year.
Game 4: Moore @ Gray
With early injuries to pitchers last game leading to a depleted pen, the Blazers would seem to have an advantage in game 4.
Then Moore went down with an injury after one inning and Bowman only got one out before he went down.
Top 2, Tulo singles in a run.
Bototm 5, Salem scores 2 on a Carpenter error and Sanchez 2 run bomb.
Oh, that Tulo single, that was the Blazers ONLY HIT OF THE GAME.
Salem wins another one run game 2-1.
WP Gray (2-0)
LP Devenski (3-1)
S Montgomery (2)
3 one run contests, Blazers lose 2 and lose for the first time all year vs a lefty starter. 1/4 of the way into the season and the Blazers lose their first series of the year. This loss prompted the Dull trade. Blazers left the bats in NM with a 188/255/250 line. Miracle we won a game.