Blazers play a home and home series with the upstart Boulevards.
Game 1: Chacin @ Greene
Bottom 1, Kinsler with a 3 run jack put the Blazers up 3-0.
Top 6, lefty Cervenka on to face the lefties Blackmon and Cano, who walk and HR, to pull KCB within a run.
Bottom 8, Saunders rips a RBI single to make to 4-2.
Top 9, Kimbrel on and walks Hosmer and Perez to start the inning. With the tying runs aboard, K, pop up, K and Blazers win the opener 4-2.
WP Greene (3-1)
LP Chacin (3-4)
S Kimbrel (16)
Game 2: Carrasco @ Tanaka
Top 8, Perez reaches first on a Carpenter error with one out. He steals second and scampers home on a Blackmon single.
Tanaka goes 7.2 with 3 H, 0 BB and the unearned run but suffers the tough luck loss in a KCB 1-0 win.
WP Carrasco (3-1)
LP Tanaka (5-4)
S Madson (7)
Game 3: Quintana @ Velazquez
Top 6, Betts crushed one to center for a 1-0 lead and with 2 outs, Grandy killed one to right for a 4-0 Blazer lead.
Bottom 7, a Cano HR but the Blazer lead in half, 4-2.
Top 9, a Carpenter RBI double made it 5-2, and Kimbrel closed it out by striking out the side.
WP Quintana (5-4)
LP Velasquez (3-5)
S Kimbrel (17)
Game 4: Moore @ Nola
Moore had been pitching way over his head. I guess you’d rather the stat correction happen in one game, like with Greene in chapter 1, then be drawn out over multiple bad outings.
Hosmer Grand Slam
Owings line out (yay)
Duvall 2 run HR.
Yeaaaaaah. Game over.
Moore gives up 17 baserunners and 10 ER in 5 IP. Boulevards get the split in a 10-4 over and out drubbing.
WP Nola (4-0)
LP Moore (4-2)
Blazers are running in place with a 8-8 record in chapter 2. Thankfully, the Hitmen, Buffs, and Lightning are the only teams left to play.
I think the Blazers have been outscored in every series this chapter.
Blazers aren’t hitting worth a lick. More than a quarter of the way through the season (11 series) and the team OPS is a dismal .725. IF that doesn’t change Salem will win it’s first division since the Bush administration.