Sphinx and Blazers duel in an interleague battle.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Bauer
A Betts second inning grand slam and a Freeman 8th inning 3 run double pace a 9 run Blazer attack which was WAY more than enough for the game’s greatest pitcher (6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K) as Blazers cruise 9-4.
WP Kershaw (3-2)
LP Bauer (7-7)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Sabathia
Sphinx jump all over Tanaka in the first on a Reddick RBI double and Machado 2 run bomb.
Somehow, Sabathia was awesome and Sphinx win 4-1.
WP Sabathia (8-1)
LP Tanaka (8-5)
S Herrera (19)
Game 3: Iwakuma @ Quintana
A first inning Saunders single is followed by a Carpenter RBI double and Freeman RBI single in the second. A Saunders solo shot in the third pushed the lead to 4-0 and would be all the Blazers would get.
Fortunately, Machado lead off the 9th with a solo shot but Kimbrel was ready after that and sent the Sphinx down in order to preserve the 4-1 win.
WP Quintana (8-4)
LP Iwakuma (2-7)
S Kimbrel (24)
Game 4: Smyly @ Greene
Shane Greene dominated again with 5 IP 1 ER. Blazers lead 3-1 in the 6th courtesy of Saunders and Carpenter solo shots and a Grandy RBI double. Then the bullpen imploded. Dull lead off the inning by walking Napoli. Cervenka came on and got PH Pearce. Then McGowan who has like a .400 OPS vs R in real life gave up a double to Tomas. Pedroia grounded out for an RBI for out #2. Devenski then came on and gave up a RBI triple to Reddick. Donaldson doubled in Reddick to give he Sphinx a 4-3 lead and the series split.
WP Smly (9-4)
LP Devenski (7-2)
S Herrera (20)
The Blazers slow start allows Salem to creep into a virtual tie for first place.