Blazers travel west to lasso up some Buffalo.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Griffin
A Melvin Upton second inning single is matched by a Saunders 3rd inning RBI triple.
Freeman walked for the third time in the game in the 6th, this time with the bases loaded to put the Blazers up a run, 2-1.
Top 9, Blazers score 8, all coming with 2 outs and highlighted by a Kinsler Grand Salami.
Blazers roll 10-1.
WP Kershaw (13-2)
LP Nuno (2-2)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Cessa
A Grandy 5th inning solo shot and RBI groundout in the 6th by Tulo put NM up 2-0.
Meanwhile, Kansas City had ZERO hits through 7, which is great, as I have Tanaka for 6 IP for the rest of the season.
Top 8, Cozart breaks up the no-no. Fortunately, Boshers, Dull, and Kimbrel break up an semblance of hope for Western Kansas in the Blazers 2-0 win.
WP Tanaka (17-8)
LP Cessa (2-4)
S Kimbrel (43)
Game 3: Moore @ Wilson
A Carp first inning solo shot is bested by an Encarnacion first inning 2 run bomb.
Top 6, a Kinsler RBi groundout and Grandy RBI single make it 3-2 Blazers.
Top 8, Kinsler and Grandy do it again, this time with an RBI single and 2 run bomb to make it 6-2 Blazers.
That’s the ballgame, folks.
WP Moore (18-3)
LP Wilson (5-4)
Game 4: Quinana @ Holland
An off night for Quintana constitutes a 5 IP 2 ER performance.
Top 7, Peralta with a PH HR pulls the Blazers within 1 run and Carp ties it with a solo shot.
Bottom 8, Dull gets victimized by the long ball again, this time Melvin Upton with a 2 run shot.
Buffs win, as Dull has the only 2 Blazer losses on the Chapter.
WP Adelman (3-4)
LP Dull (7-5)
S Ramos (16)
Don’t now what the record for non-intentional walks is for a series, but Freeman walked 8 times this series.
Blazers are 105 and 35 on the season, tied for the 4th most wins in a season. Magic # is 6. The Blazers have officially clinched a playoff spot, as BCJ can not get to 105 wins.
Furies travel to New Milford, via Coney Island.
Game 1: Gibson @ Warren
Just when I finished singing the dude’s praises, the clock strikes midnight and he turns into a pumpkin again (4 IP 6 ER) with a Gillespie 2 run double, Pierzynski RBI sinlge, Motter 2 run double and Santana solo shot accounting for the runs.
Gibson wasn’t much better, falling apart for 5 in the 4th on a Grandy 2 run single, Dietrich 2 run triple and Betts RBI single to pull NM within a run.
Bottom 5, Saunders ties it up with a solo shot.
Top 7, Dull on and Joseph blasts a no doubter to left and a 8-6 Furies lead.
A Kinsler bomb in the bottom half pulls the good guys within a run, but Furies prevail 9-7 in the opener.
WP Anderson (10-7)
LP Dull (7-4)
S Colome (32)\
Game 2: Jenkins @ Tanaka
Bottom 2, Carp goes yard for a 3-0 Blazer lead.
Betts and Kim go yard as well in the 8-0 Blazer laugher.
WP Tanaka (16-8)
LP Jenkins (1-1)
Note: The win was the Blazers 100th of the year, extending their record of such to 6 straight years.
Game 3: Nelson @ Moore
A Grandy first inning double after Betts was HBP and left the game put NM up 3-0.
Furies pull within 3-2 on a second inning Moore WP and Pierzynski RBI single.
Top 4, a Holliday HR ties it at 3 for the Furies.
Bottom 5, Blazers score 6 highlighted by a Kinsler 2 RBI single and Saunders 2 RBI triple.
Blazers roll 9-3.
WP Moore (17-3)
LP Nelson (5-11)
Game 4: Maeda @ Quintana
Quintana was brilliant again (6 IP, 4 baserunners, 1 ER)
Tulo goes yard twice for 4 RBI and Freeman has a solo shot and 3 RBI as Blazers roll 8-1 and the 3 games to 1 series win .
WP Quintana (20-6)
LP Maeda (5-14)
Magic # down to 9 games.
Blazers finish Ch 5 at 99-33, 17 games up on Salem in the McGowan. The Blazers have a 24 game lead for a playoff birth with 28 games to play in Ch 6. Magic # is 12.
Pitcher of the Chapter is Jose Quintana. 5-0. 1.29 ERA. As a team, the Blazers pitched to a 2.48 ERA in Chapter 5, facing all 3 playoff contenders.
Hitter of the Chapter was Freeman who lead the team in HR (6), runs (23) and RBI (23)
The team hit for a 265/364/453 clip.
The Blazers have 16 home games and only Bear Country and Salem have winning records in Ch 6 in the quest to add to records for 100 win seasons and consecutive division titles, as well as BDBL team ERA (2.62) and break the Blazer record for wins in a season (113) as well as shooting for the #1 seed in the OL.
Lightning and Blazers finish Chapter 5 in New Milford.
Game 1: Perdomo @ Kershaw
Bottom 1, a Freeman RBI triple and Dietrich 2 run bomb put NM up 3-0.
Kershaw hit the showers early, McGowan finished the last 4 innings in a NM 9-3 win.
WP Kershaw (12-2)
LP Perdomo (3-13)
S McGowan (2)
Game 2: Eichoff @ Warren
Adam Warren had been atrocious up to this point. Not today.
A 7 spot in the 5th put NM up 9-0.
After getting a standing ovation after his AB in the 8th, NM decided to press it’s luck with the PR Warren going out for the 9th. Single and RBI double ended his day and the shutout. Blazers win 9-1.
WP Warren (2-2)
LP Eickhoff (5-9)
Game 3: Nolasco @ Quintana
At the beginning of the season, if you said a NM lefty would win the CY, people would have laughed and said, “Kershaw is the obvious shoe in. Tell me something I don’t know.” Well, you don’t know about Jose Quintana.
6 IP, 5 baserunners , 1 ER.
Meanwhile, 3 in the second and 3 in the third, highlighted by a McCann 3 run bomb put NM up 6-1.
WP Quintana (19-6)
LP Nolasco (7-10)
Game 4: Volquez @ Moore
after being outscored 26-6 in the first 3 games, Granite State is obviously due to score some runs in game 4.
Matt Moore said, “nope.”
Freeman drives in 3 with a HR, and Kim (HR 2 RBI) and Grandy (3B, 2 RBI) lead the way to the 8-1 Blazer win and series sweep.
WP Moore (16-3)
LP Volquez (3-19)
NM finishes Ch 5 at 99-33, 2 games behind Los Altos for the #1 seed and 17 games up on Salem.
Blazers visit Undertakers for a battle for first place in the OL.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Sale
A Kinsler sac fly in the 4th starts the scoring and a 1-0 Blazer lead.
Bottom half, Flores HR’s off of Kershaw. (So fucking stupid with the HR rate) to tie it.
Bottom 6, Turner PH’s for Sale and singles. Rodriguez follows with a IF single. Freese walks with a WP and Turner scores from second. A Flores sac fly put LAU up 3-1.
Top 7, a Grandy RBI double and Carp RBI single tie it up.
Top 9, Tulo with a 2 run bomb and Freeman with an RBI single set the stage for Kimbrel’s save in the 6-3 Blazer win
WP Dull (7-3)
LP Buchter (4-3)
S Kimbrel (41)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Archer
Bottom 1, first 3 batters reach against Tanaka and Turner makes him pay with a grand slam.
Top 3, Kinsler and Saunders with back to back RBI walks and Tulo with a 2 RBI single ties the game at 4.
Top 4, a Castro solo shot makes it 5-4 Blazers.
Bottom 6, an Aranado groundout ties the game.
Bottom 9, Boshers on and Rizzo greats him with a single and Arenado walks it off with a bomb to left as Takers win 7-5.
WP Reed (6-1)
LP Boshers (2-1)
Game 3: Quintana @ Sanchez
An Arenado 2 run bomb in the second is match by a Freeman 2 run bomb in the third.
Bottom 10, Cervenka walks Peterson, Schugel comes on to get Cruz, but Seager walks it off with a bomb to right and the Takers 4-2 win.
WP Jansen (1-1)
LP Cervenka (2-1)
Game 4: Devenski @ Roark
In a wild 5th inning with no score, Carp, Betts, Freeman and Kinsler go back to back to back to back for a 7-0 Blazer lead but Takers roar back for 5 highlighted by a Peterson HR and Rizzo triple.
The rest of the game was boring as Kimbrel nails down #42 in the Blazers 7-5 win
WP Schugel (3-1)
LP Roark (18-7)
S Kimbrel (42)
Blazers are up to 95 wins with an away tilt vs GSL to end the chapter. Magic #, as far as I know, is 20,
Game 1: Cessa @ Warren
Kim goes 3-3, Tulo goes yard with a 2 run shot and Betts has 3 knocks to back Warren (6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H 2 BB) in the Blazers 4-0 win.
This win is the 90th of the year, the 9th year in a row this franchise has done so.
WP Warren (1-2)
LP Cessa (2-3)
Game 2: Peralta @ Tanaka
Tanaka cruises through 6 allowing one hit and 0 ER. A Castro solo shot is the only scoring until the 8th, as the Blazers tack on 2 insurance runs on a Tulo sac fly and Carp RBI single.
Top 9, Kimbrel on for the save and McCann goes yard with one aboard and 2 outs. Cozart rips a double to put the tying run on second, but Schleber is IBBd to get to Melvin, who K’s to end the threat.
WP Tanaka (15-8)
LP Peralta (1-15)
S Kimbrel (40)
Game 3: Griffin @ Quintana
Quintana gives up one hit as well in 5 IP with 0 ER. KIm and Garcia HR, Grandy drives in 4 and Kinsler 3 in the 18 hit, 14 run Blazer attack. That is all. 14-0
WP Quintana (18-6)
LP Griffin (3-11)
S Schugel (5)
Game 4: Adleman Moore
Moore goes 6, with 4 H and 2 BB with nary a run.
Kinsler and Castro HR to pace the 5 run Blazer uprising in the Blazers 5-0 win
WP Moore (15-3)
LP Adleman (2-4)
The Sweep gives the Blazers 93 wins on the year, again, reaching the 90 win plateay for the 9th year in a row.
Blazers travel north to taken on the hated Cowtippers.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Strasburg
Blazers strike for 3 in the first on a Saunders RBI and Tulo 2 RBI single.
Meanwhile, Kershaw goes 6 giving up 5 walks but no runs.
Kimbrel closes the door in the 9th for the Blazer 3-0 win.
WP Kershaw (11-2)
LP Strasburg (5-7 )
S Kimbrel ( 38)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Matz
4-1 Blazers in the 5th, then, this literally happened:
Betts RBI single,
Freeman RBI HBP,
Kinsler 2 RBI single,
Weeks 3 run bomb,
Tanaka FC RBI, (bourn scored on a throw to home with a drawn in IF,
Yes, that was 10 consecutive Blazers to reach base without recording an out. Just for good measure, Freeman launched a grand slam in the inning as well after a Betts bases loaded RBI walk. 12 runs score in the frame, as Blazers roll 16-2.
WP Tanaka ( 14-8)
LP Matz (10-4 )
S Bowman ( 2)
Game 3: Quintana @ Gray
Quintana goes 6 IP with 3 H, 3 BB an 1 run.
Saunders and Grandy with RBI singles in the first make it 2-0.
Kimbrel on in the 9th with a 3-2 lead and it’s K, groundout, K as Blazers win 3-2
WP Quintana (17-6)
LP Gray (7-9)
S Kimbrel (39)
Game 4: Moore @ Guerra
A Werth 2 RBI single in the third makes it 2-0 Salem.
Top 4, Carp leads off with a HR, Saunders with a RBI single, Grandy with a 2 RBI double and Tulo with a RBI single for a 5-2 Blazer lead.
Top 7, sanchez with a 2 RBI double and it’s only a one run Blazer lead at 5-4.
Bottom 7, Tulo RBI groundout, McCann RBI BB, Carp 2 RBI single, Kinsler RBI HBP, Saunders RBI BB after which the PBP guy said,” Here’s the payoff, the runners off and running. Was that another walk. I’m no longer paying attention here- Yup, guess it was, and ANOTHER run in”
Blazers cruise 11-5 and Sweep Salem.
WP Moore (14-3)
LP Guerra (7-7)
Blazers lead the McGowan by 15 games.
Blazers host playoff bound Infidels.
Game 1: Verlander @ Kershaw
As expected, both pitcher combine for 14.1 IP and allow 8 baserunners and no runs. (as that’s what aces do)
Top 10, with 2 outs, Grossman walked and Fowler (who is a machine) doubles him home.
Bottom 10, Castro and Carp single with 2 outs, but Betts K’s to end the game 1-0.
WP Thornburg (8-5)
LP Dull (6-3)
S Salas (2)
Game 2: Odorizzi @ Tanaka
I believe I traded Oddorizzi to Bob, and Bob later traded Tanaka to me.
Anyway, A first inning Kipnis RBI double is matched by a Carp HR.
This it the last time in the game things matched.
Fowler rips 3 doubles and scores 3 runs, Kang and Pagan HR as Infidels kill Blazers 8-2.
WP Odorizzi (6-6)
LP Tanaka (13-8)
Game 3: Rodriguez @ Quintana
The middle IF does it with 2 and 3 run bombs from Kinsler and Tulo and Quintana continues his CY/MVP performance with 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 ER as Blazers win 6-1.
WP Quintana (16-6)
LP Rodriguez (6-7)
Game 4: Pomeranz @ Moore
Bottom 6, with 2 outs and trailing 1-0, Saunders doubled in a run, Dietrich walks with the bases loaded, McCann rips a 2 run single and an error scores another run as Blazers lead 4-1.
Blazers go up 5-1 with a Grandy sac fly.
Top 8, and Dull on again to show he is the goat (not to be confused with GOAT) by giving up a 2 RBI triple to Miller and a RBI single to Belt. 5-4 Blazers.
Top 9, Kimbrel on to close it out and Kipnis HRs to tie it. After back to back K’s, Kimbrel gives up back to back walks putting the winning run on second base, bue escapes his own jam with another K.
FREE Baseball again.
Bottom 11, Dietrich leads off with a double, moves to third with 2 outs and with Betts up with the game on the line again, trots home with a game winning RBI single.
WP Bowman (4-1)
LP Mauer (2-1)
New Milford travels to KC for some BBQ and baseball.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Chacin
A first inning Kinsler basesloaded walk and Grandy bases loaded groundout put NM up 2-0.
A Betts RBI triple and Saunders 2 RBI triple highlight a 6 run outburst in the 4th.
Bottom 4, Duvall rips a 3 run bomb off of Kershaw. I’m not even going to get into how absurd the HR’s vs Kershaw are this year. It’s like trying to show a liberal their hypocrisy in tolerance.
A Freeman ,2 run double, Saunders 2 run bomb, and Kinsler RBI double round out the scoring in the 13-3 laugher.
WP Kershaw (10-2)
LP Chacin (6-12)
S Schugel (4)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Corbin
After a Freeman 2 run bomb in the third, Weeks puts the game away with a 3 run bomb in the 5th as Blazers in going away 8-0.
WP Tanaka (13-7)
LP Corbin (1-5)
Game 3: Warren @ Nola
I wish I traded for a serviceable arm, as every time Warren starts, it is a gift to the other team.
Bottom 2, an Owings bases loaded triple highlights a 4 run inning.
Bottom 5, Cano and Duvall HR to make it 7-1 and send Warren to the showers.
Top 9, Blazers rally a little and get the tying run to the on deck circle. Boullys win 7-3.
WP Nola (10-2)
LP Warren (0-2)
S Vincent (2)
Game 4: Moore @ Ace Ventura
Owings with another RBI triple and score on an E made it 2-0.
AN E by Carp scores a third run and a Holt double plates a 4th as the Pet Detective silences the Blazers bats in a 4-0 win and split.\
WP Ventura (4-6)
LP Moore (13-3)
Blazers travel to the high altitude to face the Outlaws.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Muscrat
Kershaw was great, going 7 IP with 1 ER. Unfortunately, John Muscrat, who has never pitched in the BDBL before, threw a gem. Blazers get first and third with no outs in the 9th and then load the bases with one out, but can’t get a hit with RISP ( a theme for the first 2 games) as Outlaws escape 1-0. “what kind of scouting report do you have for a Muscrat,” Peburn said after the game.
WP Muscrat (1-0)
LP Kershaw (9-2)
S Baez (8)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Leake
1-1 in the 4th, Bethancourt hits a 2 run bomb to untie it. Blazers still can’t hit, and lose 3-1.
WP Miranda (4-3)
S Watson (3)
Game 3: Quintana @ Greinke
In a battle of New Milford’s former highly touted CY caliber arm and New Milford’s laughed at when drafted CY caliber arm, the current CY candidate didn’t disappoint (6 IP, 4 H, 8 K). Greinke meanwhile, Saunders and Castro connect for 2 run bombs and Tulo hits a Grand Salami. Grandy goes yard too as Blazers roll in a laugher 12-0.
WP Quintana (15-6)
LP Greinke (8-8)
S Morrow (1)
Game 4: Moore @ Wacha Wacha
Moore is all over the place with walk after walk and gets pulled after 3.1 IP.
Top 5, Freeman rips a 2 run triple followed by an RBI single from Kinsler for a 3-1 lead.
Blazers break out late, highlighted by a HR from Betts, as Blazers split the series with a 7-2 win.
WP Bowman (3-1)
LP Wacha (3-9)
Blazers are 2-2 on the chapter.