Blazers finish the season with a home and home vs the Hitmen. Before the series started, it was determined that the Blazers had clinched the #1 seed in the OL.
Game 1: Warren @ Foltynewicz
Blazers seemingly put the game away in the 5th with a NINE spot highlighted by a Betts 2 run bomb and Castro grand slam. With the season runs differential record of 436 within reach and the season ERA record within reach, the Blazers opted to go to the pen to preserve a blowout win. I guess Bowman hit the bubbly a little to hard the night before as he gave up a 6 spot. Ugh. Blazers win 14-8, as the feeble Hitmen score 8 runs.
WP Devenski (12-3)
LP Folynewicz (1-7)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Miley
I figured the ERA record was a done deal going into this series. The Hitmen, well, they can’t hit. And not against the best pitching in the league. Well, they scored 6 more today storming back from a 3-0 defecit led by the ever dangerous Alonso with 2 RBI and Miley driving in a run. Blazers were lead by a Tulo 2 run bomb but it wasn’t enough in the Hitmen 6-4 win. The runs dif record is now a pipe dream and the ERA record, which seemed in the bag coming into the series at 2.49 is getting dicey.
WP Miley (5-12)
LP Boshers (2-3)
S Rodney (6)
Game 3: Cashner @ Moore.
With the runs diff record a pipe dream, the Blazers finally get a lopsided game, where Moore was brilliant (6 IP, 1 ER) all but cementing the ERA record. Blazers score in every inning but the 7th as they hit 7 doubles, 1 triple and 3 HR lead by Saunders with 2 doubles, a triple and HR, Castro with a 3 run bomb, and Moore with a HR. Blazers win the laugher, the 120th win of the season, 12-1.
WP Moore (22-3)
LP Cashner (2-10)
Game 4: Miller @ Quintana
Top 3, up 1-0 with 2 outs, Span singles, TRex to first on an E by Carp, Parra with an IF single and Giminez with a Grand Slam. 5-0 Hitmen.
A Saunders HR in the 8th pulled the Blazers within 2 at 5-3 but Hernandez put up an insurance run with a HR in the 9th. Bottom 9, the Blazers seemed more interested in going home to spend some time with their families than winning the game as Rodney gets the easy save in the Hitmen 6-3 win. The poor performance by Quintana left the CY door open for votes for Kershaw, Sale and Moore.
WP Miller (3-8 )
LP Quintana (22-7)
S Rodney (7)
Blazers and Jamboree finish a home and home series.
Game 1: Suarez @ Kershaw
Blazers score 2 in the second, 1 in the third, and 3 in the fifth and Kershaw goes 5 with 0 R in the Blazers 6-0 shutout win, thrusting himself into the CY race finishing the year with a 1.99 ERA.
WP Kershaw (17-2)
LP Suarez (0-5)
Game 2: Tillman @ Tanaka
A second inning Davis HR put the Bear on the board 2-0.
A 6th inning Davis 2 run double makes it 4-0 Bear.
Bottom 6, Blazers pull within one on a Saunders 2 run double and Grandy RBI triple.
Top 8, Contreras doubles in a run for a 5-3 Jam lead.
Bottom 9, Blazers score a meaningless run as BCJ wins 5-4.
WP Tillman (14-8 )
LP Tanaka (18-9)
S Chapman (36)
Game 3: Moore @ Gio
Both starters give up 13 hits each. Moore limits the damage to 4 runs. Gio gives up 1 in the first, 9 in the second, and 2 in the third. Weeks goes yard with 4 RBI, Freeman drives in 3 and Tulo goes yard as Blazers roll 14-4
WP Moore (21-3)
LP Gio (10-10)
Game 4: Quintana @ Santana
Bottom 1, Murphy doubles in Jay for a 1-0 Bear lead.
Top 7, Betts flies out to start the inning. Santana has still not given up a hit to this point.
Freeman and Kinsler walk to put the tying run on second.
Saunders then doubles for the first Blazer hit of the game, and Kinsler scores from first for a Blazer 2-1 lead.Dietrich with a PH RBI single, a run scored on a WP and Betts clears the bases with an RBI triple. 7-1 Blazers is your final.
WP Quintana (22-6)
LP Santana (14-11)
Blazers are 19-5 on the chapter with a home and home tilt with Myrtle Beach left on the docket. The 118 wins is a new franchise record and second most wins all time in a BDBL season. Blazer team ERA is 2.49 on the season.
Blazers travel up north to face the last place lightning.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Duffey
Blazers hang a 5 spot in the third highlighted by a Betts 2 RBI triple and Freeman 2 run bomb.
A second HR by Freeman paced the 11-1 drubbing of the lightning.
WP Kershaw (16-2)
LP Duffey (2-9)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Volquez
Tanaka gives up 3 H in 5 IP (0 R) and Dietrich’s 2 RBIs, lead the way in the Blazer 7-0 shutout.
WP Tanaka (18-8 )
LP Volquez (3-21)
Game 3: Moore @ Eickhoff
A Betts 2 RBI single in the 3rd breaks a 1-1 deadlock.
Bottom 8, Hardy GIDP but a run scores to make it 3-2.
Blazers tack on an insurance run in the 9th on a Kinsler RBI double and Kimbrel BB (typical), K (typical) GIDP ends it for the Blazer 4-2 win,
WP Moore (20-3)
LP Eickhoff ( 6-11)
Game 4: Warren @ Nolasco
A Saunders RBI single in the 4th is matched by a Harrison solo shot in the 5th.
Top 6, a Grandy sac fly and Kim RBI single put NM up 3-1.
a 7th inning Freeman single and it’s 4-1 Blazers.
Bottom 9, Kimbrel induces fly outs to right, center and left to end it in the Blazer 4-1 win and sweep of the lowly Lightning.
WP Warren (3-2)
LP Nolasco (7-13)
S Kimbrel (47)
The 115 wins are a new record for the Blazers in a single season.
Tippers travel to face Blazers in a possible playoff preview.
Before the first pitch was thrown, it was announced that New Milford had clinched the McGowan Division, the seventh straight crown and 8th overall.
Game 1: Strasburg @ Kershaw
Stras has a 5.15 ERA on the season. Who knew?
A Werth first inning RBI groundout is matched by a Carp solo shot in the bottom half.
A Betts solo shot in the third and Grandy RBI triple push the Blazer lead to 4-1.
Bottom 4, a Freeman 2 RBI double made it 6-1 Blazers.
A Grandy HR rounds out the scoring for the good guys in a Blazer 8-3 win.
WP Kershaw (15-2)
LP Stras (7-10)
With the win, Kershaw moved into sole possession of 6th place on the all time wins list at 181, passing the legendary Roy Oswalt.
Game 2: Gray @ Tanaka
Herrara HR’s in the second (1-0 Salem)
Freeman doubles in the 4th (1-1 tie)
Castro singles in the 5th (2-1 Blazers)
and Altuve singles in the 7th (2-2 tie)
With 2 on in the 10th, I left McGowan in to face Sanchez with a warmed up Blevins. I will never make that mistake again. 3 Run bomb. Floppers in 5-2.
WP Montgomery (8-4)
LP Boshers (2-2)
S Jones (24)
Game 3: Shoemaker @ Moore
Top 4, Grandy singles for a 1-0 Blazer lead.
Tippers take the lead back next inning on a Carp E and Prado single.
Top 6, a Shoemaker single makes it 3-1.
Bottom 8, a Kinsler sac fly pulls the Blazers within one, 3-2.
Top 9, Tippers put the game away on a Turner 2 run bomb, 5-2.
Bottom 9, 2 walks and an E with one out loads the bases. A passed ball by Sanchez allows Saunders to score. Another passed ball by Sanchez allows Grandy to score. McCann then ties the game with an RBI single.
Again, FREE BASEBALL.
Top 10, Kimbrel on and he implodes with a BB, HBP and one out RBI single. A Carp E (again) leads to a second Tipper run.
Tips win 7-5.
WP Solis (2-2)
LP Kimbrel (1-2)
S Norris (2)
Game 4: Matz @ Quintana
Third inning, Werth goes BOOM for a 2 run jack.
A Prado sac fly in the 4th pushed the Tipper lead to 3-0.
Bottom 6, Freeman doubled to put the Blazers on the board 3-1.
Bottom 8, Carp and Freeman HR off of Jones to tie the game.
Bottom 9, Tulo leads off with a double and Kim PH’s and lines a single to center as the Blazers walk off for the split 4-3.
WP McGowan (2-0)
LP Phelps (4-3)
The win, the 111th of the season, is tied for the second most in Blazer history.
Flamingos migrate to New Milford.
Game 1: Straily @ Kershaw
Up 3-1 in the 6th, Blazers put a 4 spot on the board and put the game away in a 7-1 win as Saunders and Tulo (who leads the team in HR) drive in 2 apiece and Tulo and Dietrich HR.
WP Kershaw (14-2)
LP Straily (8-13)
Game 2: Hammel @ Warren
A Tulo RBI single in the second is matched by a Eaton solo blast in the 6th.
Bottom 7, Betts with an RBI double and Freeman with a 2 RBI double and it’s 4-1.
Pinkies score 2 in the 8th to pull within 4-3 on a Gennett HR and Jankowski RBI 3B.
Bottom 8, Bruce Maxwell, getting a cup of coffee with expanded rosters, orders a large with a PH 2 RBI single making it 6-3.
Kimbrel on for the 9th and after walking the first 2 batters he faced giving 3 possible chances for the tying run to step to the plated induces a 6-4-3 DP and K to end it in an 6-3 Blazer win
WP Dull (8-5)
LP Cahill (2-4)
S Kimbrel (44)
Game 3: Kohler @ Moore
Both starters are on point, as a Kinsler first inning RBI double is matched by a Cuthbert 4th inning RBI single.
Bottom 6, a Carp double plates Tulo and Kimbrel gets Kendrick to ground out to end it in the 2-1 Blazer win .
WP Moore (19-3)
LP Kohler (6-14)
S Kimbrel (45)
Game 4: Liriano @ Quintana
A Lindor single in the first plates an unearned run for a 1-0 Pink Bird lead.
Bottom 3, a Freeman RBI groundout ties it and Kinsler unties it with a 2 RBI double.
Bottom 6, Bourn with an RBI single and Quintana with a 2 RBI double and it’s 6-1.
A Saunders 2 RBI double and Betts sac fly round out the scoring in the 9-1 win and Blazer sweep.
WP Quintana (21-6)
LP Liriano (9-10)
Blazers are 10-2 for the chapter.
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.
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.