Blazers go 16-8 in chapter 3 to finish 58-22 at the half way point, 4 games up on Salem in the McGowan division.
Hitter of the chapter was Mookie Betts. Mook hit 368/407/670 for the chapter, and was the only Blazer hitter named to the all star team. The Blazers hit 278/340/500 finally flexing some muscle after a deep 2 chapter slumber.
Pitcher of the chapter was Jose Quintana. Quintana went 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in 6 starts. Kershaw went 4-0 and the team pitched to a 2.88 ERA
Transactions: The Blazers made one trade, acquiring AJ Schugel from Charlotte in exchange for Shane Greene. In the midseason draft, the Blazers acquired CF, prospect Franchy Cordero, SP prospect Austin Bibbens-Dirkz, RP prospects Robby Scott, Chad Bell, John Brebbia, Kenyan Middleton, and SP Steve Brault, along with veteran RP Josh Osich. Pink slips went to JaCoby Jones, Austin Voth, Brett Anderson, Erik Gonzalez, Tyler Collins, Garrett Stubbs, Max Schrock, and Blake Treinen.
Sasquatch and Blazers play for the first time.
Game 1: Chen @ Kershaw
Bottom 1, a Freeman sac fly gives the Blazers a 1-0 lead.
Bottom 4, a Tulo RBI single made it 2-0.
Bottom 5, a Freeman RBI triple, Kinsler sac fly and Bourn RBI single put NM up 5-0.
Top 6, Gattis blasts a 2 run bomb off of Kershaw. That was the 9th HR Kershaw has give up this year in 64 innings (8 in 149 innings last year in RL.)
A Saunders RBI single make it 6-2, and that’s the score the Blazers win by.
WP Kershaw (6-1)
LP Chen (4-3)
Game 2: Finnegan @ Tanaka
Gattis, Lamb and Piscotty HR off of Tanaka and The Sas lead 5-2 in the 9th.
Bottom 9 and Osuna on, and with one out, Freeman triples, Kinsler hits a sac fly for out #2 but Saunders then HR’s to pull the Blazers within one run. Bourn singles to put the tying run on base, but Tulo pops up to end it as Sas win 5-4.
WP Finnegan (6-2)
LP Tanaka (9-6)
S Osuna (15)
Game 3: Quintana @ Sanchez
Carp HR’s to lead off the game and Tulo rips and RBI single in the 4th to put NM up 2-0.
In the 7th a Tulo HR and Freeman RBI groundout make it 4-0 NM.
A Kinsler error in the 9th gives The Sas a run making it a save situation.
Which Kimbrel converts with ease as Blazers win 4-1.
WP Quintana (11-5)
LP Sanches (3-6)
S Kimbrel (27)
Game 4: Moore @ Fister
Fister pitches great with 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB and 7 K. A Freeman single plates 2 in the 5th for the only damage against him.
Moore, however, was brilliant going 6 IP with 3 H, 1 BB and 0 runs
With 2 outs in the 9th, Kimbrel walks Gattis and Correa doubles him to third putting the tying runs in scoring position. Narvaez grounds one over the bag at second that Kinsler robs and converts the out at first to end the game in a Blazer 2-0 shutout win.
WP Moore (8-2)
S Kimbrel (28)
After a 1-3 start, Blazers go 15-5 to finish the chapter 16-8 and continue their winning streak against the EL to what seems like 100 years and counting.
Law Dogs and Blazers square off in interleague.
Game 1: Happ @ Kershaw
Happ goes 8 innings with 13 K’s but gives up 5 runs on HR’s to Betts, Kinsler and McCann.
Meanwhile, Kershaw goes 7 with 13 K’s and one hit. Blazers win 5-0.
WP Kershaw (5-1)
LP Happ (5-3)
Game 2: Chatwood @ Tanaka
A Zobrist RBI single in the third is matched by a Betts bomb in the 6th.
Bottom 11, with Wood on the hill, Saunders starts off with a double. A fly ball gets him to third and a Garcia sac fly walks off the Blazer win 2-1.
WP Trienen (3-0)
LP Wood (1-2)
Game 3: Quintana @ Whisler
An AGone RBI double in the second is matched by a Tulo bomb in the third.
Bottom 9, with Treinen on, Markakis doubled to lead off the inning. Cabrerra was IBB’d and Cervenka was brought on to get AGone. AGone grounds into a DP putting PR Gordon on third. Devenski is now on to get Orlando, but Orlando singles to center for the walk off 2-1 Dogs win.
WP Davis (3-1)
LP Treinen (3-1)
Game 4: Warren @ Lewis.
After a Betts first inning HR, Tulo HR’s in the second, Freeman rips a 2 RBI double and Saunders with the RBI single for a 5-0 advantage.
Bottom 3, Dogs fight back with a Ramos 2 RBI single and Markakis RBI single to pull to 5-3.
Bottom 5, Ramos with a 2 run jack ties the game.
Top 6, Carp and Freeman with RBI singles and Bourn with a 2 RBI single after a WP scores a run for a 10-5 Blazer lead.
Bottom 6. Myers with a 2 run bomb and it’s 10-7.
Kimbrel on in the 9th and after a lead off single, a DP and K ends it for the New Milford 10-7 win .
WP Moore (7-2)
LP Lewis (3-6)
S Kimbrel (25)
Outlaws travel to New Milford to take on the Blazers.
Game 1: Miranda @ Kershaw
Goldy is HBP and Springer goes yard for the first two batters to start the game for Kershaw. This is Clayton Fucking Kershaw and his BDBL stats up to this point are fucking stupid.
Bottom 1, with 2 outs, Kinsler ties the game with a 2 run jack and Tulo gives the Blazers the lead with a RBI single.
Bottom 6, a Kinsler HR makes it 6-3.
Bottom 7, a Kinsler RBI double and Saunders RBI single make it 8-3.
Bottom 8, Grandy and Tulo go back to back for a 10-4 lead.
Top 9, Treinen can’t get many outs so Kimbrel is brought in to get the final out in what is now a save situation. After 3 walks, one of which lead to a run, future Hall of Famer Aaron Judge lines out as Blazers escape 10-8.
WP Kershaw (4-1)
LP Miranda (2-1)
S Kimbrel (25)
Game 2: McHugh @ Tanaka
Bottom 3, a Freeman 2 RBI 3B and Grandy 3 run bomb make it 5-0.
Bottom 5, a Grandy RBI 3B and Tulo RBI single and it’s 7-0.
Tanaka (6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K) wouldn’t need 6 of those runs. Blazers win 7-0.
WP Tanaka (9-5)
LP McHugh (6-8)
Game 3: Greinke @ Quintana
Bottom 3, a Betts solo shot and Kinsler 2 run jack make it 3-0.
Bottom 5, a Carp HR, Kinsler RBI single, and Tulo 2 RBI double make it 7-0.
Bottom 8, Betts with a 2 run bomb puts the exclamation point on a Blazer 9-2 win
WP Quintana (10-5)
LP Greinke (6-5)
Game 4: Leake @ Moore
A Suarez RBI single in the first and Martin RBI BB in the second is matched by a Tulo RBI single and Leake WP in the second.
Bottom 3, Betts reaches on an error, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a WP to put NM up 3-2.
Moore is pulled after 4 giving up 4 H and 5 BB but only 2 runs. Devenski goes 3 holding the Outlaws in check.
Meanwhile a Kinsler single and Saunders sac fly make it 5-2.
Tulo HR’s in the 6th for a 6-2 lead.
Tulo HR’s again for 3 more in the 8th, and Blazers complete the sweep 9-2.
WP Devenski (9-3)
LP Leake (5-8)
Kinsler (571/647/1.357) and Tulo (563/529/1.313) go ape shit and drive in 20 runs with 3 HR each. Betts and Grandy hit a paltry 2 HR each.
Blazers travel to Vegas to take on the Flamingos.
Game 1: Greene @ Straily
Shane Greene goes 4 innings giving up 3 ER. Meanwhile, Straily dominates the Blazers throwing 6.1 with 1 run.
Gennett and Reynolds chip in with 2 RBI and CarGo goes yard as Pink Birds win the opener 6-1.
WP Straily (5-4)
LP Greene (4-3)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Hammel
Blazer bats continue to go silent, as a Chirinos HR in the 7th chases Tanaka from the game and gives the Pinkies a 3-1 lead.
Top 7, with 2 outs and 2 on, a Kinsler single ties the game at 3 all. Saunders with a RBI triple, Grandy with a RBI single, and Dietrich with a RBI single precedes a Flynn WP scoring a run and Blazers are up 7-3.
Blazers win 8-3.
WP Cervenka (2-0)
LP Hochevor (1-1)
Game 3: Quintana @ Collmenter
Top 1, Betts and Freeman go back to back for a 2-0 lead.
Top 3, Freeman goes yard again to make it 4-0.
Bottom 3, CarGo and Wellington go back to back and it’s 4-2.
Top 4, Grandy goes yard and Betts goes yard again for a 8-2 lead.
Betts, Freeman and Saunders have 3 RBI each in a 13-4 romp.
WP Quintana (9-5)
LP Collmenter (1-2)
Game 4: Moore @ Koehler
Carp leads off the game with a HR, Castro goes yard in the third, and a Betts single made it 3-0 in the 5th.
Bottom 6, Cuthbert goes yard to cut the lead to 3-2.
Devenski on to protect the lead in the 7th and Gennett ties it with a double and Eaton gives the Pinkies the lead with a single.
Top 9, Cahill on for the save, and with 2 outs hits PH Garcia with a pitch. Carpenter walks and Betts rips a clutch double to score 2 and give the Blazers the lead.
Kimbrel goes 1-2-3 in the 9th for his 24th save of the year.
WP Devenski (8-3)
LP Cahill (1-2)
S Kimbrel (24)
Blazers take a 1 game lead in the McGowan
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.
Blazers kick off the interleague schedule with a tilt with the Sovereigns.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Lester
Every once in a while, you play a series where up is down, white is black, and left is right. This was one.
A Betts first inning solo shot is bested by a Teoscar Hernandez 2 run blast off of Kershaw in the second.
A Carpenter single tied it in the 5th, but Hernandez untied it in the bottom half on a two run double.
A Guyer HR in the 6th off of Kershaw, his 7th given up on the season in 38 innings ( he gave up 8 ALL of last year) made it 5-2.
Top 8, a Betts single off of Melancon made it 5-3 and Blazers tie it in the 9th on a McCann 2 run double.
the Blazers, 10-0 in extras go to the weapon Devenski. With 2 outs and a runner on, Tulo boots a ball, allowing 3 UNEARNED runs to score when Morrison launched a PH 3 run HR to walk it off, breaking the Blazers extra inning streak at 10.
WP Miller (3-1)
LP Devenski (7-2)
Game 2: Greene @ Andreise
A Greene second inning single is matched by a Barnhardt double for a 1-1 tie.
A third inning Weeks double make it 2-1 Blazers.
Bottom 5, the wheels of the vaunted Blazer defense, who let down the team in game one, does it again in game two with EIGHT unearned runs in the 5th inning. EIGHT.
GAME OVER (you don’t come back from EIGHT UNEARNDED runs.)
WP Andriese (5-2)
LP Greene (4-2)
Game 3: Estrada @ Quintana
A Tulo HR in the second gives the home team a quick lead.
Top 3, Buckingham scores on what else? An error. 2-1.
Top 4, Blazer chapter 4 castaway from last year Luis Sardinas goes yard to give the Bucks a 3-2 lead.
A Carp sac fly in the 5th ties the game.
A Pujols single in the 6th gives the Sovereigns a lead they don’t give back 4-3.
WP Erik Estrada (5-4)
LP Quintana (7-5)
S Miller (2)
Game 4: Wright @ Moore
After giving up 12 unearned runs in the first 3, Moore takes charge and fires 7 innings of 3 hit ball.
Castro, Carp and Freeman HR as Blazers salvage a win in a sloppy, sloppy 1-3 series loss.
WP Moore (6-2)
LP Wright (1-6)
After stewing over this for almost 2 weeks, Blazers a ready to play more (hopefully clean defensively) baseball.
Blazers travel down south to face the Hitmen.
Game 1: Greene @ Santiago
A Centeno RBI single in the first give the Hitmen a 1-0 lead,
McCann and Weeks HR to highlight a 5 run third inning.
AN Aoki double in the bottom half makes it 5-2.
A 5th inning Weeks 2 RBI double and Tulo sac fly make it 8-2.
A 7th inning bases loaded walk by Freeman and HBP by Dietrich and it’s 10-2.
Blazers win an ugly one (for the first time in a LOOOOONG time) 12-2.
WP Greene (4-1)
LP Santiago (2-3)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Jiminez
A Kinsler first inning RBI single is matched by a Chisenhall solo shot.
A third inning Betts RBI triple, Kinsler RBI single and Saunders RBI double is almost matched by a Span 2 run jack.
Top 4, Dietrich hits his first HR of the year, a two run job, to make it 6-3.
Top 9, Grandy gives an insurance run on a HR and Blazers win 7-3.
WP Tanaka (8-4)
LP Jiminez (0-4)
Game 3: Quintana @ Tropeano
Quintana goes 6, with 6 baserunners and no ER.
Blazers score 14 with Saunders 2B, 3B and 4 RBI. Every Blazer starter minus Tulo had at least one RBI. Blazers win 14-0.
WP Quintana (7-4)
LP Tropeano (0-1)
Game 4: Moore @ Morgan
Hitmen take out their frustrations on Moore scoring 5 in the first. After an error to lead off, Gregorious hit a 2 run bomb, Burns hit a 2 run single, and Cervelli was HBP with the bases loaded after batting around. Gregorious lined out to center with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Top 3, McCann HR to left to put the Blazers on the board 5-1. Betts then HR’d to make it 5-2.
Top 9, Carpenter with a RBI single and Freeman with a 2 RBI triple and we have a tie ball game.
Top 11, Betts and Kinsler with RBI singles and it’s 7-5 Blazers.
Kimbrel closes the door for his 22nd on the miraculous come from behind win and series sweep.
WP Devenski (7-1)
LP Rodney (1-3)
S Kimbrel (22)
After starting the chapter 8-8, Blazers win 12 straight to finish with a 20-8 mark.
Blazers travel up north to face the Lightning.
Game 1: Greene @ Eickhoff
Top 2, Grandy homers to center for a 1-0 Blazer lead.
Bottom 9, Kimbrel on for the save and a two out walk, double, and wild pitch ties the game.
Top 11, a Freeman RBI triple and Kinsler RBI single put the Blazers up 2 and Cervenka makes it stand.
WP Boshers (2-0)
LP Perdomo (3-4)
S Cervenka (2)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Nolasco
a Freeman 2 run bomb in the first puts the Blazers up 2-0.
Lightning strikes for one in the 6th on a Bruce solo shot.
Bottom 9, Kimbrel strikes out Crisp to end it.
WP Tanaka (7-4)
LP Nolasco (1-5)
S Kimbrel (20)
Game 3: Quintana @ Volquez
Blazers score 5 runs in the first 3 innings, 4 unearned.
Top 4, Freeman doubles in Kim and it’s 6-0.
Boring write up, but that’s what happened.
WP Quintana (6-4)
LP Volquez (1-8)
Game 4: Moore @ Gray
Top 5, Kim HR’s to right for a 3-0 lead.
Bottom half, Lightning get 2 back on a Frazier HR.
Top 7, Saunders HR’s with a man on and it’s 5-2.
Bottom half, Frazier with a RBI groundout to make it 5-3.
Top 8, Tulo with a solo shot and it’s 6-3.
Kimbrel on in the 9th and lets a run score but escapes with a 6-4 Blazer win and series sweep.
WP Moore (5-2)
LP Gray (2-5)
S Kimbrel (21)
Buffs travel to New Milford to take on the Blazers.
Game 1: Kennedy @ Greene
Top 1, and with 2 runners on and one out, Headley rips a ball into the gap that Betts dives for and makes a spectacular catch. Encarnacion tries to tag from second and Betts guns him at third. (play of the game)
Bottom 4, Kinsler with a solo shot and it’s 1-0 NM.
Top 5, Brian McCann ties it up with a bomb of his own,
Bottom 8, Kinsler singles in Betts and it’s 2-1.
Kimbrel K’s the side for a 2-1 Blazer win.
WP Devenski (4-1)
LP Hudson (0-3)
S Kimbrel (18 )
Game 2: Peralta @ Tanaka
A Schleber third inning single puts the Buffs on the board 1-0.
Bottom half, Betts ties it up with a solo bomb.
Top 4, McCann HR’s again for a 2-1 WKB lead.
Bottom 4, a Tulo sac fly ties it up.
Bottom 6, a groundout and error give the Blazers 2 runs for a 4-2 lead.
Kimbrel closes it out again for a 4-2 Blazer win,
WP Tanaka (6-4)
LP Peralta (0-6)
S Kimbrel (19)
Game 3: Wilson @ Quintana
Quintana, battered for 4 runs and 8 hits in the first 3 innings, leaves the game with an injury.
Bottom 4, a Grandy 3 run jack cuts the Buffs lead to 4-3.
Bottom 7, Grandy goes long ball again to tie it up.
Bottom 10, with one out, Saunders crushes one to right to provide the home crowd with the walk off win,.
WP Devenski (5-1)
LP Anderson (1-4)
Game 4: Neal @ Moore
A 4th inning single by Dietrich plates Freeman and Blazers are up 1-0.
Top 6, a Vargas single ties the game at 1.
Bottom half, a Dietrich sac fly gives the Blazers a 2-1 lead.
Top 8, Encarnacion crushed one to left to tie the game.
Bottom 10, with one out, just like the night before, Freeman decides to do something useful for the first time all chapter and kills one to right for the identical walk off win,
WP Devenski (6-1)
LP Triggs (0-1)
Blazers are still not hitting but do just enough to win 3 one run games. Blazers take a virtual one game lead over Salem.