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.
Blazers go 21-3 in Chapter 4 for their best chapter (win% wise) of all time. The wins tie them with Los Altos for best record in the BDBL.
Hitter of the Chapter was the team, as the bats finally woke up. Carp (1.080,) Tulo (.987) , Saunders (.987), Freeman (.974) and Betts (.926) all raked and the team went for a .853 OPS and 43 HR in 24 games.
Pitcher of the Chapter was also a team effort as Schugel (0.00 ERA), Blevins (1.04 ERA), Quintana (1.19 ERA), Kershaw (1.45 ERA), Devenski (1.64 ERA), Bowman (1.69 ERA), and Moore (1.78 ERA) all pitched significant innings with ERA’s under 2. Moore lead the team with 5 wins, as Kershaw, Quintana, Tanaka and Dull chipped in with 3 apiece. The 2.16 team ERA lead the BDBL.
The Blazers made 3 transactions, dropping relievers Josh Osich, Robbie Scott and Chad Bell and picking up CF Mickie Mahtook, C Hector Sanchez and SS Gavin Cecchinni.
Blazers and Furies play a home and home series.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Anderson
Top 2, Tulo goes yard for a 1-0 Blazer lead.
Top 6, Blazers score 2 on Grandy and Kershaw RBI singles.
Bottom 7, Joseph HR”s off of Dull to make it 3-1 Blazers.
Bottom 9, Kimbrel on and Wolters starts off with a double and Cain singles him home. Cain then steals second. Joseph K’s for the first out and Castellanos K’s but a WP allows him to reach and Cain takes third. With the tying run 90 feet away Joyce PH’s and Devenski comes on to relieve Kimbrel. Joyce bunts and pops it up to a drawn in Carpenter, who whirls and hits Tulo who snuck in behind Cain for the game ending DP and Blazers win 3-2.
WP Kershaw (9-1)
LP Anderson (7-4)
S Devenski (2)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Porcello
Porcello goes 7.1 with 14 K’s and 3 H. Unfortunately Freeman and Betts solo HR’s were 2 of the hits.
Tanaka meanwhile didn’t give up a run in 6 IP. Neither did anyone else. Blazers win 2-0.
WP Tanaka (12-6)
LP Porcello (8-6)
S Kimbrel (36)
Game 3: Maeda @ Quintana
Castro starts off the third with a solo shot and a 1-0 Blazer lead.
Bottom 6, a Kinsler double and Grandy single make it 3-0 Blazers.
Top 7, Joseph HR’s to make it 3-1.
Bottom 8, Blazers score 5 highlighted by a Freeman bases clearing double.
Blazers win 8-1.
WP Quintana (14-6)
LP Maeda (3-7)
Game 4: Nelson @ Moore
Top 2 an E by Castro on a throw to second and a sac fly give SL a 2-0 lead,
Bottom 2, tied up on a Tulo 2 run bomb.
Bottom 4, Tulo and Castro HR for a 4-2 lead.
Bottom 6, Tulo with a sac fly for a 5-2 lead.
Top 9, Joseph HR’s off of Kimbrel to make it 5-3, but Gillespie K’s to end it as Blazers sweep 5-3.
WP Moore (13-2)
LP Nelson (3-6)
S Kimbrel (37)
Blazers try to catch Los Altos, with no help from the rest of the league, by going 21-3 in chapter 4.