2014 Playoffs

The Wildcard round was indeed wild.  The World Champion New Jersey Beatles Steve Adler was dethroned by Cory Light's guidance of the Maine Express impressively 4 to 1.  Maine vs New Jersey Page

The Clemente Wildcard posted John Miller's High Bridge to a well fought 7 game series win over Malachi Nellum's Stirling Redsox.  Both teams advance to round 2 to face their Conferences top seeds.

Stirling RedSox vs High Bridge Heaters Page

 

 


Round 2 Sees the heavyweights battle

Cooperstown vs High Bridge

Jon Stamets best Clemente record faced Jon Miller';s High Bridge Heaters.  The heaters took a 3 to 1 series lead, only to have Stamets roar forward and take the games to 7 winning a chance to go into the Clem finals vs Ohio.

Game 1:

Dillon Gee held the Iron Horse offense to 3 runs over 7 2/3 innings with Rivera slamming the door for the last inning and a third.  The Heater's offense chased Kershaw in the 7th after giving up 4ER over 6 1/3 cruising to a 1 game lead

Game 2:

Matt Harvey throws a complete game giving up 3 ER and striking out 14 to earn the victory.  Bumgarner also goes the distance but gives up 7ER in the process giving up HR's to Seager and Byrd.  The Heaters take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Game 3:

Fernandez is the story here, stopping the bleeding with a complete game 3 hitter, giving up 1 ER and striking out 9.  Troy Tulowitzki hit 2 HR in the game to help chase Ryu in the 5th after giving up 6 ER.  Cooperstown pulls the series to 2-1.

Game 4:

Kershaw vs Burnett... Cooperstown was counting on their ace but he could only register 1 out in the game after giving up 4 ER off of 4 hits and a walk before being pulled.  Oberholtzer made a valient effort out of the bullpen throwing 5 scoreless innings.  After being down 7-0, Cooperstown fought back, scoring 6 runs to pull within a run going into the 9th.  With a runner on 3rd and 2 out... Yadier Molina was robbed by a Hi-light film play by Beckham to end the game and earn the Sandman the win in what will be his last season.  High Bridge up 3 games to 1...

Game 5: 

Bumgarner vs Gee. Pitcher's duel takes a 1-1 game into the 8th inning.  Gee walks Walker and Nava and Hoover comes in with 2 on 2 out to face pinch hitter Evan Gattis.  Gattis, not known for his eye, draws a walk to load the bases.  Enter Sandman... bases loaded 2 out... Troy Tulowitzki comes to the plate and hits a grand slam.  It would be all Bumgarner would need as he goes the distance allowing 1 ER. High Bridge leads 3 games to 2.

Game 6:
Harvey vs Hudson.  Crucial game as Cooperstown has Fernandez waiting to go in game 7.  Harvey goes the first 8 innings without giving up a run.  Hudson threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings but turned it over to the well rested bullpen when he ran into trouble int the 4th.  Torres, Machi, Watson and Balfour combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings of 1 hit ball to take the game to the bottom of the 9th.  Harvey, the best pitcher in CBA this season, gave up a lead off single to David Wright.  Tired, he was pulled in favor of Pressly... tough on righties.  Wright steals 2B taking the bat of of Tulowitzki's hands.  Justin Smoak flew out bringing Yadier Molina to the plate.  Molina hit a fly ball to CF Starling Marte to dropped the ball for a 2 base error allowing Cooperstown to walk off with the victory and head to the decisive game 7.

Game 7:
Fernandez vs Ryu.  It looked as if Ryu may be in for another rough outing after giving up 2 runs in the first... but he settled in to hold the Iron Horses scoreless for the next 7 innings, giving up 2 ER over 8 innings for a stellar start.  Unfortunately for him, Jose Fernandez was better, throwing 8 shutout innings of 2 hit ball striking out 13.  He came out for the top of the 9th, but after giving up a leadoff single to Kyle Seager allowing the tying run to the plate, the ball was turned over to Uehara who converted 42 saves during the regular season.  After striking out Werth and getting Byrd to lineout, Raul Ibanez came to the plate for a matchup of player with 80 total years of life lived.  Ibanez fouled out to end the game and the series.  Cooperstown moves on.
 

Ohio vs Ottawa

The Glen Kenan led Ohio Outlawz took it to 7 games to defeat Jack Jung's Ottawa Otters.  The team from the Canadian Capitol, could not muster the clutch hit against the Outlawz in the end run.  Kenan advances to first ever Conference final.

Game 1       Otters       8   12    0         Iwakuma  (W)

                   Outlawz    2    4    2          Nolasco  (L)

The Otters dominated Game 1 as Iwakuma was dominant in throwing a CG, 4 hitter. Ottawa had a balanced offense with 5 players getting multi hits. Justin Heyward had 3 RBI's leading the attack and Ortiz and Beltre has 2 RBI's each.

 
Game 2       Otters       2    5    0          Darvish    (L)
                  Outlawz     6    7    0          Buchholz (W)

 
The Outlawz bounced back in Game 2 by finding their hitting shoes and tying the series @ 1 game each with a 6-2 win. Clay Buchholz who was the Outlawz best pitcher during the season proved his worth by going the distance. Yu Darvish was hit hard and gave up 7 hits and 6 ER in 6 innings. Mike Carp delivered the big blow with a 2 run HR.

 
Game 3      Outlawz     0    5   1           Leake  (L)
                  Otters       7   11   1           Fister  (W)

 
With the series coming to Ottawa, the Otters put on a great show for the hometown fans. Doug Fister was lights out and pitched a CG, shutout, 0 BB, 4 K's. Mike Leake pitched decent for the Outlawz only allowing 1 ER, but a costly error in the 1st inning opened the door for 5 Ottawa runs. Justin Heyward and Joe Mauer did the majority of the damage with 2 RBI's each. 

 
Game 4     Outlawz      6  11   1            Nolasco  (W)
                Otters         2    6   2            Iwakuma  (L)

 
This was a must win for the Outlawz or otherwise they would give Ottawa a commanding 3-1 series lead. Ricky Nolasco redeemed himself from a rough Game 1 outing and pitched 7 strong innings, only allowing 1 run, 0 walks and 6 K's. Freddie Freeman was the hitting star for the Outlawz going 4 for 4 with 2 RBI's. The series is now tied at 2 wins each and coming down to a best of 3. 

 
Game 5     Outlawz      6   10   0            Thayer   (L)
                 Otters        7   11   1            Darvish  (W)

 
Both starting pitchers,Eric Stults and Yu Darvish, got roughed up early, but Darvish hung in there and lasted 6 innings and got the win. Ryan Raburn delivered the big blow with a 3 run HR in the 5th. The Otters bullpen shut down the Outlawz for the final 3 innings. 

 
Game 6     Otters        4    6    0            Fister      (L)
                Outlawz      6   12   4            Buchholz (W)

 
With the series returning to Ohio, the Otters needed only 1 win to move on to the next round. It was a great pitching match up with Doug Fister, who shut out the Outlawz in game 1 going against Clay Buchholz who pitched great in game 2. When the smoke cleared, Buchholz pitched his 2nd consecutive CG of the playoffs and allowed only 2 runs. His mound opponent, Doug Fister, struggled most of the game and gave up 6 runs in 4 innings. Buster Posey swung the big bat for the Outlawz and was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI's. The Outlawz were fortunate to survive this game as they committed an uncharacteristic 4 errors. Its now down to the final game for all the marbles!

 
Game 7    Otters          1    7    0            Iwakuma  (L)
               Outlawz        2    9    0            Nolasco   (W)    Johnson (SV) 

t was ironic that game 7 was the closest and hardest fought game of the series. Both starting pitchers were outstanding, but in the end, Ohio prevailed and pulled out a 2-1 win in a nail-biter. All the runs were scored in the first 3 innings, and then pitching dominated. Ottawa starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a CG and deserved a better fate, but the Otters bats went cold. His counterpart, Ricky Nolasco pitched 5.1 good innings and turned it over to the bullpen to hopefully close it out. Jim Johnson earned the save, which surprisingly was the only save of the series. Jose Altuve was the hitting star for the Outlawz going 3-4, HR, 1 RBI

Final Thoughts: This was a very good series, closer than some of the scores indicate. The Otters have a very solid team and I suspect they will be right back in the thick of things next season. Jack Jung has built a very solid franchise. I believe the Outlawz were very fortunate to pull this series out as the Ottawa bats went quiet in some crucial situations. I felt going into the series the Outlawz were definitely the underdogs. The biggest surprise to me was the Outlawz hitting 8 HR's to only 5 for Ottawa. I wish to thank Jack Jung for being a great opponent and a pleasure to play. Neither one of us has a lot of Netplay experience, but overall everything went pretty smoothly, just a few glitches. I would like to pronounce that the Outlawz named Clay Buchholz as their MVP of the series going 2-0, 2 CG, and a 2.00 ERA. The Outlawz hitting stars were Freddie Freeman, .417, 2 HR, 5 RBI's, and Jose Altuve, .448 avg and 1 huge HR. As far as the Outlawz see it, Joe Mauer was the big bat for Ottawa, hitting .462 with 4 RBI's and Justin Heyward led the Otters with 5 RBI's. 
Well, its on to Cooperstown, where the Outlawz will have to play at their peak to continue their march on to the Championship !

 

 

Towaco vs Maine

Kevin Gibson's powerful Wolfpack circled Cory Light's Maine Express and overtook them 4 games to 1.  Gibson moves to his first ever Conference Final in CBA.

San Diego vs River Meadow

In Game #1, Monarchs won 4-3 on a 9th inning winning HR.
Jed Lowrie had 2 base hits at Fenway Park as the River Meadow Monarchs beat
the San Diego Surf 4 to 3.
River Meadow won the game with a run in the top of the 9th inning.  After two
outs Ryan Doumit ripped a solo home run.  Jason Kipnis was the next batter,
but he struck out.  River Meadow managed 10 hits in their victory. 
Anthony Swarzak(1-0) went 1 inning allowing no runs for the victory. Swarzak
got help from Sergio Romo who was credited with his 1st save.  Darren
O'Day(0-1) was tagged with the loss in relief. 

 
In game #2, Monarchs won 13-6 on a 9 runs over 7th and 8 innings
Matt Carpenter had 4 hits and 5 RBI at Fenway Park where the River Meadow
Monarchs beat the San Diego Surf by the score of 13 to 6.
River Meadow scored 5 runs in the 7th inning with the help of 3 hits.  The
biggest moment was provided by Carpenter who silenced Fenway Park as he
stroked a one-base hit bringing in two baserunners.  River Meadow had 13 hits
for the game and San Diego had 10. 
The victory went to Bruce Chen(1-0) who went 1 inning, allowing no runs. Tyler
Thornburg preserved the game for Chen, recording his his 1st save.  Latroy
Hawkins(0-1) was the loser in relief. 

 
In game #3, San Diego won 3-0.
Robinson Cano had 3 base hits as the San Diego Surf defeated the River Meadow
Monarchs by the score of 3 to 0 at Great Lakes Stadium.
San Diego promptly took the lead in their half of the first when they came up
with 2 runs on 3 hits.  That early run support was all that Matt Garza(1-0)
required.  Neither team managed to score after the 2nd inning. 
Jake Peavy(0-1) was the losing pitcher.  He surrendered 8 hits and 1 walk in 7
innings.

 
In game #4, a dramatic 2-runs HR in the 9th inning.
Josh Donaldson touched them all as the San Diego Surf staged a dramatic
comeback over the River Meadow Monarchs by a score of 4 to 3 at Great Lakes
Stadium.
San Diego scored the decisive runs in a big 9th inning with 2 runs utilizing 2
base hits.  Edwin Encarnacion led off and started the attack as he drew a
walk.  One out later, Giancarlo Stanton was the next batter, but he struck
out.  Brad Miller then bombed a two-run dinger.  Donaldson was up next and he
doubled.  Jhonny Peralta was a strikeout victim, unable to help out.  Jason
Grilli was perfect in relief and gained credit for his 1st save. 
The victory was credited to Justin Wilson(1-0) who went 2 innings, allowing no
runs. Sergio Romo(0-1) was the loser in relief.  Moises Alou was not very
talkative after his team's tough loss.  'I'm not in the mood for questions,
but I'm sure Joe Wallace will be glad to talk about the game as long as you
have questions to ask.'

 
So far this is a great serie... Joe Wallace a a great opponent.

 

In the Wildcard:
High Bridge over Stilrling .in 7 Jon Miller advanced
Maine over New Jersey in 5  Cory Light advanced....
In Round 1 the Conference playoffs
Cooperstown over High Bridge in 7 Jon Stamets advances
Ohio Outlawz over Ottawa Otters in 7 Glen Kenan advances
San Diego Surf over River Meadow Monarchs
Towaco Wolfpack over Maine Express in 5 Kevin Gibson advances
Conference finals
CLEMENTE: Ohio Outlaws over Cooperstown Iron Horses in 5
STAUB: Towaco Wolfpack over San Diego Surf in 4
World Series: Ohio defeats Towaco to win crown
 

 


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