San Diego defeated New Jersey 4 games to 1 to advance in the Staub Championships.

 

World Series Recap

Game 1 - Odorizzi vs Cole

In the bottom of the 1st the Horses struck when the Iron was hot taking a 1 run lead on a 2 out bases loaded wild pitch, but San Diego tied it up with a Gary Sanchez HR in the top of the second.  The lead wouldn't last for long after a solo shot by Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the 2nd and another run scored by Puig in the bottom of the 4th on a sacrifice fly by Ronald Acuna.  The Iron Horses were chugging along with their ace on the hill until the top of the 5th when Buxton doubled to lead off the inning and Bregman hit a 2 run, 2 out game tying shot. 

Then... a scoreless 6th... a scoreless 7th... a scoreless 8th... it was in the hands of the bullpens now... a scoreless 9th... a scoreless 10th... a scoreless 11th... a pair of bullpen studs Lugo and Glasnow battling it out... would this game go on forever?!?!?!

To the top of the 12th... Tatis in the box... Lugo lets it go... Tatis drives it... IT'S GONE!!!  A GO AHEAD HR IN GAME 1!!!.   To the bottom of the 12th.  Suarez, Walker and Lewis up for the Horses.  Joe Wallace decides to stay with the hot hand and keep in Glasnow.  Strikeout, Strikeout, Strikeout.  Glasnow K's the side and San Diego and Joe Wallace Surf to a 4-3 win. San Diego up 1 game to 0

Game 2  - Bassitt vs Wheeler

Stamets looking for Wheeler to step up and tie the series.  Bregman leads off with a single.  Donaldson and Alvarez follow with 1 out singles.  Bases loaded with 1 out, Wheeler looking for a ground ball to get out of the jam.  Gary Sanchez had other thoughts with a first inning Grand Salami!  The Surf would add another in the top of the 2nd with an RBI single by Donaldson.  The Horses looked like they were fighting back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning but Bassitt and Castillo held the Iron Horses scoreless the rest of the way.  Matt Olsen added solo HR's in the 4th and 6th innings to help the Surf hang 8 in a decisive 8-2 victory.

San Diego up 2 games to 0

Game 3 - Sanchez vs Ryu

On to San Diego where the Surf swam their Ace out to the mound.  Garcia led off the bottom of the 1st with a Solo HR and a Tatis single drove in another.  The Surf added 2 more in the bottom of the 5th with a Garcia walk and another Olson HR to give them a 4-0 lead.  With Ryu cruising through 5 innings it looked like this game was in the bag but the Horses galloped back in the top of the 6th with a single, walk and single by Semien, Suarez and Albies.  Hunter Pence brought the Horses within a run with a bases clearing double.  With the tying run on 2B and no one out, Walker moved the runner up with a ground ball to 2B.  With the lefty Ryu on the mound and a lefty Bradley on deck, he decided to intentionally walk Molina... the go ahead run, to get a lefty lefty matchup.  With about zero chance of Bradley making contact here, Stamets called for the squeeze.  Walker took off from third!  Bradley squared around and..... missed it!!!  Walker was tagged out at home!  Ryu would throw a scoreless 7th and Glasnow and Hendricks threw perfect 8th and 9th innings to give the Surf a 4-3 victory.

San Diego up 3 games to 0

 

Game 4 - Cole vs Rodriguez

The Iron Horses with their ace trying to earn a game 5.  The Surf trying to bring the trophy to San Diego.  It was apparent from the beginning this was a pitchers duel as the game was held scoreless through 5 1/2 innings until the bottom of the 6th when Olsen and Bregman had back to back doubles to give the Surf a 1-0 lead.  Rodriguez would throw a scoreless 7th and turn it over to the dynamic duo of Glasnow and Hendriks.  Stamets was tired of seeing Glasnow, but he hoped his team could turn the tides.  In the top of the 8th, Semien sparked a potential rally with a single and a stolen base. Suarez moved the tying run to 3B with a grounder to 2B and up game Albies. Glasnow had his number and struck him out.  It was up to the veteran Pence, he hit a ball to the hole... but was thrown out by a half of a step to end the inning.   On to the 9th inning. 

The righty Hendricks in.  Stamets signals to the lefty Choi... a great matchup.Hendricks sets him down on strikes. Stamets signals to the lefty Rios... another great matchup.Hendricks sets him down on strikes. Up comes another lefty Jackie Bradley Jr.  Hendricks sets him down on strikes.  San Diego wins 1 - 0 and sweeps the Iron Horses.

Congratulations to the new CBA Champion Joe Wallace and his San Diego Surf!The Surf had great starting pitching and a pair of shutdown relievers in Glasnow and Hendriks, holding the Iron Horses to 1 run over 8 innings in relief, striking out 14.

They also brought the lumber with 8 home runs.  The Iron Horses, on the other hand, did not.  Despite slugging 263 HR's during the regular season, good for 7th in CBA... they managed only one the entire series.  The parade in San Diego is scheduled.  Congrats to Joe on a great season.  He put together a tremendous team and knew how to use it.

 

 

 

Game 1 – The Beatles’ Justin Verlander pitched 7 strong innings, allowing one run on 3 hits. New Jersey was able to score 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings against Surf starter Eduardo Rodriguez, including a solo home run by Austin Riley. The Beatles’ bullpen was able to hold on for a 4-2 win. Gary Sanchez and Matt Olson homered in a losing effort for San Diego. (W-J. Verlander, L-E. Rodriguez, S-S. Cishek)

Game 2 – San Diego led off the game with back-to-back home runs by Avisail Garcia and Alex Bregman vs. New Jersey starter Lance Lynn. The Beatles would tie the game in the bottom of the first on a 2-run homer by Austin Riley against San Diego’s Hyun-Jin Ryu. That was all that Ryu would give up, as he went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on just 2 hits. Yordan Alvarez’s 2-run blast in the 5th gave the Surf a 4-2 lead. They tacked on a run in the 9th, and their bullpen did the rest. San Diego wins, 5-2 to even the series at a game apiece. (W-H. Ryu, L-L. Lynn, S-L. Hendriks)

Resumed Saturday evening in San Diego.

 Game 3: The Beatles sent their 21-win rookie to the mound to face the Surf’s Jake Odorizzi. After a scoreless first 3 frames, Paul DeJong’s solo homer in the top of the 4th gave New Jersey the lead. San Diego bounced back in the bottom of the 4th, scoring one on a wild pitch and one on Neil Walker’s RBI single to take a 2-1 lead. New Jersey took the lead back in the 6th on Rafael Devers’ solo shot and a 2-run double by Carlos Correa. With a 4-2 lead, the Beatles turned to their bullpen in the bottom of the 6th. The Surf closed to 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th on a Matt Joyce RBI single. In the bottom of the 8th, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a game-tying solo blast off of Pedro Baez. Then, in the bottom of the 9th, with Junior Guerra on the hill, one out, and runners on 1st and 3rd, Matt Olson hit a seeing-eye single to give the Surf a come-from-behind, 5-4 win and a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series. (W-L. Hendriks, L-J. Guerra)

Game 4: New Jersey’s Justin Verlander took on San Diego’s Eduardo Rodriguez in game 4. The Beatles took the lead in the top of the 3rd, scoring an unearned run on a passed ball. That’s how it would stay until the 7th, when Evan Longoria’s 2-out, 3-run homer gave New Jersey a 4-0 lead. The Surf got one back in the bottom of the 7th, but then the Beatles erupted for 9 runs in the 8th and won going away, 13-1. Series tied 2-2. (W-J. Verlander, L-E. Rodriguez)

 

Game 5: The Beatles’ Lance Lynn faced San Diego’s Chris Bassitt in the pivotal game 5. New Jersey’s scored 5 unearned runs in the 2nd inning, as a Fernando Tatis Jr. error paved the way for Brandon Lowe’s 2-out grand slam followed by Starling Marte’s solo shot. The Beatles would add a run in the 4th and another in the 5th to take a 7-0 lead. The Surf battled back, scoring 3 unearned runs of their own in the 5th. Solo shots from Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman in the 6th and 7th, respectively, got San Diego to within 7-5. Carlos Correa hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th to give New Jersey some breathing room, and their bullpen preserved a 9-5 win. New Jersey leads the series 3-games-to-2. (W-L. Lynn, L-C. Bassitt)

Game 6: San Diego sent ace Hyun-Jin Ryu to the hill against New Jersey’s Dallas Keuchel. Beatles manager Steve Adler surprised everyone by removing Keuchel from the game after he gave up a leadoff single to open the first inning. The game was scoreless after 3, and then Hunter Renfroe opened the scoring for San Diego with a solo shot off of Stefan Crichton in the top of the 4th. New Jersey bounced back with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame on an RBI groundout by Evan Longoria and a 2-out, 2-run single by Danny Santana. In the top of the 5th, with Junior Guerra pitching, Gary Sanchez hit a solo blast, and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a 2-run shot, giving the Surf a 4-3 lead. The teams traded runs in the 6th, and San Diego added runs in the 7th and 9th, giving the Surf a 7-4 win. Ryu went the distance for San Diego, giving up 4 runs on just 3 hits, striking out 8. The series is tied 3-3 as we head to game 7. (W-H. Ryu, L-J. Guerra)

Game 7: The Surf’s Eduardo Rodriguez took on Beatles ace Justin Verlander. New Jersey jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Austin Riley’s 3-run homer. San Diego would battle back, getting solo shots from Josh Donaldson and Gary Sanchez in the 4th to get to within 3-2. The Beatles added 1 in the 6th on Rafael Devers’ solo dinger, to give New Jersey a 4-2 lead. In the top of the 7th, with one out and a runner on 1st, Alex Bregman hit a game-tying 2-run blast against Pedro Baez. The bullpens would take over from there, and the game went to extra innings tied 4-4. Neither team would score in the 10th or the 11th. Then, with one out in the top of the 12th, Gary Sanchez hit his second homer of the game, to give San Diego a 5-4 lead. Liam Hendriks would retire the side in order in the bottom of the 12th, giving San Diego the Staub pennant, 4-games-to-3. (W-L.Hendriks, L-J. Guerra)

 

 

 

This was an incredible series featuring two great teams. The Surf advance to play the Cooperstown Iron Horses in the World Series in what promises to be another great match-up. Congratulations to Joe and his Surf on their big win!