Game 1 – Scott Van Slyke’s 3rd inning 3-run HR (4) breaks a scoreless tie. Each team dents the plate just once the rest of the way for a 4-1 Speakers win.
W – Bud Norris (1-3); L – Danny Duffy; S – Jeurys Familia (4)
Game 2 – Albert Pujols’ 2 singles total the Speakers offensive offense. One other hit rolled in the 9th inning goes for naught against Grade 20 Corey Kluber. The Wahoos score bookends: in the 1st on a 2-run single by Edwin Encarnacion; and in the 9th, on Devon Mesoraco’s solo shot. Wahoos win 3-0 in the Speakers 7th time shut out in 51 games.
W – Kluber; L – Chris Archer (2-6)
Game 3 – The Speakers carry a 4-2 lead to the 7th when the Wahoos explode for 3 doubles, 2 singles and [you guessed it], a Jason Heyward error, to score 4 times and win 6-5. Mesoraco and Pedro Alvarez solos account for the Wahoos first 2 runs. Rajai Davis (1) and Pujols (4) hit solos for the lowly Speakers.
W – Brad Boxberger; L – Jordan Zimmermann (5-4)