Game 1 – After Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single gives the Speakers a 1-0 1st inning advantage, the Lemonheads bat around plus-1 in the 3rd. The aftermath includes a Yan Gomes 2-run single and Daniel Murphy hit-and-run RBI single. The Speakers collect one meaningless single until the 8th when Jason Heyward and Buster Posey go back-to-back to make the final of 6-3 appear better.
W – Zack Greinke; L – Carlos Martinez (0-2); S – Fernando Abad
Game 2 – Somehow the Speakers send 9 to the plate in a 4-run 2nd, which begins with a Yasiel Puig solo (his 3rd). The offense then takes the remainder of the game off while the Bud Norris shirt creates its magic spell. Bud goes 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K in the 4-1 final.
W – Norris (3-4); L – Matt Shoemaker; S – Jeurys Familia (7)
Game 3 – You may ask, “How can a team score 8 runs in the 1st and lose?” With the Speakers, it’s easy. Still ahead 9-7 with 2 outs in the 9th, Yoervis Medina’s error leads to JD Martinez’s 2-run double. After Pablo Sandoval goes deep for an 11-9 Lemonheads lead in the 11th, Anthony Rendon smacks a 2-run triple in the bottom half. (Of course, with 1 out, Howie Kendrick whiffs to prolong the madness.) Finally, Ian Desmond homers to lead off the 12th and the Speakers do their usual disappearing act (1-2-3) in the bottom half for a 12-11 Lemonheads come-from-behind win.
W – Abad; L – Neftali Feliz (0-1)