Game 1 – Because the Speakers are simply destined to be miserable, the ABs put up crooked numbers in 5 consecutive innings (2nd-6th) for a 21-4 laugher. Manager Williams states, “We’re fortunate to collect 21 runs in half a 30-game period.” The ABs load the bases in the 2nd: Mike Trout strokes a 3-run triple. Same situation in the 3rd: Evan Longoria knocks a salami. Same situation in the 4th: Marcel Ozuna clears ’em with a triple. That marks 4 consecutive bases loaded situations (back to last series) where the Speakers were victims of 3 3-run triples and a grand slam.
W – Max Scherzer; L – Chris Archer (4-8, 4.17)
Game 2 – The Speakers rally for 3 in the 9th to … lose 4-3. They’ve now scored 5 runs in the 9th innings of this series, only to be out-scored overall, 25-7. “You can’t make this stuff up, Harry.” Alex Wood makes 2 mistakes: a 1st inning 2-run shot by Giancarlo Stanton and a David Ortiz 2-run blast in the 6th. Oh, and Rajai Davis was cut down at the plate in the 3rd.
W – Cole Hamels; L – Wood (4-4, 3.91)
Game 3 – Stephen Vogt’s 2-run single and Anthony Rendon’s 3-run HR (#9) support poor Felix Hernandez for a change. Speakers salvage a 7-0 5-hitter by backing the King’s first CG shutout of the season with a 13-hit attack.
W – Hernandez (8-9, 3.08); L – Shelby Miller
The Speakers have now pitched 3 shutouts while the offense has been blanked a dozen times through 82 games.