Game 1 – The Plague have a knack for scoring late to overtake the Speakers, and this series continues that trend. Yoenis Cespedes’ 2-out RBI single in the 2nd scores Anthony Rendon for a quick Speakers lead. The Plague match in the 4th on a pair of doubles (Paul Goldschmidt and Lorenzo Cain) around three strikeouts.
Goldschmidt (3-4, 2-D, RBI, R) doubles home Billy Hamilton with the game-winner in the 7th to chase Alex Wood. The Plague tack on a Torii Hunter 2-out RBI single in the 9th, which they need after Cain muffs Howie Kendrick’s single into a 9th inning run in the bottom half for a 3-2 final.
W – Henderson Alvarez (who must be undefeated in his career against the Speakers); L – Wood (4-3, 3.86); S – Aaron Sanchez
Game 2 – The Speakers carry a 3-1 lead to the 8th when The Plague magic jams the bases with 1 out. DJ LeMahieu triples home all 3. A leadoff walk and 2 9s in The Plague 9th set up a Michael Brantley sac fly to win 5-4. Buster Posey (3-4, D, HR #8, 2-RBI, R) performs well in the Speakers’ usual losing effort.
W – Alfredo Simon; L – Felix Hernandez (7-9!, 3.27); S – Sanchez
Game 3 – Kendrick supplies two 2-run doubles with the bases juiced to lead the Speakers to an improbable 5-2 win behind Jordan Zimmermann’s CG 6-hitter. The Plague 7th-9th inning rallies generate 6 base runners, but no runs.
W – Zimmermann (7-4, 2.64); L – Scott Kazmir
The Plague finishes the season series 7-3 against the hapless Speakers.