Game 1 – Buster Posey (9) takes David Price deep with Anthony Rizzo on base in the 1st, and then the Speakers bats take the next 9 innings off, accumulating 3 measly hits. Cruising with a 1-hitter, Felix Hernandez (as has been the pattern) surrenders 3 extra-base hits in the 5th, including Josh Harrison’s 2-run HR. Felix loses another 4-hitter, 3-2.
W – Price; L – Hernandez (8-10); S – Darren O’Day
Game 2 – 3 more extra-base hits in the 1st, this time featuring Victor Martinez’s 2-run HR is all Chris Sale needs. The Speakers string together 3 hits in the 2nd to score twice … and then take off the next 9 innings again. Jordan Zimmermann (+42) walks 2 in the 5th, one with the bases loaded. Jay Bruce and Jonathon Lucroy solos add to the misery in the Eliminators 6-2 win.
W – Sale (CG); L – Zimmermann (7-6)
Game 3 – Jon Lester takes pity on his former teammates, allowing 10 hits and 5 ER through 6 IP. Mookie Betts (3-5, D, HRs #5&6, 5-RBI, 3-R) shows promise for the Speakers 2016 outfield. Jesse Hahn allows just 2 RBI singles in the 4th following a pair of walks to earn his first win, 8-2 Speakers.
W – Hahn (1-4); L – Lester