Game 1 – The Stars spot the Speakers 6 runs before scoring on Chris Archer’s 2-out throwing error in the 6th. The Speakers pin 14 hits on Dallas Keuchel through 8 innings. Both Anthonys homer: Rendon (10) a 2nd inning 2-run shot and Rizzo’s (11) solo in the 5th. Final, 6-1.
W – Archer (5-8); L – Keuchel
Game 2 – The Max Patkin version of the Speakers return beginning in Game 2, but not immediately. Manny Machado drives a 2-run single in the 1st. After a Rizzo error cuts the lead in half in the 3rd, the Speakers actually answer with Carlos Gonzalez’s gift 2-run HR in the 4th.
Would it last? Certainly not. Chris Negron doubles home a pair with 2-outs in the bottom of the 7th. Yoervis Medina retires all 3 batters he faces and needs just 1 more out in the 8th when Andrelton Simmons boots a Matt Kemp grounder. The baseball gods continue to torture the Speakers as Jhonny Peralta (who can’t even spell) delivers a 2-run shot and a Stars come-from-behind 5-4 win.
W – AJ Ramos; L – Medina (2-2)
Game 3 – This is more vintage 2015 Speakers as they yawn through another 5-hitter (4 singles), only pausing to score on Rizzo’s (12) solo in the 4th, already down 3-0. Justin Morneau (4-4, 2-HR, 3-RBI, 3-R) joins a long list of Speaker killers this season. Todd Frazier adds the icing with a 2-run blast with 2-outs in the 7th for a 5-1 Stars win.
W – Jose Quintana; L – Bud Norris, in his final OOTL start (3-7)