Hamels v Warren…AT would open the scoring in the 3rd on a Grandal solo HR & Raburn 2 run HR to get enough runs for Warren who would go on for a CG win. Panik hit a solo HR in the 6th (Ginger Jesus had one turned back later that inning) for the AB’s only run. Cabrera hit a solo HR in the 7th. Brach came on in the bottom of the 8th to get worked over for a 4 spot….2 run HR by Valencia and then back to back jacks by Espinosa and Ramos. Final score 8-1 as the AB’s manage just their first run in 21 innnings.
Scherzer v Cueto. Cueto woul again go the distance as the AB’s up their scoring prowess to 1 run in 30 innings of play as they drop this game 3-0. Joey Bats clubs a 2 run jack in the 2nd and Valencia adds a solo in the 5th to complete the scoring. Both teams finish the first 2 games a combined 1 for 25 with RISP. So clutch.
Miller v Nola. Trout ends the draught w/ a lead off HR to start the bottom of the 1st for the AB’s. TS bounces back in the 3rd w/ successive RBI singles by Cabrera, Bogaerts, and Hundley to push their lead to 3-1. The AB’s answer in the 4th w/ a pair of solo HR’s from Big Papi and Forsythe. The game would remain 3-3 until the bottom of the 9th when Martin reached on a 2 out error, was replaced by Swihart, who scored on H&R double by Forsythe for the walk off win. Thornton picked up the win (His FOURTH of the season!) while Hendricks took the loss.
Salazar v Zimmerman. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when the AB’s put together a crooked number. Papi doubled, Forsythe singled him in, Gardner got a H&R single, stole 2nd, Russell grounded into an E6 scoring Andrus who ran for Forsythe and then Trout hit a Sac Fly to LF plating Gardner. Cabrera hit a solo HR in the 6th and then drove in Espinosa (pinch running for a plucked Duda) to cut the lead to 3-2. Thornton came on in the 9th to get the last out and pick up a save and a series split for the AB’s.
Not much to say AB’s went 4 for 26 w/ RISP while the AT’s went 4 for 25. AT’s did manage 9 HR’s but 6 came in game 1.
AB’s upped their team average for the year from .196 all the way up to .197
With the Stars and Bees left to play the AB’s are currently at 16-12 and will probably try to play a series next week – right now Wednesday looks like the best day but we shall see.