Game 1 – Kris Bryant doubles home a 2-out 1st inning run for the Speakers. This would be Bryant’s only hit of the series.
From the 9-hole, in his first plate appearance as a Speaker, Ian Kinsler homers off Adam Warren. The Speakers tack on 4 more in the 4th, highlighted by Kinsler’s 2-run double.
Meanwhile, 7 hits through the first 4 innings leave the Tsunamis with a ton of stranded base runners and zero runs against Matt Harvey. Kinsler (4-4, D, HR, 4-RBI, 2-R debut) and Manny Machado add RBI singles in the 6th and 7th, respectively, for a commanding 8-0 lead.
Finally, with 2 outs in the 9th, the ATs’ Miguel Cabrera ropes a 3-run HR to dent the scoreboard. Harvey calmly whiffs Jung Ho Kang to claim the CG 8-3 victory, scattering 13 hits.
W – Harvey (5-3); L – Warren
Game 2 – Yoenis Cespedes finds a gap for a 2nd inning 2-run double and an early 3-0 lead for David Price. Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single in the 7th would be the only other run of the game. Price goes the distance, twirling a 3-hit shutout, 4-0.
W – Price (4-3); L – Gio Gonzalez
Game 3 – Clayton Kershaw turns the tables, pitching a 5-hit CG shutout at the Speakers. The Tsunamis bat around in the 2nd to chase Carlos Martinez, who suffers his first loss of the season.
Xander Bogaerts and Kang each contribute 2 singles to the cause. Bogaerts chips in a pair of RBIs to prevent the sweep. Javier Baez (3-4) earns the majority of the Speakers 5 singles.
W – Kershaw; L – Martinez (6-1)