Both teams wrap up the 2nd period Thursday in Lewisberry.
Game 1 – David Price outduels Dallas Keuchel, shutting out the Stars on 5 hits. Only one Star reaches 3rd base against Price, who goes the distance. On the offensive side, Buster Posey (2-4, D, HR #5, 3 RBI, R, BB) and Kris Bryant (3-5, 2 D, RBI, R) lead the Speakers to a 7-0 win.
W – Price (5-4); L – Keuchel
Game 2 – Mark Teixeira and Matt Carpenter slug back-to-back 2-out doubles in the 1st to put the Stars up early. The Speakers tie on Shin-Soo Choo’s boot in right field in the 2nd.
Chris Archer and Jose Quintana settle in until the 7th. The Speakers send 8 to the plate against 3 pitchers, scoring 4 times, including a Rajai Davis 2-run triple as well as RBI doubles by Yoenis Cespedes (as a pinch hitter) and Anthony Rizzo.
The Stars battle back with a pair of unearned runs after the stretch, thanks to Archer’s throwing error. However, the Speakers expand their lead in the 8th, plating 3 runs against AJ Ramos. Chris Young raps a 2-run double and Ian Kinsler singles him home.
That’s where the late scoring ends as the Speakers win 8-3. Both teams record 10 hits, but the Stars strand 10 base runners.
W – Archer (6-3); L – Quintana
Game 3 – Mike Fiers and three Stars relievers blank the Speakers on 3 hits. While the Speakers go 0-7 with runners in scoring position, the Stars dent the plate just enough to prevent a sweep.
Curtis Granderson singles home Matt Carpenter with 2 away in the 3rd. Granderson’s 8th inning 2-out single includes a Carlos Gonzalez error which scores Carpenter again for a 2-0 final.
W – Aroldis Chapman (3 scoreless IP); L – Carlos Martinez (7-3)