Game 1 – Neither David Price nor James Shields were sharp, resulting in a 4-4 tie after 4. Carlos Gonzalez (7) and Manny Machado (13) go back-to-back in the Speakers’ 2nd. Jose Iglesias (4-4, D, 2 RBI, R, SB) contributes all series for the Browns.
After an unearned run in the 4th, Machado slugs a 2-run homer (14) in the 6th and a sac fly in the 9th. The Speakers win 9-5 to spite Price allowing 11 hits. The Speakers record 10 safeties, 5 of which leave the park. Shields giftwraps 3 of them.
W – Price (7-5); L – Shields
Game 2 – Carlos Martinez and Johnny Cueto restore order, tossing zeroes through 6. In the 7th, Ian Kinsler doubles home a pair. The Browns storm back after the stretch as Iglesias doubles and scores.
With a slim 2-1 lead, Machado coaxes a walk off Cesar Ramos to start the 9th. Rajai Davis rattles a ball off the top of the fence for an RBI double and a big insurance run.
Brett Cecil plunks Jose Abreu to lead off the bottom half. Lucas Duda strokes a double. The Browns enjoy the tying runs at 2nd and 3rd with no outs.
Darren O’Day gets Iglesias on a 3-1 play–(only the second out he’s made this series)! Kyle Seager pops foul to Andrelton Simmons. With 2 away, pinch hitter Corey Seager flies out to center to end the game. 3-1, Speakers.
W – Martinez (8-3); L – Cueto; S – O’Day (3)
Game 3 – The strangest of the bunch, and possibly of the season. The Browns send 9 to the plate in the 1st with the first 5 reaching safely. When the dust clears, Corey Seager has a 2-run homer and the home team has a 4-0 lead.
Apparently oblivious to the concept of the shutdown inning, AJ Burnett promptly faces 11 Speakers in the 2nd inning. A Yoenis Cespedes 2-run double and 7 runs later, the Speakers lead 7-4 … after 1.5 innings!
Burnett recovers enough to retire his last 9 batters faced to end the 5th. The Browns offense responds with another 4-spot in the bottom of. Adam Jones connects for a Baltimore Special 3-run homer and Dexter Fowler’s 2-out RBI double accounts for the lead run.
The Browns pile on with a Harper 2-run HR in the 6th for a 10-7 lead. After Burnett and Tony Watson mow down 15 straight Speakers, Anthony Rizzo hits a solo shot (13) to start the 8th. With 2 on and 2 out, Kinsler singles off Koji Uehara to bring home the tying runs as Machado and Davis cross the plate.
After Harper’s homer, the Shartlesville bats go cold. Joe Blanton coughs up just a single in 1.2 IP to end the 8th.
At 10-10, Buster Posey singles (55-7) off Carlos Rodon to start the 9th. Mookie Betts pinch runs and steals 2nd. Cespedes makes the stolen base moot by launching a 2-run blast (7) for a 12-10 lead. Trevor Rosenthal sets down Kyle Seager, Adam Jones and Danny Espinosa in order in the bottom half to preserve the win.
W – Blanton (2-0); L – Rodon; S – Rosenthal (3)