The current #1 and #2 teams spontaneously filled a postseason void Wednesday evening in Oberlin. (No baseball? We’ll create our own baseball.)
Game 1 – After the Speakers scored 7 total runs in 3 games (and no more than 3 in a game) against the Lymebees, they rally for 4 in just the 3rd inning. Buster Posey’s 3-run double breaks a scoreless tie. Yoenis Cespedes follows with an RBI single.
AJ Pierzynski doubles home DJ LeMahieu in the 4th as The Plague close to 3-1. The Speakers answer back with a rare, patient Cespedes plate appearance: a bases loaded walk in the top of the 5th.
Mike Moustakas takes matters into his own hands with solos in both the 5th and 7th innings. Down 5-3 in the 9th, Lorenzo Cain triples to start the inning. Trevor Rosenthal comes in to face pinch hitter Matt Wieters, who lifts a sac fly to left (22-7, but would have been a 22-0 for Moustakas).
That’s as close as The Plague can get as Rosenthal retires Michael Brantley and Denard Span for a 5-4 Speakers win.
W – Luis Severino (3-0); L – Jose Fernandez (RIP)
Game 2 – Jake Arrieta surrenders an RBI double to Pierzynski and a Paul Goldschmidt sac fly. However, the Speakers 3-run 1st is all Arrieta would need to pocket an 8-2 final.
The Speakers tag Jaime Garcia with 8 runs and 14 hits. Posey knocks in 3, including his 6th homer. Cespedes drills his 6th in the 9th for icing. Anthony Rizzo (4-5, D, RBI, 2 R) slotted between them in the batting order. Even his one out was a turned-back hit number.
W – Arrieta (2-0); L – Garcia
Game 3 – Through the first 4 innings, The Plague have 7 hits; the Speakers total 8. The Plague lead where it counts, 5-2, thanks to Rizzo’s 1st inning error leading to 3 huge unearned runs.
Goldschmidt hits a pair of 2-run homers for The Plague while Carlos Gonzalez lines his 6th of the season, a solo blast, for the visitors. The Plague avert the sweep, 6-2, to maintain a 2 game margin in the standings.
W – Marco Estrada; L – Matt Harvey (6-6)