The Browns faced off against the Arrogant Bastards this past Saturday:
Game 1: Rodon v Maeda. The AB’s scratched two unearned runs across on the top of the 1st after Piscotty reached on an E3 and Stanton doubled to set up 2nd & 3rd with 1 down. A Gattis sac fly and a Saladino RBI single gave the Bastards all the runs they would need. The Sharts managed just 3 hits in the game (doubles for Turner, K. Seager & Perez) as Maeda, Britton and Jansen combined for the shutout. Bastards 4/9/0 Browns 0/3/2.
Game 2: Tillman v Scherzer. This game was punch – counter punch. The Bastards got a solo shot from Longoria in the top of 2nd followed by a C. Seager lead off shot in the bottom. Panik, Trout and Gardner went 2B, 2B, 1B to lead off the top of the 3rd and push the lead to 3-1. But the Sharts took a 4-3 lead in the bottom paced by a Dozier 2 run homer. Two unearned runs to the Browns in the 4th made it 6-3 but once again the AB’s kept punching. Trout led off the 5th with a walk followed by doubles from Gardener and Big Papi to make it 6-5. In the Sharts half of the 5th a 2 run dinger from Abreu made it 8-5. which ended up being enough to win. Browns 8/12/1 Bastards 6/10/1.
Game 3: Cueto v Hamels. This game was the opposite of game 2. The Browns opened the scoring with back-to-back doubles from Miggy and Sean Rodriguez in the 3rd. The Bastards tied it up at 1 when Longoria led off the 5th with a double and was sent home by a Gonzalez RBI single. Jansen came in and got an inning ending double play in the 6th and struck out the side in the 7th and things looked no easier for the Browns when Britton entered in the 8th and promptly went 1-2-3. He stayed in to start the 9th with the score still locked at 1. Brandon Guyer managed a lead off walk and moved to 2nd on a fielder’s choice. Then the Browns got insanely lucky: an 11 to Dozier followed by a 66 to K. Seager were both turned from homers to doubles but were enough to take a 3-1 lead. No lead is safe with the Brown’s pen and a pinch-hit, lead off homer from Grandal made it 3-2 before Bush got a couple of fly outs. Out 27 was unconventional as Saladino pinch-hit and walked but was caught stealing to ending the game. For the second game of the series all Browns hits were doubles. Browns 3/4/0 Bastards 2/5/0.
Game 4: Hill v Santana. Another back-and-forth affair. A Hairpin 2 run homer opened the scoring in the 2nd but the AB’s came right back in the 3rd via a bases loaded ground out, followed by a 2 run double to make it 3-2. The Browns got 2 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th and ended up riding the bottom third of the order to a 3rd straight win. Browns 7/11/1 Bastards 4/7/0.
The Browns are now 9-3 and will play the Stars next weekend. We are looking for an opponent for the weekend of the 25th-26th.
The Sharts slashed .231/.315/.431 needing 4 homers, 12 doubles and a triple to outlast some pretty awful pitching. The starters posted a 3.33 ERA but the pen worked to a 4.50 ERA surrendering 3 home runs in 8 IP.
The 3 wins in this series are one more than the Browns had over the AB’s all last year.
This is the 2nd time in Browns history that they have won 3 series in a row.