Due to a lack of Major League baseball last Monday (10/2), the Unhinged Wahoos suggested an impromptu OOTL series.
Game 1 – Carlos Martinez blanks the Wahoos on 3 hits. Yoenis Cespedes’ 2nd inning 2-run single brings home the only runs of the game. Roberto Osuna records the final out with the bases juiced, striking out Carlos Gomez on a hit number. Martinez (+33) turns back Wil Myers’ potential game-tying 2-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th. Speakers win 2-0.
W – Martinez (8-6); L – Junior Guerra; S – Osuna (9)
Game 2 – Stephen Strasburg’s ugly 1st inning allows 3 runs on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 unearned on Brandon Crawford’s throwing error. That’s all David Price and Brad Hand would need. Price picks up where Martinez leaves off allowing 3 hits through 8 IP. Nolan Arenado’s RBI triple in the 4th scores the only Unhinged run. He’s stranded at 3rd with no outs following 2 pop ups and a liner back to Price. Speakers hang on, 3-1.
W – Price (4-4); L – Strasburg; S – Hand (3)
Game 3 – Mookie Betts slugs his team-leading 9th home run in the 3rd, good for 2 runs after Andrelton Simmons’ double. The Wahoos have 2 on with 1 out in the 6th when Edwin Diaz takes over for Jeremy Hellickson. Jose Altuve greets Diaz with a hard-hit RBI single (7). Diaz then retires Edwin Encarnacion and Arenado on deep fly outs.
With 2 away in the 7th, the Wahoos string together 3 more hits off Diaz, including Gomez’s RBI double (3-4, D, RBI, R). Adam Libertore strands runners at the corners by retiring Spanky Eaton on a hit number that became a fly out tailing away from Cespedes.
Altuve coaxes a lead off walk in the 8th. Encarnacion crushes a ball off Jeremy Jeffress that barely stays in the yard (+51 turn back). Betts wings the ball to Simmons who nails Altuve at the plate.
To break the 2-2 tie in the 9th, Anthony Rizzo doubles home Ian Kinsler, who singled with 2 outs. Jeffress sets down the Wahoos in order in the bottom half to earn his 5th win.
The Wahoos out-hit the Speakers 10-7, but come up short in the run column, 3-2. The Speakers out-score the Wahoos in the sweep, 8-3.
W – Jeffress (5-1); L – Justin Verlander