Game 1 – The Eliminators start up 6-0 before Drew Smyly gives up his 2nd hit in the 6th and hold on, 6-4. The Eliminators begin the series with 3 consecutive doubles in the 1st inning and never look back.
W – Smyly; L – Jesse Hahn (0-4); S – Sean Doolittle
Game 2 – Wasting a great Jordan Zimmermann outing, the Speakers yet again muster 3 hits and fall 2-1 in 11 innings. Mookie Betts’ 1st inning HR (4) accounts for their only run. Meanwhile, Jason Heyward continues to have difficulty in the field, rolling 66 with a runner on 1st and 2 outs in the 11th to score the winning run.
W – Vic Black; L – Jeurys Familia (2-2)
Game 3 – Broken record time: the Speakers get 3 hits and never touch 3rd base. The only run of the game comes with 2-outs in the 8th on a Jay Bruce 9, stolen base and Josh Harrison 7.
W – David Price; L – Felix Hernandez (6-7)
The Birds traveled to “The Arch” to begin a 4-game series with the Eliminators. The Birds out-hit & out-scored the Eliminators, and lost 3 games.
G-1 V. Martinez hit a 2-run HR in the 1st for all the runs C. Sale would need. Sale shut down the Birds on 2 hits for a 3-0 win. J. Bruce added a solo.
G-2 V. Martinez homered, doubled & drove in 2 runs & J. Donaldson added a solo as the Eliminators beat the Birds 6-2. Ventura 6.2 IP, 5 hits 1 run. Birds got a solo from Y. Molina.
G-3 J. Lucroy hit a 2-run 5th inning HR for the Eliminators. The Birds got a solo in the 6th from M. Prado & Eliminators sent the Birds to their 5th straight loss with a 2-1 win. Elims Smyly 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run. Birds’ Worley 7 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs.
G-4 Birds sent 11 batters to the plate in the 2nd scoring 6 & added 4 more in the 4th to end their losing streak & pound the Eliminators 10-1. B. McCann homered & singled to drive in 4, & the Birds got back-to-back RBI triples from J. Lagares & J. Altuve. C.Carrasco 8 IP, 4 hits, 1 run.
Eliminators hit 5 HRs in the first 3 games.