Game 1 – Justin Morneau’s 4th inning solo shot scores the only run of the game. The Speakers collect another grand total of 3 hits, waste a great outing by Bud Norris and fall by shutout for the 10th time this season.
W – Dallas Keuchel; L – Norris (2-4)
Game 2 – Alex Wood walks 3 in the 1st. With 2 outs, 1 run in and the bases juiced, Matt Kemp strokes a 3-run triple. Michael Cuddyer 2-out 2-run double in the 2nd makes it 6-0 Stars. The Speakers specialize in solo homers when the game’s out of reach, so Jason Heyward (2) and Anthony Rendon (8) contribute to the 6-3 loss.
W – Jered Weaver; L – Wood (3-2); S – Mike Fiers
Game 3 – Buster Posey’s RBI single and Scott Van Slyke’s (6) 3-run blast in the 1st are rendered meaningless. Michael McKenry and Angel Pagan homer in a 4-run Stars 5th. In the bottom half, Rendon’s RBI double knots the game at 6-6 and becomes the final hit for either team. Both pens blank the opposition. Jhonny Peralta’s bobble at short on Albert Pujols’ grounder (he specializes in 6-3 or more effectively 6-4-3 ground balls) starts the bottom of the 9th. Yoenis Cespedes pinch runs at 2nd and Andrelton Simmons bunts him to 3rd. After a Heyward intentional pass, Buster Posey lifts a fly to deep left. Coco Crisp catches the ball, but can’t throw out Cespedes with the winning run.
W – Jeurys Familia (3-3); L – Buddy Carlyle