The Plague descended upon Shartlesville for a series on Sunday afternoon. Here’s how that went:
Game 1 featured production out of the new Browns as Marte went 3 for 6 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles. Lucas Duda reached base 4 times going 2-3 with a walk & HBP to go along with his 2-run homer in his first AB as Brown. Hairpin also homered in the 2nd to put the Sharts up 3-0. The Browns lead was 6-4 going into the 8th before Kiermaier tripled to lead off and was plated by an Escobar single. Escobar then stole second and came around to tie it on a 2 out Brantley single. The Sharts got 2 in the top of the 11th as Marte leadoff with a double and was knocked in by a Seager two-bagger. Seager scored on an E6 and Hunter Strickland worked around two hits and a walk in the bottom half to secure the game for the Browns 8-6.
Game 2 was a much different affair as Fernandez and Strasburg both went the distance. Fernandez totally silenced the Brown’s bats allowing just a Duda 2B and a solo shot to Herrera while striking out 8 and walking none. The Plague got their runs thanks to RBI singles from Goldschmidt in the first and Pierzynski in the 4th as the Plague won 2-1. Strasburg was the tough luck loser as he walked none and struck out 10.
Game 3 saw the see-saw tilt back to runs and extra innings. The Plague jumped out to an early 4-0 lead as Goldschmidt homered in the 1st and 3rd. Hairpin made it 4-1 with a homer in the bottom of the 4th and the Browns nearly batted around to tie it in the 5th. Marte leadoff by reaching on an E6 before Kazmir hit Caleb Joseph. An Espinosa 2B made it 4-2 then a Burns sac fly made it 4-3. Momentum seemed to tip the Browns way as Iglesias singled to tie it with only 1 out and the middle of the Browns order coming up. Kazmir hit Seager but Hairpin and Morales choked and left it tied at 4. It stayed that way till the 11th when the Brown’s gambled and lost but leaving Strickland in for a 3rd inning. Kiermaier leadoff with a homer and Lindor added emphasis with a 2 run job to put the Plague up 7-4 to stay. Strickland blames the manager for sending him back out there.
Game 4 was played at a classic get-away day pace. Jamie Garcia baffled the Browns for a 2 Hit shutout, walking none and striking out 11. The Plague got sac fly RBI’s from Brantley in the 1st & 3rd and a Kiermaier solo homer in the 4th off Wacha who at least saved the pen by going 9. The Plague won 3-0.
The Browns fall to 11-17 and next travel to Lewisberry to take on the Lemonheads on Cinco De Mayo. After that an as yet to be scheduled tilt with the Speakers will wrap up the 1st for the boys from Shartlesville.