The Browns hosted their first series at their new Pine St. digs, even though the Eliminators were the home team:
Game 1: Shields v Smyly. The Eliminators got on the board first in the 5th behind a Donaldson 2-out 2-run double and an Ethier single to take a 3-0 lead. It would prove to be more than enough offense. The Eliminators added two more runs in the 6th and Smyly went the distance striking out 13 in a 4-hit complete game giving up just an RBI single to Iglesias. Eliminators win 5-1.
Game 2: Wacha v Ventura. The surprise MVP of this game was Ventura who worked around 7 hits and 3 walks to record a complete game shutout. The Eliminators won on the power of a 2-run homer from Donaldson in the 1st and a solo shot from Freeman in the 2nd. Eliminators win 3-0.
Game 3: Paxton v Volquez. In keeping with the way the Browns win games, all their runs came in one inning. In the 2nd they sent 11 men to the plate, scoring 6 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, an error and a HBP. The Eliminators got one back in the bottom of the 2nd, but Paxton and 4 relievers shut them out from there to get the win 6-1.
The Browns slashed .206/.293/.268 in their first series without a homer. Corey Seager got his first OOTL hit while going 1 for 3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.
The Browns fall to 37-41 and will play the Speakers next week.