COLIN McHUGH JAKE McGEE ADDISON REED CHAD GREEN
The Piney Creek Palookas pitching staff gave the fans an evening that they'll never forget by tossing a combined no-hitter! The tension started to build around the 6th inning. By the 9th inning the crowd was electrified. Piney Creek had 11 hits for the night.
The win went to Collin McHugh (1-0) who allowed no runs and no hits in 5 innings. He was followed by Jake McGee who pitched a perfect 6th innings. Addison Reed followed with a seemless 7th inning. Chad Green finished the game off with 2 hitless innings (only allowing 1 baserunner via a walk). Matt Boyd (0-1) was charged with the loss. He gave up 3 runs, 3 hits and a walk in only 2/3 of the 1st inning.
"You probably have a better chance of winning the Colorado lottery than this happening," said McHugh who got credit for the win, "I don't expect it to sink in for awhile." he said. "You know, it's hardto say who was better, the starter or the bullpen!... but we're a solid group of guys, and we always try to play as a team."
Chris Taylor smashed 2 homeruns and had 3 RBI as the NW Ohio Franconians really laid it on the Mississippi Big Orange 12 to 2 behind the help of (count 'em) 8 HOME RUNS...
Taylor was a one-man wrecking crew. He clubbed a solo home run in the 1st inning, doubled in the 3rd inning, doubled in the 5th inning and cleared the fences for a two-run home run in the 6th inning. NW Ohio had 14 hits overall, while Mississippi had 6.
The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon (1-0) who allowed 2 runs in 5 and 2/3 innings. The losing pitcher was Anibal Sanchez (0-1). He surrended 6 homeruns in his 4 and 1/3 innings.
"I had good swings and the "Random Number Generator" was really working well for us tonight," Taylor said, "Everything felt right".
For the Series...NW Ohio won 2 of 3 games.
NW Ohio wins Game # 1 -- 4 to 3 as Carlos Santana homers in the 12th inning.
Mississippi wins game three 7-4 behind homers by Starling Marte and Curtis Granderson.
For the Series... Northwest Ohio clobbered a total of 11 HOME RUNS! (Can you say... BOOM!!)
Game 3: Swashbucklers 5, Kona Coast 2. C.J. Cron played long-ball, hitting homeruns in his first two at bats. Cameron Rupp added another solo shot of loser Robbie Ray. David Price pitched 6 strong innings but the bullpen wobbled in the Suffolk victory. Tyson Ross, after loading the bases, got a 7th inning-ending double play, and Enny Romero got through the ninth, allowing one run but faced the tying run at the plate before striking out PH Ryan Hanigan to end the game.
Some factoids: Suffolk swatted 6 HRs in the series to just 1 by Kona Coast. Five of the Suffolk HRs were with nobody on base. Kona Coast stranded 24 runners, compared to 14 for the Swashbucklers.
Some News from the Albany Internationals....
In the most unlikely series probably played this season (or maybe the past few seasons), Kona Coast somehow wins 2 of 3. For the first game and a half+, the Micro Brewers outscored Kona Coast 17-3. But Game 2 had an epic bullpen fail for Grand Rapids, and then, in Game 3, Kona Coast somehow beat Max Scherzer 1-0 on an unearned run (but it was his own fault!).
Game 1: Micro Brewers 11, Coffee Growers 3. The Micro Brewers took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning and then played batting practice with the Kona pitching staff, scoring a combined 9 runs over the sixth and seventh innings. Every Grand Rapids hitter, except Didi Gregorius, got at least one hit AND scored at least one run. The Micro Brewers accumulated 15 hits, and were 7 for 16 with RISP. Marwin Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and homerun. Ariel Miranda got the win and Brian Duensing got the rare 3-inning save credit.
Game 2: Coffee Growers 8, Micro Brewers 6 – on a Mad Bum PH, walk off, grand slam. Erasmo Ramirez pitched 7 shutout innings and the Micro Brewers had a 6-0 lead going to the bottom of the 8th inning. Then the most improbable win of probably the history of Kona Coast began. With one out and Ramirez still on the mound, Todd Frazier doubled and Jarrod Dyson walked. Marcell Ozuna homered to cut the lead in half at 6-3. Call in Yusmeiro Petit, who then got out of the 8th inning with no more damage. Grand Rapids went out 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Petit got two quick outs and the home team was down to its last out, still trailing 6-3. Rougned Odor homered to make the score 6-4. Todd Frazier walked and Jarrod Dyson singled him to second, so now the tying run (represented by the speedy Dyson) was aboard. Jose Alvarez was called upon by Grand Rapids but gave up a single to Marcell Ozuna to load the bases. Matt Barnes was called in. Roberto Perez was lifted for PH Madison Bumgarner and a 2-8 roll off Mad Bum’s own hitting card generated the no doubt grand slam HR and Kona wins in a walk-off.
Game 3: Coffee Growers 1, Micro Brewers 0. In a game with only 5 total hits between the two clubs, starters Max Scherzer and Dylan Bundy struck out 8 each for their respective clubs. Neither team could get a runner past first base until the bottom of the fifth inning. Scherzer’s own error put Max Kepler on base to lead off the inning. A hit and run failed by Jonathan Lucroy but Kepler was safe at second with a stolen base (the same hit and run tactic failed earlier in the game and Kepler was thrown out). Lucroy then walked, Scherzer’s only walk allowed of the game. Scherzer then retired the next two batters. Rougned Odor rolled a 1-7 and drew a “5” card on a DO 1-10, fb 11-20 chance. Kepler scored and Lucroy was throw out at the plate to end the inning, but Kona had their run. Dylan Bundy continued on, dominating. Bundy faced no more than four batters in any inning. He was pulled after getting the leadoff batter in the ninth. Craig Kimbrel first faced Marwin Gonzalez, the potential tying run, who got on via a Todd Frazier error. Kimbrel bore down and struck out Andrew McCutchen and Josh Donaldson to earn his 15th save.