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Game 1: Alex Cobb vs. Carlos Carrasco.  Cobb bests (outlasts) Carrasco, as neither starter was all that sharp.  Ozzie Albies was the Height's hitting star with three hits, three runs and four rbi, including two run homerun in the 5th inning that put Airway in the lead for good.  Airway tacked on another five runs in the ninth inning to put it completely out of reach.  Julio Teheran was the goat (not Michael Jordan GOAT) and blew up in his first relief appearance of the year allowing the five runs in his single inning of work.  Cobb struck out nine hapless Banshees including Lorenzo Cain and Russell Martin three times each.  The Spartan defense was not so Spartan although none of their three errors came back to bite in the 11-4 pounding.

Game2:  Jason Vargas vs. Yu Darvish.  Darvish was strong like bull in this one coming an out away from a complete game.  Darvish's pitching led the way in the 9-1 rout in Richmond allowing one unearned run while striking out ten.  Julio Teheran was allowed back in the clubhouse after the previous nights lashing and got the last out without providing any theatrics in the game.  Richmond's offense got it going in the middle innings as Asdrubel Cabrera (three hits), Justin Turner, Lorenzo Cain and Yan Gomes all went yard to even the series at one game apiece.  Airway will have to take the cautious approach with Vargas as he was diagnosed with whiplash after the game as he served up all four homeruns and a total of seven runs on the night,.

Game 3:  Kenta Maeda vs. Doug Fister.  As the series moves to the westside, Kenta Maeda felt in his element and was spot on for the evening in a big Richmond 5-2 win.  Maeda struck out ten Spartans and allowed two runs in his seven innings of work.  Raisel Iglesias and Deilin Betances each struck out two in their solo inning of work to close the door.  Richmond jumped on Airway Heights early, as the second inning score three runs on four walks and an Adam Eaton two run single.  The Banshees eventually pecked out two more runs on solo homeruns by Yonder Alonso and Matt Adams as insurance.  Richmond leads the series two games to one.

Game 4:  Carlos Carrasco vs. Felix Hernandez.  Carrasco was determined to atone for his game one flop.  While Carrasco wasn't great, he was good enough to get the job done with a quality start going six innings giving up three runs and striking out eight.  Carrasco was supported by a trio of Anthony Banda, Garrett Richards and Raisel Iglesias combining for three shutout inning pitched to nail down the 5-3 close win.  Dustin Pedroia's solo shot in the fifth inning provided the winning run, Matt Adams (second of the series) and Dustin Fowler added homeruns in the contest as well. Justin Smoak added a solo shot for the Spartans.  The win puts Richmond up three games to one in the series.


                         BANSHEE PITCHING (IGLESIAS) and HITTING (ADAMS) POWER!!

Game 5:  Yu Darvish vs. Alex Cobb.  Alex Cobb once again shines for Airway as he pitches great while watching Darvish get slapped around like a rag doll in the 8-2 spanking.  Cobb goes eight strong allowing only the two runs.  The Spartans scored all the runs they needed in the second inning after two quick outs, Steve Souza led off the inning with a solo shot, followed by a walk and another home run by Martin Maldonado.  Darvish was toast, and kept allowing runs until he was pulled in the seventh inning already giving up eight runs.  Maldonado was large Marge in this game with three hits and three rbi, while Souza scored three runs.  Cobb was caddied by Doug Fister who pitched a clean final inning.  The series is three games to two in Richmond's favor as they head back east.

Game 6:  Jason Vargas vs. Kenta Maeda.  Niether starter was all that effective and didn't factor into the win.  The only game that really came down to the end in the series was resolved in the bottom of the 9th when Matt Adams stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and his team down by a run.  Cody Allen had been called upon to save the day as Airway Heights took a 5-4 lead into the ninth inning.  Cody quickly dispatched Lorenzo Cain on a strikeout, but then could not find the strike zone as he walked the next three batters.  After a brief mound visit, Matt Adams (who had grounded into a doubleplay in the 7th when brought into the game as a pinch hitter) was sitting dead red fastball and stroked a single to RF scoring both Adam Eaton and Yan Gomes (why the hell was Gomes in the game on secondbase as the winning run).  Souza had the ball stick in his glove and his relay home was just enough for Gomes to slide under the tag which sent the home crowd into a frenzy.  Raisel Iglesias was the benefactor and received the win for the Banshees who move on into the next round of the Gussomo Playoffs.  Ozzie Albies and Ryan Zimmerman homered for Airway while Asdrubel Cabrerra (2nd of the series) and Justin Turner (3rd of the series) went yard for Richmond.

Raisel Iglesias was named MVP of the series as he pitched in three games picking up a win and a save.