Marc Bostrom’s Horde 11-13 continued to pester OAPBA’s leaders in the second half, splitting with Craig Dolan’s Tsunamis 13-7 on Thurs, Sept. 17. It was the second straight series split for the Tsunamis, who still hold a two-game lead in over the Beefers 11-9 in the second half race.
The Tsunamis started strong in the series with Yonny Chirinos beating the Horde 3-1 in the opener and holding on in Game Two for a 7-6 win. The Horde, however, rebounded, winning the final two contests to split with the Tsunamis.
The power-ladenHorde hit .262 on the series with 12 doubles and 14 home runs. League HR leader Pete Alonso had four of the homers, increasing his 2020 total to 26 HR, with six RBIs in the series. Jorge Soler hit three homers for five RBIs. Eugenio Suarez hit a pair of home runs in Game Four, an 8-6 Horde win in 11 innings. The Horde exploded for 14 runs on 18 hits in the finale, winning 14-3.
The Asians hit a respectable .244 but had just nine doubles, one triple, and three homers.
Game 1 Tsunamis 3, Horde 1
The home squad takes game one, courtesy of two unearned runs. Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed seven innings, allowing just three hits while walking one. But three errors, including one he made himself, led to the defeat. Thomas Murphy, Aaron Judge, and Byron Buxton each had RBI for the Wave. Jorge Soler hit a solo homer for the visitors lone run.
Horde 1-3-3 L- Hyun-Ju Ryu 3-4. HR- Jorge Soler 7.
Tsu 3-4-0 W- Yonny Chirinos. SV- Felipe Vazquez.
Game 2 Tsunamis 7, Horde 6
Both teams fought back and forth. Horde OF Joey Gallo had hit a solo shot in the top of the second for an early Horde lead. Tsu 3b Nolan Arenado responded in the bottom of the frame with a two run homer to give the homies a lead. The Horders answered with a pair in the top of the third with a couple doubles after an Asian error. But the Tsunamis would score three in the bottom of the frame to go up 5-3. Murphy, Judge, and Trevor Story each got an RBI. The visitors weren’t done yet, scoring a pair in the top of the 6th when Soler went deep. Back the Wave would come with two runs in the seventh as Max Muncy and Buxton brought home runs. Down by two, Pete Alonso hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth but it wasn’t enough.
Horde 6-10-2 L- Walden 1-1 HR- Soler 8, Gallo 3, Alonso 23
Tsu 7-9-1 W- Brittan HR- Arenado
Game 3 Horde 8, Tsunamsi 6 11 innings
Another game rocked back and forth. Eugenio Suarez got the visitors on the board in the first with a three run blast. Juan Solo scored on a sac fly in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to 3-1. Suarez would hit a second homer, a two run shot in the 5th to put his team up 5-1. His homer was answered by a Soto two run shot in the bottom of the inning. Alonso would hit a solo homer in the 7th to put the Horde up 6-3. The home squad roared back with a run in the 8th on a Story double. With a 6-4 lead, the Horde pen tried to end things but a hit by pitch and three singles saw the game tied. The bottom of the 9th ended when Tim Anderson was thrown at the plate. Into extras they went. The top of the 11th saw Trey Mancini hit a two run homer off the seventh Tsunamis reliever of the game. Sean Newcomb was able to close things out so the visitors could take game three. Suarez had a pair of doubles on the game to go with his two homers.
Horde 8-10-1 W- Alex Colome 1-4. SV- Sean Newcomb 2. HR – Trey Mancini 7, Alonso 24, Eugenio Suarez 2 HR 16,17.
Asians 6-10-2 L- Roberto Osuna. HR- Juan Soto.
Game 4 Horde 14, Tsunamis 3
The visitors put the game away early. The first six batters in the first got hits, totaling five runs. Alonso had a three-run yard shot for the big hit. Soler added a two-run jack in the 3rd. Buxton would single home a run in the 4th to cut the lead to 7-1 but Michael Conforto hit a three homer in the top of the 5th, and the rout was on. David Dahl, Will Smith, and Alonso would later hit homers en route to the victory.
Horde 14-18-3 W- Eddy Rodriquez HR- Dahl 2, Smith 7, Conforto 10, Soler 9, Alonso 2 HR 25, 26.
Asians 3-11-2 L- Yonny Chirinos HR- Max Muncy.