Craig Dolan’s Tsunamis turned on the jets Friday morning, pounding out 14 homers in the first three games while taking three of four at the Beefer Bowl, and then splitting with the Beefers in a home and away two-game series. The four wins improved the Tsunamis record to 11-13 while evening out the Beefers at 13-13.
The Tsunamis were on fire in the first three games of the four-game set, hitting .287 with a .424 OBP, while outscoring the Beefs 38-10. The Asians totaled double figures in runs score in each of the first three games, led by Edwin Rios, who pounded three homers in Game Two. Only a superb effort by Beefer righty Zach Plesac, who threw eight scoreless innings while recording a combined shutout win in the finale, kept the Tsunamis from a sweep.
Both teams split the home and away series with the Tsunamis pushing over a ninth inning run to take the opener 8-7 and the Beefers outlasting the Asians 6-4 in Game Two.
Game 1 Tsunamis 11, Beefers 1
An error by Beefer 2b D.J. LeMahieu, followed by three straight walks by Beef starter Mike Clevinger opened the door for three runs in the third. A two-run HR by Tsu SS Trevor Story upped the lead to 6-0 in the fifth. After a Tucker Barnhardt HR in the sixth, the Tsunanis added four more in the seventh to make it a complete rout, winning 11-1. Tsu starter Marco Gonzales went eight innings, giving up only six hits and a single run for the win.
Tsu 11-10-0 W- Gonzales 2-1. HR Trevor Story, Trucker Barnhardt.
Beef 1-6-2 L- Mike Clevinger 2-2.
Game 2 Tsunamis 12, Beefers 5
The Tsunamis got to Beefer starter Antonio Senzatela early with Alex Dickerson homering in the second and Tim LoCastro hitting a two-run shot in the third. The Beefs took a 5-4 lead in the fifth, but then the roof caved in. Juan Soto homered in the sixth to tie the game at six and then slugged a three-run homer in the seventh to make it 8-5. In the eighth, Alex Dickerson homered for the second time in the game, giving the Tsunamis 9-5 lead. The Asians added three more in the ninth to complete the blowout win.
Tsu 12-12-0 W- Jarlin Garcia. HR Juan Soto 2 HR, Alex Dickerson 2 HR, Tim LoCastro.
Beef 5-8-0 L- Antonio Senzatela 0-2. HR Jose Ramirez 5, A.J. Pollock 3, Brendan Lowe 1.
Game 3 Tsunamis 15, Beefers 4
Just when the Beefs thought things couldn’t get any worse, they got worse. Tsu 3b Edwin Rios went on a tear, going 4-5 with three solo home runs and an RBI double while Asians CF Byron Buxton hit a pair of two-run HRs as the Tsunamis ran away with a 15-4 laugher. Adding to the HR derby Juan Soto hit a solo shot, giving the Asians six roundtrippers on the day. The beneficiary of the Asians HR explosion was Corbin Burnes, who went six-plus innings, allowing only three hits and a pair of runs,
Tsu 15-13-2 W- Corbin Burnes. HR Edwin Rios 3 HR, Byron Buxton 2 HR, Juan Soto.
Beef 4-5-2 L- Dinelson Lamet 0-2. Alex Bohm 1, Luke Voit 8.
Game 4 Beefers 6, Tsunamis 0
Beefer Zach Plesac finally slowed the Tsunamis, going eight innings, allowing seven hits, all singles, to salvage Game Four and avoid a Tsunami sweep. Jeff McNeil, with a two-run double, Brandon Nimmo, with a two-run triple, and Luke Voit, with a two-run HR, accounted for the six Beefer tallies.
Tsu 0-7-1 L- Ian Anderson.
Beef 6-6-0 W- Zach Plesac 1-0.
Home and Away series
Game 1 Tsunamis 8, Beefers 7
In a wild back-and forth game, the Tsunamis Edwin Rios connected for two more home runs, but it was a meek groundball out by Rios in the ninth that scored the winning run as the Asians edged the Bovines 8-7. Rios and Eugenio Suarez both homered in the second to put the Asians up 3-0, but the Beefers came back to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth on a bases-loaded triple by Will Myers. The lead changed hands two more times until the ninth, with Rios hitting a three-run HR in the seventh and Beefer slugger Luke Voit hitting a two-run blast in the eighth to tie the game at eight apiece. In the ninth, Tsunami reliever Evan Marshall walked D.J. LeMahieu with two out, but retired Bryce Harper to earn the save.
Tsu 8-8-0 W- Eric Yardley. HR Edwin Rio 2 HR, Mike Yazstremski.
Beef 7-10-2 L- Diego Castillo 1-3. HR A.J. Pollock 4, Luke Voit 9
Game 2 Beefers 6, Tsunamis 4
The Beefers, on the road for the finale, won 6-4, overcoming an early three-run deficit with four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Juan Soto put the Asians ahead 3-0 with a bases-loaded trip in the third, but the Asians were able to score only one more run, in the ninth, a solo shot by Alex Dickerson.
For the Beefs, all their runs resulted from HRs, including a three-run HR by Fernando Tatis a two-run HR by Will Myers and a solo HR by A.J. Pollock. Kyle Hendricks went six innings for the Beefs to get the win, giving up three runs, only two earned. Tsunamis lefty Max Fried, who gave up the homers to Tatis and Pollock, took the loss.
Beef 6-6-1 W-Kyle Hendricks 3-2. HR Fernando Tatis 4, Will Myers 4, A.J. Pollock 5.
Tsu 4-10-1 L-Max Fried. HR Alex Dickerson.