The Beefers and Taz Devils kicked off OAPBA’s 31st season Sunday, Feb. 12, with the Beefers winning three of five from the lefty-laden Tazzies, including a record-setting 27-3 win in Game Three, highlighted by an explosion by Beef 3b Justin Turner, who slammed four home runs in the lopsided win. The Beefs get the season underway with a 3-2 record while the Devils start at 2-3.
Game 1 Taz Devils 5, Beefers 3
Game 1 Taz Devils 5, Beefers 3
Kyle Hendricks v. Clayton Kershaw.
The Devils kicked off the 2018 season with a victory, scoring two runs in the seventh off Beefer reliever Nick Goody for a 5-3 triumph. The Tazzies grabbed an early 3-1 lead on an RBI single by Nelson Cruz and solo HRs by Josh Donaldson and Buster Posey. The Beefs tied the game at three apiece in the seventh on RBI singles by Justin Turner and Willson Contreras. In the bottom of the frame, with Beefer newcomer Nick Goody on in relief, Donaldson singled and Devils SS Zack Cozart hit an RBI triple and went on to score on a sac fly by Posey. Raisel Iglesias closed to earn the save for the Devils.
Beefers 3-8-1 L-Nick Goody 0-1. HR Willson Contreras (1).
Devils 5-8-0 W-Clayton Kershaw 1-0. Save Rasiel Iglesias 1.
Game 2 Beefers 9, Taz Devils 5
Rich Hill v Chris Sale.
The Beefs poured over five runs in the first off Chris Sale and scored two more in the second for a 7-0 lead after two innings. The Devils Jose Altuve and Zack Cozart both homered to cut the lead to 7-4 after five innings, and an RBI double by Nelson Crus narrowed the lead to 7-5 in the eighth. Beef RF J.D. Martinez, however, hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot off Taz workhorse reliever Brandon Workman in the ninth to put the game away 9-5.
Beefers 9-11-0 W-Rich Hill 1-0. HR J.D. Martinez 2 (1 and 2), Jose Ramirez (1)
Devils 5-8-2 L-Chris Sale 0-1. HR Jose Altuve (1), Zack Cozart (1)
Game 3 Beefers 27, Taz Devils 3 Justin Turner hits four home runs
Corey Kluber v. Drew Pomeranz.
In a game that shattered numerous OAPBArecords, the Beefs overwhelmed the Devils 27-3, led by 3b Justin Turner, who slammed four home runs and drove in seven runs to lead a 30-hit attack that included a league-record 10 HRs. Jose Ramirez and J.D. Martinez both hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam by Ramirez, who hit two homers in a nine-run fourth inning for the Beefers. Eric Hosmer and Carlos Correa also hit HRs. Beefer starter Corey Kluber even got into the act, going 4-6 with an RBI and a run scored.
Devils starter Drew Pomeranz suffered through four innings, giving up 15 hits and 16 earned runs. Brandon Workman worked three innings for the Devils, giving up three runs and infielder Scooter Gennett finished off the game going two innings, allowing eight runs.
Beefers 27-30-1 W- Corey Kluber 1-0. HR Justin Turner 4 (1, 2, 3,4), J.D. Martinez 2 (3,4), Jose Ramirez 2 (1, 2), Carlos Correa (1), Eric Hosmer (1)
Devils 3-4-0 L-.Drew Pomeranz 0-1.
Game 4 Taz Devils 5, Beefers 3
Max Scherzer v Charlie Morton
The Tazzies rebounded from their Game 3 thrashing with a hard-fought 5-3 win. With the game tied at three in the seventh inning, Taz 1b Paul Goldschmidt belted a two-run HR off the beleaguered Nick Goody to put the game away. Morton fanned seven in five innings, giving up three runs, while the Devils bullpen did the rest of the work with newcomer Heath Hembree earning the win and Addison Reed closing out the game to earn the save for the Devils.
Beefers 3-4-2 L-Max Scherer 0-1. HR Eric Hosmer (2).
Devils 5-6-2 W-.Heath Hembree 1-0. Sv Addison Reed.
Game 5 Beefers 9, Taz Devils 5
Trevor Bauer v. Madison Bumgarner
Justin Turner hit his fifth homer of the series and Carlos Correa and Jose Ramirez both chimed with with solo shots to give the Beefs a 4-0 after four innings in what looked like it might be another runaway win for the Beefers. Taz CF Dexter Fowler, however, put the Devils back into the game with a three-run blast in the fifth. After the Beefs scored twice in the seventh, Mookie Betts and Scooter Gennet homered (Gennet’s a pinch-hit HR) to pull the Devils to within one run of the lead at 6-5, but Beefer SS Javier Baez hit a three- run pinch-hit homer off Raisel Iglesias in the ninth to make it 9-5 and put the game away.
Beefers 9-11-0 W- Trevor Bauer. HR Jose Ramirez (3), Javier Baez (1, pinch hit 3R HR).
Devils 5-8-2 L-.Madison Bumgarner 0-1. HR Dexter Fowler (1), Mookie Betts (1), Scooter Gennet (1, pinch-hit HR).
# # #