Craig Dolan’s slumping Tsunamis made the trek down to Whoville to take on the Whatever for last series of the 2020 OAPBA season. The Whats, completing a 20-game homestand, won three of four, to finish the second at at 22-18, two games behind the Otters. What reliever Hansel Robles notched three saves in the series
Game 1 Whatevers 4, Tsunamis 3
A three-run homer by Avasail Garcia off Tsunami starter Domingo German in the sixth propelled the Whatever to a 4-3 win. The Whats got the scoring started in the third on a RBI double by Charlie Blackmon. The Tsunamis took the lead in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by Mark Canha and a throwing error by Ozzie Albies brought in the go- ahead run. In the bottom half, Alex Bregman and Albies reached base, setting up the homer by Garcia. Justin Turner added a pinch-hit homer in the seventh off Jose Berrios to to pull the Tsus to within one, but Hansel Robles tossed two scoreless innings of relief to preserve the win.
Tsunamis 3-6-0 L-Domingo German. HR Justin Turner.
Whatevers 4-5-1 W-Jose Berrios 6-5. S-Robles 6. HR Avasail Garcia #4.
Game 2 Tsunamis 9, Whatevers 3
The Tsunamis, led by Nolan Arenado’s two homers, pounded out a 9-3 win to snap an eight-game losing streak. Hunter Dozier went deep with one on in the second off Zack Greinke and the Asians kept adding on from there. Dozer added a RBI double in the fourth, Juan Soto drove one in with a double in the fifth. Arenado went deep with the bases empty in the sixth to make it 5-0. A two run homer by Alex Bregman off Marco Gonzales got it to within three for the Whats. After Greinke left, Matt Barnes came on, but promptly gave up a solo homer to Anthony Rizzo and, later, a two-run blast to Arenado to blow the game open.
Tsunamis 9-10-0 W-Marco Gonzales. HR Nolan Arenado 2 HR, Hunter Dozier, Anthony Rizzo.
Whatevers 3-9-1 L-Zack Greinke 8-4. HR Alex Bregman #23.
Game 3 Whatevers 4, Tsunamis 2
Homers by Ozzie Albies and Francisco Lindor helped Justin Verlander pick up a 4-2 win. What C Yadie Molina started the scoring with a RBI single in the second. Albies took Annibal Sanchez deep in the third. What OF Charlie Blackmon made it 3-0 with a RBI hit. Tsunamis scored two on a two-run homer from Max Muncy in the sixth but What SS Francisco Lindor’s solo shot in the bottom half made it 4-2. What relievers Brandon Workman and Hansel Robles shutdown the Asians for the last two innings to preserve the victory.
Tsunamis 2-5-1 L-Anibal Sanchez. HR Max Muncy.
Whatevers 4-9-0 W-Justin Verlander 4-5. SV- Hansel Robles 7. HR Ozzie Albies #6, Francisco Lindor #12.
Game 4 Whatevers 6, Tsunamis 4
The Whatever held off the Tsus in the finale 6-4. Anthony Rizzo started the scoring with a solo homer in the first off Luca Giolito but the Whats tied it on a RBI single by Whit Merrifield. Merrifield and George Springer added RBI singles in the second. Yuli Gurriel added a two-run homer in the fifth off Michael Pineda but the Tsus came back with three in the sixth on a three-run homer by Mark Canha to make it 5-4. Merrifield added a SF in the sixth and then the What bullpen took over to hold off the visitors. Hansel Robles picked up his third save the series.
Tsunamis 4-6-2 L-Michael Pineda. HR Anthony Rizzo, Mark Canha.
Whatevers 6-11-1 W-Lucas Giolito 3-5. Sv-Robles 8. HR Yuli Gurriel #11.