The 2017 regular season ended Thursday night, Nov. 9, with Marc Bostrom’s Road Warriors taking three of five, at home, against Jonathan Stilwell’s Otters. Earier in the week, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Otters, before a packed house at Frank Selee Field, won the first four games of their five-game set against the Roadies.
The scores from the Nov. 7 series at Frank Selee Field in Altamonte Springs:
1 Otters 10, Road Warriors 4
2 Otters 5, Road Warriors 3
3 Otters 4, Road Warriors 0
4 Otters 11, Road Warriors 2
5 Road Warriors 6, Otters 3
The scores from the Nov. 9 series, at the Road Warriors Moss Park Stadium, in Lake Nona:
1 Road Warriors 6, Otters 5
2 Otters 8, Road Warriors 3
3 Road Warriors 6, Otters 4
4 Otters 9, Road Warriors 6
5 Road Warriors 6, Otters 4
The Otters, who will face the Taz Devils in the 2017 World Series, finished the second half with a 19-21 record and 45-36 record overall for 2017.
The Road Warriors tied with the Otters at 19-21 in the second half, but suffered a 34-46 record for the ’17 campaign.
Walt Taylor’s Whatevers (17-23 second half, 35-45 for the season) concluded their 2017 campaign on a winning note Wednesday evening, taking three of five from Jonathan Stilwell’s Otters (13-17 second half, 39-32 for the season. The series featured three extra-inning games. What 1b Joey Votto had a series to remember by going 8-17 with five homers and 11 RBIsand the Whats belted 12 home runs. C
The Whats string of winning seasons ended at 11. The last time the Whats found themselves in the losing column was 2005.
G1: Whatevers 6, Otters 4 (10 innings)
Jacob deGrom versus Carlos Carrasco. The Whats won game one on a walk-off two-run homer Francisco Lindor in the tenth for 6-4 win. Otter C Sal Perez got the scoring started with a RBI single in the second. Christian Yelich made it two zip with the first of two homers. What 2b Dustin Pedroia then the lead to one with a solo shot in the sixth. Yelich’s second homer was a two-run blast in the seventh. With Marc Rzepczynski in for the Otters in the eighth, Zip allowed a single to Lindor and a walk to Matt Carpenter and then Joey Votto took him deep to tie it four. The game remained tied until the bottom of the tenth when Otter reliever A.J. Ramos walked Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the inning. Shawn Kelley came in in relief for the Otters and was greeted by Lindor’s walk off shot.
Jose Fernandez versus Jon Lester. Yelich tied it in the eighth and added a three-run homer in the tenth to win it for the Otters 9-5. Otter CF Mike Trout started it off with a two run blast in the first but the Whats’ Votto drove in an unearned run with a SF to make it 2-1 and Votto tied the game with a solo homer in the third. Back- to-back homers by the Otters Khris Davis and Sal Perez made it 4-2. The Whats took the lead on a three-run blast by Adam Jones in the sixth. Yelich pinch hit in the eighth and delivered an RBI single to tie it at five. In the top of the tenth, Trout doubled and was followed by a knocked down double by Brian Dozier off Whats closer Mr Oh, who walked Freddie Freeman before giving way to Kevin Siegrist who served up the game winning homer by Yelich.
Otters 9-11-1 W-Sammy Solis. HR: Trout, Kris Davis, Salvador Perez, Christian Yelich.
Whats 5-4-1 L-Seung-Hwan Oh 1-3. HR: Joey Votto (11), Adam Jones (8).
G3: Whatevers 7, Otters 4
Tanner Roark versus Carlos Martinez. Joey Votto took Marc Rzepczynskit deep with two on in the eighth to win game three 7-4. Otter OF Howie Kendrick went yard in the second and the Whats added two more in third for a 3-0 lead. In the sixth, the Otters took a brief lead on a bases-clearing triple by Adam Eaton and a single by Trout but George Springer tied it with a solo homer that chased Roark. In the bottom of the eighth, Pedroia walked and moved to third on a double by Matt Carpenter. Votto followed with his third homer of the series and the game winner. What closer Seung-Hwan O picked up his 15th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Stephen Strasburg versus Zach Greinke In a game that seemed to never end, Freddy Freeman’s two-run homer in the 13th inning gave the Otters a 7-5 victory. The Otters jumped out early on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton. Strasburg helped himself with a RBI double and Dozier added a two-run shot. The first Whatever run came on a solo homer by Votto. In the fifth, Votto did it again with a two-run shot followed by a solo knock by Springer. Adam Jones single scored Howie Kendrick to tie it at fIve then the bullpens took over. Eight scoreless innings later Freeman came through with his homer off Whatever reliever Pedro Baez. Trevor Cahill picked up the win for the Otters.
Marco Estrada versus Danny Salazar Whats 3b Kyle Seager RBI single in the fifth proved to be the game winner as the Whats held on for a 4-3 victory and series win. An error and double play ground out gave the What’s a 2-0 lead after two. They added two more in the fifth on a solo homer by Adam Jones and Seager’s single. The Otters Mike Trout had other ideas when he took Salazar deep with two on in the sixth to pull the Otters to within a run. The Whats bullpen then took command and held the Otters hitless the rest of the way. Seung-Hwan Oh picked up his 16th save by striking out the last two batters.
Otters 3-3-1 L-Marco Estrada. HR: Mike Trout. Whats 4-6-0 W-Danny Salazar. Sv-Sv-Seung-Hwan Oh-16) HR:Adam Jones (9).
Dave Larson’s Taz Devils recorded the best overall record in OAPBA for 2017, going 49-32, four games better than Jonathan Stilwell’s Otters (45-36). The Devils had an overwhelming 30-11 record at home, but suffered a 19-21 record on the road. The Beefers, surprisingly, had the best road record, despite a lackluster 38-42 2017 campaign