Dave Larson’s league-leading Tax Devils (10-5) hit the road Saturday morning, taking three of five from Marc Bostrom’s Road Warriors (3-7).
Game 1 Taz Devils 3, Road Warriors 2
Chris Sale vs Rich Hill. The Devils plated single runs in the second and third for an early lead. Yasiel Puig cut the lead in half by tripling home Troy Tulowitski. A Tulo error in the 9th lead to an rbi single from Jose Altuve. The insurance run was needed as Puig hit a solo shot off Andrew Miller to start the 9th. Mark Melancon was called on to close out the game.
Devils 3-11-1 W- Sale 2-0 Sv- Melancon (4) HR- Braun (3)
Roadies 2-6-1 L- Rich Hill HR- Puig
Game 2 Road Warriors 5, Taz Devils 1
Bartolo Colon vs Jake Arrieta. Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson hit back to back doubles in the 2nd and 4th to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Both Donaldson doubles were out of the park until the wind knocked them down. Arrieta helped his own cause with a two run homer in the 4th, which followed a two run blast from Joc Pederson. A pair of Roadie relievers would finish of the Devils. Cepedes would hit three doubles on the game, giving him four in two games.
Devils 3-8-0 L- Colon (1-2)
Roadies 5-6-0 W- Arrieta SV- Jansen HR- Pederson, Arrieta
Game 3 Taz Devils 6, Road Warriors 4
Mashiro Tanaka vs Madison Bumgarner. The Tazzies plated four in the first with two of the runs being unearned. Cespedes would double home a run in the inning. Anthony Rizzo would cut the lead to one with a three run dinger in the third. Altuve would plate runs in the fourth and seventh for a 6-3 Devils lead. Andrew Miller would give up a solo pinch hit homer to Kiki Hernandez before giving way to Melancon again to finish the game.
Devils 6-7-0 W- Tananka (2-1) SV- Melancon (5) HR-Altuve (2)
Roadies 4-8-1 L- Bumgarner HR- Rizzo, KHernandez
Game 4 Road Warriors 6, Taz Devils 2
Noah Syndegaard vs Kaneda Maeda. Paul Goldschmidt led off the game with a homer but the Roadies pushed a pair across in the second on a Starlin Marte double. Yadier Moldina doubled home another run in the third for a 3-1 Warrior lead. A Syndegaard error led to three unearned Roadie runs in the 6th as Marte doubled home three with two out. Brett Cecil pitched three innings to finish off the game but not before the Tazzies threatened in the 9th. But a Xander Bogaerts gidp with the bases loaded ended the game.
Devils 2-5-1 L- Syndegaard (1-2) HR- Goldschmidt (2)
Roadies 6-11-1 W- Maeda SV- Cecil
Game 5 Taz Devils 1, Road Warriors 0
Clayton Kershaw vs Felix Hernandez. The Fiddler vs the King promised to be a pitchers duel and it didn’t disappoint. The Devils would threaten but King would induce double play grounders three times in the early innings to stop threats. In the meantime, Kershaw gave up just two hits in six innings, allowing no runs. Kershaw was pulled for a pinch hitter in the 7th with a runner on second but Hernandez got a strike out to end the inning. The Tazzies threatened again in the 8th but Goldschmidt was caught trying to steal home. The Roadies couldn’t muster any offense against Miller and Mike Montgomery of the Devils. The 11th inning saw Cespedes lead off, reaching base on a Nolan Arrenado miscue. After a Donaldson single and a Hosmer sacrifice. A Buster Posey sac fly put the Devils up 1-0. Melancon was called upon and pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Devils 1-7-2 W- Montgomery (1-0) SV- Melancon (6)
Roadies 0-4-3 L- Jansen
The Devils stand at 10-5 while the Roadies are 3-7 on the season.