Jonathan Stilwell’s Otters evened their record at 4-4 Monday evening, taking three of four from Rod Caborn’s Beefers (8-8). The Otters won the first three games of the series before the Beefers salvaged the finale in a tight 4-3 decision in the Beefers favor.
Leading the way for the Otters was SS Corey Seager, who homered twice in Game Two, including the game-winner, and hit a key two-run HR in Game Three. Otter 1b Freddie Freeman continued his career assault on Beefer pitching, going 5-12 while Ronald Acuña hit a key HR in Game One and a leadoff HR in Game Two.
Yu Darvish shone for the Otters in the opener, giving up only one run in seven innings while fanning 14 batters.
For the Beefs, D.J. LeMahieu was 8-13 in the final three games.
The Otters outhit the Beefs .255-.248 with eight home runs, five of them in Game Two, against only four round-trippers for the Bovines. The Otters had 12 extra base hits while the Beefs totaled 11 extra base hits.
Game 1: Otters 3, Beefers 1
Yu Darvish was at his best for the Otters, allowing only a second-inning homer by Luke Voit to spoil his bid for a shutout. Darvish only gave up three hits in all, while striking out fourteen Beefers. The Otters got on the board in the first on a Freddie Freeman RBI double and took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Jake Cronenworth. That’s all that Darvish needed as he went seven-plus innings with Otter reliever Victor Gonzalez keeping the Beefs at bay in the final two innings.
Beefers 1-3-0 L- Mike Clevinger 0-1. HR Luke Voit (7)
Otters 3-8-1 W-Yu Darvish. HR Ronald Acuña.
Game 2: Otters 9, Beefers 8
Game Two started off as a slugfest, but morphed into a battle of the bullpens as Otter SS Corey Seager hit an eighth-inning HR to lift the Otters to a hard-fought 9-8 win.
The Beefs scored five runs in the top of the first off Otter starter Luis Castillo, including a two-run HR by Bryce Harper and a three-run blast by Jeff McNeil. The 5-0 lead immediately evaporated in the bottom of the first, when the Otters pounded Beef starter Antonio Sanzaleta for five runs, highlighted by a three-run HR by Mike Trout and a two-run shot by Corey Seager.
The Beefs went back ahead 7-5 in the second on a two-run triple by D.J. LeMahieu, but Sanzaleta gave up a game-tying two-run HR to Yasmani Grandal in the fourth to make it 7-7. Both teams scored in the sixth to up the score to 8-8, but Otters wound up with the win off Corey Seager’s second HR of the game, off Diego Castillo in the eighth to give the Otters a 9-8 lead. Tyler Duffey finished off the Beefs in the ninth for what turned out to be a remarkable come-from-behind win for the defending league champs.
Beefers 8-9-0 L- Diego Castillo 1-2. HR Bryce Harper (4), Jeff McNeil (1).
Otters 9-10-1 W-Tyler Duffey. HR Corey Seager (2 HR), Yasmani Grandal (2 HR), Mike Trout.
Game 3: Otters 5, Beefers 2
Otter RF Ronald Acuña hit a leadoff homer and the Otters never looked back as Jacob deGrom went seven innings, allowing only five hits and an unearned run as the Otters glided to a 5-2. Corey Seager hit his third HR of the series in the sixth while Acuña also delivered an RBI double in the fifth.
Beefers 2-7-1 L- Dinelson Lamet 0-1.
Otters 5-10-2 W-Jacob deGrom. HR Corey Seager, Ronald Acuña.
Game 4: Beefers 4, Tsunamis 3
The Beefs salvaged a tough 4-3 Game Four decision to avoid a sweep. Los Vacas used four stolen bases and a pair of singles to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth, but the Otters pushed over three runs in the fifth to take over with a 3-2 lead. Beef SS Fernando Tatis tied the game at three apiece in the sixth with a HR off Otter starter Zac Gallen and D.J. LeMahieu, who had four hits, hit an RBI double in the seventh that put the Beefs back in front 4-3. The Beefer bullpen did not allow a hit over the final four frames with Rafael Iglesias notching his third save.
Beefers 4-12-0 W-Shane Greene 1-0. Sv Rafael Iglesias (2). HR Fernando Tatis (3).
Otters 3-7-1 L-Tyler Duffey.