Rod Caborn’s Beefers, reeling after losing three of four to Walt Taylor’s Whatevers on Friday, Sept 17, rebounded Saturday morning (Sept. 18) to take both ends of their home-and-away series from Dave Larson’s Taz Devils. The two wins put the Beefs (19-15) back to within a game of the Tsunamis while the two losses dropped the Devils (10-16) into the second half cellar and dropped their cumulative record for the year to 33-34.
The Beefer offense was in high gear in both games with Bryce Harper and Fernando Tatis leading the way with home runs in both games.
Game 1 Beefers 10, Taz Devils 2 (at Devils)
Beefer righty Shane Bieber won his 10th game of the season, coasting to a stress-free win over the Tazzies 10-2. Bryce Harper hit a leadoff HR to start the game and, two innings later, the Beefers capitalized on back-to-back errors by Devils starter Zach Davies and 2b Jon Berti to push over four unearned runs, putting the Beefs in front 5-0. Later in the game, Tatis hit a two-run HR and a two-run triple as the Beefs pulled away to a 10-2 rout.
Beefers 10-8-0 W-Shane Bieber 10-2. HR Fernando Tatis #21, Bryce Harper #20 (leadoff HR).
Devils 2-7-2 L-Zach Davies 3-3. HR Cody Bellinger #12, Xander Bogaerts #12.
Game 2 Beefers 9, Taz Devils 2 (at Beefers)
Facing lefty Julio Urias, Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on a Starling Marte RBI triple and a successful squeeze by Jon Berti to score Marte.
The Beefer bats continue to run hot, however, piling up six runs on seven hits, five for extra bases, in the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Beefer bullpen held the Devils offense to two scattered singles the rest of the way as the Beefs tacked on three more on homers by Tatis and Jose Ramirez to post a 9-2 win an move back to within a game of the front-runningTsunamis.
Devils 2-6-2 L-Gerritt Cole 4-6.
Beefers 9-13-1 W-Stefan Crichton 2-3. HR Fernando Tatis #22, Bryce Harper #21, Jose Ramirez #21.