Whats throttle Beefers; knock Bovines out of first with home-and-away sweep

Walt Taylor’s Whatevers (15-17) took both ends of their home and away series with the Beefers, Fri., June 7, to pull to within two games of .500 for the first half. The twin losses knocked the Beefs (21-13) out of a first place tie with the Taz Devils (21-11), who now lead the first half by a full game. 

The Whats called on the long ball to win both games. Yordan Alvarez hit a game-winning three-run blast in the ninth inning to win the opener, at the Beefers. In the second game, at the Whatevers Whoville Stadium, Shohei Ohtani slammed a three-run HR to lift the Whats an early 5-1 lead that they never relinguished.

What reliever Emmanuel Clase earned saves in both games

Gm 1 Whatevers 6, Beefers 3 (at Beefers)

Walker Buehler (Whats) vs. Chris Bassitt (Beefers). Beef RHP Chris Bassitt struck out out eight and did not give up a hit in the first four innings, striking out seven in a row at one point. The Beefs, meanwhile, took an early 2-0 lead on an RBI double by Bryce Harper, who then scored on a single by Alex Verdugo.

The Beefs lead was short-lived, however, with the Whats storming back with three runs in the fifth when Isiah Kiner-Falafa drove in two runs with a single and Jorge Polanco drove in a run to give the Whats a 3-2 lead. After the Beefs knotted the game on a sac fly, the game entered the ninth tied at three apiece.

Raisel Iglesias, on in relief for the Beefs, quickly put himself in a hole with two consecutive walks. Yordan Alvarerez then made Iglesias pay a heavy price for his errant control, blasting a three-run HR that was a game-winner. Emmanuel Clase put the Beefs away in order in the bottom of the inning to earn a save.

Whats 6-4-0   W- Brett Martin. Sv Emmanuel Clase. HR Yordan Alvarez.

Beef    3-7-0    L-Raisel Iglesias 2-2. Beefers hit five doubles.

Gm 2 Whatevers 7, Beefers 4 (at Whatevers)

Julio Urias (Beefers) v. Lucas Giolito (Whats). The Whats put this one away early, jumping on Urias for five runs in the second, highlighted by a three-run HR by Showei Ohtani. What SS Keke Hernandez made it 6-1 with a solo HR off Urias in the third. The Beefs put up two in the fourth on a two-run HR by Marcus Semien to close the lead to 6-3, but What relievers Garrett Crochet, Adam Cimber and Brett Martin keet the Beefs under control and turned things over, in the ninth, to Emmanuel Clase, who notched his second save in two games to complete the Whats’ two-game sweep.

Beef    3-7-1    L- Julio Urias 2-3. HR Bryce Harper #4.

Whats 7-7-0   W- Garrett Crochet. Sv Emmanuel Clase. HR Shohei Ohtani, Keke Hernandez.Rod Caborn

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