The Tazmanian Devils, under the direction of Marc Bostrom (with some spiritual help from Dave Larson), overwhelmed the Beefers Friday night, Sept. 23, taking three of four to improve to 7-9 for the second half. The series loss dropped the Beefs to 16-12 and cut their lead over the Tsunamis (9-7) and Whatevers (11-9) to only one game. The Devils are three games behind in the standings.
The Devils offense was in high gear, hitting .307 for the series with a OBP of .377, including 25 runs, 21 extra-base hits and nine HR. The Beefs only managed to hit .219 with 189 runs and 15 extra-base hits, including seven HR (five in the first game).
Game 1 Taz Devils 10, Beefers 6
Joe Musgrove (Beefs) v Gerritt Cole (Devils)
The Devils put this one away early, exploding for five runs in the first off Joe Musgrove, highlighted by two-run HRs by Paul Goldschmidt and Rafeal Devers. Altogether, the Devils blasted five HRs in the win with Kyle Schwarber, J.T. Realmuto, and Starling Marte also hitting HRs. The Beefs also hit five home runs, but all of them came with the bases empty and wound up being too little, too late.
Beefers 6-10-0 L- Musgrove 3-5 HR Bryce Harper #16, Max Muncy #13 (pinch hit HR), Matt Olson #13, Willson Contreras #3, Carlos Correa #4. Correa and Muncy’s HRs back-to-back in 9th off Steckenrider.
Devils 10-16-0 W-Cole 6-4. HR Starling Marte #5, Goldschmidt #8, Schwarber #2, Devers #7, Realmuto #4.
Game 2 Beefers 8,Taz Devils 4
Max Scherzer (Beefs) v Adam Wainwright (Devils)
The Beefs rebounded in Game Two with an 8-4 triumph behind Max Scherzer. The Beefs took at 2-1 lead in the fourth and Bryce Harper hit a two-run HR in the fifth to make it 4-1. The Beefs added three more in the top of the eighth on a three-run 2b by Alex Verdugo to make it 8-1. The Devils fought back with three runs in the bottom of the eighth off Beef reliever Richard Bleier on back-to-back RBI doubles by Kyle Schwarber and Jose Altuve, followed by an RBI single by Realmuto to make it 7-4, but the Beefs held on for the win, adding a run in the ninth on a HR by Fernando Tatis to make it 8-4.
Beefers 8-10-1 W- Scherzer 6-1. HR Harper #17, Fernando Tatis #15.
Devils 4-11-1 L-Wainwright 3-7.
Game 3 Taz Devils 5, Beefers 4
Julio Urias (Beefs) v Lance Lynn (Devils)
The Beefs broke up a scoreless game in the sixth with a four-run outburst highlighte by a three-run HR by A.J. Pollock off Lance Lynn. The Devils countered in the bottom of the frame with a grand slam HR by Randy Arozarena, off Beef starter Julio Urias to tie the game at 4-4.
In the seventh, Mookie Betts led off the inning with a single for the Devils. Paul Goldschmidt then doubled…with Betts scoring at home on a dropped throw by Beef C Christian Vazquez (66 fielding roll that resulted in error by C-8 on the dropped throw on the boards). Vazquez error cost the Beefs as Garrett Whitlock and Drew Steckenrider when on to shut the Beefs down over the last two innings for a 5-4 win for the Devils.
Beefers 4-7-1 L- Urias 5-5. HR A.J. Pollock #3.
Devils 5-5-0 W-Garrett Whitlock 4-0. Sv Steckenrider #2. HR Arozarena #5 (grand slam HR, second of ’22)
Game 4 Taz Devils 6, Beefers 1
Carlos Rodon (Beefs) v Zack Wheeler (Devils)
Devils righty Zack Wheeler combined with relievers Kendall Graveman and Michael Kopech to shut down the Beefer offense in the finale. Wheeler only gave up a HR and a single in seven innings and Whitlock and Kopech did not allow a hit in the final two innings. The Devils broke up a scoreless game in the seventh on an Altuve solo HR, followed by a double by Arozarena, an RBI triple by Wander Franco, and an RBI single by Santiago Espinal. The Devils added three more in the eight to up their lead to 6-1 and put the game away, all three runs coming off a 3R double by Espinal, who wound up with 4 RBIs.
Beefers 1-3-1 L- Rodon 4-4.
Devils 6-9-2 W-Wheeler 4-2. HR Jose Altuve #7. Espinal 4 RBIs.