Craig Dolan’s surging Tsunamis s 11-5, seeking to break the race wide open, split with Dave Larson’s Taz Devils 8-12, Weds., Sept. 16, losing the first two games to the Forked Warriors, but rebounding to take Games Three and Four and maintain their two-game lead in OAPBA.
Devils reliever Trevor May and Tsunami reliever Hunter Wood both won and lost a game in the series. Devils RF Mookie Betts had a pair of home runs in the series and Tsunami 3b Nolan Arenado also hit a pair of round-trippers, although both of them came in the first two games, both Tsunami losses.
Game 1 Taz Devils 5, Tsunamis 4
Nolan Arenado got the Asians on board with a solo homer in the second but the visitors pounded Pee Wee German for four in the fourth. Rafael Devers hit a solo shot and JT Realmuto hit a three run blast for the scoring. The Wave tallied three single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to tie the game. Tom Murphy had an rbi single, Justin Turner added a solo homer, and Tim Anderson doubled home a run. Tied at 4-4 in the top of the 9th, JD Martinez hit a pinch hit double and scored on a Cody Bellinger single. Liam Hendricks pitched a perfect ninth to save game one.
Devils 5-10-0 W- Trevor May 4-4. SV- Liam Hendricks 13. HR- Devers 6, Realmuto 7.
Tsu 4-7-1 L- Felipe Vazquez 0-1. HR- Justin Turner 5, Arenado 17.
Game 2 Taz Devils 4, Tsunamis 2
Arenado started the scoring again in the second with a solo shot. Jose Altuve then doubled home a run in the top of the 3rd to tie the game. Anderson followed that in the bottom of the frame with an rbi single. The score was now 2-1 for the homies until the top of the 7th. Mickey Brantley hit a double to bring home the tying run and Mookie Betts hit a two run homer to give the visitors a 4-2 lead. Gerrit Cole turned the lead over to Tyler Clippard in the 8th who pitched two perfect innings for the save.
Devils 4-5-0 W- Gerritt Cole 7-2. SV- Tyler Clippard 2. HR- Betts 11.
Tsu 2-7-1 L- Hunter Wood 1-1 HR- Arenado 18.
Game 3 Tsunamis 5, Taz Devils 4
The home squad scored first again as Ant Rizzo hit a two run yardley in the bottom of the first. Anabal Sanchez had a no-hitter going into the 7th when Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer. Bellinger followed with a single and scored when Hunter Dozier batted the ball around. Juan Soto broke the tie up with a two run homer in the bottom of the 7th only to see Betts hit a two run shot in the top of the 8th. Tied at 4-4, the Asians got a case of the look sees in the bottom of the 9th. Trevor May walked the bases loaded and saw Taylor Rogers give up the game winning hit to Arenado.
Devils 4-5-0 L- Trevor May 4-5. HR- Betts 12, Bogaerts 17.
Tsu 5-11-0 W- Buck Farmer 1-1. HR- Juan Soto 12, Rizzo 8.
Game 4 Tsunamis 4, Taz Devils 3
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when Dozier singled home a run and a Solo sac fly brought home another. Carlos Santana’s solo homer in the 5th narrowed the lead and a two run single from Devers in the next inning gave the Tazzies a narrow 3-2 lead. The lead didn’t last as Dozier tripled and scored on a sac fly from Max Muncy. The tie was broken in the bottom of the next inning when Aaron Judge’s third hit of the game brought home an unearned run. Javier Vazquez got the save but needed for Judge to throw out the tying run at the plate.
Devils 3-5-2 L- Steve Cishek 1-3 HR- Carlos Santana 6.
Tsu 4-10-1 W- Hunter Wood 2-1. SV- Felipe Vazquez 2.