In a battle of the bottom two teams in the first half race, the Tsunamis and Whatevers split their four-game series at Ponte Vedra Beach on Sunday, June 19. The split ended any chance for either team in the first half race. The Tsunamis are now 17-19, but still have an outside chance to finish at .500 while the Whatevers fell to 11-19 for the first half.
The big story in the series occurred in Game Two, when the Tsunamis blasted six home runs in an 11-3 win, the fifth time in the first half that the power-hitting Tsunamis have totaled 10 or more runs in a game.
Game 1 Whatevers 7, Tsunamis 3
The Whats scored three in the first and Dakota Hudson hurled seven shutout innings to take this one 7-3. In the first, Marcel Ozuna drives in one with a single and Whit Merrifield knocks ina pair with a single for the early 3-0 lead. The Tsunami’s couldn’t touch Hudson who allowed a walk in the fourth and a base hit in the sixth. In the eighth, knocked down doubles by Ozuna and Grisham make it 4-0 and later in the inning a bases clearing triple by Francisco Lindor made it 7-0. The Tsu finally scored in the bottom half on a rbi singles by Tim Anderson and James McCann. Juan Soto would add a SF to finish the scoring.
Whats 7-8-0 W- Dakota Hudson.
Tsu 3-4-1 L- Kim.
Game 2 Tsunamis 11, Whatevers 3
The Tsunami bats woke up in this one, pounding Walker Buehler for four homers, while cruising to a 11-3 victory. Tsunami C Tucker Barnhart went deep twice and Corey Dickerson and Edwin Rios as well. Later in the game, Eric Hosmer and Trevor Story added solo shots. Altogether the Tsunamis totaled six round-trippers in the game.
Tsu starter Corbin Burnes was the beneficiary of all the offense going 6-plus innings to earn the win. What 1b Dominic Smith tripled in a run in the fourth and Francisco Lindor hit a two-run double in ninth for the Whats.
Whats 3-5-0 L-Walker Buehler.
Tsu 11-16-2 W-Corbin Burnes HR Tucker Barnhart 2 HR, Eric Hosmer, Edwin Rios, Alex Dickerson, Trevor Story.
Game 3 Whatevers 5, Tsunamis 0
Whatever starter Brandon Woodruff combined three relievers to toss a four-hit shutout as the Whatevers win 5-0. David Peralta drove in Marcel Ozuna in the fourth with a single off Trevor Bauer for a 1-0 lead. The Whats broke open the game in the eighth off Trevor Bauer with a RBI double by David Fletcher, a pair of SF’s by Ozuna and David Peralta, and a RBI double by Miguel Rojas. Woodruff went five innings and was followed by James Hoyt, Brad Hand, and Adam Kolarak to complete the shutout.
Whats 5-8-0 W-Brandon Woodruff.
Tsu 0-4-0 L- Trevor Bauer.
Game 4 Tsunamis w, Whatevers 1
Ian Anderson and Zach Wheeler hooked up in the finale, with hits were hard to come by in this one. The Whats scored in the fourth on a pair of doubles by Ozuna and Merrifield but the lead was short-lived as the Tsu scored in the fifth on a single by Trevor Story and a fielder’s choice by Juan Soto to make it 2-1. Neither team could get anything going after the fifth and Tsunami closer Edwin Diaz got the last out in the ninth for the save.
Whats 1-3-2 L-Zach Wheeler.
Tsu 2-5-0 W-Ian Anderson. Sv Edwin Diaz.