Craig Dolan’s The Tsunamis, in need of a split against the Beefers to clinch the 2021 second half title, did exactly what they needed to do and buried Rod Caborn’s Beefers 11-5 in the opener of their home-and-away series to clinch the second half title and return to the OAPBA World Series for the second straight season.
The Beefers won the final game of the season for both teams by an 11-8 margin, but it was too little and too late.
The Tsunamis and Beefers will meet for the first time in World Series play some time in the next 10 days to decide the 2021 OAPBA champion. The Tsunamis lost the 2020 World Series in seven games and will be thirsting to put the 2020 loss behind them. The Beefers
The Tsunami split with the Beefs gave them an 11-9 head-to-head record against the Bovines, which gives home field advantage to the Tsunamis.
Game 1 Tsunamis 10, Beefers 5 (at Tsunamis)
The Tsunamis wasted no time getting to Beefer starter Mike Clevinger and poured it on in Game One with a 10-5 win.
In the first, after an error by Clevinger put Tim Lacastro on base,Alex Bohm, traded to the Asians at mid-season, slammed a 2R HR i to give the Tsunamis an early 2-0 lead. Jesse Winker homered for the Asians in the second to make it 3-0 and then, in the third inning, the roof totally caved in for Clevinger, who made another error and wound up giving up three runs, followed by Tony Watson, who surrendered another run before Jesse Winker was thrown out at home by Bryce Harper to end four-run inning which put the Tsunamis in front by a 7-0 score, which they increased to 8-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by Eric Hosme
The Beefs battled back a pair of runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to make it 8-5 in favor of the Asians, but in the eighth, with the tying runs on base and two out, Asians reliever Ryan Pressley fanned Fernando Tatis to end the threat. Jesse Winker hit his second HR of the game in the bottom of the eighth and Pressley retired the Beefs in order in the ninth to earn a three-inning save….and start the Tsunami celebration.
Beefers 5-7-2 L-Mike Clevinger 4-5.
Tsunamis 10-12-2 W-Max Fried. Sv Ryan Pressley. HR Alec Bohm, Jesse Winker 2 HRs.
Game 2 Beefers 11, Tsunamis 8 (at Beefers)
The action moved to the Beefer Bowl before a disappointed full house, but the Beefers cheered up the hometown fans with a rousing 11-8 victory that saw both teams combine for 30 hits and the Tsunamis pile up nine extra-base hits.
Bryce Harper hit a leadoff HR for the Beefs in the first, but the Tsunamis answered back in the next inning with a 2R HR by Byron Buxton. The Beefs then jumped on Asians starter Marco Gonzales for five runs in the third, including a 3R HR by Fernando Tatis, to go up 6-2. The Beefs put up two more runs in the fourth, but the Tsunamis weren’t yet done, driving Beef starter Dinelson Lamet from the mound in the sixth with five straight hits, climaxed by back-to-back HRs by Mike Yastrzemski and Jesse Winker to cut the Beefer lead to 8-7. In the bottom of the eighth, Beef 2b D.J. LeMahieu hit a 2R HR to give the Beefs some breathing room with a 10-7 lead and in the 8th, Harper hit a second HR to finish the scoring at 11-8.
Tsunamis 8-12-0 L- Marco Gonzales. HR Byron Buxton, Yastrzemski, Jessie Winker (back-to-back).
Beefers 11-18-0 W- Dinelson Lamet. HR Bryce Harper 2 HR, 22-23, Fernando Tatis 25, LeMahieu 7.