California Coolers 95-74 vs.
|1||at Bronx||Bombers 5, Coolers 2||K.Maeda(1-0)||Aa.Sanchez(0-2)||N.Wittgren(1)|
|HR – S.Kingery 2(2)|
|2||at Bronx||Bombers 3, Coolers 1||M.Gonzales(1-0)||J.Samardzija(1-1)||N.Wittgren(2)|
|HR – None|
|3||at California||Bombers 8, Coolers 5||Z.Plesac(2-0)||S.Turnbull(1-1)||R.Pressly(2)|
|HR – S.Kingery 2(4), R.Chirinos(3), M.Conforto(3), M.Semien(2)|
|4||at California||Bombers 9, Coolers 3||S.Lugo(1-0)||T.Chatwood(0-1)||None|
|HR – A.Rosario(3), A.Meadows(1), JD.Davis(2)|
Bronx leads series 3-0
Game 1 – October 11, Yankee Stadium – Kolten Wong led off the game with a walk and scored on Michael Conforto’s grounder into RF to give the wild card Cooler’s a 1-0 advantage over their division-winning Bombers. The scoreboard flipped in the bottom of the 2nd as Scott Kingery stepped to the plate with 2 men on. He yanked one 353 feet down the LF line to put Bronx ahead 3-1. Two innings later, Kingery was a the dish with a runner on second. As Yogi Berra said, it was deja vu all over again. Kingery’s drive cleared the fence down the LF line making it a 5-1 ballgame. Wong scored again in the top of the 8th on an error to give us a 5-2 final. Kenta Maeda and the bullpen combined on a 3-hitter. Aaron Sanchez took the loss. Kingery was 2-4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI on the day. JD Davis was also 2-4 and Jose Abreu drew 3 walks for Bronx. Wong finished with 2 walks and 2 runs in 4 trips to the platter.
Game 2 – October 12th – The Bombers jumped on Jeff Samardzija in the bottom of the 2nd as Jose Abreu doubled high off the CF wall. He raced home on Adam Eaton’s single to put Bronx ahead 1-0. Eaton stole 2B, scooted over to 3B on Robinson Chirinos’ throwing error and scored on Yasmani Grandal’s sac fly. JD Davis had an RBI single to round out the 3-run inning. Aaron Judge plated Manuel Margot with a 2-out double in the 6th and the 3-1 score held up. Marco Gonzales pitched 5.2 innings of 3-hit ball for the victory. The Shark lost it and Nick Wittgren got his 2nd save in as many games. Margot was 3-4 at the plate for the Coolers. Marcus Semien was 2-4 with a triple for BXB. The ALCS now shifts to Wrigley Field, home of the California Coolers since 1988.
Game 3 – October 14, Wrigley Field – The top of the 1st saw two quick outs, then a hit-by-pitch and a single prior to Jose Abreu stepping up to the plate. Jose ripped a liner that caromed off the wall in left-center, scoring 2 runs for Bronx. California bounced back to tie it in the bottom half on a double by Amed Rosario and a home run by Robinson Chirinos. Marcus Semien broke the tie, hitting a lead-off HR in the top of the 5th. The Bombers added 4 more in the 6th on a 2-run blast by Scott Kingery, a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly. Michael Conforto hit a solo dinger in the bottom of the 6th. Kingery went yard again (his 2nd 2-HR game of the series) in the 7th. The Coolers fought back a bit in the bottom of the 9th as Chirinos and Aaron Judge had RBI doubles, but it wasn’t enough as the home town fans were defeated in the 8-5 loss. The Coolers will have to win 4 straight to make it back to the World Series. Zach Plesac got the win, Ryan Pressly the save. Spencer Turnbull took the loss. Judge went 3-5 at the dish. Bronx had 5 hitters with 2 hits apiece.
Game 4 – October 15, 2020 – The Bronx Bombers had their divisional foes, the California Coolers, up against the ropes and they showed no mercy. The first 3 batters got on, loading the bases for Cody Bellinger. Cody lined one to RF, but it was deep enough for the sacrifice fly. Jose Abreu followed with an RBI single and Bronx had a 2-run lead. They added 3 more runs in the top of the 2nd on an Austin Meadows home run. Kolten Wong and Robinson Chirinos had RBI singles in the bottom of the 3rd to make it a 5-2 game. JD Davis added a dinger in the 4th for BXB and Amed Rosario countered in the 5th. Bronx added a pair in the 6th and a solo score in the top of the 9th to advance to consecutive World Series. They were runners-up to the Dobson Ranch Bashers last year as the Hayward Outlaws. Seth Lugo picked up the win in relief while Tyler Chatwood took the defeat. Chirinos finished with 3 hits for CAC. Davis had 2 hits in 4 trips, with a HR, 2 walks and 4 runs scored. Congratulations to Robert White, a charter member of the SWBA in 1988, for making the playoffs yet again, even if he was surprised as anyone else… Bronx now waits on the outcome of the Dobson Ranch-San Diego series.
ALCS MVP – Scott Kingery
.313/.353/1.063, 4 HR, 8 RBI