Tucson Lizard Kings 92-70 vs.
|1||at San Diego||Tigersharks 11, Lizard Kings 3||J.Berrios(1-0)||K.Hendricks(0-1)||None|
|HR – J.Soler 2(2), C.Santana(1), M.Canha(1), DJ.LeMahieu(1)|
|2||at San Diego||Tigersharks 1, Lizard Kings 0||A.DeSclafani(1-0)||L.Castillo(0-1)||S.Greene(1)|
|HR – None|
|3||at Tucson||Tigersharks 4, Lizard Kings 2||N.Anderson(1-0)||S.Romo(0-1)||A.Bass(1)|
|HR – C.Santana(2)|
|4||at Tucson||Tigersharks 4, Lizard Kings 0||R.Ray(1-0)||W.Miley(0-1)||None|
|HR – A.Bregman(1)|
San Diego wins series 4-0
Game 1 – Petco Park, September 30th – The San Diego Tigersharks wasted no time showing why they had the league’s best record at 108-54. George Springer; Mark Canha and Max Muncy all had an RBI and Jose Berrios; the pitcher, drilled a 2-run single to cap off a 5-run first for the home squad. Jorge Soler and Carlos Santana had seen enough, so they hit back-to-back home runs to start the 2nd inning. Canha countered in the bottom half with a 2-run shot. San Diego tacked on 4 more runs and took game one by an 11-3 margin. Berrios gained the win, Kyle Hendricks took the defeat. DJ LeMahieu went 3-5 with a double, HR and 2 RBI. Santana finished 3-4 to lead Tucson.
Game 2 – October 1st – This was a pitchers’ duel with the teams combining for only 4 hits and one run. Anthony DeSclafini bettered Luis Castillo, pitching 7.0 innings of one hit ball and fanning 8 batters in the process. Jason Heyward’s single in the 5th was the only blemish. Anthony Bass and Shane Green (save) were perfect in the final two innings. Castillo struck out 7 and allowed 3 hits in 6.0 innings. George Springer plated Alex Bregman (double) in the bottom of the first for the game’s lone run. The series is headed to Chase Field with San Diego holding serve at home.
Game 3 – October 3rd, Chase Field – Tucson was glad to be home in Chase Field after coming up short in both games in San Diego. They dodged a few bullets early as SDT got a couple runners on in the first and a one-out triple by Mark Canha in the 2nd. Mike Clevinger got out of both innings without giving up a run. Carlos Santana hit a solo homer to left in the 4th and it looked like the Lizard Kings had the momentum. Clevinger was pulled after 5.2, allowing NO runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. He also K’d 9 batters. The wheels fell off the bus though in the top of the 7th. After Sergio Romo got pinch-hitter Shohei Ohtani to whiff, DJ LeMahieu doubled to left. Corey Seager then grounded to first, but Santana booted it and everyone was safe. After a wild pitch, Alex Bregman was walked to load the bases. Jared Hughes walked a batter and Diego Castillo walked another before getting a grounder to first. Tucson was able to get the runner at second, but Bryce Harper was safe at first and another run crossed the plate. Canha grounded one to third, but David Bote tried to throw it before he caught it and San Diego got another unearned run to make it a 4-1 game. In the bottom of the 7th, Brock Holt grounded an RBI single up the middle to make it a 4-2 game. Robert Stephenson and Anthony Bass pitched perfect 8th and 9th innings for the ‘Sharks as they go up 3-0 in the series. Nick Anderson got the win, Romo the defeat and Bass the save. Seager was 2-5 for SDT, Holt 2-3 with a walk for TLK.
Game 4 – October 4 – The ‘Sharks smelled blood, needing one more win to return to the National League Championship Series. The Lizard Kings threatened early, getting a pair of runners on in the 1st and loading the bases in the 2nd, but San Diego’s starter, Robbie Ray, was up to the challenge and escaped both innings without a run. SDT got on the board in the top of the 4th when Alex Bregman gave Wade Miley’s 0-2 pitch a ride over the left field wall for a 2-run homer. Ray was perfect for the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. Marcus Walden relieved him with one out in the 6th and got a fly to right and a force play to end the inning. Shohei Ohtani plated a runner with a sac fly in the 7th. Tucson stranded a pair in the bottom of the 7th, their biggest threat the rest of the way. The visitors scored another in the 8th and held on for the 4-0 shutout. Bregman and Javy Baez had two hits each for SDT. Travis d’Arnaud was 1-2 with a pair of free passes to lead TLK. Congratulations to Tom Turos for a great season and getting the Lizard Kings into the playoffs. San Diego heads home and awaits the winner of the Dobson Ranch-Chattanooga series.