Bronx Bombers 100-70 vs.
|1||at San Diego||Tigersharks 5, Bombers 4 (11)||F.Vazquez(1-1)||R.Buchter(0-1)||None|
|HR – JD.Davis(3), J.Abreu(3), G.Springer(3), M.Muncy(2)|
|2||at San Diego||Bombers 8, Tigersharks 7||J.Brebbia(1-0)||A.DeSclafani(1-2)||N.Wittgren(3)|
|HR – C.Bellinger(4), JD.Davis(4), A.Bregman(4)|
|3||at Bronx||Tigersharks 9, Bombers 8||D.German(1-0)||J.Brebbia(1-1)||F.Vazquez(1)|
|HR – JD.Davis(5), DJ.LeMahieu(4), G.Springer(4), A.Meadows 2(3), J.Villar(2)|
|4||at Bronx||Bombers 7, Tigersharks 3||I.Kennedy(1-0)||R.Stephenson(1-1)||None|
|HR – C.Bellinger(5), A.Bregman(5), J.Abreu, J(4), M.Canha(3)|
|5||at Bronx||Bombers 6, Tigersharks 4||M.Gonzales(2-0)||J.Berrios(1-1)||N.Wittgren(4)|
|HR – JD.Davis(6), A.Eaton(1)|
|6||at San Diego||Bombers 4, Tigersharks 1||K.Maeda(2-0)||A.DeSclafani(1-3)||N.Wittgren(5)|
|HR – JD.Davis, J(7), A.Meadows(4), Y.Grandal(2)|
Bronx wins World Series 4-2
Game 1 – October 18, Petco Park – The Bronx franchise, last year’s runner-up, got on the board in the 2nd inning. Marcus Semien held up on a 3-2 pitch and was offered first base for his patience. He went to second on JD Davis’ walk and to third on a wild pitch. Cody Bellinger flied to shallow right, but it was deep enough for Semien to race across the plate. Two batters later, Adam Eaton plated Davis with a single and the AL Champs had a 2-0 advantage. In the top of the 5th, Davis went yard on Jose Berrios’ 1-1 pitch, chasing Jose to the showers. Chris Martin relieved him and got two quick outs, before Jose Abreu gave one a ride over the LF wall. 4-zip Bronx. In the bottom of the 6th, Max Muncy drove in NLCS MVP Alex Bregman with a 2-run shot down the RF line to cut the lead in half. George Springer greeted Ryan Pressly in the bottom of the 8th with a lead-off HR to left. Muncy then singled and scored 3 batters later on Victor Robles’ single, knotting the game at 4. Kyle Farmer led off the bottom of the 11th with a pinch-hit single. He went to 2B on a wild pitch and to 3rd on DJ LeMahieu’s single to RF. Bryce Harper grounded to second base, but Farmer beat the throw home for a walk-off fielder’s choice. Felipe Vazquez got the win with 2 hitless innings. After Berrios left, the SDT bullpen fanned 10 in 7.0 innings of 3-hit ball. Ryan Buchter got the loss. Muncy led the Tigersharks with a 3-5 evening. Eaton had 3 hits in 5 appearances for Bronx.
Game 2 – October 19 – The Bronx Bombers didn’t want to fall behind 2-0 to the San Diego Tigersharks, so they started off with a vengeance. JD Davis and Austin Meadows singled and Cody Bellinger sent Anthony DeSclafini’s 0-1 offering via express mail into the RF seats. San Diego wasn’t too impressed and closed the gap to one in the bottom of the first on a Max Muncy walk and Alex Bregman homer. Bronx took those blows with ease and came out slugging in the 2nd inning as well, as it was deja vu all over again. Davis and Meadows walked and Bellinger sent DeSclafini’s pitch just a few feet over from his first HR. Two innings, 2 PA, 2 HR and 6 RBI for Bellinger. Yadi drove in Bryce Harper in the bottom half to make it 6-3 BXB. Davis went yard in the 6th and Jonathan Villar scored on a wild pitch in the 8th to give the Bombers a 5-run cushion. In the bottom of the 8th, San Diego loaded the bases on an error, infield single and intentional walk. Shohei Ohtani came up came up looking long ball, but walked on 5 pitches, getting an RBI. Javier Baez stepped up and drilled a deep one to CF, but Bellinger hauled it in, limiting it to a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the 9th, Muncy doubled off the RF wall and scored as Marcus Semien’s throw to first was wide, allowing George Springer to take 2B. Corey Seager and Mark Canha walked to load the bases for Harper. Bryce tattooed it down the RF line, but Adam Eaton chased it down for the SF. Kyle Farmer came up with the tying run on second, but Nick Wittgren struck him out for the save. John Brebbia, who took over for Kenta Maeda, was credited with the win. DeSclafini the loss. George Springer had 2 of SDT’s 8 hits. Bronx racked up 14 hits with Davis getting 4 of them. Four more Bombers had 2 hits each. The World Series shifts to Yankee Stadium tied 1-1.
Game 3 – October 21, Yankee Stadium – DJ LeMahieu hit the 2nd pitch of the game 413 feet into the LCF bleachers. Three batters later, George Springer did the same thing and SDT was up 2-nothing. Austin Meadows said, “hey I can hit dingers too” and drove one down the RF line in the bottom of the inning to make it a 2-1 game. Jonathan Villar hit the 4th solo shot of the game in the bottom of the 3rd and we were back to square one with a 2-2 game. Meadows wasn’t done, as he led off the bottom of the 4th with, you guessed it, another solo home run that put Bronx ahead 3-2. In the top of the 6th, San Diego scored 6 runs without ANY home runs!!! They used 5 singles and 3 walks to take an 8-3 lead. In the bottom half, Scott Kingery, the ALCS MVP, hit a bases-loaded double off the LF wall scoring all 3 Bombers. Now they only trailed 8-6 on the scoreboard. JD Davis hit his 5th HR of the post-season in the 7th to make it a one-run lead for the visiting ‘Sharks. Bryce Harper drove in Alex Bregman in the top of the 9th for a 2-run edge heading to the bottom of the 9th. Davis opened the 9th with a single and Cody Bellinger followed with an infield single and the subsequent throwing error allowed both to take an extra base. With one out and runners on second and third, Jose Abreu hit a grounder between third and short plating Davis. Bellinger raced home, trying to beat the throw to tie the game, but he was nailed by Mark Canha’s bullet to the catcher. Felipe Vazquez forced the next batter, Adam Eaton, into a grounder to short to end the game and take home the save. SDT starter Domingo German got the win. Game 2’s winner, John Brebbia, was saddled with the loss. LeMahieu was 3-5 with a HR and 3 RBI for the guests. Meadows was 3-5 with 2 dingers to lead Bronx.
Game 4 – October 22 – Bronx got an RBI double from Jose Abreu and an RBI single from Ryan Braun to take a 2-0 lead after one inning. Mark Canha countered with a two-run homer in the top of the 2nd and the game was even again. Both teams got solo shots in the 3rd (Alex Bregman & Abreu) to make it a 3-3 ballgame. A bases-loaded, inning-ending double-play in the bottom of the 5th kept the Bombers from taking the lead. They came right back in the 6th as Cody Bellinger hit a 3-run home run down the RF line to give his team the 6-3 advantage. Bronx tacked on another in the 7th and their bullpen was on fire, shutting down the Tigersharks’ attack for the 7-3 victory, evening the World Series at 2 games each. Corey Seager led San Diego with a 2-4 night. Abreu finished 3-5 with a HR, 2 RBI and 3 R. Robert Stephenson got the loss. Ian Kennedy the win.
Game 5 – October 23 – Bryce Harper doubled off the RF wall, plating Shohei Ohtani in the top of the 1st. In the bottom of the 2nd, Jose Abreu took it the other way, doubling off the LF wall, chasing Cody Bellinger home to tie the game. Yadier Molina hit a 2-out single driving home Ohtani in the 3rd and San Diego was up again. JD Davis hit his 6th HR of the post-season, a 2-run shot to left, in the bottom half and Bronx was up by one. Abreu struck again in the 5th, hitting a 2-run single that put BXB up by 3. In the 6th, Max Muncy had an RBI double and scored on the next play, a throwing error by Corey Seager. Adam Eaton made it a 6-4 game in the bottom of the 8th with a solo home run. The Tigersharks loaded the bases in the top of the 9th with George Springer stepping to the plate. Springer swung at Nick Wittgren’s 2-0 pitch, grounding it to short and Bronx turned a 6-4-3 double play. The Bombers leave Yankee Stadium with a 3 games to 2 lead in the SWBA World Series. Marco Gonzales got the win, Wittgren the save. Jose Berrios took the loss. Ohtani, Harper, Molina and Muncy each had 2 hits for SDT. Abreu, Davis and Austin Meadows had 2 hits apiece for BXB. The series heads back to Petco Park for game 6.
Game 6 – October 25th, Petco Park – San Diego returned home needing to win both games to take the 33rd SWBA World Series. Bryce Harper got them on the board in the bottom of the first, driving in George Springer with a single. JD Davis led off the top of the 4th with a home run and Austin Meadows made it back-to-back dingers to give Bronx a 2-1 lead. Jose Abreu had an RBI double in the 6th and Yasmani Grandal went yard in the 7th, building a 4-1 advantage. From the 2nd inning thru the 7th, San Diego only managed 3 batters per inning. In the bottom of the 8th, Yadier Molina got caught rounding first on a single for the 2nd out of the inning. Victor Robles then hit a pinch-hit single and stole 2B after that, but Springer grounded into the final out. In the bottom of the 9th, Nick Wittgren walked Max Muncy, but got 3 straight outs for the save and the World Series victory for the Bronx Bombers under first year owner Steve Richmond. San Diego managed only 4 hits in this one. Kenta Maeda got the win, Anthony DeSclafini the loss. Wittgren earned his 3rd save of the series. Abreu was the only player with 2 hits in the game.
Congratulations to Kory Klecker. His Tigersharks won back-to-back Mays Division titles, winning 207 games in the process. It was the first World Series win for the Bronx Bombers franchise, which joined the SWBA in 1992 as the Phoenix Phantoms.
2020 World Series MVP – J.D. Davis
.458/.519/1.083, 5 HR, 10 R, 6 RBI