Game 1 - DeGrom vs. Ryu
In a match up of aces, the Bombers were able to score two in
the bottom of the second with the bottom of their lineup,
including an RBI single by deGrom to get a lead they would
not relinquish. The Bombers scored 4 more in the 6th and
tacked on 2 more to finish the game.
Marte HR, 2 RBI's
DeGrom 2 for 3 and the Win
Bombers 1, Capitals 0
Game 2 - Hendricks vs. Corbin
The first two innings of game 2 were a breeze for both
pitchers. In the bottom of the third, Hendricks helped his
own cause by ripping a double and scoring a run with one out
and the Bombers scored two more to make the score 3-0. The
Capitals didn't wait long when Nelson Cruz hit a 3-run homer
in the top of the 4th, tying it up 3-3. In the bottom of the
5th, the Bombers were able to get to Corbin again with an
RBI single by Brosseau, which made the Capitals go to their
pen. The next batter successfully performed a suicide
squeeze and the Bombers went up 5-3. The sixth inning really
opened it up with a RBI single by LeMaheui and a 3-run homer
by Brosseau making it 9-3, which ended up being the final
Brosseau 4 for 5 with 6 RBI's and a HR.
Hendricks with the Win.
Bombers 2, Capitals 0
Game 3 - Wheeler vs. Lynn
The series shifted to the Capitals home park and brought 2
righties to start the game for the first time in the series.
The Bombers were able to keep the offense going, scoring two
in the top of the 2nd with a RBI single by Jason Castro and
Jay Bruce. The game would stay knotted until the bottom of
the 6th when the Capitals got on the board with a sac fly by
Marcel Ozuna. That run apparently woke the bats of the
Bombers back up as they rallied to score six runs of their
own in the top of the 7th, capped by a 3-run homer by
Starling Marte. Brosseau poured a little salt in the wound
with a 2-run homer of his own in the 8th. The Capitals'
offense did start to wake a bit at the end with a homer by
Rizzo in the 9th.
Brosseau 2 for 2 with 4 RBI's and a HR.
Wheeler with the Win.
Bombers 3, Capitals 0
Game 4 - DeGrom vs Nola
As mentioned, the Capitals powerful offense began to wake in
game 3 and scored a quick 3 runs in the 1st inning off
DeGrom with a 2-run homer by Rizzo. Nola shut down the
Bombers offense and the game ended with the Capitals tacking
on 4 more in the bottom of the 8th via a RBI single by
Lindor, a 2-RBI double by Rendon and a RBI single by Rizzo.
RIzzo 3 for 4, 4 RBI's, HR.
Nola with the Win.
Bombers 3, Capitals 1
Game 5 - Houser vs. Ryu
Game 5 started with a bang as the Bombers scored 2 in the
top of the first only to be answered by the Capitals scoring
3 of their own in the bottom half of the inning by another
2-run homer from Rizzo and a solo shot by Rendon. In the top
of the 4th, Jay Bruce put the Bombers back on top with his
own 2-run homer, putting them in the lead, 4-3. In the top
of the 5th, the Bombers struck again with an RBI double by
Trevor Story and another suicide squeeze to put them up 6-3,
seemingly putting them in good position for the series win.
Julio Urias was cruising into the bottom of the 7th, after
relieving Houser in the 4th, but got into a little trouble
and made the manager bring in set-up man Ryan Pressly.
Pressly promptly threw a wild pitch allowing the two runners
to move to second and third. The Bombers decided to
intentionally walk Rendon to set up a force-out with Nelson
Cruz up. Well, Cruz laced a double to empty the bases and
tie the game, 6-6. It became even more of a bullpen game
with the teams shutting each other out going into extras. It
lasted that way until the top of the 13th until Jesse Winker
hit a solo HR to put the Bombers in the lead 7-6. Jonathan
Loaisiga held on to the lead to finish the game and get the
LeMaheiu 3 for 6, 2 runs.
Loaisiga with the Win.
Bombers 4, Capitals 1
What an end to the series and the season. The Capitals
offense ended up catching fire a little too late, as I think
the Bombers' pitching and bullpen proved better than the
Capitals in the long run. The Capitals' starting pitching
also played into the Bombers' strength as they had a
particularly good lineup against LHP.
Kudos to Jason for a great season and a fun series. That
offense was super-scary heading into the series and luck
ended up going more the way of the Bombers' throughout the
games (2 successful suicide squeezes).
The Bombers pick up their first franchise title. Mike
Brosseau picks up the Series MVP by going 6-16, 2 HR's and
10 RBI's. Other notable stats for Emerald City:
Marte .381, 2 HRs
Team BA .279
DeGrom 2.13 ERA, 12.2 innings
Loaisiga 0.00 ERA, 4 innings
Team ERA 3.75
Capitals notable stats:
Team BA .232
Nola 0.00 ERA, 6 innings, 11 k's
Team ERA 6.32