SABLE/GERBL Day 2: Washington Roars back; Texas’ Grenkie K’s 15; Muffen Men Rebound, Rivertown survives a scare

Washington 6 Dodgers 5

Marvin Gonzalez hit a three run pinch homer and Josh Reddick stroked a key 2 out single in the 8th as Washington came all the way back from a 5-0 deficit to complete a two game sweep of LA by a score of 6-5.

LA struck first and hard against Senator’s starter Sean Newcomb in the 3rd. With one out LA starting pitcher Walker Buehler singled and moved to second on a two out walk to Kike Hernandez bringing Manny Machado to the plate who doubled to deep left center scoring both Buehler and Hernandez. After an intentional walk to Matt Kemp, Max Muncy drew a walk the old fashioned way bringing up Chris Taylor who took a breaking ball into the gap in left centering making the score 5-0 before Newcomb managed to K Austin Barnes swinging.

Buehler kept that cushion until the 5th when Sterling Marte singled to center, running with the next pitch took third on Nick Markakis’ single to right scoring on an Anthony Reardon fielder’s choice. After a Trevor Story single Buehler fanned Blake Swihart and looked like he would get out of the inning cheaply but Marwin Gonzalez pinch hitting for Reliever Taylor Cole ( who pitched a scoreless 4th and fifth) pulled a ball down the right field line driving in Markakis and Story with him to make it a 5-4 game.

In the 6th Dee Gordon drilled a ball off into the corner in right beyond the reach of Matt Kemp ending up on third and Starling Marte flew to center scoring Gordon and chasing Buehler. He was relieved by Scott Alexander who got the 1st man he faced before loading the bases on two singles and a pinch hit walk to Josh Reddick hitting for Swihart. Josh Fields replaced Buehler retiring Marvin Gonzalez to end the threat keeping the game tied.

Meanwhile Washington’s relievers continued to put up zeros as Taylor Cole’s two shutout innings were repeated by Bobby Poyner and again by Brad Hand (W 1-0) who came in to start the 8th.

LA was not so lucky. Kenley Janson (L 0-1) would replace Fields and after a scoreless 8th gave up a one out single to Anthony Rendon who stole 2nd with two out before Reddick who had walked as a pinch hitter in the 6th stroked the single that would win Washington the game.

Notes: Washington’s pitchers were helped by their park’s deep fences as LA hit three balls, including one in the bottom of the 9th that would have made the stands in most other parks. In two games Washington’s relievers pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up no runs, two walks and only one hit. Neither Washington nor LA committed an error in the series. LA batted a mere .167 in the series. The Dodgers will go home for their home opener against Juneau while Washington will welcome Boston in the second of a three series home-stand.

Texas 5 NYY 0

Zack Greinke scattered three hits and Ryan Brawn hit two home runs off JA Happ as the Texas Thunder shut out the NYY 5-0 earning a split in their opening series.

After Brett Gardner who led off with a single was erased by a double play Greinke (W 1-0) was practically unhittable not allowing a Yankee to reach 2nd through the 1st 8 innings a just day after the Bronx Bombers had scored 9.

Meanwhile JA Happ (L 0-1) gave up a mamouth 500 foot HR to the 1st man he faced (Francisco Lindor) and solo shots in the 2nd and sixth to Brawn, augmented by an unearned run in the 5th.

It wasn’t until ninth with Texas already up 5-0 that NY put up any threat. Aaron Hicks lead off with a pinch hit single and Andrew McCutchen followed with a pinch walk, the only one Greinke would give up, to put two men on with nobody out, but rather than going to the Pen manager Charles M stuck with Greinke who retired Gardner (ground out) Torres ( line out ) and Adam Judge swinging closing the game with strikeout number fifteen.

Greinke’s complete game shutout is the first of the season and his 15 k’s are the most in a single game thus far. Texas currently leads the league in Home runs, (4) extra base hits (11) Slugging percentage (.512) and OPS (.902) Aaron Hicks is hitting .625 with two Triples and was the only Yankee to get a hit in both games. The Yanks 2nd of five road series to open the season takes them to face King Ragnar’s Vikings while Texas goes to Rivertown to face the Raiders.

Juneau 5 Boston 1

Mike Foltynewicz pitched seven innings of one run ball while Buster Posey hit a two run shot in the 5th which was enough as Juneau won it’s first game of the season 5-1.

Mike Foltynewicz (W 1-0) manged to walk or hit 5 players in the first five innings but while Foltynewicz was hitting Boston players Boston batters weren’t hitting him back. It would not be until Alex Bregman’s leadoff triple in the 7th Inning that Boston would manage to get on base without a free pass or some bruises.

And while Bregman would score on Xander Bogarts groundout which followed, by that time Juneau’s bats had already been in action off Blake Snell (L 0-1) who gave up a 2nd inning double to Matt Chapman scoring Bryce Harper from 1st and a two run shot to Buster Posey making the score 3-0 after five.

Juneau answered Boston’s run in the bottom of the 7th when reliever Colin McHugh issued a bases loaded walk to Bryce Harper making it 4-1.

Boston had one more shot off as Ryan Braiser walked two of the 1st three men he faced but Juneau countered with Brad Ziegler (S1) who induced a fielder’s choice from Xander Bogarts before sealing the win and the save with a strikeout of J.T. Realmuto

Notes: After being outscored 9-1 in their 1st 3 innings this season, Juneau has outscored opponents 9-1 over their next 15. Four batters were hit in this game 3 by Foltynewicz and one by Colin McHugh but no warnings were given. Boston and Juneau were a combined 0-12 with runners in scoring position. Boston’s road trip continues in Washington to meet the undefeated Senators while Juneau travels to LA to meet the 0-2 Dodgers in their home opener.

Rivertown 5 Vikings 4

The Rivertown raiders held off a furious Viking ninth inning rally to secure a 5-4 win and a sweep of King Ragnar’s Vikings at Fenway Park.

There seemed to be some confusion on signals between Viking starter Max Scherzer (L 0-1) and his catcher Wilson Ramos to start the game. After a leadoff single by Lorenzo Cain, Scherzer Balked him to second and following a strikeout of Paul Goldsmith Ramos missed a ball he seemingly should have had but after recovering the ball it was clear that something was wrong with Ramos physically. He had to be escorted to the dugout to be replaced by Rene Rivera which would have serious implications late in the game.

The next pitch was hit to shortstop by Jose Ramos and promptly booted by Juan Segura putting Ramos on 1st and scoring Cain. Scherzer then served a pitch to Peralta that was deposited into the Center field stands and it was 3-0 Rivertown.

The Vikings came back, a two out Eddie Rosario single scored Joey Gallo who walked to start the 2nd make it 2-1 and in the 4th Gallo took an Aaron Nola (W 1-0) fastball over the left field wall to make it 3-2.

But in the 6th Rivertown struck for two. David Peralta and Matt Carpenter opened the inning with back to back singles and despite Scherzer managing to get the next two batters the vikings decided he’d had enough and brought it Adroys Vizcanio to face Ender Incarte who shot a ball into the gap scoring both runners and making the score 5-2.

It stayed that way until the 9th when Edwin Diaz (s2) came in for the 2nd straight day to get the save, but this time it wasn’t so easy. An Eddie Rosario walk was followed by back to back errors by Shortstop Paul Dejong loading the bases with nobody out. That brought up Jean Segura who singled to left scoring both Rosario and Ramon Leurano to make it 5-4. But there it would stay as Diaz stuck out Juan Soto for the 1st out and when Whit Merrifield stole 3rd to put the tying run 90 feet away with only one out bore down to K Joey Gallo and get Rene Rivera the last catcher on the roster to tap it back to the mound to end the game.

The Vikings placed Catcher Wilson Ramos was placed on the disabled list at the conclusion of the game with Catcher Ellas Diaz coming up to replace him. Edwardo Escobar who went 1-8 in the series was also sent to the minors with Jed Lowie replacing him on the roster. Lorenzo Cain’s 1st inning hit was his only in the series going 1-9. Opponents are hitting .111 against Edwin Diaz this season. the Vikings will be welcoming the Yankees for a three game series tomorrow while Rivertown will debut at home against Texas.