SABLE/GERBL Day 3 Vikings Conquer NY, Dodgers Edge Muffenmen, Rivertown and Washington Remain unbeaten

King Ragnar’s Vikings 6 NY Yankees 2

Greg Cole pitched a 3 hitter and Whit Merrifield’s 3 run blast caped a 4 run 4th and the Vikings got their first win of the season defeating the New York Yankees 6-2.

Yankees Starter CC Sabathia (L 0-1) pitched out of two on two out situations in the 2nd and 3rd but in the 4th inning with two on and one out his defense failed him. With Jed Lowrie and Juan Cole on base via singles
Pitcher Gerrit Cole (W 1-0) hit a grounder to Miguel Andujar who got a late jump on it and airmailed it beyond the reach of a stretching Neil Walker. Lowrie scored and Soto ended up on third setting up Merrifield’s blast into the green monster seats to make it 4-0 Vikings.

In the 7th the Vikings continued their hitting ways against reliever Johathan Holder. With one out Elias Diaz walked and Khris Davis drove a triple into the triangle and Juan Soto drove him in with a double making it 6-0.

It wasn’t until the 9th that the Yanks put up a fight Gary Sanchez walked and hot hitting Aaron Hicks pinch hit for Brett Gardner and put a pitch into the right field bullpen making it 6-2. Aaron Judge walked with one out and Giancarlo Stanton singled with two out to set up a save situation, but given the preformance of the Vikings bullpen of late Mgr Gank stuck with Cole who rewarded his faith with a strikeout of Pinch hitter Luke Volt securing the teams 1st win of the season.

Notes: RF Juan Soto pulled up lame after his 7th inning double and is doubtful for tomorrow’s series, he is listed as day to day. Aaron Hicks has hit in each game this season. Zach Britton pitched a scoreless 8th for the Yanks. It will be Noah Syndagaard vs Masahiro Tanaka in tomorrow night’s matchup

LA 3 Juneau 1

Hyun-Jin-Ryu pitched seven strong innings while Miles Mikolas pitched one inning too many as the The Los Angelas Dodgers won their home opener against the Juneau Muffen Men 3-1

The game had all the signs of a pitchers dual and for six innings Milolas (L 0-1) was winning it striking out six and pitching out of the only jam he faced a bases loaded two out situation in the 1st. Meanwhile Ryn (1-0) managed to dodge a 2 on nobody out situation in the second and after giving up a RBI single to Brock Holt with two on and none out in the 3rd managed to retire the side without further damage. finishing with seven innings and only one earned run.

That same seventh would prove to be Milolas’ undoing Yasmani Grandal started it with double, Kyle Hernandez followed with a single sending him to third and pinch hitter Justin Turner singled to right scoring Grandal, sending Hernandez to 2nd and Miloas to the showers to be replaced by Jokim Soria to face pinch hitter Matt Kemp. Kemp drilled a ball to left center clearing the bases making it 3-1. The Dodgers had a chance to break things open as Soria walked Mike Bellinger and wild pitched them to 2nd and 3rd with nobody out but squandered it as Puig, Muncy and Machado all struck out swinging at pitches outside the strike zone.

It would not matter Josh Fields would pitch a scoreless 8th and Kenley Jansen (S1) would retire the Muffen Men in order in the ninth to secure the win for the Dodgers and the save for himself.

LA and Juneau would combine for only 9 hits in the game while leaving a combined sixteen men on base. Mookie Betts went 0-3 with a walk dropping his avg to .455 while Manny Machado also went 0-3 with a walk but continues to struggle hitting only .182 this season. Trevor Bauer stuck out the side in the 8th while walking two in one inning of relief for the Muffen Men

Rivertown 14 Texas 1

Paul Goldschmidt hit two home runs pitched a four hit complete game as Rivertown routed the Texas Thunder 14-1

Rivertown didn’t waste any time against Kyle Freeman (L 0-1) Lorenzo Cain singled to start the game and with one out Paul Goldschmidt deposited a pitch 411 feet to left to give Rivertown a 2-0 lead.

Texas came back at once in the 2nd against Patrick Corbin (W 1-0). Javier Biaz beat out an infield single. With two outs Wilson Contreais tore a ball into left center scoring him to make it 2-1.

That however would be as close as Texas would manage as Kyle Freeman would not only strike out to end the inning but would give up a single to to Robinson Cano, and after a Freddie Freeman error back to back walks to Yadier Molina and Patrick Corbin to make it 3-1. A Lorenzo Cain single would make it 5-1 before the first out was recorded and Carlos Carrasco relieved him.

He fared no better. After retiring the first batter to start the 3rd Cano and Trey Turner singled and Molina walked again setting up Corbin who would drive in two with a single of his own. After a strikeout of Cain and a walk to Jose Ramirez it looked like he would escape further damage as he got Goldschmidt to pop up a ball behind the plate, but Wilson Contraris dropped the ball giving Goldschmidt a second chance that became a grand slam making it 11 -1.

Texas would launch one final threat in the top of the 4th with a two out walk followed by a single, but once Wilson Contraris flied out to end the inning no other Texas Batter would reach 2nd base and Rivertown would end the day 3-0.

Notes: Pitcher Patrick Corbin would drive in five runs on 2-2 hitting and a walk. Trey Turner and Yadier Molina scored three runs each. Wilson Contraris has been placed on the Disabled list after being hit by it by a foul tip off the bat of Trey Turner in the 6th Tucker Barnheart was recalled from the minors to replace him. Jack Flattery will try to keep Rivertown undefeated streak alive tomorrow against Zach Wheeler of Texas.

Washington 6 Boston 3

A pair of 4th inning doubles scored four and the Senators 1st homer of the season provided the icing as Senators took game one of their three game series with Boston 6-3

Both teams survived early threats. In the 1st Washington loaded the bases on an error and two walks off Kyle Gibson (L 0-1) before he struck out Josh Reddick to end the jam. In the 3rd a Corey Dickerson leadoff double and a DJ LeMeihu walk went for naught as a Sterling Marte double play and a Jesus Agular strikeout put Washington down.

In the top of the 2nd Reynoldo Lopez (W 1-0) returned the favor stranding runners on 1st and second with one out and after Chrsitian Yelech led off the 4th with a triple to center managed to retire Alex Bregman, Roland Acuna Jr. and JT Realmuto to keep things scoreless.

But in the 4th the DC bats went to work. Anthony Rendon Singled and Reddick walked then Trevor Story smashed a double to left scoring both while managing to get to third on LA’s vain attempt to cult Reddick down. He could have saved the trouble Renaldo Lopez drew a walk between a pair of Gibson strikeouts and scored along with Story on LeMahieu’s double to center and it was 4-0.

Boston didn’t sit quietly Xander Bogarts lead off homer cut the lead to 4-1 and back to back errors by Trevor Story in the 6th put a pair of men o with one out but both times Lopez managed to put out the fire and the score remained 4-1

In the 7th however Boston’s fire began to burn brighter Rhys Hopkins hit a pinch triple and Jose Altuve singled him home cutting the lead to 4-2 but Seranthony Domingquez (s1) came in from the pen and after a walk to Zobrist managed to wet down the flames. Each team added a homer to the total Trevor Story a two run shot in the 8th and Bogarts his 2nd of the day in the ninth but Boston would never get the tying run to the plate again.

Notes: Xander Bogarts two home runs were both leadoff shots. Trevor Story’s two errors are the first made by Washington this year but he made up for it with 4 RBI’s. Three of Boston’s six hits were for extra bases but they went 1-13 with runners in scoring position. It will be Jose Quintana for Washington in game 2 vs Jameson Taillon of Boston