The HDL Version of Wild Card Rounds
MLB has their Wild Card Play-in games that match teams with identical records or records that are close enough to be considered “good enough.”
Interesting that 2 of the HDL 4 team were also named MLB teams playing HDL “Wild Card” games. (A’s and Dodgers) So what does that have to do with the price of corn in Iowa – NOT a DAMN Thing!
The HDL A’s handled the HDL Dodgers in 2 games. (Best 2 of 3 series). The Dodgers had their best shot at beating the A’s during week One when the Dodgers held a 4-3 lead going into the 8th inning. We all know what happened. The A’s rallied to win the game 5-4.
So last Sunday’s Game 2 match-up was either going to be another nail-bitter or a game of “no mercy” for the Dodgers. And that is what it was. The A’s victory in Game 1 carried over in Game 2. The A’s felt “no pressure” and they were allowed to just play the game, because, to them, it was NOT Do or Die!
However, the Dodgers have been playing like every game was “Do or Die” all year long. As hard as they tried, it seems like they were always fighting an Up-Hill battle. Don’t get me wrong, during the regular season the Dodgers had their share of “Beat down” games. Like Week 2 when they beat the Tigers 8-3. And in Week 6 when they trounced the Cardinals 8-1, then a week later they upset the A’s 9-8, a game that showed they had the players to match-up with anyone.
V-Brother A’s 8 – Lomax Dodgers 2
For the next 2 innings the Dodgers were kept off balance with Ben Eldred’s assortment of pitches. At the same time. Brandon Poyner, Dodgers Pitcher was holding the A’s hitters in-check. The Dodgers tied the score in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Mike Morris singled and scored to tie the game on Jason Nilsen’s double to left center. In the 3rd inning, the HDL Dodgers had the bases loaded and looked like they might blow the game wide open. But back-to-back Strikeouts by Brandon Poyner and Cesar Roman extinguished any possible rally.
The game was still tied going into the top of the 5th when Oscar Zamudio Walked. Orville Neville bunted Oscar to 2nd. That brought Manuel Polanco to the plate who drove in Oscar with a slap single down the first base line. Freddie Henriquez doubled-in Polanco to make the score 3-1.
The A’s made the score 4-1 in the 6th inning on an error by the Dodger 2nd baseman. When the Dodgers scored a run in the 6th inning to make the score 4-2, that was the end of their scoring. The A’s scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning and that pretty much closed the door on the Dodgers disappointing season. But even with the loss. The Dodgers players were looking forward to next season and the chance to learn from their 2018 baseball experience.
Cardinals 11 – Tigers 4
In Week One these two teams met in game 1 and the Tigers took advantage of the Cardinals who were without 2 critical players from their line-up, Patrick and Judson Belote. Both players were in the line-up on Sunday. While Judson was hit-less, Patrick Belote was on-base 5 times and scored 3 runs.
With Nick Harris on the Mound for this crucial game, Nick went 8 innings holding the Tigers to 4 runs and scattered 8 hits in going the distance. For the Cardinals, offensively, every hitter in their line-up had at least 1 hit except Judson Belote and Chris Pigues. Kevin High had a strong outing playing 1st base and was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Cory Morgan was solid with his 2 for 4 batting, 2 runs scored and an RBI.
For the Prudential Tigers, Juan Jose Castillo was impressive with 10 Strikeouts and only 3 walks. However, when the Cardinals hot hitters were able to make contact with Castillo’s pitches, twelve batters were able to hit their way on-base. The Tigers batters had their only productive inning in the 3rd inning when 8 batters came to the plate. The parade started when Kurt Adkison singled, Steve Mitchel popped up, then Jodie Wolfe and Jose Ortiz singled back-to-back. Juan Castillo was hit by a pitch. With bases loaded, Jake Hatchett banged a double to the outfield and made the score 6-4. At this point the game could have gone either way,
For the remainder of the game Nick Harris and the Cardinals Defense shut down the Tigers while the Cardinal Hitters scored runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings to make the final score 11-4.
SUNDAY SHOWDOWN – Same Two Teams
Game 3 between the Cardinals and Tigers will be played Sunday morning. Game time is 10:00 AM. Since the game will be the only HDL game played, Game will be scheduled for 9 innings. The Winner will take on the V-Brother Athletics the following Sunday, October 14th at 10:00 AM. See everyone on Sunday.