Saturday, August 29, 2015

Warpigs 4, Nads 1

All games at The BallPork.

April 3 - Warpigs win 8-0. The game was scoreless thru 3. In fact, the Nads' Chris Tillman was perfect thru the first nine batters. Then the bottom of the 4th started: double, single, single, single, walk... and Tillman was done. Garrett Richards (16-4) and 5 relievers combined on the 5-hit shutout. The Nads only had more than one runner on base in two innings.

April 4 - Warpigs win 2-0. Nad starter Jarred Cosart had a 1-hit shutout going thru 5 innings, but when he allowed 2 singles and a walk to load the bases in the 6th, he reached his POW (despite having a shutout going) and was relieved. Kevin Jepsen came in to face Troy Tulowitzki, who singled, knocking in 2 runs. That was the only hit Jepsen allowed in 2.2 innings, and those were the only 2 runs scored in the game. Lance Lynn (14-8) and 6 relievers kept the shutout string going, allowing only 4 hits. Joe Smith got his 18th save. The Nads threatened in both the 7th and 8th innings. In the 7th, a 1-out single and a 2-out double brought pinch hitter Alex Rios on to face Sean Doolittle. Doolittle foiled the strategy by intentionally walking Rios, but the Nads pinch-hit Josh Harrison. The Pigs then pinch-pitched Pedro Strop, who got Harrison to fly out. In the 8th, the Nads got a 1-out triple from Ben Revere, but Anthony Varvaro struck out Erick Aybar, and Darren O'Day came in to strike out Todd Frazier putting another goose egg up on the board.

April 5 - Warpigs win 10-2. The shutout string ended quickly, with Todd Frazier pounding an RBI double in the 1st inning. But lefty starter Wade Miley failed to get out of the 1st inning for the Nads. After getting the first out, Miley gave up: single, walk, single, walk, HBP, walk... and he hit the showers early. The subsequent relievers didn't fare much better. Warpig starter R.A. Dickey, who has had some success against the Nads, ran into trouble in the 4th inning, and was relieved after only throwing 3 innings. Aaron Loup (2-2) went the next 3 innings getting the win, and Anthony Varvaro went the last 3 innings to get his 4th save.

May 6 - Nads win 5-3. Oswaldo Arcia homered (it was only a matter of time), leading the Nads to victory. Marcus Stroman went 6+ innings for the win, and Hector Rondon earned the save. Tony Sipp retired Scott Van Slyke with 2 on in the 8th to quell a Pig rally and quiet the boisterous crowd. Adam Wainwright (20-7) took the loss. His last 2 losses have come against the Nads.

May 7 - Warpigs win 2-1. The series finale was a fun one. The Pigs scored a pair in the 3rd to take an early lead. Lance Lynn (15-8) had a shutout going into the 7th, but Todd Frazier hit one out to lead off the inning and chase Lynn from the game. The rest of that top of the 7th was wild. Three relievers were used. Three pinch hitters came to the plate. There was a single, a stolen base (by Matt Adams!), an intentional walk, a regular walk... but no more runs. The inning ended with Aaron Loup retiring pinch hitter Juan Lagares with the bases loaded. Joe Smith got the save, his 19th of the year.

The Warpigs, who hit only .257 in the 5-game series, did not have a home run or a stolen base. The Nads, however, hit ony .199.

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