2022 AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD SERIES “A”

 

Coconut Creek

Crushers

vs.

Fremont

Cannons

SERIES PREVIEW – #1 Fremont vs #8 Coconut Creek Coconut Creek is the eighth seed, but in expected wins would have been the sixth seed.  Fremont won the season series 10-2, but the playoffs turned out to be a better matchup than expected…

GAME #1 – Trevor Rogers 9-8 (3.29) vs. Walker Buehler 15-1 (2.43)

Staff aces match up, and pitching rules the day. Both starters put up goose eggs through 6 innings. Sam Hilliard leads off the seventh inning with a solo homer to put the Crushers on the board 1-0.

Fremont gets some offense going in the eighth, with a leadoff single from Austin Hays. Pinch-runner Jace Peterson successfully steals second base. Carlos Correa grounds out but moves the runner to third. Shohei Ohtani lines out, but with two outs and the game on the line, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launches one over the center field wall to put Fremont up 2-1. Tejay Antone is brought on to close it out, and gets the Crushers 1-2-3 in the ninth for the 2-1 Fremont victory.

Both starters go 8 innings in this one, with all of the offense coming late. Both teams combined for just 7 hits.

HR: CCC- Sam Hilliard; FRE- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

FRE 2 – CCC 1
Win: Walker Buehler 1-0 (1.13)
Loss: Trevor Rogers 0-1 (2.25)
Save: Tejay Antone #1

GAME #2 – Aaron Civale 11-8 (3.55) vs. Carlos Rodon 18-1 (1.84)

The offense started much sooner in this one. With two outs in the top of the first, Tyler O’Neill clubs a solo homer to get the Crushers on the board 1-0. Shohei Ohtani answers with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the first to tie it at 1-1.

After the early scoring, this one settled into a pitcher’s duel similar to game 1. Fremont gets runners on 2nd and 3rd in the second inning, but Jason Castro is thrown out at home by Wil Myers trying to score on a fly out. Fremont goes 3-3 in steals, and gets four more runners in scoring position over the next five innings but fail to plate any. Coconut Creek has a harder time of it; after the first-inning homer, Rodon allows just two more baserunners through seven innings.

Ryan Tepera holds down the Crushers in the eighth, then Jason Castro sends it just over the fence in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1 Fremont. The Cannons hand it over to Giovanny Gallegos in the ninth, and outside of a two-out HBP, closes down the Crushers for the 2-1 Fremont win.

Rodon goes seven allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out eight.

HR: CCC- Tyler O’Neill; FRE- Shohei Ohtani, Jason Castro

FRE 2 – CCC 1
Win: Ryan Tepera 1-0 (0.00)
Loss: Lou Trivino 0-1 (5.40)
Save: Giovanny Gallegos #1

GAME #3 – Sandy Alcantara 16-4 (3.00) vs. Chris Flexen 17-7 (2.54)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits a 2-run HR in the first to give Fremont a quick lead. They add another in the 2nd from an Austin Hays sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead. The Coconut Creek staff then locks FRE down the rest of the way.

The Crushers try to claw back. A two-out Carlos Correa error in the fifth allows a run to score, making it 3-1 Fremont. In the sixth, Mitch Haniger singles in Jared Walsh to cut it to 3-2 Fremont. Alec Bohm brings home Kyle Lewis in the eighth, and now it is a a 3-3 tie.

In the top of the ninth, Carlos Correa gets a hold of one, but Kyle Lewis leaps and brings it back in the park… that’s grand theft homer! In the bottom of the ninth, Willi Castro leads off with a triple. Following a walk, Yonny Hernandez flies out deep to right. Castro tags and scores, and Coconut Creek has their first victory, 4-3.

Coconut Creek holds Fremont to just 3 hits in the game. 

HR: FRE- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.; CCC- none

CCC 4 – FRE 3
Win: Corey Knebel 1-0 (0.00)
Loss: Anthony Bender 0-1 (27.00)

GAME #4 – Danny Duffy 6-2 (3.39) vs. Joe Musgrove 13-9 (3.45)

As has been the case throughout the series, runs have been hard to come by. Duffy wlaks two in the first but CCC fails to score. Travis Blankenhorn doubles in the second, but CCC can’t bring him home. A walk and steal by Yonny Hernandez in the third is likewise wasted. The Crushers get runners on 1st and 3rd in the sixth, but again fail to score to keep it at 0-0.

In the eighth, Yulieski Gurriel leads off with a double off of Musgrove, just the second Fremont hit of the game. Pinch-hitter Josh Rojas advances pinch-runner Byron Buxton to 3rd. Rowan Wick is brought on to face Yoan Moncada, who promptly hits a run-scoring single to make it 1-0 Fremont. After a double and walk, Fremont has the bases loaded. Lou Trivino comes on and is able to get Carlos Correa out, but Teoscar Hernandez singles in two to make it 3-0 Fremont. Two more Fremont singles from Jason Castro and Javier Baez make it 5-0 in favor of the Cannons before the inning is finally over.

Duffy is able to keep the Crushers off the board into the ninth, and Anthony Bender gets the final two outs for the series-clinching 5-0 victory for Fremont.

W: Danny Duffy
L: Joe Musgrove

HR: FRE- none; CCC- none

FRE 5 – CCC 0
Win: Danny Duffy 1-0 (0.00)
Loss: Joe Musgrove 0-1 (1.23)

SERIES SUMMARY – Three of four games were decided by one run, and the four-game series went in Fremont’s favor just 10-6 in runs, 21-17 in hits, and 4-2 in home runs.

Series MVP is Carlos Rodon, pitching 7.0 innings in Game 2 while allowing 1 earned run, 2 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 8. The strong start allowed Fremont to go into Coconut Creek with a 2-0 lead and much less pressure to get that one win.

Fremont’s offense will face some scrutiny, as they will need to perform better to get out of the LDS.

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