NEWSLETTER (ST.PETE vs LAS VEGAS)

ST.PETE UPSETS LAS VEGAS IN 5 GAMES IN N.L.D.S

Game 1: St. Pete 5-3
The Sliders take a 1-0 lead in the second after Mitch Haniger drops a routine fly ball to right, but Haniger redeems himself with a two-run bomb off Scherzer in the third. Two more Vegas errors in the fifth lead to a three-run inning by St. Pete, capped off by a two-run homer by George Springer. Each team would scratch across one more run each, but Slider closer Brad Hand comes in and closes the door in the 9th on Vegas.

W: Scherzer
L: Cole
S: Hand


Game 2: Vegas 5-3
Vegas gets to McCullers early and scores five runs in 4.1 innings. Hanniger and Cozart each have three hits, but it was an Eric Thames clutch two-out single that gave Vegas the important insurance run. Pedroia hits a two-run single in the 6th to make it close, but Vegas brings in the big guns out of the bullpen and puts out the Slider rally.

W: Sale
L:  McCullers
S: Giles


Game 3: St. Pete 2-1
In what should have been a slug fest, instead both teams were in a pitchers duel with Archer and Nelson throwing up zeroes. Vegas starts the scoring with an Eric Thames sac fly to make it 1-0, but St. Pete answers with a freebie run thanks to two walks and an error by Vegas. Nelson would go into the 7th with a no-hitter, but he walked the lead-off guy and then allowed an infield single to Mallex Smith. Ozzie Albies then pinch-hits and delivers the game-winning RBI on a single down the right field line. Brad Hand is called upon by St. Pete to get the final six outs of the game and he is up to the challenge.

W: Archer
L: Nelson
S: Hand


Game 4: St. Pete 5-0
St. Pete rolled the dice and went with ace Max Scherzer on three-days rest. The move paid off as he went 6.1 innings allowing only one hit while striking out six. Justin Upton provided the big blow at the plate for St. Pete as his two-run dinger broke open a one-run game in the fifth to make it 3-0. Albies and Rizzo would bring home one more each in the 7th to put the game out of reach.

W: Scherzer
L: Grienke


Game 5: St. Pete 8-4
Slider's number two, Lance McCullers scattered nine base-runners in his 4.1 innings, but a couple of double plays saved him and kept his team in the game. The Sliders got on the board first when Justin Upton hit his second two-run homerun of the series. St. Pete would add two more in the 5th after a sacrifice fly followed by one-hopper off Vegas second baseman's chest to plate the other. Vegas threatened to get back into the game in the 7th after an RBI double by Goldschmidt, but Slider fireman Anthony Swarzak escaped without allowing anymore damage. Both St. Pete and Vegas would score a couple more runs each late, but at that point the game was over and St. Pete had won the series four games to one.

W: Soria
L: Cole

Series MVP: 
Max Scherzer 
12.1 innings, five hits, three earned runs, 16 strikeouts and two wins.