If you haven't recently, you should really take a look at the KML race. I know it's starting to sound like a broken record 5 1/2 months later, but the conference is STILL absolutely BONKERS! Eight teams still fighting for the four playoff spots.
Sea Wolves at Tubemen
Whacky takes two of three to draw closer to front running Santa Ana in the KML.
Kraken at Landlubbers
Brooklyn takes two of three on the road to pull ahead of Ann Arbor and within three games of the top running Wolves.
Garden Hammers at Rattlers
Hawaiian takes two of three on the road to pull even with Ann Arbor for the final wild card spot.
ACL's at Madmen
Ankeny takes two of three in Motor City and sits one game back in the wild card race.
Rougarou at Robots
Lakeview is now riding the longest winning streak in the KML, sweeping Roxbury to run their streak to FIVE GAMES and pull back within two games of the wild card.
The Thunder are on a roll (bad pun intended), but the Sweets and Bums are staying strong. In the Frick wild card, there is a new challenger rising...
Thunder at Auk
Tucson rolls through Great, running their winning streak to SEVEN GAMES. Good thing for them because...
Anglerfish at Sweets
...Walla Walla swept San Diego out of town to keep the top of the Frick Conference tied.
Brewers at Bums
Big brother is a poor host, sending Little Bro home without a single win. Bako remains just one game back in the Frick.
Argos at Dogs
Unconceivably after their deadline selloff, Scurvy has risen (not a sentence with good connotations in ANY sense...). Taking two of three from Mother Lode, the Dogs are now just two games out of the wild card.
Miners at Koi
The inexplicable season of Phoenix continues as Arizona sweeps their in-state rival out of town on their way to extending their WINNING STREAK TO SIX GAMES.
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A couple of Frick series with major playoff ramifications this round.
Grants Pass at Tucson
The Brewers come in hot and leave just the opposite. Tucson sweeps GP behind lights out pitching. Alek Manoah and Clayton Kershaw bookend the sweep with shutouts of the Brewers and overall, Tucson pitching allows just 9 hits and 2 runs with a 25/3 K/BB ratio over the three games.
Bako at Mother Lode
Mother Lode limps home to welcome the rising Bums to town. The Argos rebound from a rough road trip to win the series though and climb into a tie with Grants Pass for the fourth playoff spot in the Frick. Marcus Stroman and Sandy Alcantara hook up in the final game; Stroman getting the better of it to salvage one win in the series for Bako.
Walla Walla at Scurvy
Scurvy continues to play spoiler, taking two of three from Walla Walla. Alex Wood continues his brilliant pitching since being promoted, throwing a complete game, one hit shutout in game three.
Arizona at Great
Arizona sweeps Great, riding another September callup to a game three shutout. The Koi's Bryce Elder completes his own one hit shutout and lowers his ERA over his five starts to 1.23.
Phoenix at San Diego
The Miners complete a third sweep in the Frick conference matchups this round. In game one, Rhys Hoskins clubs a two run homer in the eighth inning to account for the winning runs in the Miners 5-3 win.
The KML wild card is tightening up again. Just four games separate six teams for the final two wild card slots.
Lakeview at Santa Ana
Just as it looked like the Rougarou might fade, they ride into Santa Ana and take two of three and gain some ground in the playoff race. Lakeview rallies in the top of the eighth inning of game three to snatch a 3-2 win. Although he allowed three hits, Edwin Diaz locks down the victory by striking out all four batters he faces over the eighth and ninth and lowers his ERA to an incomprehensible 0.96.
Whacky at Motor City
The Tubemen take the first two games of the series to win the matchup and draw one game closer to the Wolves. Tubemen pitching shutout the Madmen in game one on two hits.
Brooklyn at Hawaiian
Brooklyn has gotten hot at a good time, running their winning streak to five games with a sweep in Hawaii. The Kraken are now even with Ann Arbor for the final wild card spot in the KML.
Ann Arbor at Ankeny
Ankeny aids Brooklyn's ascent into that wild card spot by taking two of three from Ann Arbor. The series win also keeps the ACL's hopes for their own playoff spot alive, bringing them back within two games of the playoffs.
Roxbury at Windy City
The Rattlers take the rubber match to win the series at home against the Robots. Carlos Rodon strikes out 11 over six innings in game three to lead the way.
In the KML, Santa Ana is holding their lead, and hot streaks by Ann Arbor and Brooklyn have pulled the two teams into or closer to playoff spots.
Landlubbers at Rougarou
The Landlubbers extend the Rougarou's woes, sweeping the series to move into a three way tie for second place in the conference. A two hit, 13 K shutout by Landlubber pitching opens the series and after an extra inning affair falls to Ann Arbor in game two, Reid Detmers outduels Justin Verlander in game three with seven innings of one run, four hit ball.
ACL's at Kraken
Brooklyn drops game one at home but brushes the defeat off and wins the final two games to win the series and move within one game of the wild card. Game two is a brilliant pitching performance by Jose Quintana who comes within one out of a complete game shutout. Adbert Alzolay finishes off the 1-0 win with Mookie Betts standing on third base after a stolen base and throwing error put the Ankeny star within 90 feet of tying the game.
Sea Wolves at Robots
Santa Ana extends their conference lead to four games with a 2-1 series win in Roxbury. Aaron Judge (#47) and Mike Trout (#44) both homer in a 9-4 game three Wolves win.
Garden Hammers at Madmen
Hawaiian loses ground to Santa Ana, dropping two in Motor City. Game three is a pitching duel, won 1-0 by the Madmen on a fifth inning balk with a runner on third base. Ouch...
Rattlers at Tubemen
Whacky loses a game in the standings as well, dropping two of three at home to Windy City. Game three is won on a towering two run home run in the ninth from Rattlers DH Vladimir Guerrero.
No more tie atop the Frick as the Sweets sweep to move clear of the pack.
Auk at Sweets
Walla Walla takes care of business at home, winning all three games versus last place Great. The pitching is not of any consequence, giving up an average of six runs per game to the Auk, but when your offense scores 34 runs over three games, you're going to win more than not. Walla Walla pulls ahead of the pack, even if by a single game, at the crowded top of the Frick conference.
Bums at Miners
Bako splits the first two in Phoenix, taking the opener 7-4 before dropping a 2-1 pitching duel to Aaron Nola in game two. Game three sees Bums deadline acquisition Jeffrey Springs take the mound, and nine innings later he's still there, completing a six hit, nine K shutout to lead the Bums to a 3-0 win. Bako sits one game back of Walla Walla.
Thunder at Dogs
Still hanging around the fringes of the Frick race, Scurvy welcomes Tucson to town and takes two of three from the Thunder. Scurvy sits five games out of a wild card spot, but more improbable things have happened. Tucson sits two games back of Walla Walla.
Argos at Brewers
ML and GP are going opposite directions. After a long hot stretch, Mother Lode has gone cold at a very inopportune time losing seven straight and dropping one game out of the playoff picture. Grants Pass, after a cold streak, has warmed up to pull ahead of the Argos in the wild card race, winning six in a row. Eric Lauer pitches the Brewers to the sweep with seven four hit, one run innings in game three to pace the home team's 6-1 victory. Grants Pass sits three games back of Walla Walla in the final playoff spot.
Anglerfish at Koi
Arizona wins two of three at home against San Diego. Rookie Bryce Elder gets the Koi off to a good start in game one, pitching into the seventh inning allowing just one run while striking out 10 to drop his ERA to 1.77 and lead Arizona to a 2-1 win.
A little jockeying between teams in the Frick, but the top remains knotted up between three teams still. And a sweep in the Great northwest pulls a fifth team even closer.
Koi at Brewers
The Brewers have righted the ship after a stumble at the beginning of September, and a three game sweep of Arizona at home brings the Brewers within one game of the playoffs and just three games from the conference lead. It's a pitching clinic put on by Grants Pass, with the staff giving up just 13 hits and 5 runs over the three games, while striking out 34 Koi batters.
Thunder at Argos
Tucson marches into Mother Lode one game back and leaves two games ahead and tied for the conference lead. Another skipper riding a lock down closer just a little too far costs the Argos in game one, as after 46 pitches, Josh Hader gives up the winning run in the top of the tenth.
Sweets at Miners
Walla Walla takes two of three to hold their spot at the top of the three team knot in the Frick. The Sweets break out the heavy lumber in a game three 12-2 thrashing, riding six homers from six different hitters to the big win and series victory.
Dogs at Bums
Bako wins two of three to also keep hold of their share of the Frick lead. Pete Alonso is on another homer streak, homering in each game of the series to extend his streak to four straight games with a long ball.
Auk at Anglerfish
After splitting the first two games, San Diego weathers a ninth inning scare to secure the series win at home. Leading 3-0 into the ninth, the Anglerfish watch Aledmys Diaz club a two run homer to bring the Auk within one before Erasmo Ramirez strikes out the final two batters to end the threat.
Tubemen at Rougarou
Whacky puts a dent in Lakeview's chances with a sweep of the Rougarou. Deadline pickup Keston Hiura leads the way with seven hits, five runs, nine RBI and four homers over the three games.
Garden Hammers at ACL's
Hawaiian and Ankeny trade shut outs over the first two games ahead of the Hammers taking the rubber match, 8-6. Hawaiian and Whacky sit tied behind Santa Ana, three games back of the KML lead.
Rattlers at Sea Wolves
Santa Ana takes two of three to hold their lead in the KML. In the opening game, Joe Musgrove and Kyle Bradish work in and out of trouble all game, eventually recording the shutout of Windy City, 5-0.
Madmen at Landlubbers
Ann Arbor moves clear of Ankeny for the final wild card slot in the KML with a 2-1 series win over Motor City. Austin Riley has a series, going 9-15 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, and FOURTEEN RBI over the three game set.
Robots at Kraken
Brooklyn gives no ground in the conference, winning their series with Roxbury. The Kraken sit tied with the ACL's one game back of the final wild card spot.
Last series we highlighted the chaos that is the Kenneshaw Mountain Landis (FYI: it still is...), but tonight just take a look at the top of the Ford Frick!
Mother Lode visits Walla Walla
The Argos stroll into southern Washington trying to chase down the front running Sweets. They accomplish just that, taking the first two games of the series to move into sole possession of first place in the Frick. Mother Lode bludgeons Walla Walla pitching to the tune of 34 hits and 21 runs over the two games. The Sweets move back into a tie atop the division however with a 6-5 win in game three. For 7 1/2 innings it looks like Mother Lode might sweep, but an ugly bottom of the eighth for Argo relievers results in a four run Sweets rally that leaves the Frick knotted up.
Bako at Arizona
Bako secures a two to one series win in Arizona, winning the third game of the series in 10 innings. The top of the tenth is a strange one that includes a ghost runner, balk, error, stolen base, wild pitch, and an infield single. All of that adds up to the craziest two runs I've seen in a while and an eventual 6-5 Bums win.
Tucson at San Diego
Tucson wins two in San Diego to move closer to the conference lead. Game one is a Zack Wheeler gem as the Thunder ace goes the distance in a one hit shutout. Wheeler needs just 93 pitches to complete his Maddux.
And now the top of the Frick looks like this:
Grants Pass at Great
In an effort to break their long losing streak, Great shakes up the roster, the lineup, the rotation, the bullpen, the clubhouse spread, and the team decides to all wear their pants backwards for warm ups and batting practice. Well, some of that is true.... The results are not immediate, as the Brewers win game one, 6-3, behind Springer, Altuve, and Tellez homers, but the Auk rebound to end the streak by taking the next two games of the series. Game two is an extra inning affair that is won by an Aledmys Diaz three run homer off Brewer relief ace, Jason Adam (maybe 2 2/3 innings is a little much skipper...). Great's game three win is highlighted by a pair of Dansby Swanson homers and the Auk are off an running on a two game winning streak.
Scurvy at Phoenix
David . . . thank you for putting the world back on its axis.
Phoenix takes the first two games of their series with Scurvy, winning game one in walk off fashion on Rhys Hoskins two run homer. Game three goes into extras scoreless before Scurvy salvages a win with a four run tenth.
Ankeny at Whacky
The ACL's take two of three from the Tubemen highlighted by Julio Urias' stellar game three start. Combining with two relievers, Urias leads the ACL's to a 4-0 shutout.
Hawaiian at Santa Ana
The Hammers lose ground to the front running Wolves, but manage to keep them from widening the gap too far with a 4-3 extra inning victory in game three. Hawaiian parlays a walk, sac bunt and a couple singles into a three run tenth for the win. The Sea Wolves remain clear of the chaos behind them, moving out to a three game lead in the division.
Brooklyn at Windy City
Brooklyn stays in the hunt with a series win in Windy City. The Kraken take a 6-1 lead in game three and then weather a couple late Rattler rallies for a 6-5 win to secure the series.
Ann Arbor at Roxbury
Ann Arbor also remains on pace in the conference race, winning their series in Roxbury. The Landlubbers win a nail biter of a game in the rubber match, scoring the lone run of the game in the second inning on a throwing error.
Motor City at Lakeview
The Rougarou drop the opening game before winning the next two to remain tied with Ankeny and Ann Arbor for the final wild card slot in the KML. Adam Duvall homers twice in the middle game to lead Lakeview to a 10-4 route.