WP: Edgardo Bonilla (2-1)
LP: Charles Carlyle (1-1)
SV: Tony Meyers (1)
Falling behind 2-1 was supposed to be a mere blip on the radar of Syracuse’s trip to the promised land…yet once again their pitching failed to keep them in the game and their offense failed to provide any spark as they fell to Fargo 13-2. Charles Carlyle (3.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was awful. He sandwiched a flyout between two walks in the bottom of the 2nd and 1B Al Navarro (5-6, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) doubled home RF Marc Everhart (1-3, HR, R, RBI, 3 BB) to begin the scoring in that inning. 3B Marino Gomez (4-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) followed that with a 3-run wall scraper to make the score 4-0. DH Cy Santurria (1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 4th to chase Carlyle from the game. The change in pitching didn’t slow down the Bison though, as Al Johnson (3.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K) did not pitch that well despite gaudy strikeout totals. Syracuse finally got on the board against Edgardo Bonilla (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) in the 5th. C Lawrence Lamb (1-3, 2B, R) doubled, DH Chris Saarloos (1-3, BB) and CF Joaquin Ortiz (1-2, 2 BB) walked to load the bases. RF Rob Allen (0-5, RBI) knocked in the run by grounding into a 3-6 fielder’s choice. That didn’t faze the Bison as Everhart hit a solo home run to center, Deivi Franco walked, followed by Navarro homering down the left field line. Despite being the MVP, 1B Michael Seay (1-4, HR, R, RBI) has been virtually non-existent this series, but he did score the 2nd run of the game for the Orange by hitting a solo shot in the 6th to make the score 10-2. Fargo isn’t done though as two singles and a walk in the 8th load the bases for Franco whose sacrifice fly knocked in 2B Rafael Liriano (2-5, R). C Orval Becker (1-4, R, 2 RBI, BB) lined a single to left-center field to score LF Britt Glynn (1-1, R) and Everhart to put an emphatic end to the scoring. Tony Meyers (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K) gave up a single in the ninth, but recorded the save by pitching the final 3 innings. Fargo wins, 13-2. Fargo leads the series 3-1.
POG: Al Navarro (5-6, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI)
WP: Tony Meyers (1-0)
LP: Luis Villafuerte (0-1)
SV: Brian Yang (3)
Needing a win to take this series back home, Syracuse gave it all they had. 3B Mitchell Spencer (3-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, RBI) homered in the 1st to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. Scoring resumed in the 3rd with a 3-run home run by 1B Michael Seay (3-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) who finally performed as one would expect the MVP to perform. The Bison get on the board with 2B Rafael Liriano (1-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hitting a 2-run home run that just barely cleared the LCF wall. Seay chased Bison starter Philip Larson (4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 K) with a 2-run homer in the 5th to make it a 6-2 game in favor of Syracuse. From there though, Tony Meyers (3.2 IP, H, 4 K) holds off the offensive attack of Syracuse. The Orange look to be in command, thanks in part to the strong pitching of Pasqual Navarre (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) and they bring in Luis Villafuerte (0.1, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB) who, unfortunately for Syracuse fans everywhere, continued a recurring theme of these playoffs for him. An error on the SS to open the 8th doesn’t help matters, but then he gives up a walk to RF Britt Glynn (0-0, R, BB) and a single to 3B Marino Gomez (1-4, R) to load the bases. What happens next is the dashing of the dream. A single by DH Cy Santurria (1-4, R, RBI) scores Liriano, CF Flip Carter (1-3, 2B, RBI) flies out to score Glynn, and RF Marc Everhart (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI) doubles to RF to score Gomez and Santurria. A groundout by 1B Esteban Galvez (1-4) moves Everhart to 3rd. What happens next is a shame as defensive whiz, C Lawrence Lamb (1-4), is charged with a passed ball which scores the winning run. Brian Yang (1.0 IP, 2 H, K) enters the game and makes it interesting, loading the bases with one out before getting a strike out and a fly out to end the game…and the celebration is on! Fargo wins, 7-6. FARGO WINS THE WORLD SERIES! CONGRATULATIONS!
POG: Rafael Liriano (1-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
SERIES MVP: Marino Gomez (.450/.521/.850, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 R, 6 RBI)