Didio goes yard, shuts down Padres for first win of serie
The opening game of the series saw K-Von vs DiDio on the carpet. K-Von would breeze through the first two innings before DiDio launched a knuckle curve over the LF field fence opening the scoring at 1-0. On the mound DiDio would go on to notched 11 strikeouts over 5 innings, but it would be a game ending double play that gave the Expos a 1-0 win.
Diamondbacks Mercy Yankees Game 1, Torres hits for the Cycle
In hot and humid temperatures, the 4th seeded Diamondbacks faced off against the 5th seeded Yankees in the first round of the 2017 Palisades playoffs. Devin Torres took the mound for the snakes and immediately gave up a single to fan favorite Bo Muschinsky. Torres was able to limit the damage there, however and let the Diamondbacks offense go to work. Greg Tyler was called on to face a Diamondbacks team that had made the playoffs every year of their existence, but had never won a playoff series. Impatient and snake-bitten Dback fans didn't have to wait long to see if this season was going to once again end in disappointment though. Rich Guillod led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and Devin Torres roped a liner to the wall for a double. Ken Stengel stepped up to the plate on the heels of a horrible regular season, and hit a single up the middle to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0 without the Yankees recording an out. Greg Tyler buckled down to get the next three batters out to stave off trouble. Devin Torres picked up where he left off all season and hit his spots perfectly to keep the Yanks scoreless in the second. The bottom of the frame saw the dam break open as the D-Backs had a vintage inning that reminded us all of the snake offenses of old. Guillod homered to lead off, Torres laced a triple, Stengel walked, Guillod hit a three run dinger, Devin homered to go back-to-back, then Stengel homered to go back-to-back-to-back in the blink of an eye, without an out recorded. That was the end of the day for Greg Tyler who had the tough task of facing a team that spent the whole season waiting for some semblance of redemption in the post season. Joey Maniscalco entered in relief and gave up a single to Devin, cementing Torres' place in wiffleball lore, with a post season cycle. Stengel walked and playoff juggernaut/legend Rich "Goo" Guillod smashed another 3 run home run to solidify the mercy, 10-0.
D-Backs hold off Yanks late for 3-0 win
The Yankees unleashed last year's Cy Young award winner Mike Wiener against Devin Torres for game 2 of the day. Wiener posted another tremendous season, going 6-1 with a 0.70 ERA. Both pitchers worked through a bit of contact in the first and it looked like we were well on our way to the pitching duel that was expected. In the top of the second, Ken Stengel was able to drive an opposite field home run off of the Yankees ace to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. Torres continued to deal and the game whipped by until the top of the fourth saw Wiener get into a jam with two men on and Devin at the plate. Devin smacked his 3rd double of the day, driving in both runners, to give the Slippery Snakes a 3-zip advantage. The Yankees wouldn't go down without a fight, however. Greg Tyler hit a long shot out to center, in the bottom of the 5th that was chased down by former fielder of the year Rich Guillod. Then with a man on, Playoff Joey Maniscalco put a good hack on a ball that Goo would haul in on the warning track. Devin struck out Tyler to end the series, giving the 5th year Diamondbacks their first playoff series victory in franchise history.
Padres rally in 6th to even series
In the second game of the series, the Padres called on Jordan Robles to take the carpet against Ty Wegrzyn. In the top of the 3rd, Robles would help his own cause with a bases loaded walk to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. However, the Expos haven't given up just yet. In the bottom of the 5th, T-Weg roped a triple into left and eventually score on a single to tie the game at 1. The Padres weren't having it. The very next inning, they would open the flood gates and put up 6 runs on the board to give them a comfortable lead of 7-1. Robles pitched a scoreless 6th inning to give the Padres the victory and even up the series at a game a piece.
K-Von & Robles go yard in the fifth to win series
The Padres would send Robles back out to pitch the 3rd game of the series. The Expos, on the other hand, would give Anthony Didio the start, who shut out the Padres in Game 1. In the 2nd, Didio hit a solo shot into the opposite field to put the Expos on the board. The Expos would hold onto their lead going into the bottom of the 5th. However, the Padres would not go away quietly. With 1 out, Kyle VonSchleusingen took a Didio new ball pitch over the left field wall to tie the game. Robles would end it with a solo shot of his own in the very next at-bat to walk it off for the Padres, giving them the win for the game, and the series.
The #3 seed Padres will meet the #2 seed Giants in the semifinals this Sunday, September 24th @ 12:20PM EST.