Watch Game 5 of the American Association Championship Series
The deciding Game 5 of the American Association championship series (the Miles Wolff Cup) is streaming here at Baseball America tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. Whoever wins between Fargo-Moorhead and Milwaukee hoists a trophy tonight.
Here are the recaps of the previous games in the series.
Game 1: Milwaukee 7, Fargo-Moorhead 1 – Box Score
The Milwaukee Milkmen claimed the first game of the Miles Wolff Cup Finals with a 7-1 win against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Saturday night at Franklin Field.
In the home half of the first 3B Logan Trowbridge hit a solo home run and 2B Miguel Gomez (2-for-5) reached on a fielder’s choice that plated 1B Will Kengor. The Milkmen added to their lead in the fourth as Kengor singled to center fielder with two outs and, with the help of an error, CF Bryan Torres, RF Carl Chester and SS Jeremiah Burks (2-for-3) all scored.
In the next inning, Chester bounced out to allow Gomez to score and Burks singled home C Hector Sanchez to give the home team a 7-0 lead.
The RedHawks’ lone run came in the top of the seventh when LF Alec Olund scored on a passed ball.
For the Milkmen, starting pitcher A.J. Schugel threw five scoreless innings and gave up just five hits while striking out seven batters.
Fargo-Moorhead’s RF John Silviano and CF Evan Alexander each had a pair of hits on the night while DH Keon Barnum added two hits for the Milkmen.
Game 2: Fargo-Moorhead 7, Milwaukee 3 – Box Score
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks leveled the Miles Wolff Finals Series at 1-1 by taking game two on Sunday afternoon from the Milwaukee Milkmen 7-3.
The RedHawks opened the scoring in the top of the third inning when 3B Leobaldo Pina tripled home DH Drew Ward (2-for-4) and C Christian Correa and then scored when RF John Silviano (2-for-3) bounced out in the next at-bat. The Milkmen responded in the home half of the inning thanks to an RBI triple from CF Bryan Torres (3-for-5) and an RBI single from 3B Logan Trowbridge in the following at-bat.
OF Alec Olund (2-for-5) extended the RedHawks’ lead in the sixth with a single to center that plated Silviano. In the bottom of the frame, Reliever Reid Birlingmair replaced starter Davis Feldman, with two on and no outs and struck out three straight batters to maintain the lead.
In the seventh, 1B Manuel Boscan (2-for-5) doubled home Ward and Pina in the seventh to push the lead to four runs and in the next frame, Correa scored CF Evan Alexander with a single to left.
Milwaukee’s DH Keon Barnum hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to cut the lead back down to four runs but that proved to be the final run of the game.
For the RedHawks, Feldman picked up the win for working five innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out three batters. Reliever Alex DuBord was not credited with the save but did close the door in the bottom of the ninth by sitting the Milkmen down in order and striking out the leadoff hitter.
Game 3: Fargo-Moorhead 7, Milwaukee 2 – Box Score
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks took a 2-1 lead in the Miles Wolff Cup Finals with a 7-2 win against the Milwaukee Milkmen in game three on Tuesday evening at Newman Outdoor Field.
The RedHawks took control of the game in the bottom of the third inning. C Christian Correra hit a lead-off single and scored in the next at-bat when 2B Peter Maris hit a two-run home run. Three batters later, 1B Manuel Boscan (2-for-5) singled home DH Drew Ward and, later in the frame, Boscan scored alongside RF Alec Olund when LF Nick Novak singled.
The RedHawks stretched the lead to 6-0 when SS Sam Dexter (2-for-4) scored after Maris drew a walk in the fifth.
Milwaukee found the scoreboard in the top of the eighth as RF Carl Chester (2-for-3) singled to plate 2B Miguel Gomez. The RedHawks responded in the bottom of the frame as Olund singled to score Boscan and push the lead back to six runs.
DH Keon Barnum hit a solo homer for Fargo-Moorhead in the top the of the ninth but the rally ended there as reliever Luke Lind retired the next two batters to end the game.
Lind earned the save on the night as he worked 1,2 innings, striking out one batter and giving up the one run. Starting pitcher Tyler Grauer went 7.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out six batters in the winning effort.
Game 4: Milwaukee 3, Fargo-Moorhead 0 – Box Score
The Milwaukee Milkmen forced a decisive game five in the Miles Wolff Cup Finals with a 3-0 win against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday evening at Newman Outdoor Field.
The Milkmen took the lead in the top of the third inning when 2B Miguel Gomez singled home CF Bryan Torres (3-for-5). Torres scored again in the fifth inning on an error and 1B Will Kengor scored in the sixth when RF Carl Chester singled.
Milwaukee kept the RedHawks off the board thanks to three solid pitching performances. Starting pitcher Christian Young worked five innings and gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. Reliever Frankie Bartow came on in the sixth and handed the ball over to Reliever Rodrigo Benoit in the ninth after giving up just three hits and striking out one more. Benoit earned the save with two strikeouts in the ninth.
For the game, the RedHawks had just five hits, one each from five different batters. Just one RedHawks advanced to third base in the game and that came in the sixth when 3B Leobaldo Pina singled to allow C Christian Correa, who drew a leadoff walk, to reach third.