(GAME DATE – Oct. 3, 2019) — The Minneapolis Ravens have drawn first blood in the Elimination Round of the 2019 Bull League playoffs, eliminating the 4th seeded Toronto Nomads in a 3-game sweep, and outscoring the wild card entrants 13-4.
The 100-win Ravens, who were the winningest team in the league’s first full-length 162 game season, saw stellar performances on the mound from 4-time Sandy Koufax Award winner Ricky Rodriguez, Pete Sharpe, and Aaron Miller, all of whom turned in 7-inning appearances and allowing 2 runs or less.
Toronto’s soft offense was left badly exposed, although lead off hitter Joseph Walker managed an impressive 5-for-12 (.417) at the plate, along with a stolen base. Only Jan Conch managed to tag a long ball on the Ravens pitching, as one of his 3 hits. The rest of the lineup could not muster enough to counter the solid consistent run production of the Ravens batting order.
Logans Run, the Ravens 1B, who joined the team in a trade from Detroit just before the trade deadline, had a huge game 2, going 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs, and earned player of the game.
It was RF slugger Evandro Cerigo who would pick up the playoff MVP honors, however, after a 4-for-10 spell at the plate that included a pair of RBIs in the opener, and 5 runs scored.
The Toronto fans and front office were only mildly disappointed at the result. Pundits had predicted a .500 season for the Nomads, despite signs of very good pitching. Some mid-season moves looked sure to bolster the offense, but by the late September pennant race it was clear that more work needed to be done to improve the Nomads plate performance.
The Ravens await the result of the Ohio-New York series, which is currently tied at 1-1.