Boston tops St. Louis in 6 games for 1st PGBL title

The Boston Bees captured their first PGBL World Series championship in franchise history, topping the St. Louis Clydesdales in six games.

The Bees on the brink of elimination against London in the North League Championship Series, but rallied to capture the pennant on a walkoff homer by Luis Torrens. After dropping Game 1 of the World Series in 10 innings, Boston won three straight to put the trophy within fingertip reach.

Frank Schwindel

While an 11-6 loss in Game 5 prevented a home-field celebration at home, the Bees posted a 6-4 win in the return to St. Louis to claim the title. Rookie first baseman Frank Schwindel, who hit .423 in the series with at least one hit in every game, became the league’s first No. 1 overall draft pick to finish the season as the World Series MVP.

Boston’s win avenged previous World Series losses to Oakland (2019) and Memphis (2004). The Bees opened the playoffs by outlasting Norris Division rival Chicago, as Alex Cobb and Tyler Duffey combined to shut out the Cardinals in the decisive fifth game.

The Clydesdales, seeking their second crown after beating Pittsburgh in 2015, reached the SLCS by surviving a five-game division series matchup with the Melee. St. Louis then built a 3-0 series lead on Dublin before edging the Guinness in Game 5 to seize the pennant.

Tigers, Berks take top seeds into playoffs

Two teams that combined for 220 wins carry the top seeds into the 2022 PGBL postseason, as the North League playoffs open with two division rivalries and the South League sees three 100-win Confederate Division teams in the mix.

Led by two-way star Shohei Ohtani and slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Toronto Tigers charged to 111 wins and the Maple Leaf Division crown. They face the wild card London Arsenal to open the quest for the first championship in franchise history.

The other side of the NL bracket has the Norris Division-winning Boston Bees squaring off against the six-time champion Chicago Cardinals. Rookie first baseman Frank Schwindel and 20-game winner Zack Wheeler lead the way for Boston, while Chicago claims 13 players who hit double-digit homers and five pitchers with more than 10 wins.

The Berkeley Berks won an SL-best 109 games and will be seeking the franchise’s third title in the past four seasons. They face a challenge from a fourth-seeded Dublin Guinness squad that won 101 games and features superstar ace Jacob deGrom, who broke Pedro Martinez’s single-season ERA record.

The defending champion Memphis Melee get started on the road against the Confederate champion St. Louis Clydesdales. Southpaw Ranger Suarez posted a 20-6 record with a 2.02 ERA for St. Louis, while the Melee came one Juan Soto homer shy of having four 30-bomb mashers.

Memphis Finishes Dominant Run To 4th PGBL Title

The Memphis Melee won their first 10 games of the 2021 postseason and finished off the Brooklyn Cubs in a five-game World Series to claim their fourth PGBL championship.

Max Stassi and Trea Turner homered in a four-run seventh inning of the finale and the Melee pulled away for a 8-5 triumph to secure the title.

Tanner Scott induced a Dominic Smith popup to end the Cubs’ ninth-inning rally and trigger a celebration.

Memphis opened the series with a 4-1 victory at home, as Zac Gallen and three relievers blanked the Cubs over the final eight innings while rookie Luis Robert homered in his first two at-bats and drove in three.

In Game 2, series MVP Juan Soto tied the game in the sixth with a three-run homer off Framber Valdez and a Robinson Cano single put the Melee in front an inning later. After Raisel Iglesias surrendered a tying double to Cedric Mullins in the top of the ninth, Wil Myers hit a two-run walkoff homer in the 10th off Jake Diekman for a 6-4 win and 2-0 series lead.

As the series shifted to Brooklyn, Michael Conforto hit a leadoff homer against Pablo Lopez and singled in a run in the fourth to stake the Melee to a 2-0 lead that held up as Tyler Mahle and four relievers held the Cubs to one run on four hits.

The Cubs, in what is expected to be their final season in Brooklyn, avoided the sweep by scoring three times off Taijuan Walker in the first inning of Game 4 en route to an 8-3 triumph. Memphis was limited to solo homers by Alec Bohm, Myers and Conforto, who finished the series batting .316 and scored once in each of the last four games.

Lower Seeds Brooklyn, Memphis Win LCS

The South League No. 4-seeded Memphis Memphis remained undefeated in the 2021 PGBL playoffs, while the Brooklyn Cubs upended a 108-win Toronto team to claim the North League pennant.

Juan Soto’s three-run homer in the eighth inning of Game 4 lifted the Melee to an 8-6 victory in the finale. Brooklyn climbed out of a 2-1 hole by winning three in a row, scoring four runs in the top of the 15th inning of Game 6 for a 7-3 triumph.

With their second pennant in club history, the Cubs enter the World Series for the first time since 2005 looking for their first championship amid rumors of a potential relocation. Memphis will be seeking its fourth title, but the first since 2004.

Memphis No-No Completes Sweep; LCS Matchups Set

Steven Brault and three Memphis relievers combined on a no-hitter as the Melee completed a three-game sweep of top-seeded Dublin in the first round of the South League playoffs.

Brault worked 5 2/3 innings before Tejay Antone, Victor Gonzalez and Raisel Iglesias closed out the 3-0 win and send Memphis into the SLDS against division rival St. Louis in a matchup of wildcard teams.

It was the first no-hitter in PGBL postseason play, and the second straight shutout for the Melee, who won Game 2 by a 1-0 score after a 5-4 triumph in the opener. The Clydesdales also swept their series, topping Twin City by scores of 8-5, 7-6 and 8-4.

Both North League series went four games, as No. 1 overall seed got past Pittsburgh and Norris Division champ Brooklyn advanced over London.

Links: 2021 Playoffs | No-hitters

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