07/29/1886:
A day later, and the 🍞 are out. To be fair, this wasn't exactly unexpected: they haven't made the postseason since 1871.

They're 31-71 (.304), with a -258 run differential, in Arroyo and Maunabo's division. Good riddance.

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Tomé and Trevizo both challenge Olmedo in LF; Gaucho flies out to RF for variety, but he's 0-5 today.

Ramos flies Olmedo to LF.

He grounds Serrata out 4-3.

Sotelo pops out to CF to end the ballgame!

:brujos: win, 5-1—four in a row!
They are 82-18.

:echafufu:

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Nothing doing against Barela: even Macías can only pinch-fly out to LF.

Ramos comes in for the eighth and takes three pitches to get two outs.

Don't worry: it takes him two more to get the third.

:brujos: up 5-1 into the 9th.

:echafufu:

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Barela sits down the heaviest bats in the lineup with little effort, despite allowing two runners.

The run that comes home is Illa, when Tomé misses what is, to be fair, probably the longest throw he's tried all season.

:brujos: up 5-1 into the 8th.

:echafufu:

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Barela forces two real cans of corn over Serrata at 2nd, before Tomé collects his third hit. Trevizo strands him.

Ace gives up a couple base hits, but not too much damage otherwise. He's at only 71 pitches.

:brujos: up 5-0 into the 7th.

:echafufu:

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Sibo González walks and gets to 3rd, but Santillán is gunned down stealing 2nd on the pitch before Romero goes down looking.

Luckily, Ace remains Groundout City, giving up only one single into shallow CF to Illa.

:brujos: up 5-0 into the 6th.

:echafufu:

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Another first-pitch out, followed by Arredondo tripling. Guerrero is walked to load the bases, and Tomé punishes it, as does Trevizo.

Ace responds with two groundouts and a flyout to keep his line very, very clean.

:brujos: up 5-0 into the 5th.

:echafufu:

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Tomé goes after the first pitch again . . . and flies out. Trevizo pops up. So does Gaucho.

Ace picks up two quick groundouts from Illa and Barela, before a wild throw moves Rentería to 3rd.

Luckily, Flores grounds out.

:brujos: up 1-0 into the 4th.

:echafufu:

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Barela looks much more like himself this time, though Santillán makes it to 3rd.

Ace picks up two flyouts and a swinging strikeout in short order.

:brujos: up 1-0 into the 3rd.

:echafufu:

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Tomé leads off with a triple! Two pitches into the game, Barela has a run on his line. Unfortunately, the inning kind of goes badly after that.

Ace is taken to 2 full counts before giving up a 2-out single, but rebounds.

:brujos: up 1-0 into the 2nd.

:echafufu:

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Keep the foot on the gas.

Opponent: :piratas: (63-36)
Pitcher: LHP Omar Barela (24-7, 1.78 ERA / 2.13 FIP / 1.11 WHIP)

Lineup:
RF Tomé
CF Trevizo
1B Fernández
3B González
LF Arredondo
2B Santillán
C Romero
SS Guerrero
SP Acevedo

:echafufu:

07/28/1886:
Just eleven days later, the :soles:—a team that won the very first Liga Betances pennant in :lnp: history!—have been eliminated from the playoffs.

They are 27-72, a .273 winning percentage, and had gone 3-25 since the break in late June.

☀️

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It feels dangerous to have Ruano pitch with a five-run lead.

He grounds out Cruz, 4-3.

Gonzales doubles.

He fans Pacheco.

Ladrillo hits up the middle.

Miranda grounds out 6-3!

:brujos: win a hell of a game, 11-6.
They are 81-18!

:echafufu:

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Depo collects another groundout, a flyout to LF, and . . . then walks and E6s load them. Luckily for Depo, the runs are dirty.

Against new pitcher Martínez, the only baserunner is Cavazos, who is stranded by Santillán.

:brujos: up 11-6 into the 9th.

:echafufu:

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Reyes pops up in foul territory, before Depo takes revenge on Escobar with a vicious curveball. Pérez doubles . . . and Baños pops up foul.

Gil Baños then strikes out Depo, flies Tomé to CF, and grounds Trevizo out 2-3.

:brujos: up 11-3 into the 8th.

:echafufu:

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Depo strikes out Pacheco, pops Garza up to short, and grounds Miranda out 4-3.

New pitcher Baños grounds Cavazos to 1st, walks Santillán, and Reyes makes a *beautiful* sliding catch to get San Germán out of it cleanly.

:brujos: up 11-3 into the 7th.

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Depo does a much better job—Muñoz fans, and Cruz and Gonzales fly out to their pull fields.

The intentional walk to Cavazos is promptly punished. Same with the one to Romero. The Brujos send twelve batters to the plate.

:brujos: up 11-3 into the 6th.

:echafufu:

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Depo, who had given up one walk in the last 3 innings, gives up 3 in this one. He's only saved from an even worse inning by a smart pick-off.

Badly needing a response, the Brujos . . . manage two hits before Tomé flies out to CF.

Tied 3-3 into the 5th.

:echafufu:

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Depo strikes out Pérez, gives up a hit to his adversary, induces a force out at 2nd, and Romero nails Cruz stealing!

The Brujos don't do much: Gaucho grounds out, Sibo strikes out, Cavazos pops out over Pérez at short.

:brujos: up 3-0 into the 4th.

:echafufu:

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Garza leads off with an 0-2 triple. Depo strikes out Miranda, walks Reyes . . . and induces a 1-6-3 DP to get out!

Romero and Guerrero take Muñoz to full counts but are out . . . before Depo doubles and Tomé scores him!

:brujos: up 3-0 into the 3rd.

:echafufu:

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