The Lansing Lugnuts could not take advantage of home field and their season came to a disappointing end.
The Lansing Lugnuts and the West Michigan Whitecaps will play a third and final game tonight to determine who will go to the Midwest League Final.
The Lansing Lugnuts will take a 1-0 series lead back to Lansing after hanging on to beat the West Michigan Whitecaps on the road Saturday afternoon.
Ryan McBroom hit a walk off sacrifice fly to move Lansing to the Eastern Division finals.
The Lugnuts earned a 6-5 decision over the Great Lake Loons in game one of their best of three series. The lead changed hands several times in an exciting game.
The affiliates finished the regular season with a win and two losses on the Labour Day Monday. A much widely anticipated rehab start did not go very well and the only playoff-bound affiliate ended on a losing note. The boys in Double-A saved the day from being a total washout.
The Blue Jays begin a 10-game road trip in Beantown.
Labour Day is a day to avoid work and I took that idea to heart. The Buffalo, New Hampshire and Lansing reports below are from the teams feed. Only the Dunedin and Vancouver are original works. The affiliates won four of five games, only Dunedin lost. Some players are ending on a high note with just Lansing continuing to play past Monday.
The affiliates could only manage two wins out of six but the winning teams saw their pitchers no-hit the opposition for a combined nine innings.
The affiliates had a winning Friday night by taking three out of five. They were 0-2 against Yankees farm clubs and 3-0 against everyone else.
The affiliates won just once in five tries Thursday.
The Jays affiliates are mostly limping to the end of the season. Only Lansing will keep playing past the weekend and all affiliates lost yesterday. Vancouver and the GCL Jays suffered 1-0 losses. For the GCL team it was the end of their season, they lost two games to none in the best of three final. Vancouver were eliminated from playoff contention after five straight years in the post-season. Buffalo had a bullpen loss, as did New Hampshire in extra innings. The game went to extras when Shane Opitz hit a two run, game tying, home run in the ninth. Lansing took a 4-0 lead to the ninth and had two outs with one baserunner on first. But Great Lakes scored seven runs with two outs for the win. But hey, Stroman!
The affiliates won three out of seven Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep being the highlight. The lowlight was a disappointing season finale. Meanwhile, Game 2 of the Gulf Coast League final between the Blue Jays and Red Sox was rained out. The two teams will play this morning in Dunedin for Game 2 and head over to Fort Myers later today if the Jays can force a third and deciding game.
The affiliates lost four out of six and all four losses were of the come-from-ahead variety. The most painful one was down on the Gulf Coast as the Jays are down 1-0 in the best-of-three GCL final. Dunedin's second game against Tampa was rained out and Vancouver had the night off.
The GCL Jays won their semi-final today thanks to good pitching from Justin Maese and timely hitting by Jake Thomas and Juandy Mendoza. New Hampshire won in extra innings, Jack Murphy had the big hit. Richard Urena led Lansing to victory. Vancouver came from behind while Bluefield had to hang on despite conceding a six run ninth. Buffalo were the only losers, Dunedin's game was suspended.
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