The season is over for all the affiliates save for Dunedin and Vancouver.
Bluefield had two chances on home field to advance to the Appalachian League final but the Pulaski Yankees won the third and deciding game by a score of 2-0. The Yankees scored twice off Maximo Castillo in the second and that was all they would need. Castillo struck out six in four innings. Jordan Barrett and Graham Spraker tossed 2-1/3 scoreless frames with Barrett striking out three and Spraker striking out two. Ty Tice pitched one-third of a scoreless inning. Yorman Rodriguez and Jesus Navarro had the only hits of the ballgame for Bluefield.
Buffalo won their season finale in Syracuse 3-2. Roemon Fields went 3-for-4 and stole his 43rd base of the year. Dwight Smith Jr. was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Anthony Alford concluded his Triple-A stint with a hit in his third game with the Herd and threw out a runner at the plate. Danny Jansen was 1-for-4 with a run batted in. Jared Carkuff was the winner in his Triple-A debut with 3-1/3 scoreless innings.Mike Bolsinger got the save.
Matt Dean drilled a couple of bombs as New Hampshire pounded Portland 11-1. Dean and Harold Ramirez had three hits apiece. Lourdes Gourriel Jr. and Gunnar Heidt homered among their two hits and Emilio Guerrero also posted a '2' in the hit column. Sean Reid-Foley gave up three runs over five frames but had a 9-1 K/BB total to earn the victory. Conner Greene gave up a run over two innings on two hits and two walks.
Lansing was pounded by Dayton 10-1. Mike Ellenbest took the loss as he was roughed up for six runs on 10 hits over four innings. Josh Palacios had three hits and a stolen base. Rodrigo Orozco, Nash Knight and Luis De Los Santos had two-hit efforts. Nick Sinay was not hit by a pitch. I repeat, Nick Sinay was not hit by a pitch.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Jared Carkuff, Buffalo
2. Roemon Fields, Buffalo
1. Matt Dean, New Hampshire
The playoffs begin tonight with Dunedin hosting Tampa in Game 1 of their best-of-three series while Vancouver is in Spokane for their opener. No starter has been listed for Dunedin. Nate Pearson gets the call for Vancouver.