Dunedin were leading 5-2 in the eighth inning and were six outs away from reaching the final of the FSL playoffs. But Ryan Jennings and Ian Churchill combined to concede five and the Jays were down 7-5 with three outs remaining. 7-5 was the final score setting up the winner take all game tomorrow night. Elsewhere Buffalo won while New Hampshire lost. Vancouver get their playoffs going again on Friday and they have to win to stay alive.
Buffalo 12 Syracuse 7
Harrisburg 11 New Hampshire 0
Dunedin 5 Fort Myers 7
This is what I noted from yesterday's games.
The Buffalo game was a wild one. Trailing 5-1 in the sixth Buffalo scored five to go ahead 6-5. Syracuse tied it in the bottom of the sixth. Buffalo went ahead 7-6 in the seventh, Syracuse tied it in the bottom of the seventh. Buffalo, said enough of this and scored five in the eighth.
The Bisons used seven pitchers to get the win. Interestingly, four of them have ERA's over five and three of those are over six.
Nathan Lukes had the only home run, a solo shot. He walked twice and scored three runs. LJ Talley went 2-5 and drove in four runs. John Aiello picked up his first two AAA hits. Rafael Lantigua had three hits.
New Hampshire were shelled. Luis Quinones had a typical start, in 4.2 innings he only allowed one hit and struck out seven. But he walked five and gave up three runs, two earned. The Harrisburg hits, and NH errors continued. Harrisburg had 12 hits and NH made three errors.
New Hampshire had four hits, all singles. Addison Barger had two of them.
As mentioned up top, the eighth inning was a rough one for the Jays. Ryan Jennings, the Jays fourth round pick, walked the lead off hitter and then allowed a single. He did get the next two outs but then manager Donnie Murphy elected to get the lefty in to replace the right handed Jennings. Ian Churchill, tenth round pick, went single, walk, grand slam and the game was gone. That ruined an excellent pitching appearance by Geison Urbaez who threw five scoreless innings.
Offensively, Peyton Williams drove in three with a triple and a sac fly. Estiven Machado had two hits.
Third Star - Geison Urbaez
Second Star - Nathan Lukes
First Star - LJ Talley