‘Pigs get one-hit and fall down 2-0 in best-of-five series
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders took a 2-0 series lead in the ILDS with a 3-0 win Thursday night in Moosic. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will now need to win all three games at Coca-Cola Park this weekend if they are to advance to Governors’ Cup Finals.
The RailRiders took a 1-0 lead against Cole Irvin (0-1) in the bottom of the fourth. After Mark Payton tripled to lead off the inning, Gio Urshella brought him home on a groundout to make it 1-0. In the fifth, Wilkin Castillo homered on a ball that bounded off the top of the wall and over the fence to make it 2-0.
Irvin went seven innings and allowed six hits and two runs. He struck out four and walked just one.
The IronPigs were held without a hit through 7 1/3 innings against Nestor Cortes (1-0). Cortes retired 20 straight batters from the first inning until the eighth when Andrew Knapp broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle. Cortes walked one and struck out seven in the outing.
The RailRiders got insurance in the bottom the eighth against Pedro Beato. After Payon singled, a pair of wild pitches allowed him to score and make it a 3-0 game.
Elsewhere: The Durham Bulls withstood a Toledo rally in the bottom of the ninth to hold on for a 6-5 win Thursday night. The series is now tied 1-1 with game three Friday night in Durham.
Daytona uses rallies in the eighth and ninth innings to oust Clearwater
Mauricio Llovera stepped up and dealt six dominant innings, but the Threshers saw their playoff run come to a close on Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Daytona Tortugas in the FSL North Division Series at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Clearwater dropped the series, two games to one. The Tortugas advance to the Florida State League Championship, where they will battle the Fort Myers Miracle in a best-of-five set.
Llovera held the Tortugas hitless until the fifth, and scoreless until the seventh. Clearwater clung to a 3-2 lead in the eighth, but Daytona rallied for three runs to overtake Clearwater, 5-3.
The Threshers led early for the third straight day.
With two outs in the second, Edgar Cabral worked a full count against starter Austin Orewiler, and on the seventh pitch of the at-bat Cabral launched one over the wall in left to give Clearwater a 1-0 lead.
Clearwater grabbed a second run in the fifth.
After Grenny Cumana led off with a single to center, Raul Rivas beat out the relay on a potential double-play. Kevin Markham was robbed on a diving stop by Randy Ventura at second before Daniel Brito drove a double to deep left-center to plate Rivas and make it 2-0.
Llovera kept Daytona hitless until the bottom of the fifth, when Ventura broke up the bid with a single through the right side. Llovera then got Alfredo Rodriguez to pop out to first to end the inning.
The Threshers tacked on with two outs in the sixth. Mickey Moniak led off with a single up the middle, and stole second with two down before Cabral worked a walk. Cumana followed by dunking a single into shallow right to score Moniak, bumping the Clearwater lead to 3-0.
After Llovera limited Daytona to just one hit through six scoreless innings, Daytona rallied in the seventh. Tyler Stephenson opened the inning with a single to center, and Ibandel Isabel – who set the FSL record this year with 35 home runs – launched a two-run shot to left to bring the Tortugas to within one.
Llovera exited following a walk to Bruce Yari. Jakob Hernandez entered in relief, and got Brantley Bell to ground into a forceout before Ventura reached on an error by Brito at second. Rodriguez then drew a walk to fill the bases with just one out.
With the tying run at third, Hernandez worked his way out of the jam. The lefty, who led all FSL relievers in strikeouts per nine this year, cut down Stuart Fairchild on strikes for the second out, and got Taylor Trammell to line to right to end the threat.
Daytona pushed ahead in the eighth. Courtney Hawkins doubled on a two-strike pitch from reliever Trevor Bettencourt, and Stephenson singled through the right side. A wild pitch permitted Hawkins to score the tying run.
After Bettencourt struck out Isabel, Bruce Yari doubled to right to give the Tortugas the lead. With two outs, a wild pitch moved Yari to third, and he would score on Ventura’s infield single to make it 5-3.
Ryan Hendrix worked a perfect ninth to earn his second save in as many days.
BlueClaws look to lock up division series and advance to SAL Championship
Lakewood and Kannapolis took Thursday off after Lakewood won the series opener 4-2 in Kannapolis. The best-of-three series resumes Friday night in Lakewood with Spencer Howard (9-8, 3.78) looking to lock up the series for the ‘Claws and Parker Rigler (6-9, 4.43) trying to extend the series to a decisive game three on Saturday.
Elsewhere: Lexington holds a 1-0 lead over Rome in their best-of-three division series. Lexington throws Daniel Lynch (5-1, 1.58) and Rome counters with Walter Korkovich (4-1, 1.83).