It’s the last day of the regular season, so let’s get to it:
Scranton Wilkes Barre 5, Buffalo 1
Mark Cohoon took the ball on Labor Day and lasted for 6 innings, but gave up 5 runs on 10 hits, striking out only 2. Cohoon was 4-11 in AAA with a 6.11 ERA, not good numbers for a guy who was arguably a top-15 prospect heading into the season. Val Pascucci was 3-3 and is now likely heading for the big leagues. Mike Baxter was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and finished the brief AAA part of his season with a .188 average, but he should be back with the Mets as well.
Reading 6, Binghamton 2
The B-Mets missed a chance to finish the season less than 10 games under .500, which would have been a heck of an accomplishment. Jeurys Familia let up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings, striking out 4. Robert Carson pitched the final 4 innings, giving up 3 runs of his own, striking out 3, and finishing the season with an ERA over 5. Matt Den Dekker had 3 hits to close out the season. Juan Lagares and Kai Gronauer were both 1-4 with a double; Lagares hit .370 in AA. Allan Dykstra hit his 19th homer of the season.
Lexington 2, Savannah 1 game 1 (7 innings)
After a 3-hour rain delay, they finally played this game. Michael Hebert pitched all 6 innings, only giving up 2 runs and striking out 4, but the Gnats bats could only muster 5 singles. Albert Cordero had 2 of those singles and an RBI.
Lexington 3, Savannah 2 game 2 (7innings)
Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek each pitched 1 inning and gave up 1 run. Rafael Fernandez had 3 hits. Dustin Lawley was 1-3 with a double and played centerfield.
The Gnats lost both ends of the doubleheader so they ended up in a 3-way tie for the SAL Southern division title, with the playoff birth going to Augusta, who will be Savannah’s opponent in the opening round of the playoffs. Savannah has not played all that well down the stretch, but they are capable of pitching very well, which will give them a chance to win in the playoffs. They last met Augusta a month ago, taking 3 games of a 4 game series. The Gnats open up in Augusta on Wednesday, with game 2 Friday in Savannah and game 3, if necessary, Saturday in Savannah. Meanwhile, both St. Lucie and Brooklyn will be playing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Thursday if necessary in both cases).
And that will do it for the minor league regular season; the playoffs start today!