Savannah and Brooklyn survive for do or die games (again) today. Meanwhile, St. Lucie stubs their collective toe in the opener of the Florida State League championship series. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Daytona 3, St. Lucie 1 (Daytona leads series 1-0)
Another day, another lengthy rain delay in Florida. This time it was a 2:21 minute delay in the fourth inning that knocked Armando Rodriguez out of the game ahead 1-0. John Church coughed up the lead and then Eric Niesen gave up two runs in the eighth inning which proved to be the dagger. Wilmer Flores went 2 for 4 and drove in the lone St. Lucie run. This is a best of five series, so the Lucie’s backs’ are not against the wall….yet.
Savannah 3, Augusta 2 (Series tied 1-1)
Note – when your team is facing elimination, do try to send out a two-time Cy Young award winner to save your season. The Sand Gnats sent Johan Santana to the hill on a rehab start, and while he didn’t dominate, he did keep the team in the game (3IP, 1R, 0ER, 2H, 1BB, 1K) while on a 45 pitch count (he only threw 39). The game was tied at two in the eighth when Blake Forsythe delivered a pinch hit RBI double. Hamilton Bennett took it from there to earn the save. Darrell Ceciliani went 4 for 4 with a run. Decisive Game Three tonight in Savannah.
Brooklyn 12, Staten Island 5 (Series tied 1-1)
The Cyclones shook of the barnacles that had accumulated on their water-logged bats and proceeded to score in every inning but the first and ninth. Charlie Thurber went 3 for 6 with a two run homer, Richard Lucas went 2 for 4 with a two run shot of his own, and Brian Harrison went 4 for 5 with three RBI. Jeffrey Walters struggled, giving up five runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings. Rafael Montero, Tyler Pill and Jeremy Gould combined for 4.2 innings of shutout relief, setting the stage for a do or die Game Three tonight on Staten Island.