The Lucies even up their series and the Cyclones will get to play in one (albeit by backing in). Playoff baseball – FEEL THE ELECTRICITY!
St. Lucie 2, Jupiter 1
Alonzo Harris was named the Sterling Award winner for Hi-A earlier in the day, and then went out in the evening and showed why. With the Hammerheads having tied the game at one in the top of the seventh, Harris singled to drive in TJ Rivera, putting the Lucies back up 2-1. The lead held and now the series is knotted at one game apiece. Adam Kolarek (2IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 1K) went the final two innings to make sure it stood up while collecting the save. Jacob De Grom started for the Lucies and went six shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out five. A two hour rain delay knocked him out of the game, and the pen struggled in the seventh. Jeff Walters, TJ Chism & John Church each went a third of an inning after the delay, with Walters allowing the tying run to score, but Church picking up the win. The decisive Game Three will be played tonight in St. Lucie.
Lowell 5, Brooklyn 3
The Cyclones had their ticket for the post season punched before game time, with Batavia dropping the first game of the doubleheader. Once the Muckdogs lost, the Cyclones were all but assured of a tie for the postseason berth (by virtue of holding the tie breaker) and manager Rich Donnelly scratched a bunch of starters including Brandon Nimmo, Phillip Evans, and Kevin Plawecki. Gavin Cecchini got to start a game – the first real action he has seen in the field since breaking a finger while being hit by a pitch on August 1. He went 0 for 4 and is still looking for his first hit. Jayce Boyd did go 2 for 4 with a run scored. On the mound, it was a rotation of relievers, with Matt Koch going the furthest, the first 2.2 innings. Paul Sewald took the loss, allowing a run in the eighth. The Cyclones will host Hudson Valley for Game One of the best of three semi-final series on Friday night.