The regular season is winding down for most teams, but we’ll start with Kingsport, who got their postseason started with a win on Sunday:
Kingsport 3, Greeneville 1
Staff ace Chris Flexen started and threw 5 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 walks, but striking out 3. Persio Reyes followed, and gave up just 1 run over 4 innings. Yeixon Ruis was 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. Jeyckol De Leon and Joe Tuschak each had a hit and RBI. The K-Mets can wrap up the series and advance to the Appalachian League championship series with a win at home either today or tomorrow. Carlos Gomez will start today, he’s allowed just 2 unearned runs and no earned runs in 23 innings of work this season, but probably isn’t ready to throw more than 5 innings.
Tucson 3, Las Vegas 2
Greg Peavey was solid was 5.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. But D.J. Mitchell gave up the game-winning run in the 9th. Rylan Sandoval and Jamie Hoffman had 2 hits each. Sandoval, Eric Campbell, and Kirk Niuewenhuis all doubled.
Binghamton 6, New Hampshire 2
Logan Verrett allowed 2 runs on 3 hits over 5 innings, striking out 6. Jim Fuller threw 2 scoreless innings and then both Frank Francisco and Adam Kolarek threw a scoreless inning. Josh Rodriguez was 3 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Travis Taijeron and Joe Bonfe had 2 hits each.
St. Lucie 16, Jupiter 0
The Lucies went absolutely nuts with the bat, scoring 16 runs on 16 hits, including a 10-run 5th inning. Jayce Boyd was 4 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI’s. Yucary De La Cruz was 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI’s. T.J. Rivera had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Kyle Johnson and Nelfi Zapata also had 2 hits each. The pitching was equally impressive, as Jeurys Familia started and pitched a scoreless inning, with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout. Domingo Tapia followed with 5 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3. Tapia finished the season 3-9 with a 4.62 ERA. Angel Cuan finished the game with 3 scoreless innings.
Greenville 2, Savannah 1
Seth Lugo struck out 8 in 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, but he took the loss after the Gnats couldn’t generate any offense. Cole Frenzel was 3 for 4 with a double. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored.
Aberdeen 5, Brooklyn 4
Dario Alvarez threw 5.2 shutout innings, striking out 6, and Tyler Vanderheiden allowed 1 run over 2. Innings, but Paul Paez let up 4 runs in the 9th and the Cyclones responded with just 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning, taking the loss. Jared King had 2 of Brooklyn’s 7 hits; all were singles. The loss pushes Brooklyn 1.5 games behind Aberdeen with 3 games to play, as they postseason chances are starting to look bleak after a 2-game sweep by Aberdeen.