Short-Season Playoff Dish


Lowell 4, Batavia 3 in 12 innings (Lowell leads the best-of-3 series 1-0)

Lowell got out to an early lead, putting one run on the board in the bottom of the first inning. That would hold up until the sixth when the Muckdogs busted out for three runs in a crazy inning that included two walks, a hit-by-pitch, an error and two wild pitches. Lowell didn’t give in and scored another run in the bottom of the eighth—cutting the lead to 3-2. Batavia closer Adam Reifer had the second-most saves in the league this year, but was a bit wild last night, walking two batters, hitting another and throwing a wild pitch. He also served up a game-tying home run to Lowell third baseman Will Middlebrooks, resulting in his third blown save of the year. Middlebrooks’ home run came as part of a 3-for-5 night. Lowell second baseman Ryan Dent also had a good night at the plate. He went 0-for-2, but drew four walks. Batavia pitchers combined for 11 walks in the game.

Jamestown 10, Staten Island 7 (Jamestown leads the best-of-3 series 1-0)

Staten Island righthander David Phelps had, by far, the worst start of his professional career, giving up the eight runs on five hits and two walks…all in the second inning. Staten Island ended up scoring seven runs in the game, but couldn’t overcome the eight-run second. Jamestown DH Ernie Banks hit like his namesake, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. The Jammers also showed off their speed, hitting three triples in the game.