The opening playoff game between the Batavia Muckdogs and Tri-City Valley Cats ended up being a wild ride all the way until the end with the contest going into extras. Tri-City got things going, lighting up left-hander John Gast for four runs in the first inning and then tagging on another three in the third for an early 7-2 lead.
The Muckdogs took a two-run lead with a six-run sixth inning rally starting with a Jonathan Rodriguez double. With two-outs left in the inning, Yunier Castillo, Chris Edmondson, Victor Sanchez, Nick Longmire, and Audry Perez connected for five consecutive hits and drove in the runs to get ahead.
The game went
scoreless for the next two innings until in the bottom of the ninth when 2009
All-Star Chase Reid entered to close out the game for
Chris Edmondson 2-for-5 with one double, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, one walk, and one strikeout.
Victor Sanchez 1-for-3 with two RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, one walk, one sacrifice, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Nick Longmire 3-for-4 with two two-out RBIs, one run, two walks, and one hit by pitch.
Audry Perez 1-for-6 with two two-out RBIs, grounded into two double plays, and allowed one stolen base.
Jonathan Rodriguez 4-for-6 with one double, one run, and one throwing error.
Joey Bergman 1-for-4 with one run, one walk, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.
Matt Valaika 1-for-1 at the plate.
Geoff Klein 2-for-4 with two walks, one run, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.
Yunier Castillo 1-for-5 with one two-out RBI, two runs, one sacrifice, and one strikeout.
Anthony Ferrara entered in the sixth and pitched one inning. He allowed one hit, no runs, two walks, and struck one out for the hold (1). (g/f:1-0)
Keith Butler entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings. He allowed two hits and no runs for the hold (1). (g/f:2-2)
Justin Wright entered in the eighth and pitched to two batters. He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out for the hold (1). (ir-s:2-0)
John Gast started and pitched five innings. He allowed nine hits, seven earned runs, two home runs, one intentional walk, hit one batter, and struck eighth out. (g/f:5-2)
Chase Reid entered in the ninth and pitched 2.1 innings. He allowed two hits, three earned runs, two home runs, three walks, and struck one out for the blown save (1) and losing decision (0-1). (g/f:3-1)
Tri-City - James Robinson (3-2, 2.83 ERA) @ Batavia - Zack Russell (3-3, 2.93 ERA)
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