Batavia (SS) – Lost to Lowell 4-3
New York – Penn League Playoffs Game 1
With a one run lead and one of the New York-Penn League's top closers on the mound, the Muckdogs looked like it was about to take a one game lead in the best-of-three series with the Lowell Spinners.
But, Will Middlebrooks would homer off of All-Star closer Adam Reifer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at three runs apiece. The score would stay knotted until the bottom of the 12th when strategy would backfire on Batavia.
With Zachary Pitts on the mound, Lowell's Ricardo Burgos led off the inning with a double. Burgos would advance to third on a sac bunt. To set up the double play, the "Dogs" would choose to intentionally walk Middlebrooks. Kade Koewen would fly out to right field but not deep enough to score Burgos. With two outs, Pitts intentially walked bonus-baby Casey Kelley.
With the bases loaded, Ryan Dent worked Pitts for a walk and a one game lead in the series for Lowell.
The Spinners would score one run off of starter Hector Cardenas but then he would then settle in and stifle the Lowell hitters. During one stretch the southpaw would retire 11 straight.
The Muckdogs got on the board in the top of the sixth when Edwin Gomez led of the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Colt Sedbrook singled to score Gomez. Charlie Cutler reached on a botched fielder ‘s choice advancing Sedbrook to second. Both Sedbrook and Cutler would advance on another wild pitch and Jemaine Curtis reached base on a hit-by-pitch. Shane Peterson drew a walk to score Sedbrook. Chris Swauger hit into a force out that scored Cutler and gave Batavia a 3-to-1 lead.
Lowell would score a run in the bottom of the eighth that was charged to reliever Ramon Delgado.
Cardenas finished with 10 strikeouts in six innings of work. Gomez singled twice to go along with his leadoff double in the sixth. Cutler reached base twice with a double and a walk.
PLAYOFF RECORD: 0-1
Memphis (Triple-A) – Season Over.
RECORD: 75-67, 2nd place, 8.0 GB
Springfield (Double-A) – Season Over.
RECORD: 76-64 overall, 2nd place in first and second half
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) – Season Over.
RECORD: 75-62 overall, 1st place, first half and 4th place, 2nd half
Quad Cities (A) – Season Over.
RECORD: 68-66 overall, 4th place in first and second half
Johnson City (R) – Season Over
RECORD: 36-30, 2nd place, 5.0 GB
Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) – Season Over
RECORD: 17-38, 5th place, 16.0 GB
VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 15.5 GB
DSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over
RECORD: 27-39, Last Place, 15.0 GB
Minor League Pitcher of the Day- Hector Cardenas
Though he did not factor in the decision, Cardenas was dominant in his first playoff game. Cardenas struck out 10 and had a stretch in which he retired 11 straight hitters.
Minor League Player of the Day- Edwin Gomez The only Muckdog with multiple hits, Gomez had three hits and scored the team's first run of the game.
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