Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Greeneville 8, Princeton 7: Appalachian League Champions!

The Greeneville Astros won their first Appalachian League crown since 2004 with an 8-7 victory over the Princeton Rays. This is the 3rd time that the Astros' Appalachian League affiliate has captured the league title; in 1999, the Martinsville Astros won it all. This deciding 3rd game was a back-and-forth battle that Greeneville finally took control of in the 6th inning.

W- Diogenes Almengo
L- Alberto Casanas
S- Edgardo Sandoval

Greeneville home runs: Kyle Tucker (3 in playoffs; 3-run in 3rd)

Connor Goedert opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. After the Rays took the lead with 3 in the 2nd, Kyle Tucker responded with a 3-run blast in the top of the 3rd. Rodrigo Ayarza, whose grand slam in game 2 was one of the hits that made this game possible, ripped an RBI double in the 4th inning. The Appy Astros put up another 3-run inning in the 6th as Arturo Michelena and Ayarza both hit RBI singles. As Tucker was being intentionally walked by Ruben Paredes, one of the intentional balls got away, and Michelena scampered home with the 3rd run of the frame. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Randy Cesar, who really missed out on the party. Tucker, Michelena, Ayarza, Goedert, Christian Correa, and Myles Straw all had 2 hits in this game.

Erasmo Pinales went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 2 hits (solo and 3-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 1. Diogenes Almengo was the first man out, and he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1 over 2 innings. Edgardo Sandoval held the Rays to 1 run on a solo homer, which was the only hit he allowed in his 4 innings. He walked 2 and fanned 7 in a fine relief outing.

Tonight, the 5 affiliates above Greeneville on the organization's ladder will begin their playoff campaigns.

Dan Straily will take the mound for Fresno as they begin their series with El Paso at 7:05 Pacific. He'll take on Daniel McCutchen.

In game 1 of the Texas League South Division Series pitting the Hooks against Midland, Chris Devenski will take on Parker Frazier at 7:05.

Lancaster will face High Desert in the California League South Mini-Series. In game 1, Keegan Yuhl will face Reed Garrett at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities will take on Cedar Rapids at 6:35. Josh James will go up against Felix Jorge.

Tri-City and Staten Island will start it off at 7:00 Eastern. Chris Murphy faces James Kaprielian.

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