Wednesday, September 14, 2016

California League South Division Final: High Desert 7, Lancaster 2

High Desert wins series 3-1.

W- Matt Milroy
L- Andrew Thome
S- Nick Gardewine

Lancaster home runs: None.

And with the JetHawks bowing out, the 2016 season in the Houston Astros minor league system has come to a close. The Mavericks seized the momentum in this game by scoring three runs in the 8th and three more in the 9th. Lancaster had their chances, but they only finished 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.

Kyle Tucker went 2-5 and scored both of Lancaster's runs; he came home on a wild pitch in the 4th and on a Jamie Ritchie bases-loaded walk in the 8th. Osvaldo Duarte went 2-3 at the bottom of the order.

Jose Luis Hernandez was excellent in what turned out to be his final appearance of 2016 as he allowed an unearned run on six hits and recorded a strikeout over seven strong innings. The Mavericks teed off on Andrew Thome and Scott Weathersby, who both pitched an inning and allowed three runs on four hits in their time on the mound.

Many of the players in the system will be headed home for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. For others, their season isn't over; some will be plying their trade in Arizona (Arizona Fall League) and a few will be headed off to the Caribbean to continue playing baseball.

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