Tri-City is one win away from the NYPL Championship after their 5-2 win over Brooklyn at The Joe last night.
David Martinez got the start for the ValleyCats, throwing 5IP, 3H/2ER, 3K:3BB. He allowed both runs in the top of the first, after Cory Vaughn homered to right-center, scoring J.B. Brown. And then he calmed down, getting the next six batter before walking Brown and Vaughn in the third. But it was the top of the 4th before he allowed another hit.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Ben Orloff drew a leadoff walk, Austin Wates doubled him in, Adam Bailey singled to right, scoring Wates. Chris Wallace drew a walk, and scored on Brown's error. Dan Adamson got an RBI groundout to finish off the four-run 3rd inning that essentially ended the game.
Brooklyn threatened in the 4th: William Cherry got a leadoff single, and Juan Centeno walked. With one out, Cherry was caught stealing third base, and James Schroeder struck out to end the inning.
Marcus Nidiffer hit a two-out solo homer in the 6th to put the game away, 5-2.
Jason Chowning struck out three in 2IP of work, and Jorge DeLeon was perfect in the final 2IP.
Game Two is tonight at 5pm Eastern in Brooklyn's (beautiful) KeySpan Park.