Oh you have to be kidding me. Facing elimination at Inland Empire, the JetHawks were down 1-0 heading into the 8th when Carlos Perdomo doubled in Joe Sclafani to tie the game, but left the bases loaded to end the inning. In the top of the 10th inning Sclafani drew a leadoff walk and singles by Nolan Fontana and Perdomo loaded the bases. Andrew Aplin hit sac fly to score the go-ahead run and MP Cokinos was intentionally walked to reload the bases. Tyler Heineman ripped a two-run double and one batter later Brandon Meredith did the same thing. Five runs in the top of the 10th, a 6-1 Lancaster win.
Tommy Shirley threw 5.1IP, 4H/1ER, 2K:1BB....and the bullpen didn't give up a hit the rest of the way. Gera Sanchez (0.2IP, BB), Jordan Jankowski (1IP), Kenny Long (0.2IP), Mike Hauschild (1IP, BB) and Travis Ballew (1.1IP) threw 4.2 hitless innings in relief.
Carlos Perdomo (2B, BB, RBI) and Brandon Meredith (two 2B, BB, 2RBI) were each 3x4; Joe Sclafani was 2x3 with a double and two walks.
Man of the Match: The bullpen
Series: Tied 2-2 (Best-of-Five)
Next Up: Deciding Game 5 - at home, Wednesday at 9pm Central
Series: 0-0 (Best-of-Five)
Next Up: Game 1 of the Midwest League Championship - at South Bend, Wednesday at 6:05pm Central
Tri-City opened the New York-Penn League Championship at home against State College, and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd on Brian Holberton's sac fly, scoring Brett Booth. State College's Mason Katz tied it up in the top of the 5th on a solo homer, and that's how it stayed, with State College retiring 19 ValleyCats in a row from the 2nd inning until Ryan Dineen's 8th inning walk. In the top of the 11th, Luis Perez singled for State College and a throwing error by Tri-City pitcher Edison Frias in the next AB allowed Perez to score for the go-ahead run, 2-1 State College. Tri-City pitchers have allowed two runs in the last three games (29 innings).
Evan Grills threw 8IP, 2H/1ER, 6K:1BB; Chris Munnelly threw 2IP, 0H/0ER, 2K:1BB, and Edison Frias took the loss with 1IP, 1H/1R (0ER).
Brett Booth had two of the ValleyCats' five hits; James Ramsay (2B), Tyler White (BB), and Chan Moon had your other hits. Ryan Dineen was 0x3 with two walks.
Man of the Match: Evan Grills
Series: Tri-City down 1-0 (Best-of-Three)
Next Up: Game 2 at State College, 6:05pm Central