The Midland RockHounds and the Vermont Lake Monsters dropped one-run post-season games on Wednesday night. Both teams will need to win out to take home titles.
The RockHounds almost pulled off a miracle comeback, but they couldn’t quite complete the task in the 5-4 loss to the Tulsa Drillers. The RockHounds trailed 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth, but they scored three times and had the tying run on third base with one-out in the eighth. Midland was unable to capitalize on that scoring opportunity, however.
The RockHounds had 12 hits, but they grounded into four double-plays. Sheldon Neuse finished a homer short of the cycle and he drove-in two. Max Schrock also had three hits. Tyler Ramirez had two hits and a walk and Jordan Tarsovich singled twice.
Starter Casey Meisner worked in and out of trouble early, but he couldn’t escape the traffic in the fourth inning. He allowed three runs in the frame. Carlos Navas took over with one out and allowed two more runs. That was all the Drillers would manage in the game, but it held up.
Brandon Mann, Tyler Sturdevant, Cody Stull and Nolan Blackwood all had scoreless relief appearances for the RockHounds.
Midland heads to Tulsa down 2-0 in the best-of-five series.
The Lake Monsters engaged in a pitcher’s duel with the Hudson Valley Renegades in Game One of the New York-Penn League finals. Vermont ended up on the losing end in a 3-2, 13-inning defeat.
Vermont had 14 hits in the game, led by Logan Farrar, who doubled and singled twice. Aaron Arruda had a key, two-out triple and he singled. Hunter Hargrove came off the bench and went 2-for-2. The Lake Monsters were just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Jean Ruiz got the start and he allowed two runs in five innings. He struck-out two and didn’t walk a batter. Heath Donica (2 innings) and Josh Reagan (2 innings) kept the Renegades off the board before Oscar Tovar took over in the 10th. He worked a scoreless 10th, 11th and 12th, but he left in the 13th with two-on and one out. Logan Salow recorded one out but allowed the game-winning single to Rays’ 2017 top pick Brendan McKay.
The series heads to Vermont with the Lake Monsters needing to win the next two games to capture their first title since 1996.
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