Wendle, Sounds Hit High Note
It wasn't an easy season, but the Nashville Sounds finished the 2015 campaign with a solid win over the Omaha Storm Chasers, 6-3.
Second baseman Joey Wendle had the big hit in the game, a three-run homer in the ninth inning that broke open a 3-2 game. The homer was Wendle's 10th of the season. He finished his first year at the Triple-A level with a .289/.323/.442 line. He collected a team-record 42 doubles and he finished in double-digits in homers and stolen bases (12).
James Harris and Nick Rickles each collected their first Triple-A hits. Harris went 2-for-4 with a walk out of the lead-off spot and Rickles had a double and an RBI. Brent Morel had three hits and Craig Gentry had two hits.
In his first appearance since being sent down from Oakland last week, Cody Martin had a strong start. He allowed three hits and two runs in six innings. Martin struck-out seven and walked one. Ryan Brasier and Jim Fuller each had scoreless innings before Angel Castro allowed a run in the ninth before finishing out the game.
Midland Tunes Up for Post-Season with Win
The Midland RockHounds will begin their Texas League title defense this week. They will go into the post-season with the momentum of their 83rd win of the season, a franchise record. Matt Olson homered and doubled in the 6-4 win over Frisco.
Olson went 2-for-3 with his 17th homer of the season and his 37th double of the season. He finished his first season in Double-A with a .249/.388/.438 line and he hit .387 over his last 10 games of the season.
Wade Kirkland hit his fifth homer of the season and he had two hits. Texas League Player of the Week Renato Nunez had a double. He hit grandslams in consecutive games over the weekend and he finished the year with a .278/.332/.480 line and a team-best 18 homeruns despite appearing in just 93 games thanks to a pair of leg injuries. Sean Manaea was named the Texas League's Pitcher of the Week, as the RockHounds swept the weekly awards during the season's final week.
It was a bullpen game from the start for Midland. Jonathan Joseph got the start and he allowed a run in three innings. Kris Hall threw two shutout innings. Ryan Doolittle earned his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
The RockHounds will take on Corpus Christi in the first round of the Texas League playoffs. Game one of the series is on Wednesday at 5:05pm Pacific at Corpus Christi.
Stockton Walks-off in Regular Season Finale
The Stockton Ports walked-off to an 8-7 victory over the Modesto Nuts in their regular season finale. The Ports, who clinched the second seed in the Cal League's North Division post-season bracket, will begin their post-season run on Wednesday against the San Jose Giants.
Playing just his second game since injuring his wrist in late July, Franklin Barreto had three hits, including his 13th homerun of the season. His groundout in the bottom of the ninth scored the winning run. Barreto, who played shortstop, had two RBI and two runs scored. He finished his first season in the A's organization with a .302 average.
The Ports were down 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth when they mounted a huge rally. They scored twice in the sixth and five times in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead. The Nuts tied the game in the eighth, but the Ports rallied in the ninth to earn their 74th win of the season.
Kyle Finnegan was charged with six runs in five innings, but only three of those runs were earned. He allowed just four hits and he walked two. Finnegan struck-out seven. Joel Seddon earned a win with a scoreless ninth.
Beloit Scores Two Late to Earn Season-Ending Win
The Beloit Snappers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally for a 4-3 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits. Jose Brizuela hit a homer (11) and a double (28) to lead the Snappers. Brizuela hit .270/.358/.446 in 109 games for Beloit this season.
Joey Wagman earned the win with a strong six innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. He struck-out seven and finished the year with a 3.91 ERA. Cody Stull had a scoreless seventh and Ryan Gorton finished his first season as a pitcher with another scoreless two inning performance. He struck-out two and extended his scoreless streak in the Midwest League to eight innings.
The Snappers finished their season with a 55-84 record.
Vermont Powers Way to Win over Lowell
The Vermont Lake Monsters scored four times in the seventh and four times in the ninth to earn a 9-7 win over the Lowell Spinners. The Lake Monsters finished the year with a 33-42 record.
Brett Siddall hit a grandslam in the ninth inning. It was his fourth homer of the year for Vermont and his sixth overall. He had three hits and five RBI in the game and finishes his first professional season with a .289/.356/.470 line between Vermont and Arizona.
Trace Loehr had two hits and three RBI, while Tom Gavitt had three hits and Seth Brown had a double and a triple. He was named the Lake Monsters' Tom Racine award-winner as the Lake Monsters' most valuable player.