Results from the game played Tuesday, November 11th.
A see-saw battle in which the Javelinas blew a late lead ended in a 4-4 tie after 11. With a win by Surprise, Peoria (14-13-3) is tied for first in the West Division with two games to play. Thursday’s season finale will be a head-to-head match-up between the two contenders.
On Tuesday, the Javelinas pushed across one in the third, an inning that pivoted on a successful challenge by the visitors of a call at first of what was initially deemed a double play. Instead, a sac fly by Francisco Lindor (CLE) brought across Bubba Starling (KC) (single). Peoria added two the next frame on Starling’s two-run double to go up 3-0 with nine outs to go.
But Braves’ right-hander Nate Hyatt and southpaw Sam Selman (KC) handed that all over in the seventh. Hyatt retired just one batter, surrendering three runs on three hits, with the final runner crossing under Selman’s watch. Selman got his first batter swinging only to watch Marlins’ shortstop Justin Bohn manage an inside-the-park home run on a line drive down the right field line.
Trailing 4-3, the Javelinas bounced right back, scoring a run in the top of the eighth when catcher Justin O’Connor (TB) singled in second baseman Daniel Castro (ATL) who led off the inning with a double. Peoria had a final opportunity to win it in regulation but Cody Stanley flied out to center in a ninth-inning appearance as a pinch hitter before Lindor grounded out, stranding a runner in scoring position.
Stanley’s pinch hit at bat removed Atlanta’s Kyle Wren from left, necessitating a defensive replacement, which was C.J. McElroy. McElroy took the field for three frames but did not make a plate appearance.
Starter Dylan Baker (CLE) was outstanding holding the Rafters, which have clinched the East Division play-off slot, to a hit and two walks through five. The righty struck out six with the remaining five Peoria hurlers combining for five more K’s. No St. Louis prospects took the mound.
Wednesday’s game: at Mesa (14-14-1), 2:35 pm MST, Jaime Schultz (TB) (2-3, 5.01)
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