And then there were two. The Montgomery Biscuits and Hudson Valley Renegades remain of the minor league affiliates, as the Renegades kicked off their foray into the playoffs.
Montgomery Biscuits 2, Mobile BayBears 1 (Game 2, 11 innings)
The Montgomery Biscuits tied their series with the Mobile BayBears in extra innings, winning 2-1 in eleven innings.
With the game scoreless into the bottom of the fourth, Mobile struck first, as Ed Easley singled in Matt Davidson. The BayBears loaded the bases with one out, but Kyle Lobstein managed to escape. A force play at the plate and a groundout to second ended the threat, as Mobile took a 1-0 lead.
Oscar Luna tied the game in the top of the seventh, leading off the inning with a home run to knot the score at 1-1. The game remained tied into the top of the eleventh, when Michael Sheridan had a two out infield single, deflecting off reliever Eric Smith. After a walk, Robby Price grounded towards the hole. Fortunately for the Biscuits, the ball deflected off of the first baseman, scoring pinch runner Kevin Kiermaier with the game winning run.
Kirby Yates picked up the victory, giving up one hit and one walk in two innings of work, striking out two batters. Lobstein pitched a solid game, giving up only the one run on six hits and two walks, recording seven strikeouts in six innings. Price, Luna, and Ty Morrison each had two hits in the victory.
Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Hudson Valley Renegades 0 (Game One)
In the opening game of the three game set between the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Cyclones came out on top 4-0.
The Cyclones got the scoring started in the first. With two outs and a runner on third, Jayce Boyd singled up the middle, driving in the run and giving Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. They would expand their lead in the second. Stefan Sabol singled to lead off the inning, and took second on a throwing error. Juan Carlos Gamboa then sacrificed, but Jesse Hahn misplayed the bunt, allowing Gamboa to reach while Sabol took second.
After a strikeout, Jorge Rivero doubled, plating Sabol and putting runners on second and third. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans each had RBI singles, extending the lead to 4-0. Hahn managed to escape further harm, striking out Boyd and getting Kevin Plawecki to groundout, but the damage had already been done.
Hansel Robles cruised through the Renegades lineup, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits and hitting a batter while striking out ten. The Renegades only had two runners on once in the game, putting runners on first and second with two out in the eighth, but were unable to rally any further.
Hahn was roughed up in his start, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, a walk, and a hit batter over four innings of work.