The Undercards: Renegades Clinch Homefield, Hot Rods Lose Playoff Opener

By Robbie Knopf

It’s September. Every game is crucial for the Rays because you never know which one will make the difference. In the minor leagues, they’re even more important right now as the playoffs are already underway in several leagues and will be starting soon in the others.

Low-A Midwest League Playoffs (Best of 3): Lake County Captains (CLE) 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods 4

Parker Markel picked the wrong time for his first disaster start since July 14th and the Hot Rods fell short in their comeback attempt as they fell behind 1 games to none to Lake County. An Alejandro Segovia RBI groundout gave the Hot Rods the lead in the top of the 1st, but a Jerrud Sabourin RBI single off Markel tied the game in the bottom of the inning. But that was just the start of Markel’s struggles. In the 2nd, the Captains banged out 5 hits on their way to a 3-run inning, scoring on a Jose Ramirez sac fly, a Francisco Lindor RBI double, and a Jordan Smith RBI single. Markel departed after Lindor doubled in another run in the 3rd. Markel lasted just 2.2 innings allowing 5 runs on 9 hits, striking out 2 while walking 3. He fully deserved the Game 1 nod, but this was simply not his night. The Hot Rods mounted a comeback in the 5th inning, with Cameron Seitzer drilling a bases-clearing 3-run double, but 5-4 was the closest the Hot Rods could come as that was the final. Jacob Partridge kept the game close with unbelievable work in relief of Markel, going 5.1 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 and posting a 6-1 groundout to flyout ratio. Seitzer went 2 for 5, Drew Vettleson went 3 for 5 with a run scored, and Todd Glaesmann went 2 for 4 with a double, walk, a stolen base, and a run scored in the loss.

Short Season-A New York-Penn League: Hudson Valley Renegades 3, Tri-City ValleyCats (HOU) 2

It was the regular season finale for the Renegades on Wednesday and they came away with an important win, clinching homefield advantage throughout the New York-Penn League postseason. The Renegades scored all their runs in the game in the 3rd inning as Richie Shaffer smashed a 2-run double and then scored on Ryan Dunn‘s RBI two-bagger. Ian Kendall started and went 3 innings of 1-hit ball, allowing just an unearned run, before Matthew Spann followed with 3 one-run innings, striking out 5 while walking none. Alex Moshier, Jose Alberto Molina, and Kris Carlson worked around a hit each to pitch scoreless frames to nail down the win. Carlson picked a great time for his first save of the season in his 17th appearance for the Renegades. Shaffer went 2 for 3 in the game with his big hit.