High-A: at Down East 5, Fayetteville (HOU) 4 (8)
SP Noah Bremer: 4.1 IP, 8 H (3 HR), 4 R, 0 BB, 8 SO
RP Cole Uvila: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 SO
RP Mike Matuella: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
CF JP Martinez: 1-3, walk
C Sam Huff: 1-3, double, walk
3B Sherten Apostel: 2-3, HR, walk
RF Yanio Perez: 1-2, HR, walk
LF Bubba Thompson: 0-1, 2 walk, SB
A run down in the 7th, Yanio Perez led off with a first-pitch homer. In the 8th, Yohel Pozo singled home Sam Huff, who started the inning on second. (Unlike the Northwest and Sally Leagues, Down East and Fayetteville used regular season extra-inning rules.) Between them, Sherten Apostel was walked intentionally and Diosbel Arias was hit by a pitch.
Losing 1-0 early, the Woodies answered with three on a JPM single, Huff double and Apostel homer. Noah Bremer cruised until the 5th, when Fayetteville suddenly reclaimed the lead on a single and two homers. Replacing a walk-prone Cole Uvila in the 6th, Mike Matuella stranded three runners and retired all seven batters faced.
High-A: at Down East 2, Fayetteville (HOU) 7 (7)
Best-of-five semifinals tied 2-2
SP Reid Anderson: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 SO
RP Tim Brennan: 1 IP, 2 H 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
CF JP Martinez: 1-3, HR
1B Curtis Terry: 1-3, double
3B Sherten Apostel: 1-2, HR, walk
Uglier than the score suggests. Down East threw 193 pitches (103 strikes, 90 balls) in seven innings, walked nine and hit another. Reliever Jefferson Medina recorded three outs and stranded two Reid Anderson runners in the 4th despite missing on 12 of 19 pitches. The next inning, neither he nor Francisco Villegas could retire a batter until four crossed the plate. Down East was forced to use four relievers in a short game with a deciding Game 5 to follow this afternoon.
Fayetteville starter Luis Garcia faced the Woodies three times in his final four starts: The tally: 17 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 32 SO. Yesterday was more of the same, as he allowed two runs in six innings while striking out ten.
Sherten Apostel, who'd gone cold at the end of the regular season, is batting .455/.538/1.000 in the playoffs.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Myrtle Beach lost Game 2 of the Carolina League finals 3-0. Lewis Brinson singled and doubled, and Jose Leclerc threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
High-A: Alex Eubanks