The Red Wings and GCL Twins keep their playoff hopes alive. If games were eight innings, we'd have had two more wins.
ROCHESTER 5, SYRACUSE 1 IN ROCHESTER
John Ryan Murphy broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fifth and the Red Wings led the rest of the way. Starter David Hurlbut pitched two shutout innings but then left the game due to injury. Omar Bencomo came in and struck out seven in 4.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk. Daniel Palka was 2-for-4 with a home run, his thirteenth. James Beresford was 2-for-4. Murphy's homer was his third. Adam Brett Walker II hit a home run, his twenty-seventh. Byron Buxton was 0-for-4 and is batting .309. Mitch Garver was 0-for-2 with a walk and is batting .306. Rochester remains 3.5 games out of the wild card spot. Their elimination number is four.
MISSISSIPPI 6, CHATTANOOGA 3 IN CHATTANOOGA
Zach Granite singled in a run in the seventh to put the Lookouts up 3-2, but Ozzie Albies tied it with a home run leading off the ninth and the Braves went on to score three more times in the ninth to win the game. Ryan Eades struck out seven in six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Tanner Witt was 3-for-4 with a double. Granite was 2-for-4 and is batting .303. Edgar Corcino was also 2-for-4. Montgomery continues to lead Jackson by a half game, with Chattanooga three games back. If Jackson would overtake Montgomery, the Lookouts would be only one game behind the Biscuits in the overall standings.
FORT MYERS AT PALM BEACH
Rained out. Will be made up as part of a doubleheader today. The Miracle is three games behind St. Lucie and their elimination number is four.
CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS
No game scheduled. The Kernels have clinched a playoff spot and are three games behind Clinton in the division.
GREENEVILLE 10, ELIZABETHTON 8 IN ELIZABETHTON
The Astros led 2-1 after seven. The Twins scored three in the eighth to go up 4-2, the Astros scored seven in the ninth to take a 10-4 lead, and the Twins got four in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run up to bat before falling. Alex Schick struck out five in 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and no walks. Patrick McGuff, who had allowed only four earned runs all season, gave up four in two-thirds of an inning. Caleb Hamilton was 2-for-5 with a grand slam, his second homer. Lewin Diaz was 0-for-5 and is batting .310. Elizabethton has clinched a playoff spot and is two games behind Johnson City in the division race.
GCL TWINS 7, GCL RAYS 4 AT TWINS
The Twins went up 4-0 in the second, had their lead cut to 4-3, but scored three more in the seventh to secure the win. Bo Hellquist struck out six in 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks. Kidany Salva was 3-for-5. Lean Marrero was 2-for-4 with a double. Gorge Munoz was 2-for-5 with a home run, his second. Justin Hazard was also 2-for-5 with a home run. Aaron Whitefield was 2-for-5 and is batting .311. The win moved the Twins into a tie with the Red Sox with two games to play. GCL playoff procedures say that, if there's a tie for first, "The two teams will meet in a one game sudden death playoff to determine the division winner. A coin toss will decide the home team." We assume "one game sudden death playoff" does not mean that the first team to score wins, although that would be kind of cool and would certainly negate home field advantage.
11:00 GCL Rays at GCL Twins
1:15 Mississippi (Lucas Sims, 4-4, 2.52) at Chattanooga (Felix Jorge, 2-4, 4.17)
4:00 Fort Myers (Miles Nordgren, 1-4, 5.08) at Palm Beach (Sandy Alcantara, 0-3, 4.26)
Game 2 Fort Myers at Palm Beach
6:00 Greeneville (Juan Robles, 0-0, 0.00) at Elizabethton (Domenick Carlini, 1-6, 4.37)
6:05 Syracuse (Austin Voth, 7-8, 3.37) at Rochester (Jose Berrios, 10-5, 2.44)
7:05 Cedar Rapids (Sean Poppen, 0-0, 1.00) at Wisconsin (Conor Harber, 3-3, 3.31)