Zander Wiel hits two home runs. Ben Rortvedt hits a grand slam. Michael Helman drives in three runs. Tyler Palm pitches well as the E-Twins prepare for the playoffs.
ROCHESTER 4, BUFFALO 1 IN ROCHESTER
Zander Wiel hit a home run in the first to make it 1-0 and hit a two-run homer in the third to make it 3-0.
Wiel was 2-for-4.
Chase De Jong pitched six innings, giving up one run on eight hits and one walk and striking out five. Jake Reed struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk. His ERA is 1.89. Tyler Duffey pitched a perfect inning, striking out one. His ERA is 2.97.
No game scheduled.
FORT MYERS 8, BRADENTON 3 IN FORT MYERS
Ben Rortvedt hit a grand slam in the fourth to give the Miracle a 5-0 lead. Fort Myers had three doubles in a three-run fifth to put the game out of reach.
Rortvedt was 3-for-4 with six RBIs and the grand slam was his fourth home run. Travis Blankenhorn was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk, scoring three times. Jose Miranda was 2-for-4 with a double. Alex Kirilloff was 2-for-5 with a double and is batting .364. Ernie De La Trinidad was 1-for-4 and is batting .313.
Clark Beeker pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk and striking out six. Hector Lujan struck out four in 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up no hits and no walks. His ERA is 2.42.
CEDAR RAPIDS 6, BURLINGTON 2 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
The Kernels scored four in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Michael Helman had a two-run single in the inning.
Gabriel Maciel was 3-for-4. Helman was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. He is batting .375. Ryan Jeffers was 3-for-5 and is batting .306. Ariel Montesino was 2-for-3 with a double. Michael Davis was 2-for-4.
Blayne Enlow struck out seven in five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks. Jose Martinez struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up only a walk. Johan Quezada pitched two shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out one. His ERA is 1.17.
PULASKI 5, ELIZABETHTON 2 IN ELIZABETHTON
It was scoreless through six. The Yankees scored two in the seventh, two in the eighth, and one in the ninth. The Twins scored both of their runs in the ninth and had the tying run up to bat with one out.
Yeltsin Encarnacion was 3-for-5. Alex Robles was 2-for-4.
Tyler Palm pitched five shutout innings, giving up one hit and no walks and striking out four. Austin Schulfer struck out two in a perfect inning. His ERA is 1.58.
This concludes Elizabethton's season. The Twins finished 39-27 and being their playoff series Friday.
PENNANT RACE UPDATE
Fort Myers trails Charlotte by two percentage points, due to the fact that the Stone Crabs have played two fewer games. They are tied if you look at "Games Back". Charlotte is scheduled to play doubleheaders today and tomorrow to make up those two games.
Cedar Rapids is in first place, leading Peoria by 4.5 games with five games to play. The Kernels have clinched a playoff spot.
Elizabethton finished the season 39-27. They won the AL West by seven games. They will play Kingsport in a best-of-three series starting Friday.
6:00 Bradenton (Evan Piechota, 0-4, 5.47) at Fort Myers (Charlie Barnes, 6-6, 2.93)
6:05 Chattanooga (Jorge Alcala, 2-6, 4.34) at Jackson
6:05 Buffalo (Mike Hauschild, 8-6, 4.76) at Rochester
6:35 Burlington at Cedar Rapids (Jhoan Duran, 7-5, 3.91)