The Braves were off yesterday and headed to Philly for a weekend tilt against the 4th place Phillies… that feels good to say.
Off to Philly we go! #10 pic.twitter.com/5KYjSssHnd
— Freddie Freeman (@FreddieFreeman5) September 5, 2013
There were minor league playoff games yesterday, but none of it was good news.
Sip stumbles in playoff opener: Mississippi lost 3-2. The M-Braves had the lead a couple of times in this game, but errors in the 4th and 6th innings allowed the tying run to score each time. With one of the best pitchers in minor league baseball on the mound for the opponent in Archie Bradley, the M-Braves were lucky to eek out 2 runs, but they could manage no more. Sip starter Michael Lee pitched great, and probably should have had both of those run marked unearned: 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 2SO. Christian Bethancourt, Tommy La Stella, and Edward Salcedo all collected 2 hits in the game. Jose Martinez drove in both runs for Mississippi, the first with a sac fly, the second on a ground out. Reliever Juan Jaime Jaime gave up the winning run in the 7th inning and was the victim of some seeing-eye singles and a bunt.
The M-Braves will try to beat the Bay Bears tonight in game two with Ian Thomas on the mound.
Hillcats eliminated on 9th inning walkoff: Lynchburg lost 3-2. The Cats were able to grab an early 1-0 lead only to see it eliminated, then a 2-1 lead was erased in the 6th inning, as starter Ryan Hinson struggled with control: 5.2IP, 3H, 2R, 5BB, 3SO, 2WP. Reliever Julio Lugo tossed the final 3 innings, but ran into trouble in the 9th, and there was surprisingly no call to the bullpen. His line was impressive: 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 7SO, but he took the loss when a passed ball allowed runners to advance to 2nd and 3rd in the 9th inning, then score on a single for the walkoff win. With this loss the Cats were eliminated in tough fashion, as they led in both games.