Sunday Farm Report: Jethawks Claim Post-Season Slot for 7th Year in a Row
On the field, things didn't go well for the Jethawks on Saturday. They lost to Lake Elsinore, 5-1.
But, there was no reason for them to complain.
With Rancho Cucamonga defeating Inland Empire 16-2 on Saturday, the Jethawks clinched the second post-season spot for the High-A California League South Division.
And now, for the third year in a row, the Jethawks and Rancho Cucamonga meet in the post-season. The best-of-five series opens at Lancaster on Wednesday and Thursday, and moves to Rancho Cucamonga for the final games.
Rancho Cucamonga won 17 of the 28 games between the two teams this season, inlcuding back-to-back three-game sweeps in mid-August.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (63-75) lost 4-3 at Reno. Daniel Castro (.313) and Jan Vazquez (.228) both had run-scoring doubles. Sam Howard (3-8, 5.06) allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four, in six innings.
AA Hartford (64-71) won 3-0 at New Hampshire. Roberto Ramos (.225), who opened the season with 17 home runs in 60 games at High-A Lancaster, hit his 14th home run in 59 games for the Yard Goats. Omar Carrizales (.221) hit his fifth home run. Frank Duncan (3-4, 4.84) pitched six shutout innings, allowing six hits and a walk, striking out two. Mitch Horaceck (2.08) earned his second save.
High A Lancaster (37-31 2nd half; 70-68) lost 5-1 at Lake Elsinore. Tyler Nevin (.328) was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Antonio Santos (4-3, 5.21) allowed four runs, one earned, on six hits and four walks, striking out two, in six runs.
Low A Asheville (36-30 2nd half; 63-72) won 5-4 against Rome. Todd Czinege (.329) delivered the game-winning home run in the eighth. It was his 13th home run for the Tourists. Nic Motley (.243) had a two-run home run in the three-run sixth. It was his sixth home run. Hayden Roberts (4-0, 1.44) pitched a shutout inning in relief for the win. Tommy Doyle (2.28) struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 18th save. Will Gaddis (5.04) started and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out five, in six innings.
Short-season A Boise (13-23 2nd half; 34-40) won 6-4 against Eugene. Trey Jacobs (.268) delivered a game-winning three-run double in the eighth. Keinter Olivares (2-4, 6.08) earned the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one. Jefry Valdez earned his fourth save. Miguel Ausua (6.02) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out four.
Rookie Grand Junction (40-32) lost 6-5 against Ogden. Ryan Feltner (0.88) started and allowed one run on three hits, striking out five, in four innings. Aneudy Duarte (1-1, 3.00) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out two, in one inning. John Cresto (.267) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and his fifth and sixth home runs.