This is the final regular-season game recap of the season! Yes, I will be covering the playoffs, where Scranton and Trenton are still alive. I will also do a full season recap at some point as well.
For now, I just want to thank everyone who has read this throughout the season! It seems I have received more readership this year than any year ever, and I thank all of you who have sent me notes on Twitter (publically and privately), Facebook, wherever. It really is appreciated. This has always been a lot of fun for me to do. I do admit that at this time of the year, I am both happy and sad. Sad because I won't be doing these again for several months. Happy because… I won't be doing these for several months!
It has been another fun season – every minor league season has its own story. I think the story of this season is the emergence of several pitching prospects, some of which came out of the blue (Miguel Yajure, Alexander Vizcaino), some of whom lived up to their prospect pedigree (Roansy Contreras, Luis Gil, Deivi Garcia), and… Luis Medina. I am not sure how to categorize him. We were all waiting for him to start showing that he could turn raw talent into something we could sink our teeth into. He was finally able to start putting things together. I am probably leaving some pitchers out – that is not intentional. I am typing without anything in front of me to guide me.
We also had a few bats emerge, including the consistent Canaan Smith and the powerful Josh Breaux. Ezequiel Duran turned his extra-raw game into something that makes us excited to see what he can do for an encore next year.
I will get into more of that at a later date. Thanks again for all your support!
Scranton Railriders (76-65) (Defeated Syracuse, 14-13, to capture the division title and move on to the playoffs. The Railriders were down 7-1 in the 7th inning and 13-6 in the 8th inning. They scored eight in the 8th to take the lead and didn't have any trouble holding it in the 9th)
3B Mandy Alvarez: 1-for-5, RBI, RS, K
He is thrilled they came back again in the 8th! In the 7th, he had a bases-loaded, nobody out situation and grounded into a double play. Alvarez finishes at .270/.324/.417 in 448 AB between here and Trenton with 31 doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs.
SS Breyvic Valera: 0-for-3, SF, RBI, RS, BB
C Kyle Higashioka: 3-for-4, 2B (13), 2 HR (20), 2 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
Scranton was on life support in the 7th. They weren't hitting all day. Higashioka's home run, which only made it 7-2, seems to have woken up the bats. Interestingly, Higashioka would probably be in the Bronx right now if they lost this game. Now, that might be delayed.
PR/CF Terrance Gore: 0-for-0, RS, SB (3)
1B/C Erik Kratz: 2-for-4, 2B (10), 3 RBI, 2 RS, HBP, K
The veteran catcher hit the game-winning two-run double.
LF/1B Gosuke Katoh: 1-for-3, 2 RS, 2 BB
Ends the season on a 6-game hitting streak. He hit .267/.362/.401 in 359 AB between here and Trenton.
2B Wendell Rijo: 1-for-4, 2 RS, BB, K
.258/.325/.438 in 349 AB between here, Trenton, and Tampa. Rijo is only 23 years old, so perhaps there is a little upside here – especially if he is capable of playing some positions.
RF/LF Zack Zehner: 1-for-3, SF, 2 RBI, RS, K
DH Brandon Wagner: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, RS, K
First two career Triple-A hits. He finishes at .179/.290/.280 in 396 AB between here and Trenton. He is off to Arizona once the playoffs are over.
CF/RF Billy Burns: 0-for-2, RBI, RS, 2 BB
RHP Adonis Rosa: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Yep, Scranton fell behind 5-0 before they even came to the plate in the 1st. Rosa is on the 40-man roster so he could be called up – though it is just as likely that he is a cut candidate for someone coming off of the IL.
LHP Joe Mantiply: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, HR
RHP Deivi Garcia: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
A bit of an unsung hero in this game – his three innings seemed to be inconsequential at the time in terms of the game situation, but they turned out to be three huge innings overall.
RHP Brady Lail: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP David Hernandez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
My goodness – how did they ever come back in this game?
LHP Danny Coulombe (W, 3-2): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Does the name look familiar? The Yankees had Coulombe earlier in the season but released him on July 1st. He signed with the Brewers, who recently released him from his minor league deal. He re-signed with the Yankees on August 31st.
RHP Ben Heller (S, 1): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
It may be easy to forget that he is also on the MLB 60-day injured list and a move would need to be made to activate him.