High-A: at High Desert 4, Lancaster 6
High Desert trails best-of-five semifinal 0-1
SP Brett Martin: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 9 SO
DH Jairo Beras: 2-4, triple
1B Carlos Arroyo: 2-4, double
SS Michael De Leon: 0-2, 2 walks
Lancaster's walk-drawing propensity played a key role.
In what might be his final start of 2015, Brett Martin pitched very well until his final two opponents. Martin struck out nine of his first 19 batters and allowed two hits. With one out in the 6th, a Johnny Sewald double and Osvaldo Duarte homer erased High Desert's 3-1 lead. The other run Martin allowed reached on a leadoff walk.
The Mavs would then fall behind while using most of its best relief options. After a clean 7th, Shane McCain walked the first two hitters, and both would score off Nick Gardewine, who allowed a run of his own on three hits. Kevin Vasquez also walked back-to-back hitters in the 9th, but David Ledbetter, normally a starter, struck out two straight to end the threat.
The Mavs scored three in five innings off Elieser Hernandez, who sported a 6.93 ERA during the regular season. In the 9th, Luke Tendler reached on a error, but Juremi Profar grounded into a game-ending double play.
Newcomer Eric Jenkins started in CF over the much more experienced Jose Cardona, who was busy becoming a father.
Jeffrey Springs starts tonight in what could be the last game ever at Heritage Field.
Today is the 15th anniversary of former Texas minor league catcher Vin DiFazio losing his uncle (and childhood baseball coach) Vincent in the World Trade Center attacks. DiFazio returned to affiliated ball with the Dodgers this year after a lengthy absence. He returned to the indy St. Paul Saints
to finish the season.
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)