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2021 Triple-A Final Stretch coverage

Keeping up with the end-of-season tournament for the highest level
September 27, 2021

It's a familiar tale He huffed and he puffed and he blew that homer over the Dell Diamond wall in right-center field. Sam Huff homered in his second straight game for the Express on Monday -- netting $50 for Round Rock's charity Austin RBI. The fifth-ranked Rangers prospect, who has

Around the Minors: The week of Sept. 27

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
September 27, 2021

Good to see ya In the last home game of the season for the Triple-A Bees, top Angels prospect Reid Detmers returned to the mound for the first time since pitching for Los Angeles against Cleveland on Aug. 21. In two frames vs. the River Cats, the lefty gave up

Rangel, Jenista lift M-Braves to Double-A South title

Right-hander strikes out eight, allows one run across six innings
September 26, 2021

The Double-A South belongs to the Mississippi Braves. After the M-Braves and Montgomery combined to score 36 runs in Games 3 and 4, the decisive Game 5 ended up being a pitchers’ duel. Led by Alan Rangel’s six one-run innings, the M-Braves clinched their first league title since 2008 with

Quad Cities claim first High-A Central championship

Four hurlers toss two-hit shutout for club's first title since 2017
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September 27, 2021

With no margin for error and its season on the brink, High-A Quad Cities managed to keep its championship hopes alive with a walk-off victory on Saturday. There was far less drama a day later, but the celebration proved to be even sweeter. Four hurlers combined on a two-hitter and

RiverDogs win first title in team’s 41-year history

Brecht posts six zeros to lead the RiverDogs to their first title
September 26, 2021

For the first time in the organization’s 41-year history, the Charleston RiverDogs are league champions. Charleston took Game 5 of the Low-A East finals in dominant fashion on Sunday, winning 9-2 over Down East and limiting the Wood Ducks offense to four hits. Starter Ben Brecht tossed six scoreless frames

2021 Double-A playoffs coverage

Rangel steers M-Braves to Double-A South championship
September 26, 2021

Sept. 26 The Double-A South belongs to the Mississippi Braves. After the M-Braves and Montgomery combined to score 36 runs in Games 3 and 4, the decisive Game 5 ended up being a pitchers’ duel. Led by Alan Rangel’s six one-run innings, the M-Braves clinched their first league title since

2021 High-A playoffs coverage

Quad Cities claim first High-A Central championship
September 27, 2021

Sept. 26 With no margin for error and its season on the brink, High-A Quad Cities managed to keep its championship hopes alive with a walk-off victory on Saturday. There was far less drama a day later, but the celebration proved to be even sweeter. Four hurlers combined on a

2021 Low-A playoffs coverage

Charleston clinches first title -- the Low-A East championship
September 26, 2021

Sept. 26 For the first time in the organization’s 41-year history, the Charleston RiverDogs are league champions.

Around the Minors: The week of Sept. 20

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
September 26, 2021

Sept. 26

Florial belts pair of homers in RailRiders' nightcap

Sears and Boyle shine, Florial goes deep twice in doubleheader
September 25, 2021

MOOSIC, Pa. (September 25, 2021) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders split a doubleheader with the Syracuse Mets on Saturday at PNC Field. The RailRiders won game one 4-0, while they fell in the second game 6-3. RailRiders left-hander JP Sears led the team to victory with a tremendous performance in the

Skeeters' Brown matches career high with 10 K's

September 26, 2021

(EL PASO, Texas) – On a rainy Saturday night at Southwest University Park, the Sugar Land Skeeters were defeated, 3-2, by the El Paso Chihuahuas in game three of the Triple A Final Stretch. The Skeeters moved to 1-2 in their 10-game Triple A Final Stretch slate. El Paso took

Dominant Rolison holds down the fort for Isotopes

September 26, 2021

Isotopes 3 (55-68, 3-0), Aces 1 (69-52, 0-3) – RGCU Field at Isotopes Park | Albuquerque, NM AT THE DISH: Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Brian Serven (16 HR) clubbed a two-run homer before Taylor Snyder (10 HR) made it back-to-back by obliterating a ball 493 feet off the scoreboard

Thomas, Rainiers survive Leyba, Expess in extras

RF Dillon Thomas drives in four runs as Tacoma avoids first four-game losing streak of 2021
September 26, 2021

Round Rock, TX (9/25/21) – The Triple-A West Champion Tacoma Rainiers scored their first eight runs with two out on Saturday during a 13-10 win over the Round Rock Express (63-59, 2-1), and 12 of their 13 runs total crossed with two away. The victory improved Tacoma to 74-49 this

Naylor's walk-off secures Finals sweep for Akron

Cleveland's No. 6 prospect leads way to Double-A Northeast title
September 24, 2021

Bottom of the ninth. Bases loaded. Two outs. Game tied. The moment couldn’t have been any better scripted for Bo Naylor.

Hicklen's slam powers Northwest Arkansas to title

Naturals sweep Double-A Central Finals with 6-2 win over Wichita
September 25, 2021

Brewer Hicklen couldn’t have been happier to sleep on a mattress on the floor of an empty apartment. Hicklen, along with most of his Northwest Arkansas teammates, had packed his bags prior to Sunday’s regular-season finale in anticipation of the season being cut short. Some good fortune against mounted odds

Emeralds claim third championship in five seasons

Murphy, Luciano sparkle for Eugene in title-clinching victory
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September 25, 2021

After missing a chance to sweep the High-A West Championship Series on Thursday, the Eugene Emeralds took care of business on Friday.

Bradenton sweeps way to Low-A Southeast title

Pirates prospect Gutierrez homers twice as Marauders sweep
September 24, 2021

Break out the bottles, Bradenton, it’s time to celebrate. The Marauders completed their three-game sweep of Tampa with an 11-3 victory powered by four home runs, two by designated hitter Abrahan Gutierrez, to clinch the Low-A Southeast title, the second league title in the franchise’s 12-year history, with the first

Matos powers San Jose to first crown in 11 years

Giants prospect Matos homers in series clincher
September 25, 2021

On Friday night, it was all smiles for the baseball teams in the Bay Area. After the San Francisco Giants reached the 100-win threshold, their Low-A affiliate, the San Jose Giants, clinched the Low-A West title for the seventh league title in the organization’s history with a 7-2 win to

Pass the mic: Patriots' Paul Spychala moves on

Somerset PA announcer reflects on 23 joyous seasons in the booth
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September 24, 2021

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, New Jersey -- TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, hosted its first game on June 7, 1999. Paul Spychala made his debut as the team's PA announcer that evening, beginning a 1,396-game run that came to an end on Sept. 12. After 23 seasons, six Atlantic

Podcast: Wrapping up Wichita's debut season

September 24, 2021

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Fuentes' grand slam caps Isotopes' ninth cycle

Rockies prospect tripled in first, singled in third, had RBI double in fifth, capped day with grand slam in sixth
September 24, 2021

Isotopes 13 (53-68, 1-0), Aces 5 (69-50, 0-1) – RGCU Field at Isotopes Park | Albuquerque, NM AT THE DISH: Joshua Fuentes hit for the ninth cycle in team history. He tripled in the first, singled in the third, had an RBI double in the fifth, and capped it with

Mead keys Hot Rods' win in High-A East opener

Rays' No. 14 prospect Mead keys rally with RBI single in ninth
September 23, 2021

After the first two games of the High-A East Championship Series were postponed because of rain, Bowling Green and Greensboro really came ready to play. In a game with eight different ties and lead changes, 14th-ranked Rays prospect Curtis Mead’s go-ahead single in the ninth inning ended up making the

Castro belts first two Triple-A homers for Indy

All three of Castro’s Triple-A hits have gone for extra bases
September 23, 2021

PAPILLION, NEB. – Rodolfo Castro’s two-homer night wasn’t enough as the Indianapolis Indians lost the second game of the series to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday night, 5-2.