Saturday, September 13, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
Ortiz, W: 2-5, 1 K
Stavisky: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Conger: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Smith, Cor: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Trumbo: 2-5, 1 K
Pettit: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Austen: (W, 1-0), 8.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3.18 ERA
The Travs took a 2-1 lead in the Texas League Finals, thumping the RoughRiders for seven runs in the second inning, sparked by Corey Smith's solo homer and ending with Hank Conger's two-run double; the Travs sent eleven men to the plate that frame and put away the game early. Brian Stavisky also homered, a three-run shot in the fourth
David Austen, who made 20 starts at two levels (ten each with Salt Lake and Arkansas) pitched perhaps his finest game all year, going eight innings with four strikeouts. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth, facing the minimum despite giving up a leadoff single to Thomas Berkery in the ninth thanks to a double play he elicited from John Whittleman.
The seven run inning was the most scored by any Travs team since joining the Texas League in 1966. Arkansas has won seven of their last eight games going back to the regular season.
Saturday's game has already been postponed due to inclement weather; Dan Denham will pitch game four on Sunday at 6:00 PM CDT.
Townsend: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Smith: 7.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 2.84 ERA
Thorne: 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 7.20 ERA
Kohn: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2.25 ERA
The Owlz got a comeback win in the 13th thanks to regular season league MVP Roberto Lopez, who went 1-for-6 previously in the game. With the fleet Jon Townsend at second, interim manager and third base coach Brent Del Chiaro sent Townsand home. Townsend then barely evaded a sweep tag by Voyagers catcher Mike Grace to score the winning run.
The Owlz nearly lost the game and the series in the ninth when they were trailing 1-0 in a taut pitchers' duel, but Townsend doubled in Tyson Auer from first to tie it. Reliever Dan Remenowsky nearly gave away the game when he walked the next two batters, but he got Lopez to fly out to end the threat. Both sides traded single runs in the 11th, Great Falls on a Mike Grace homer, and Orem on a Beau Brooks RBI double.
Both starters pitched into the eighth, and in the case of Great Falls' Kevin Skogley, completed it. Michael Kohn picked up the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings.