9/22/21 : Minor League Roundup
Recap by Larry Shenk
Regular Season Champions have been crowned in both the Triple-A East and the Triple-A West based on highest overall winning percentage through the originally scheduled championship season that ended on September 21.
Now all 30 clubs will participate in a 10-game Triple-A Final Stretch, a new 10-game postseason tournament. A winner will be crowned across both leagues based on highest overall winning percentage during a 10-game schedule which will conclude on Sunday, October 3.
Triple-A East League
The Buffalo Bisons (71-47) won the Northeast Division Regular Season Crown. Bisons are affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-66) finished fourth. The five-game series in Buffalo started. Wednesday, September 22.
Starting next Wednesday (September 29) the IronPigs will host the third-place Worcester Red Sox (66-52) for five games.
Triple-A Final Stretch, Lehigh Valley at Buffalo
Game #1 (September 22)
IronPigs 3, Bisons 0 (game called 6 ½ innings because of rain)
25-year-old Colton Eastman blanked the Bisons on 5 singles and didn’t walk anyone. It was his longest outing in 14 outings this season. He broke a finger attempting to bunt at Reading on June 11 and didn’t return to the mound until August 14. Tonight was his second AAA start.
Mickey Moniak’s 13th homer gave LV a first-inning lead. Other runs came on a sacrifice fly by Darick Hall in the third and an infield force out by Rafael Marchan in the sixth.
On The Hill (IP-H-R-ER-BB-S0)
RH Colton Eastman, 6-5-0-0-0-4, wild pitch; 69 pitches, 48 strikes. WP (1-1)
At Bat (AB-R-H-RBI)
CF Mickey Moniak, 2-2-2-1, BB, HR (13)
SS Bryson Stott, 1-1-1-0, 2 BB
C Rafael Marchan, 3-0-1-1
RF Adam Haseley, 4-0-1-0
SS Bryson Stott, C Logan O’Hoppe, INF Dalton Guthrie, OF Simon Muzziotti, RHP Hans Crouse, LHP Brian Marconi, LHP Kyle Dohy, RHP Francisco Morales, RHP David Paulino were added from the Reading Fightin Phils . . . C Logan Moore, RHP Zach McAllister and LHP Tyler Alexander, released . . . OF Charles Tilson, INF T.J. Rivera were placed on the development list.
Game #2, 6:05 p.m., Thursday.
Game #3, 6:05 p.m., Friday.
Game #4, 1:05 p.m., Saturday.
Game #5, 6:05 p.m., Sunday