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Around the Minors: The week of Sept. 20

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
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Tacking on in the Final Stretch The thrilling MiLB home run race between MJ Melendez and Miami's Griffin Conine may have come to a conclusion with the finale of the regular season, however, that doesn't mean that the fourth-ranked Royals prospect is done mashing. Melendez cranked his 40th home run

River Bandits stay alive on Porter's walk-off

High-A Central Championship Series heads to decisive Game 5
September 25, 2021

Sept. 25 With one swing Saturday night, Logan Porter forced a decisive Game 5 in the High-A Central Championship Series.

Hogan's arm sets stage for Biscuits' offense

Proctor plates four as Montgomery forces Double-A South Game 5
September 25, 2021

Sept. 25 Faced with a win-or-go home situation, Montgomery rose to the occasion with arguably its best performance of the year to coast to a 14-2 victory over Mississippi in Game 4 of the Double-A South Championship Series at Trustmark Park on Saturday.

Rodriguez helps Down East stave off elimination

Starter Brecht tosses 6 scoreless innings to lead RiverDogs to first league title.
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Sept. 26 For the first time in the organization’s 41-year history, the Charleston RiverDogs are league champions.

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

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(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

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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
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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.

Omaha skipper Poldberg announces retirement

Poldberg concludes managerial career with over 1,300 wins, including over 400 in seven seasons with Omaha
September 23, 2021

PAPILLION, Neb. – Storm Chasers manager Brian Poldberg announced his retirement from managing on Thursday. Poldberg, 64, has managed the Omaha Storm Chasers since 2014, winning 475 games over seven seasons (2014-pres.). Poldberg ranks second in Omaha franchise history in both wins (475) and seasons (7), trailing only Mike Jirschele

Oklahoma City powers up across the board

September 24, 2021

OKC Dodgers — 12 Las Vegas Aviators — 5 Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 – Las Vegas Ballpark — Las Vegas, Nev. Game Summary: The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored seven runs in the third inning and later hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning on the way to a 12-5 road

Curry's solid start has RubberDucks win from title

September 23, 2021

RubberDucks Game Recap – AA Northeast Championship | Box Score Game 2: Akron RubberDucks (2-0) 8, Bowie Baysox (0-2) 5 WP: Xzavion Curry (1-0) LP: Grayson Rodriguez (0-1) Save: none Summary The RubberDucks scored six runs in the first three innings, while right-hander Xzavion Curry earned his first Double-A win,

Well-balanced Naturals take 2-0 series lead

September 23, 2021

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals rallied for timely hits and blacked up by a strong effort from the team’s relief pitchers, beat the Wichita Wind Surge 5-1 Wednesday night, jumping out to a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five Double-A Central Championship Series. After the game was scoreless through the first

Emeralds near crown after late outburst in Game 2

September 23, 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. – At its best, September baseball has fans hanging on every pitch. That was the case at Avista Stadium on Wednesday night. Entering the ninth inning in a scoreless game, Eugene got three runs with two outs after a controversial walk and those runs were enough to defeat