September 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM
9/6 Cup of Coffee: Bryce Brentz hit his first home run for the PawSox, who won the first game of the International League semi-finals, and the Spinners found victory in their final game of the season.
Pat Light allowed only a hit over his 3.0 scoreless innings of work, and the Spinners defeated the Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM), 5-3. The Spinners jumped out to a two-run lead in the third inning when Mike Miller and Mookie Betts pulled off a double steal and Miller ultimately scored on a wild pitch. Deven Marrero hit a sacrifice fly to score Betts. Kevin Heller hit a solo shot in the fifth, but the Cyclones managed to take advantage of Raynel Velette’s control issues in the fifth to tie the game. Jake Davies hit a RBI single to break the tie in the eighth inning, and Heller hit his second home run of the game to give the Spinners an insurance run. The three-run fifth inning was the only hiccup for Velette. All of his hits and earned runs were given up in the fifth; otherwise, he pitched three scoreless innings that would have been perfect had he not hit a batter. Yunior Ortega also pitched 2.0 scoreless innings. The Spinners did not have the pleasure of spoiling the Cyclones' playoff chances as the Batavia Muckdogs (STL) lost their game to secure the Cyclones’ wildcard spot.
Player of the night: Tony Thomas was 3 for 4 on the night, scored two runs, and hit two doubles. Thomas’ doubles paved the way for important innings for the PawSox. Thomas batted .242 on the season in 68 games with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
Photo credit: Tony Thomas by Dave Letizi