Congratulations are in order for the Greeneville Astros, the first of six Houston Astros minor league affiliates to play in the playoffs this year. After losing Game 1 of a three game Finals series versus Princeton, the Astros rallied in Game Two, aided by Kyle Tucker's second home run of the playoffs, to win 10-8 and set up a pivotal winner-take-all game last night.
Right handed pitcher Erasmo Pinales (1-0, 1.93 ERA, 33 K in 32.2 IP, .188 BAA, 0.98 WHIP) started for the Astros and was opposed by right handed pitcher Eduar Lopez (2-2, 4.13 ERA, 15 K in 24.0 IP, .319 BAA, 1.64 WHIP) in the pivotal third game of the series...and both pitchers were fairly shelled by their opposition.
The Greeneville Astros were able to out-slug Princeton in the finale, winning 8-7 on the strength of Tucker's third home run of the 2015 playoffs, a three run shot in the top of the third which put the Astros back on top, 4-3. Also of note were an RBI double and an RBI single each off the bat of Rodrigo Ayarza, and what would ultimately prove to be the game winning run, which occurred when Ruben Paredes intentionally walked the hot hitting Kyle Tucker but threw a wild pitch in the process, allowing Arturo Michelena to score his second run of the game.
The Astros were able to weather three home runs by Princeton, including two by left fielder Landon Cray, and five total walks - three of which were credited to Princeton's catcher, David Rodriguez, to win the championship.
Here are some images from Tuesday's game:
One championship in the books @GvilleAstros ! Let's keep going!!— Jeff Luhnow (@jluhnow) September 9, 2015