Its the end of the season and that means the beginning of the playoffs in the OMLB. So let’s PLAY BALL! on the second season.
On the second last day of the season the the Cincinnati Reds, get eliminated in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates losing by a score of 3-1. Pittsburgh pitcher and Kalamazoo, Michigan, native Tony Rios led the way. Rios picked up the win for Pittsburgh, going 6.1 innings. He gave up 1 run on 5 hits. He now sports a record of 3-2. With the win, Pittsburgh raised its record to 85-76.
Chas McCormick had a critical at-bat with no one out in the bottom of the sixth for Pittsburgh. He came through with a solo home run to put Pittsburgh in front, 2-0.
“We were so close,” Starting Pitcher Luis Castillo said after the game.
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Cleveland third baseman Nolan Jones had a good game in a losing cause. His team fell, 8-6, to Toronto at Progressive Field. Jones went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double, while scoring 2 runs and driving in 2. Robbie Ray got credit for the win, improving to 13-7. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 2 innings. The triumph puts Toronto at 95-66 for the season and solidly in the playoffs as a Wild Card entry.
Toronto used the bat of Paul DeJong to get the win. The third baseman hammered a 3-run home run in the top of the second inning to put the Blue Jays ahead, 3-2. It was his lone hit in 4 at-bats, but it did its damage.
The Guardians have missed the playoffs 137 times in their 152 years as an OMLB club. “It was another season that we were so close,” said Cleveland shortstop Eric Dunn, he continued, “but hey we miss the playoffs more often then we make them.”
“No truer words have ever been spoken Eric. That’s it for this week folks! Join us again next week for This Week in Baseball, Phillies Edition, Playoff Bound. “