Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MINOR details 9/4/12: Mustangs lose, still battling for playoff spot

The regular season has come to a close for Triple-A Louisville, Double-A Pensacola, High-A Bakersfield, Low-A Dayton, and the rookie AZL Reds. Rookie level Billings will play through Thursday, September 6th.

The Bakersfield Blaze made the playoffs and have their first game this weekend. They'll play their first game at home on Saturday, September 8th at 7:05pm local time.

The Billings Mustangs are still fighting for a postseason spot. They are tied with the Missoula Osprey with two games remaining, both against the Osprey at Missoula. The two-game set will decide who goes to the postseason.

Helena 11 Billings 5
Mustangs (42-32, 21-15), T-1st place Pioneer League North --- up
-Ryan Fennell started and gave up two earned runs in two innings. Joseph Housey (L 0-2, 27.00) took the loss, allowing two earned runs in 1.2 innings.
-1B Robert Maddox hit a solo home run (13) and scored twice. RF Jeff Gelalich went 2-4, with a double, a triple, a RBI, and two runs scored. C Fray Sosa knocked in two runs on one hit.
Just for kicks, here are the tie-breaker rules should Billings and Missoula split their two games.

Second-half ties
If two teams tie for the second half title with exactly the same winning percentage, the following tie breaking rules are used to determine the second half champion:

1. Head to head records between the two teams tied during entire season;
2. Won/loss percentage in Division games during entire season;
3. Won/loss percentage in overall play during the entire season; and
4. Coin flip by League President.

Here are the final records and standings of the other farm clubs:

Louisville Bats (51-93), Last place International League West, 38.0 GB

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (68-70, 34-35), 3rd place Southern League South, 4.0 GB

Bakersfield Blaze (72-68, 31-39), 4th place California League North, 8.0 GB
Bakersfield did qualify for the playoffs after winning the first-half title.

Dayton Dragons (60-78, 30-38), Last place Midwest League Eastern, 11.0 GB

AZL Reds (18-38), Last place Arizona League Central, 16.5 GB

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