Down On The Farm: September 13

Will Justin O'Conner be back in the lineup for the last game of the season? credit Jim Donten

Today is it for the Rays affiliates this season. Win or lose, Hudson Valley will wrap up the season tonight, and they have the right guy on the mound.

Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades (3-2) ***Featured game of the day***

Hudson Valley forced a decisive game three in the New York Penn League Championship with a game two 5-2 win over Tri-City. Without a doubt, the biggest hit of the game was in the 8th inning. After erasing a two run deficit two innings earlier, Richie Shaffer stepped up to the plate with two runners on base and smacked a three run homer, his first of the playoffs. In the 6th, not only did Hudson Valley tie the game at two, they got their first baserunners of the game. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Thomas Coyle plated both with a single up the middle. Although Jesse Hahn allowed both ValleyCat runs, he was better than his first postseason start last week. Hahn finished with two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in five innings with four strikeouts. Today, the two teams will play a winner-take-all game three at Hudson Valley for the championship.


Star of the day- Richie Shaffer has had a rough postseason, but his home run erased all of that.

Goat of the day- They won, no need for this.

Today's game (probables courtesy of

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 6:05 PM
Jeff Ames* (1-0, 1.50) v. Brady Rodgers* (0-1, 9.00)

Game two of a best-of-three series, tied 1-1

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
51-25 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 414 R (2nd) .746 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.75 ERA (2nd) 1.17 WHIP (4th)

Top 30 Prospects: RHP Vincent Velasquez (27), RHP Brady Rodgers, SS Jean Carlos Batista, OF Preston Tucker

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