Pintor's Double Lifts Y'alls to Series-Tying Victory
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Trailing by a run in the seventh inning looking to tie the Divisional series against Schaumburg, Luis Pintor stroked a two-run double down the left-field line to give the Y'alls a 4-3 lead and ultimately the victory at Wintrust Field Wednesday night.
The best-of-five series is now tied at one game apiece and shifts back to Florence for Game Three on Friday, Game Four on Saturday, and Game Five on Sunday (if necessary).
The Boomers had their eyes on a 2-0 series lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead, but the Y'alls put two men on base in the seventh against Schaumburg reliever Darrell Thompson. After one 1/3 innings of relief - including retiring all left-handed batters faced - the southpaw gave Jake Joyce the keys to try to get out of the first and second jam. Instead, Pintor hit a double down the line to score both Andres Rios and Connor Crane.
Pintor's double gave the Y'alls a 4-3 lead, and Karl Craigie (two innings, two strikeouts) and Joe Dougherty (one inning) did not allow a single base runner in three combined innings of work to keep the one-run lead intact. Dougherty earns the save, and Thompson takes the loss.
Florence snagged its first lead of the series in the second inning with RBI hits from Jordan Brower and Crane to take a 2-0 lead. Schaumburg cut the deficit in half in the home half of the inning when Clint Hardy stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. The Boomers took the 3-2 lead in the fifth with two runs (one earned) before Pintor's clutch double in the seventh.
Starting pitchers Geoff Bramblett and Johnathon Tripp worked hard to give as much length as possible for their respective teams considering fast-rising pitch counts for both hurlers. Tripp went five innings and allowed three runs (one earned). He fanned six, walked one, and hit two. Bramblett lasted five 1/3 innings, scattered four hits and two walks, and surrendered two earned runs. Both relievers-turned-starters took a no-decision. Alex Wagner gets the win for the Y'alls thanks to a scoreless sixth inning in which he worked to strand the bases loaded.
Each team will enjoy an off-day on Thursday before the series resumes Friday, September 17, 2021, at Y'alls Ballpark. Edgar Martinez opposes Ryan Middendorf with each pitcher looking to guide his team to a series lead. First pitch is at 7:00p ET, and gates open an hour prior to first pitch.
The Florence Y'alls are Northern Kentucky's professional baseball team, and are proud members of the independent Frontier League, an MLB Partner League. With a purposeful focus on entertaining our fans, the Y'alls provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Y'alls home games are played at Y'alls Ballpark, located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky. The Y'alls return home for the remainder of the Divisional round of the Frontier League playoffs on Friday, September 17, versus Schaumburg. Tickets are on sale now for the rest of the 2021 postseason. More details can be found online at florenceyalls.com or by phone at (859) 594-4487.
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