CAPITAL DISTRICT MABL (ALBANY, NY): CDMABL News: Canes finish season strong, Playoff picture now set

Monday, August 9
Canes finish season strong, Playoff picture now set

After getting swept in a double header against the Knights, the Canes needed 1 victory in thier last 3 games to clinch the #2 seed and a very important 1st round bye.  With a double header against the Black Sox up on schedule on Sunday, the Canes went to work.

 The Canes would send Ryan Williams to the mound to take on DJ Hoagboon from the Sox.  The lefty would run into trouble immediately.  RJ Laurin would lead off with a single, followed up by a Brendan Roberts walk.  Josh Kean would single to load the bases.  After a strike out, Nick Panza would get HBP to score the 1st run of the game.  Tom O'Brien would then draw a walk, followed by a Kyle Babie single and a Jeff Solomon Sac Fly.  Ryan Williams would help himself with an RBI single and after the top of the 1st was over, the Canes were up 6-0.  Williams went to work and K'd 4 of the 1st 6 batters he faced.  The Canes would add 2 more in the 2nd.  Hoagboon would come back out, this time throwing right handed.  Brendan Roberts led off the inning with a HR that hit the trees, but was ruled a double.  Josh Kean then followed with a single to put runners on the corner.  Brian Hoffman would drive one in and Kean would later score on a Panza fielders choice to make it 8-0 Canes. 

The Black Sox would plate a run in the 3rd, when Notar would lead off with a 1 out walk.  Vachon would single and Hoagboon would single later scoring a run.  Williams would battle back to slam the door and keep the lead at 8-1.  The Canes would open things up more in the 3rd.  Jeff Solomon led the inning off with a no doubt HR to right field, then Ryan Williams would follow with a single.  Kean would draw a walk and Hoffman and Panza would add singles to plate 2 more runs.  With an 11-1 lead going into the 4th, the Canes would try to put away the Sox early, but the Sox would get one back.  Preston led off with a 1 out walk and would later score on a Sammy Bottini single.  Needing 1 more run to get to the 10 run rule, the Canes went back to work.  With 1 out, Brendan Roberts doubled and stole 3rd as the pitcher went from the wind up.  Josh Kean would then rip a double to plate Roberts and put the lead back to 12-2.  The Canes would send Panza out in the 5th to close the door.  Panza would give up a walk, but then get the next 3 hitters to seal the 12-2 win. 

Player of the Game:
Josh Kean 3/3 with 3 runs, RBI

Offensive Highlights:
Jeff Solomon 1/2 HR, 2 RBI, Run
Brendan Roberts 2/3 2 doubles, 3 runs, RBI, SB

WP: Ryan Williams 4IP, 2R, 4 K's, 3H

With the 2 seed clinched up, game 2 would feature Steve Huneau against Dave Preston from the Sox.  The Sox would go quietly in the first with Huneau putting up 2 k's in the inning.  The Canes would again get things started early with Laurin and Roberts with back to back singles.  A double steal would put runners at 2nd and 3rd.  With 2 outs, Panza would double to plate the 2 runners and then he would score on a Tom O'Brien single to make it 3-0.  Huneau would run into trouble in the 2nd.  With one out, the Sox would get singles from Hoagboon, DeLuca, Vachon and walks from Notar and Lochner.  A botched pick off play and a drop balled allowed the Sox to score 2 runs and cut the lead to 3-2. 

The Canes would add 4 more in the 3rd.  Josh Kean would lead off with a single, followed by a Brian Hoffman single.  Tom O'Brien would then smoke a double to score both runners and Ryan Williams would single home OB.  Williams would later score to make it 7-2 in favor of the Canes.  Huneau would get through the 3rd and 4th relatively easy before coming out of the game after 4 innings.  In the 4th, RJ Laurin would lead off and steal 2nd and 3rd.  He would later score on a Josh Kean sac fly, but he was ruled to have left early and the run wouldn't count.  In the 5th, the Canes would send Brian Hoffman to the mound to finish the game.  Hoffman would give up a walk and a single, followed by a 2 RBI double from Hoagboon, before settling down to K Bottini.  Hoffman would get the Sox to go 1-2-3 in the 6th and 7th.  The Canes however weren't done yet.  Hoff lead off with a walk, and Panza followed with a walk.  Hoff would later score on a Jeff Solomon RBI walk to make the score 8-2.  In the 6th, the Canes would get even more.  With 1 out, Brendan Roberts hit another HR into the trees.  This one would not count either, as the umpires allowed the Sox to tag Roberts out on his trot to 3rd, saying they didn't see anything.  Kean would then get things started again by walking and Hoffman would follow with another single.  Panza would add an RBI single and the Canes would end up winning 9-2 for the season sweep.

 Player of the game:
RJ Laurin 3/4 2 Runs, 3 SB

Offensive Highlights:
Nick Panza 2/3 Run, 3 RBI

Winning Pitcher: Steve Huneau 4 IP, 2 R, 4 K's, 5 H

With the sweep, the Canes improved to 12-5, while the 2 losses dropped the Sox to 6-12. 

With only 1 meaningless game remaining between the Knights/Canes, the final playoff seedings are set. 

The Knights have clinched the #1 seed and the Canes a #2 seed, both securing a very important 1st round bye. 

The #3 seed belongs to the Mets.  While the Cudas have the same record, the Mets hold the tie breaker with 2 head to head victories over the Cudas.  The Cudas then take the #4 seed.

With the Black Sox losses, the Bombers keep the #5 seed and the Sox get the final playoff spot and the #6 seed. 

1st round matchups will be the Mets vs. Black Sox and the Cudas vs. Bombers.  Check back soon for the Playoff Schedule as playoffs will be starting this week.

Congrats to all teams on a great regular season and lets get ready for some playoff baseball.