Around the minors 9.5.12

ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1: St. Lucie forced a winner-take-all Game 3 in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs on Thursday at Digital Domain Park. Adam Kolarek struck out Marcell Ozuna looking to strand the tying run at second base in the ninth. Alonzo Harris Jr.'s single plated T.J. Rivera in the bottom of the seventh to put St. Lucie ahead, 2-1. Jupiter had tied the score a half-inning earlier when reliever Jeff Walters surrendered an RBI double to Terrence Dayleg. St. Lucie starter Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings. Box

LOWELL 5, BROOKLYN 3: Before taking the field for a loss in their regular-season finale, the Cyclones already had qualified for the New York-Penn League playoffs as the wild-card entrant thanks to Batavia's loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Jamestown. The Cyclones will oppose Hudson Valley in Game 1 of a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at Coney Island. The Cyclones were 7-3 against the Renegades during the regular season. Hansel Robles, who led the league and established a franchise record with a 1.11 ERA during the regular season, will start the postseason opener. The right-hander did not allow an earned run in 33 innings in August while going 4-0 in five starts. On Wednesday, Luis Mateo originally was slated to start, but he was held back for Game 2 of the playoff series once Brooklyn clinched. Matt Koch instead started. He was charged with two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Lowell added another run in the fifth. Kevin Heller, a Brooklyn native who attended Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, connected on his first professional homer to make it 3-0. In the bottom half, Jayce Boyd doubled for Brooklyn’s first extra-base hit in 32 innings. He scored when Jorge Rivero also doubled. Jeff Glenn and Richie Rodriguez later worked back-to-back walks to load the bases. Eudy Pina then connected on a two-run double to even the score at 3. The Spinners took the lead for good in the eighth. Paul Sewald (0-2) entered and surrendered a leadoff single to Mike Miller. After a strikeout, a fielding error by Rodriguez put runners on the corners with one out. Jake Davies then delivered a tiebreaking single. Heller homered again in the ninth. Box

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