Auburn Swept Out Of NYPL Finals

The Staten Island Yankees took a 2-1 decision from the Auburn Doubledays, sweeping the best-of-three New York-Penn League Championship Series two games to none.

Nathan Karns was the losing pitcher, giving up a solo home run to Zachary Wilson in the second inning as one of the two hits he allowed over three innings. He also walked three and struck out four.

Manager Gary Cathcart began to empty the bullpen after lifting Karns, as Manny Rodriguez, Christian Meza, and Alex Kreis each threw a scoreless inning. The offense, however, continued to sputter as they were unable to solve Staten Island’s Matt Tracy. The lefthander shut out the Doubledays over his six innings, allowing three hits and no walks while setting down four on strikes.

Aaron Barrett was the final Doubleday pitcher of the evening and retired the Yankees 1-2-3 in the seventh but two singles and a wild pitch led to the second Staten Island run in the eighth and a 2-0 lead for the Yankees.

Auburn got the run back in the top of the ninth on a Carlos Alvarez single (his second on a 2-for-4 evening), an error that sent Alvarez to third, and a sacrifice fly by Justin Miller. Matt Skole, who reached on the error, never got into scoring position as back-to-back grounders by Angel Montilla and Caleb Ramsey ended the game and the season for the Doubledays.

Including the playoffs, Auburn was 47-33 for the 2011 season, its first as a Washington Nationals affiliate and the best record for a Nats’ New York-Penn League entry since the team was relocated to DC in the 2004-05 offseason.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

5 thoughts on “Auburn Swept Out Of NYPL Finals”

  1. Well, it was fun while it lasted. A much too quick ending this year, feels as if there something left to do .

    Sue, there’s been so much activity here the last week, I think your terrific analysis of the FIL players might be overlooked. You should put a link on the top of your home page for easy access. It’s something that for the next month readers will want to go back to now & then.

    1. Indeed — a lot of the stuff that helped fill the time in the offseason has been pushed out by the PR machinery (both Nats’ and MiLB’s) in rapid-fire motion. I’m looking over what I did last year, and everything seems to be 1-2 weeks sooner.

  2. Sue_D: There’s a poster over on Nats Insider (NatsJack in Fla) who sounds like he lives around Viera & has offered insights on a few of the kids in the past. I wonder if we can sway him over here occaisionally to toss around a few tidbits as well.

    The notes from VladiH (and others) with a strong interest in sharing their info are always welcome, but the more ‘eyes-on’ contributors / commenters we gain, the better, imo. Any thoughts on how to reach out?

    1. Make the suggestion on Mark’s site — best-case scenario, he’s up for the challenge; worst-case, more seamheads make their way here (though there’s quite a bit of overlap already). I’d feel a little funny doing it myself, since Mark has been nice enough to link to my site.

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