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The Oneonta Tigers were rained out Friday at Tri-City in the New York-Penn League.

Oneonta General Manager Andrew Weber said the makeup date is tentatively Aug. 1 at Tri-City. Oneonta visits Tri-City two more times this year _ Aug. 1 and Aug. 3.

The O-Tigers and ValleyCats (9-22) play three more games this weekend, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday with the annual game during Hall of Fame Weekend at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

The teams then play a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Sunday at Damaschke Field.

Oneonta (18-13) leads the Stedler Division by a half-game over Vermont (19-15), which beat Lowell, 4-1, Friday night. Lowell (17-17) is in third place, trailing the O-Tigers by 2.5 games. Tri-City trails by nine games

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A grand finale

By P.J. Harmer

Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ John Murrian's first walk-off home run turned out to be good fortune for the Oneonta Tigers.

Murrian hit a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the O-Tigers rallied for a 9-5 win Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 728 at Damaschke Field.

Murrian hit an 0-2 curveball over the left-field wall off Vermont closer Clayton Dill and was mobbed at home plate by his teammates.

"I don't know, man. I just saw something and hit it," he said. "I really don't know. I wasn't thinking too much. ... I just got a good pitch. It's great, but at the same time, I'm more excited about this win. That shows how hard this team fights and how much we want to win."

The O-Tigers (22-14) opened a four-game lead over Vermont (19-19) and Lowell (19-19) in the Stedler Division. Tri-City beat Lowell, 9-3, Tuesday. Oneonta visits Vermont at 7:05 tonight for the start of two games on the road. The O-Tigers then return home to meet the ValleyCats (12-25) at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

Oneonta trailed, 5-4, entering the ninth. Though the glitz and glamor might fall on Murrian, Luis Palacios arguably had the biggest hit of the inning for Oneonta. Facing Dill, Vermont's closer who had six saves and a 1.23 ERA, Palacios lined a double to center on a 1-1 pitch to start the inning.

"Let me tell you, Palacios' double to start it against their closer was as big of a hit as any of them," O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said. "That was huge. Huge."

Carmelo Jaime then executed a text-book sacrifice bunt toward the third-base side to move Palacios to third.

Leadoff hitter Jamie Johnson responded by lining a triple over Vermont left fielder J.P. Ramirez, scoring Palacios to tie the score at 5.

Vermont manager Jeff Garber then elected to load the bases by intentionally walking Michael Rockett (2-for-3) and Rawley Bishop (1-for-3).

"(Dill) made a great pitch that first pitch with a curveball and I was thinking fastball the whole way," Johnson said. "I was hoping he was going to come back with the fastball right there and he did. I was lucky to get good wood on it and squared up and the ball traveled a little bit."

Bushong said if the situation had been reversed, he would have walked the bases loaded.

"They did exactly what we would have done," Bushong said. "They did the right thing, too. Look at who is coming up. You have to take your chances at (Murrian) maybe hitting a one-hopper at somebody or something like that. They did everything exactly how I would have done it."

Murrian, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a homer in Oneonta's 5-4 victory over the Lake Monsters on Monday, fouled off the first pitch from Dill on a check swing. He then watched a curveball for a strike.

Dill came back with the curve and Murrian's hit was a no-doubter as it left Damaschke Field. It was Murrian's third homer of the season.

Said Johnson: "Right when that ball was hit, there was no question about it. Getting a win like this, you can't ask for anything better."

Murrian, who finished 1-for-5, said the walk-off home run was the first he'd hit at any level.

"He stayed aggressive and kept believing in himself," Bushong said. "That's one of the things we're trying to teach these kids is to believe in themselves and trust themselves and that they can hit with two strikes. It was one of those dream at-bats and a fantastic job on his part."

Oneonta also won its second-straight come-from-behind game.

"We don't get that many fans, but the ones who show up are getting their damn money's worth," O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said. "Anytime Vermont's in, they can count on it. They play as hard as our kids. I can't say enough about our guys. We're in every ballgame. Our kids do not quit, period. They keep battling and competing. You can't do anything but tip your cap to them. That was a fantastic finish."

Things looked bleak early for Oneonta as the Lake Monsters opened a 5-1 lead through the top of the eighth.

But Oneonta chipped away in the bottom half of the inning.

Johnson and Rockett each had singles to put runners on first and second. Bishop then singled to left and the ball skipped off Ramirez to the wall as Johnson and Rockett each scored on the error as Bishop reached third. After Murrian hit a come-backer, Bishop scored when Alexis Espinoza grounded out to short.

"(Bushong) tells us we never give up and I think that's what we want to be known about us," Johnson said. "We want to be known as a team that never gives up and always fight back. We showed it again tonight that we don't give up until the end."

Adam Wilk had another strong outing for Oneonta, throwing 7 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs on six hits, striking out six and walking two. Jose Ortega (1-0) followed with 1 2/3 innings to earn the victory, giving up one hit. He struck out two and walked one.

"Wilk's job was solid," Bushong said. "Every outing he gives us is solid. And Ortega tonight was very good. That is even bigger for me. Wilk has been solid. Ortega has been up and down. To give us that effort, Ortega was outstanding."

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O-Tigers lose one to rain

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Now, the Oneonta Tigers' schedule is down to 75 New York-Penn League games, and they're more than halfway home.

The O-Tigers (23-15) have the highest team batting average (.258), the most road victories (13) and probably lead the 14-team league in rainouts as well.

For the sixth time this season, the Oneonta Tigers were rained out as their game Friday against the Tri-City ValleyCats at Damaschke Field was canceled.

It marks the fourth time this season an Oneonta/Tri-City game has been rained out and because they don't meet again after Monday, the game will not be made up.

The Stedler Division-leading Tigers, leaders by three games over second-place Lowell, will play a doubleheader at Tri-City, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Oneonta will host the ValleyCats in a regularly-scheduled game before completing a game that was suspended July 11 at Damaschke Field. Tri-City will have a 6-4 lead two outs and the bases empty with Erik Castro batting in the top of the seventh inning when the game resumes.

The teams complete their season series at 7 p.m. Monday at Tri-City. But Major League Baseball rules state that a team cannot play three doubleheaders in a seven-day period.

Oneonta played a doubleheader at Vermont on Thursday and it plays a doubleheader Saturday at Tri-City, so the teams can only play once Monday.

On Thursday night, Oneonta had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss at Vermont in the second game of a doubleheader. The Tigers won the first game, 3-1.

In the nightcap, the O-Tigers tied the score at 1 with a run in the top of the seventh. Eric Roof walked with two outs and was replaced on the bases by Carmelo Jaime.

Luis Palacios followed with a double to left that scored Jaime.

But Vermont answered with a run in the bottom of the inning off losing pitcher Wade Kapteyn (1-2).

Francisco Soriano reached on a bunt single toward first with one out.

He advanced to second on Jay Sferra's single to left and then stole third. Soriano scored on Sean Nicol's bunt single to the first-base side.

Oneonta's Rawley Bishop had his 16-game hitting streak snapped. Bishop went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch.

Palacios had two of the Tigers' five hits.

Roster moves

Right-handed pitcher Jeff Gerbe was placed on the disabled list with a lower-back injury, O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said. Gerbe, the opening-day starter for the O-Tigers, is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA this season.

Oneonta has also added Jose Diaz to the roster. A 6-foot, 160-pound righty, Diaz went 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA with the Gulf Coast League Tigers. In 36 1/3 innings pitched, he gave up 25 runs (21 earned) on 37 hits. He struck out 32 and walked six.

Bushong said Diaz almost joined the O-Tigers right out of extended spring training.

"He did a pretty good job (at extended)," Bushong said. "He's pitching well now. Hopefully he'll help."

Bushong said Diaz could be used as a starter or a reliever

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O-Tigers take two from ValleyCats on Saturday

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Luis Palacios hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of the first game and Eric Roof contributed a grand slam in the second game to lead the Oneonta Tigers to a New York-Penn League sweep Saturday at Tri-City.

Palacios' homer _ his first of the season _ capped a three-run ninth inning as Oneonta won the first game, 5-2. Roof's grand slam _ his second of the season _ highlighted a five-run third inning in the Tigers' 8-1 victory in the second game.

Oneonta (25-15) took a four-game lead over second-place Lowell in the Stedler Division standings.

In the first game, Michael Rockett's third homer this season, a shot to left with one out in the sixth inning, tied the score at 1 in the scheduled seven-inning game.

The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the eighth, when Palacios singled to left to lead off, went to second on a sacrifice by Carmelo Jaime and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Jhonny Medrano that allowed Rawley Bishop to reach base with two outs.

Tri-City tied it in the bottom of the inning.

Jacob Goebbert singled to center off Kenny Faulk to start the ValleyCats' at-bats.

After an out, Erik Castro reached on a fielding error by left fielder Rockett as pinch-runner Ben Orloff scored the tying run.

Oneonta's ninth started when another Medrano throwing error allowed Wade Gaynor to reach second. Gaynor went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Keith Hernandez's single to right. Palacios followed with his homer to left off losing pitcher James MacDonald.

Faulk pitched a scoreless ninth to improve to 1-1.

Rockett went 4-for-4 in the second game to lead a 13-hit attack and raise his batting average to .346.

John Murrian's RBI single to left scored Rockett with the game's first run in the first inning. It stayed that way until the third, when Rockett and Rawley Bishop led off with singles to left.

Losing pitcher Douglas Arguello's wild pitch moved the runners up a base before Murrian walked to load the bases. Gaynor then singled off reliever Max Fearnow to score Rockett to make it 2-0.

Roof then hit his grand slam to right-center to make it 6-0.

Bishop's RBI double in the fourth increased Oneonta's lead to 7-0 and Jamie Johnson's RBI double in the sixth gave the Tigers an 8-0 lead.

Bishop had three hits and Roof finished with two.

Winning pitcher Mike LaLuna (2-3) allowed two hits over five scoreless innings.

He struck out four and walked four. Michael Torrealba threw the final two innings, allowing one run on two hits.

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Tigers ugly in 5-3 loss

By P.J. Harmer

Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ There were no excuses coming out of the Oneonta Tigers' locker room Tuesday night.

The O-Tigers committed three errors and couldn't get into an offensive flow in losing, 5-3, to the Jamestown Jammers in a New York-Penn League game in front of an announced crowd of 773 at Damaschke Field.

"When you get hit as hard as we did, that will happen," O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said. "Then on top of that, we had a couple chances and we didn't take advantage of them. You have to play the game the right way and we didn't play it the right way tonight.

"... By now you ought to be close to being on autopilot for basic baseball stuff," he said. "We didn't play good baseball and when you don't play good baseball, you're supposed to get beat. We were poor tonight. We were poor on the mound. We were poor defensively. ... I give them credit. They did a good job of shutting us down."

The O-Tigers (26-18) remained in first place in the Stedler Division, leading Lowell (24-21) by 2 1/2 games. The Spinners beat Hudson Valley, 10-1. Vermont (22-23), which lost, 4-3, to Auburn, remained 4 1/2 games back.

Oneonta continues its three-game set with the Jammers (17-29) at 7:05 tonight and 7:05 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers then host the Staten Island Yankees for a three-game set, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

"That's all we can play for now is to win the series," Bushong said. "If we do that, it will be a success. But we have to do that. We have to play better and have to play smarter. That's up to the players. At this time of year, it's the players' game. We'll still work on little things, but it's the players' game now. We spent a lot of time teaching. It's time for them to execute come game time. They've been doing it, so we expect them to do it again."

Jamestown, which is last in the six-team Pinckney Division, scored three unearned

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runs with two outs off losing pitcher Jose Siso (0-1) in the fifth inning to snap a 2-all tie.

Chase Austin hit a dribbler to first baseman Rawley Bishop that should have ended the inning, but Siso, who was covering first, couldn't handle an accurate flip from Bishop and dropped the ball, allowing Austin to reach on the error.

Kyle Jensen followed with towering double to the base of the wall in left-center field, scoring Austin to make it 3-2. Ricky Orton then double to left, scoring Jensen for a 4-2 score.

Robert Taylor closed out the scoring with an RBI single to left. Taylor was out on the play when third baseman Wade Gaynor cut off the throw home and threw to second baseman Chris Sedon, who tagged out Taylor.

The Tigers got one back in the sixth. Alexis Espinoza led off with a triple to center. After Luis Palacios lined out to shortstop and Gaynor struck out swinging, Jim Gulliver hit an opposite-field single to left to make it 5-3.

Oneonta had more chances over its final three at-bats. The Tigers left a runner on second in the seventh, stranded men at first and third in the eighth, and at first in the ninth.

"They kept us off-balance pretty well with a lot of off-speed pitching and we were kind of getting ourselves in trouble by swinging at bad pitches," said Bishop, who finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. "... Most teams have been challenging us with fastballs. It seemed like mostly tonight they were mixing up more off-speed pitches, so we're going to have a better understanding of that going into these next two games and have different approaches."

Oneonta's best chance came in the eighth.

Espinoza singled to right and Palacios reached when Jamestown shortstop Chris Wade bobbled a grounder for an error, putting runners on first and second with no outs.

Gaynor followed and Bushong opted to not bunt. Gaynor flied out to right.

"We're trying to get him going. Did (bunting) cross my mind? Yes," Bushong said. "... If you want to question that, you have every right to, there's no doubt. At the time, I was taking my chances."

Gaynor, who was selected by Detroit in the third round of this year's First-Year Player Draft, came into the game hitting .185.

"At some point, Gaynor's going to break out," Bushong said. "I don't know when. Whether it's this year, whether it's next spring, whatever. He's going to break out and be a very good hitter. We keep hoping it's going to be pretty quick now. It will happen. He works too hard and he's too good of a player and too good of an athlete. We were hoping for something to happen there."

Gulliver then grounded to short and Palacios was forced out at second. Jamestown's Stephen Richards got out of the jam by striking out Sedon.

The Jammers opened the scoring in the third, scoring two runs with two outs off Siso.

Jose Ceballos doubled down the third-base line and Erik Kanaby followed with an RBI single to right. Espinoza's throw home was off-line, allowing Kanaby to reach second.

Chase Austin then singled to center, scoring Kanaby. Jamie Johnson's throw home sailed high over catcher John Murrian and to the backstop. Murrian had to track the ball down because Siso didn't back up the play. Austin ended up at third, but Siso got out of the inning when Jensen grounded out to third.

"We shouldn't have thrown to home plate and we overthrow and the pitcher doesn't back up," Bushong said. "Those are little things that at this time of the year are pretty much inexcusable.

Oneonta tied it in the second on RBI singles from Bishop and Murrian.

"I know this, we didn't play well," Bushong said. "And when you don't, it doesn't matter what you do. We didn't play smart. That's what we've been doing. Even in a couple games that we've gotten beat, we didn't make stupid mistakes. We didn't get a run across or something like that. (Tonight) we made stupid mistakes."

NOTES: The Oneonta Tigers will recognize the Oneonta Legion team tonight. The Green Wave, who won their first District Six championship this season, competed at the state tournament where they went 0-2. Coach Mike Jester is scheduled to throw out the first pitch. ... O-Tigers General Manager Andrew Weber said there will be two first pitches tonight _ Colgate hockey coach Don Vaughan will be the second.

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O-Tigers suffer 'embarrassing' loss

By P.J. Harmer

Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ Just when things started to look up for the Oneonta Tigers on Wednesday, they went sour.

The Jamestown Jammers took advantage of three walks during a four-run sixth inning en route to a 12-5 New York-Penn League victory over the O-Tigers in front of an announced crowd of 696 at Damaschke Field.

Oneonta (26-19) lost its second straight to the Jammers (18-29), who entered Wednesday tied for last in the Pinckney Division with Auburn.

"We put up almost as many hits as they did, it's just they got the key hits at the right time with the right guys on base and we spread ours out," Oneonta center fielder Jamie Johnson said. "It wasn't the best night for us."

The O-Tigers remained in first place in the Stedler Division, but saw their lead shrink to 1 1/2 games over Lowell, which beat Hudson Valley, 6-3. Vermont (23-23) trails by 3 1/2 games after a 14-7 win at Auburn.

Oneonta finishes a three-game set with Jamestown at 7:05 tonight. The O-Tigers then host Staten Island (26-21) for three games, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

Luis Sanz (2-2, 3.74 ERA) is set to pitch tonight for Oneonta.

"We need a stand-up performance on the mound," O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said. "We have the guy we would want to be out there (tonight) in Sanz. We'll see if that helps. We also have to make the plays and we also have to swing the bats. We have to keep swinging the bats. Sometimes you have to outscore them.

"... We're in a funk. We've been in a funk before and we bounced out of it and we've come back and played real well," he said. "Hopefully, we can get out of this thing pretty quick because it doesn't do anything but get tougher. Our schedule is brutal from here on out."

Oneonta seemed well on its way to outscoring Jamestown on Wednesday.

Trailing, 3-2, entering the fifth inning, Oneonta's offense came to life.

Jamie Johnson led off with an opposite-field triple to left and scored when Michael Rockett grounded out to first, tying the score at 3.

After Rawley Bishop popped out to shortstop, John Murrian followed with a triple to center. Alexis Espinoza then hit Oneonta's third triple of the inning _ this one going to right-center _ scoring Murrian for a 4-3 Oneonta lead. Jamestown avoided further trouble when relief pitcher Joseph O'Gara came in and struck out Wade Gaynor swinging to end the inning.

Things quickly unraveled for Oneonta in the top of the sixth.

Starting pitcher Jose Diaz walked Chase Austin to lead off the inning. That prompted Bushong to call for Jose Ortega, who got Kyle Jensen to bounce out to second as Austin moved to second.

Ricky Orton then walked to put runners on first and second. Dustin Dickerson followed with a roller between first and second. First baseman Bishop made the grab as he ran toward second, turned and threw to Ortega covering, but Ortega dropped the ball and was charged with an error to load the bases.

"We got our tails whipped," Bushong said. "... We take the lead and that's when the walk parade starts and that's inexcusable. That's just totally inexcusable. We just got done working on pitcher's covering first base today and we drop a ball. We gave it away."

Chris Wade reached on a soft single to left, scoring Austin to tie it at 4 and the bases remained loaded. After Orton scored on a wild pitch from Ortega for a 5-4 lead, Robert Taylor lined a single to left, scoring Dickerson and Wade to make it 7-4.

"This is a big ballpark," Taylor said. "Both teams ran into some balls that were out over the plate and when you run into mistakes like that, (hits are) going to happen, especially in a ballpark like this.

"I was looking at the scoreboard throughout the game and the Tigers at one point had like nine hits to our five and we had a few more runs," he said. "They have been pitching well and obviously their record shows it. They got a little unlucky tonight and put a few guys on and we got some hits."

Jamestown scored two more in the seventh on back-to-back triples from Jensen and Orton and an RBI groundout from Dickerson.

Oneonta got its final run in the seventh on an RBI single from Gaynor.

Zach Moore had an RBI single and Taylor a two-run single to close the scoring for Jamestown in the ninth.

The teams combined for six triples.

Johnson and John Murrian each had three hits for Oneonta and both fell a home run short of a cycle.

Ortega (2-3) suffered the loss for the O-Tigers.

"We should have had a shot (tonight), no doubt," Bushong said. "Our pitching was poor. There's no question about that and I'm not denying that. ... Tonight was embarrassing, in my opinion. Hopefully, things bounce back. That's the great thing about pro ball. You bounce it back and play it again tomorrow. Hopefully, we can turn things around. We'll find out."

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Tigers avoid sweep

By Rob Centorani

Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ In front a sparse turnout generously announced at 501 Thursday night, Luis Sanz gave the Oneonta Tigers a start the Stedler Division leaders desperately needed.

Sanz (3-2) struck out eight and allowed one run over six innings to lead the O-Tigers to a 6-1 victory over the Jamestown Jammers at Damaschke Field.

Throw in a mammoth first-inning home run by Rawley Bishop, a pair of hits and three runs scored by No. 9 hitter Carmelo Jaime and Oneonta easily avoided a three-game sweep by the Jammers (18-30).

"It was something we needed so bad," O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said of a victory that followed a string of four losses in five games. "We've been struggling. We haven't been struggling scoring runs, we've been struggling on the mound."

But not Thursday, as Sanz, along with relievers Michael Torrealba and Kenny Faulk, combined for 14 strikeouts while limiting a Jammers squad that had scored 17 runs in winning the first two games of the series to five hits.

The Tigers (27-19), division leaders by 1 1/2 games over second-place Lowell (26-21), play host to the Staten Island Yankees for a three-game series beginning at 7:05 tonight. Right-hander Cory Hamilton (3-2, 2.08 ERA) will start tonight for Oneonta against the 26-21 Yankees.

Though the right-handed Sanz has a live fastball and a sharp-breaking curveball, it was his ability to locate his pitches and set hitters up Thursday that contributed greatly to his success.

Tigers catcher Keith Hernandez rarely had to move his glove.

"I felt I was pretty consistent tonight," Sanz said through an interpreter. "I wanted to stay away from 3-1 counts and just put the ball consistently in the strike zone."

That plan worked well as Sanz threw 61 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

"This guy knows what he's doing out there," Bushong said of Sanz, who walked one and hit a batter, "and he's not afraid. He has no fear. He goes after hitters.

"Now that he's not overthrowing anymore, he's pitching and I think he's one of the better pitchers in the league," he continued.

Perhaps his best inning came in the fifth.

After Kyle Jensen led off with a lined single to left, Sanz struck out clean-up hitter Ricky Orton on an inside fastball. He then caught Robert Taylor looking at an inside curveball and ended the inning by getting Chris Wade to chase a low fastball on the outside corner.

"With (Adam) Wilk gone, he's our No. 1 guy," Bushong said of Sanz. "We turned to him tonight and he was fantastic, and it was great to see Torreabla and Faulk go out there and challenge hitters. We only had three three-ball counts."

Oneonta's hitters continued to show why they're the No. 1 hitting team in the league, getting nine or more hits for the fourth straight game.

Bishop got things started with his team-leading fifth homer of the season, turning on an inside fastball from losing pitcher Kenny Fernandez and sending the ball over a pair of tall trees that stand behind the left-field fence.

"I was just trying to stay quick to the ball," Bishop said. "I tried to get the big part of the bat on the ball and luckily it went out."

Added Bushong: "That was one of those monster shots right there. That was a no-doubter. Rawley's been that kind of guy for us. We kind of expect things like that from him."

Oneonta tacked on a run in the third, two more in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth innings.

The switch-hitting Jaime pulled a single to right to start the third. After flyouts by Jamie Johnson and Michael Rockett, Bishop reached out and lifted a soft, opposite-field single over first baseman Orton that sent Jaime to third. John Murrian then hit what appeared to be a routine bouncer to third, but Jamestown's Chase Austin retreated on the ball as it skipped off his glove for an error that allowed Jaime to score for a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers scored twice on wild pitches in the fourth inning.

Hernandez led off with a double that hit halfway up the Wilber National Bank sign in left. A Jim Gulliver groundout to first sent Hernandez to third. On the first pitch to Jaime, Hernandez threw a breaking ball that bounced on the plate, caromed off catcher Jose Ceballos and into Oneonta's dugout as Hernandez scored easily.

Jaime followed with a triple to the gap in right-center field that ended Hernandez's night.

Reliever Ramon Benjamin then made two mistakes on his first pitch. He threw a fastball that got past Ceballos for a wild pitch, but the ball bounced off the concrete base of the backstop. The ball came back toward Ceballos, but Benjamin did not cover home. Ceballos was a step late as Jaime slid in to make it 4-0.

A two-out triple to left-center by Espinoza followed by a bloop single from Wade Gaynor increased Oneonta's lead to 5-0 in the fifth.

Jamestown got a run back in the sixth, when Chase Austin tripled to right and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Jensen. Espinoza took a poor angle on the triple and misplayed the a sinking, opposite-field liner, which skipped under his glove.

But the Tigers scored again in the bottom of the inning.

Jaime fouled off several tough pitches before working out a walk in a nine-pitch at-bat with one out.

"He's been doing that for us ever since we've given him the opportunity to play," Bushong said of second baseman Jaime, who also made a difficult leaping catch on a liner off Jose Torres' bat for the second out in the ninth. "He's earned the right to play on a regular basis now. He's been outstanding."

Johnson followed with a single to right that sent Jaime to third. Jaime then scored his third run of the night on a sacrifice fly to center by Rockett.

"We're swinging the bats well and I hope that continues," Bushong said, "because the Yankees have the best pitching staff in the league."

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Tigers blown out at home

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Oneonta Tigers pitchers allowed 18 hits, their fielders committed three errors and their offensive mustered six hits.

It all added up to a 12-5 New York-Penn League loss to the Staten Island Yankees on Friday before an announced 727 fans at Damaschke Field.

It marked the fifth loss in seven games for the Tigers (27-20), who saw their lead in the Stedler Division shrink to a half-game over second-place Lowell (27-21), which defeated Batavia, 5-2, Friday.

The Tigers and Yankees continue their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Damaschke Field.

Three Staten Island players finished with four hits _ leadoff man Francisco Santana (4-for-5), No. 2 hitter Zoilo Almonte (4-for-6) and No. 5 hitter Michael Lyon (4-for-6) _ and designated hitter Justin Milo drew five of the seven walks issued by Oneonta pitchers. Santana, Almonte and Lyon combined for eight RBIs and seven runs scored.

Tigers starter and losing pitcher Cory Hamilton (3-3) went four innings, allowing two runs _ one earned _ on five hits. He struck out one and walked three. Wade Kapteyn relieved and allowed five runs _ four earned _ on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings. Jose Ortega relieved Kapteyn and gave up five runs and three hits while walking two.

Oneonta scored twice off winning pitcher Sean Black (3-0) in the fifth to pull to 3-2.

Alexis Espinoza walked and went to second on a single to right by Wade Gaynor. Matthew Mansilla's sacrifice bunt moved both runners up and Espinoza scored on Jim Gulliver's sacrifice fly to center. Carmelo Jaime followed with an RBI single to left.

In the sixth inning, Staten Island plated two runs against Kapteyn. Santana and Almonte each singled with one out and moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Kyle Higashioka's followed with a two-run single to center to make it 5-2.

A throwing error by third baseman Gaynor helped Staten Island score in the seventh.

Carmen Angelini singled to left. Emerson Landoni then grounded to Gaynor, who threw wildly to second as both runners were safe.

Santana followed with a single to right that scored Angelini. On the play, Tigers right fielder Michael Rockett threw to cutoff man Rawley Bishop, who threw out Landoni at the plate to keep the score at 7-2.

Four walks by Michael Solbach helped the Tigers to a run in the seventh.

Mansilla led off with a walk. After Gulliver struck out, Jaime and Jamie Johnson walked to load the bases.

Michael Rockett followed with a popout to right before Bishop walked to force in Mansilla to make it 7-3.

Griffin Bailey relieved Solbach and struck out John Murrian to end the inning.

Staten Island tacked on another run in the eighth, when Neil Medchill singled to right with two outs, stole second and scored on Lyon's ground-rule double to right.

The Yankees scored five times in the ninth.

Almonte hit a two-run double, and Higashioka and Lyon each had RBI singles in an inning that also included three walks and a hit batsman.

Murrian's two-run double to left in the bottom of the ninth capped the scoring.

Gaynor and Jaime had two hits apiece for Oneonta.

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O-Tigers suspended in 11th

By Rob Centorani

Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ Three hours and 15 minutes worth of back-and-forth baseball couldn't produce a winner Sunday night at Damaschke Field.

With the Oneonta Tigers threatening in the bottom of the 11th inning, clouds that did likewise for most of the night finally let loose as rain and lightning forced a suspension against the Staten Island Yankees.

About 40 of the announced 486 fans remained when public address announcer John Horne said the game, which is tied at 6, would be suspended.

"We had to get the kids off the field with the lightning more than anything else," O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said.

Oneonta, which failed to hold a 6-4 lead in the top of the ninth, put its first two runners on in the 11th. Leadoff man Jamie Johnson drew a four-pitch walk against Yankees reliever Michael Solbach and Michael Rockett grounded an opposite-field single to right to put runners at first and second.

Plate umpire Brian Debraywere called it almost immediately after Rockett's single as rain and lightning quickly became more pronounced. After a 15-minute delay, it was suspended.

That means, for the second time this season, Oneonta will finish a home game away from Damaschke Field.

This past Monday, the O-Tigers traveled to Tri-City to finish a suspended game from the night before at Damaschke Field and lost, 4-1.

The Tigers and Yankees will complete Sunday's game when Oneonta travels to Staten Island on Aug. 24 in the first meeting of a three-game road series. Oneonta will have runners at first and second with none out in the bottom of the 11th and No. 3 hitter Rawley Bishop scheduled to hit.

"I would have liked to finish this because I thought we had a pretty good situation," Bushong said. "It just didn't happen."

Despite a 1-4 homestand that dropped the Tigers to 11-13 at Damaschke Field, Oneonta (27-21) picked up a half-game in the Stedler Division standings Sunday on second-place Lowell (27-23). The Spinners lost, 10-3, to visiting Batavia.

Following an off day today, Oneonta begins a six-game road trip at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at State College. The Tigers play three games against the Spikes before traveling to Brooklyn for three games. They return home Aug. 19 to start a three-game series against Williamsport.

Bushong said right-hander Jose Diaz (0-0, 7.20 ERA) will start the opening game against State College as the Tigers will look to improve on their 16-8 road record.

It appeared Oneonta was in for a long night Sunday, when Staten Island scored three runs in the first inning against right-hander Jose Siso.

Zoilo Almonte hit an opposite-field double to right with one out before Siso hit Luke Morton.

After Siso struck out DeAngelo Mack on a sharp-breaking curve, Mike Lyon fisted an inside fastball into center field to score Almonte. Justin Milo then pulled a two-run double to right-center.

Siso settled down thereafter, allowing one run over the next four innings.

Oneonta answered with five runs in the first.

Johnson led off with a single to left off left-hander Francisco Rondon, who then walked Rockett.

After Bishop and John Murrian struck out, the runners advanced on a wild pitch. Alexis Espinoza then drove a two-run double down the left-field line. Espinoza moved to third on a wild pitch before Wade Gaynor walked. Keith Hernandez followed with a bad-hop single to right-center. Hernandez's bouncer took a high hop just before it got to second baseman Emerson Landoni as Espinoza scored to tie it at 3.

Carmelo Jaime then turned on an inside fastball from Rondon and sent it over left fielder Milo for a double that scored Gaynor and Hernandez to make it 5-3.

Chad Gross' RBI single in the third pulled to Staten Island to 5-4 and it stayed that way until seventh, when Bishop and Murrian took similar paths to get back-to-back doubles.

With one out, Bishop waited nicely on an 0-1 curveball from Kelvin Perez and pulled it to left. Murrian then drove a hanging curveball to left for a double that scored Bishop to make it 6-4.

It appeared Oneonta would score another run when Gaynor hit a shot to left-center with two out, but Yankees center fielder Almonte made a full-extension dive to rob Gaynor.

"He made a very nice play," Bushong said of Almonte's catch.

Relievers Nate Newman and Kevan Hess shut down the Yankees in innings six through eight.

Newman pitched the sixth and seventh innings, facing the minimum six batters.

After Newman walked Almonte to start the seventh, he picked him off and then struck out Morton and Mack.

Right-hander Hess made it five straight strikeouts in the eighth, setting down Lyon, Milo and Gross, mostly with an impressive fastball.

But Hess found trouble in the ninth.

Carmen Angelini nearly hit Hess' head with a hard single to center to lead off. Hess then got Buck Afenir to fly to right before Landoni hit an opposite-field triple to right to make it 6-5.

Left-hander Kenny Faulk relieved Hess and, with the infield in, Almonte hit a Baltimore-chop single just over the outstretched arm of shortstop Jaime and into left to tie the score at 6.

Catcher Hernandez threw out Almonte attempting to steal second before Faulk struck out Morton looking to end the inning.

"They did a great job," Bushong said of his bullpen. "They did a fantastic job and give the other team credit, too. They got some hits when (Hess) looked really good."

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SI Yankees shut out O-Tigers

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The Oneonta Tigers produced nary an extra-base hit and struck out 12 times against seven Staten Island pitchers in a 2-0 New York-Penn League loss Saturday night before 629 fans at Damaschke Field.

DeAngelo Mack's fifth homer of the season, a shot to right field off losing pitcher Clemente Mendoza with one out in the fifth inning, gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Luke Murton contributed an RBI double in the ninth off O-Tigers closer Kenny Faulk.

Mendoza (4-3) held the Yankees to one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Yankees starter Arodys Vizcaino lasted two batters. He struck out Jamie Johnson and got Michael Rockett to ground out to second before leaving with an injured back.

Reliever Benjamin Watkins followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out three and allowed one hit before Gavin Brooks took over. Brooks (4-1) earned the pitching victory, striking out four, walking two and yielding one hit in three innings.

Yankees pitchers Griffin Bailey, Paul Patterson, Ronny Marte and Ryan Flannery each followed with an inning of relief to complete the four-hit shutout.

Rockett, Rawley Bishop, John Murrian and Eric Roof had Oneonta's hits.

Mack finished 2-for-4 for the Yankees, who struck out 10 times. Reliever Michael Torrealba, who struck out two in 1 1/3 innings, walked Zoilo Almonte to start the ninth and left after Kyle Higashioka lined out to Rockett in left.

Faulk got Neil Medchill to fly out to Rockett before Almonte scored on Murton's double to right field. Faulk struck out Mack to end SI's at-bats

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Wild Tigers fall on road

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The Oneonta Tigers allowed 12 hits, walked six, threw four wild pitches and balked twice during a 9-4 New York-Penn League loss at State College on Tuesday.

Oneonta's lead in the Stedler Division dropped to a half-game over the second-place Lowell Spinners (27-23), whose game Tuesday at Jamestown was rained out.

The Tigers (27-22), who play the second part of their three-game series at State College at 7:05 tonight, have lost seven of their last nine games.

Through four innings Tuesday, Oneonta held a 4-0 lead. The Tigers scored all of their runs in the fourth inning off winning pitcher Tyler Cox (6-2), who struck out eight, walked none and allowed six hits over six innings.

Michael Rockett led off with a double to right and scored on Rawley Bishop's double to left. Cox then hit John Murrian with a pitch. Alexis Espinoza popped to short and Wade Gaynor grounded into a 6-4 force out to leave runners at first and third. Matthew Mansilla followed with a two-run double to left. Carmelo Jaime made it 4-0 on an RBI single to center.

The Spikes answered with four runs in the fifth off O-Tigers starter Jose Diaz. Justin Byler led off with a double to left. He went to third on a one-out single by Butch Biela, and both runners scored on a Craig Parry's double to left. Brock Holt then doubled to center to make it 4-3, and Evan Chambers tied it with a single to left.

State College scored twice off losing pitcher Jose Ortega (1-2) in the sixth. Andy Vasquez walked to lead off and stole second. After Ortega struck out Biela and Parry, Holt homered to center to make it 6-4.

The Spikes scored again in the seventh off Wade Kapteyn. Back-to-back, one-out singles by Aaron Baker and David Rubinstein left runners on first and second. Kapteyn then threw two wild pitches with Byler hitting, the latter scoring Baker to make it 7-4.

More pitching mistakes helped State College to two runs in the eighth. Parry led off with a double to right and went to third on a wild pitch by Mike LaLuna. Parry scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Holt, who finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Ty Summerlin then singled to left. After Evan Chambers popped out to first, Summerlin advanced to third on back-to-back balks by LaLuna and scored on a wild pitch.

Bishop and Gaynor had two hits apiece for Oneonta, which struck out 11 times. Three of those came against reliever Victor Black, who allowed one hit and walked none over three scoreless innings to earn his first save.

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Four O-Tigers make All-Star team

Staff Report

Four Oneonta Tigers earned spots Wednesday on the American League squad for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game at State College.

Catcher John Murrian, first baseman Rawley Bishop, left fielder Michael Rockett and left-handed relief pitcher Kenny Faulk will play in the annual exhibition, scheduled for at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Medlar Field in Pennsylvania.

Murrian ranks second in the NY-Penn with a .346 batting average. Murrian, who trails Leandro Castro (.357) of the Williamsport Crosscutters, also has four home runs and 31 RBIs.

Bishop is batting .311 and leads Oneonta with five home runs and 32 RBIs. Rockett is hitting .309, with three homers and 25 RBIs.

Those three have helped the O-Tigers to league-bests in team batting average (.259) and runs (239).

Faulk is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a team-best eight saves. He has struck out 23 and walked 13 over 21 innings.

Oneonta is tied for fifth for the most All-Star selections in the 14-team league. Brooklyn and Staten Island have six All-Stars apiece, and Lowell and Williamsport each have five. Oneonta joined Mahoning Valley, Tri-City, Vermont and Jamestown with four All-Stars apiece. Auburn, Aberdeen, State College, Batavia and Hudson Valley each have three All-Star selections.

The O-Tigers' entered Wednesday with a half-game lead over Lowell in the Stedler Division but were rained out at State College and fell a half-game behind the Spinners, who swept a doubleheader at Jamestown.

Lowell (29-23) beat the Jammers, 3-1 and 1-0, to knock Oneonta out of first place for the first time this season. The Tigers were tied atop the Stedler with Tri-City on June 30 _ both teams were 5-4 at the time _ before taking control of the first place with a 3-0 victory at Aberdeen on July 1. Tri-City fell, 5-4, the same day.

Oneonta (27-22), which has lost seven of its last nine, will play a doubleheader at State College at 5:05 p.m. today. The Spikes (27-25) are third in the Pinckney Division, which is led by Mahoning Valley (34-19). The Scrappers have the best record in the NY-Penn.

Following today's doubleheader, the Tigers head to McNamara Division leader Brooklyn (33-20) for a three-game series that begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

The NY-Penn will take its All-Star break Monday and Tuesday. Oneonta then returns to Damaschke Field for a 7:05 p.m. game next Wednesday against Williamsport, which will be in town for a three-game set.

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O-Tigers split on road

Staff Report

The Oneonta Tigers split a New York-Penn League doubleheader at the State College Spikes on Thursday and fell a full game behind the Lowell Spinners for first place in the Stedler Division.

Wade Gaynor and Matthew Mansilla homered in Thursday's opener as Oneonta cruised to a 10-1 victory. The Spikes responded with six runs in the second game en route to a 10-2 win.

The Tigers moved to 28-23 and remained in second place in the Stedler. Lowell beat host Jamestown, 5-1, to improve to 30-23.

Thursday's doubleheader between the O-Tigers and Spikes (28-26) resulted from a rainout Wednesday. Although Oneonta was idle, it lost possession of first place in the Stedler for the first time this summer as Lowell took a half-game lead with a doubleheader sweep _ 3-1 and 1-0 _ at Jamestown on Wednesday.

Carmelo Jaime started the scoring Thursday with an RBI groundout to shortstop that scored Gaynor for a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

David Rubinstein homered to right field off winning pitcher Luis Sanz to start the bottom of the second, but the Tigers scored at least one run in each of the next five innings. Sanz struck out four, walked two and allowed one earned run on seven hits in a seven-inning complete-game victory to improve to 4-2 this season.

Michael Rockett finished 3-for-4 with two runs and a double for Oneonta, which got two hits apiece from Gaynor, Mansilla and Christopher Sedon.

Spikes reliever Brandon Holden took over for losing pitcher Nelson Pereira at the start of the fourth inning with State College trailing, 3-1. Holden's first batter, Mansilla, drove a pitch over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season, sparking a three-run inning. Rawley Bishop capped the scoring in the fourth with a two-run single to right.

Gaynor followed Mansilla's lead in the seventh, leading off with a homer _ his second this summer _ to left after the Spikes brought in Owen Brolsma to relieve Nathan Baker.

Bishop also contributed a sacrifice fly in the sixth. He finished with three RBIs in the opener and later drove in his 36th run of the season in the second game.

Jaime went 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace Oneonta in the second game, which also went seven innings. Oneonta starter Cory Hamilton (3-4) failed to get out of the first inning. He allowed six runs _ three earned _ on four hits and a walk before exiting with one out in the first.

The Tigers start a three-game set at the Brooklyn Cyclones tonight. The Cyclones lead the McNamara Division at 34-20.

The NY-Penn All-Star break follows Monday and Tuesday.

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We're giving the Tigers no reason to stay in Oneonta

Numbers tell the truth and they're a sobering truth as they relate to future of professional baseball in Oneonta.

From Day 1 this season, we, the people of Oneonta, have been on trial.

For so many years, when Sam Nader and Sid Levine ran the professional franchise, we could be assured that no matter how poor the attendance, baseball would remain at Damaschke Field. Sam and Sid were devoted to Oneonta, loved baseball and continued to supply it, even when we didn't support it.

That's no longer the case.

With new ownership, it was up to us to show that having a minor league team in such a small market meant something to our community.

Our answer thus far has been a resounding no.

Attendance at Damaschke Field has been paltry _ last place in the New York-Penn League with an average turnout of 787 _ down more than 200 fans per game from last season. The largest figure this season of 2,414 came at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown as part Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

As for the biggest turnout at Damaschke Field? That would be the 1,522 fans who showed up July 4. After that, it's the 1,242 who attended opening day. After that, it's really, really bad.

The O-Tigers haven't drawn as many as 900 spectators in any of their other home dates.

And these figures include season-ticket holders, many of whom obviously aren't showing up. I covered games last Friday and Sunday and there's no way the attendance that appeared in those online box scores matched up with the number of people in the stands.

The number Friday was 501, but I estimated about 350. It was 486 Sunday and maybe 300 attended.

The Tigers held a fireworks night last Saturday, usually a big hit at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton for the Double-A Mets, and drew 629 followers.

Believe me, principal owner Eugene Miles Prentice III and the boys are going to leave skid marks on the way out of town if this continues. They're bound to stay here through the 2010 season, when the Tigers' player development contract with Oneonta runs out.

At that point, a run of professional baseball in Oneonta that Nader, Levine and eight others started in 1966 will end.

Unless, of course, there's a dramatic turnaround in attendance.

Prentice led an ownership group that purchased the franchise from Nader and Levine, a sale that was finalized this past December. Prentice, a big-time financial lawyer from New York City, told me last July it was his intention to keep the franchise in Oneonta.

He also said he has to answer to investors.

Right now, that answer has to be, "We're out of here."

Following my initial _ and only _ conversation with Prentice last July, I wrote a column saying baseball won't survive here. I referred to the area as economically depressed; said despite Nader's best efforts that included numerous free nights, he couldn't draw people to Damaschke Field; and that any promotional gimmicks the new owners might try would fail.

The bottom line is baseball does not sell here.

Yours truly took some heat from that piece. One reader called me "an angry young man on a soapbox."

With my 41st birthday about two months away, I enjoyed reading the "young" part. But anger had nothing to do with it and I don't own a soapbox.

Another reader wrote that my negativity was unnecessary. Well, unfortunately, I've been proven right.

The Tigers' brass has tried some new things such as between-inning entertainment, including a race between youngsters while balancing pitchers of water on a pizza box, it has a furry mascot that interacts with fans and it hired a radio guy for home and away games.

Nothing has worked.

Before the season, the Tigers said they were working on selling beer this summer at Damaschke, something that never happened during Nader's run as owner. But General Manager Andrew Weber has said numerous times this season that the franchise's license for alcohol sales has not been approved.

Maybe beer might help attendance, but I doubt it.

Hey, I have no stake in this fight. I've never attended an O-Tigers' game on an off night and probably never will.

So I won't say a word when the Tigers leave.

And really, no one else should either.

I'm sure there are a few diehards who'll be sad to see professional baseball go, but collectively, we just don't deserve it.

That fault lies not with Prentice, Weber or the Tigers but with us.

We're the ones not going, and that's why the Tigers will be.

Consider this your last warning, Oneonta. Use it or lose it.

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Slumping Tigers fall, 6-5, on road

Staff Report

A late-inning rally fell a run short as the Oneonta Tigers lost for the 10th time in their last 15 New York-Penn League games, falling, 6-5, Friday at Brooklyn.

The Tigers trailed, 6-2, entering the eighth inning, when they scored twice.

They scored again in the ninth on an RBI groundout by Carmelo Jaime, but with the tying run at second, Michael Rockett flied to right to end it.

Coupled with Stedler Division-Leading Lowell's 6-5 victory at Mahoning Valley on Friday, the second-place Tigers (28-24) are now two games behind the Spinners (31-23).

Oneonta plays the middle game of a three-game series at Brooklyn at 6 p.m. Saturday. After a 5 p.m. game Sunday, the NY-Penn will take two days off for the All-Star Break, a 7:15 p.m. game Tuesday at State College.

The Tigers will then have 20 game left after the break _ including the completion of a suspended game against Staten Island on Aug. 24 _ beginning Wednesday against Williamsport at Damaschke Field.

The Tigers tied the score at 2 in the fourth inning Friday.

Jamie Johnson led off with this second home run of the season _ a shot to left off winning pitcher Collin McHugh (6-2), who allowed two runs over six innings, striking out seven and walking two.

After Rockett lined out to second, Rawley Bishop was hit by a pitch.

Wade Gaynor followed with a single to center that sent Bishop to second.

Following a flyout by Eric Roof, Alexis Espinoza singled to center to score Bishop. Gaynor was thrown out at third on the play.

Brooklyn answered with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings off losing pitcher Mike LaLuna (2-4).

Justin Garber hit a two-out RBI single to center. Garber then stole second and scored on Jake Eigsti's double to left to make it 4-2.

In the seventh, Nick Santomauro singled before LaLuna walked Ralph Henriquez and Alex Gregory to load the bases.

Jose Ortega relieved LaLuna.

Matthew Gaska's groundout to Ortega scored a run and a second run came home on a wild pitch by Ortego.

The Tigers closed the gap to 6-4 in the eighth.

Jaime singled to right to lead off before Johnson walked. Rockett followed with an RBI single to left that sent Johnson to third.

Eric Turgeon relieved Matias Carillo Jr., and Bishop grounded out to third to score Johnson.

Gaynor and Roof then grounded out.

Espinoza doubled to center off Michael Powers to begin Oneonta's ninth. Jimmy Gulliver's one-out single to center sent Espinoza to third. Jaime's groundout scored Espinoza to make it 6-5.

After Johnson was intentionally walked, Rockett flied out to end it.

Espinoza and Jaime had two hits apiece for the Tigers

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O-Tigers lose series finale at Brooklyn

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John Murrian had an RBI double in the sixth inning Sunday, but the Oneonta Tigers fell, 2-1, in a New York-Penn League game at Brooklyn.

The O-Tigers, held to four hits, head into the league All-Star break with seven losses in their last 10 games. Oneonta (29-25) trails Lowell (31-25) by one game in the Stedler Division standings. The Spinners lost, 4-2, to Mahoning Valley on Sunday.

The State College Spikes will host the NY-Penn All-Star Game at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Oneonta received a fifth All-Star selection for the American League affiliates over the weekend as Carmelo Jaime will replace Mahoning Valley's Kyle Smith at shortstop. O-Tigers General Manager Andrew Weber said Smith is injured.

Jaime joins first baseman Rawley Bishop, outfielder Michael Rockett, catcher Murrian and pitcher Kenny Faulk.

The two-day All-Star break starts today. The O-Tigers then return home to play Williamsport for a three-game set beginning at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Damaschke Field.

Brooklyn opened the scoring Sunday in the first inning. With one out, Jake Eigsti singled to left and moved to second when Sam Honeck grounded out to first. Nicholas Santomauro then doubled to center, scoring Eigsti for a 1-0 lead.

The Cyclones (36-21) made it 2-0 in the third. Eigsti doubled to left and scored when Honeck doubled to right. Oneonta starting pitcher Jose Diaz (0-1) got out of further trouble by striking out Santomauro, Scott Grimes and Dock Doyle. All three struck out swinging.

Diaz threw five innings, striking out five and giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Michael Torrealba pitched a scoreless sixth and Nathan Newman threw the final two innings. Neither allowed a hit.

Rockett started Oneonta's rally in the sixth, lining a single to right with one out. He moved to second when Bishop grounded out to second, then scored on Murrian's double to center. Murrian's double marked his 13th this season.

Oneonta failed to put a runner on base the rest of the game.

Brooklyn right-hander Wesley Wrenn (2-0) went seven strong innings to earn the pitching win. He gave up four hits and struck out six.


Tigers 2, Cyclones 1

Keith Hernandez homered with two out in the top of the 10th inning Saturday as Oneonta earned a victory at Brooklyn.

Hernandez, who hit his second home run this season, finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Wade Kapteyn earned his second save, striking out one in the 10th. Although Luis Rivera reached base after getting hit by Kapteyn with one out, he failed to advance past first.

Kenny Faulk, who entered with eight saves, allowed a one-out, ninth-inning home run to pinch-hitter Scott Grimes. His shot tied it at 1.

Faulk then walked Alex Gregory and gave up a double to Dock Doyle, putting runners on second and third for the Cyclones. Faulk intentionally walked Robbie Shields to load the bases before striking out Justin Garber swinging and getting Jake Eigsti to ground into a fielder's choice. Jaime fielded Eigsti's grounder to shortstop and threw to second to force out Shields.

Although he blew his third save of the season, Faulk earned the pitching victory to improve to 2-1.

Brooklyn reliever Matias Carrillo Jr. started the 10th inning and got Wade Gaynor to fly out to right. After striking out Alexis Espinoza swinging, Carrillo allowed a homer to Hernandez that gave the O-Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Jose Siso pitched five innings for Oneonta, allowing two hits. He struck out three and walked three. Michael Morrison followed with two hitless innings, striking out two and walking two. Jose Ortega pitched a perfect eighth for Oneonta, which snapped a scoreless tie in the fifth.

Gaynor walked and moved to second when Espinoza grounded out to shortstop. Hernandez then hit his seventh double this season to score Gaynor for a 1-0 edge.

Hernandez moved to third on a wild pitch but was stranded. Mark Cohoon got Matt Mansilla to ground out to third and struck out Chris Sedon swinging

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Sanz on the mark

By P.J. Harmer

Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ Luis Sanz gave Oneonta's offense a break Wednesday night.

Sanz threw a four-hitter as the Tigers returned from the two-day All-Star break with a 2-0 New York-Penn League victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters in front of an announced crowd of 505.

Right-hander Sanz (5-2) struck out nine and walked three for his first nine-inning shutout at the professional level.

Wednesday also marked his second straight complete game. On Aug. 13 at the State College Spikes, Sanz threw all seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader that Oneonta won, 10-1.

Sanz, who has not allowed a run in 14 innings, hit the strike zone 68 times during his 113-pitch performance Wednesday.

"I never imagined throwing a nine-inning shutout tonight," Sanz said through interpreter and pitching coach Jorge Cordova. "The only thing I cared about was to get the first hitter out and stay away from the three-ball count and work inning-by-inning."

Sanz helped the O-Tigers (30-25) pull into a first-place tie with the Lowell Spinners (31-26) atop the Stedler Division. The Spinners lost, 3-1, to visiting Auburn. Oneonta and Williamsport (33-25) continue their three-game series at 7:05 tonight, when Roberto Clemente Jr. is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"This is a great way to start the end of the year with a close race with Lowell right now," said Oneonta first baseman Rawley Bishop, whose one-out, RBI single in the sixth gave the O-Tigers a 1-0 lead. "We're off to a good start."

Sanz was perfect through 3 1/3 innings before walking Adam Buschini on four pitches. That didn't seem to bother Sanz, who then got Leandro Castro to fly out to center and struck out Jeremy Barnes swinging to end the fourth.

"After his second start of the year, to me, he's been one of the top three or four pitchers in the league," O-Tigers manager Howard Bushong said of Sanz, whose ERA dropped from 3.22 to 2.79. "He's been outstanding. Luis knows how to pitch. He gets into that comfort level and he's confident in himself. He's been fantastic for us. Tonight was as good as you can ask for."

Anthony Hewitt got Williamsport's first hit with one out in the fifth, singling to left on an 0-1 pitch, but Sanz picked him off with a sharp throw to first.

"He was really quick and the throws were right on target every time we needed them," Bishop said of Sanz, who nearly threw out two others at first. "He was shutting down the running game pretty well."

Sanz hit a couple of rough patches, though.

In a scoreless battle with Williamsport starter Korey Noles (2-2), Sanz gave up a leadoff single to David Doss in the sixth. After Michael Dabbs flied out to left, Zachary Collier singled down the third-base line to put runners on first and second.

Buschini then popped out to shortstop Jim Gulliver and, after a double-steal put runners on second and third, Sanz struck out Castro swinging to end the inning.

"I wanted to hit the spots (catcher Keith Hernandez) asked for," Sanz said of his outing. "I wanted to throw a first-pitch strike and stay away from a three-ball count. That was the deal tonight. I think that was a success tonight."

Hernandez, who also caught Sanz last year in the Gulf Coast League, said his batterymate was on all night.

"Usually when we get together, it's like clockwork," Hernandez said. "We work really well together. I know what he wants to throw and if does shake me (off), then I know exactly what he wants to go to. So it's pretty easy. It feels good sometimes.

"He had all his pitches working tonight," he continued. "We worked on keeping batters off-balance. We didn't want to stay with something too long and let them get adjusted to it. We just worked everybody in and out with changeups, curveballs and fastballs."

Noles wasn't as successful as Sanz in the sixth.

Jamie Johnson led off with a double down the right-field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Michael Rockett that landed between the pitcher's mound and the third-base line. Bishop then singled through the left side, easily scoring Johnson for a 1-0 lead.

"All I had to do was really put the ball in play," Bishop said. "They were playing in and the grass was wet, so any groundball is really going to get through there. I was just trying to put the ball in play hard and luckily, it turned out for a base hit and an RBI."

Williamsport's Francisco Murillo led off the eighth with walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Doss and made it to third on a groundout by Dabbs. Sanz then got Collier to ground out to short to end the threat.

Rockett capped the scoring in the eighth after reaching base on a one-out fielding error by third baseman Darin Ruf. Rockett later scored on a wild pitch from Justin Beal.

Sanz walked Buschini to lead off the ninth but got Castro to ground into a 6-3 double play and struck out Barnes looking.

"This is the first and the best one because I learned a lot from this game," Sanz said of where he would rank Wednesday's game in his four-year career. "I never thought to throw a complete game. I wanted to go inning-by-inning and I got stronger inning-by-inning."

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Tigers swept

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After taking three steps forward, the Oneonta Tigers took two steps back.

The Lowell Spinners swept a two-game series against visiting Oneonta over the weekend to take a two-game lead on the Tigers in the New York-Penn League's Stedler Division.

Oneonta fell, 5-2, on Saturday before suffering a 12-2 rout by the Spinners on Sunday.

The Tigers (32-27) followed last week's NY-Penn All-Star break with a three-game sweep of the Williamsport Crosscutters to force a tie atop the Stedler with Lowell (35-26).

Oneonta visits the Staten Island Yankees (34-26) for a series that starts at 7 tonight. The two teams will play three full games after completing one that was suspended by rain Aug. 9 at Damaschke Field. That game will resume with the score tied at 6 in the bottom of the 11th and Oneonta's Rawley Bishop batting with runners at first and second and none out.

Eric Knighton, the Tigers assistant general manager, said tonight's regularly scheduled game is slated for seven innings. Luis Sanz (5-2, 2.79 ERA) will start tonight's regularly scheduled game for Oneonta. Sanz has thrown two straight complete games _ a seven-inning, 10-1 victory at State College on Aug. 13 and a nine-inning, 2-0 home win over Williamsport on Wednesday. He has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings.

Nathan Newman (2-1, 2.79) will start for on Tuesday, followed by Clemente Mendoza (4-3, 3.04) on Wednesday.

Staten Island is second in the McNamara Division _ five games behind the Brooklyn Cyclones (40-22) _ and holds a 1 1/2-game edge on the Tigers in the NY-Penn's wild-card standings. The three division winners (McNamara, Pinckney and Stedler) and one wild-card team will advance to the playoffs, which will follow the last game of the regular season Sept. 6.

Mahoning Valley (40-22) leads the Pinckney Division by seven games over Williamsport (33-29), which is two games behind in the wild-card chase.


Spinners 12, Tigers 2

Lowell took control with a four-run first inning off losing pitcher Jose Diaz (0-2), who failed to get an out.

Diaz walked three and gave up an RBI single to Ryan Westmoreland and an RBI double to Michael Almanzar. He left with the bases loaded.

Reliever Kevan Hess then allowed a sacrifice fly to Daniel Butler and an RBI single to Joantoni Garcia as the Spinners took a 4-0 lead. Lowell then scored five runs against Hess over the next two innings. Hess gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out three.

Oneonta scored in the fifth, after winning pitcher Jose Alvarez (7-3) hit leadoff batter Wade Gaynor. Carmelo Jaime followed with an RBI triple to center, cutting Oneonta's deficit to 9-1.

Lowell responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Drew Hedman.

Matt Mansilla scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Bishop to cap the scoring in the eighth.

Jaime finished with two of Oneonta's three hits. Espinoza had the other one.


Spinners 5, Tigers 2

Wilfredo Pichardo and Joantoni Garcia each had two hits and two RBIs to lead host Lowell, which scored one run in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-0 lead.

Oneonta pulled to 3-2 on back-to-back RBI doubles from Bishop and John Murrian, but Lowell padded its lead in the eighth with a two-run double from Joantoni Garcia.

Brooklyn no-hitter

Brooklyn's Brandon Moore threw a seven-inning no-hitter Sunday in a 1-0 victory at Aberdeen in the opening game of a doubleheader. Moore (6-2, 2.15 ERA) struck out six and walked three.

Sunday's game marked Moore's first outing since a no-decision Aug. 11, when he pitched 7 2/3 innings in a 4-2 victory at Mahoning Valley. The Cyclones won the second game against Aberdeen, 5-1.

Moore hasn't faced Oneonta this season, but Brooklyn visits Damaschke Field for a three-game series from Thursday through Saturday.

SPinners 12, O-Tigers 2

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Skid ends for O-Tigers

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Even as the Oneonta Tigers ended a season-long eight-game losing skid, their chances of making the New York-Penn League playoffs took another hit.

Michael Rockett's RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth inning snapped a tie and the O-Tigers beat the Hudson Valley Renegades, 3-1, Monday in front of an announced crowd of 327 at Damaschke Field. The attendance is a season-low.

However, Staten Island's 5-3 victory at Vermont, eliminated the O-Tigers from the NY-Penn wild-card chase. Oneonta, which has seven games remaining, is 7 1/2 games behind the Yankees (43-27) in the wild-card standings.

The O-Tigers (34-33), who hadn't won since beating Williamsport, 3-2, Aug. 21, still have a slim chance at reaching the playoffs, trailing Lowell by 5 1/2 games in the Stedler Division.

Following the final game of a three-game set with visiting Hudson Valley (33-36) at 7:05 tonight, the O-Tigers host the Spinners for three games, including a double header Wednesday and their home finale Thursday. Oneonta finishes the season with three games at Hudson Valley on Friday-Sunday.

Lowell (40-28) beat Brooklyn on Monday, 8-5, lowering its elimination number to two in the division. That means any combination of Lowell victories and Oneonta losses that adds up to two will eliminate the O-Tigers from the playoff chase.

Three Oneonta pitchers combined to hold Hudson Valley to seven hits. Nathan Newman started and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked three.

Michael Torrealba (2-1), who earned the victory, followed with 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out one. Jose Ortega threw the final two innings, earning his first save. He gave up one hit and struck out two.

Hudson Valley opened the scoring in the first.

Christopher Murrill walked, but Newman got Dustin Biell to line out to left and Tyler Bortnick to ground out to third, the latter moving Murrill to second.

Eli Sonoqui then singled to left, scoring Murrill to make it 1-0.

Oneonta tied it in the second when Alexis Espinoza homered to center with one out. It was Espinoza's second homer of the season.

Carmelo Jaime got things going in the sixth with a bunt single up the first-base line with one out. Rockett then tripled to right to score Jaime and give the O-Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Oneonta closed the scoring in the seventh. With one out, Luis Palacios doubled to left and scored on Matt Mansilla's single to left.

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It's all over

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It's hard to believe that one month ago, the Oneonta Tigers held a 3 1/2-game lead in the New York-Penn League's Stedler Division.

In a collapse as sudden as it was complete, the O-Tigers were eliminated from playoff consideration Wednesday with a 13-0 loss to the Lowell Spinners in the first game of a doubleheader before an announced 423 fans at Damaschke Field.

Oneonta also the lost, 6-2, in the second game to Lowell, which won the Stedler Division for the second consecutive season.

The doubleheader sweep made it three straight losses for Oneonta, which has dropped 11 of its last 12 games. The Tigers (34-36) trail the Spinners (42-29) by 7 1/2 games with four games left.

Following a doubleheader split at Tri-City on Aug. 3, the Tigers' record stood at 26-17 _ 3 1/2 games clear of the Spinners, who were 23-21 at the time. Since then, Oneonta has gone 7-19 and Lowell has gone 19-8.

The Tigers and Spinners were tied atop the Stedler Division after Oneonta swept a three-game series from visiting Williamsport that was capped by a 3-2 victory Aug. 21. Oneonta was 32-25 and Lowell was 33-26.

The Spinners took the division lead for keeps with a 5-2 victory over Oneonta the following night. They beat the Tigers the next night, 12-2, losses that started a season-long eight-game skid for Oneonta.

Over their last 12 games, Oneonta has been outscored, 71-15, and, 29-2, over its last three games. The Tigers haven't exceeded three runs during over their last dozen games and have been shut out four times.

Lowell wasted no time in Wednesday's first game, scoring 11 times on 12 hits over the first two innings off Oneonta starter Jose Siso (0-3).

Third baseman Wade Gaynor (throwing) and right fielder Michael Rockett (fielding) made errors during Lowell's five-run first inning.

Wilfred Pichardo singled to lead off and stole second. Pichardo scored on Derrik Gibson's infield single to third and advanced to second on Gaynor's throwing error. Christopher McGuiness' infield single to first scored Gibson to make it 2-0.

Michael Almanzar followed with a run-scoring triple to center.

After Drew Hedman popped out to third and Alex Hassan walked, Ronald Bermudez singled to right to score Almanzar. Hassan went to third on Rockett's fielding error.

Kenneth Roque capped the scoring on an RBI single to left.

Doubles by McGuiness, Almanzar and Chia-Chu Chen helped Lowell to six more runs in the second, when the Spinners had six hits and drew two walks off Siso.

Jamie Johnson had two of Oneonta's five hits off winning pitcher Jose Alvarez (8-3), who lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.52 with his second shutout of the season. Alvarez struck out six and walked one.

In the second game, the Tigers finished with three hits off four Lowell pitchers.

Oneonta did end a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings in the second game. Matthew Mansilla's RBI single in the seventh inning Monday scored the final run of the Tigers' 3-1 victory over visiting Hudson Valley on Monday.

Oneonta lost the following night, 10-0, to Hudson Valley before the 13-0 loss to Lowell in the first game Wednesday.

Finally, in the fourth inning of the second game, Oneonta scored twice off reliever Alex Wilson.

Rockett and Alexis Espinoza had back-to-back singles with one out, the latter moving Rockett to third. Rockett and Espinoza then executed a double-steal, with Rockett scoring to cut the Tigers' deficit to 3-1. Espinoza advanced to third on catcher Christian Vazquez's throwing error and scored Eric Roof's groundout to first.

But Lowell answered with three runs in the top of the fifth off Mike LaLuna.

LaLuna hit McGuiness with a pitch with one out. William Holmes then singled to right to send McGuiness to second. Drew Hedman's double to center scored McGuiness and sent Holmes to third. Both runners scored on Hassan's triple to center to make it 6-2.

Johnson's two-out triple in the third inning accounted for Oneonta's other hit.

The Tigers close out their home schedule at 7:05 tonight against Lowell. They finish the season with three games at Hudson Valley, beginning Friday.

Lowell begins play in the NY-P playoffs Tuesday.

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O-Tigers flop in 10th

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All that work for nothing.

After battling back to tie the score and send the game to extra innings Thursday, the Oneonta Tigers allowed four runs in the top of the 10th inning and dropped a 9-5 New York-Penn League game in front of an announced crowd of 606 at Damaschke Field.

Drew Hedman's RBI double highlighted the inning for Lowell (42-30), which clinched the Stedler Division title in the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday night.

Oneonta (34-37) closed the home portion of its schedule Thursday. The Tigers lost four straight and seven of eight during its final homestand. The O-Tigers have lost 12 of their last 13 overall.

The Tigers finish the season with a three-game series at Hudson Valley, beginning at 7:05 tonight and concluding at 7:05 p.m. Sunday.

Lowell snapped a 5-all tie with a big 10th inning.

Oneonta's Wade Kapteyn relieved Michael Morrison to start the inning and walked Kenneth Roque, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Hassan. Hedman then doubled to right, scoring Roque to make it 6-5.

The Spinners took advantage of back-to-back errors by shortstop Jimmy Gulliver to score another run. Drew Dominquez capped the scoring with a two-run single.

Rawley Bishop had a two-out single in the bottom of the 10th, but Jordan Flasher struck out Alexis Espinoza looking to end the game.

The O-Tigers rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 5-2 to send the game to extras.

Oneonta scored two in the fifth to make it 3-2. Jamie Johnson walked and scored on Gulliver's triple. Gulliver then scored on Eric Roof's two-out single.

Lowell scored twice in the top of the sixth, but Oneonta rallied in the bottom half when Gulliver (3-for-6) hit a two-out, two-run double.

The Tigers tied it in the seventh as Espinoza scored when Roof reached on a fielding error by first baseman Hedman.

Spinners 9, O-Tigers 5

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Tigers' rally is off base

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Give the Oneonta Tigers points for creativity.

In losing their fifth straight game and for the 13th time in 14 games _ this one a 3-1 New York-Penn League setback Friday at Hudson Valley _ the O-Tigers had three runs taken off the scoreboard on a baserunning blunder by Carmelo Jaime.

Trailing by two in the sixth inning, Jaime apparently hit a three-run double with two outs that gave Oneonta a 4-3 lead.

But Hudson Valley appealed that Jaime missed first base and it was upheld by base umpire Tim Rosso.

Eric Roof walked with two outs in the sixth inning off winning pitcher Devin Fuller (4-2). John Murrian's double sent Roof to third and Luis Palacios walked to load the bases.

Jaime then hit his double that was scored as a 1-3 groundout.

The Renegades scored three times in the second inning off losing pitcher Luis Sanz (5-4).

Brett Nommensen singled with one out and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Sanz.

Mayobanex Acosta's sacrifice fly to left scored Nommensen to make it 1-0. Elias Otero followed with a single to right and scored on Bennett Davis' double to left. Christopher Murrill made it 3-0 with an RBI double to left.

Oneonta answered with a run in the top of the third. Palacios led off with a single to center and advanced to second on a one-out walk by Matthew Mansilla. Jamie Johnson's single to left loaded the bases and Jimmy Gulliver's sacrifice fly to right scored Palacios.

Rawley Bishop then walked to re-load the bases, but Michael Rockett flew to center to end the inning.

Sanz struck out four, walked two and allowed five hits over six innings. Cory Hamilton followed with two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, one walk and struck out three.

Palacios had two Oneonta's five hits.

The Tigers (34-38) and Renegades (37-36), both out of playoff contention, finish their seasons with 7:05 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday at Hudson Valley.

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Tigers shut out HV in NY-Penn finale

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The Oneonta Tigers ended their season in a similar fashion to the way they started it _ with a 2-0 victory.

Clemente Mendoza and Michael Torreabla combined on a seven-hitter and the O-Tigers won their season-finale at Hudson Valley, despite getting two hits Sunday.

Oneonta opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Tri-City.

But Oneonta closed with 14 losses over its final 16 games. Before that streak started, the Tigers (35-39) were tied atop the Stedler Division with Lowell, but they finished in second place 9 1/2 games behind the Spinners (45-30), who clinched their second straight division title with a 13-0 victory at Oneonta on Sept. 2.

The Tigers failed to score more than three runs in any of the final 16 games, including a 3-2 loss to Hudson Valley on Saturday.

On Sunday, Hudson Valley starter and losing pitcher Alexander Colome (7-4) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. With one out in the sixth, Jimmy Gulliver singled to left for Oneonta's first hit.

Gulliver went to second on Christopher Sedon's groundout to third and scored when Renegades first baseman Eli Sonoqui mishandled Jamie Johnson's grounder.

Johnson capped the scoring in the ninth with his third homer of the season _ a shot to right with one out off Jordi Amargos.

Mendoza (5-5) allowed six hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Torreabla struck out three and walked none over two innings. He allowed one hit in earning his second save.

On Saturday, the O-Tigers took a 2-1 lead on two errors by Hudson Valley in the ninth inning. Luis Palacios reached second on a one-out fielding error by third baseman Tyler Bortnick. Eric Roof then grounded to first baseman Sonoqui, who misplayed it as Palacios scored the go-ahead run.

But Oneonta made two errors in the bottom of the inning to lose it.

Mayobanex Acosta singled to lead off against Kenny Faulk. D.J. Jones then hit a sacrifice bunt toward third and reached on Palacios' throwing error, leaving runners at first and second.

Another fielding error by Palacios on a grounder by Elias Otero loaded the bases.

Diogenes Luis followed with an RBI single to center.

After Christopher Murrill popped out to third and Dustin Biell lined out to short, Bortnick singled to left to score Jones with the winning run.

Three Hudson Valley pitchers held Oneonta to five hits. Johnson and John Murrian had two hits apiece to lead Oneonta.

O-Tigers 2, Renegades 0

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