Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight

Then there was one.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the Southern League Playoff over the Mississippi Braves, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos dropped three straight and were eliminated from capturing their first ever Southern League crown on Saturday night

Pensacola ran into some stiff pitching. After scoring six runs in the Southern League opener, the Blue Wahoos were held to four total runs in the last three games of the series. Zach Vincej led the attack, going 8-for-17 with one RBI and one run scored. He finished the postseason with the highest batting mark of anyone in the league.

However, it was not enough as the Blue Wahoos pitching staff struggled. Pensacola posted 5.56 ERA in four games, allowing 21 earned runs in 34 innings. The opposition hit .334 against the Blue Wahoos staff. Rookie Davis was one of the lone bright spots, tossing six innings of one run baseball in the opener. He fanned eight and allowed three hits as he did not factor in the decision.

Pensacola’s season concluded on Saturday and Billings postseason run continues on Friday night as they try to avenge a 3-0 loss to Orem in the Pioneer League Championship series. After sweeping away Great Lakes over the weekend, Billings entered the championship in great spirits.

Instead, they ran into a tough Orem team that combined to toss nine innings of 1-hit baseball in their 3-0 win on Wednesday night. T.J. Friedl broke up a no-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning with a single. However, that would be as close as the Mustangs would get, dropping game one of their three game series.

Mustangs must win two straight over Orem to claim their second Pioneer League Championship in three years as they swept away Orem in the Pioneer League Championship in 2014.

RED Hots: T.J. Friedl finished the Pioneer League regular season hitting .347 (42-for-121) with 11 doubles, two triples and three homers. He tallied 17 RBI and stole 7 bases… Cincinnati Reds affiliates finished the season a combined 347-344 as four of the six affiliates finished with a record over .500.

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