The heart of the order came through for the Puffins when it mattered, putting 3 runs on the board in the 3rd and 4th innings. It would hold up behind a very good Orel Hershiser, who defeated the Scholics 3-2. The Puffins completed a long-shot comeback, down 6.5 games at the start of September to capture the division crown in game 163. Fred Dunlap had 2 RBI and Sam Thompson drilled a timely triple.
For their part, Hockenberry chose to keep their ace, Jake Arrieta on the bench to save him for the ALDS opener this Sunday. Still, the defeat is bitter.
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In Round 1, Camorr will face Hockeberry while St Paul goes against Port Hawkesberry.