Game recap (9/8/16): Alex Blandino picks up three hits in Pensacola playoff loss


Result: Birmingham 5, Pensacola 0

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Stephens, RHP – 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Alex Blandino, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 2-for-4

Brandon Dixon, CF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Unfortunately for Pensacola, Jackson Stephens’ late season struggled carried over into game two of its playoff series on Thursday night.

Stephens allowed four runs in the third inning, and Mississippi never looked back. The Pensacola offense was only able to muster six hits of its own from three players.

The scoring started in the second, when Stephens allowed back-to-back lead off singles to begin the frame. He then got a double play, and when it looked like he was getting out of it, trouble struck again. He allowed a two-out, RBI double to create an early deficit.

In the third, Stephens struck out the lead off hitter, but allowed three straight singles, plating a run and leaving two on with one out. On the first pitch to the next hitter, Stephens allowed a three-run home run to right field and the Blue Wahoos were down the eventual final of 5-0.

Evan Mitchell work three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Mitchell has not allowed a run since August 15 and has worked 15.2 innings in that span. Over that, he has also allowed just three total hits.



Alex Blandino had three of the six hits for Pensacola, including a double. Blandino is now 8-for-17 over his last four games.

Sebastian Elizalde added two more hits of his own and has six multi-hit games in his last nine contests. Over that stretch, he is hitting .405.


Result: Billings 7, Helena 1

Starting Pitcher: Soid Marquez, RHP – 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Michael Beltre, LF – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

T.J. Friedl, CF – 2-for-5, R, RBI

Montrell Marshall, 1B – 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Soid Marquez struggled in a relief role most of the season, so it only makes sense that he would be dominant in his first start of the season.

He was just that on Thursday night, as Marquez worked five strong innings, allowing just a solo home run in the fourth inning.

The bullpen tossed four scoreless innings and the lead held.

T.J. Friedl and Montrell Marshall had two hits each in the contest. Friedl is hitting .361 over his last nine games with six multi-hit games. In fact, he has two hits in four of his last five games.

Over that same nine-game span, Marshall is hitting .297 and has hits in eight of the nine contests.

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