Before Jeremy Barnes’ RBI single in the bottom 9th inning on Friday night, the BlueClaws were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and had left 11 runners on base, nine of which were in scoring position.
But they only needed one run, and they got it, on an 0-2 fastball from Dennis Neuman. Barnes delivered what was the 14th walk-off win for the BlueClaws this year.
“This is an amazing feeling,” he said after getting doused with shaving cream. “Gump got me pretty good (with shaving cream). I’ve hit a lot of balls hard right at people, but I just haven’t quite come through. I’ve had a good year but not a game winning hit until now.
“Neuman has a great slider. He went fastball away and I just tried to stay short to the ball and thank goodness it went over the shortstop’s head.”
With the win, the BlueClaws can now clinch the SAL title with one win on Saturday. Game 4 comes up at 4:05 pm and if necessary, Game 5 would follow. Order tickets here.
Note: Greenville flipped pitchers, bumping their ace Drake Britton (2-0 in the playoffs) up to Game 4 (on normal rest because of Thursday’s rain out). Manuel Rivera will now pitch Game 5. Lakewood will throw Jonathan Pettibone first and if necessary Trevor May.
I find this amusing: Barnes went to Notre Dame. Drive President Craig Brown went to Michigan State. Guess which two old rivals are meeting tomorrow in East Lansing? Guess which new rivals are meeting tomorrow in Lakewood?