Columbus is one win away from claiming the Governor's Cup after a 4-0 win over Durham on Wednesday night. Zach McAllister threw seven scoreless innings to pick up the win while Jerad Head and Jared Goedert provided all the offense the Clippers needed. Head, who had homered and picked up six RBIs in the Clippers' series opening win, followed up Goedert's home run on Wednesday with one of his own.
Pacific Coast League
Tacoma is one win away from a championship series sweep after Wednesday's 11-7 win over Memphis. Greg Halman, Mike Carp, Tug Hullet and Mike Wilson all homered for the Rainiers in a game that quickly turned into a slugfest. Mauricio Robles picked up the win despite allowing four runs in only five innings.
Altoona evened the best-of-5 championship series by jumping on Trenton starter Dellin Betances early. Altoona's Jordy Mercer hit one of his two home runs off of Betances while Josh Harrison added another in the Curve's 6-4 win. Betances gave up five runs, four of them earned, with four hits, four walks, a wild pitch and a balk in 5 2/3 innings. Trenton had allowed only three runs in its previous four playoff games. Altoona starter Jeff Locke held Trenton to two runs (one earned) in seven innings to earn the win.
After being shutout in the championship series opener, Jacksonville bounced back to beat Tennessee 7-6 to even the series. Third baseman Matt Dominguez continued his hot hitting in the playoffs by going 3-for-5 with a home run. Dominguez leads the league with three postseason home runs. Tennessee starter Chris Carpenter was knocked out in the fourth after giving up five runs.
Anthony Seratelli homered twice and Clint Robinson and Manny Pina each added home runs of their own as Northwest Arkansas won the championship series opener, 7-2. Northwest Arkansas starter Danny Duffy allowed two runs in five innings for the win.
Lake County starter Jason Knapp ran out of gas earlier than he would have liked, but the Captains bats made up the difference. Lake County outlasted Clinton 9-7 in the opener of the championship series. Knapp struck out six in only 3 1/3 innings, but he hit the first batter he faced in the fourth and walked the next, which prompted manager Ted Kubiak to lift him because his velocity had dipped.
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