Triple-A International League: With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Toledo already locking up their division races, Durham maintained their two-game lead over Richmond in the South Division.
The Bulls knocked off Charlotte, 7-3, while Richmond kept pace, defeating Norfolk, 6-2.
Durham will wrap up the regular season Monday in Charlotte with one final home game scheduled for today against the Knights, while the R-Braves also have three games remaining at home against the Tides. Buffalo and Rochester are on the outside looking in for the wild card spot.
Triple-A Pacific Coast League: Nashville and Salt Lake are in, as the Sounds wrapped up the American Northern and the Bees won the Pacific Northern Division. Sacramento earned a playoff berth Friday with a come-from-behind, 6-5 win against Tucson.
The only division yet to be decided are the American Southern, where New Orleans holds a one-game lead over Albuquerque. The wild card will likely come out of the American Northern Division, where Iowa owns a 79-62 record.
Double-A Eastern League: Trenton had the Northern Division seemingly wrapped up since June, but the Southern Division continues to remain interesting in the race between Erie and Akron. Erie lost both the completion of a suspended game and the nightcap against Altoona Friday, while Akron knocked off Binghamton, 4-2 behind lefthander Chuck Lofgren.
Whatever happens, both clubs will make the postseason, but the Aeros now sit 2 ½ games out with four to play’”including a doubleheader Saturday against the B-Mets.
Double-A Southern League: Huntsville and Mississippi are in after winning first-half titles. The Stars also have a ½ game lead over Tennessee in the North Division in the second half, while Montgomery clinched a playoff berth by knocking off Jacksonville behind righthander Wade Davis’™ effort in a 6-3 win.
Double-A Texas League: Springfield and Frisco each won first-half titles, and the Cardinals might wind up running the table in the North. Springfield has a 2 ½ game lead over Arkansas in the second half, and wraps up the season in a head-to-head three-game series against the Travs beginning Saturday.
San Antonio clinched the second-half title and will face Frisco in the postseason beginning Tuesday.
High Class A California League: San Jose and Lancaster earned playoff berths with first-half titles, with the Jethawks locking up the South again in the second half. Modesto and Visalia are tied for the second-half lead with three regular season games left on the schedule.
High Class A Carolina League: Kinston rolled to a first-half title and Frederick is in after topping Wilmington by 1 ½ games in the first half of the season. The Blue Rocks earned a berth in the postseason in the North in the second half, and Salem will face Kinston in the South’”though all three games of the series will likely be on the road. The Avalanche sit three games behind the K-Tribe with three to play.
High Class A Florida State League: Brevard County and Sarasota each won first-half titles, and the Manatees will face St. Lucie in the postseason on Tuesday. The West Division is much more clouded, however. Clearwater is up ½ game over both Dunedin and Tampa. Clearwater has three games remaining, including a doubleheader against Lakeland on Sautrday, while Dunedin faces Fort Myers at home for two and Tampa has two games remaining against Sarasota.
Low Class A Midwest League: The MWL is a little different, handing out not just playoff spots for first-half division winners, but two wild card spots as well. In the first half, Dayton and Beloit both claimed division titles, while defending MWL champs West Michigan and Clinton earned wild card berths.
In the second half, the Whitecaps locked up the division title, while there are three teams within striking distance of Quad Cities in the Western Division.
Low Class A South Atlantic League: West Virginia and Augusta ran away with first-half titles, while Hickory clinched the second half behind catcher Kristopher Watts’™ six RBIs in 14-4 win against Asheville. Meanwhile, Columbus owns a three-game lead over Charleston in the race for the second-half Southern Division crown.