Lancaster 9, Lake Elsinore 6 10 Innings (Best-of-five series tied 1-1)
Lancaster took game two of the best-of-five California League Semifinal series in dramatic fashion. Kris Negron smacked a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth to tie the series between Lancaster and Lake Elsinore at one with Lancaster’s 9-6 victory. Lancaster jumped out to a big lead with a five-run first sparked by a Jon Still three-run homer. The Storm then fought back scoring in five different frames to take a 6-5 lead into the ninth before JetHawks shortstop Yamaico Navarro’s RBI single tied it at six. The Storm were led by Brian Joynt and Anthony Contreras who each homered in the game. RHP Wilton Lopez (0-1, BS 1) took the loss for the Storm giving up four runs (one earned) in 1 2/3 innings. RHP Jason Blackley (1-0) got the win with a scoreless tenth for the JetHawks. The series will continue on Monday night at 7:08 PST at Lake Elsinore.
Stockton 7, San Jose 6 (Best-of-five series tied at 1-1)
In another California League thriller Stockton took out San Jose 7-6 with a three-run ninth. San Jose got a solid start from righthander Kevin Pucetas who went six allowing one run and striking out five. The Giants looked to have everything under control for most of the game as they got RBI’s from six different players, including a homer from Brad Boyer. The Ports then came back with six runs in the final three innings. The Ports ninth featured a two RBI game tying triple from Chris Carter, followed by a Josh Donaldson single to give Stockton the lead for the first time in the game. Righthander Michael Benacka came into to close out the game for Stockton and tie the series. Dan Otero (0-1, BS 1) took the loss for the Giants giving up all three ninth-inning runs while only recording two outs. Donaldson had the big game for Stockton as he continues his hot hitting going 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. The Series will resume at 7:05 PST at Stockton on Monday.
No Games Scheduled
Potomac at Myrtle Beach 9/8/2008 7:05 EST
Potomac eliminated Wilmington 1-0 to win the best-of-five series 3-0 on Friday. Four Nationals pitchers, led by lefthander Ross Detwiler combined on a four-hitter to seal the victory and end the series.
Myrtle Beach eliminated Winston-Salem with an 11-5 victory on Saturday night 3-1. They also won game three in the series on Friday night 5-1. The Pelicans were led by Tyler Flowers’ 5-for-8 series. Flowers had a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored.
In Friday night’s game lefthander Cole Rohrbough (1-0) gave the Pelicans an outstanding start going six allowing only two hits and one run (unearned) for the win. The aforementioned Flowers provided all the offense the Pelicans would need with a two-run home run.
On Saturday, Gorkys Hernandez paced the Pelicans going 2-for-5 with three runs. Jason Heyward also contributed solid numbers on Saturday with a 2-for-4 game.
Florida State League
Daytona 9, Fort Myers 1 (Daytona leads best-of-three series 2-0)
Daytona is one win away from winning its first Florida State League Title since 2000. Daytona took game two of their best-of-five championship series with Fort Myers in commanding 9-1 fashion. Tony Thomas, Blake Lali (HR), and Jonathan Mota all had two RBI’s to lead the Cubs offense in the victory. Cubs starter RHP Jay Jackson (1-0), a 2008 ninth-round pick gave them a solid start going 5.2 allowing no runs and striking out five. Game three in the series will take place at Daytona on Monday night at 7:05 EST as Daytona tries to clinch.
In game one on Saturday night Daytona came from behind to defeat Fort Myers 5-1. The Cubs spoiled a great start by Miracle RHP Matthew Fox who went six allowing just three hits, no runs, and striking out ten. Tony Thomas led the comeback for the Cubs with a big two RBI triple in the seventh to give them the lead for good and a 1-0 series lead.