South Bend 5, West Michigan 3 (South Bend leads best-of-three series 1-0)
Pretty it was not. In a game that featured eleven combined errors the SilverHawks managed to beat the Whitecaps in game one of their playoff series 5-3. South Bend got an effecient outing from top prospect Jarrod Parker (1-0) who went six allowing just two runs and striking out five. Daniel Schlereth then came in to throw two scoreless innings and strike out three. The SilverHawks then turned to dominant closer Clay Zavada who sealed the victory with a scoreless ninth. Sean Coughlin paced the SilverHawk offense with a 4 for 4 night driving in two. The Whitecaps pitching was not the problem as ace Jon Kibler (0-1) only allowed one earned in his four innings, but the defense could not support him. West Michigan then got an outstanding relief effort from Paul Nardozzi who went four scoreless striking out seven. The series will continue tonight in Grand Rapids at 7 CST.
Dayton 3, Lansing 1 (Dayton leads best-of-three series 1-0)
Pitching was the story early in the Midwest League playoff game in Dayton, Ohio, but an error in the sixth by Lansing would prove the difference as Dayton would go on to the 3-1 victory. Dayton starter Jeremy Horst (1-0) was superb throwing 6 2/3 scoreless allowing just three hits and striking out five. Lansing starter Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) matched him pitch for pitch until the error led off the sixth. The big star for the Dragons was Neftali Soto who laced a two RBI double in the sixth that proved to be the difference. The two teams will meet again at 7:05 CST at Lansing.
Cedar Rapids 3, Clinton 0 (Cedar Rapids leads the best-of-three series 1-0)
Cedar Rapids held court at home winning 3-1 in game one of their Midwest League Playoff series with Clinton. The Kernels took the lead on a Jeremy Moore homer to lead off the bottom of the third and never looked back. Esmerlin Jimenez (1-0) allowed only two hits in seven innings to pick up the win. Blake Beavan (0-1) did not pitch poorly for the LumberKings but he was just outclassed by Jimenez. Andrew Romine also added two hits and two RBI’s in the contest. The two teams will meet again at Clinton at 7 CST on Thursday.
Burlington 5, Kane County 3 (Burlington leads the best-of-three series 1-0)
Burlington trailed Kane County for eight innings Wednesday night before exploding for four in the bottom of the eighth to steal the victory in game one of their playoff series. Bees starter Danny Gutierrez allowed two runs through six, striking out six, but looked to be on the hook for the loss when he left the game. Carlos Hernandez was solid for the Cougars going 5 1/3 scoreless, allowing just two hits and stiking out five. Chad Kerfoot (0-1) looked to have everything in control in relief until the seventh when Jason Taylor got the Bees on the board with a solo shot. The Bees then took the win with a four-run eighth sparked by Juan Rivera’s leadoff walk and stolen base. The series now shifts to Kane County where they will play game two at 6:30 CST Thursday night.
South Atlantic League
Augusta 1, Asheville 0 (Augusta leads best-of-three series 1-0)
Augusta took game one of the Sally League playoff series with Asheville on the arm of Sally League Pitcher of the Year Madison Bumgarner (1-0). Bumgarner was simply amazing throwing eight scoreless innings allowing just three baserunners and striking out ten. As good as Bumgarner was Asheville starter RHP Connor Graham (0-1) was just as dominant. Graham went eight allowing only one hit, one run, and striking out ten. The only blemish in the game came on a Nick Noonan sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored James Simmons. The series continues in Asheville on Friday night at 7:05 EST.
Lake County 10, West Virginia 4 (Lake County leads best-of-three series 1-0)
Lake County jumped out early on West Virginia in the first game of their Sally League playoff series. The Captains scored five runs in the first three innings led by a Juan Valdes three-run homer in the third. The Captains also got a solid offensive night from Matt Brown (3-for-4) and Karexon Sanchez (2 for 5 with a two-run homer). Captains starter RHP Joseph Mahalic (1-0) had a solid night going five allowing no runs and just four baserunners. The Power got a solid offensive night from LF Lee Haydel who went 3 for 4, as well as top prospects Caleb Gindl (2-for-4) and Steffan Wilson (2-for-5, 1 RBI). RHP R.J. Seidel took the loss for West Virginia allowing three runs in just over an inning of work. Lake City will try close out the series at home on Friday at 7:05 EST.