Jason Kipnis hit for the cycle Friday night to lead Columbus to an easy 13-2 win that wrapped up the IL title for the Clippers. Jerad Head (four hits), Jared Goedert (three hits) and Cord Phelps (three hits) contributed to the Clippers' deluge of runs.
Pacific Coast League
Tacoma finished off a three-game sweep of Memphis for the PCL title with a 10-6 win in 10 innings on Friday night. Dustin Ackley homered and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th with a rally-starting walk. Matt Mangini went 3-for-5 with two runs scored for Tacoma and Justin Smoak added a two-run single in the 11th.
Tony Watson outdueled Manny Banuelos as Altoona finished off Trenton for the EL title on Saturday. Watson struck out 10 while allowing two runs in six innings in Altoona's 5-2 win. Jim Negrych had three hits for the Curve. Banuelos gave up five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings as Altoona touched him for four runs, three of which were earned.
Saturday was a great day for Chris Hatcher. Hatcher homered to provide the only run in Jacksonville's title-clinching 1-0 win over Tennessee. Then after the game, he got the call to the Marlins. Shortstop Ozzie Martinez and righthander Sandy Rosario also were promoted to the majors after the game. Rosario picked up the save on Saturday night, finishing off an excellent start by Jose Rosario (6 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs).
Will Smith didn't join Northwest Arkansas until late in the season, but he can toast the Naturals' title knowing he played a big part in the title. Smith held Midland scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Saturday and Henry Barrera and Patrick Keating finished out the 2-0 shutout. Anthony Seratelli had three hits and one of the Naturals two runs. The other came on an Eric Hosmer RBI single.
Manny Flores ensured that Rancho Cucamonga has one more game to play. Flores threw eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 shutout of San Jose. The league title will be decided Monday night in a one-game-decides-all showdown. Mike Trout had two hits and an RBI for the Quakes.
Marcos Frias, Joe Testa and Zach Dials combined to hold Winston-Salem to four hits as Potomac wrapped up the Carolina League title with a 2-1 win Friday night. Tyler Moore went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Francisco Soriano tripled for the P-Nats.
The Clinton Lumberkings didn't make a whole lot of contact on Sunday, but they made it count. Clinton hitters struck out 13 times and had only six hits, but they managed to piece together three runs (thanks in large part to James Jones' three hits including a home run) in a 3-2 win over Lake County. The win tied the series 2-2 heading to a deciding Game 5 Monday night.
South Atlantic League
Sebastian Valle's three-run home run proved to be all the runs Lakewood needed as the BlueClaws repeated as South Atlantic League champs. Lakewood got five solid innings from Jonathan Pettibone and four scoreless innings of relief from Josh Seid in a 4-2 win over Greenville.