AAA Playoff Dish: All Series Tied Up After Two Games


Louisville 19, Durham 3  (Best-of-5 series tied 1-1)

Louisville scored early and often against Bulls righthanders Mitch Talbot and Chris Mason. The Bats jumped on Talbot in the bottom of the first, putting four runs on the board. After they scored another run in the second inning, that was it for Talbot. Mason came in to try and stop the bleeding, but Louisville’s hit parade continued as they put up nine runs in the bottom of the third. Every Bats hitter had at least one hit and seven of the 10 hitters they used drove in a run. Second baseman Danny Richar went 4-for-5 with a walk, two doubles and four runs scored. Shortstop Paul Janish went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, four runs scored and four RBIs. Louisville righthander Homer Bailey gave up just two hits and struck out eight over six scoreless innings.

Pawtucket 3, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 (Best-of-5 series tied 1-1)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre managed to scratch out just two hits against Pawtucket, but neither of them came against the Red Sox’ starter, righthander Devern Hansack, who struck out eight over six no-hit innings. Hansack did surrender Scranton’s only run, however, as the result of a walk, a wild pitch and a couple groundouts. Pawtucket right fielder Jason Lane, who was ejected from the first game of the series for arguing balls and strikes, came back with a vengeance, going 2-for-4 with a home run. Scranton righthander Ian Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked three.


Oklahoma 6, Iowa 2 (Best-of-5 series tied 1-1)

A big two-out rally in the top of the second inning resulted in five runs for the Redhawks—enough to win the game and knot up the series at one game apiece. A throwing error by Iowa shortstop Andres Blanco resulted in all five runs of the inning being unearned. Oklahoma third baseman Travis Metcalf went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the top of the third. Iowa actually out-hit Oklahoma, 10-6, but just couldn’t bring runners around to score. Four time the Cubs ended the inning with runners left in scoring position. 

Sacramento 8, Salt Lake 3 (Best-of-5 series tied 1-1)

After losing a slugfest in game one of the series, the River Cats came out swinging again, putting up eight runs to tie the series at one game apiece. Sacramento second baseman Brooks Conrad had a huge night, going 2-for-4 with two home runs, giving him three for the series. Right fielder Chris Denorfia, first baseman Casey Rogowski and shortstop Donnie Murphy all hit round-trippers as well. Sacramento righthander Sean Gallagher threw five scoreless innings for the win, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.