AAA Playoff Dish: RedHawks Power Into PCL Championship


Durham 9, Louisville 1 (Durham won the best-of-5 series 3-1)

After nearly getting no-hit by Bulls righthander Jeff Niemann on Saturday night, Louisville’s offense didn’t do much better Sunday night against righthander Wade Davis, who gave up a run on four hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts. It was the only run the Bats could bring across, as all five of their hits were singles. With 15 hits, Durham didn’t have any trouble scoring runs. Bulls right fielder Jon Weber went 4-for-5 with  two doubles and left fielder Jonny Gomes hit his second home run of the playoffs. Durham will now face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the Governor’s Cup.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2, Pawtucket 0 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won the best-of-5 series 3-1)

A pitching matchup between Red Sox righthander Bartolo Colon and Yankees righthander Phil Hughes delivered on the promise of a classic pitchers’ duel. Colon gave up two hits over 7 2/3 innings, striking out three. Hughes gave up four hits over 8 innings while striking out 11. Neither pitcher allowed a run and the game was tied at zero after nine innings. In the bottom of the 10th, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Bernie Castro led off the inning with a double. It was only the second time all game the Yankees had a runner on second base. Red Sox lefthander Hunter Jones struck out Yankees first baseman Juan Miranda and was then replaced by righthander Edgar Martinez. Martinez came in to face Yankees right fielder Shelley Duncan, who turned around the second pitch he saw for a two-run, walk-off shot to win the game and the series.


Oklahoma 16, Iowa 5 (Oklahoma won the best-of-5 series 3-2)

Iowa scored in the top of the first and was leading the game, 1-0 through the first three frames. But in the bottom of the fourth, the wheels fell off. Oklahoma third baseman Travis Metcalf hit a two-out grand slam and the RedHawks never looked back, scoring 12 more runs over the next four innings for the series win. Metcalf went on to hit another home run, his third of the series. Left fielder John Mayberry, center fielder Jason Ellison, right fielder Ben Harrison and second baseman Ryan Roberts also joined in on the fun by going yard as well. Oklahoma will now face Sacramento for the PCL championship.

On Saturday, Sacramento won the best-of-5 series against Salt Lake, 3-1

The River Cats were a scoring machine, averaging more than 8 runs per game this series. On Saturday, they defeated Salt Lake righthander Nick Adenheart for the series victory. Sacramento left fielder Travis Buck hit a solo home run in the first inning and the River Cats never trailed, also getting round trippers from right fielder Chris Denorfia and shortstop Donnie Murphy.