AAA Playoff Dish: Yankees Take 2-0 Lead


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1, Durham 0, 13 innings (Scranton leads the best-of-5 series 2-0)

Durham out-hit Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in this game, 9-4, but couldn’t manage to bring anyone home. Their best chance was in the second inning when left fielder Jonny Gomes struck out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded. The Bulls held the Yankees to just three hits over the first 12 innings in what was a great pitchers’ duel, including an epic battle of the bullpens. Durham righthander Mitch Talbot went eight innings with three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. Talbot was relieved by lefthander Heath Phillips, who pitched two no-hit innings with five strikeouts and then righthander Dale Thayer added two more no-hit innings with two strikeouts. Yankees righthander Ian Kennedy pitched five innings, allowing five hits while walking four and striking out eight. After Kennedy, righthander Steven Jackson gave up three hits over three innings while striking out five. Righthanders Mark Melancon and Scott Strickland each threw two no-hit innings, striking out two apiece. For Melancon, it was his second appearance in two days—he got the win after throwing a scoreless inning in game one. The Yankees have backed the Bulls into a corner as the series comes to Durham.


Oklahoma 11, Sacramento 2 (Best-of-5 series is tied 1-1)

The top third of Oklahoma’s lineup packed most of the punch, going a combined 9-for-15 with two home runs and six RBIs as the RedHawks throttled the River Cats 11-2 to tie the series at one game apiece. Oklahoma shortstop Casey Benjamin went 2-for-5 with a home run as the RedHawks leadoff hitter and first baseman Chris Shelton went 3-for-5 with a home run. The RedHawks hit three home runs in the game, giving them seven so far in the series. Seven of Sacramento’s eight hits were singles. The only extra-base hit they had was a fourth-inning solo home run by right fielder Chris Denorfia.