High Class A Playoff Dish

California League

Stockton 7, San Jose 6 (Stockton leads best-of-five series 2-1)

Stockton took a step closer to the California League Finals by beating San Jose 7-6 on a Jermaine Mitchell walk-off single. The Ports stormed back after entering the eighth down 5-2, but scored five runs in the final two innings. Josh Horton (2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI), Chris Carter (1-for-3, HR, 42 on season), and Matt Spencer (3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI) led the attack, all contributing in the comeback. Corey Brown spraked the ninth inning outburst for the Ports with a two-RBI double. The Giants got a big night from Mike McBryde (3-for-5, 3 R), and Sharlon Schoop added a three-run homer in the loss. Left-hander Joe Paterson (0-1, BS 1) took the loss for San Jose allowing Mitchell’s single, but right-hander Juan Trinidad allowed the Ports to tie it up giving up two to start the ninth. Left-hander Branden Dewing (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Stockton will try to close out the series at home tonight at 7:05 PST. 

Lake Elsinore 5, Lancaster 4 (Lake Elsinore leads best-of-five series 2-1)

One night after scoring four runs in the last two innings to tie the series at one the Storm came from behind again to win 5-4. Storm leftfielder Luis Durango singled home the game winner in walk-off fashion to put the Storm up two games to one in the series. Lancaster scored four in the fourth to take control of the game paced by Michael Jones and Reid Engel each going deep in the inning.  Eric Sogard paced the comeback for the Storm scroring Cedric Hunter on a triple in the fourth. The bullped was outstanding for the Storm throwing 5.2 scorelss, led by right-hander Robert Woodard’s two innings and right-hander Evan Scribner’s (1-0) perfect ninth. JetHawks lefty reliever Kyle Fernandes (0-2) took his second playoff loss thanks in large part to two ninth inning walks. The Storm have a chance to end the series with a home game tonight at 7:08 PST. 

Carolina League

Potomac 15, Myrtle Beach 0 (Potomac leads best-of-five series 1-0)

Potomac right-hander Luis Atilano (1-0) has now thrown eleven scorless innings in the Carolina League Playoffs leading the Nationals to a 15-0 blowout of Myrtle Beach. On Monday night he would do more than enough to ensure a Nationals victory going five allowing no runs. The Nats jumped all over Myrtle Beach in the fourth led by a Francisco Plasencia three-run homer. Potomac continued to pour it on with a five run sixth that included a Michael Burgess grand slam. Left-handed starter Scott Diamond (0-1) took the loss for the Pelicans allowing seven runs (one earned) in 3.2 innings. The Pelicans will try to bounce back Tuesday night at home at 7:05 EST.

Florida State League

Fort Myers 5, Daytona 3 (Daytona leads best-of-five series 2-1)

The Miracle is trying to pull just that off and come from down 0-2 to win the FSL Title at Daytona. Part one of the comeback is now complete as Fort Myers downed Daytona 5-3 at Daytona to close the series to 2-1. The Miracle got a pair of two run homers to lead the offense, one from Edward Ovalle and the big blow a fourth inning blast from Whit Robbins to give the Miracle the lead for good. Fort Myers got an excellent outing from its bullpen as four pitchers combined to throw 4.2 scoreless in the win. This years first round pick right-hander Carlos Gutierrez (1-1) got the win with an inning of work. The Miracle then got another dominant performance from top reliever right-hander Anthony Slama (S 3) who went 1.1 striking out four. Cubs lefty James Russell (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs in 5.2. Tony Thomas continued his red-hot hitting for the Cubs in the loss with a 3-for-5 night including a stolen base and two-run homer. Daytona will get another chance to claim the FSL Title at home tonight at 7:05 EST.