High Class A Playoff Dish: Nats Take Series Lead

California League

Stockton 9, Lancaster 5 (Stockton leads best-of-five series 1-0)

Stockton took the lead in the California League championship with a 9-5 victory over Lancaster. The Ports got most of their offense from one man, left fielder Archie Gilbert. Gilbert, a former Red Sox prospect, went 3-for-4 and drove in six runs (he also stole two bases) to lead the Ports to victory. Helping Gilbert out were second baseman Frank Martinez (2-for-3, 3 R, 1 RBI) and right fielder Michael Massaro (2-for-3, 2 R).

Neither starter factored in the decision, but Ports righthander Jason Glushon (1-0) got the win throwing three innings and allowing just one run in relief. The two teams were tied after four innings at 5-5, but Stockton scored four unanswered runs after that point and secure the game one win. Catcher Jon Still drove in two with a double in the third paced the JetHawks offense. Game two is tonight at Stockton at 7:05 EST.

Carolina League

Potomac 8, Myrtle Beach 7 in 10 Innings (Potomac leads best-of-five series 2-1)

Myrtle Beach, the best team in the Carolina League regular season, is one loss away from having their season ended after falling 8-7 in ten innings to Potomac last night. The Pelicans had a 7-4 lead entering the ninth before everything came crashing down. With two outs and two on in the ninth Pelicans lefthander Ferdin Tejeda gave up a three-run homer to Nats catcher Jhonatan Solano that tied the game at seven. The Pelicans never recovered and relief pitcher righty Brett Butts lost the game in the tenth walking three batters, including walking in the winning run.

The Nats got on the board early with two runs in both the first and third, led by a two-run homer in the third by second baseman Michael Martinez that gave them a 4-2 lead. Myrtle Beach then rattled off five unanswered with the big hit coming off the bat of first baseman Ernesto Mejia with his two-RBI single in the fifth. Shortstop Brandon Hicks added a solo homer in the eighth to extend the lead to 7-4. Nats righthander Josh Wilkie (1-0) got the win in relief allowing no runs in two innings of work. Center fielder Gorkys Hernandez also had a big night for Myrtle Beach going 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of doubles in the losing effort. The Pelicans will attempt to force a fifth game Friday night as they send lefty Cole Rohrbough to the mound at Potomac at 7:05 EST.