High Class A Playoffs Daily Dish

California League

San Jose 2, Stockton 1 (Best-of-five series tied 2-2)

A fifth and deciding game will be needed to decide who will advance to the California League Finals as San Jose came from behind to defeat Stockton. San Jose took its first lead on a Sharlon Schoop two-RBI double in the seventh. The Giants would hold on as righty Dan Otero threw a perfect 1 1/3 innings to close out the contest. Josh Donaldson was 2-for-3 and Jermaine Mitchell (1-for3) drove in the Ports only run, as both players kept their playoff hot streaks alive. Ports lefthander Carlos Hernandez had another excellent start. He allowed just four baserunners in six innings while striking out ten. Giants righthander Daryl Maday matched him for five, allowing only six runners and striking out eight in a no decision. The series finale takes place tonight in San Jose at 7:00 PST.

Lancaster 4, Lake Elsinore 3 (Best-of-five series tied at 2-2)

In similar fashion to the other California League semifinal Lancaster took the lead late to tie the series at two and force a final and deciding game with a 4-3 win Tuesday. In the sixth, with the game tied at two, Daniel Nava ripped his second RBI double of the game to give the JetHawks the lead for good. Lancaster starter right-hander Blake Maxwell (1-0) was solid going six allowing only two runs, and lefty Derrick Loop gave the JetHawks three innings of one run relief to hold onto the victory. Luis Durango and Eric Sogard had good nights for the Storm in the loss both hitters going 3-for-5. The final and deciding game of this series takes place tonight at 7:00 PST in Lancaster.

Carolina League

Myrtle Beach 6, Potomac 4 (Best-of-five series tied 1-1)

One night after giving up fifteen runs in a loss the Pelicans bounced back to tie the best-of-five Carolina League final. The Pelicans scored in three straight frames to take a comanding six-run lead that they would not give up. Travis Jones blasted a three-run homer in the second to start the rally, and Ernesto Mejia added a solo blast in the third to provide the punch in the Myrtle Beach attack. Pelicans lefthander Carlos Rivas (1-1) gave them a solid outing going six allowing no runs for the win. The Pelicans bullpen gave up four runs late, but was saved by right-hander Ferdin Tejeda’s scoreless ninth. The Nationals offense came from a Michael Martinez two-RBI double and a Jhonatan Solano solo-homer in a losing effort. Game three of the Championship Series takes place Thursday at Potomac at 7:05 EST.

Florida State League

Daytona 7, Fort Myers 3 (Daytona wins series 3-1)

Daytona won its first Florida State League title since 2004 as Tony Thomas once again led the way. Thomas went 2-for-4 on his way to being named series MVP. He went 14-for-29 with eight runs scored and 7 RBIs in the playoffs. James Adduci  and Yusuf Carter homered for the Cubs, and Darwin Barney collected two RBI’s in the game. Those runs would prove to be more than enough as the Cubs bullpen came in after the fourth inning to hold onto the lead with five scoreless. Righthander Andrew Cashner (1-0) got the win in relief, striking out four in 2 2/3 innings. Fort Myers righthander Alex Burnett (1-1) took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings. Whit Robbins was the offensive star for the Miracle for the second straight game contributing a solo homer in the loss.