Low Class A Playoff Dish: GreenJackets Take Sally Title

Midwest League

Burlington 12, South Bend 0 (Burlington leads best-of-five series 2-0)

One night after shutting out South Bend 6-0 to win game one of the Midwest League championship series, Burlington doubled its total and won 12-0. The Bees jumped out early with five in the first, fueled by a David Lough leadoff homer and a Jamar Walton two-run shot. Second baseman Johnny Giavotella had a huge night (3-for-4, 3 R), hitting a two-run blast in the second, his second straight game, to push the lead to 7-0.

The Bees scored their final run in the third inning, when they added five more, highlighted by outfielder Nick Van Stratten’s second RBI-double of the game. Given so much early support made Bees righty Alexander Caldera’s (2-0) start extremely easy. Caldera did not fail to impress, throwing six scoreless and allowing only three hits with six strikeouts. The Bees will now try to close out the Silver Hawks Friday night at South Bend at 6:30 CST.

South Atlantic League

Augusta 4, West Virginia 3 (Augusta wins best-of-five series 3-0)

Augusta closed out the South Atlantic League championship series with a 4-3 win at West Virginia. Augusta scored two runs in the first and two in the fourth. That was all the scoring the GreenJackets would manage in the game, but it was enough. Second baseman Nick Noonan completed a big series, driving in what would prove to be the winning run on a two-RBI single in the fourth. The Power tried to come back on the strength of  a Caleb Gindl two-run homer in the fourth. That homer would provide the only offense for the Power against GreenJackets lefty Scott Barnes (2-0) who went six and struck out four in the win.

Augusta closer lefthander Andrew De La Garza pitched the final two innings and struck out three, allowing a run in the ninth but sealing the victory and the series for Augusta. Augusta had by far the best record in the Sally League during the regular season and did not lose a game in the Sally League Playoffs en route to its first championship since 1999. The GreenJackets pitching staff finishes the year with the best ERA in the minor leagues (2.95) and allowed only five earned runs in the playoffs.