MiLB Playoff Roundup: Indianapolis Sweeps, Tides Turn Tide

A look at some of the highlights from Friday's playoff action from around the minors.

Indianapolis scored four times in the ninth off Johnny Barbato after being shut down by Kyle Davies to rally and finish a three-game sweep of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 4-2 win Friday in the International League semifinals.

Trailing 2-0, Dan Gamache walked and went to second on a single by Steve Lombardozzi. Alen Hanson singled to load the bases. Gorky Hernandez was hit by a pitch to make it 2-1 and Josh Bell tied it with a sacrifice fly. John Bowker‘s two-run single was the decisive blow.

Davies (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO) outdueled Pirates’ top prospect Tyler Glasnow (5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 SO) to no avail.

The Indians now await the winner of the Norfolk-Columbus series, tied at 1-1.

Norfolk 6, Columbus 1: Henry Urrutia and Christian Walker homered as the Tides evened the series with a 6-1 win in a game that was suspended Thursday because of rain. Tyler Wilson (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 SO) got the win as he pitched in relief of Chris Jones following the suspension.

The Clippers, who turned a triple play in the second inning, got a home run from Audy Ciriaco, who also took part in the triple play.


Round Rock 2, Oklahoma City 1: The Express completed the first-round sweep Friday, getting RBIs from Brett Nicholas and Beamer Weems to back Phil Klein (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO). Lewis Brinson and Nomar Mazara had hits for Round Rock, while Kyle Jenson was 2-for-3 for OKC.

El Paso 6, Fresno 4: The Grizzlies seemed on their way to a three-game sweep and a meeting with Round Rock when El Paso scored six times in the fifth inning against Mark Appel (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 SO) and two relievers for the win. Fresno built a 4-0 lead thanks to RBIs from Tyler White, Matt Duffy, Alex Presley and Robbie Grossman, but the Chihuahuas came alive in the fifth. Appel walked two to begin the inning and Will Middlebrooks singled to load the bases. Jon Singleton‘s error on a grounder by Casey McElroy scored two and Jake Goebbert followed with a two-run double off reliever Chris Cotton to give El Paso the lead for good.


Reading 3, Binghamton 0: It was a night for former Rangers prospects acquired in the Cole Hamels deal. Righthander Jake Thompson was dominant, allowing just three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts, and Nick Williams homered as Reading took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. It was the first complete game in the playoffs for Reading since Brett Myers did it in September 2001.

In addition to Williams’ homer, Cam Perkins had two RBI hits for Reading against Mets starter Robert Gsellman (4.1 IP, 9, H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 SO)

Bowie 11, Altoona 3: Quincy Latimore homered twice and drove in six as Bowie took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. Bowie had 14 hits, four from Latimore and two from Trey Mancini to back Chris Lee (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 SO). Steven Brault (4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 SO) took the loss.


Northwest Arkansas 6, Arkansas 3: NWA completed a three-game sweep of the Travelers as Bubba Starling homered and Raul Mondesi tripled home two runs. Brooks Pounders (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 SO) did enough to beat Chris Ellis (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 SO).

Midland 9, Corpus Christi 5: Chris Jensen was solid (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO) and got support from Ryon Healy, who had four hits, and Renato Nunez, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs as the Rockhounds moved within one win of facing Northwest Arkansas for the Texas League title.


Biloxi 6, Pensacola 0: Another trade-deadline acquisition was dominant Friday as Adrian Houser--picked up from the Astros for Carlos Gomez--pitched a three-hit shutout and Orlando Arcia homered in a four-run fifth as Biloxi took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Houser did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high 10 on just 99 pitches in continuing a fantastic stretch since he was acquired along with Brett Phillips, Josh Hader and Domingo Santana for Gomez and Mike Fiers. After joining Biloxi, Houser went 4-1, 2.92 with a 32/6 strikeout/walk ratio.

The Montgomery-Chattanooga contest was rained out. Chattanooga leads the series 1-0.


Charlotte 6, Daytona 1: Buddy Borden followed a string of dominant pitching performances with one of his own for Charlotte, stifling Daytona to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five championship series.

Borden, 23, struck out eight and gave up just two hits in seven innings. He followed Brent Honeywell, German Marquez and Chih-Wei Hu, who allowed just three runs over 21 innings in Charlotte’s first three postseason games.

“Our other starters set the tone,” Borden told “It built confidence that if they can do it, so can I.”

Pat Blair had three RBIs for the Stone Crabs and Granden Goetzman went 3-for-5 and is 9-for-14 in the playoffs.


High Desert 12, Lancaster 5: The Mavericks scored 11 times in the first two innings and survived losing starter David Perez in the second inning after he was ejected for hitting J.D. Davis with a pitch to advance to the California League semifinals.

Ronald Guzman had a three-run homer and knocked in four runs as High Desert quickly disposed of JetHawks starter Akeem Bostick, who gave up five runs and got just one out. No. 2 overall pick Alex Bregman had a double and an RBI as did Derek Fisher for Lancaster.

San Jose 5, Stockton 3 (15 innings): Aramis Garcia‘s RBI single in the 15th inning scored Angel Villalona as San Jose eliminated Stockton and will move on to play Visalia in the other Cal League semifinal.


Myrtle Beach 4, Winston-Salem 3: The Pelicans moved on to the league finals thanks to Victor Caratini‘s three-run double in the first. A rehabbing Jorge Soler was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored and Mark Zagunis had a single. Chesny Young had a RBI single, scoring Gleyber Torres, for the winners, while Adam Engel had a two-run homer for the Dash and Trey Michalczewski had two hits.

Wilmington 4, Lynchburg 3: Jack Lopez‘s homer in the eighth broke a 2-2 tie and Wilmington hung on to beat Lynchburg and advance to the Carolina League finals against the Pelicans. Bobby Bradley was 1-for-4 for Lynchburg, Clint Frazier was 0-for-3 and Mike Papi had two hits, including an RBI double.


Hickory 6, West Virginia 3: The Crawdads live to fight another day, thanks to Luke Tendler‘s two-run triple. No. 4 overall pick Dillon Tate got the win, striking out two in two scoreless innings of relief. No. 19 overall pick Kevin Newman was 1-for-4 for West Virginia and 2015 second-rounder Kevin Kramer had two hits and an RBI for the losers.

Savannah 9, Asheville 2: There will be a decisive third game in this series as well as the Sand Gnats scored seven times in the first and cruised to the win. Wuilmer Becerra had an RBI hit and J.C. Rodriguez and Jonathan Johnson each had three-run doubles in the inning. Ricky Knapp (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 SO) was the recipient of the offensive outburst.


Williamsport 3, West Virginia 1: Austin Bossart homered in the fourth to back Franklyn Kilome (5 IP, 2 H, 6 SO) as the Crosscutters set up a decisive third game for the league title. Venn Biter added an RBI double, scoring Mark Laird, for Williamsport.


Idaho Falls 4, Orem 3 (10): Nick Dini‘s single in the 10th scored pinch-runner Rudy Martin to give Idaho Falls the win. The loss ended the season for the Owlz. Idaho Falls goes on to play Missoula in the league championship series. Idaho Falls tied the game in the top of the eighth on a solo homer by Joshua Banuelos.

Missoula 6, Billings 3: Missoula used the long ball again to eliminate Billings. The Osprey, who hit eight homers in the series, got dingers from Austin Byler, Matt Jones and Luke Lowery.

Bo Takahashi struck out seven in six innings for the win.