Playoff Dish: Sept. 12

See also: Monday’s Daily Dish



Corpus Christi 11, Wichita 5 (Corpus Christi leads series 1-0)

Corpus Christi outfielder Hunter Pence and first baseman Walter Young collected three hits apiece and combined to drive in eight runs as the Hooks took Game 1 of the Texas League championship series against Wichita, 11-5. Corpus Christi jumped all over Wranglers righthander Zack Grienke, who allowed six earned runs on 12 hits over six innings of work.



Visalia 10, San Jose 3 (Visalia leads series 2-1)

Visalia pounded out 14 hits, led by outfielder Shaun Cumberland (3-for-5 with a pair of doubles) and DH John Jaso (2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs). Righthander James Houser picked up the win for the Oaks, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out six in five innings. Visalia can wrap up the best-of-five series with a win at home today.

Lake Elsinore 4, Inland Empire 3 (Inland Empire leads series 2-1)

Lake Elsinore scored two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to stave off elimination in its best-of-five series against Inland Empire. Center fielder Josh Howard lined a two-out single with the bases loaded in the ninth to drive in Nic Crosta with the winning run. Five Inland Empire pitchers combined to walk 14 batters, led by starter Cibney Bello’s six in four innings of work, but the Storm was 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position until Howard came through in the ninth.


Kinston 2, Frederick 1 (Kinston wins series 3-0)

Kinston won the Mills Cup in strange fashion, scoring the go-ahead run on an infield hit by Chris De La Cruz in the top of the 11th inning and holding on for a 2-1 win thanks to a game-ending runner interference call in the bottom of the frame. With two outs and runners on first and second, Kinston third baseman Rodney Choy Foo bobbled a grounder, but the umpires ruled that baserunner Morgan Clendenin interfered with Choy Foo, so Clendenin was called out and the game was over. K-Tribe lefthander Chuck Lofgren was outstanding in a no-decision, allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings, while striking out seven and walking two.



Lakewood 2, Augusta 1 (Lakewood leads series 1-0)

It was a good old-fashioned pitchers duel in Game One of the SAL championship series, and as per usual it was the Lakewood pitching that prevailed and took the opening game of the best-of-five series. Lefthander Josh Outman allowed one run over seven innings while striking out six to earn the victory. Joe Martinez also allowed just one run over seven innings for Augusta and got a no-decision. Lakewood scored the winning run in the top of the eighth inning when designated hitter Clay Harris singled home second baseman Avelino Asprilla with two outs.