Playoff Recap: Sept. 6


Richmond 3, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 2
(Richmond leads series 1-0)

The R-Braves scored two runs in the first inning, added one in the third and were able to hang on as closer Joey Devine worked the final 1 2/3 innings to defeat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 3-2.

Designated hitter Larry Bigbie went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and drove in two runs for Richmond, and righthander Jeff Bennett allowed a run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings to earn the victory.

Durham 11, Toledo 8
(Durham leads series 1-0)

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano homered twice on a night when the Bulls jacked six home runs in all’"four against Toledo starter Dennis Tankersely’"as Durham defeated Toledo, 11-8 in the series opener.

The Bulls’™ defense wasn’™t sharp, committing four errors, including two by third baseman Evan Longoria, behind starter J.P. Howell. Howell wound up allowing seven runs’"only one earned’"on three hits and struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings.


Salt Lake 9, Sacramento 8
(Salt Lake leads series 1-0)

Salt Lake shortstop Brandon Wood delivered a two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Bees a 9-8 win in the series opener.

Bartolo Colon allowed three runs on five hits over six innings of a rehab start for Salt Lake, but Daric Barton had Colon’™s number’"twice.

The Sacramento first baseman hit two solo jobs off Colon, and went 3-for-5 with four RBIs on the night.

New Orleans 3, Nashville 2 (New Orleans leads series 1-0)

The PCL was all about drama on the opening night of the postseason, as Robinson Cancel hit a walk-off single that scored David Newhan in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Zephyrs lefthander Dave Williams pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing a run on three hits and whiffing six.


Akron 12, Erie 9
(Akron leads series 1-0)

The Aeros had trouble figuring out Erie late in the regular season, but the solution was simple’"bring the bats.

Akron scored seven runs in the seventh inning, catapulting the club to an opening 12-9 victory over the Seawolves.

Outfielders Ryan Goleski and Stephen Head both went deep for the Aeros, while lefthander Chuck Lofgren earned the win after allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.

Righthander Adam Miller, who was moved down to the Aeros roster to get more innings after missing large chunks of the regular season due to injury, allowed four runs on five hits in just two innings of work.

Trenton 3, Portland 1
(Trenton leads series 1-0)

Trenton lefthander Chase Wright got the better of Portland righthander Justin Masterson in the series opener, as the Thunder walked away with a 3-1 win.

A lot of that had to do with Wright, who scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings and fanned six.

Masterson, meanwhile, allowed a pair of runs on seven hits over five innings of work.


San Antonio 5, Frisco 3
(San Antonio leads series 1-0)

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the ninth, San Antonio rallied for three runs that was triggered by a bases-loaded walk drawn by outfielder Drew Macias.

Luis Cruz followed with an RBI single to give the Missions the lead and ultimately, the victory after righthander Edwin Moreno shut the RoughRiders down in the bottom half of the inning.

The Missions managed just four hits in the win, but drew six walks in the game.
All of Frisco’™s runs came via the solo homer, as German Duran, John Mayberry and Brandon Boggs all went deep.

Springfield 4, Tulsa 3
(Springfield leads series 1-0)

Springfield scored three runs in the sixth inning that lifted the club to a 4-3 win over Tulsa in the series opener.

Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte and Luke Gregerson each pitched a scoreless frame over the final three innings to close out the victory.


Inland Empire 4, Lake Elsinore 3 (14 innings)
(Inland Empire leads series, 1-0)

Inland Empire outfielder Jamie Hoffmann delivered a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the 66ers an opening victory over Lake Elsinore, 4-3.

Righthander Javy Guerra pitched the final four innings for Inland Empire, and allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out six.

Visalia 4, Modesto 0
(Visalia leads series 1-0)

Oaks righthander Hector Ambriz tossed eight shutout innings in which he allowed just four hits and struck out six as Visalia blanked Modesto, 4-0.

Lefthander Forrest Cory worked through the ninth despite walking two, as the Oaks got the better of Modesto righthander Brandon Hynick.

Hynick allowed three runs on five hits and struck out seven over eight innings of work.


Frederick 9, Wilmington 2
(Frederick leads series 1-0)

The Keys exploded for 17 hits’"13 of which came against Wilmington lefthander Rowdy Hardy’"en route to a 9-2 win against the Blue Rocks.

Hardy, who led the Carolina League with 15 wins during the regular season, allowed seven runs on walked two over 5 2/3 innings.

Frederick righthander Brad Bergesen allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings to earn the victory.

Salem 10, Kinston 3
(Salem leads series 1-0)

Kinston has home-field advantage for this three-game series after winning both halves of the regular season. And they’™re going to need it after Salem jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on the way to a 10-3 blowout over the Indians.

The Avalanche rattled out 15 hits, as five players collected two hits apiece to knock out Kinston starter James Deters after just four innings. Deters allowed five runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out five.

Salem righthander Sergio Perez allowed three runs on six hits and fanned six over six innings of work.


Brevard County 7, St. Lucie 6
(Series tied 1-1)

Trailing 6-1, Brevard County bounced back and scored four runs in the sixth and added two more in the ninth to knock off St. Lucie and even the series.

Third baseman Mat Gamel went 3-for-4 with a double, and first baseman Chris Errecart hit a three-run homer in the sixth.

Mets righthander Deolis Guerra allowed three runs on six hits over five innings.


Dayton 3, South Bend 1
(Dayton leads series 1-0)

Dayton righthander Daniel Guerrero came up huge in the opener for the Dragons, allowing a run on four hits over eight innings in a 3-1 win against South Bend.

The 22-year-old Mexican struck out five and walked one.

West Michigan 6, Lansing 2
(West Michigan leads series 1-0)

Whitecaps outfielder Jeramy Laster homered twice to lead West Michigan past Lansing, 6-2.

The Whitecaps homered four times in all, and second baseman Scott Sizemore went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the series opener.

Beloit 3, Quad Cities 0
(Beloit leads series 1-0)

Things fell apart for Quad Cities starter Tyler Herron in the fourth inning, as Beloit scored all three runs against the 21-year-old righthander, chasing him with one out in the frame en route to a 3-0 shutout win.

Second baseman Steven Singleton and right fielder Rene Tosoni hit back-to-back doubles off Herron in the fourth to begin the scoring.

Righthander Alex Burnett earned the win for the Snappers, allowing just five hits and striking out five over five innings of work.

Cedar Rapids 4, Clinton 1
(Cedar Rapids leads series 1-0)

Cedar Rapids first baseman Mark Trumbo homered and doubled to lead the Kernels past Clinton, 4-1.

Righthander Trevor Bell allowed a run on three hits and struck out five over seven innings.


West Virginia 12, Hickory 2
(West Virginia leads series 1-0)

West Virginia pounded out 17 hits in a 12-2 victory against Hickory.

Left fielder Matt LaPorta, the Brewers’™ first-round pick in June, went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored for the Power.

Columbus 11, Augusta 2
(Columbus leads series 1-0)

The Catrfish jumped all over Augusta righthander Kevin Pucetas early on on the way to an 11-2 win against the Green Jackets.

Pucetas allowed seven runs on seven hits over just 3 1/3 innings, while Columbus righthander Heath Rollins gave a solid performance.

Rollins allowed a run on five hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.