Playoff Recap: Sept. 7


Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6, Richmond 4
(Series tied 1-1)

Scranton pitching was just good enough over the course of 10 innings to hold off Richmond and their 11 hits–which included three apiece by prospects Brent Lillibridge and Brandon Jones. Yankees outfielder Bronson Sardinha provided the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the top of the 10th, before Scranton tacked on two more.

Lefthander Kei Igawa allowed two runs in five innings to get the Yankees started on the right foot, and relievers Ross Ohlendorf, Ben Kozlowski and T.J. Beam combined to surrender two runs in the final five frames.

Durham 9, Toledo 5
(Durham leads series 2-0)

Jeff Niemann went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, to pick up the win. The 6-foot-9 righthander struck out seven and walked four.

Durham scored two in the first and three in the second off Toledo righthander Jordan Tata to jump out to a lead they never relinquished. Outfielders Jason Pridie (1-for-1 with a run and an RBI) and Justin Ruggiano (3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs) helped spark both outbursts.


Salt Lake 11, Sacramento 10
(Salt Lake leads series 2-0)

Salt Lake scored three in the eighth to pull within a run of Sacramento, and scored twice in the ninth to win. Adam Pavkovich delivered the two-run single in the ninth, giving the Bees walk-off wins in consecutive games. River Cats righthander Brad Ziegler, so effective for the club down the stretch, was charged with three runs and the loss for his two-thirds of an inning of work.

Neither club’s starter lasted more than three innings, with Bees’ righthander Kasey Olenberger allowing five runs and Sacramento righthander Michael Madsen letting in four.

New Orleans 5, Nashville 1
(New Orleans leads series 2-0)

New Orleans lefthander Jason Vargas saved perhaps his finest start of the season for when it mattered most. He stymied the Sounds for six innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four and walking none.

Veterans Andy Tracy, with a homer, and Chad Hermansen, with a triple, drove in two runs apiece to lead the Zephyrs’ attack.


Erie 9, Akron 6
(Series tied 1-1)

Erie first baseman Jeff Larish powered the offense with a fourth-inning grand slam that paved the way for the Seawolves to tie the series with a 9-6 victory over Akron.

Larish went 2-for-4 with five RBIs and 41-year-old closer Alan Mills slammed the door on the Aeros in the ninth.

Portland 3, Trenton 2, 13 innings
(Series tied 1-1)

The Sea Dogs came up with a huge win on the road, outlasting Trenton, 3-2 in 13 innings on Thursday.

Third baseman Andrew Pinckey, who hit two home runs in the one-game playoff against New Hampshire earlier this week, drove in Bryan Pritz with an RBI single to score the game-winning run.


Montgomery 6, Mississippi 5
(Montgomery leads series 1-0)

Biscuits shortstop Reid Brignac hit an RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth to give Montgomery a 6-5 victory in the series opener over Mississippi.
Brignac, who went 3-for-28 in the postseason during Montgomery’™s championship run last season, went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.

Second baseman J.C. Holt led the M-Braves attack, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored.

Tennessee 6, Huntsville 3
(Tennessee leads series 1-0)

Righthander Mark Holliman was the key to Tennessee’™s opening win in the series, as the Smokies defeated Huntsville, 6-3.

Holliman allowed a pair of runs on five hits and struck out six over seven strong innings of work.


Springfield 4, Tulsa 3
(Springfield leads series 2-0)

Colby Rasmus came through for the Cardinals when they needed it most, hammering a walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth to give Springfield a dramatic, 4-3 win against Tulsa.

San Antonio 6, Frisco 1
(San Antonio leads series 2-0)

The Missions’™ offense couldn’™t solve Frisco starter Armando Galarraga, but made short work of Frisco’s bullpen as San Antonio took a commanding two-game lead in the series.

San Antonio scored four runs in the eighth after Galarraga exited. The Venezuelan righthander allowed a pair of runs on six hits and struck out eight over seven innings.

For the Missions, lefthander Cesar Ramos was solid, allowing a run on five hits and whiffing eight over six innings of work.


Lake Elsinore 10, Inland Empire 7
(Series tied 1-1)

Lake Elsinore used three doubles to drive in four runs in the seventh and forced a decisive third game against Inland Empire.

Kyle Blanks led the way, going 2 for 2 with three RBIs and three runs scored. His three run homer put the Storm up for good in the fifth. Righthander Richie Daigle gave up three runs in three innings but earned the win.

Visalia 5, Modesto 4
(Visalia wins series 2-0)

Outfielder Clyde Hankerd and second baseman Derek Bruce both went 2 for 4 with a home run to lead Visalia to a sweep over Modesto. Hankerd’s home run was a three run shot in the eighth that proved to be the winning hit.

Righthander Matt Torra pitched eight innings, giving up four runs, one earned, and striking out eight for the win. Righthander Barry Enright pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

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

Righthander Chorye Spoone was one out away from a no-hitter when he surrendered a home run to Jose Duarte. Spoone retired the next batter, though, and the Keys came away with a 3-1 victory to advance to the finals.

Spoone struck out nine and walked none. He faced only two batters more than the minimum due to the home run and an error by third baseman Ryan Finan in the fifth inning.

But it was Finan’s two-run homer in the fourth inning that provided the Keys with all the offense they would need to win the game.

Kinston 1, Salem 0
(Series tied 1-1)

Kinston shortstop Josh Rodriguez hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to give the Indians a 1-0 victory and even the series at 1-1.

The starting pitchers dominated the game, with Salem lefthander Polin Trinidad throwing seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, and Kinston righthander Frank Herrmann pitching seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Of the 11 hits in the game’"seven by Salem, four by Kinston’"the home run from Rodriguez was the only extra base hit of the night.


Clearwater 3, Sarasota 2
(Series tied 1-1)

Righthander Andrew Carpenter pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, and Will Savage added three perfect innings of relief to help the Threshers even the West Division finals of the Florida State League.

Clearwater scored two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Brevard County 13, St. Lucie 2
(Brevard County wins series 2-1)

The Manatees scored seven runs in the final two innings to shut the door on St. Lucie.

Outfielder Cole Gillespie went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and three runs scored while Brae Wright pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up on just two runs on eight hits. Shortstop Yohannis Perez led Brevard County with three RBIs.


West Michigan 6, Lansing 3
(West Michigan wins series 2-0)

The Whitecaps completed a two-game sweep against the Lugnuts to advance in the Midwest League playoffs. The Whitecaps scored two runs in the third and sixth innings en route to the win.

Five different players had an RBI for West Michigan and outfielder Brennan Boesch went 1 for 4 with two runs scored. Righthander Matt O’Brien gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five innings pitched.

Lansing outfielder Travis Snider went 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the loss.

South Bend 8, Dayton 4
(Series tied 1-1)

Silver Hawks first baseman Harbin Taylor fell a home run short of the cycle in his 3 for 4 performance that helped South Bend even the series. Taylor knocked in one run and scored three as the Silver Hawks scored two runs in the four different frames.

Lefthander Craig Pfautz earned the victory by pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing just one hit and striking out one. Righthander Jorge Perez struck out three in 1 2/3 innings for the save.

Beloit 5, Quad Cities 4
(Beloit wins series 2-0)

Outfielder Joe Benson went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and a home run, but the Snappers needed an 11th inning double from Steve Singleton to finish the two-game sweep.

Righthander Aaron Craig pitched two shutout innings to earn the win while righthander Kenneth Maiques was stuck with the loss.

Clinton 8, Cedar Rapids 2
(Series tied 1-1)

The LumberKings scored four runs in the fifth and outfielder Chad Tracy led the offensive charge, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs, in the victory.

Lefthander Beau Jones entered the game in the third inning pitched six shutout innings, gave up one hit and struck out six for the win.