Sept. 13 Playoff Roundup: Tampa Wins Another Title


Texas League

Northwest Arkansas earned a spot in the championship series with a 8-4 win in the deciding Game Five. Designated hitter Clint Robinson went 4-for-5 with three doubles and 4 RBIs to lead the Naturals at the plate. Starter Mike Montgomery went 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs, three of them earned, to pick up the win. He sat between 93-95 mph and touched 97 while also utilizing an excellent changeup. On the other hand, Springfield starter Trey Hearne was knocked out of the game before recording an out.

High Class A

California League

San Jose clinched a spot in the California League championship series as they finished off a three-game sweep of Modesto. San Jose's Michael Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored as the Giants topped Modesto 8-2. Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as Rancho Cucamonga took a two-games-to-one-lead in the other division final with a 6-1 win over Lake Elsinore. Ryan Chaffee allowed one run in seven innings to pick up the win for the Quakes.

Carolina League

Stephen Sauer picked a great time for his best start of the season. Sauer threw eight scoreless innings as Winston-Salem shutout Potomac 4-0 in the opener of the best-of-5 Carolina League championship series. Sauer had not worked eight innings in any start all season, and he had not left the game with a shutout in any of his 26 regular season starts.

Florida State League

Joe Cruz has been one of the best pitchers in the Florida State League over the second half of the season, but Monday night was not his night. Cruz allowed nine hits and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings as Tampa rolled to its second-consecutive Florida State League title, 8-0. Starter Craig Heyer and two relievers combined for the shutout, while Bradley Suttle hit his third home run of the playoffs and drove in three runs to give the pitching staff all the runs it needed. The back-to-back titles is the first in the Florida State League since Lakeland did it in 1976-77.

Low Class A

Midwest League

The Clinton Lumberkings earned a spot in the Midwest League championship series with a 4-1 win over Kane County. Clinton starter Tom Wilhelmsen held the Cougars scorless for seven innings, striking out six. Designated hitter Mickey Wiswall homered and drove in two for Clinton. The Lumberkings' opponent is yet to be determined thanks to Lake County's 7-6 win over Great Lakes. Righthander Allen Webster lasted only 2 2/3 innings, giving up six runs (four earned). Lake County and Great Lakes will play tonight in the deciding game of their series.

South Atlantic League

Reynaldo Rodriguez, Baseball America's 2009 No. 1 independent leagues prospect, homered and drove in two and Michael Almazar had three hits in Greenville's 3-1 win over Lakewood in the first game of the South Atlantic League championship series. Lakewood's Trevor May allowed only one run while striking out eight in five innings, but he was charged with the loss. Greenville starter Drake Britton gave up only one hit in five scoreless innings.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues

New York-Penn League

For a second consecutive day the opener of the championship series was rained out. Tri-City and Brooklyn will try again tonight.