Sept. 16 Playoff Roundup: Helena Wins Pioneer League Title

International League.

Durham remained alive thanks to a ninth-inning walk-off sacrifice fly. Leslie Anderson's fly ball to center field scored Elliot Johnson with the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth for Durham's 3-2 win over Columbus. The Clippers lead the best-of-5 series two games to one. Durham managed to win the game despite being held to three hits for eight innings by Columbus starter Yohan Pino. Durham starter Alex Cobb pitched effectively, but he lasted only four scoreless innings. Three Durham relievers kept the Bulls in the game, allowing Johnson and Anderson's heroics. Johnson walked to start the ninth and advanced to third on a Justin Ruggiano single to set up the sacrifice fly.

Texas League

Anthony Capra threw six hitless innings as Midland evened the championship series at one game apiece with a 5-2 win over Northwest Arkansas. Capra left when he hit his pitch limit with a no-hitter, although he did give up a run thanks to six walks.

California League

Justin Fitzgerald made sure that this one was over early. The San Jose righthander threw seven scoreless innings in a 10-0 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Fitzgerald struck out nine and walked no one. San Jose got all the runs it needed with a two-run second, but it blew the game open with a five-run seventh that included a two-run home run by Johnny Monell.

Carolina League

For six innings, Winston-Salem and Potomac battled back and forth, but Potomac easily won the battle of the bullpens to win Game Three of the championship series 10-2. Potomac is now one win away from the league title. Bill Rhinehart homered and drove in three for the Nationals.

Midwest League

There's no doubt what was the best playoff game of the night even if the ending was a little anticlimatic. After 18 innings, Clinton's Blake Ochoa scored on an error by Adam Abraham ending a game that took more than five and a half hours.

Lake County scored two runs in the top of the ninth on a Delvi Cid two-run homer to tie the game. Neither team scored again until the 12th, when Roberto Perez homered for Lake County. The Captains weren't able to hold the lead however as Carlos Ramirez singled in Tim Morris. The Lumberkings almost walked away with a win on the play, but right fielder Gregory Folgia's throw retired Mario Martinez in a play at the plate. Lake County got a runner to third in the 14th and 16th innings, but

Pioneer League

Cody Hawn homered twice and drove in eight runs as Helena rather easily finished off a championship series sweep with a  14-3 win over Ogden. Matthew Miller allowed three runs in five innings for the win, while three relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings.