Needing a win to extend their season to a Game 5, Corpus and San Antonio both rapped out five hits, and in the top of the 9th Michael Burgess hit a pinch-hit single to score Ryan McCurdy for the only run of the game in a 1-0 Corpus win. Ruben Alaniz threw 7IP, 3H/0ER, 6K:1BB; Edgar Gonzalez struck out the side in the 8th, and Alex Sogard got the save.
Jonathan Meyer had a double, and Leo Heras, Erik Castro, Matt Duffy had your other hits. Domingo Santana, Carlos Corporan, Drew Muren and Ryan McCurdy drew walks.
Man of the Match: Ruben Alaniz
Series: Tied 2-2 (Best-of-Five)
Next Up: At home, Sunday at 6:05pm Central.
Lancaster never trailed in this one, getting a dominating performance from Brady Rodgers in a 4-1 series-opening win against Inland Empire. Brady Rodgers threw 7.1IP, allowing 4H/1ER, striking out 11 with no walks along the way. Kenny Long (1K:1BB) and Travis Ballew (1K:2BB) didn't allow a hit in the final 1.2IP.
MP Cokinos was 2x4 with a double and an RBI; Nolan Fontana had a hit and a walk; Brandon Meredith was 1x3 with a double and 2RBI.
Man of the Match: Brady Rodgers
Series: Lancaster up 1-0 (Best-of-Five)
Next Up: At home, Sunday at 7pm Central.
The River Bandits put up one in the 1st and 3rd, which was all they needed in a 3-1 win over Beloit. Josh Hader allowed just 3H/1ER, 1K:1BB in 7IP, and Mitchell Lambson and Andrew Walter took care of the rest.
Tony Kemp (SB) and Carlos Correa (2RBI) had two hits each. Jordan Scott provided an RBI double.
Man of the Match: Josh Hader and his defense
Series: Quad Cities up 1-0 (Best-of-Three)
Next Up: At Beloit, Sunday at 6:30pm Central
Another pitcher's duel between Aberdeen and Tri-City, this time with the game remaining scoreless until the bottom of the 7th, when a series of hits plated two, and another run in the 8th gave the ValleyCats a 3-0 win, and a berth in the NYPL Championship series. Kyle Westwood threw 7IP, 5H/0ER, 3K:1BB; Gonzalo Sanudo struck out two more batters in two perfect innings.
Ryan Dineen was 2x3 with a double; Tyler White (RBI), Conrad Gregor, Ronnie Mitchell (2B), Jon Kemmer (2B, RBI), Jake Rodriguez and Chan Moon (RBI) had your other hits.
Man of the Match: Kyle Westwood
Series: Tri-City wins 2-0
Next Up: NYPL Championship, TBD