Well, this is unexpected. Inland Empire took a 3-0 lead by the end of the 3rd, and rode it out for a 6-2 win over Lancaster to take a 2-1 series lead. Aaron West allowed 7H/4ER, 4K:0BB in 3.1IP; Tyson Perez (0.2IP) and Blair Walters (0.1IP) allowed hits but no runs; Michael Dimock gave up 3H/2ER, 2K:1BB in 2IP and Gera Sanchez retired the five batters he faced.
Nolan Fontana (2B), Tyler Heineman (2B, RBI) and Chris Epps (RBI) had two hits each. Brandon Meredith was 1x3 with a walk and a stolen base. The JetHawks were 2x9 w/RISP.
Man of the Match: Tyler Heineman?
Series: Inland Empire leads 2-1 (Best-of-Five)
Next Up: Tuesday @ Inland Empire, 9:05pm Central
Quad Cities were up 5-0 before Beloit got on the board and continued to tack on runs, earning a place in the Midwest League finals with a 9-5 win. Daniel Minor allowed 6H/2ER, 6K:0BB in 6IP; Juan Minaya gave up 3H/3ER, 1K:1BB in 1IP; Mitchell Lambson gave up 2H/0ER (but allowed the hits that gave Minaya two of his earned runs) in 2IP.
Despite going 3x21 w/RISP, the River Bandits plated nine runs. Bobby Borchering (2B) and Jordan Scott (2B, 3B, SB, RBI) had three hits each. Carlos Correa was 2x5 with a triple, home run and 3RBI; Tony Kemp (2B), Teoscar Hernandez (HR), Rio Ruiz (HR, 2RBI), and Brian Blasik all had two hits each.
Man of the Match: Carlos Correa
Series: Quad Cities wins 2-1
Next Up: At South Bend in MWL Championship, 6:05pm Central (Best-of-Five)
Tri-City will begin the Best-of-Three NYPL Championship tonight vs. State College, 6:05pm Central