Omaha, who finished the season with a 34-38 record on the road, went to OKC, who finished the season with a 47-26 home record, for Game 1 of the PCL Divisional Round and of course Omaha won 3-1.
Omaha's Irving Falu led off the game with a single and a stolen base and a Christian Colon groundout got him over to third, where he scored on a Ben Broussard (!) sac fly. OKC threatened in the 4th when George Springer drew a one-out walk and stole 2nd base. A Jon Singleton fly out advanced Springer and Brandon Laird (who had walked in the previous AB) to 2nd and 3rd, but Japhet Amador lined out to center to end the inning.
In the 6th, Omaha's Gorkys Hernandez singled to lead off the inning and he was advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt. A Christian Colon double scored Hernandez and then Colon made the final out of the inning when Che-Hsuan Lin threw him out at home.
In the bottom of the 6th, Jimmy Paredes singled to right and, with George Springer up, was thrown out stealing 2nd base. This sucked, because Springer singled and advanced on a wild pitch, and then Brandon Laird and Jon Singleton walked to load the bases (presumably, Paredes would have scored here) but Japhet Amador struck out swinging to end the inning and the threat.
The bottom of the 7th should have brought more than one run for the RedHawks. Che-Hsuan Lin and Carlos Perez drew walks to open the frame, and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt advanced both to 2nd and 3rd. A fielding error on 3B Anthony Seratelli scored Lin and got Perez to 3rd. Jose Martinez lifted a ball into right and Perez was thrown out at home to complete the double play, leaving the game at 2-1 Omaha. A 9th inning Christian Colon homer put the game out of reach for Omaha.
Asher Wojciechowski: 8IP, 5H/3ER, 5K:2BB
Pat Urckfitz: 0.1IP, 1H/0ER
Jose Cisnero: 0.2IP, 0H/0ER
George Springer: 2x3, BB
Brandon Laird: 0x2, 2BB
Jon Singleton, Carlos Perez: 1x3, BB
Jimmy Paredes: 1x5, RBI
Man of the Match: George Springer
Series: Omaha leads 1-0.
Next up: OKC at home for Game 2 at 7:05pm Central
Exciting one in Corpus last night, eh? San Antonio's Rico Noel opened the game with a leadoff triple, but Corey Spangenberg struck out swinging and Adam Buschini flew out to Domingo Santana, who nailed Noel at home to end the inning.
Back and forth it went until the 6th when Rico Noel was hit by a Foltynewicz pitch (which I'm sure hurts like hell today) and a Foltynewicz throwing error on a pickoff attempt got him to 2nd. A sac bunt got Noel to 3rd and two batters later Noel scored on a single to center field for a 1-0 San Antonio lead.
Corpus got the run back in the bottom of the 7th thanks to Domingo Santana's 1-out walk which resulted in a run after two singles by Erik Castro and Matt Duffy. So it went into extras. In the bottom of the 10th, the Hooks left two men on. In the top of the 11th, San Antonio had the bases loaded with one out, and struck out Lee Orr and got an Austin Hedges ground out to escape the jam. Half an inning later, Domingo Santana would lead off the bottom of the 11th with a single, an Erik Castro walk and a Jonathan Meyer sac bunt put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, and Matt Duffy ended it with a walk-off sac fly to right.
Mike (Bad MF) Foltynewicz: 7IP, 5H/1ER, 6K:2BB
Alex Sogard: 2IP, 1H/0ER, 2K:1BB
Jonas Dufek: 2IP, 2H/0ER, 2K:1BB
Domingo Santana: 2x4, BB, outfield assist
Ronny Torreyes: 1x4, BB
Erik Castro: 1x3, 2BB
Matt Duffy: 1x4, 2RBI
Man of the Match: Matt Duffy
Series: Corpus leads 1-0
Next Up: vs. San Antonio tonight, 7:05pm Central
Plays Saturday, opponent TBD. But Lancaster pitcher Brady Rodgers is getting antsy.
Why can't our playoffs start today? Tired of waiting
— Brady Rodgers (@Rodgers20) September 5, 2013
Cedar Rapids - owner of the best record in ALL OF THE MINOR LEAGUES (full-season, anyway) opened up a Best-of-Three series at Quad Cities last night, and opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd on a leadoff single that crossed the plate on Mike Gonzales' double. With the bases loaded, Niko Goodrum popped out in foul territory to end the inning and the threat.
Quad Cities answered in the bottom of the 4th when Carlos Correa got a one out single and advanced to second on Danry Vasquez's walk. Correa reached third on a throwing error by the pitcher and a Rio Ruiz single brought Correa in as the tying run.
So it went until the bottom of the 8th when Teoscar Hernandez led off the inning with a single, followed by Correa's single which got Hernandez to third base with nobody out. A Danry Vasquez double play allowed Hernandez to score the 2nd, and deciding, run of the game.
Chris Devenski: 5IP, 3H/1ER, 1K:3BB
Mitchell Lambson: 2.2IP, 1H/0ER, 5K:0BB
Andrew Walter: 1.1IP, 3K:0BB
Carlos Correa: 3x4
Rio Ruiz: 2x2, BB, RBI
Teoscar Hernandez: 1x4
Man of the Match: Carlos Correa
Series: Quad Cities leads 1-0
Next up: At Cedar Rapids, tonight at 6:35pm Central.
Begins Best-Of-Three series on Friday at Aberdeen
Greeneville opened up a Best-of-Three Championship series vs East Divison champion Pulaski last night. Greeneville struck first when Tanner Mathis drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the 1st, and two batters later Chase McDonald hit a two-run homer. Pulaski got one back in the top of the 2nd off Greeneville pitcher Francis Ramirez when a walk, wild pitch, and a single scored Jesus Ugueto.
Craziness happened in the top of the 4th. Pulaski's Jeff Zimmerman singled to lead off the inning, followed by a Wilton Martinez walk, followed by a Jesus Ugueto single. Followed by an RBI walk to Kristian Brito. Toby DeMello hit a sac fly to Ariel Ovando, which made it 3-2 Pulaski, but Ovando caught the runners off the bases and tagged up Ugueto and Brito for an inning-ending triple play.
Greeneville tied it up in the bottom of the 6th when Brian Holberton led off the inning with a double and scored on Chase McDonald's single, one batter later. But it didn't last as Pulaski got two runs in the top of the 7th to put the game away, 5-3.
Francis Ramirez: 5IP, 3H/3ER, 4K:3BB
Kevin Ferguson: 0.2IP, 0H/0ER
Erick Gonzalez: 2.1IP, 4H/2ER, 1K:0BB
Ryan Connolly: 1IP, 2K
Chase McDonald: 2x4, HR, 3RBI
Brian Holberton: 1x4, 2B
Tanner Mathis: 0x3, 2BB
Man of the Match: Chase McDonald
Series: Pulaski leads 1-0
Next up: Greeneville at Pulaski, tonight at 7:00pm Eastern