OKC took a 4-2 lead in the 4th on Jon Homerton's three-run jack, but a 5-run Omaha 6th gave the Storm Chasers the margin for a 7-4 win at OKC and a 2-0 series lead. Four unearned runs allowed by the defense made this one a little tougher. David Martinez threw 4.2IP, 4H/2R (0ER), 3K:3BB; Eric Berger took the loss, giving up 4H/5R (3ER), 1K:2BB in 1IP; Andrew Robinson (2IP, 1H/0ER) and Wade LeBlanc (1.1IP, 1H/0ER) closed out the loss.
Seven OKC hits were recorded by seven different players. George Springer (2BB, run) and Raoul Torrez were the only ones to not get a hit. Jon Singleton was 1x3 with the three-run homer and a walk.
Man of the Match: Jon Singleton
Series: Omaha leads 2-0 (Best-of-5)
Next Up: At Omaha, tonight at 7:05pm Central
San Antonio pitcher Eddie Bonine held the Hooks to five hits over seven scoreless innings in what would be a series-evening 2-0 win for the Missions over the Hooks. Nick Tropeano threw a symmetrical 7IP, 7H/2ER, 7K:2BB to take the hard-luck loss. Carlos Quevedo scattered five hits over 1.1IP but was able to get out of the jam, thanks to Kyle Hallock and Cameron Lamb, who inherited two runners and got the final two outs.
Ronny Torreyes was 2x4; Carlos Corporan, on a rehab assignment, went 1x4 with 3K; Matt Duffy and Drew Muren had your other hits.
Man of the Match: Nick Tropeano
Series: Tied 1-1
Next up: At San Antonio, tonight at 7:05pm Central
Plays Saturday, opponent TBD
Cedar Rapids who, at 88-50, had the best record among full-season teams in the Minors, just "swept" (if you can sweep a Best-Of-Three series) by Quad Cities, who won thanks to a go-ahead homer by Rio Ruiz, 4-2. Joe Bircher allowed 3H/1ER, 4K:0BB in 5IP; J.D. Osborne gave up 1H/1ER, 1K:1BB in 0.2IP; Pat Christensen struck out four in 2.1IP and Andrew Walter threw a perfect 9th.
The River Bandits knocked out 10 hits: Two each from Teoscar Hernandez (2RBI), Rio Ruiz (HR, BB, RBI, two runs scored), and Roberto Pena (2B, RBI).
Man of the Match: Rio Ruiz
Series: Quad Cities wins 2-0
Next Up: Vs. Beloit in a Best-of-Three Divisional Final series. Time TBD.
Plays Friday, 6:05pm Central at Aberdeen (Best-of-Three)
Needing a win to tie the Championship series, where a loss would end Greeneville's season, the Gastros got out to a 5-0 lead in the 3rd inning...but Pulaski chipped away and ultimately won the Appalachian League title, 6-5, on Gabriel Franca's line drive walk-off hit. Luis Ordosgoitti allowed 7H/3ER, 4K:3BB in 5IP; Joe Musgrove took the loss with 7H/3R (2ER), 4K:1BB in 3.1IP of relief.
Tanner Mathis was 2x4 with a double, homer and 2RBI; Brian Holberton was 0x2 with 3BB; Ariel Ovando was 1x3 with two walks and an RBI; Chase McDonald was 1x4 with a walk; Thomas Lindauer was 1x3 with a double, walk, and 2RBI.
Man of the Match: Tanner Mathis
Series: Pulaski wins 2-0
Next Up: N/A