Let's check in on Day Two of the Minor-League playoffs...
Fresno took a 2-0 series lead against El Paso off of Nolan Fontana's first homer in Fresno since April 10 in a 5-4 win. Asher Wojciechowski allowed 6H/2ER, 6K:1BB in 6IP; Juan Minaya (1IP) and Jordan Jankowski (0.2IP) each allowed a solo homer before James Hoyt struck out three in a four-out save.
Alex Presley (2B, RBI), Robbie Grossman, and Fontana (HR, BB, 2RBI) had two hits each. Tony Kemp was 1x3 with a walk.
Mark Appel will take the mound for Game 3 in El Paso tonight at 7:05pm Central.
Corpus and Midland were tied 2-2 heading into the 9th before Midland straight popped off in a 7-run 9th to win Game 2, 9-3. Ruben Alaniz allowed 6H/2ER, 3K:0BB in 5IP; Brian Holmes gave up 2H/0ER, 3K:2BB in 2IP; Jandel Gustave took the Ugly with 3H/5ER, 0K:2BB in 1.1IP; Albert Minnis allowed 2H/2ER in 0.2IP.
Conrad Gregor was 2x4 with a solo homer; Colin Moran was 1x4 with a solo homer, and Jio Mier had an RBI triple.
Game 3 is tonight in Midland at 7:00pm Central.
High Desert took an early 4-1 lead and, despite a late rally, could not complete the comeback, losing 6-5. David Paulino allowed 8H/3ER, 2K:0BB in 4.1IP; Ryan Thompson (0.1IP), Jordan Mills (2.1IP), and Troy Scribner (1IP) each allowed an earned run as High Desert racked up 17 hits.
James Ramsay was 2x5 with an RBI; Chase McDonald was 2x2 with a double. J.D. Davis hit a solo homer, and Jamie Ritchie was 1x3 with a double, walk, and 2RBI.
Game 3 of the Best-of-Three will be in High Desert with Akeem Bostick taking the mound at 9:05pm Central.
An 88-50 season came to an end last night as Cedar Rapids scored two runs in the top of the 11th in a 3-1 win over Quad Cities, sweeping the Best-of-Three series. Brock Dykxhoorn threw 6.2IP, allowing 4H/1R (0ER), 6K:2BB; Eric Peterson threw 1.1 perfect innings, and Angel Heredia took the loss with 3IP, 3H/2R (1ER), 3K:2BB. Two unearned runs in a two-run loss on three errors.
Jason Martin was 1x4 with a triple; Garrett Stubbs was 1x4 with a double.
And the ValleyCats season came to an end as Tri-City couldn't overcome a rough start by Ralph Garza in a 10-5 loss to Staten Island. Garza allowed 8H/7ER, 3K:1BB in 2.1IP with three wild pitches. Kevin McCanna allowed 3H/1ER, 2K:1BB; Matt Bower gave up 4H/2ER, 0K:1BB in 1IP, and Juan Santos threw 2IP, 0H/0ER, 1K:1BB.
Hector Roa was 2x2 with a two-run homer in the 9th; Keach Ballard was 1x3 with a double, walk, and 2RBI. Dexture McCall was 2x4 with an RBI.