'Hounds, 'Cats Take Series Leads

After dropping Game Two of their respective playoff battles, the Midland Rockhounds and the Sacramento River Cats each powered their ways to Game Three victories and 2-1 series leads.

Donaldson, Spencer Power Midland Win

Josh Donaldson and Matt Spencer each homered in a four-run third inning and the Midland Rockhounds survived a late rally by San Antonio to earn a 6-5 win in Game Three of their best-of-five series. Midland can clinch the series with a win on Saturday.

Starter Kyle Middleton was outstanding, allowing only one unearned run in six innings. He scattered six hits and one walk and he struck-out two in earning the win. Mickey Storey threw two more scoreless innings to get the Rockhounds into the ninth inning. Storey allowed two hits and he struck-out two.

Midland got a good offensive effort on Friday, especially in the middle of the order. Spencer crushed two homers and drove home two, while Donaldson (playing first base) had a three-run homer, his second of the series. Corey Wimberly had two hits and Alexander Valdez had a double and a walk.

The Rockhounds had to hold on at the end of the game. Holding a 6-1 run going into the ninth, Midland survived with a 6-5 win. Jared Lansford allowed four runs in only a third of an inning, but Jonathan Hunton got the final two outs to end the game.

River Cats Crush Tacoma To Take Series Lead

After a quiet offensive performance in Game Two, the Sacramento River Cats brought out the big bats in Game Three in their 13-2 drubbing of the Tacoma Rainiers. The River Cats can move on to their third consecutive PCL finals appearance with a win on Saturday at Raley Field.

The A's top hitting prospects were on display in a big way on Friday. Adrian Cardenas went 3-5 with three RBIs, Brett Wallace had two hits - including a homer - and four RBIs and Chris Carter had two hits and his third homer of the series.

Every Sacramento starter reached base at least once and the River Cats posted crooked numbers in three separate innings. They banged out 15 hits and walked four times. Matt Carson also homered and Chris Denorfia had three hits in the big win. Sacramento had six extra-base hits.

He was over-shadowed by his offense, but starter Jerome Williams was brilliant for Sacramento. The veteran scattered seven hits and one walk in seven innings. He allowed one run and induced 12 groundouts while striking out eight. Kevin Cameron allowed a run in the eighth inning, but Sam Demel pitched a scoreless ninth with two strike-outs to close-out the game.

Before the start of Game Three, the River Cats lost one of their top performers this season, catcher Eric Munson. Munson was promoted to the major leagues to act as the Oakland A's third catcher. Matt Smith was promoted from Stockton and Anthony Recker, who had a strong season himself, slid into the River Cats' starting catcher spot.

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