Games played Thursday, September 9.
Game two of the best-of-five PCL American Conference championship went to the same home club that took game one.
With the score tied 2-2 in the
sixth inning, the Redbirds claimed their first lead of the night when Ruben Gotay's double to right field scored Joe Mather. The
P.J. Walters: 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 7 K, win
Rich Rundles: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, hold
Adam Reifer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, hold
Josh Kinney: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, save
Ruben Gotay: 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI
Donovan Solano: 2-for-3, R
Jim Rapoport: 2-for-4, RBI, SB
Amaury Cazana: 0-for-4
Daniel Descalso: 0-for-3, K
Game 3 at OKC Friday night:
After a one-day delay due to rain, the Cardinals took home field advantage away from the Naturals with a Game 1 win in the best-of-five series. It wasn't easy, as following Pete Kozma's second home run of the game, a two-run blast in the top of the 12th inning, new closer Blake King loaded the bases before escaping unscathed.
Scott Gorgen picked up the win following a scoreless inning of relief.
The Cardinals scored first as Matt Carpenter led off the second with a double and scored on Xavier Scruggs' single
and a fielding error. Cards starter Scott McGregor worked two scoreless innings
before Eric Hosmer blasted a two-out solo home run to tie the game 1-1.
With two on in the home eighth, Texas League Triple-Crown winner Clint Robinson rolled a ball to first base that Scruggs gloved, but his throw to first sailed over McGregor allowing the tying run to score. Ramon Delgado took over and retired all seven batters he faced.
Scott McGregor: 7 2/3 IP, 9 H, 2 R/1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Ramon Delgado: 2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Scott Gorgen: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, win
Blake King: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, save
Pete Kozma: 2-for-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Aaron Luna: 2-for-6, 2B, 3 K
Andrew Brown: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, K
Antonio De Jesus: 1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, R, K, fielding error
Daryl Jones: 0-for-6, 4 K
Jose Garcia: 0-for-5, K
Nick Derba: 0-for-4, 3 K
Xavier Scruggs: 1-for-5, K, throwing error
Game 2 at NW Arkansas Friday night:
David Kopp (12-4, 3.05) vs.
In the second
inning, the Cougars did all their damage, plating five runs against River
Bandits starter Mike Blazek as
The Cougars managed all their scoring on extra base hits, a pair of two-run home runs and an RBI double. The River Bandits got a run back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from Robert Stock. Alan Ahmady doubled home Colin Walsh as part of a two-run sixth which pulled the River Bandits within two. Frederick Parejo singled in Edgar Lara from second to cut the deficit to just one, but the tying run was left on as Ross Smith fanned to end the game. Lara led the River Bandits offense, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Blazek was saddled with the loss after allowing the five runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked only one and scattered seven strikeouts.
Justin Smith: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Aaron Terry: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis Mateo: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, CS
Alan Ahmady: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI, 2 K, SB
Edgar Lara: 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, K
Colin Walsh: 0-for-2, 2 BB, R
Mike Blazek: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, loss
Rainel Rosario, Ross Smith: 0-for-4, K
Devin Goodwin: 0-for-4
Game 3 vs. Kane County Friday night:
Tri-City 1 at
In front of just 601 people, the
financially-strapped Muckdogs may have played their last-ever game in
Andrew Moss tossed a complete-game
four-hitter but yielded the only run of the game in the fourth inning as the
ValleyCats scored on an RBI double.
Andrew Moss: 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K, loss
Chris Edmondson: 1-for-3, K
Juan Castillo: 1-for-3, pick off at 1B
Victor Sanchez: 1-for-4, GIDP
Jonathan Rodriguez: 0-for-2, BB, K
Nick Longmire: 0-for-4, 2 K
Joey Bergman: 0-for-3
Pat Biserta: 0-for-3, 2 K
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