W – Lee (1-0)
HR – Metcalf (1)
Tied 1-1 (Best of 5)
Originally scheduled game two starter Tommy Hunter was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after being struck in the face by a line drive during batting practice.
With Hunter obviously unable to pitch on Thursday, left-hander Derek Lee was forced to step in.
Lee came through in a big way, as he hurled 6.1 shutout innings. The Fort Worth native scattered six hits while walking one and striking out four.
The RedHawks got off to a quick start against I-Cubs starter J.R. Mathes, scoring all six runs in the first three innings.
Ryan Roberts (1/3, 2 BB), Jason Ellison (1/3, BB) and Ben Harrison (1/4) all had run scoring singles in the second inning. Shortstop Casey Benjamin (2/5, 2B) had a two-RBI double in the frame.
Third baseman Travis Metcalf finished Oklahoma's scoring for the night with a solo home run in the top of the third. He also drew a walk in the contest.
Hard-throwing reliever Joselo Diaz closed out the game with three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning.
With the series knotted up at one game apiece, the RedHawks return home for the final three games, beginning on Friday evening.
W – Feliz (2-0)
Up 2-0 (Best of 5)
On Wednesday night, Derek Holland rose to the challenge by holding the Missions to two hits in 7.1 innings.
Neftali Feliz was every bit as good on Thursday.
The 20-year-old hurler tossed a season-high seven shutout innings against San Antonio, allowing three hits. He walked two and matched a career-high 11 strikeouts.
Jose Vallejo (1/4, 2B), Chad Tracy (1/4, 2B), John Whittleman (2/3, 2B, BB) and Thomas Berkery (1/4, 2B) all doubled.
Left fielder Steve Murphy was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus singled and walked in four plate appearances.
Reliever Andrew Laughter fanned one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish the game.
Frisco will travel to San Antonio to play games three and four. If a game five is necessary, it will be played at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark. The ‘Riders need to win just one of the next three games in order to advance to the Texas League Championship series.
26-44, 16.0 GB
The Blaze failed to qualify for the California League playoffs.
Down 0-1 (Best of 3)
The LumberKings and Kernels will play game two on Friday night.
L – Boscan (0-1)
HR – Fry (1)
Down 0-1 (Best of 5)
Spokane dropped game one of their best-of-five championship series on Thursday night.
Starting pitcher Wilfredo Boscan struggled in the early going, allowing four runs in the game's first three innings. He wound up yielding four runs – three earned – in five innings of work.
DH Eric Fry helped lead an unsuccessful comeback attempt with a two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Joey Butler was 3-for-4 with a double.
Righty Ryan Schlecht pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit, walking one, and striking out one.
17-11, 4.0 GB
The AZL Rangers finished the season with a 34-22 overall record. They did not qualify for the playoffs.
46-23, 0.0 GU
The DSL Rangers1 won the Dominican Summer League's San Pedro division, but lost in the first round of the playoffs.
26-45, 21.0 GB
The DSL Rangers2 finished the Dominican Summer League season with a 26-45 record.
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