AA San Antonio
Missions 11 - Frisco RoughRiders 3
A seven run first inning by the Missions propelled them to a series victory over Frisco to put them in the Texas League Championship series against the Arkansas Travelers, the farm team of the Los Angeles Angels, who are considered to have one of the better farm systems in all of baseball.
2b Vince Belnome’s bases loaded single plated two and then was followed a few batters later by Dean Anna’s bases loaded double.
In the fourth inning LF Jaff Decker led off the inning with a home run, his twentieth of the year and first of the playoffs and followed up with his twenty-first, a two-run shot in the eighth. Decker has now driven in 38 runs in his last 45 games.
SS Dean Anna was 3-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs and CF Blake Tekotte was 2-5 with a double, walk, run and RBI.
LHP Robbie Erlin got the start and went five strong innings giving up one earned run. In seven starts with San Antonio Erlin has given up two runs only once and his previous two starts were shutouts.
RHP Nick Vincent came in for the ninth and had his third straight 1-2-3 inning striking out two of the three batters he faced. In the series he pitched three innings striking out seven of nine batters that he faced.
The Texas League Championship begins Tuesday night in San Antonio in a best-of-five.
High-A Lake Elsinore
Storm 8 - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5
The Storm won their first game with the Quakes on the backs of three home runs by DH Tommy Medica, 2b Jonathan Galvez and C Eddy Rodriguez despite three errors in the field.
Medica, who hit .302/.440/.504 since being called up in late July from Fort Wayne, is now hitting .412 in the playoffs. If he can get back to his collegiate position of catcher, where he was by all accounts a solid backstop he has a chance.
LHP Michael Watt started the game and went four and a third innings giving up five earned runs. However Lake Elsinore’s relievers, LHP Jeffrey Ibarra, who got the win, RHP Jeremy McBryde, LHP Dustin Pease, RHP Matt Lollis and RHP/Closer Jason Ray, who got the save, were able to hold Rancho Cucamonga scoreless to give the win to the Storm.
The Storm will face off against Rancho tonight at 8:05 Pacific.