Astros Minor League Recap: Two More Playoff Games

Quad Cities is moving on to the championship and Lancaster struggles.

Lancaster Drops Game 3 6-2

The plan was to give Lancaster a full recap, but their game lasted just way too long to do a full recap. I have to get some sleep.

For the most part, the pitching had a rough go of it at Inland Empire, but it wasn't terrible based on Cal League Standards.

Aaron West gave up three hits that found their way into the outfield in the first inning which resulted in two quick runs. He would settle down for a a clean second inning but would again surrender a run in the third inning. The fourth inning started off with a quick out but was followed up by a home run. That would be he end of the night for Aaron.

The rest of the game would be pieced together in random order by the bullpen and Michael Dimock's wildness would also yield another pair of runs.

The offense wasn't bad, you would have expected a higher run total considering they reached based twelve times, but timing wasn't the best. They also loaded the bases in the sixth without any outs and yet only yielded one run from it.

The JetHawks are down 2-1 but will continue the series in a win-or-go-home game four tonight.

River Bandits Crush Beloit On Their Way to The Championship Series

The young guns in Quad Cities want a championship, and they want it bad. The offense is the strength of this team and knew that they would have to do some damage in order to win the third and final game of the series. So, they scored in more innings than not.

They got the scoring started in the second inning when Bobby Borchering lead off the inning with a single. But, Mr. August Hitter of the Month for Quad Cities, Rio Ruiz, drives Borchering and himself in with a two-run shot. That's Ruiz's second straight month receiving that award and was names as such earlier that day. It was also Ruiz's second home run of the playoffs.

The third inning was actually more exciting as Teoscar Hernandez and Carlos Correa went back-to-back with solo shots to start the inning and put River Bandits up 4-0 with no outs. You think that was it for excitement that inning, you are dead wrong. Danry Vasquez would follow them up with a walk and would advance on a Borchering single and a Ruiz groundout to third. With two outs and Jordan Scott at the plate, Vasquez would do the ever-so-rare feat of stealing home. 5-0 Cats!

They would work their way into four more runs over the next three innings with help from a few doubles and even a Correa triple.

On the mound, Daniel Minor brought his maturity to keep the Beloit offense under control. The big sign of maturity was that Minor gave up a lead-off home run in the third inning, but would get three consecutive ground outs to follow it up and get out of the inning and not let one pitch cause things to get out of control. A similar situation would arise in the fifth when he gives up two doubles back-to-back to start the inning but would follow those up with two more groundouts and a strikeout.

He would hand the ball off to Juan Minaya who would let the game get interesting by giving up three runs and let the lead close down 9-5. He pitched a clean seventh, but let four guys reach in the eighth without recording an out. Lambson would allow two of the inherited runners to score.

Bandits will now face South Bend in the Midwest League Championship Series. It's a best of five series that begins Wednesday.

  • Daniel Minor-6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 9/1 GO/AO
  • Juan Minaya-1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Mitchell Lambson-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Anthony Kemp 2B-2-5, 2B, BB
  • Teoscar Hernandez CF-2-4, HR
  • Carlos Correa SS-2-5, 3B, HR, SO
  • Danry Vasquez LF-1-4, BB, 3 SO, SB
  • Bobby Borchering 1B-3-5, 2B
  • Rio Ruiz 3B-2-5, HR, SB
  • Jordan Scott RF-3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 SO, SB
  • Brian Blasik DH-2-4, 2B

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