The Midwest League playoffs got under way Wednesday, and Beloit, Quad Cities, South Bend and Fort Wayne won to take 1-0 advantages over their opponents in the first-round best-of-three series.
The Beloit Snappers beat the Clinton LumberKings 9-6 in 10 innings. The game was tied 2-2 after 8 innings, and the Snappers scored three runs in the top half of the 9th, on home runs by Chris Bostick and Nick Rickles. The LumberKings, however, rallied for three runs of their own in the bottom half, sending the game into the 10th. Beloit scored three on Bostick’s bases-clearing double in the top half; Clinton got only one run back on a solo shot by Marcus Littlewood in the bottom half.
The Quad Cities River Bandits beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 2-1. Kernels SP Brett Lee gave up only one run while striking out six in five innings, but Cedar Rapids was held to four hits. Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 for the River Bandits.
The South Bend Silver Hawks beat the Great Lakes Loons 3-0 in a game that featured 22 strikeouts. WP Aaron Blair gave up no runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings for the Silver Hawks. LP Chris Anderson gave up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in 2.2 innings for the Loons.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 6-1. TinCaps SP Joe Ross was dominant, giving up only one hit and two walks while striking out three in six shutout innings.
The second game of each series will be played Thursday night.
TinCaps win grounds crew award — again
Wednesday was a big day for the TinCaps. They began their postseason with a win, and Parkview Field head groundskeeper Keith Winter and assistant groundskeeper Andrew Burnette were announced as recipients of the 2013 Midwest League Sports Turf Manager/Grounds Crew of the Year Award.
This is the fourth consecutive year the TinCaps organization has received that award. The winner is selected by Midwest League managers and umpires based on quality of playing surface, infield/outfield turf, preparation of field, quality of pitching mounds, home plate, bullpens, warning track and crew professionalism.
Hamilton steals base in MLB debut
Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton made his major-league debut Tuesday and promptly stole his first big-league base — off St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, no less.
Hamilton stole another base Wednesday, again with Molina behind the plate for the Cardinals.
The Reds speedster stole 103 bases for the Dayton Dragons in 2011. He swiped a record 155 bags the following season, which he split between High-A and Double-A.