There was a full slate of MLB postseason games Friday, and some former Midwest Leaguers played significant roles in their outcomes.
In Anaheim, the Kansas City Royals won 4-1 in 11 innings to take a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Angels in their American League Division Series. The winning hit was a two-run homer by Eric Hosmer (2009 Burlington Bees), who is 6-for-11 in the postseason.
In Los Angeles, the St. Louis Cardinals scored eight runs in the 7th inning and stopped a late rally by the Dodgers in time to win the first game of their National League Division Series 10-9. Ace pitchers Clayton Kershaw (2007 Great Lakes Loons) and Adam Wainwright uncharacteristically gave up eight and six earned runs, respectively. Matt Carpenter (2009 Quad Cities River Bandits) went 4-f0r-5 with a solo homer and a 3-RBI double (both off Kershaw).
In Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Giants beat the Nationals 3-2 to win the opening game of their NLDS. Jake Peavy (2000 Fort Wayne Wizards) outdueled Stephen Strasburg to earn his first-ever postseason win.
In Baltimore, the Orioles scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five ALDS. Miguel Cabrera (2001 Kane County Cougars) went 3-for-4 and Nick Castellanos (2011 West Michigan Whitecaps) hit a solo homer.