The Peoria Chiefs and the Fort Wayne TinCaps celebrated playoff berths Thursday.
The Chiefs clinched the second-half Western Division wild-card spot by beating the Quad Cities River Bandits 6-2 at Dozer Park. Dylan Carlson and Danny Hudzina each drove in two runs for the Chiefs. Hudzina has a 13-game hitting streak.
This is the first time Peoria has made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. Their first-round opponent is the River Bandits, who won the second-half Western Division title. It will be the first time the two teams have faced each other in the playoffs.
The TinCaps lost to the Great Lakes Loons, 4-2 in 10 innings, on Thursday, but still got to celebrate a trip to the postseason. They have a three-game lead over the Bowling Green Hot Rods and a four-game lead over the South Bend Cubs, with four games left in the season. The Hot Rods and the Cubs play a three-game series against each other to finish the regular season, so it is impossible for both teams to catch the TinCaps in the standings.
Both Bowling Green and South Bend won their respective games Thursday. The Hot Rods beat the Dayton Dragons 6-0 to end their losing streak at 10 games. The Cubs beat the Whitecaps 3-1, giving Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez a loss in his rehab start for West Michigan.