Three of the first-round Midwest League playoff series began Wednesday, while the fourth one was postponed until Thursday because of rain. These series are best-of-three.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 4, Lansing Lugnuts 3 (10 innings)
The opening game of the Hot Rods-Lugnuts series lasted 10 innings, with Ronaldo Hernandez driving in the winning run for Bowling Green. It is worth noting that unlike during the regular Minor League Baseball season, a runner does not start on second base during extra innings played during the postseason.
Bowling Green’s Jim Haley and Lansing’s Andres Sotillo each hit a solo homer. Norberto Obeso hit a two-run triple for the Lugnuts, tying the score 3-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Peoria Chiefs 3, Quad Cities River Bandits 0
The Chiefs shut down the River Bandits offense and collected their first-ever shutout win in the playoffs at home. Luken Baker drove in all three runs for Peoria, on a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly. Johan Oviedo got the win after scattering three hits and four walks while striking out seven batters in six innings.
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Great Lakes Loons 0
This game started an hour and 37 minutes late because of a rain delay, but once it got underway, the Whitecaps immediately got down to business. Starting pitcher Brad Bass — nicknamed “Big Tuna” by his teammates — got the win after shutting down the Loons for seven innings. He scattered six hits, struck out seven, and walked none. Offensively, West Michigan’s biggest blow came off the bat of Chris Proctor, who hit a 3-run double in the bottom of the 6th inning.
(Earlier in the day, the Loons announced that their affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers was renewed through the 2020 season. You can read about that here.)
Beloit Snappers, Cedar Rapids Kernels postponed
Another day of heavy rain in Wisconsin washed out the opening game of the Kernels-Snappers series, postponing the contest until Thursday evening. After Game 1 is played in Beloit, Game 2 (and Game 3 if necessary) will be played Friday in Cedar Rapids. The Friday game(s) will be seven innings long per standard MiLB doubleheader rules.
I plan to be at Game 1, so make sure to check back afterward to see my post with photos as part of tomorrow’s MWL playoffs roundup.