The postseason began Wednesday night for full-season Minor League Baseball Wednesday night, and three of the Indians' affiliates were involved.
The Clippers started their best-of-five semifinal series against the Durham Bulls with a 9-4 victory. Francisco Lindor and Justin Sellers each had 3 hits for Columbus, while David Murphy (on a rehab assignment as he readies himself for a return to Cleveland), Matt Carson (who had a couple huge hits for the Tribe last September), and James Ramsey (the player acquired in exchange for Justin Masterson) each homered. Kyle Davies struck out 9 while allowing 3 runs in 6 innings, before a series of relievers took care of the final three frames.
Game 2 of the series is at 7:05 ET tonight at Columbus' Huntington Park. Tyler Cloyd is set to start for the Clippers.
The RubberDucks opened the best-of-five Eastern League semifinals by hosting the Richmond Flying Squirrels, but lost 3-2. Starter Duke von Schamann gave up a pair of runs in the 3rd inning, but allowed only one hit after that, on his way to 7 innings pitched. Akron got one of those runs back in the 4th, but still trailed in the 9th. After the first two batters reached base, an RBI single by Joe Wendle tied the game, and put runners on first and second with no outs, giving the Ducks a prime chance to win the game. Unfortunately a strikeout and double play ended the threat, and after leaving a runner on third in the bottom of the 10th, Akron gave up a run and lost in the 11th.
Game 2 of the series is at 6:35 ET tonight at Akron's Canal Park. Will Roberts is set to start for the RubberDucks.
Lake County (Single-A)
The Captains opened a best-of-three quarterfinal series at home against the South Bend Silver Hawks, and won 6-2. Starter Mitch Brown gave up just 1 run in 5.2 innings for Lake County. 2013 1st round pick Clint Frazier started the scoring with a two-out, two-run home run in the 3rd inning, one of his 3 hits on the night. South Bend scored a run in the top of the 5th, but the Captains got it right back in the bottom half. South Bend cut the deficit to one again in the 7th, but once more that Captains came right back, this time putting up another three runs, with a triple by 2014 1st round pick Bradley Zimmer scoring two of them.
Game 3 of the series is at 7:05 ET tonight at South Bend's Four Winds Field. Anderson Polanco is set to start for the Captains.