Minor Standings: Post-Season Edition #1

By: Lindsey Foltin

Class-AAA:

Columbus Clippers – 79 – 65 .552%

– Finished 2nd overall in INT Division, advanced to playoffs as Wild Card winner

The Class-AAA International League’s division winners (North, South and West) and the Wild Card team will each advance to the playoffs.

Class-AA:

Akron Aeros – 71-71 – .500%

– Finished 4th overall in EAS Western Division, did not advance to playoffs

Class-A:

Kinston Indians – 73-67 – .521%

– Finished 3rd overall in Carolina Southern Division, advanced to playoffs as second half winner (Winston-Salem finished as double-half winner, Kinston finished with the second best second-half record)

Lake County Captains – 77-62 – .554%

– Finished 2nd overall in MID Eastern Division, advanced to playoffs as first half winner

The Class-A Midwest and Carolina Leagues (Both Kinston and Lake County) first and second half division winners advance to the playoffs. In the event of a double-half winner, the club with the second best second-half record will advance to the playoffs.

Minor Notes:

Clippers Advance To Governor Cup Finals: The Columbus Clippers are headed to the Governor’s Cup final after Saturday’s 11-5 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The Clippers led the best-of-five series 2-1 going into Saturday afternoon’s game. Paulo Espino went seven innings for Columbus, giving up two runs on five hits, and striking out six. Yankees pitcher Hector Noesi gave up nine runs on 11 hits, including a three-run homer to Josh Rodriguez in the fourth.

Carlton Smith gave up three runs to the Yankees in the eighth, including a two-run homer by Edwar Gonzales, but reliever Josh Judy stepped in for the final four outs of the game.

The Clippers will host the Durham Bulls in game one of the International League Governor’s Cup final, where they will have their first shot at the title since 1997.

K-Tribe Swept In Round One: The Kinston Indians ended their playoff run shortly after it began, as the Winston-Salem Dash completed the three game sweep Saturday night. The K-Tribe, however, didn’t go down without a fight, as game three of the Southern Division Championship series was a 12 inning affair.

Indians pitcher Joseph Gardner went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits, including a two-run homer to Brandon Short in the third. Other than a Bo Greenwell RBI double in the fourth, the Indians had a hard time scoring in the first eight innings, leaving 15 men on base.

The K-Tribe rallied for four runs in the eighth, getting three runs off Taylor Thompson and one run on Brandon Kloess, which gave them a 5-4 lead going into the ninth. Winston-Salem tied it up on a RBI single with two outs and one on, sending the game into extra innings. After 12 innings of play, Kinston reliever Matt Langwell gave up a three-run homer to Jose Martinez, and TJ House was brought in only to give up two more runs, making it a five-run inning for the Dash. Kinston went away quietly in the 12th, making the final score 10-5.

Captains Fall To Loons In Series Opener: The Lake County Captains lost game one of the MID Eastern Division playoffs to the Great Lakes Loons Sunday afternoon.

Captains Pitcher Giovanni Soto - Indians Prospect Insider

Giovanni Soto (received from Detroit in the Jhonny Peralta Trade) went four innings for the Captains, giving up four runs on five walks and three hits, including a two-out, two-run homer to Brian Cavazos-Galvez in the third.

Fransisco Jimenez came in for the Captains in the fourth and gave up two runs, including a solo homer to Jaime Oritz. Loons starter Josh Wall gave up five runs on 7 hits, including a solo homer to Adam Abraham, and two home runs to Jonathan Burnett.

Down 10-5 in the ninth, the Captains rallied for three runs, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 10-8.

Game two of the best of three series will be played in Great Lakes, Michigan, as Brett Brach will take the mound for the Captains, and Allen Webster will get the start for the Loons.

Follow Lindsey Foltin on Twitter @LindseyBaseball

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2 Comments

  1. It is amazing that Columbus has gone this far since most of the players are in Cleveland and this is an Akron Team basically….good info all year Lindsey……

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