AL Divisional Championship Series
Game 1 Recaps
#5 Salem @ #1 Anaheim
Anaheim was no match for Salem in this game 1 snoozefest. Every Salem starter recorded at least a hit and their offense was led by Ivan Martis (3-5, 2B, HR, RBI, 2R) and Joe Campbell (1-3, HR, 2RBI). Diasuke Suzuki recorded the win with 8 innings of 1-hit, 2-walk, 9-strikeout pitching mastery. Yamil Santiago blew the shutout in the ninth when he game up a ninth inning double and a batter later gave up the run scoring single to Anaheim’s Boyd.
• Salem defeats Anaheim, 8-1. Salem leads series, 1-0.
#3 Florida @ #2 Philadelphia
This was a back and forth, tightly contested ball game. Florida’s Chad Selby collected 3 hits, and Juan Feliz went 2 for 3, with a home run and 2 RBI, but Rich Perry was the real hero, hitting a solo homer in the top of the ninth to provide the winning margin for the Gators. Joe Newfield pitched a solid 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, and striking out 5, but picked up the no-decision. Blade Wright and Adrian Kendall combined to pitch 3 perfect innings to pick up the win and save, respectively. Philly’s Stuffy Sabathia and Miller Kotsay each picked up 2 hits, and scored once a piece to provide the scoring for the Owls. The bullpen let Domingo Servet down as he threw 6 innings of masterful ball giving up just 4 hits while striking out 4. Bo Parker blew the save by giving up a walk and back-to-back singles to start the 8th and Vic Redmond picked up the loss by giving up the solo “moon” shot to Perry.
• Florida wins, 3-2. Florida leads the series, 1-0.
NL Division Championship Series
Game 1 Recaps
#4 Austin @ #1 Syracuse
This was a close game for 6 innings, but Austin just couldn’t keep the top-scoring National League Orange down for the entire game. Syracuse’s Jimmie Jodie struck out 7, walked 2, and gave up 3 hits in 7 innings for the win. Charles Carlyle walked 3 in 2 innings of work, but ultimately kept Austin off the board. Garrett Paris was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a homer and 3 RBI, while Michael Seay and Frank Jenkins knocked in 2 each. Mel Reed pitched five solid innings (5H, 1ER, 1BB, 6K) but picked up the loss as his offense let him down.
• Syracuse beats Austin, 8-0. Syracuse leads the series, 1-0
#3 Dover @ #2 Arizona
No surprise here as Dover continues to play in low scoring games this playoff season. Arizona’s Bernie Ortiz and David Sierra each had 3 hits and Jake Peterson knocked in 2 while hitting a home run (Ortiz had a homer as well). Joaquin Nunez pitched 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, while striking out 7 and walking 5. Buddy Stoops, Ivan Duran, and Guy McMasters wrapped up this extra innings bout with 4 shutout innings as McMasters picked up the win. Dover did not walk a batter all game and Matthew Lennon justified his huge salary again with 6 good innings, scattering 7 hits, and 2 runs while striking out 2. Randy Gabriel got tagged with the loss as he gave up a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 11th to Jake Peterson.
• Arizona beats Dover, 4-2 (11 inn.). Arizona leads series, 1-0.