photo: Jake Walsh (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)
Behind their top starter, Jake Walsh, the Palm Beach Cardinals held Fort Myers to three runs, but scored just one in their playoff opener loss Tuesday night. Memphis and Palm Beach begin post-season play Wednesday evening.
Results from the game played Tuesday, September 4th.
The American Southern Division champion Memphis Redbirds begin their quest for a second consecutive Pacific Coast League Championship on Wednesday evening with the opener of the best-of-five semi-final series versus Oklahoma City (LAD), the American Northern Division title holders.
The Dodgers host the first two contests before the balance of the series shifts to AutoZone Park. The Redbirds’ .593 regular season winning percentage is tops in the league but the nucleus of many of those victories now don the St Louis Cardinals’ uniform.
Wednesday’s game: at Oklahoma City (0-0) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Kevin Herget (0-0, —)
The Beach Birds dropped their first-round series opener at Fort Myers, 3-1. Palm Beach (0-1) will need to win both of the next two games to advance to the Florida State League Championship Finals.
Jake Walsh (L, 0-1) struck out seven over five innings but was touched for three runs on five hits and a walk. One of the five hits was a solo home run. Colton Thomson fanned three in two perfect frames before Griffin Roberts’ Florida State League debut consisted of an infield groundout, single up the middle, line out to center and fly out in foul ground.
The visitors squandered numerous scoring opportunities as they were hitless in nine at bats with runners in scoring position and left six on. The team’s five hits were divided between two players: Elehuris Montero and Dylan Carlson. Montero went 3-for-4 with a double out of the five hole while Carlson added a double to a single in four at bats and scored the sole tally. A 6-4 force out by Stefan Trosclair with the sacks jammed generated the PB-Cards’ only RBI.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (1-0) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
The Chiefs’ ticket to postseason play was punched when they clinched the Western Division’s first half Wild Card slot. Peoria hosts the first game of their best-of-three quarter-final series versus Quad Cities (HOU), winners of the first-half division race. Action then swings over to Davenport’s Modern Woodman Park for remainder of the series.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (0-0) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (0-0, —)
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