The minor league season has come to a close and playoff baseball has begun. Palm Beach opened the postseason on Tuesday against the Fort Myers Miracle. Meanwhile, Memphis and Peoria were both slated to begin their series yesterday. Memphis was rained out and will play a double header later today.
Fort Myers Miracle 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Ian Oxnevad (SP): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Irving Lopez (2B): 2-4, RBI
Stefan Trosclair (1B): 1-3, BB, R
Jose Godoy (C): 2-4
Palm Beach entered this game trailing Fort Myers 0-1 in the series.
Lefty Ian Oxnevad toed the rubber for the Cardinals in Game 2. Oxnevad opened the game with two scoreless frames, allowing runners to reach scoring position in each inning but escaping both jams. Trouble brewed in the top of the third after Oxnevad retired the first two batters. After a pair of pop outs, Alex Kiriloff singled to left. In the next at bat, Jose Miranda jumped all over Oxnevad for a home run to left center. 2-0 Fort Myers.
The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the inning, leading off with a pair of singles and a sac bunt to advance the runners. Irving Lopez launched a sac fly in the next at bat to score Stefan Trosclair, but the threat ended with a Dylan Carlson strikeout. 2-1 Fort Myers.
Fort Myers added another run in the top of the sixth and Palm Beach was never able to get any more offense going.
Fort Myers won the series 2-0 and will advance to the Florida State League Finals.
Peoria Chiefs 3, Quad Cities River Bandits 0
Johan Oviedo (SP): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K’s
Luken Baker (DH): 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, R
Nick Dunn (2B): 2-3, 2B, BB, R
Yariel Gonzalez (RF): 2-3, BB, R
Peoria opened Game 1 of the series with big righty Johan Oviedo on the mound.
Oviedo cruised through six innings, only running into trouble in the top of the second inning. Oviedo allowed runners to reach first and third but escaped the jam thanks to a Justin Turner outfield assist and a a groundout.
The Chiefs struck in the bottom of the fourth to back up Oviedo’s strong outing. Yariel Gonzalez led off the inning with a walk and then stole second. In the next at bat, Luken Baker ripped a homer over the left field fence. 2-0 Peoria.
Peoria added another run in the bottom of the fifth. After a pitching change to bring in reliever Leovanny Rodriguez, infielder Nick Dunn led off with a double to left. Nick Plummer then walked to put two runners on. Yariel Gonzalez grounded out but advanced both runners into scoring position, allowing Dunn to score on a Luken Baker sac fly. 3-0 Peoria.
Robbie Gordon, Patrick Dayton and Kodi Whitley all combined for three innings of scoreless relief.
Peoria leads the series 1-0.
MEM (GM 1): Kevin Herget
MEM (GM 2): Tyler Lyons
PEO: Zach Prendergast