International League Playoff Recap: September 8th

Kingham Dazzles In Indianapolis Playoff Victory

With their backs against the proverbial wall, the Indianapolis Indians needed a strong performance from their starter and some offense in a must win game.  Lucky for them they got both.  Nick Kingham started the game for the Indians and was spectacular.  He went seven solid innings helping propel his team to a 5-0 win against the Durham Bulls.  The series which looked all but over, with the Bulls up two games to none, now has a bit more life heading into action on Saturday.

The Indians who have trailed in every game, got their first lead of the series in the third inning Friday.  Kevin Newman led off the bottom of the third with a single, which was followed by two straight hits highlighted by a Joey Terdoslavich two-run double, giving Indianapolis the lead, which would be for good.  Jacob Stallings added a third run in the inning on a sac-fly which scored Terdoslavich.  The Indians would scratch across two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to really put the game out of reach.

Durham, who scored ten runs the night before, had a hard time at the plate when it mattered the most.  They had their chances, but left eight on base overall and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.  After Burch Smith was pulled with two outs in the fourth for Durham, the bullpen came in and did a good job not allowing a hit until the eighth inning.  Defensive positioning, border line calls, and defensive miscues led to the two Indians runs in eighth, which the Bulls couldn’t recover from.

Both teams are back at it on Saturday.  The Bulls are looking to close out the best-of-five series, while the Indians look to force a game five.

RailRiders Even Series Against IronPigs

Chance Adams picks up his first Triple-A playoff win and Nick Rumbelow the save, as the Scranton/WB RailRiders tie the series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4-2 Friday night.  The RaileRiders got on the board early as they score two of their runs in the top of the first inning.  Mason Williams led off the game with a double, and would later score on a Billy McKinney RBI-single.  McKinney would be driven in on Miguel Andujar‘s first of two doubles on the night giving Scranton/WB a 2-0 lead.  They would get the lead to 3-0 in the third inning before Lehigh Valley responded.

After Logan Moore grounded out to start the bottom of the third, the IronPigs would get four straight hits scoring two runs to cut the lead 3-2.  That would be as close as they would come on the scoreboard.  Lehigh Valley, much like Durham in the other game, would have plenty of chances but couldn’t capitalize on any of them.  They would end the game stranding nine runners on base and would go 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

After Adams exited the game, the RailRiders bullpen did a good job shutting things down.  They struck out seven and allowed a hit and a walk in four innings.  Despite giving up five walks, the IronPigs bullpen did a pretty good job as well trying to keep the team in it.  It just wasn’t meant to be.

The series is now tied 1-1 with game three scheduled for Saturday.


Henderson Alvarez, LV (0-0, 0.00) vs Brady Lail, SWB (0-0, 0.00)

Brent Honeywell, DUR (0-0, 0.00) vs Drew Hutchison, IND (0-0, 0.00)