Midland Rockhounds 4 Sod Poodles 1
(Midland leads the best-of-five series 2-0)
Key Statistics: CF Taylor Trammell 1-for-4 3B, BB; RF Edward Olivares 1-for-3, R, BB, HR (1), RBI; DH Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-3, BB; RHP Jacob Nix (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Evan Miller 1.1 IP, K; RHP Trey Wingenter IP, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: Amarillo lost Game 2 at home and will now need to win three consecutive games on the road to advance to the championship series. … If you count the two playoff games, Taylor Trammell has an eight-game hitting streak going. Trammell tripled and drew a walk in five plate appearances. The 21-year-old outfielder has looked much more comfortable at the plate down the stretch and he has shown some impressive power. He will have at least one more game to show off his talent. … Edward Olivares connected on a homer — his first of the playoffs. Olivares hit 18 homers in 127 regular-season games. The athletic outfielder scuffled in August but he was able to maintain his solid walk rate. If you count the two playoff games, the 23-year-old has played in 129 games this year, equaling the career-high he set last year in Lake Elsinore. … Jacob Nix took the game two loss but pitched well as he continues to make his way back to the big leagues. Nix pitched five innings and allowed a pair of earned runs on six hits. He has reached at least five innings in his last three tune-up starts. Nix made this start on regular rest, after making his last start on 11 days rest. With the minor league season winding down, Nix should be ready to make a few starts in San Diego. … Trey Wingenter pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the side in the process. The hard-throwing righty struggled in his first outing with the club so Thursday’s outing was a step in the right direction.
Storm 7 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6 (10 innings)
(Storm lead the best-of-five series 2-0)
Key Statistics: 2B Xavier Edwards 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB; C Luis Campusano 2-for-4, 3B, R, BB, 2 RBI; SS Gabriel Arias 2-for-6, R, RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario 3-for-4, R, 2 BB, RBI; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI; DH Tucupita Marcano 2-for-4, R, BB; RHP Reiss Knehr, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; LHP Cody Tyler 1.1 IP, H, R (unearned), 3 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 1.2 IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm overcame a 6-1 deficit to get the victory in extra innings. Lake Elsinore scored three in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie the game. The Storm notched the victory on a walk-off sacrifice fly from Tirso Ornelas. The series will shift to Rancho Cucamonga where the Storm will just need to win one game this weekend to advance to the Cal League finals for the first time since 2011. … In addition to the walk-off sacrifice fly, Ornelas also delivered three hits, including a triple. The 19-year-old scuffled most of the campaign but hit well after returning from the Arizona League. The left-handed swinging outfielder hit .308/.357/.431 in August, striking out just seven times in 72 plate appearances. The power hasn’t shown up yet but Ornelas’ approach still looks intact. … Eguy Rosario had three hits and drew two walks to pace the Storm offense. The versatile infielder hit a blistering .327/.408/.523 in August and the hits have continued into September. … Reiss Knehr pitched well. The only runs he gave up came in the fourth when Rancho opened the frame with two singles and double. Knehr bounced back impressively, striking out the next three hitters on 11 pitches to avoid further damage. Overall, he pitched five innings, allowing a pair of earned runs on six hits. The 22-year-old righty punched out eight batters and walked just two. Last year’s 20th-rounder was a little inconsistent in his first full professional season, but he has struck out 91 batters in 71 innings (including playoffs). If he can add an effective third pitch to keep lefties honest against him, he should be a guy to watch next year.
Spokane Indians 5 Dust Devils 1
(Best-of-three series is tied at 1).
Key Statistics: 3B Kelvin Melean 1-for-3, BB; LF Jack Stronach 1-for-4, RBI; 1B Luke Becker 2-for-4, 2B; LHP Ethan Elliott 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K; RHP Deacon Medders 2 IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils lost game two at home. The two teams will play a deciding game three at Gesa Stadium Friday night to determine who will face Hillsboro in the championship series. …Luke Becker had a pair of hits including a double. The 23-year-old split his season between Tri-City and Fort Wayne after opening the year in extended spring training. The former Kentucky infielder finished the season strong, hitting .324 in his final 10 games. He drew eight walks during that stretch as well. The utility-man has seen action at first, third and left field this season after playing 26 games at second base a year ago. … Ethan Elliott continued his dominance in the Northwest League Thursday night. The southpaw tossed three shutout innings, striking out two. The small-college hurler has dominated the Northwest League this year in limited action. Including Thursday, Elliott allowed just one run in his final 18 innings, walking one and striking out 19 during that span. The 6-foot-3 hurler should be a candidate to begin next season in the Fort Wayne rotation.