Byron Buxton stays hot. Mitchell Kranson homers. Alex Kirilloff also homers. Michael Helman keeps hitting. The E-Twins start the playoffs tonight.
ROCHESTER 6, BUFFALO 1 IN ROCHESTER
The Bisons scored one in the top of the first, but the Red Wings came back with two in the first, one in the third, and three in the fourth.
LaMonte Wade was 2-for-3 with a walk. Byron Buxton was 2-for-5 with two runs. Nick Gordon was 2-for-5.
Ryan Eades struck out four in 3.1 innings, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. His ERA is 0.68. Luke Bard struck out five in 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Andrew Vasquez struck out four in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks. His ERA is 1.59. Tyler Duffey retired all four men he faced, striking out two. His ERA is 2.90.
JACKSON 2, CHATTANOOGA 1 IN JACKSON
MItchell Kranson homered in the sixth to tie it 1-1. Jay Gonzalez had an RBI single in the seventh to put the Generals in the lead to stay.
Kranson was 2-for-4 and the home run was his third.
Austin Adams was the opener. He pitched two shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks. His ERA is 1.29. Jorge Alcala struck out five in 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks. Cody Stashak retired all four men he faced, striking out two. His ERA is 2.65.
FORT MYERS 3, BRADENTON 0 IN FORT MYERS
All the runs were scored in the sixth. Alex Kirilloff hit a two-run homer and Ryan Costello hit a solo homer.
Costello was 2-for-4 and the home run was his fourth. Kirilloff was 1-for-4 and the home run was his sixth. He is batting .363. Ernie De La Trinidad was 0-for-3 and is batting .301.
Charlie Barnes struck out five in 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. His ERA is 2.81. Jovani Moran retired all ten men he faced, striking out four. His ERA is 2.45. Colton Davis pitched a perfect inning and struck out one.
CEDAR RAPIDS 11, BURLINGTON 3 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Trailing 3-2, the Kernels scored eight runs in the sixth to take control of the game. Michael Davis hit a two-run triple in the inning and Trey Cabbage hit a three-run double.
Davis was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs and is batting .310. Michael Helman was 2-for-4 with a double, scoring twice and driving in two. He is batting .380. Victor Tademo was 2-for-4 and is batting .429. Trevor Larnach was 1-for-2 with a home run (his third) and three walks, scoring three times.
Jhoan Duran pitched four innings, giving up three unearned runs on three hits and three walks and striking out three. Derek Molina struck out five in three shutout innings, giving up one hit. His ERA is 2.25. Rickey Ramirez pitched two shutout innings, giving up a walk and striking out one.
PENNANT RACE UPDATE
Fort Myers is in first place by 1.5 games, as Charlotte dropped both ends of a doubleheader. The Miracle has three games remaining and the Stone Crabs have four, as they play another doubleheader today.
Cedar Rapids is in first place by 5.5 games with four to play, and so has clinched the division.
Elizabethton won their division by seven games. They begin a best-of-three playoff series in Kingsport tonight.
5:30 Elizabethton (Josh Winder) at Kingsport (Willy Taveras)
6:00 Clearwater (Mauricio Llovera, 7-7, 3.83) at Fort Myers (Griffin Jax, 3-3, 3.28)
6:05 Chattanooga (Tyler Wells, 1-2, 1.67) at Jackson
6:05 Lehigh Valley (Cole Irvin, 13-4, 2.67) at Rochester (Lewis Thorpe, 0-2, 4.91)
6:35 Burlington at Cedar Rapids (Melvi Acosta, 2-4, 2.88)