The Generals and Rawhide were the only Minor League action going on Friday, both playoff games, and both teams won to take their best of five series to two wins and a loss.
Justin Donatella got the start and went six scoreless innings, and gave up just three hits and a walk while striking out seven. Miguel Aguilar was the only Jackson pitcher to run into any real trouble, facing three batters, getting just one out, and giving up a hit and a walk to the other two batters. Michael Blazek pitched a scoreless inning, and gave up just a hit, and Kevin Ginkel pitched an inning and two thirds without allowing any baserunners.
The Generals were kept scoreless until they scored two runs in the fifth. After Marty Herum ground out to lead off the inning, Rudy Flores hit a double, Josh Prince walked, and then Dominic Miroglio doubled both home with a ground ball that deflected off Montgomery’s third baseman. The Generals would tack on an insurance run in the top of the eighth with a pair of walks to Dominic Miroglio and Evan Marzilli, whoe then scored on a single from Domingo Leyba. The Generals could have scored more, but Evan Marzilli was thrown out at third.
Connor Grey got the start, and pitched six innings, and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. The Rawhide offense backed Grey up with two runs in the first, and two runs in the second, but Grey would give up three runs in the fifth, and the tying run in the top of the sixth, before the Rawhide’s offense came alive again and scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to give him the lead before he left the game, along with the win. West Tunnel pitched a scoreless inning, though he allowed two hits and a hit by pitch, while striking out one. Breckin Williams struck out one in a perfect eighth inning, and Carlos Williams walked one in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Rawhide got on board in the bottom of the first, when Camden Duzenack was hit by pitch and followed with a two run home run. They would score two more runs in the second, with Pavin Smith walked, Ramon Hernandez doubled, and then Smith scored on a RBI groundout by Anfernee Grier. Adam Walton would then walk to keep the inning going, and Camden Duzenack would single Hernandez home. The Rawhide would pull ahead in the bottom of the sixth, with Pavin Smith hitting a single, followed by another Ramon Hernandez double, and then Grier would single scoring Smith and putting Hernandez at third. Grier would steal second during the next at bat, and then Adam Walton would single scoring Hernandez and sending Grier to third. While Camden Duzenack was up to bet, Adam Walton would steal second and Anfernee Grier would steal home, and then Duzenack would hit a ground rule double to score the fourth run of the inning. The Rawhide would tack on another run in the next inning when Marcus Wilson tripled and later scored.