Friday Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 10:15 p.m.
CUBS Tennessee AA
Blake Lalli continued his domination of Chattanooga Friday night at Smokies Park as Tennessee routed the Lookouts, 10-4, to take a 2-0 lead in its Southern League semifinal series. The Smokies can go for the sweep Saturday night in Chattanooga.
Lalli had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. He has four hits in eight at-bats through the two games with a homer and six RBIs. Lalli had only five RBIs in 17 regular-season games against the Lookouts.
He had help, though. Steve Clevenger had a pair of hits and drove in two while Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and scored twice as the Smokies rallied from a four-run deficit with a six run second inning.
The Lookouts knocked out Ryan Searle, who allowed all four runs in two innings. Oswaldo Martinez, who picked up the victory, came on and tossed three shutout innings to put Tennessee in control of the series. The two hits allowed by Martinez were the only two the Smokies pen surrendered.
Elliot Soto and Chad Noble had run-scoring hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Daytona a 3-1 victory over St. Lucie in the first game of the Florida State League finals at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Yoannis Negrin earned the win.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
Mobile picked up a 7-5 victory Friday night at Regions Park to even its Southern League semifinal playoffs series with Birmingham at a game apiece. Hector Santiago allowed six runs in 3 13 innings and was charged with the loss. He gave up seven hits and walked four. Jake Oester had a homer and two RBIs for the Barons.
Great Falls Rookie
Qualon Millender had three hits and RBI for Great Falls, which raced by Missoula, 8-3, in a Pioneer League semifinal contest. Marty Medina added two hits and an RBI while Blair Walters, the Pioneer League pitcher of the year,struck out seven and allowed one hit over 5 23 shutout innings.