Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates swept in postseason appearances
By David Coffey
All of the teams in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system that made the playoffs were swept and eliminated quickly
Finally, it is time for the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league playoff series in all of the leagues… and it is over. That was fast.
Pacific Coast League Playoffs: Reno Aces vs. El Paso Chihuahua
In the Pacific Coast League Playoffs, we start off with a best of 5 series between Reno and El Paso.
The Chihuahua’s won the series in three games sending Reno home after a 6-7 win in El Paso.
Christian Walker had a good series even in the losing effort hitting 2 home runs and driving in 5 RBIs in two games played. During the series, Walker had a .364 batting average and a 1.294 OPS.
This kind of series is nothing new for Walker who was voted MVP of the Pacific Coast League this year after having a year with 31 HR’s, 144 RBI’s and an average of .309.
Walker has since been called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be playoff eligible for the organization.
Midwest League Playoffs: Kane County Cougars vs. Cedar Rapids Kernels
The Midwestern League division series is the first round of the playoffs and is a best of three series.
In this series, the Cougars seemed to be coming in at a disadvantage due to just how poorly the team was playing in the second half of the season.
The final game and loss for Kane County were played at home at Northwestern Medical Field.
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While Walker had a big series for Reno, no one stepped up for Kane County. Sadly for the Cougars while no one stepped up, two people let them down.
In both games, the losses could be placed upon the starting pitching.
Between the two starters, they gave up 11 runs in just 4.2 innings. This is a combined ERA of 21.52 something that is nearly impossible to try and battle back from.
So while it was a good season for the Cougars, it still has left us wanting more from the playoffs.
Northwest League Playoffs: Hillsboro Hops vs. Eugene Emeralds
While almost the entire Northwest League is currently dealing with the horrible fires ravishing the area, baseball was still to be played. Both teams did very well during the regular seasons, both teams were having great seasons.
Both squads playing over .500 for the entire year. With Hillsboro winning both halves of the regular season, they seemed to be the team with the advantage in the series. Sadly this series ended after just two games with Eugene advancing.
While both games were close, the second game ended up as blow out at the end. Going tied into the 9th inning, it looked like Hillsboro may have a shot at forcing a game three.
Sadly the pitchers in the ninth had a different idea giving up 5 runs in one-third of an inning (135.00 ERA) and the second pitcher also giving up a run before the ninth was over.
So the Hops needed to match that with seven runs in one inning just to force game three. Sadly this did not happen to get only a single hit during the bottom of the ninth.
Pioneer League: Missoula Osprey vs. Great Falls Voyagers
The Osprey were swept in the Pioneer League by the Great Falls Voyagers, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The Osprey got the night started in the elimination game by scoring three runs
Two of those runs were driven in by Andy Yerzy’s home run, his second of the series. But, it wasn’t enough as the team later allowed eight runs and fell 8-5. The Voyagers hit back-to-back-to-back singles off the Osprey’s 17-year-old starter to get things started and the Osprey never recovered.
The Osprey won the Pioneer League back in 2015, but won’t get that chance this year.
There were high hopes for this teams heading into the playoffs with beliefs that they could all make runs. sadly this was not the case and was definitely disappointing. The Hops were the biggest let down seeing as they had won all year. There is always next year though we can all believe that all three of these teams can make another run next year.
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