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Minor League Playoff Special: Day 8

The LumberKings erupted in Game One of the Midwest League Championship

Cody Cunningham/Jackson Generals

The minor league playoffs are starting to wind down. After having four or five games a day for nearly a week, the Mariners have just two affiliates left standing in the MiLB playoffs, with only one of them, the Class-A Clinton LumberKings, in action on Wednesday night. Hey, Charles Minor, here’s your rundown:

Jackson Generals - Mississippi Braves (AA) – Off-Day

Jackson leads series, 2-0

The Generals head to Mississippi just one win away from winning the Southern League Championship. Paul Blackburn gets the ball for Jackson in Game Three, which is set to be played at 7:00 pm CT Thursday night.

Great Lakes Loons 6 - Clinton LumberKings 16 (A)

Clinton leads best-of-five series, 1-0

The LumberKings pushed across 16 runs on 13 hits, 10 walks, and four Great Lakes errors, cruising to a 16-6 victory in Game One of the Midwest League Championship.

Starting pitcher and top prospect Luiz Gohara had his roughest start of the season, surrendering five runs on six hits and four walks in just 3.2 innings. His command was shaky all night, but thanks to the offense, it didn’t really matter.

Chris Mariscal, Luis Liberato, and Rayder Ascanio all turned in three-hit games, with both Ascanio and Marsical finishing a home run short of the cycle. In addition to his three hits, Mariscal also drew two walks in the game and added in a sacrifice fly.

The game had plenty of oddities. Loons starting pitcher Jordan Sheffield uncorked two wild pitches in the same at-bat in the first inning, leading to the LumberKings’ first two runs of the night. In the fourth inning, the Loons committed three errors, all of which played a major role in the LumberKings’ eight-run outburst in the inning. Every single Great Lakes pitcher surrendered a run:

It was a weird game, but it was a fun one. Now, the LumberKings are just two wins away from a championship. Game Two will be tomorrow in Clinton at 6:30 pm CT. Pablo Lopez gets the ball for the LumberKings. As of Wednesday night, a starter has not been officially announced for the Loons.