Congratulations are in order for the Kinston Indians today, the new champions of the Carolina League.
Kinston capped off a series sweep of
Frederick last night with a thrilling Game 3 win, winning it 2-1 in 11 innings and capturing the Mills Cup.
Recapping the games,
Kinston won Game 1 of the series on Saturday 10-4, and got a solid start from right-hander Joe Ness, a 2005 6th round draft pick out of
Ness went 5 strong innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5, and newcomer Randy Newsom pitched 2.1 innings of shutout relief for the save. Offensively, 3B Rodney Choy Foo (2-4, BB, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs) and OF
Jordan Brown (1-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI) led the way.
In Game 2,
Kinston got another solid starting performance in their 3-2 win. Lefty Mariano Gomez went 5 innings and gave up 4 hits, 3 walks and 2 runs while striking out 3. Once again, submarine right-hander Newsom came in late to shut the door, pitching 2 shutout innings in the 7th and 8th inning, holding the opposition hitless and striking out 4 batters. 1B Stephen Head (2-2, 2 BBs), OF Nathan Panther (2-4, HR, RBI), and 2B Argenis Reyes (2-4) led the attack on offense.
Newsom’s incredible relief pitching in the series won him MVP honors in the Mills Cup Finals. In three games, Newsom pitched 5.1 innings and did not allow a run, yielding only 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 5. Newsome is the player to be named later the Indians received in the Coco Crisp trade with
Boston . He has a unique submarine pitching style, where his knuckles pretty much dust the ground on every pitch. Since joining the Indians organization he has limited opposing right-handed hitters to a .179 average and in four stops for two different organizations he went a combined 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 39 games.
Akron ’s Season Continues….Barely
The Aeros beat
Altoona in the opening round of the Eastern League (EL) playoffs, winning the series 3-2. After taking a comfortable 2-0 lead in the series by pounding out 24 runs in two games,
Akron was held to a total of 2 runs in Game 3 and 4 losses.
Akron regrouped, and returned to
Park for Game 5 and got a very good outing collectively from the pitching staff as 5 pitchers combined to throw 9 innings and yield only 2 runs while striking out 11. OF Brad Snyder had a 3-run HR in the 4th that opened the game up and proved to be the deciding hit.
An in depth recap of the series will be provided this weekend when the series finishes up. Also, a
Akron wrap-up will round out the final installment of Minor Happenings for the season. Minor Happenings should pick back up in late-October or early-November as the Indians get set to make roster moves, the Rule 5 Draft approaches, and winter leagues get going.