Santa Fe, NM (7M7AP): Rafael Franco had two home runs and knocked in six runs on four hits as the Santa Fe Slammers decisively defeated the Scranton Scrubs, 14-8, in the opening round of the American League Division Playoffs this morning.
The Slammers wasted no time putting runs on the board with a four spot in the first inning. Franco hit a 3-run homer to center field and designated hitter Willis McGee tased a laser beam double into center field.
After a three-up, three-down inning for Santa Fe winning starter, Joaquin Ayala, the Slammers tagged the Scrubs for seven more runs. With a man on first and second base with two outs, Franco came through big with a single. After a single by Santa Fe first baseman, Norm LaRocca, Scranton losing pitcher, Fred Flores, walked in center fielder Buddy West. After McGee grounded a single to score Franco and LaRocca, third baseman Luis Cortes crushed a three-run homer to right center to give the Slammers the commanding 11-0 lead.
The Scrubs posted their first two runs in the third inning off of an error by Slammers shortstop Taylor that plated Ray Elster. Tony Justice smoked a line drive single to left field to bring in Omar Cross. The Scrubs tried to stage a late-game comeback, scoring three runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth, but the Slammers held them off, posting the 14-8 victory.
Santa Fe leads the series, 1-0.
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