The two minor league playoff series went in opposite directions last night, as Altoona went down 2-1 in the series against Akron and Bradenton opened the Florida State League finals with an 8-1 victory.

Altoona has to win the next two games in Akron to move on to the Eastern League finals. They will go with Brandon Waddell tonight and if they win to stay alive, then Tyler Eppler will get the ball on Sunday. Waddell has faced Akron three times this season already. He pitched once in Akron and had no control in that game, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and six walks in 4.2 innings. Less than half of his pitches went for strikes that night. Akron seems to have a great eye against Waddell, or he just has trouble throwing them strikes all of the time. In 14.2 innings, he has ...

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