One was the magic number for the Astros minor league system on Thursday night. The organization had its first team, Tri-City, win its league and the one remaining team playing, Quad Cities, moved within one game of clinching the Midwest League title with a win.
Tri-City won its series with State College two-games to one with a 4-3 win in Pennsylvania. The Valley Cats scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning without hitting a ball out of the infield. Four bunts, a walk, an infield single and a throwing error led to all the runs for Tri-City.
Kyle Westwood earned the win for the Valley Cats, throwing six innings of one-run ball. Gonzalo Sanudo pitched the final two innings to earn the save.
Meanwhile, Quad Cities shut out South Bend 5-0 to take a two-games to none lead in the Midwest League’s championship series.
Bobby Borchering homered for the River Bandits and Rio Ruiz added a pair of doubles, driving in one and scoring twice.
Joe Bircher started for Quad Cities, pitching five innings while giving up five hits and a pair of walks. Jamaine Cotton and J.D. Osborne combined to finish the game.
The series takes Friday off while the teams head to Iowa for the conclusion of the series. Game three is scheduled for 7 pm Saturday at Modern Woodsman Park.