D-backs minor league report: Visalia, Missoula headed to deciding playoff games

Kal Simmons and the Missoula Osprey host Idaho Falls on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Pioneer League's best-of-three championship series.

Angel Villalona’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th inning on Tuesday gave San Jose a 5-4 win over Visalia, evening the California League North Division finals at two games each.

The deciding fifth game in the best-of-five series is Wednesday night in Visalia.

For the second straight night, the Rawhide took an early lead, this time on Jamie Westbrook’s three-run homer. But it didn’t last long, as the Giants’ Aramis Garcia hit a two-run blast in the second, and San Jose took a 4-3 lead in the third.

It stayed that way until the ninth, when Kevin Cron launched a pinch-hit home run to tie the game. But the Rawhide couldn’t find a way to score another, and in the last of the 13th, Villalona’s two-out long ball off Mason McCullough gave the Giants the win.

In the Pioneer League, Missoula and Idaho Falls head to a deciding game in their best-of-three championship series after Idaho Falls took advantage of a pair of Osprey errors and claimed a 5-3 victory on Tuesday.

Missoula’s Cameron Smith took the loss after allowing four unearned runs on five hits and a walk in five innings. All five Idaho Falls runs were unearned.

The winner-take-all deciding game is Wednesday night in Missoula.