Welcome to Joey Belle WS coverage!
Ottawa's Albert DeJean threw a strong 7 innings in Game 1, limiting Pittsburgh to 2 runs; meanwhile, the Ice batters stayed hot, knocking around Allegheny top gun (and Cy Young runnerup) Jung Wanatabe for 12 hits and 6 runs in 5 and 2/3. O'Halloran and Suarez homered for Ottawa in a convincing 8-2 win.
Pittsburgh evened things up with a convincing 7-4 win in Game 2. The second ining was the big frame, with the Allegheny's plating 5 runs - Bucky Daal's 3-run blast was the big blow. Rafael Brogna added a solo blast in the 5th. D'Angelo Cerda went 8, limiting the Ice to just 4 hits and 2 earned runs (Maximo Cota's 5th-inning boot lead to 2 unearned), and new FOY Johnnie Hernandez picked up his 9th save of the playoffs with a perfect 9th.