Trenton 5, Akron 1 (Trenton won the best-of-5 series 3-1)
After being rained out on Friday night, Trenton won 4-1 on Saturday and then 5-1 yesterday for the Eastern League championship. Trenton scored the five runs despite the fact that no one had an extra-base hit. Left fielder Colin Curtis was the only player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. Thunder righthander Jeff Marquez gave up one run on five hits over six innings with three walks and five strikeouts for the win, lowering his postseason ERA to 3.27. The win gives Trenton back-to-back Eastern League championships and center fielder Austin Jackson was named MVP of the EL playoiffs. With the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees winning the International League title, Yankees affiliates won championships at the Triple-A and Double-A levels. The last time this happened was in 1993 when the Astros’ top two affiliates—Triple-A Tucson (Pacific Coast) and Double-A Jackson (Texas)—won their leagues.
Mississippi won the best-of-5 series 3-2
Trailing two games to one, Mississippi didn’t give in, coming back to win the series for the Southern League championship. The Braves won 6-5 on Friday night in a 13-inning battle. Both teams scored a run in the 11th inning, but Mississippi tied the series at two with a run in the bottom of the 13th. Braves righthander Kris Medlen started the game and struck out 10 over seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits. On Saturday, the Braves were three outs away from a championship when Mudcats right fielder Scott Cousins hit a game-tying home run. In the bottom of the 10th, however, the Braves put runners on first and second with back-to-back singles. A wild pitch by Carolina righthander Chris Mobley allowed both runners to move up and the game-winning run came across when Carolina catcher Brad Davis made a bad throw trying to nail the trailing runner at second. Kala Ka’aihue was named the Southern League Championship Series MVP.
Frisco 3, Arkansas 1 (The best-of-5 series is tied 2-2)
The Arkansas Travelers proved that it’s difficult to win a game when you have more errors than hits. The game was scoreless through the first six innings, but Frisco’s three runs in the bottom of the seventh would be all they needed, as the final score ended up 3-1. The runs came as the result of two errors in the inning, giving the Travelers four errors in the game. Frisco lefthander Derek Holland pitched six scoreless innings, lowering his postseason ERA to a microscopic 0.44. He gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out six. The bullpen was just as stingy; as Arkansas managed just one more hit the entire game. Frisco shortstop Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4 with the team’s only RBI. The series is now tied at two games apiece with the teams facing off tonight in Frisco for all the marbles.
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