Playoff Recap: Sept. 15

TRIPLE-A INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

Durham at Richmond, postponed (rain)
(Durham leads series 2-1)

The Bulls and Braves couldn’™t get going in Richmond Friday due to inclement weather.

Game 3 is slated for Saturday at 7:00 at the Diamond, where the Braves will go with righthander Kevin Barry against Durham righthander Jae Kuk Ryu.

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento 4, New Orleans 3
(Sacramento wins series 3-0)

River Cats righthander Brad Knox took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Sacramento bullpen hung on late to complete a three-game sweep of the Zephyrs and win the PCL championship.

Knox allowed all three of New Orleans’™ runs in the eighth, he struck out six and walked three over 7 2/3 innings.

The win also gives the River Cats a berth in the Bricktown Showdown, where they will face either Richmond or Durham, for the Triple-A title in a one-game championship.

DOUBLE-A EASTERN LEAGUE

Akron 8, Trenton 2
(Trenton leads series 2-1)

Akron raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, staving off elimination for another day in the EL championship series against Trenton.

Lefthander Jeremy Sowers scattered four hits over six shutout innings, third baseman Rodney Choy Foo drove in three runs and right fielder Stephen Head doubled twice in the victory for the Aeros.

DOUBLE-A SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Montgomery 4, Huntsville 1
(Montgomery leads series 2-1)

Biscuits’™ ace Chris Mason tossed six shutout innings and first baseman Chris Nowak hit his third home run of the postseason as Montgomery took a 2-1 lead in the SL championship series with a 4-1 win against Huntsville.

Mason allowed eight hits over six innings, struck out six and walked three. The win puts Montgomery one victory away from becoming the first team to repeat as SL champions since 1977.

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

San Antonio 3, Springfield 2
(San Antonio leads series 2-1)

Missions’™ catcher Nick Hundley homered twice to power San Antonio to a 3-2 win and a 2-1 advantage in the Texas League finals.

Hundley went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and lefthander Wade LeBlanc allowed just one run on three hits over six innings. LeBlanc struck out six and walked four.

HIGH CLASS A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Lake Elsinore 3, San Jose 2
(Lake Elsinore leads series 2-0)

Storm lefthander Nathan Culp gave Lake Elsinore a 2-0 lead in the series with six strong innings in a 3-2 win against San Jose.

Culp allowed a run on six hits, struck out three and walked one, besting Giants righthander Adam Cowart.

Cowart, who won 14 games at low Class A Augusta during the regular season, allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings.

LOW CLASS A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Beloit 5, West Michigan 0
(Series tied 2-2)

Beloit needed a big performance on the mound on Friday, and it got one from 24-year-old righthander Matthew Fox.

Facing elimination, Fox tossed six shutout innings in which he allowed just three hits, struck out 10 and walked one.

SHORT-SEASON NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE

Auburn 4, Brooklyn 1
(Auburn wins series 2-0)

Doubledays’™ lefthander Brett Cecil pitched seven strong innings and J.P. Arencibia and Darin Mastroianni each chipped in with two-run homers as Auburn won its first New York-Penn League title with a 4-1 victory over Brooklyn.

Cecil, a supplemental first-rounder in this year’™s draft out of Maryland, allowed a run on four hits and struck out eight.

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