TRIPLE-A INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Richmond 6, Durham 2; Richmond 7, Durham 2
(Richmond wins series 3-2)
We thought this sort of scheduling in the postseason only happened in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, but Richmond swept both games of a playoff doubleheader against Durham to claim the International League title, its first since 1994.
Due to a rainout on Friday, the teams doubled up Saturday and the R-Braves jumped all over Durham starters Jae Kuk Ryu and Mitch Talbot in each nine-inning game to win the title and earn a berth in the Bricktown Showdown against Sacramento in Oklahoma on Sept. 19.
DOUBLE-A EASTERN LEAGUE
Trenton 10, Akron 5
(Trenton wins series 3-1)
Thunder right fielder Matt Carson went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and first baseman Cody Ehlers added a 4-for-5 night as Trenton won its first ever EL championship.
The Thunder jumped over Akron righthander Bobby Brownlie early, scoring three runs in the top of the first and never looked back. Brownlie wound up allowing six runs on seven hits in just 3 1/3 innings for the Aeros.
DOUBLE-A SOUTHERN LEAGUE
Huntsville 4, Montgomery 1
(Series tied 2-2)
Huntsville righthander Lindsay Gulin spun his second straight brilliant game in the postseason for the Stars, who forced a decisive fifth game in the SL championship series with a 4-1 win against Montgomery.
Gulin, 29, allowed a run on seven hits over eight innings of work. He struck out six and walked four.
DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE
San Antonio 11, Springfield 7
(San Antonio wins series 3-1)
Missions righthander Michael Ekstrom tossed seven shutout innings and San Antonio got key performances from the top of its lineup to claim its fourth Texas League championship since 1997 and first under its new affiliation with San Diego.
Ekstrom allowed just two hits over seven frames, struck out five and walked three. The prospect trio of second baseman Matt Antonelli, right fielder Will Venable and third baseman Chase Headley accounted for seven hits and seven runs scored for the Missions.
HIGH CLASS A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
San Jose 2, Lake Elsinore 0
(Lake Elsinore leads series 2-1)
The Giants staved off elimination in the Cal League finals with a 2-0 shutout of Lake Elsinore behind righthander Joe Martinez.
Martinez allowed just four hits over six shutout innings. He struck out three and did not issue a walk in the victory.
LOW CLASS A MIDWEST LEAGUE
West Michigan 11, Beloit 5
(West Michigan wins series 3-2)
West Michigan became the first club to repeat as champions (Montgomery could join them with a win over Hunstville on Sunday), with an 11-5 series-clinching win against Beloit.
Third baseman Michael Bertram went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and second baseman Scott Sizemore collected three hits and scored twice to lead the Whitecaps to back-to-back titles.
Righthander Luis Marte was brilliant in five innings of relief, allowing just two hits over five shutout innings and striking out nine.