AA Playoff Dish: Five Series End With Sweep


On Friday, Trenton won the best-of-5 series against Portland, 3-0

With their backs against the wall, Portland held a 4-3 lead going into the eighth inning of Friday’s game, but Trenton quickly squashed their hopes of crawling back into the series by tying the game in the eighth and then winning it in the ninth. Portland pitchers didn’t help themselves out—they walked seven batters and hit three more.

On Saturday, Akron won the best-of-5 series against Bowie, 3-1

Akron got some help in the middle of their order from a rehabbing Travis Hafner, who hit behind left fielder Matt LaPorta. Hafner hit home runs on Friday and Saturday, helping the Aeros advance to the Eastern League championship series.


On Saturday, Carolina won the best-of-5 series against West Tenn, 3-0.

A three-run home run by Carolina catcher Brad Davis capped a four-run second inning and that’s all the Mudcats would need for the sweep against West Tenn. Carolina won the final game of the series 4-2 and will now play Mississippi in a five-game series for the Southern League championship.

On Saturday, Mississippi won the best-of-5 series against Birmingham, 3-0.

Mississippi righthander Kris Medlen struck out 12 in a comple-game shutout to close out the series sweep against Birmingham. It was the first complete game of his professional career and the 12 strikeouts were a career high. Third baseman Van Pope led the Braves offense by going 2-for-3 with two doubles and is hitting .300 for the series.


On Friday, Frisco won the best-of-5 series against San Antonio, 3-0.

A five-run fourth inning that brought all nine Rough Riders to the plate ended up being the difference in the game as Frisco completed their sweep against San Antonio with a 9-3 victory on Friday night. Frisco designated hitter Chad Tracy paced the offense by going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.

On Saturday, Arkansas won the best-of-5 series against NW Arkansas, 3-0.

Through the first nine innings, the two teams were matching each other, punch-for-punch. When Arkansas scored two runs in the top of the second, NW Arkansas scored two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. When the Travelers scored a run in the top of the fourth, the Naturals scored one in the bottom of the fourth. The game was destined for extra innings and went through 10 innings knotted up at three runs apiece. But NW Arkansas couldn’t match the three runs Arkansas put up in the top of the 11th and Arkansas won the series, moving on to the Texas League championship.