Playoff Recap: Sept. 9


Richmond 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3
(Richmond wins series 3-1)

Richmond scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and earn a berth in the Governor’™s Cup Finals against Durham with a 4-3 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The series against Durham, which begins at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday, should be interesting’"the two clubs finished 8-8 against each other during the regular season.


New Orleans 6, Nashville 0
(New Orleans wins series 3-1)

Righthander Kevin Mulvey, who spent the majority of the regular season at Double-A Binghamton and represented the Mets’™ organization in this year’™s Futures Game, scattered four hits over seven innings as the Zephrys advanced to the championship series in the PCL.

Mulvey struck out eight, and retired the final eight batters he faced.

Sacramento 7, Salt Lake 4, 10 innings
(Series tied 2-2)

Sacramento right fielder Danny Putnam blasted a three-run 10th-inning walk-off home run to force a decisive fifth game in the PCL Conference Finals.

It was Putnam’™s second home run of the night, and center fielder Nick Blasi also connected for two solo shots to lead Sacramento.


Akron 8, Erie 6
(Akron wins series 3-1)

Akron first baseman Michael Aubrey hit two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Aeros past Erie, 8-6.

Akron has now won the EL Southern Division for the third consecutive season and will make their fourth appearance in five years in the championship series against Trenton beginning Tuesday.

Trenton 4, Portland 0
(Trenton wins series 3-1)

Trenton is headed to the EL championship series for the first time in franchise history, as the Thunder defeated Portland, 4-0, behind righthander Jeff Marquez.

Marquez allowed just four hits over seven shutout innings, striking out three.


Tennessee 11, Huntsville 6
(Tennessee leads series 2-1)

Smokies center fielder Eric Patterson went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead Tennessee over Huntsville, 11-6.

Righthander Jeff Samardjiza allowed two runs on nine hits over six innings in a starting role for Tennessee.

Montgomery 6, Mississippi 5, 11 innings
(Montgomery leads series 2-1)

Pinch-hitter Josh Arhart delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Biscuits a 2-1 lead in the series.

Left fielder Gabriel Martinez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the second against M-Braves lefthander James Parr.

J.C. Holt, Josh Burrus and Diory Hernandez all went deep for Mississippi.


San Jose 1, Visalia 0
(San Jose leads series 1-0)

San Jose second baseman Travis Denker hit a first-inning home run against Visalia lefthander Brett Anderson and from there, lefthander Paul Oseguera was on cruise control as the Giants took a one-game lead over the Oaks.

Oseguera scattered four hits over seven innings and struck out eight to earn the victory.

Lancaster 3, Lake Elsinore 2, 10 innings
(Lancaster leads series 1-0)

Lancaster right fielder Brad Correll hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to give the JetHawks a 3-2 win against Lake Elsinore.

Lefthander Kris Johnson allowed a pair of runs on three hits over six innings for Lancaster.


Frederick 3, Salem 2
(Frederick leads series 1-0)

The Keys scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning and was able to hang on late to take the first game in the Mills Cup championship series.

Righthander David Hernandez was brilliant for Frederick, allowing a run on five hits and struck out six over seven innings of work.


Clearwater 8, Brevard County 1
(Clearwater leads series 1-0)

The Threshers pounded out 16 hits en route to taking the first game of the FSL championship series with an 8-1 victory over the Manatees.

Center fielder Brian Burgamy went 3-for-4 with a double and designated hitter Jake Blalock went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.


West Michigan 4, South Bend 0
(West Michigan leads series 1-0)

Whitecaps righthander Jeff Gerbe was outstanding on the mound as West Michigan blanked South Bend, 4-0.

Gerbe allowed just three hits over 7 1/3 shutout innings, striking out three. Righthander Casey Fien finished off the final 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts, notching his second save of the postseason.

Beloit 6, Clinton 1
(Beloit leads series 1-0)

Snappers’™ left fielder Danny Santiesteban homered and righthander Cole Devries tossed a four-hitter as Beloit cruised past Clinton, 6-1 in the MWL semifinals.

Devries allowed a run on four hits and struck out five in the nine-inning complete game effort.


West Virginia 9, Hickory 4
(West Virginia wins series 2-1)

West Virginia designated hitter Matt LaPorta set the tone in the first inning, blasting his 13th home run since being drafted in the first round in June, as the Power earned a berth in the SAL championship series.

LaPorta went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and right fielder Chuck Caufield went 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs.


Salem-Keizer 2, Tri-City 0
(Salem-Keizer leads series 2-1)

Dominican righthander Waldis Joaquin allowed just two hits over seven strong innings as Salem-Keizer took a 2-1 lead in the series with a 2-0 shutout.

Joaquin, 20, struck out seven and walked one. Lefthander Joseph Paterson added to the strikeout total, whiffing four over 1 1/3 relief innings for the Volcanoes.