There was plenty of excitement for Empire State and Trenton today, as they both took away playoff victories. Empire State looked like they were headed for the end of their season most of the game, but put together an exciting comeback in the last two innings, capped by a walk-off homerun. Trenton and Reading were tied most of the evening, but the Thunder made their move in the eighth, taking the lead in the five-game series.
Empire State beat Pawtucket 4-3 (Pawtucket leads series 2-1):
Despite having “home field” advantage, the Yankees struggled out of the gate on Friday night. Bryce Brentz and Mike Rivera hit back-to-back dingers in the second, giving the Red Sox a quick 2-0 lead. Empire State had a chance to get the runs back in the second, as Luke Murton drew a leadoff walk and Melky Mesa followed with a single. They couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity, however, as Cole Garner and Gustavo Molina both struck out and Ramiro Pena grounded out.
A rain delay after the third inning interrupted the game and Michael O’Connor seemed a little rusty at first, hitting Andy LaRoche in the top of the fourth. An error by Ramiro Pena allowed Bryce Brentz to reach, but Mike Rivera flew out to center and Melky Mesa got LaRoche trying to score for the double play. O’Connor got Jonathan Hee to ground out, ending the threat.
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