Empire State beat Lehigh Valley 5-0:
Kevin Russo tripled to left in the first and Eduardo Nunez homered for the quick 2-0 lead. Cole Garner went deep in the second, for a 3-0 edge. The Yankees held that score through five and then added some insurance in the sixth. Ronnier Mustelier and Austin Romine hit back-to-back longballs, giving the Yankees a 5-0 victory. Russo went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple. Mustelier went 2-4 with a homer. Garner went 1-3 with a homer. Nunez went 1-4 with a homer and two RBIs. John Maine pitched seven strong innings, allowing just three hits and a walk, striking out five. Cory Wade and Ryota Igarashi both pitched a perfect inning in relief, with Igarashi picking up a pair of Ks. The victory clinched the division title for Empire State, who has put together quite an impressive season for a team that played the whole year on the road and lost many of their key players.
Trenton lost to New Britain 5-3:
The Rock Cats scored two runs in the top of the first on back-to-back singles by Chris Colabello and Josmil Pinto. Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer in the fourth, giving New Britain the 4-0 advantage. Zoilo Almonte lead off the bottom of the inning for Trenton with a single to right and Addison Maruszak homered to center. Jeff Farnham drew a two-out walk and Walter Ibarra doubled him in, putting the Thunder behind by one run. The Rock Cats got one run back in the fifth and held on, defeating Trenton 5-3.
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