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Baby Bombers Playoff Blog: Sept. 8

Scranton's season ends while Trenton's is put on hold
09/09/2012 10:12 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Spurred on by a seven-run second inning and a near-flawless pitching performance by a former Baby Bomber, the Pawtucket Red Sox topped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 7-1 on Saturday night to win their best-of-five series by a 3-1 margin.

The PawSox scored all seven runs off lefty Vidal Nino (L, 0-1), who was making his Triple-A debut after a strong season at Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Nuno allowed six singles in the inning, and with two outs, gave up a three-run homer to PawSox third baseman Danny Valencia that put the Sox up 7-0 and ended Nuno’s night.

The trio of Kelvin Perez, Jon Meloan and Francisco Rondon shut the Sox down after that, allowing just four baserunners in the final 7.1 innings – but that total was more than the Yankees even got off Pawtucket starter Nelson Figueroa, who dominated his former team. Figueroa allowed only two hits and one walk in eight strong innings, with Corban Joseph’s fourth-inning solo homer accounting for the only SWB run. Alex Wilson sent the Baby Bombers down 1-2-3 in the ninth to close out the series.

Pawtucket will now move on the best-of-five Governor’s Cup Final, which begins on Tuesday; they will play the Charlotte Knights, who defeated Indianapolis three games to one in the other first-round series. It will be an “all-footwear” final, as Charlotte is the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

As for the Yankees, the loss ends a tough season for the IL’s “nomads,” who spent the entire campaign on the road while PNC Field in Scranton underwent renovations and even adopted the Empire State Yankees nickname to reflect the fact that most of their “home” games were played in Rochester.

Despite that hardship, they still went on to win 84 games and the IL Northern Division crown, and when they move back into their re-done digs in Scranton next spring, they will do so under the helm of IL Manager of the Year Dave Miley.

Meanwhile, down in Double-A, Trenton will have to wait one more night to try to advance to the Eastern League Championship Series, as Game 4 of the series between the Thunder and Reading Phillies was postponed on Saturday night due to rain. Trenton will instead try to close out the R-Phils on Sunday, with game time set for 4:05 p.m. and Nik Turley vs. Adam Morgan still scheduled as the pitching matchup.

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