Hudson Valley over Tri-City 5-2 (Series tied 1-1 in best-of-three)
Despite a brilliant start by Aaron West, Hudson Valley came back and forced a rubber game for the New York-Penn League Championship. West was perfect through his first five innings, allowed his first baserunner in the sixth on a Joe Sclafani error, and allowed his first hit (a single) one out later. West ultimately gave up two runs (both unearned) in the frame to tie the game 2-2. He was followed by Jamaine Cotton who pitched his way out of trouble in the seventh, but ran into it again in the eighth as Hudson Valley connected for a three-run home run that put them up by three. On the offensive side, Tri-City scored one in the first as Preston Tucker doubled in Austin "Catfish" Elkins and one in the fifth on a Joe Sclafani sac fly driving in Ryan Dineen who had doubled earlier in the inning. Other than that, the bats were mostly quiet as the ValleyCats only collected five hits in the game.
Lancaster - Off Day as North Division winner was determined
Thursday's Pitching Matchups
5:05 CST - Game 3: Tri-City at Hudson Valley
This is it as the teams meet for one final game to decide who will be crowned the New York-Penn League Champions. LHP Joe Bircher is scheduled to start for the 'Cats. This will be Bircher's first appearance in the post-season. He was 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.477 WHIP during the regular season. His only start against Hudson Valley was a loss on the last day of the season. LHP Matthew Spann will come to the mound for Hudson Valley. Spann was 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.362 WHIP during the season. He was the winning pitcher in that final game of the season between the two teams. It is also Spann's first appearance in the post-season.
9:05 CST - Game 1 of LCS: Lancaster at Modesto
RHP David Martinez is slated to start for Lancaster. He was 9-5 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.335 WHIP during the regular season. In one start against Modesto in the regular season, Martinez was the winner. He is 1-0 in one start in the post-season thus far. RHP Kennil Gomez takes the hill for Modesto. In 14 regular season starts for Modesto, he was 4-5 with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.704 WHIP. In two appearances against Lancaster during the regular season, Gomez was 1-0 with a no-decision. He did not get a decision in his one start in the post-season. Lancaster won the season series against Modesto 5-4.