For the fifth time in seven years the Trenton Thunder are advancing to the Eastern League Championship Series. Trenton completed the sweep of the Binghamton Mets last night with a dominating 3-0 victory.
Thunder starter Shane Greene threw six shut out innings and reliever Danny Burawa threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings to send the Thunder to the Championship round.
A familiar name to Yankees' fans was outfielder Zoilo Almonte singling home the first run of the game in the fifth. Yankees No. 16 prospect Ramon Flores scored the second run on an errant throw by Binghamton.
Ali Castillo doubled home No. 2 prospect Mason Williams for the third and final run for Trenton.
Even in the minors there is excitement between the Yankees and Mets when, in the bottom of the seventh inning, three players and Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez were thrown out of the game. Trenton tried to complete a double play, but Mets second baseman Danny Muno interfered with the relay throw to first. Both benches emptied to the second base area. No punches were thrown, but the game was delayed over 10 minutes while the umpires sorted out who would be ejected from the game. Mets shortstop Wilfredo Tovar along with Muno were ejected with their manager, and Trenton lost Jose Pirela.
Trenton won the first game in 10 innings after trailing 5-3, but managed five successive hits and won the game by the score of 6-5.
The second game was tied 1-1 until the seventh inning when Trenton pushed across the decisive run. Thunder pitchers retired the final 15 of 16 Mets, allowing the offense to get the 2-1 victory.
Next, the Thunder take on the winner of the other division series between the Harrisburg Senators and Erie SeaWolves. Regardless of the opponent, Trenton will host the first game at Arm & Hammer Stadium Tuesday night.
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