(Portland, ME) - Miguel Asencio walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning as Trenton scored the game's final two runs to beat Portland, 5-4, Friday night at Hadlock Field. Trenton sweeps Portland in three games to win the Northern Division Championship series and will advance to the Eastern League Finals next Tuesday.
Trenton's bullpen did not yield a run during the three games and received three perfect innings from Kevin Whelan and Michael Dunn. Whelan earned the win, retiring five of six batters during innings seven and eight. Dunn fanned two in the ninth to earn the save.
Asencio suffered the loss, allowing one run on three walks in 1.1 IP. In the ninth inning, Ramiro Pena ignited a rally with a 2-out single. Austin Jackson, Carlos Mendoza and Colin Curtis (go-ahead walk) all walked to force in the game-winner.
Portland had three leads, including a 2-0 advantage after the first inning. Jorge Jimenez and Aaron Bates had RBI doubles. Mickey Hall snapped a 2-2 with a solo homer in the second inning. Lars Anderson led of the bottom of the sixth inning with a towering homer off the L.L. Bean boot.
Bryce Cox gave up the tying run in the eighth inning when he hit Franciso Cervelli.
Ryne Lawson worked 4 innings on three runs and five hits to take a no-decision. Jason Jones pitched six innings on four runs and six hits to take the loss for Trenton.
For the second straight season, the Trenton Thunder beat the Sea Dogs in the Northern Division Championship Series at Hadlock Field.
Courtesy Portland Sea Dogs- Chris Cameron