Yesterday was the last day of the regular season for our New York-Penn teams and today closes out the regular season for the rest. Once the season is done, we will run a recap for each individual team, but until then, let's take some cuts and look at how things panned out for the two teams in playoff contention.
- The Connecticut Tigers were in the driver's seat with two games to go. They had a 1/2 game lead over Tri-City, but lost Saturday night, putting them down 1/2 a game. Then came Sunday. The Tri-City Valley Cats lost, so all the Tigers had to do was win and they were in. They went up 1-0 in the first and Aberdeen answered with a 4 spot in the bottom of the second inning. The Tigers clawed back and tied things up at 4 by the fourth inning, which is where the score stayed until the 11th inning when the Tigers plated a run in top half of the inning. Then the IronBirds answered and tied things up at 5. So they played on until the Tigers put up 2 in the top of the 13th and looked to be in complete control. Unfortunately the IronBirds were not ready to roll over and play dead and they turned right around and ended the game with 3 runs in the bottom of the 13th, therefore ending Connecticut's playoff hopes. So New Hampshire is the only New England team to reach the post season.
- Speaking of New Hampshire, they have announced that their 1-2 combo of Kyle Drabek and Zach Stewart will start Games 1 & 2 respectively against the Trenton Thunder in round 1 of the Easter League playoffs starting Wednesday night. Trenton has not announced their starters yet, but rumors are floating around that New York Yankee legend Andy Pettite may pop in to make a rehab start for the Thunder. Considering his amazing post-season career, this could be a very bad thing for the Fisher Cats, especially after watching yesterday's game where they surrendered 11 walks to the Portland Sea Dogs. The Cats pitching staff was second in the Eastern League with 535 free passes on the season. This is obviously something they'll need to reign in if they hope to advance past the Thunder. We'll have a playoff preview and break it all down on Tuesday.