The Pawtucket Red Sox have won the 2012 Governors' Cup Championship after sweeping the Charlotte Knights in the 5-game series last night. At least some team in the organization has won a championship. This is Pawtucket's first title since 1984.
Mike Rivera singled home Danny Valencia in the 2nd to give the Pawsox an early 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Che-Hsuan Lin drove in Andy LaRoche via a sacrifice fly, which proved to be the game-winner. Charlotte got one back in the 5th, but that was all they could do. The Pawsox added two more in the 7th, by way of a Jeremy Hazelbaker triple, and J.C. Linares single.
Once again, Pawsox pitching was stellar. Nelson Figueroa had another solid start, going 6 strong, giving up 7 hits, 1 R, 1 ER, and striking out 5. For the 4th consecutive game, the Pawtucket bullpen pitched hit-less ball. Will Inman, Jose De La Torre, and Josh Fields, pitched an inning-a-piece, combining for 4 K's and 1 walk.
AAA baseball is split up into 2 leagues, the International League, and the Pacific Coast League. Teams do not play outside of their leagues aside from the All-Star game and the one-game AAA Championship. The Pawtucket Red Sox will travel to Durham, NC to await the champion of the PCL to take them on in AAA's Super Bowl on Tuesday night.
I would prefer to see at least a best-of-three, but I guess it has gone on long enough.
(Photo: Charlotte Observer)
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