Columbus Takes Triple-A Title

It’s pretty amazing: the Columbus Clippers won the Triple-A National Championship Game for the second year in a row, beating Omaha by a score of 8-3 on Tuesday night at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

The Triple-A Championship Game is a pretty recent creation, but it seems that back-to-back champions should be very rare. Consider the fact that Triple-A rosters have nearly 100% turnover from year-to-year, consider that the teams had to run the gamut of the league playoffs, and consider the fickle nature of a one-game championship – you see where I’m going with this.

Despite all of that, in the six years the game has existed, we have had back-to-back champions twice. Sacramento won two straight in 2007-2008.

Last night Omaha – the visiting team – scored three runs in the top of the first – but they did not score again against Columbus starter Joe Martinez.

Columbus tied the game in the bottom of the second inning when catcher Luke Carlin launched a three-run home run off Omaha starter Sean O’Sullivan. The Clippers then took the lead with a three-run rally in the bottom of the third, with Jared Goedert delivering the go-ahead RBI single.

Attendance looked good on TV – they announced 9,569 in Albuquerque. Next year the game will be in Durham. Perhaps some day we’ll host the game in Tacoma – although I believe that we’ll get the Triple-A All-Star Game first (and that won’t be for a while).

Links:

  • We have the story on the Triple-A Championship Game from MiLB.com.
  • As far as I can tell the only Mariners beat writer who travelled to Minnesota is Greg Johns of Mariners.com. Here is his story from last night’s win, in which Alex Liddi hit a two-run homer and Mike Carp went 5-for-5. Ex-Rainiers Wooo!
  • The Mariners and 710 AM ESPN Seattle extended their broadcast agreement through 2014.
  • I was surprised to see Mariners outfield prospect Guillermo Pimentel ranked so low in Baseball America’s list of top prospects from the Appalachian League.
  • Ex-Rainiers slugger Bryan LaHair was named the Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year.
  • From Baseball Prospectus, we have research proving that certain catchers are better at getting borderline pitches called strikes, and much of it is due to catching mechanics. Not surprising: Molinas are good at this.
  • Over at the The News Tribune, Ryan Divish has written his best story since they switched his coverage to UW football and hoops.*

With that game last night, the Minor League Baseball season is officially over. Don’t worry, dear readers – the blog lives on! We’ll follow the Mariners down to the end, and the MLB playoffs. I also have a few ideas jotted down here on my desk, and I’ll share one with you: a thorough look at the numbers to see how much the lowered fences at Cheney Stadium affected scoring this year. That story is coming… soon?

* I’m just kidding – he’s been churning out all kinds of good stuff. His Huskies blog on the TNT site is mandatory reading for fans of all teams in the Pac-10 Pac-16 Pac-12.

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3 Responses to Columbus Takes Triple-A Title

  1. Mark says:

    Mike, Although the stadium has much improved I believe that there is not enough seating to get either the all star or AAA championship game here.

    • Jeff says:

      They need to build that outfield bleacher section they omitted during the renovation; that would increase the seating capacity (would like to see it bumped up to around 9,000). Maybe then we’ll have a shot at the 2013 AAA All Star game and maybe the AAA championship game down the road.. I heard that Reno also is bidding to host the 2013 game. If Tacoma wants to host this game, I feel that all parties involved need to step it up. It would be nice to have it at New Cheney in two years.

      • Mike Curto says:

        The all-star game is in Reno in 2013 – that’s a done deal. The earliest we could get it in Tacoma is 2015. I don’t believe seating capacity would be an issue.

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