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).
- 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
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