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Triple-A: RailRiders Defeat Braves To Claim Governor’s Cup Championship
- Updated: September 17, 2016
The Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are Governor’s Cup Champions after defeating the Gwinnett Braves 3-0 in the fourth game of the series on Friday night at Coolray Field.
The Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, were the clear favorite entering the post-season as they held the best winning percentage with .636 and the most victories in the minors with ninety-one.
Left-hander Daniel Camarena took the start for the RailRiders, pitching five and one-third shutout innings allowing just five hits and one walk; striking out four. Johnny Barbato then closed out the sixth inning to keep the Braves scoreless.
Tyler Webb and Giovanny Gallegos then shared pithcing dutis over the next three innings; striking out a combined four batters and giving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ pitching staff and twenty-three scoreless inning streak.
In the seventh Payton helped tack on another run for Scranton with a RBI triple to send home Cito Culver.
New York Yankees outfielder and twenty-third best prospect, Jake Cave was named the Governor’s Cup Finals’ MVP for his outstanding performance in the four game series which included a .348 batting average along with a homer and 3 RBIs.
The twenty-three year old Cave had ben chosen by the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule 5 Draft, but since he didn’t make the active roster at the end of Spring Training, he was returned back to the Yankees’ Organization at the start of April and was then promoted to Triple-A towards the end of May.
The RailRiders will now play the winner of the Pacific Coast League Championship (Oklahoma City or El Paso) in the Triple-A National Championship Game in Memphis on Tuesday.
Ronnier Mustelier: 1 for 4
Emilio Bonifacio: 1 for 3
Mark Payton: 3 for 5; 3B; 2 RBIs
Clint Frazier: 2 for 3; RBI
Jake Cave: 1 for 3; R
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