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Triple-A: RailRiders Defeat Braves To Claim Governor’s Cup Championship

The RailRiders earned the Governor's Cup Championship on Friday night after defeating the Gwinnett Braves 3-0. (Photo:mlb.com)

The RailRiders earned the Governor’s Cup Championship on Friday night after defeating the Gwinnett Braves 3-0. (Photo:mlb.com)

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.

It was consecutive RBI singles by recent callup Mark Payton and overall top prospect Clint Frazier that put the RailRiders on the board 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning.

Clint Frazier had a RBI single to help the RailRiders clinch the Championship. (Photo:yankees.com)

Clint Frazier had a RBI single to help the RailRiders clinch the Championship. (Photo:yankees.com)

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.

Top Performers

Gwinnett Braves

Ronnier Mustelier: 1 for 4

Emilio Bonifacio: 1 for 3

Scranton/Wilkes-BarreRailRiders

Mark Payton: 3 for 5; 3B; 2 RBIs

Clint Frazier: 2 for 3; RBI

Jake Cave: 1 for 3; R

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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