In the last Minor League Baseball game of the season, at any level, the Pawtucket Red Sox square off against the Reno Aces on Tuesday night in the seventh annual Triple-A National Championship in Durham, North Carolina.
Established in 2006, the format features the champions of the International League and Pacific Coast League playing in a one-game, winner-take-all battle and both Pawtucket and Reno will be making their first appearance in the event.
Getting to Tobacco Road
The PawSox journey to Durham started with a three-games-to-one defeat of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in their first round playoff series, followed by a sweep of the Charlotte Knights in three games to capture their first Governors’ Cup in 28 years.
It took the Aces a full five-games in the first round of the PCL playoffs to dispatch of the Sacramento Bears, and then they needed four games to take down Omaha and capture their first ever Pacific Coast League crown.
Reno will pull a solid ace from their deck as the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Trevor Bauer, will get the start on Tuesday. Bauer is a combined 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 157 strikeouts between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno this year.
The PawSox have just announced that Nelson Figueroa, winner of game three’s clincher versus Charlotte last Thursday, will get the start on Tuesday night.
Each league has won captured three Triple-A Championships, with the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) winning the last two. Past game MVP’s include Scott Hairston (Tucson, 2006), Lou Merloni (Sacramento, 2007) and Jeremy Hellickson (Durham, 2009).
Where to watch
If you can’t wait until next season to get back to McCoy Stadium, then you are in luck as they will open the gates for fans to come and watch the game at the ballpark on the videoboard for free. The Governors’ Cup will also be on hand and you can be one of the first people to get your picture taken with the latest piece of hardware to hit the region. Gates open at 6:00p.m. and fans are allowed to watch the game from the outfield grass or the seating bowl.
If you are unable to make it Pawtucket for the festivities, the game is also available on the NBC Sports Network (check your local listings) starting at 7:00 p.m. and we will be providing live updates throughout as well.
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