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 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game Results  
2019 Ephesus National Championship

Sacramento (PCL) 4, Columbus 0 (IL) 4

September 17, 2019

For the fourth time since 2012, the team whose home ballpark hosted the National Championship Game the previous season advanced to the event in the following year. Columbus also became the fourth such team to fall in defeat and joined the 2015 Clippers as the only teams to be shutout in the event. Sacramento became the first franchise to win a third Triple-A national championship. Starting pitcher Caleb Baragar earned Baseball America Most Valuable Player honors after he gave up just two hits while fanning five batters over 5.0 frames. The River Cats jumped on the Clippers early, knocking out Columbus starter Kyle Dowdy in the 1st inning. Francisco Peña delivered an RBI-groundout, then a couple batters later Jacob Heyward delivered a two-RBI single to right field. Peter Maris would add a solo blast in the sixth inning to expand the lead to four, and late in the game the bullpen took over. Ricardo Pinto delivered two perfect innings while striking out four. Flamethrowing righty Melvin Adon contributed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit to start the ninth. Then lefty Steven Okert would come on to induce a double play and strikeout the final batter to clinch the Championship for the River Cats.

2018 Gildan National Championship

Memphis (PCL) 14, Durham (IL) 4

September 18, 2018

In a rematch of the 2009 National Championship Game, the International League’s Durham Bulls once again got the better of the PCL’s Memphis Redbirds to claim the classification’s top honor. Manager Jared Sandberg guided Durham past last season’s champion to win the Governors’ Cup, after which the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders would play host to the 2017 finalists. Led by first-year skipper Stubby Clapp, Memphis had defeated El Paso in five games to advance to the title contest. The Redbirds struck first with a two-run double by Justin Wilson in the 1st inning. The score was 3-1 entering the bottom of the 4th, when Kean Wong delivered the first grand slam in the history of the Triple-A National Championship Game. That commenced the scoring, as Durham’s bullpen took over with five innings of one-hit baseball. Wong, who had three hits on the evening, was named the Baseball America Most Valuable Player as Durham claimed its second Triple-A National Championship.

2017 Gildan National Championship

Durham (IL) 5, Memphis (PCL) 3

September 19, 2017

The third time was definitely the charm for Memphis in 2018. Making their third appearance in the National Championship Game, the Redbirds finally captured the Triple-A title by crushing the opponent that had defeated them twice, the Durham Bulls. Five Memphis starters recorded multiple hits, led by Alex Mejia who went 5-for-5 with a double, five RBI, and three runs scored to earn honors as the Baseball America Most Valuable Player of the game. Outfielder Lane Thomas also drive in five runs as part of a three-hit night that included a homer. Kevin Herget tossed 5.1 innings of two-run ball to pick up the victory. Joe McCarthy and Jason Coats each collected a pair of hits for the IL champions, but the Bulls were down by eight runs before finally denting the plate in the lopsided contest. Revenge was sweet for Memphis who won by the largest margin of any national champion in the event's history.

2016 Gildan National Championship

Scranton/WB (IL) 3, El Paso (PCL) 1

September 20, 2016

Triple-A Baseball's winningest team of 2016 captured the National Championship on a gorgeous night for baseball at AutoZone Park in Memphis. It was a matchup of the International League's best pitching staff squaring off with the top scoring offense from the Pacific Coast League. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, winners of the IL Governors' Cup, got off to a fast start against the PCL Champions from El Paso. After singles by Mark Payton and Clint Frazier, Chris Parmelee launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the 1st. After that the Chihuahuas pitching staff settled down, holding SWB scoreless for the remainder of the contest, but El Paso's bats could never put together a sustained rally. RailRiders starter Jordan Montgomery worked around a run on six hits and a walk in 5.0 innings, while Johnny Barbato, Phil Coke, and Giovanny Gallegos combined for 4.0 perfect innings in relief. SWB's victory was the first for an International League team since the 2011 Triple-A National Championship Game. Parmelee was honored as the Baseball America Most Valuable Player.

2015 Gildan National Championship

Fresno (PCL) 7, Columbus (IL) 0

September 22, 2015

Each league champion survived a five-game finals series in 2015, producing a matchup of a two-time previous Triple-A National Champion in Columbus against Fresno, fresh off its first-ever title in the PCL. Led by manager Tony DeFrancesco, who previously won the Triple-A National Championship in 2007 with Sacramento, the Grizzlies got off to a fast start. With the standing room only crowd still filing into Southwest University Ballpark in the top of the 1st inning, Fresno struck for three runs, which it turned out would be more than enough for pitcher Chris Devenski. The righty retired the first fifteen Clippers he faced, giving Fresno time to expand its lead to 7-0 before Audy Ciriaco led off the 6th with a single to become the first Columbus baserunner. The Grizzlies ultimately pounded out 13 hits in a balanced effort, with eight players recording at least one hit led by Alex Presley's three, and six different players collecting a RBI. Well on his way to the Baseball America Most Valuable Player Award, Devenski departed after 7.0 one-hit innings, having tied his career-high with nine strikeouts. Relievers Jordan Jankowski and James Hoyt closed the door on the first shutout in the history of the Triple-A National Championship Game, giving the Pacific Coast League its fourth consecutive victory in the event.

2014 Gildan National Championship

Omaha (PCL) 4, Pawtucket (IL) 2

September 16, 2014

The Omaha Storm Chasers became the third team to win back-to-back Triple-A National Championships in a well-played victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox, who became the first club to lose for a second time in the event. Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark was the site of more home runs than any other facility in Triple-A during its inaugural season in 2014, and four more long balls were hit during the nationally televised postseason finale. The first was by Cuban-native Rusney Castillo of Pawtucket, who less than a month earlier joined the Red Sox after signing the largest contract ever awarded to an international player. Cheslor Cuthbert answered right back for Omaha in the 2nd with a solo shot of his own to tie the game 1-1. Brett Hayes gave the Storm Chasers the lead when he doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the 4th, but two innings (and a 1-hour, 46-minute rain delay) later Pawtucket's Travis Shaw launched a solo homer to even the game once again. Hayes would respond with a two-home run in the 7th which proved to be the difference, earning honors for the Omaha catcher as the Baseball America Most Valuable Player.

2013 Gildan National Championship

Omaha (PCL) 2, Durham (IL) 1

September 17, 2013

On a beautiful evening in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, the Pacific Coast League won its fifth Triple-A National Championship over the International League. Omaha advanced to the playoffs on the regular season's final day despite a 70-74 record, then dispatched Oklahoma City and Salt Lake to advance to the title game. Meanwhile the IL's winningest club, the Durham Bulls, rolled into Allentown as the favorites. Omaha starter Chris Dwyer stole the show, starting the game with 6.2 perfect innings of work before a Tim Beckham single. Omaha gave Dwyer a lead in the second when Lane Adams doubled and scored on Manny Pina's single up the middle. Pina scored in the 6th inning thanks to a RBI single by Irving Falu. Durham's lone run came in the 8th when pinch hitter Leslie Anderson crushed a solo homer to right field, but a 9th inning Bulls rally failed to tie the game. Chris Dwyer was named the Baseball America Most Valuable Player.

2012 Gildan National Championship

Reno (PCL) 10, Pawtucket (IL) 3

September 18, 2012

In 2012 the Triple-A National Championship was held in an International League city for the first time, but the Pacific Coast League was able to break a three-year IL stranglehold on the event when the Reno Aces disposed of Pawtucket,10-3. Despite a rain filled forecast, over 8,000 fans turned out to see the 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, which was also broadcast live nationwide on NBC Sports Network. Reno jumped out to a quick lead, scoring three times in the 1st when A.J. Pollack tripled, Tyler Kuhn singled, and Brent Clevlen homered. The Aces added three more in the 2nd, led again by Pollack who drove in one run and scored another. Pawtucket pulled started Nelson Figueroa after two innings, but the Aces tacked on two more in the 3rd to increase their lead to 8-0. From the 4th inning to the 7th inning, the PawSox scored three runs but left ten men on base. Having scored twice more in the 5th, Reno coasted to a 10-3 victory to win the second Triple-A championship for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. A.J. Pollack earned honors as the Baseball America Most Valuable Player.

2011 National Championship

Columbus (IL) 8, Omaha (PCL) 3

September 20, 2011

Columbus was back to defend its Triple-A National Championship in 2011, but the Clippers were not making a return trip to Oklahoma City. Shifting to a new location for the first time in six years, the National Championship was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in front of over 9,500 fans and a national television audience on Versus. The PCL champion Omaha Storm Chasers went right to work, plating three 1st inning runs thanks to a two-RBI triple by Lorenzo Cain and an RBI-single by John Whittleman. Columbus starter Joe Martinez settled down however, ultimately working seven innings and never allowing another run on his way to MVP honors. Martinez's teammates, meanwhile, did more than enough to make up for his rough 1st inning. With two outs in the 2nd, Luke Carlin tied the game with a three-run blast. The tie lasted only an inning, snapped in the 3rd when RBI hits off the bats of Jared Goedert and Beau Mills made it a 6-3 ballgame in favor of Columbus. The Clippers tacked on another run in the 4th when Juan Diaz scored on Tim Fedroff's bloop single. A Beau Mills homer leading off the bottom of the 8th capped the scoring. Reliever Chen Lee tossed two scoreless frames to wrap up a second consecutive National Championship for manager Mike Sarbaugh's Columbus Clippers.

2010 National Championship

Columbus (IL) 12, Tacoma (PCL) 6

September 21, 2010

The hot hitting that carried Columbus to an International League Governors' Cup title in 2010 continued in Oklahoma City to secure for the Clippers the Triple-A Baseball National Championship with a 12-6 victory over Tacoma. Jason Kipnis, one of eight Clippers with multiple hits, got the scoring started with a solo homer in what was a 3-run 2nd inning for Columbus. Tacoma answered right back with a three-run 3rd inning, highlighted by a two-run David Winfree long ball, but the tie wouldn't last long. Columbus poured on the offense, plating four runs in the 4th and five more in the 5th to put the contest out of reach. Standing out amongst several heroes for the Clippers was Jerad Head, who went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and 4 RBI to earn the Baseball America Bobby Murcer MVP Trophy. David Huff got the win, despite allowing all six runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six. The lopsided victory was nothing new for the Clippers, who outscored their opponents 71-30 in nine postseason games. They became the second straight IL representative to win the Triple-A title after the Pacific Coast League took the first three games.

2009 National Championship

Durham (IL) 5, Memphis (PCL) 4 (11)

September 22, 2009

The International League's most dominant team of the decade brought home the League's first victory at the Triple-A Baseball National Championship, doing so in walk-off fashion in an 11-inning affair against Memphis. The Redbirds, who swept through the Pacific Coast League playoffs in six straight games, fell behind in the 3rd when Rey Olmedo and Desmond Jennings connected for back-to-back doubles off of starter P.J. Walters. After a Sean Rodriguez homer made it 2-0 Bulls leading off the 4th, Olmedo produced two more runs. He doubled in Elliot Johnson, then scored from second base on an infield hit to put Durham up by four. Bulls starter Jeremy Hellickson, later named the game's MVP, allowed just two hits in 5.0 innings, but he was replaced in the 6th inning by Jason Cromer. The Redbirds responded with a solo homer by Jon Jay and a two-run homer by Allen Craig to quickly pull within a run. A David Freese sacrifice fly tied the game, which was headed into extra innings for the first time ever. In the bottom of the 11th, catcher Michel Hernandez doubled and was replaced on the basepaths by Rashad Eldridge. Wild pitches by Royce Ring and Oneli Perez brought home Eldridge with the championship-winning run, capping an amazing season for Charlie Montoyo's Durham Bulls.

2008 Bricktown Showdown

Sacramento (PCL) 4, Scranton/WB (IL) 1

September 16, 2008

  • Attendance: 8,213
  • MVP: Chris Gissell (Sacramento)
  • Managers: Todd Steverson (Sacramento), Dave Miley (Scranton/WB)
  • Television: ESPN2 - Howard Kellman, Ron Swoboda, Jim Byers
  • Box Score
  • Bricktown Showdown Photo Gallery
The Sacramento River Cats sealed their place among the great teams in Minor League Baseball history by winning their second consecutive Bricktown Showdown Championship. The River Cats defeated Salt Lake and Oklahoma on their way to the big game, destined to square off against IL Champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, who dispatched Pawtucket and Durham en route to the franchise's first Governors' Cup title. Sacramento struck quickly, scoring three times in the 1st inning off of Yankees starter Ian Kennedy. Wes Bankston and Brooks Conrad singled home runs before Casey Rogowski added a RBI ground out to make it 3-0 just like that. Days earlier the Yankees scored 20 runs in their clinching victory, but their mighty offense was stymied first by starter Brad Knox and then by Chris Gissell, who fanned four in three shutout innings on his way to the Bobby Murcer Most Valuable Player Award. Donnie Murphy doubled home another run in the 6th, giving the River Cats a comfortable 4-0 advantage. Ramiro Pena got the Yankees on the board in the 7th with a RBI single, but Brad Kilby and Bret Prinz shut the door after that to seal another Triple-A championship for Sacramento and for the Oakland organization.

2007 Bricktown Showdown

Sacramento (PCL) 7, Richmond (IL) 1

September 18, 2007

  • Attendance: 11,124
  • MVP: Lou Merloni (Sacramento)
  • Managers: Tony DeFrancesco (Sacramento), Dave Brundage (Richmond)
  • Television: ESPN2 - Howard Kellman, Tommy John, Jim Byers
  • Box Score
  • Bricktown Showdown Photo Gallery
The 2007 Bricktown Showdown was a matchup of two of baseball's best organizations when it comes to developing talent. The Richmond Braves, longtime Triple-A partner of the Atlanta Braves, won the IL's Governors' Cup by beating Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Durham in the postseason. The Sacramento River Cats won the PCL Championship by going through Salt Lake and New Orleans, giving the Oakland organization its 6th PCL title in the last 12 years. Sacramento's starter, Shane Komine, had to leave the game in the 2nd with a sore shoulder, but his teammates picked him up in a big way. In the top of the 3rd, Richmond's Blaine Boyer issued a walk to Danny Putnam followed by a single off the bat of Nick Blasi. That brought up Lou Merloni, who crushed a three-run homer over the left field wall to make it 3-0. For Merloni, the blast was his fourth of the 2007 postseason after hitting just three long balls all year. Later that inning Brant Colamarino added a two-run blast, and suddenly it was 5-0 in favor of the River Cats. Merloni drove home his fourth run with a single in the 6th. Richmond made its first true threat in the 7th, but the rally produced only one run by Brandon Jones who scored on a double play. Colamarino singled home one more for Sacramento in the 9th, putting the finishing touches on a 7-1 victory. Merloni, the team captain, was named the game's MVP. Righty Kaz Tadano, who pitched 4.1 innings in relief of Komine, got the win.

2006 Bricktown Showdown

Tucson (PCL) 5, Toledo (IL) 2

September 19, 2006

Minor League Baseball's winningest team in 2006 was the Tucson Sidewinders, champions of the Pacific Coast League after posting a 91-53 regular season mark and beating both Salt Lake and Round Rock in the postseason. Tucson advanced to the first ever Bricktown Showdown to face the two-time International League champion Toledo Mud Hens, who had powered their way past Indianapolis, Charlotte, and Rochester to win the 2006 Governors' Cup. Tucson, designated as the visitors because the IL beat the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game, struck quickly. Donnie Sadler led off the game with a triple, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Hairston. Tucson clung to a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the 4th, when catcher Max St-Pierre singled home Ryan Raburn to even the score. In the 5th, Tucson answered when Juan Brito slammed the game's only homer, a solo shot that gave the Sidewinders a 2-1 edge. The score remained 2-1 until the 9th, when Tucson finally broke things open by scoring three times off of the Mud Hens. Matt Erickson singled in two runs, and Sadler added an RBI single of his own to make it 5-1. With the tying run on deck in the bottom of the 9th, Toledo's Dustan Mohr lined to 1B Robby Hammock to end the game and give manager Chip Hale's Sidewinders the first Bricktown Showdown Championship. Hairston, 2-4 with an RBI, was named the game's MVP. Starter Micah Owings went 5.0 innings for Tucson, earning the victory.