Congrats to the Springfield Cardinals who won the AA championship last night 2-1 over the Frisco Rough Riders. Unlikely heros, Jermaine Curtis and Mike O’Neill scored the only two runs driven in by Greg Garcia’s 2-for-4 night. O’Neill was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, as is typical for his box line.
Scott Gorgen was tremendous for the Cardinals pitching 6 shutout innings. He struck out 7 and allowed 4 hits while walking 2. Gorgen missed all of 2011 and most of 2010 due to arm injury so this was (probably) especially meaningful for him.
After Gorgen, the S-Cards turned to their three most reliable bullpen arms in 2012 draftee Michael Wacha, starter-turned-reliever Eric Fornataro and closer Keith Butler. Wacha allowed a hit but struck out the side in the 7th. Eric Fornataro allowed a solo home run in the 8th along with 2 other hits before escaping the inning. Keith Butler shut the door with a 1 hit 9th.
Fun Fact: Oscar Taveras has won a championship for three consecutive seasons now.