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Arizona League rematch on tap08/30/2009 1:00 PM ET
By Daren Smith / MLB.com
As the 2009 season winds down, follow along with MiLB.com as the Minors' best teams face off in an attempt to take home their league's crown.
AZL Giants vs. AZL Angels
The Angels forced this one-game playoff with a 1-0, 12-inning victory over the Giants on Saturday night. John Rickard, a 2008 38th-round Draft pick, singled home pinch-runner Heath Nichols to end the marathon.
Former sixth-round pick Josh Blanco struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief but will be unavailable for the semifinal.
The Angels feature an impressive blend of pitching and offense. They led the league with a 3.16 ERA, .287 batting average and 391 runs scored and boast three Arizona League All-Stars in shortstop Rolando Gomez (.304, two homers, 19 RBIs), outfielder Mike Trout (.360, 1, 25) and designated hitter Eric Oliver (.274, 4, 35).
Right-hander Cameron Lamb (3-1, 2.24, 49 strikeouts) is the Giants' lone All-Star, but the team from Scottsdale ranked second in the 11-team league with a 3.39 ERA, third with 321 runs scored and fourth with a .272 batting average.
Awaiting the winner are the Mariners, who won both halves in the West Division, although the East representative will have host Monday's Championship Game.
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