(DURHAM, NC) - The Pawtucket Red Sox won their fourth Governors' Cup in franchise history after beating the Durham Bulls by a score of 4-1 on Saturday from Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. The PawSox, who have now won two Governors' Cup titles over the last three seasons, move on to represent the International League at the Gildan Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game on Tuesday, September 16 at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch of Tuesday's game is set for 7:07 p.m. from Uptown Charlotte.
Pawtucket starter Keith Couch (1-0, 0.00) allowed just one run over 6.2 scoreless innings en route to the biggest win of the season for the PawSox. Couch walked two and struck-out four before handing the ball to reliever Miguel Celestino, who recorded the final seven outs to earn the save. Celestino allowed a solo home run in the ninth inning to Durham left fielder Jeremy Moore. The home run was one of just three hits in the game for the Bulls in Saturday's game five.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was named the Governors' Cup MVP. He hit a solo home run in the fifth inning off Durham starter Merrill Kelly (1-1, 3.27), who was saddled with the loss on Saturday. Overall, Lavarnway hit .324 over eight playoff games and hit .455 in the finals.
Pawtucket, who won the 2014 International League Wild Card and beat the 81-win Syracuse Chiefs in round one of the playoffs, are just the third franchise in IL history to advance to three straight Governors' Cup Finals series with three different managers - Arnie Beyeler in 2012, Gary DiSarcina in 2013, and Kevin Boles in 2014. The PawSox beat the Charlotte Knights in 2012, while they lost last season to the Bulls.
The PawSox will represent the IL on Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark, while the winner of the Omaha and Reno series will represent the Pacific Coast League. Currently, the Omaha Storm Chasers and Reno Aces are tied two games apiece after Omaha won on Saturday by a score of 11-2. Game five is set for 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday from Omaha, NE. The Storm Chasers are the defending PCL and Triple-A National Champions.
All eyes will be on Uptown Charlotte on Tuesday, September 16 as the 2014 Gildan Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game comes to the Queen City. The game, which will be broadcast to a national television audience on NBC Sports Network, is a one-game, winner-take-all matchup between the top team in the International League against the top team in the Pacific Coast League.
Gates are set to open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark and fans can enjoy $3 domestic beer specials and $1 sodas. After the game, the Knights will light up the Uptown Charlotte skyline with a spectacular post-game fireworks show. Tickets are currently available online at charlotteknights.com, in person at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office, and by phone at 704-274-8282.
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