With a 3-1 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas on Sunday, the Memphis Redbirds won their their first Pacific Coast League title since 2009 and third dating back to 2000. Champions of the PCL, the Redbirds will advance to the Triple-A National Championship Game.
As he has done consistently during the 2017 campaign, Redbirds infielder Patrick Wisdom delivered at the dish. With a runner on and one out in the fifth of a scoreless game, Wisdom pulled a two-run homer to left field to put Memphis ahead in the game and punch their ticket to a pennant.
Redbirds starter Matt Pearce was excellent in his assignment, logging six innings of one-run ball to pair with eight punchouts. Mike Mayers followed Pearce with 1 2⁄3 innings of zeroes before Sean Gilmartin recorded the final out in the eighth and Josh Lucas earned his second save of the series with a scoreless ninth.
With the PCL title secured, the Redbirds will face the International League Champions - the Durham Bulls - in the Triple-A National Championship Game. Durham defeated the Indianapolis Indians and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to reach this point, and the Redbirds have certainly been given a tough task.
The championship game between the Redbirds and Bulls will be played at PNC Field, home of the RailRiders, on Tuesday around 6:00 PM Central time. Although the starters have not been publicly announced, the Redbirds will likely send Dakota Hudson to the mound to face Brent Honeywell. Honeywell went 12-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 152:31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 starts for the Bulls this season, and he was superb in his latest start: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 Ks.
The game will be televised on NBC Sports Network. For additional game information and to purchase official merchandise promoting the PCL champs, visit memphisredbirds.com.
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