Oakland Repeats as champs
After setting the modern-era PGBL record with 129 wins in the regular season, the Oakland Athletes capped off an outstanding campaign by winning their second straight World Series championship. (UPDATED)
The Athletes completed their impressive run with a 3-2 win over Ottawa in Game 5 after sweeping Memphis in the Division Series and topping Compton on a five-game SLCS — for an overall record of 140-35. Playoff results.
Mike Clevinger won both of his World Series starts while posting a 0.66 ERA to earn MVP honors. The All-Star starter who threw a no-hitter in April allowed one run on three hits and struck out 11 over seven innings in the series clincher.
Donovan Solano’s pinch-hit two-run double off Brandon Workman in the top of the eighth broke a 1-1 tie proved to be the title-winning hit. Kirby Yates struck out David Dahl with the tying run on base in the ninth to end the series.
Trevor Story and Jorge Soler each homered twice in the series, with Story delivering a team-leading five RBIs.
Ottawa’s only win was a 7-4 decision at home in Game 3, as Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer and Luis Castillo allowed two runs on two hits while pitching into the eighth.
South: Oakland won four straight in the SLCS after Compton roughed up Clevinger and held on for a 9-7 win in the opener, finishing the series with consecutive 5-3 victories.
Austin Meadows hit three homers in those final two games, helping the Athletes outscored the Outlawz 27-9 after the opener. After hitting a tying solo shot in the eighth inning of Game 4, Meadows added a deciding two-run blast an inning later.
North: As they did in 2003, the Argonauts overcame a 3-1 NLCS deficit to Vancouver. Josh Donaldson’s tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth inning of Game 5 sent the series back to Ottawa. After a four-run rally in the eighth led to an 8-7 win in Game 6, six unearned runs in the first inning of Game 7 gave Castillo all the support he needed.
Donaldson followed a two-out error on Vancouver pitcher Caleb Smith and a balk that negated what would’ve been an inning-ending fly out with a two-run double. Consecutive walks then led to a grand slam by Hunter Pence that put Ottawa on its way.