Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dealers take Vigilantes in Epic Seven Game Series

In a thrilling World Series, the Las Vegas Dealers defeated the favored Helena Vigilantes in 7 games, winning the American League's first ever Fall Classic. The series featured 3 extra inning games, including the 18 inning game 4, which the Dealers won on a 3AM walk-off HR by 3B Tom Justice. Game 7, played in Helena, was the highest scoring game of the series as the Dealers won 10-7 after both starting pitchers failed to make it through 3 full innings. The Dealers were led in the finale by Curtis Graham who homered and knocked in 3 runs, and by 5.1 innings of 1-run relief from young righty Luis Rincon, who was the Dealers Game 1 and Game 5 starter.

To reach the World Series, the AL #5 seed Dealers knocked off Pittsburgh 3 games to 1 in the opening series, #1 seed Kansas City 3-1, and then #2 seed Portland 4-2. Helena, the #1 seed in the NL defeated #4 Buffalo 3-2, and #3 (and defending World Champ) Houston in an epic 7-game NLCS to reach the World Series.

In the minors, Richmond beat Colorado for the AAA crown, Helena beat Boise in AA, Las Vegas took Helena in HiA, Colorado Springs defeated Syracuse in LoA, and Vancouver beat Colorado Springs in Rookie.

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