Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Dealers Take Second Straight
Las Vegas will be wilder than usual tonight as the The Las Vegas Dealers took their 2nd straight Jersey League title, defeating the NL champion Tacoma Sasquatches in 6 games. The Dealers' win was sealed by a fantastic start in game 6 from Kennie Butler, who threw 6 shutout innings on the way to a 4-0 victory. Bronson Irabu had the big hit, a two run bomb in the first inning.
The Dealers trailed the series 1-0 and 2-1 after its heralded starting rotation, including AL Cy Young winner Max White, faltered early. Christopher Lockhart was Sasquatches hero in game 1 with a 2 run bomb in the 10th inning. Jackson MacRae had the big hits for Tacoma in Game 3. Game 4 was a turning point though, as the Dealers tied the series with a 4-3 win in 10 innings. After that, it was all Vegas, as the AL champs won 10-4 in game 5 behind Curtis Graham's 2 HRs and 4-0 in the finale.
Curtis Graham was named the MVP, he went 9-22 with 7 R, 10 RBI, and hit 4 HRs, a double, and a triple, and stole a base.
Some commentators attributed the Dealers victory to taking advantage of Tacoma catcher Jackson MacRae's weak arm. The Dealers stole 12 of 13 bases in the Series, including several key swipes.