Lead Story - 5/27/2020
Pensacola Raging Cats - 2051 World Series ChampionThe Pensacola Raging Cats won back to back World Series Championships defeating the Buffalo Bisons 4 games to 1.
The Bisons got off to a great start, winning game 1, giving up 5 hits. Carlos Carrasco held the Cats scoreless through 5.2 innings and Cobin Burnes completed the job for the Bisons. In the 6th, Bill Spiers hit a 2 run homer, giving the Bisons the victory 4-1.
The Raging Cats offense came to life in Game 2, striking early with Johnny Grubb’s 1st inning 2 run homer. After taking the lead 4-0, the Bisons struck back in the 6th on Ryan Theriot’s 3 run homer. The Cats struck back in the bottom half on Jamey Carroll’s RBI double. Hideo Nomo got the complete game win, 6-3 evening the series.
Game 3 was long ball thriller, with 8 Home Runs. Carroll’s leadoff Home Run put the Cats ahead in the 1st. The Bisons fired back in the bottom half taking a 3-1 lead on Travis Hafner’s 2 run homer. In the top of the 2nd the Cats took the lead 4-3 on Corey Patterson’s 2 run homer. The Bisons tied the score 5-5 on Ellis Burks’ 2 run homer. Floyd Rayford put the Cats back on top 7-5 with a 5th inning solo shot, but Burks tied the game again 7-7 with his 2nd 2 run homer. The game finally settled down and the Cats got the win in the 9th on Shawn Green’s 2 run Homer, 9-7.
In Game 4, the Raging Cats took the early lead in the 3rd, 4-0, on Rayford’s 3 run Home Run. The Bisons cut the lead in the bottom half 4-2 on Spiers’ 2 run homer. In the top of the 6th, Patterson put the Cats ahead for good with a 2 run triple, 6-2. The Bisons’ 9th inning rally fell short, and the Cats took the game 6-5.
A.J. Burnett returned the Championship to Pensacola with a complete game 2-hit shutout. Shawn Green and Series MVP Aledmys Diaz each hit 2 home runs as the Cats dominated game 5, 8-0. Diaz finished the series batting .474 with a 2.000 OPS, 4 Doubles, and 2 Home Runs.
Ellis Burks led the Bisons’ offense batting .421 with a 1.895 OPS with 2 doubles and 3 Home Runs.
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