Ports Move On; River Cats Lose Big

The Stockton Ports inspiring post-season run survived another winner-takes-all game, as the Ports knocked off the San Jose Giants to move on to the California League finals. Meanwhile, the Sacramento River Cats saw their four game post-season winning streak snapped in a blow-out Game Two. We have the details inside...

Stockton Crushes San Jose; Moves On To Finals

After dropping Game Four by a score of 2-1, the Stockton Ports' offense exploded for seven runs in the first two innings in their winner-takes-all game at San Jose and cruised to a 9-4 win. Stockton will now take on the Lancaster JetHawks in the California League finals.

Graham Godfrey threw seven strong innings and Corey Brown drove-in three runs to pace the Ports in the victory. The Ports had 11 hits, five of them doubles, and they chased Giants' starter Jesse English after one-plus inning in which he allowed seven runs.

All nine Stockton hitters had at least one hit and the Ports drew eight walks. Josh Donaldson and Frank Martinez each had two hits. In addition to Brown's three RBIs, Donaldson had two RBIs and Spencer, Martinez, Chris Carter and Alexander Valdez also drove-in runs. Carter has 12 RBIs and Brown has 10 RBIs in eight post-season games. Josh Horton went 1-3 with two walks and is batting .406 for the post-season. Donaldson reached four times and is batting .433.

Godfrey allowed only three unearned runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck-out five to move to 2-0 in the post-season. Patrick Currin and Sam Demel worked the final two innings to close-out the game for Stockton.

The California League finals will begin on Thursday against Lancaster. The Oakland A's haven't won a California League championship since 2004 when the team's High-A affiliate was the Modesto A's.

Sacramento Blown Out In Game Two

The 2008 season has brought a lot of good memories for fans at Raley Field, but the team's final home game of the season was one everyone would like to quickly forget. The Oklahoma RedHawks' offense jumped all over Sacramento starter Chris Gissell and cruised to an 11-2 win to even the best-of-five series at 1-1.

Oklahoma lead-off hitter Casey Benjamin began the game with a homerun, and the RedHawks never looked back. The RedHawks scored three in the first, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the eighth.

The Sacramento offense, which has been red-hot throughout the post-season, was quiet after a two-run first inning. Carlos Gonzalez was the only River Cats' batter to have two hits. Chris Denorfia homered in the first inning (a lead-off homer of his own to match Benjamin's). That was Denorfia's fourth homerun of the post-season. He hit only two homers during the regular season for Sacramento in 189 at-bats.

The loss was the first in a PCL Championship game in River Cats' franchise history. The River Cats had been 10-0 in previous championship series games. Sacramento now heads to Oklahoma in what will be a best-of-three series to determine the PCL championship.

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