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Old 01-06-2018, 02:56 PM   #95
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League Championship Series, Game 1: Rockets edge out Magpies after late comeback

By Maggie Pye | 08 October | 4,101 comments

After finishing the regular season with 108 wins and crushing the Outlaws 3-0 in their Division Series, St. Paul entered the Western League Championship Series as hot favourites. Philip Givens took the mound for the Magpies against the vaunted Rockets lineup, led by 7-time Outstanding Hitter Sam Jordan, that were top-scorers in the SCL this season with 792 runs. The Rockets will likely play an all-lefty 3-man rotation, as a result of all-star Héctor Álvarez being suspended for the series after an ejection for brawling in the division series.

The Rockets took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, but the Magpies struck back immediately on Guillermo Díaz’s 2-run home run in the top of the 3rd. Givens allowed the run back in the bottom of the inning and the game was tied at 2-2. The Magpies edged ahead in the 7th on António Fernández’s pinch-hit double which brought home Enrique Limón, but their bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. St. Paul centre fielder Tony Whitaker’s 2-RBI single in the bottom of the 8th put them 4-3 ahead, and the Magpies couldn’t respond.
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