The Inland Empire 66ers beat the San Jose Giants 3-1 on Saturday night. The victory clinched the Cal League Championship for the 66ers. Starting pitcher Drew Rucinski threw 6 and 1/3 innings, striking out six and giving up just one earned run. Third baseman Sherman Johnson had one RBI, and center fielder Andy Workman knocked in the other two runs. The championship was the first High-A championship for an Angels affiliate since 1996.
The 66ers swept the Giants in three games: 4-0, 9-1, and 3-1. Sixty-Sixers pitchers gave up only two earned runs in the 27 innings of the championship series.
The championship series MVP award was given to 66ers center fielder Andy Workman, who hit a home run in Game 2 and led the team with six RBI overall. Additionally, he made two crucial, fantastic catches in Game 3 with runners on base to prevent the Giants from scoring in the close game.
Manager Bill Haselman had this to say afterwards:
It has been an absolutely remarkable run these kids had. They have confidence and grit, and it showed throughout the playoffs. . . To win a championship in any league takes an awful lot, and to do it in this league, with three rounds of playoffs as the wildcard, is incredible.