Ports Headed To Cal League Finals
Straily and the Ports are all smiles.
Straily and the Ports are all smiles.
Senior Editor
Posted Sep 14, 2011

For the first time since 2008, the Stockton Ports are heading to the California League Championship Series. The Ports knocked off their rivals, the San Jose Giants, by a score of 4-2 to secure their place in the final series. Meanwhile, in Omaha, the Sacramento River Cats dropped a close game to go down in that series one game to none.

Stockton Cruises Past San Jose

The San Jose Giants finished the regular season with 15 more wins than the Stockton Ports, but the Giants were no match for the Ports during the post-season. Stockton cruised to a three games to one series victory with a 4-2 win on Tuesday night. Stockton will take on Lake Elsinore for the California League championship.

On Monday, the Ports received a stellar performance from starter A.J. Griffin, who struck-out 11 in seven shutout innings. On Tuesday, it was Daniel Straily's turn to dominate the Giants. Straily struck-out nine in six strong innings, allowing only two runs. He left the game with the Ports down a run, but Stockton rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. They would tack on a fourth run in the eighth to give closer Jose Guzman an extra cushion he wouldn't need.

Reliever A.J. Huttenlocker earned the win with two shutout innings. He allowed only one hit and he struck-out four. Guzman struck-out a batter in a perfect ninth inning, earning his second save of the post-season.

Mitchell LeVier capped a strong series with two hits and an RBI. Dusty Coleman hit a solo homerun in the third to get the Ports on the board and Michael Gilmartin also had an RBI. Michael Choice was hitless on Tuesday, but he heads into the final series batting .406 for the post-season.

River Cats Drop Game One In Final Series

The Sacramento River Cats had to claw back from a zero games to two deficit in the PCL semifinals. Unless they can win Game Two of the series versus Omaha on Wednesday, the River Cats will have to repeat that feat.

Sacramento managed only three hits and two runs versus Luis Mendoza and the Omaha Storm Chasers in Game One. The Storm Chasers only collected three runs on nine hits themselves, but it was enough to earn the win.

Sacramento starter Graham Godfrey allowed two runs in six innings and earned a no-decision. Vinnie Chulk was hung with the loss when he allowed the winning run in the seventh.

Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer and Chris Carter doubled home a run to account for the River Cats' offense.

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