18-Inning Classic up for a MiLBY

Martinez Game of the Year.jpgThe MiLBY yearly awards are still going on over at MiLB.com, and they’ve moved on to the two final categories: “Best Game” and “Best Team”.

I’m happy to announce that Clinton’s 18-inning walk-off win in Game 2 of the Midwest League Championship Series is one of the six games up for fan vote in the Low A classification.  For those of you who missed it back on September 16 (many saw the beginning, far fewer saw th end), the LumberKings won a war of attrition over the Lake County Captains in the longest Championship Series game in league history when Mario Martinez (pictured) sent a hot shot through the legs of third-baseman Adam Abraham, scoring Blake Ochoa.

Listen to Ochoa’s game-winning run: 
Abraham’s Error Scores Ochoa in 18th 9.16.10.mp3

Abraham’s glove would end up on the roof of the clubhouse, but the Captains would go on to take the series in the decisive Game 5.  It’s the longest game I’ve ever broadcasted as far as innings are concerned, and it’s one the folks who stuck around won’t soon forget. 

Whether you were there or not, help us out by voting at this link:  http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/awards/y2010/game.jsp

In other MiLBY news, Nick Franklin finished second in “Best Hitter” voting for class A, trailing only Lexington’s J.D. Martinez.  Martinez received 29% of the vote, while Franklin earned 22%.

For some reason, the five-team field for “Best Team” did not include your West Division Champion LumberKings.  Instead, Lake County, Great Lakes and Quad Cities are the entrants from the Midwest League.  Augusta and Lakewood of the South Atlantic League round out the selections.

I’ll give you Lake County based on their Midwest League championship and Great Lakes based on their fantastic 90-win regular season, but I struggle with Quad Cities.  A first-half Wild Card entrant into the playoffs, the Bandits did go on to finish one game better than Cedar Rapids for overall record in the West Division.  However, they bowed out in the first round to Kane County.

Meanwhile, a Clinton club that went 5-1 in playoff elimination games, slugged a league-high 134 home runs and featured the league’s second-best pitching staff gets no love.

I’d tell you to cast anti-votes, but that’s not possible and it’s not very nice either.  Instead, vote for Lake County in this category…they deserve it:  http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/awards/y2010/team.jsp

A new edition of “The Interview Vault” is coming tomorrow.  Stay tuned!


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