Sidewinders Top Toledo in Triple-A Showdown
de la Cruz pitched well as the starter
de la Cruz pitched well as the starter
Senior Editor
Posted Sep 20, 2006


Toledo had already earned the right to keep the Governor's Cup, but on Tuesday, they went out to prove that they were the top team in all of triple-A baseball. Unfortunately, the Tuscon Sidewinders had other ideas.

The ball was given to Eulogio de la Cruz on Tuesday in the Bricktown Showdown, and de la Cruz didn't disappoint, giving up two runs over 5 1/3 innings. Though de la Cruz left the game in the hole, it was only a 2-1 deficit.

Only a 2-1 deficit until the top of the ninth, when Jason Karnuth allowed the game to get blown open, giving up three runs to Tuscon.

David Espinosa's RBI double that scored Ryan Raburn in the bottom half of the ninth got one run back, but it wasn't nearly enough to catch the Sidewinders.

Raburn had three hits for the 'Hens, and Ryan Ludwick added two more. But Toledo, who used the long ball all season long to distance themselves from their opponents, couldn't manage a single home run on the night.


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