Columbus Clippers Win 2015 Governors’ Cup
The Columbus Clippers beat the Indianapolis Indians 3-0 Saturday night in the final game of a best of five series to win the 2015 Governors’ Cup, making them the champions of minor league baseball’s International League.
The Clippers won the first two games at home over the Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, before the series went back to Indianapolis for the final three games. Indianapolis won games three and four, making everything come down to the deciding game five. Mike Clevinger pitched seven and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball to lead the Clippers to victory.
The Clippers also won the Governors’ Cup in 2010 and 2011 as the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, and had won it seven other times when they were the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, tying them with the Rochestor Red Wings (Minnesota Twin affiliate) for the most Governors’ Cup titles in League history.
Since 2006, the champion of the International League and the winner of baseball’s other Triple-A League, the Pacific Coast League, have faced off in the winner-take-all Triple-A National Championship Game to declare an outright champion. The Clippers won each of their previous appearances, in 2010 and 2011, and look for their third title on Tuesday, September 22nd when they travel to El Paso, Texas to take on the winner of the Fresno Grizzlies (Houston Astros affiliate) and the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers affiliate), who play tonight in their decisive Game five.
More information about the Columbus Clippers and Tuesday’s game can be found at columbus.clippers.milb.com.