The site for the first two games of eightieth annual Governors’ Cup Finals is Pawtucket, Rhode Island where the PawSox and the Charlotte Knights will battle it out in attempts to earn their respective franchises their third Governors Cup.
Here are the lineups for game one of the series:
Charlotte Knights (bested the Indianapolis Indians, 3-1 in previous series).
DH Greg Olson
2B Drew Garcia
3B Brent Morel
1B Seth Loman
C Josh Phegley
CF Trayce Thompson
LF Jared Mitchell
SS Carlos Sanchez
RF Brandon Short
Pitching (playoff stats, followed by regular season): Charles Leesman (1-0, 1.13)/(12-10, 2.47)
Pawtucket Red Sox (topped the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees,3-1 in previous series)
2B Nate Spears
DH Tony Thomas
LF J.C. Linares
3B Danny Valencia
1B Andy LaRoche
RF Bryce Brentz
C Dan Butler
CF Jason Repko
SS Jon Hee
Pitching: Steven Wright (NR)/(0-1, 3.15)
This will be the first time the PawSox will play in the Governors’ Cup final since 2003. They last won the title in 1984.
Just nine of the 25 players on the current PawSox roster were born when the club took the cup in ’84: Billy Buckner, Nelson Figueroa, Tony Pena Jr., Steven Wright, Mike Rivera, Jon Hee, Andy LaRoche, J.C. Linares and Jason Repko; PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler manning the infield for Wichita State University as a 20-year-old.
Each club finished the regular season inside the top five “Team ERA” leaderboard for the International League, with the PawSox at fourth (3.43) and the Knights tied at first with the Indians (3.15).
The PawSox were 5-3 against the Knights during the regular season (1-3 at McCoy).