Rays' affiliate wins Florida State League title
The Rays' Class A Advanced affiliate in Port Charlotte, Fla., won the club's first title on Sunday night with a walk-off 3-2 victory over Daytona in the Florida State League championship.
Kean Wong walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th to bring home the winning run for first-year manager Michael Johns and the Stone Crabs.
"This is what it's all about," Johns told MiLB.com. "It's about getting guys to the big leagues, but it's special to win."
In Game 4 of the best-of-five finals, it was Reds No. 3 prospect Amir Garrett and Rays No. 3 prospect Brent Honeywell who stole the show early, as both starting pitchers went six innings. Garrett allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts, while Honeywell surrendered two runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Maxx Tissenbaum and Granden Goetzman singled in the 13th for Charlotte, then Pat Blair walked to bring up Wong, the Rays' No. 30 prospect, with the bases loaded. He walked on four pitches, setting off the Stone Crabs' celebration.
"These guys came out and performed under a lot of pressure, it was fun to watch," Johns told MiLB.com. "These guys were resilient. ... So many heroes, so many people stepped up."