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By BRENDAN McGAIR
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ The mood in the clubhouse did not match up with a team that had just dropped a 10-3 decision in the Triple-A National Championship game.
Instead, music blasted from Nelson Figueoraâ€™s iPad, tunes that by no means were intended to sooth the savage beast. The PawSox understand that Tuesdayâ€™s loss to the Reno Aces does little to diminish what this team had already accomplished heading into the week â€“ that of capturing the franchiseâ€™s third Governorsâ€™ Cup.
â€śIâ€™m very proud of my team. We went out there and gave it our best effort. Tonight just wasnâ€™t our night,â€ť said Figueroa, who absorbed the loss after allowing six runs in two innings. â€śWhen youâ€™re in a one-game championship situation, you never know whatâ€™s going to happen. Unfortunately it didnâ€™t start out the way we had hoped, but none of us are hanging our heads.â€ť
In Tony Thomasâ€™ eyes, winning the final game of the minor-league season would have only added to what the PawSox accomplished last Thursday in Charlotte.
â€śWe know that weâ€™re going home as International League champions,â€ť said the Pawtucket infielder. â€śYeah, it would have been amazing to win this game, but thereâ€™s no reason to feel down.â€ť
PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler echoed those sentiments, saying, â€śWe had a great run. Every guy we threw out there worked hard and played hard all year. We deserved the championship we won and we deserved to play a better game tonight but we didnâ€™t.
â€śIf you had said a month ago that we would have been in this game, we would have taken that chance,â€ť Beyeler continued.