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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 Figueoraâs iPad, tunes that by no means were intended to sooth the savage beast. The PawSox understand that Tuesdayâs loss to the Reno Aces does little to diminish what this team had already accomplished heading into the week â that of capturing the franchiseâs third Governorsâ Cup.
âIâm very proud of my team. We went out there and gave it our best effort. Tonight just wasnât our night,â said Figueroa, who absorbed the loss after allowing six runs in two innings. âWhen youâre in a one-game championship situation, you never know whatâs going to happen. Unfortunately it didnât start out the way we had hoped, but none of us are hanging our heads.â
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.
âWe know that weâre going home as International League champions,â said the Pawtucket infielder. âYeah, it would have been amazing to win this game, but thereâs no reason to feel down.â
PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler echoed those sentiments, saying, âWe 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 didnât.
âIf you had said a month ago that we would have been in this game, we would have taken that chance,â Beyeler continued.