By BRENDAN McGAIR
DURHAM, N.C. – 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 Figueora’s iPad, tunes that by no means were intended to sooth the savage beast. The PawSox understand that Tuesday’s loss to the Reno Aces does little to diminish what this team had already accomplished heading into the week – that of capturing the franchise’s third Governors’ Cup.
“I’m very proud of my team. We went out there and gave it our best effort. Tonight just wasn’t our night,” said Figueroa, who absorbed the loss after allowing six runs in two innings. “When you’re in a one-game championship situation, you never know what’s going to happen. Unfortunately it didn’t start out the way we had hoped, but none of us are hanging our heads.”
In Tony Thomas’ eyes, winning the final game of the minor-league season would have only added to what the PawSox accomplished last Thursday in Charlotte.
“We know that we’re going home as International League champions,” said the Pawtucket infielder. “Yeah, it would have been amazing to win this game, but there’s no reason to feel down.”
PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler echoed those sentiments, saying, “We 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 didn’t.
“If you had said a month ago that we would have been in this game, we would have taken that chance,” Beyeler continued.