River Cats Win Bricktown Showdown Again

The names on the roster may change, but the same team keeps winning the Bricktown Showdown.

The Sacramento River Cats won their second consecutive Triple-A Championship as the Pacific Coast League champs beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4-1 in Oklahoma City.

Scranton had won the International League championship, but they, and the IL as a whole, are still looking for a first win in the Bricktown Showdown. Tucson won the 2006 game before the River Cats won back-to-back titles.

Brooks Conrad and Wes Bankston both had RBI singles against Yankees starter Ian Kennedy in the first inning. Those two runs proved to be all that Sacramento needed as starter Brad Knox threw two scoreless innings. Chris Gissell allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but followed it up by retiring the next nine batters to get the win. Gissell was named the winner of the Bobby Murcer MVP award, which was presented by Baseball America.

Conrad was the offensive star, as he had two hits and turned the double play that ended the game.