ST. PAUL – The Winnipeg Goldeyes will play for the American Association title.
The Fish knocked off the St. Paul Saints 3-1 in the fifth and deciding game of their semifinal series to advance to the league finals.
It’s the first time since 2012 that the Goldeyes will play for the championship; they swept Wichita that year to win it all, and it just so happens that Wichita will be their opponent this year.
The entire series was tight from the start: after losing a tense 1-0 series opener, the Fish rebounded with a 9-7 win in game two.
The rest of the series was played in St. Paul, and in game three the Goldeyes blew a late 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 on a walkoff home run.
The Fish stayed alive with a 5-4 win in game four, with the winning run scoring on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth.
In the decisive game five, Mikey O’Brien went seven scoreless innings, striking out seven. The Saints got a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth and got the tying run to the plate, but weren’t able to finish the rally.
The American Association Championship begins Wednesday night in Winnipeg.