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Aviators lose to River Cats 7-3, ending season

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-08 19:03:26-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Aviators finished their first season at the Las Vegas Ballpark after a 7-3 loss against the Sacramento River Cats on Sunday in Las Vegas.

It was the deciding game of the Best-of-5 series in the PCL Conference Championship Series.

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Sacramento, the Pacific Conference Champions, will advance to the PCL Championship Series (Best-of-5) against the Round Rock Express, American Conference Champions. The Express defeated Iowa 10-5, Sunday afternoon in the deciding fifth game in that series.

The Championship series will begin on Sept. 10 in Sacramento, Calif.

Sacramento scored four runs in the first inning on three homer runs off of right-hander James Kaprielian (0.2 IP/5 H/4 R).

Shortstop Abiatal Avelino (1-for-4, walk) hit a lead-off homer and two batters later, right fielder Joe McCarthy (1-for-3, walk, two-run HR) and first baseman Zach Houchins (2-for-4) hit back-to-back homers.

Aviators catcher Jonah Heim was 1-for-3, walk, solo homer in the fifth inning.

Sacramento left-hander Caleb Baragar recorded the victory with 5.0 solid innings. He allowed 2 hits, 1 run, walked 3 and struck out 8 on 86 pitches (50 strikes).