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.
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.
Your #AviatorsLV would like to thank you for a season that flew well beyond our wildest dreams. We welcomed a franchise record shattering 650,934 fans to the ballpark and are so grateful for each and every one of you.— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) September 8, 2019
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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).