Double-A affiliate advances to championship

Double-A affiliate advances to championship

Double-A affiliate advances to championship
ST. LOUIS -- Double-A Springfield will play for a Texas League championship after defeating Tulsa, 3-1, in Game 5 of the best-of-five, North Division Championship series on Sunday.

Springfield rode a sensational start by Boone Whiting to the victory. Whiting limited Tulsa to one run on one hit and two walks in seven innings. He struck out four. In the meantime, Springfield's offense built up a lead against opposing starter Dan Houston.

Consecutive doubles by Jamie Romak and Chris Swauger pushed across a run in the second. Swauger scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly. After Tulsa cut the deficit to one, Springfield answered back in the fourth when Swauger doubled and scored again.

Relievers Eric Fornataro and Keith Butler closed the game with scoreless relief appearances.

Springfield will face the Rangers' Double-A Frisco affiliate in the Championship Series. Frisco advanced there with a three-game sweep in their first series. The best-of-five Championship Series begins on Tuesday. Springfield will host the first two games.