Life can’t get much better for a minor league baseball player than what pitcher Giovanny Gallegos experienced on Tuesday night. Moments after recording the final out to help his Memphis Redbirds capture the Triple-A National Championship with a 14-4 victory over the Durham Bulls, the 27-year old right hander found out he was being called up by the St. Louis Cardinals…
Giovanny Gallegos’s night:
Win a 🏆
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 19, 2018
Acquired from the New York Yankees as part of the Luke Voit trade, the numbers for Gallegos dramatically improved at Memphis. In his four appearances with New York and then 17 more for Scanton/Wilkes-Barre, he allowed 17 earned runs in 37.2 innings. For the Redbirds, Gallegos allowed only one run in 16.2 innings.
The National Championship was the first for Memphis in four tries. Alex Mejia was named the game’s MVP after going 5-for-5 with a double, five RBI, and scoring three runs.
A franchise record of 66 different players appeared on the Memphis roster this season–18 of their players were promoted to St. Louis at some point during the campaign. Six of those players were making their big league debut.
This past week, Memphis captured their second consecutive Pacific Coast League Championship to set up the one-game, winner-takes-all contest against Durham.
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