Walk-off balk wins Northwest League title for Cubs' Class A affiliate
The Eugene Emeralds are champions, despite a losing record
The Eugene Emeralds (Cubs Low-A affiliate) probably didn't belong in the Northwest League playoffs, but they are now the champions and it happened in a pretty fitting way.
The Emeralds finished the season with a 31-45 record, good for last place in the South division. They were 17-21 in the second half, though, and that was good for the second-best record in the South in that span and it was good enough to make the playoffs under the league's format.
The Emeralds got hot at the right time and swept a three-game series, 2-0, against the Hillsboro Hilltoppers (who were 51-25 in the regular season). They then won the first two games of a five-game series against the Spokane Indians (Rangers) leading up to Tuesday night's possible clincher.
As noted, the Emeralds won, and here it is:
Yes, a walk-off balk championship.
The Emeralds were 31-45 in the regular season, but 5-0 in the playoffs and won the Northwest League on a balk. Quite the story.
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