Mickey Weston and Mike Smith combined to stifle the Columbus Clippers while the bottom of the Rochester Red Wings order provided the offense in a 5-1 victory Saturday night that brought the Red Wings their second Governors' Cup championship in three seasons.
By winning the International League championship, the Red Wings will be host to the first three games of the Triple-A Alliance championship. The best-of-seven series will begin tonight against the Omaha Royals, who beat the Nashville Sounds, 8-7, last night to win the American Association championship.
With Weston holding the Clippers scoreless until the seventh inning, No. 8 batter Joaquin Contreras drove in two runs in the second inning, No. 9 batter Juan Bell scored in the fifth and No. 6 man Tony Chance doubled home a run in the sixth.
The Red Wings had won the first two games of the International League championship series at home, then lost two at Cooper Stadium.
The victory gave the Red Wings the most Governors' Cup championships in league history, nine.