(GAME DATE – Oct. 7, 2019) — The Arizona Cowboys, enjoying their first-ever playoff appearance, have defied the odds and outlasted the Metro League West Division pennant winner Seattle Salts, taking the best-of-5 Elimination Round series to the full five games.
The Salts, appearing in their 3rd straight playoff, led the series 2-1 after Game 3, and the Cowboys looked spent as they placed their hopes and dreams on 35-year-old righty Ivan Morillo for Game 4.
Morillo had a decent enough season, going 15-10 with a 4.95 ERA, but he would be up against the 2nd best offense in the Metro League (after St. Petersburg). Morillo was good enough to hold Seattle to just a pair of runs, while a pair of 8th inning RBI triples from 2B Victor Torres and C Howard Jackson would add to a RF Tak-keung Yang solo homer to give the Cowboys the 5-2 win, evening up the series.
The teams moved back to Seattle for the deciding Game 5, and Seattle’s #1 in the rotation, Adam “High” Price would get his 2nd series start, after a quality Game 1 start in which he held Arizona to 2 runs in 6.1 innings.
But Price would not be able to contain the Cowboys for the final matchup, and Arizona came on strong right out of the gates, running up 7 unanswered runs after the first 3 innings. The Salts finally had a huge inning, putting 5 runs on the board in the bottom of the 5th, and adding a 6th the next frame. But that would be their last run scored, as Arizona added one more to their total and ended the game with an 8-2 series clinching win.
Despite the Arizona win, it was the Salts 3B Hoshi Mizuguchi who got the nod as series MVP, for his .615 performance at the plate, along with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs.
The Cowboys will only have a short celebration for their first-ever playoff series appearance and win, as they will now move on the MLCS where they will face the league juggernauts, the St. Pete’s Admirals, who earlier swept through the Nevada Speeders.