Cristian Pache and Braxton Davidson each had hits in the AFL championship game, but Peoria’s offense was stagnant until the ninth inning where they scored a pair of runs to send the game to extra innings. Braxton Davidson took matters into his own hands with a walk-off solo homer to clinch the AFL championship for Peoria with a 3-2 final score.
Pache got the first hit of the game with a bunt single in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately, he was left stranded after the next two batters struck out and he was held hitless in his next four at-bats.
Braxton Davidson would not be denied a taste of the action as well as he singled in the bottom of the sixth inning. Braxton showed his very real power down in the AFL season and while there are still very real contact/approaches issues, he definitely caught the attention of folks in his time in Arizona. Hitting the game-winning homer in extra innings certainly will help towards that end.
Unfortunately, not all the news was good as Braxton was injured on the game’s final play while he was rounding third base.
#Braves Braxton Davidson hits walkoff homer in @MLBazFallLeague championship game. However he had to be helped off the field, was saying “I broke my foot” after he got to home plate. @MLBPipeline pic.twitter.com/KO5WcITzm6— William Boor (@wboor) November 17, 2018
As for the other Braves on the roster, Izzy Wilson had a pinch-running appearance, but was left stranded in the eighth. Izzy would go on to bat with the winning run on first base, but grounded out.
Adam McCreery came on for Peoria to pitch in the top half of the 10th inning. McCreery walked a batter, but otherwise emerged unscathed from the 10th, giving Peoria the chance it needed to secure the win in the bottom half of the inning.