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Johan Limonta’s grand slam helps clinch Texas League Championship for San Antonio

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Former Rev Johan Limonta can be seen front and center in this photo, as the San Antonio Missions collected the Texas League Championship trophy and flag. Limonta’s grand slam in the deciding Game 5 sealed the deal for the San Diego Padres Double-A affiliate.

Here’s a recap of Revolution Alumni participating in various league playoffs with their current organizations:

1B/OF Johan Limonta (’12-’13)
San Antonio Missions, Texas League (Double-A, Padres)
Defeated Corpus Christi (Astros) 3 games to 2, defeated Arkansas (Angels) 3 games to 2 to win Texas League Championship.  In the deciding Game 5 of the Championship Series at Arkansas, Limonta hit a fourth inning grand slam in the Missions’ 5-0 win.  It was his only home run in the postseason, which saw San Antonio go the full five games in each series.  This was San Antonio’s 13th Texas League Championship, and their fifth in the last 12 years.  Not Bad.  (Like the Atlantic League, the Texas League has eight teams.)  Unfortunately, Limonta’s triumph comes at the expense of his former Revolution teammate earlier this season, reliever Josh Judy.  After departing York, Judy reported to Arkansas before being moved up to Triple-A Salt Lake, and was sent back to Arkansas. He ended the season on the disabled list.  Former Southern Maryland slugger Cyle Hankerd was also  with the Arkansas club.

LHP Ian Thomas (’12)
Mississippi Braves, Southern League (Double-A, Braves)
Defeated by Mobile (Diamondbacks) 3 games to 1 in opening round.  Mississippi’s short stay in the postseason had nothing to do with Thomas, who started and earned the winning decision in the M-Braves’ only win in Game 2 of the series.  He tossed 5.2 shutout innings with just four hits in the 4-3 win.  After a solid year, look for Thomas to start next season at Triple-A Gwinnett.

3B Andy Marte (’13)
Salt Lake Bees, Pacific Coast League (Triple-A, Angels)
Defeated Las Vegas (Mets) 3 games to 1 in opening round, were defeated by Omaha (Royals) in Championship Series 3 games to 1.   Marte, who was Salt Lake’s best hitter in the final month, was the hero in Game 2 against Las Vegas.  Not only did he go 4-for-5 with a homer, double and two runs, he scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a sac-fly – but separated his shoulder on the play.  Marte would not return from the injury, missing the remainder of the postseason and ruining his chances of a September call-up to the Angels.  A call-up was a distinct possibility, considering the tear Marte went on in August after the Angels purchased his contract from the Revolution early last month.  One could say losing Marte might have cost Salt Lake the championship, as they lost each of the first two games at Omaha by just one run.  Former Southern Maryland starting pitcher Jarrett Grube was also with Salt Lake.  Former MLBer Ben Broussard was with Omaha, after beginning the season with Long Island.

The Bees defeated two former Revolution alumni with Las Vegas; left-handed reliever Justin Hampson appeared in three games and a total of 2.1 innings, and right-handed starter Matt Fox pitched 5.2 innings in Game 1 and took a no-decision.

-Paul Braverman

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