Omaha Takes Opener

And I nailed it in my prediction!

Luis Mendoza tossed a gem, and Omaha snuck away with a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.

Mendoza lasted seven innings and gave up two runs on just three hits.

Graham Godfrey of Sacramento matched him for six innings, and it was 2-2 going to the bottom of the seventh. Omaha rallied for the game winning run against Sacramento reliever Vinnie Chulk.

Lorenzo Cain had three hits for Omaha, including the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

Filthy reliever Kelvin Herrera earned the save, tossing perfect relief for two innings while striking out a pair.

Game Two is today at 5:05. I called a Sacramento win, with the River Cats getting to former teammate Vin Mazzaro.

Quite a few links today:

  • Here is the story of the PCL finals from the Omaha newspaper. Omaha’s David Lough had an adventure on the base paths before scoring the winning run.
  • The city of Tacoma is taking an initial step to see if it might be worth renovating the Tacoma Dome to bring in an NBA or NHL team. That would be awesome, but it will cost a ton of money. Right now, it seems they are just trying to find out how much it would cost.
  • The Mariners lost yesterday in a close game to the Yankees, 3-2. Mariano Rivera earned his 600th career save and can tie Trevor Hoffman’s all-time record with another save tonight.
  • What happens when a baseball analyst for ESPN, a person who for several years now has been writing movie reviews for a blog as a hobby, sees Moneyball? It ain’t pretty.
  • Gig Harbor resident and Washington State grad Scott Hatteberg has a prominent role in the movie. John McGrath caught up with him. Hatteberg is the subject of one of the best chapters in the book – which you really should read instead of watching the movie.
  • This is fun: MLB Trade Rumors ranked the top ten *minor league* free agent signings of 2011, in terms of eventual major league value.
  • For ESPN Insiders, Buster Olney wrote about former Rainiers pitcher Doug Fister, and his contributions to the Detroit Tigers.
  • Jason Churchill wrote about Jack Zduriencik and staying the course.
  • It’s not too often when a sportswriter’s kid makes the major leagues – I can only think of one. Now we have a sports copy editor’s son in the major leagues.

That’s all for today – I’m heading up to Safeco to see if the Mariners can take one from the Yanks.

One Response to Omaha Takes Opener

  1. @THEKID_ says:

    I don’t care what Melky has been doing in KC, someone should be arrested for keeping Lorenzo Cain in AAA all year.

    Yes, i’m biased…like Tui, Sugar Cain is a former Timber Rattler.

    But comeone: .312 / 28 2B / 7 3B / 16 HR & 81 RBI

    Like Tuiasosopo Nation will rise again!…we must Free Sugar Cain!

    (geez, is it really only Wednesday?)

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