(I almost went with “whole ball of wax,” but I like “all the marbles” better).*
Sacramento won Game Five against Reno yesterday, 13-2, to complete an impressive comeback and win the Pacific Conference series.
Sacramento travels to Omaha to begin the best-of-five PCL Championship Series on Tuesday at 5:05 (Pacific).
Reno won the first two games of that series, but Sacramento – who has been streaky all year – won three straight “elimination games” to take the series.
Yesterday, in the series final, Ryan Langerhans hit a two-run homer off Sacramento starter Lenny DiNardo in the second inning, and Reno led 2-0 in the middle of the third.
The River Cats offense took off in the third, with a five run rally. Reno pitchers had big problems throwing strikes, issuing ten walks. Ten walks in a Game Five!
Chris Carter drew four walks, and Josh Donaldson – batting right behind Carter – had four hits. Donaldson, Adrian Cardenas, and highly regarded outfield prospect Grant Green each had three RBIs for the River Cats.
DiNardo ended up lasting seven innings and earning the win; he was the focus of the newspaper story from The Sacramento Bee.
I’m guessing we’ll have the pitching match-ups for the championship series tomorrow, and I’ll post them when I get them, and I’ll make a pick, too.**
I remember this day last year – it’s the calm before the storm. Tacoma had just beaten Sacramento in Game Five at Safeco Field, with Ryan Feierabend tossing a gem and Matt Mangini launching a game-breaking home run.
The next day – the Monday – was an easy travel day to Memphis, where we arrived in time to grab some BBQ and have a relaxing evening off before starting the championship series on Tuesday.
And then the rout was on.
There are a few interesting links from the weekend:
- For a walk down memory road, Dave Schoenfield of ESPN.com has an excellent piece on the best team to never win the World Series – the 2001 Seattle Mariners.
- The Mariners struck out a whole lot over the weekend – Geoff Baker has a look at some numbers.
- Other events from the weekend: Alex Liddi had his first major league hit, a Friday night double; and Steve Delabar tossed a 1-2-3 inning on Sunday in his MLB debut.
- There were many 9/11 remembrances all over the internet yesterday. I will pass along one, this ESPN story on Salt Lake starting pitcher Eric Junge.
- Sacramento is going to try to win the PCL title without slugger Jai Miller, who was called up by Oakland.
I’m definitely choosing Mariners over Monday Night Football tonight – it’s Felix Hernandez against the Yankees; this is always fun.
* at what point in our history was a ball of wax considered to be a thing that people wanted?
** Gosh, I hope I don’t have to pick Sacramento.