Aces, Storm Chasers Take First Games

Reno and Omaha earned game one victories as the Pacific Coast League playoffs opened up on Wednesday night.

Trevor Bauer made the start for Reno at Sacramento, and he was wildly effective. Bauer walked five over five innings, but he allowed just one unearned run on three hits. The Reno bullpen was top-notch, and the Aces took home a 3-1 victory.

In the American Conference, Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Wil Myers hit a three-run homer on the first playoff pitch he saw, and the Omaha Storm Chasers coasted to an 8-4 win over visiting Albuquerque.

Omaha received a strong start from Jake Odorizzi, who was 8.1 innings short of qualifying to win the PCL earned run average title.

Links:

  • We start with the coverage from Sacramento on Reno’s series-opening 3-1 win over the River Cats: a game story, and a photo gallery. Another story has speculation that Oakland might call up Dan Straily to replace the injured Brandon McCarthy, which would be a crushing blow to the River Cats hopes of winning this series. We also have a series notebook from the Reno newspaper.
  • From Omaha, we have the game story from Rob White, and a notebook as well.
  • As we have been saying for a while now, the Mariners are getting better. They matched last season’s win total last night.
  • Geoff Baker has a recap of the first major league at-bat of Luis Jimenez.
  • Larry LaRue was on top of the Bobby Valentine drama at Safeco yesterday. I appreciate the attempt to get Eric Wedge to chime in – and Wedge’s response.
  • This story is beyond awesome: Jim Caple asked major leaguers which game in baseball history they would time travel to go see. The fact that Disco Demolition Night received multiple votes is just remarkable. Rickey Henderson wins the competition. Caple’s personal pick is terrific. (PS – sorry for ruining your work productivity with this link, but that’s why I’m here).*

Rainiers 2012 season wrap-up coming tomorrow afternoon – what when wrong and why, and was it fixed at the end?

* so many to choose from, but I think I would select Game Seven of the 1926 World Series – just like ESPN editor Dave Schoenfield. You get a one-run game, a Babe Ruth home run, and the (allegedly) drunk Pete Alexander stumbling in from the bullpen to save the day. I would take a seat right next to Cardinals GM Branch Rickey, and advise him to encourage his grandson to someday add a few more off-days to the PCL schedule. 

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