The Pacific Coast League Championship Series opens tonight in Reno.
There is a great match-up of pitching prospects in Game One: Omaha starts Jake Odorizzi against Reno’s Trevor Bauer. It starts at 7:05 – here is the link to the PCL scoreboard page, and from there you can go to audio, video, gamecast – whatever you want.
- From the Reno newspaper, a Aces-specific preview.
- Omaha’s Rob White writes that Game One is loaded with prospects, which is true.
- Speaking of prospects, Omaha flame-throwing lefty Donnie Joseph has been dealing from the bullpen in the playoffs.
I think this will be a very tight series.
Two Mariners low-level affiliates are still rolling in the playoffs, too.
Double-A Jackson reached the Southern League Championship Series, a best-of-five series which opens tonight in Jackson, Tennessee. Left-hander James Paxton gets the start in Game One tonight, Generals announcer Chris Harris has a series preview on his MiLB blog.
Advanced Class-A High Desert is in the California League semi-finals right now. They trail Lancaster, 2-1, in a best of five series that continues tonight.
Low-A Clinton is done in the Midwest League. They won their first series but then lost in the league semi-finals to Wisconsin.
- The Seattle Times has a story on pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma and his desire to remain with the Mariners. He’s been pretty effective and seems to be a serviceable arm moving forward – I think they will re-sign him.
- Meanwhile, our guy Erasmo Ramirez is excited to make a start or two for the Mariners down the stretch. I always root for Erasmo – he’s one of the happiest players in baseball.
- Former National League MVP Jeff Kent is a contestant on the upcoming season of Survivor. Always smart and a little brash, Kent says a number of interesting things in this interview.
- The Albuquerque paper has a story on the strange saga of Jerry Sands, who starred for the Isotopes down the stretch despite being, essentially, a lame-duck Dodger. He’ll be announced as a part of the trade to the Red Sox soon.
Tonight I’m speaking at an event in Tacoma at the Grand Cinema, and it’s open to the public. There is a showing of the documentary Ballplayer: Pelotero at 6:45, and I’m hosting a discussion afterwards. The film is in very limited release and today is the only day it is being shown. More information here.