Championships Start Tonight

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.

Series previews:

  • 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.

Links:

  • 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.

One Response to Championships Start Tonight

  1. michael says:

    i plan on being their..

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