Reno Takes Lead

Didn’t see this one coming: Reno absolutely ripped Omaha in the first game of the PCL Championship Series on Tuesday night, 13-1.

The offensive hero was Reno reserve catcher Ryan Budde, who is known for his defense. Budde hit .184 with one home run in 174 at-bats during the regular season, mostly as a back-up to starting catcher Konrad Schmidt.

Well, Schmidt took his Sal Fasano impersonation up to the major leagues, and now Budde is starting in the playoffs – and he went bananas last night at the plate, ripping a pair of home runs and driving in three during the blowout victory.

Reno’s offensive explosion came against Omaha ace Jake Odorizzi, who was tagged for nine runs and did not escape the fourth inning.

Meanwhile, Reno starter Trevor Bauer did his wild-but-unhittable thing, walking five but allowing only three hits and one run over 6.2 innings. He struck out five and earned the win.

Game Two is tonight at 7:05, and you can follow along via this link. Omaha will start LHP Ryan Verdugo (12-4, 3.75) against Reno RHP Daniel Cabrera (1-1, 3.00).

Links:

  • We start with the Reno newspaper’s coverage of Game One, which focuses on Ryan Budde. There is a photo gallery with the story although it wouldn’t load up on my browser.
  • The take from the Omaha paper focuses on how the game got away early.
  • Our guy Erasmo Ramirez pitched a great game and the Mariners won in Toronto last night, 4-3. Ramirez went seven innings and allowed just two runs – it was his first major league win.
  • The Mariners Double-A Jackson affiliate won the opening game of the Southern League Championship Series, blowing out Mobile, 8-1. James Paxton pitched into the eighth inning and struck out ten.
  • Class-A High Desert is out of the California League playoffs after falling to Lancaster last night, 9-6. Jackson is the last remaining Mariners affiliate.
  • Prospect analyst John Sickels reviewed Tacoma’s Carlos Triunfel on his blog.
  • Lots of PCL teams renewed their Player Development Contracts in the last two days: Memphis re-upped with St. Louis, Oklahoma City extended with Houston, and Nashville remained with Milwaukee. I could be wrong, but I believe this leaves Las Vegas as the only unsigned PDC in the league right now.
  • The Las Vegas 51s are trying to work out a lease extension on dilapidated Cashman Field while in the middle of an ownership change.

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