Both series moved to 2-0 on Thursday night, making my PCL playoff predictions look even worse.
at Salt Lake 5, Las Vegas 4
Salt Lake pulled out a dramatic win last night, right after Las Vegas tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The Bees loaded the bases with one out, and Scott Cousins hit a shallow fly to center on a full count pitch, allowing Andy Marte to tag up and score the winning run. Apparently the play at the plate was very close.
Here is the story from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Salt Lake leads the series, 2-0. The series moves to Las Vegas for game three tonight.
Omaha 7, at Oklahoma City 4
John Singleton hit a monstrous three-run homer to give Oklahoma City a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning, but sloppy defense cost the RedHawks as Omaha came storming back. Oklahoma City had the best record in the PCL at 82-62, and they are in danger of being swept out of the playoffs by Omaha.
The Houston Astros claimed Eric Thames off waivers, and the former Rainiers outfielder will join Oklahoma City for game three tonight according to this story.
Click here for the game story from The Oklahoman.
Omaha leads the series, 2-0, and the Storm Chasers will play at home tonight.
- The Mariners lost in the 13th inning yesterday, and finished their eight-game PCL-style (two four-game series) road trip with a 4-4 record. Chance Ruffin took the loss – he was pitching in his first MLB game since 2011, and retired the first five batters he face (three strikeouts) before allowing the game-ending homer.
- For Baseball Prospectus subscribers, there is an in-depth look at Taijuan Walker.
- James Paxton is John Sickles’ Prospect of the Day.
- The Mets may have trouble retaining Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman.
- Even the New York Times is writing about former Rainiers outfielder Wladimir Balentien.
Cheney Stadium will be busy this weekend – stop by if you can. We’ve got the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival on Saturday (this is a ticketed event), and then on Sunday we’re turning the Summit Club into a sports bar for Seahawks Sunday. Sunday is a free event – we’re only selling food and drinks.