It’s going to be a repeat of 2012 in the PCL Championship Series, as Reno and Omaha have advanced to the finals.
These two teams – the Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals affiliates – faced off in the championship just two years ago. Reno won that time, three games to one.
Omaha’s success is remarkable: they have won the American Conference and reached the finals four years in a row. They are just the third team in the PCL’s 111-year history to reach the finals four straight seasons. The last team to do it was the Albuquerque Dukes, from 1980 to 1983.
The 2014 PCL Championship Series is a best-of-five. It opens Tuesday night in Reno.
We’ll have a preview of the championship series in our next blog update, on Tuesday. In the meantime, here’s how they got there:
Reno 7, Las Vegas 3. Reno wins the series, three games to one.
Defense cost the 51s, as they made two errors and allowed three unearned run in the loss. Danny Dorn hit a two-run homer as Reno built a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning. Charles Brewer pitched into the seventh inning to earn the victory for Reno. Allen Dyskstra‘s three-run homer was the entire Las Vegas offense.
Omaha 6, Memphis 2. Omaha wins the series, three games to one.
Whit Merrifield doubled and homers to lead Omaha to the win. Merrifield hit three homers in the four-game series – a rather surprising outburst, seeing how he hit three homers in 76 regular season games for Omaha. The star on the mound was polished pitching prospect Christian Binford, who delivered four scoreless innings from the bullpen.
Astute readers will notice that I went 0-for-2 on my predictions for this round of playoffs. To paraphrase former Rainiers manager Dan Rohn after a blowout loss, “What can I say? I stunk.”
- Reno manager Phil Nevin called the series with Vegas a “great battle.” Apparently Las Vegas manager Wally Backman was ejected from the final game.
- Here’s the report from the Omaha paper on the Storm Chasers win.
- The Mariners beat the Rangers after a long rain delay last night, and they try to finish a four-game sweep today.
- Enjoy Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- The Seattle Times has a look at some players who could make a big impact on the stretch drive.
- John McGrath has his MLB rankings, and so does Ryan Divish.
- The Mariners have received excellent play from Endy Chavez since his call-up from Tacoma.
No blog Monday because there are no PCL games today – we’ll be back on Tuesday!