Reno evened-up the Pacific Coast League Championship Series with a 4-2 home victory on Wednesday night, but Omaha still has the advantage.
By getting a split of the two games in Reno, Omaha is the favorite as the series moves to Nebraska for the final three games.
Reno could have been in deep trouble, but last night the Aces had a tremendous pitching performance by newcomer Bradin Hagens. Hagens allowed just one run on five hits (with no walks) over six innings to earn the win.
Even the most attentive Rainiers fan has probably never heard of Hagens: he was with Double-A Mobile until late in the season, and made just four August starts for Reno. He was not with the Aces at any time that they played Tacoma.
That was a big outing for the Triple-A newbie. Hagens had some early run support: Reno scored all four of its runs in the second inning, as Mike Freeman hit a two-run single and Nick Ahmed had a two-run double.
The series takes a day off for travel today, and resumes with the pivotal Game Three on Friday night at 5:05 (Pacific).
- Cool story from Reno: Bradin Hagens was the No. 3 starter on his high school team. You’ve probably heard of the No. 1 starter.
- MiLB.com has a report on the Reno Aces victory.
- The Mariners missed out on an opportunity to make a move in the standings. They lost to Houston, 5-2.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook includes a heartwarming story that Bud Selig told about Ken Griffey Jr.
- Larry Stone’s going-away column on Selig is a fun read.
- The Mariners extended their Player Development Contract with Low-A Clinton of the Midwest League for two more years.
- I’m leaving town for a few days – thank goodness, because there is a bear on the loose in my neighborhood. According to the story I would be OK if I ran into it, because I’m good at talking while waving my hands.
- Courtesy of eagle-eyed Fresno broadcaster Doug Greenwald, we learn that former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder TJ Bohn is now a coach at Macalester College.
- Former Rainiers slugger Wily Mo Pena is considering coming back from Japan next season. He’s made a lot of money over there and I’m guessing that with his finances taken care of, he’d like to see if he can get back to the majors. This compilation of his 2014 home runs is fun viewing (at about the 2 minute mark there is a disputed homer that hits the roof).
With both the PCL Finals and the Mariners getting a day off tonight, we will not have a post on Friday. This blog will next be updated on Saturday.