The Pacific Coast League Championship Series comes down to a fifth and final game today, at noon in Omaha.
Omaha stayed alive and forced the final game by crushing Reno on Saturday afternoon, 11-2. Infielder Brian Bocock – not known for his power – hit two homers, had three hits, and drove in three runs.
Reno starter Charles Brewer lasted just three innings, three other Omaha players homered, it was 8-1 after four innings and the rout was on.
The series is tied 2-2, and it all comes down to Game Five today at 12:05 (Pacific). Both teams have good starters ready to go: Reno starts RHP Mike Bolsinger (8-3, 3.93) against Omaha RHP Aaron Brooks (12-3, 3.88).
- The Omaha newspaper has a thorough story on last night’s game.
- The winner of today’s game win the PCL Championship, but will still have one game left: the Triple-A National Championship Game against Pawtucket on Tuesday in Charlotte. The PawSox won the International League title (“the Governor’s Cup”) by downing Durham on Saturday.
- The Mariners lost a toughie last night to Oakland, and now the series finale today looms as the latest Most Important Game Of The Year.
- John McGrath’s MLB rankings give you a nice snapshot of what’s going on in the majors right now.
- Larry Stone writes that Lloyd McClendon would be a good choice to win AL Manager of the Year.