Playoffs Underway

The PCL playoffs got started last night.

In the Pacific Conference, Fresno exploded for a 9-1 win over El Paso, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. A four-run fourth inning put the game in hand for Fresno.

Things were a bit unusual in the American Conference opener at Round Rock, where baseball took a back seat to rain.

A massive storm hit in the middle of the fifth inning, with Round Rock leading Oklahoma City 2-1. It rained hard for several hours, and the game was called four hours later (at 12:17 AM local time).

Because four-and-a-half innings had been played and the home team was winning, it was an official game by PCL rules, so Round Rock gets the win.

The rule in the majors is different: in MLB, all playoff games must be nine innings long. MLB would have suspended the game and continued it today. But in the PCL, it’s a final. Round Rock leads the series, 1-0.

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