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.
- The game story from Fresno notes that they had a big crowd for the city’s first playoff game in 17 years. The middle of the lineup has been crucial for Fresno.
- Round Rock’s rain-shortened win was bizarre, according to the Austin Statesman.
- Outfielder Hunter Renfroe has been a key player in the Chihuahuas surge to the playoffs.
- The Mariners shutout Texas as Vidal Nuno pitched a gem.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook catches up with Steve Baron.