Both Fresno and Round Rock took 2-0 leads in the best-of-five conference playoff series last night.
Fresno took an early 5-1 lead and held on for a 5-4 decision over visiting El Paso. The Chihuahuas are hoping some home cooking tonight will get them back on track.
Round Rock jumped all over top prospect Julio Urias, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning against Oklahoma City’s 19-year-old lefty. The Express cruised to a 7-1 win.
Programming note: I’m joining Rick Rizzs on Mariners radio tonight for the 7:10 game against the Colorado Rockies. After calling too many Nelson Cruz home runs when he was an opposing player in the PCL, I’m hoping to get one tonight now that he’s on our side.
- James Hoyt was the key in the bullpen for the Fresno Grizzlies last night. They had another big crowd in Fresno. Here’s a photo gallery.
- Round Rock broke open the game with a six-run first inning against Oklahoma City, and Beamer Weems hit a grand slam during the rally.
- The Austin paper has a follow-up story on the controversial first game of the series, which Round Rock won 2-1 in just four-and-a-half innings. Oklahoma City feels like it got robbed.
- Felix Hernandez picked up his 17th win (he has three starts left this year) in a 5-0 takedown of Texas. The Mariners have pitched back-to-back shutouts.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is packed with info today, including notes about Nelson Cruz‘s 40th home run.
- Larry Stone writes that Lloyd McClendon deserves a shot to manage the Mariners next year.
- Baseball America announced its classification all-star teams and no surprise, Tacoma’s Jesus Montero is the Triple-A first baseman.
- Fangraphs took a deep dive into Taijuan Walker‘s season.
I’ll keep you updated on the PCL playoffs here on the blog over the weekend.