Lewis Brinson hit a pair of home runs off Brett Oberholtzer, helping Round Rock to a 6-2 win in game three of the PCL Championship Series on Friday night in Fresno.
Round Rock leads the best-of-five series, two games to one. The Express can win it all tonight at 7:05.
Prior to the playoffs, I briefly wrote that Round Rock has been boosted by youth down the stretch. Brinson and Nomar Mazara are highly regarded hitting prospects whom the Rangers moved up to Triple-A for the last weeks of the regular season, and then the playoffs. Both outfielders have hit over .300 with power during the PCL playoffs.
Brinson, 21, was a Rangers first round draft pick in 2012 out of a high school in Coral Springs, Florida. He began the season at Class-A High Desert and put up big numbers in the first half (just like most hitters at High Desert). The Rangers bumped him up to Double-A midseason, and working around an injury he hit .291 in 28 games before being summoned to Round Rock for the final eight games of the PCL regular season. He hit .332 with 20 home runs in 100 games between the three levels.
Brinson is 5-for-15 with two homers and five RBIs over the first three games of the PCL Championship Series.
Round Rock starter Phil Klein delivered six scoreless innings, and he has pitched 13 shutout frames over two postseason starts.
I’m pulling for Fresno tonight, so we can get to a decisive Game Five tomorrow afternoon. Nothing is more fun than one game for the trophy!
- The game story from the Fresno Bee says it was a “lackluster outing” by starter Brett Oberholtzer.
- Fresno columnist Marek W. wrote a story from the perspective of Chukchansi Park.
- The Mariners beat the first place Texas Rangers last night and they are now only four games under .500.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook catches up with the idle Taijuan Walker.
- Dutton spoke with scouts from opposing teams to get their opinion of where the Mariners stand right now.
- Edgar Martinez had a detailed talk about hitting with Fangraphs.
- Grant Brisbee has a highly entertaining, um, “analysis” of the Kyle Seager – Jered Weaver dustup.
- On the Mariners off day Thursday, Ryan Divish wrote about the rejuvenated Mark Trumbo.
- Here’s a shocker: the Los Angeles Dodgers cleaned house in their minor league system, firing nine managers and coaches including PCL Manager of the Year Damon Berryhill of Oklahoma City.
- Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year award went to Tampa Bay pitching prospect Blake Snell – who is from Shoreline, WA and was drafted in 2011 out of Shorewood High School.
I’ll have another post for you on Sunday morning as we continue to track the PCL finals.