PCL Championship Series Begins Tonight

Oklahoma City and El Paso open the 2016 Pacific Coast League Championship Series tonight at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. First pitch is set for 5:35 (Pacific).

If you want to follow along live, the usual PCL scoreboard page will get you everything you need: updated scores, a gameday screen, links to radio broadcasts, etc. It’s all right here.

Former Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom gets the start for Oklahoma City. He had an amazing season (a 1.92 ERA in 89 innings pitched), and won his prior playoff start against Nashville.

El Paso will start Walker Lockett, who dealt against Tacoma in Game Two of the conference finals. His outstanding start turned the tide in that series.

Here’s a series preview from the El Paso Times, and a column from Bill Knight which tells us El Paso hasn’t had a championship team since 1994.

The Daily Oklahoman has a breakdown of the series, with “players to watch.”

Several Mariners affiliates are still playing in the postseason, and one was eliminated last night.

Double-A Jackson won Game One of the Southern League Championship Series, beating Mississippi, 6-4. Tyler O’Neill drove in two runs, and Andrew Moore pitched six innings allowing two earned runs. Jackson sends Brett Ash to the mound tonight against Braves top prospect Sean Newcomb.

Advanced-A Bakersfield played the final game in franchise history, a 6-3 loss to Visalia. The Bakersfield franchise has been contracted, and the Mariners are hooking up with Modesto next season. Here’s the game story, a column from the local paper, and a massively long but well-done story on the final days of a 75-year-old franchise.

Low-A Clinton advanced to the Midwest League Championship Series by beating Cedar Rapids in 11 innings last night, 1-0. Ricky Eusebio had the game-winning RBI single, and the team had another terrific start from Nick Neidert (7 IP, 3 hits, no runs). They will play either Great Lakes (Dodgers) or West Michigan (Tigers).

Short-Season Everett plays Eugene tonight for the Northwest League championship. The Aqua Sox won last night to tie the series and force a decisive final game.

Links:

  • The Mariners won their sixth in a row and continued to gain in the Wild Card standings. They have passed two teams and need to move past three more.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads off with an item on Dan Vogelbach, who is expected to get the start at first base tonight.
  • Prospect analyst John Sickels has a look at Vogelbach.

The Rainiers aren’t in it, but we’re still going to post the PCL Championship Series results here every day.

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