Game One of the PCL Championship Series went to El Paso, in a 7-5 thriller over visiting Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City took a 5-0 lead in the second inning against El Paso starter Walker Lockett, but they did not tack on any additional runs… and El Paso began its comeback.
Carlos Asuaje hit a three-run double in the third inning, and it was 5-4. It stayed 5-4 for a long time, but the Chihuahuas rallied for three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the 7-5 lead. An error by shortstop Chris Taylor opened the door, and Diego Goris had a key hit.
El Paso’s bullpen was a strength in the semifinals win over Tacoma, and yesterday was more of the same: 3.2 shutout, no-hit innings.
Here is the game story from the El Paso Times.
Game Two is tonight at 5:35 (Pacific), with Oklahoma City starting Chase De Jong against El Paso’s Frank Garces. Follow along live here.
In the Mariners minor leagues, Double-A Jackson is one win away from a Southern League Championship.
The Generals beat the Mississippi Braves last night, 2-0, to take control of the best-pf-five series. Jackson leads the series, 2-0, but has to go on the road for the remainder.
Starting pitcher Brett Ash tossed seven shutout innings to earn the win. He gave up five hits, no walks, and struck out four. Third baseman Adam Law homered in the fifth inning to snap a scoreless tie.
The news wasn’t as good on in the short-season Northwest League, where the Everett affiliate lost the league championship series to Eugene. Game Three of the best-of-three series went to the Emeralds, 2-1. Everett actually out-hit them, 9-6, but left eight on base and managed just the one run.
Low-A Clinton was off, as they await the start of the Midwest League Championship Series against Great Lakes (Dodgers).
- The Mariners made it seven straight wins with an 8-0 victory over the Angels, as Taijuan Walker pitched a shutout and Seth Smith hit a grand slam. The M’s are still 2.5 games out of the wild card, and still need to pass three teams, but they are only a half-game behind two of ’em.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook tells us that Wade LeBlanc – who started and lost Game Three of the semifinals for Tacoma – has been traded to Pittsburgh for a player to be named later.
- John McGrath can’t stop himself from looking ahead at the Mariners remaining schedule.
- I’m sad to hear that Wally Backman is out as manager of the Las Vegas 51s. He is/was one of my favorite opposing PCL managers to talk to.
- Boston Red Sox prospect Yohan Moncada won Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year award.