El Paso took command of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series by winning Game Two with ease last night, 10-4.
The Chihuahuas now hold a 2-0 lead over Oklahoma City in the best-of-five series. The teams are off for travel today, and then resume the series in Oklahoma City on Friday night.
It was a full-scale Chihuahua attack last night. El Paso’s top four in the lineup – the core of Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, Hunter Renfroe, and Austin Hedges – each had multiple hits. Hedges even had multiple homers, blasting two solo shots, and Asuaje also went deep. Margot, the regular season PCL triples leader, had a pair of three-base hits.
The game was tied 2-2 when El Paso scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, and then backed it up with three more runs in the sixth to make it 9-2. In total, El Paso had 14 hits.
Somehow the Chihuahuas won while making five errors. I wonder when the last time was that a team made five errors in one game of the PCL Championship Series (let alone win that game).
The newspaper story from the El Paso Times includes the line “and that’s when the Chihuahuas bombed this puppy open.”
In the Mariners organizations, Double-A Jackson resumes the Southern League Championship Series with Game Three tonight at Mississippi. Jackson leads the best-of-five series, 2-0.
Low-A Clinton was trailing Great Lakes, 5-3, before scoring eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in the opening game of the Midwest League Championship Series. They didn’t stop there, either, eventually winning Game One by a score of 16-6. Leadoff man Chris Mariscal reached base five times with three hits and two walks, scoring three runs and driving in three. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio hit a single, double, and triple while driving in four runs.
The Mariners traded Rainiers pitcher Joe Wieland to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later.
Wieland went 14-6 with a 5.43 ERA for Tacoma, becoming the team’s first 14-game winner since Denny Stark went 14-2 in 2001.
This trade was interesting to me. The Braves Triple-A club Gwinnett is still in the International League playoffs, so he could help them if allowed by IL rules. The Braves major league team has had some starting rotation injuries and needs a little help getting to the finish line, so maybe he is going (or will go) up.
On top of all of that, Wieland is a free agent at the end of the season. We weren’t going to get him back in Tacoma next year unless the Mariners made him a strong offer for 2017 – which is something that could still happen.
- The Mariners are making things interesting, winning their eighth in a row last night at Anaheim, 2-1. The M’s passed a third team in the wild card chase (the Yankees), and need to move past two more to be in a qualifying spot. They are 1.5 games out of the second wild card position. The standings are at the bottom of Ryan Divish’s game story.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook starts with a glimpse of the team’s 2017 schedule.
- Looks like ESPN is now posting a daily Wild Card Watch, so we might as well link to it.
- In the PCL, the much-discussed move of the Colorado Springs franchise to San Antonio appears to have been pushed back at least a year, to 2020 (and counting).