Cornered by yipping chihuahuas, Oklahoma City dodged elimination by beating El Paso on Friday night, 4-2.
(I will not apologize for that awful sentence)
The Dodgers stayed alive for a couple of reasons. They got a strong rehabilitation start by lefty Brett Anderson, who allowed one run over five innings. And they were able to do something which has been very difficult to do in the PCL playoffs: they rallied against the El Paso bullpen.
Trailing 2-1 at the seventh inning stretch, Oklahoma City scored three runs against relievers Daniel Moskos and Kyle McGrath. Veteran outfielder Will Venable had the key hit, a go-ahead two-run single.
There will be no sweep. El Paso leads the best-of-five series, two games to one.
Game Four is tonight at 5:05 (Pacific), with El Paso starting Shea Simmons against Oklahoma City’s Alfredo Figaro. Follow along here.
Scranton-Wilkes/Barre won the Governor’s Cup, which is the trophy presented to the International League champion. The Yankees affiliate will play the PCL Champion in the Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday in Memphis.
The Mariners Low-A Clinton affiliate is still playing. They play Game Three of the Midwest League Championship Series against Great Lakes tonight at 4:05 (Pacific), with that series tied 1-1. Kevin Gadea draws the start for the Mariners affiliate. The live scoreboard is here.
- The Mariners eight-game win streak ended with a “clunker” – a 6-0 loss to natural born Mariners killer Collin McHugh and the Astros.
- Manager Scott Servais shows faith in his players, Larry Stone writes.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook informs us the Rainiers outfielder Boog Powell is going to return from his suspension and play for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. That’s a tough country for a guy coming off a PED suspension to play in.
- Venerable San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins has some good ideas regarding Vin Scully‘s final broadcast in his column today.
Big sports day today – lots of great college football games, a huge Mariners game, PCL Finals… I’ll be watching TV all day.