Scranton/Wilkes-Barre knocked off El Paso in the Triple-A National Championship Game last night, 3-1, at AutoZone Park in Memphis. And with that, the 2016 minor league season came to an end.
El Paso starter Walker Lockett‘s bottom of the first inning went like this: base hit, base hit, three-run homer… and then three outs, and neither he nor any El Paso relievers gave up any runs the rest of the way.
But Chris Parmelee‘s three-run tater was enough for the Yankees Triple-A club to win the single-game cross-league title. Yankees prospect Jordan Montgomery made the lead hold up, allowing one run over five inning to earn the win.
After the game, the San Diego Padres called up the El Paso core: Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, Austin Hedges, and Hunter Renfroe are heading to San Diego for the final 12 days of the major league season.
Congratulations to both teams. The Triple-A National Championship Game has the feel of an exhibition, played at a neutral site in front of uncaring fans. But the league championships are an entirely different matter, and both Scranton and El Paso had terrific, memorable seasons.
- Baseball America has a game story on the Triple-A National Championship.
- The Mariners playoff hopes have taken a big hit the last two days, with back-to-back losses to Toronto. Last night it was one miserable, long inning which doomed the Mariners.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers the new minor league affiliates.
- John McGrath watched Monday’s game from the left field bleachers, where he was surrounded by Jays fans.
- The Mariners only have themselves to blame for the Blue Jays fan invasion, Matt Calkins writes.
- For a national perspective, Jonah Keri has a column on the state of the Mariners.
- According to a report in the Fresno Bee, the Fresno Grizzlies are still for sale.