Sacramento Up 2-0 In PCL Finals

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The PCL Championship Series resumes tonight with Game Three in Round Rock, and so far it has been all River Cats.

Sacramento has won the first two games of the best-of-five series, and needs just one win this weekend to take the crown. The winner of the series will play International League champion Columbus (Indians) in the Triple-A National Championship Game in Memphis on Tuesday.

Sacramento won in walk-off fashion in the opener on Tuesday, 8-7, as Abiatal Avelinohad the game-winning hit. The game featured seven lead changes, indicating a potentially thrilling series.

The second game turned into a pitcher’s game – rare for Triple-A Baseball this year – and Sacramento emerged with a 4-2 win. Veteran Cristhian Adameshomered and drove in two runs for the Cats.

You can follow the games this weekend via the PCL Scoreboard page. Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific).

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Sacramento & Round Rock Advance To Championship Series

Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The 2019 PCL Championship will be won by either Sacramento or Round Rock, as they each survived a tough five-game series in the conference finals to advance to the PCL Championship Series.

Sacramento last won the PCL title in 2008, the last of their four titles in six years when they were an Oakland A’s affiliate. Sacramento is now a San Francisco Giants affiliate, and no Giants affiliate has won a Triple-A championship since the Phoenix Giants won the PCL in 1977. That’s crazy.

Round Rock joined the Triple-A ranks in 2005 and has not yet won a championship at this level, though the city did enjoy a baseball title in 2000 as a member of the Double-A Texas League. Round Rock is a Houston Astros affiliate, and the Astros organization won the PCL and the Triple-A National Championship Game in 2015 when affiliated with Fresno.

The series is best-of-five…

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The dog days of summer are here.

Coco Crisp's Afro

Raley Field. Sacramento, Ca.

These are the dog days of summer. The days when you buy chopped fruit from a street vendor, wear breathable shoes, snicker at people wearing cargo shorts, wear a light sweater at night, and perhaps even kiss a summer fling. There are blasts from boomboxes (cell phones) and people lounging and splashing in the river. There are people sitting on porches with a can of beer and with no hope of ever getting anything done that day. The days are getting shorter and the baseball season is slowly coming to an end, as if a lovely friend was planning a vacation for 6 months. When it ends it would have been a deep and complicated relationship full of thrills, contemplation, happiness, anger, and finally…heartbreak.

Recently my “baseball buddy,” Manny and I decided to take in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League playoffs this past week…

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