PACIFIC OVERTURES

Moving right along to the Pacific Coast League, the lone league that spans three time zones …

Phil Humber’s Triple-A debut was a rousing success as he allowed one run on one hit over his five innings of work, striking out four for the New Orleans Zephyrs. Okay, am I ever going to get used to say the Mets in the PCL??? Probably not … anyway, the Z’s led host Nashville (Brewers) 3-1 in the eighth …

At Round Rock (Astros), infielder Brooks Conrad was the man with the big bat as his two-run homer was much of the difference in the Express’ 5-2 lead through seven against the visiting Iowa Cubs.

The Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) were locked in a good one with the host Colorado Springs SkySox, tied at 4-4 into the bottom of the eighth as each team had 11 hits. For Tucson, the defending PCL champion, Jamie D’Antona was 4-for-4.

Seeing red? You were if you’re in Memphis. The host Memphis Redbirds (Cards) were leading the visiting Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers), 4-3, in the eighth, though it was the Redhawks playing longball. Victor Diaz and Nate Gold each had homers for Oklahoma. Gold, you may recall, hit 34 home runs last year and is off to another hot start this season.

The Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins), who are busy preparing to host the Triple-A All-Star Game in July (can you tell I am psyched, since I’m already talking about it?) were leading the Omaha Royals, 5-2 through five innings. ‘Topes outfielder Reggie Abercrombie had gone yard for his team while Billy Butler had done the same for the O-Royals.

Also going deep in his first game of the season was Las Vegas 51s first baseman James Loney, who frankly really shouldn’t even be in Vegas. He knows it, we know it, the parent Dodgers know it, but without a chance to play every day behind Nomar Garciaparra, Loney is back in the Minors (where he only hit .380 last year). His 51s were tied with the host Salt Lake Bees (Angels) 3-3 in the seventh.

Meanwhile, the two remaining games in the PCL (Portland at Fresno and Tacoma at Sacramento) were just getting underway which means I’m going to be here for awhile. Have the veal.

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