Happy Thursday, everyone, from the world-wide headquarters (WWHQ) of the Corvallis Knights, your 2016 West Coast League champions!
And we’ll see you tonight, for Game 3 of the South Division playoff series!
The Knights (41-21) used a brilliant performance by starter Trenton Toplikar and a three-hit, two-RBI night by shortstop Chad Stevens to defeat Yakima Valley 8-4 in Game 2 on Wednesday night before a loud crowd of 1,436 at Goss Stadium.
We staved off elimination and evened the best-of-3 series 1-1, setting up tonight’s 6:40 winner-take-all finale. Cal Poly’s Connor Redmond (1-2, 3.72) will pitch for the Knights; Yakima Valley’s starter is TBA.
Tonight’s winner advances to the West Coast League Championship Series, where it will face Victoria. The HarbourCats defeated host Kelowna 11-5 on Wednesday to sweep their North Division playoff series. Victoria won 8-2 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of that series.
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Outfielder Jordan Qsar, a senior-to-be at Pepperdine, had an RBI single in the sixth inning on Wednesday to up his franchise-record total to 52. Qsar also has set season records for homers (14) and doubles (22) this summer.
Wednesday night’s Game 2 of the South Division playoffs drew 1,436 fans, raising our season total to 49,626 through 33 openings, a decrease of 1,162 fans from last year’s attendance through a corresponding number of home dates. That’s an average of 1,504 fans per game.
We will have at least one more home game, tonight. We drew a franchise-record 53,803 fans in 35 home dates in 2016.
Time to update the stats of our alums in minor league baseball. We’ll do the position players today, and the pitchers on Friday.
TAYLOR ARD (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The utility player from Mt. Hood/Washington State (2009) is hitting .2220 (67-305) in 102 games, with 10 homers and 40 RBIs.
ANDY COSGROVE (R Elizabethton, Twins): The catcher from Washington/North Carolina State (2014) is hitting .212 (11-52) in 14 games, with a homer and six RBIs.
BLAKE DRAKE (A Palm Beach, Cardinals): The outfielder from Concordia (2013) is hitting .235 (60-255) in 66 games, with six homers and 24 RBIs.
NATE ESPOSITO (A Lakewood, Royals): The catcher from Oregon State (2012) is back in high-A after a brief stint at triple-A Omaha. He is hitting .257 (47-183) in 54 games, with no homers and 15 RBIs.
ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .285 (80-281) in 85 games, with two homers and 33 RBIs.
ROMAN GARCIA (R Greeneville, Astros): The first baseman from San Diego (2016) is hitting .221 (21-95) in 27 games, with three homers and 15 RBIs.
CADE GOTTA (AA Montgomery, Rays): The outfielder from San Diego Christian (2011) is hitting .284 (78-275) in 73 games, with five homers and 42 RBIs.
KJ HARRISON (R Helena, Brewers): The first baseman from Oregon State (2015) is hitting .325 (25-77) in 20 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs.
DANNY HAYES (AAA Charlotte, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .225 (84-373) in 107 games, with 16 homers and 59 RBIs.
LOGAN ICE (A Lake County, Indians): The catcher from Oregon State (2014) is hitting .233 (60-258) in 75 games, with eight homers and 32 RBIs.
DALTON KELLY (AA Montgomery, Rays): The outfielder from UC Santa Barbara (2014) is hitting .344 (42-122) in 33 games, with seven homers and 26 RBIs.
CHRIS RABAGO (A Lancaster, Rockies): The catcher from UC Irvine (2012-13) is hitting .264 (66-250) in 74 games, with one homer and 38 RBIs.
CHRIS SHAW (A Delmarva, Orioles): The catcher from Midland CC (2014) is hitting .205 (18-88) in 23 games, with two homers and 13 RBIs. He is on the disabled list.
NICK TORRES (AA San Antonio, Padres): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2012) is hitting .260 (95-365) in 95 games, with nine homers and 51 RBIs.
PETER VAN GANSEN (AAA El Paso, Padres): The infielder from Cal Poly (2013) is hitting .316 (15-46) in 15 games, with no homers and nine RBIs.
KEVIN WATSON (ARL DIAMONDBACKS): The outfielder from Beaverton HS (2017) is hitting .174 (4-23) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs.
CALEB WHALEN (A Carolina, Brewers): The infielder from Portland (2012) is hitting .111 (1-9) in three games, with no homers and one RBI.
Palm Beach (A Florida State, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 5-2 loss to Ft. Myers on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He played at Concordia.
Honorable mention goes to:
- Lancaster (A California, Rockies) DH Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI in a 7-4 win over Visalia. He played at UC Irvine.
That’s all for today. See you at Goss Stadium tonight, and right back here on Friday.