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Grizzlies head to PCL Championship


Grizzlies head to PCL Championship

The Fresno Grizzlies are headed to the first Pacific Coast League championship in franchise history, going further than the team’s only other playoff team, coincidentally its first offering, in 1998.

The Grizzlies will face off against Round Rock Express, starting the series on the road in Texas for the first two games of the series, followed by the final three in Fresno.

The PCL Champion (either Fresno or Round Rock) will face off against the International League champion in a one-game Triple-A National Championship.

Series Breakdown »

GAME 1: El Paso Chihuahuas (1) – Fresno Grizzlies (9)
Winning Pitcher: Dan Straily
Losing Pitcher: Daniel McCutchen

GAME 2: El Paso Chihuahuas (4) – Fresno Grizzlies (5)
Winning Pitcher: Asher Wojchiechowski
Losing Pitcher: Chris Smith

GAME 3: Fresno Grizzlies (4) – El Paso Chihuahuas (6)
Winning Pitcher: Robbie Erlin
Losing Pitcher: Travis Ballew
Save: Dale Thayer

GAME 4: Fresno Grizzlies (7) – El Paso Chihuahuas (4)
Winning Pitcher: Brett Oberholtzer
Losing Pitcher: Casey Kelly
Save: James Hoyt

Sept. 10: In front of a crowd of 10,858, the Fresno Grizzlies completely mauled the El Paso Chihuahuas to take the opening game of the PCL Pacific Championship Series in a 9-1 effort.

The Grizzlies continue the series Thursday night at Chukchansi Park where Fresno’s Asher Wojciechowski (8-4, 4.92 ERA) will face off against El Paso’s Chris Smith (5-7, 3.60 ERA).

Sept. 9: Playoff baseball has arrived at Chukchansi Park for the first time in its existence.

Just one season removed from the San Francisco Giants’ dramatic exit as the affiliate for Fresno’s Triple-A minor league team, the Grizzlies make their first playoff appearance since the team’s inaugural season in the city, 1998.

That year, the Grizzlies competed at Fresno State’s Beiden Field (the home of eventual College World Series champions).

The Grizzlies’ 14-year affiliation with the Giants ended in late 2014, when the recently crowned World Champs moved their affiliation to the Sacramento RiverCats.

Fresno wound up affiliating with the Houston Astros, a team which, thanks to years of first-round picks, had a talent laden farm system.

While Giants fans were upset at the desertion of their team from Fresno, the expectation of having a better Triple-A team with Houston has wildly paid off.

Along with the franchise’s second Pacific Coast League playoff appearance, the 2015 campaign is also the team’s most successful with 84 wins and just 59 losses. The next best season in terms of record: that inaugural 1998 season.

The Pacific Coast League has a four-team playoff between the division champions (Fresno won the PCL Pacific North). They kick off a 5-game against the El Paso Chihuahuas, the PCL Pacific South champs.

GAME 1: El Paso Chihuahuas (1) – Fresno Grizzlies (9)
Winning Pitcher: Dan Straily
Losing Pitcher: Daniel McCutchen

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