PCL Redux

Update: 6/4/28


Los Angeles (30-20) hit the skids much the same way Sacramento (25-28) did a few weeks ago; the Angels lost seven straight, including the first five of a six-game series at home against Oakland (23-26), finally recovering with a narrow 3-2 victory on Sunday to snap the streak. With Seattle (26-24) losing four of six to Mission (24-26) and dropping to third place, the race has tightened up from top to bottom. Last place Portland is only four and a half games behind second place Hollywood (25-23). The Stars trail the Angels by three and a half.

Mission third baseman/pitcher MartŪn Dihigo is the Player of the Week. Dihigo hit .556 to raise his season mark to .337. His work on the mound has been inconsistent at best, but at the plate and at the hot corner he has maintained the stellar heights that have become standard for him during his young career.

Update: 5/28/28


Los Angeles (29-15) was unable to continue last weekís dominating form against Sacramento (22-23), but by splitting with the Solons, the Angels maintained their five game lead over Seattle (24-20) and their five and a half-game lead over Hollywood (23-20). In fact, every series this week was a 3-3 split, so the standings have not budged since this time last week.

Earl Averill of San Francisco is on a tear. The slugging center fielder hit a blistering .684 this week against Oakland, adding a pair of round trippers and nine RBI. Averill is leading the batting race by a length; his .422 clip well outdistances the next three hitters, who are all in the .380ís.

The Halosí sensational rookie Satchel Paige still has not lost a game. Paige is 9-0 and leads the league in ERA (1.38) and strikeouts (80). Heís struck out at least twice as many hitters as every other pitcher in the league save for Portlandís Bullet Rogan, who has fanned 43.

Update: 5/21/28


Strange But True Dept.: Joe Cronin, the Sacramento shortstop, is the Player of the Week. Whatís strange about that? After all, Cronin is one of the leagueís brightest young stars, a great offensive and defensive player, a field leader at 22 years old with a championship already under his belt. He hit .600 this week; so whatís strange about him being named Player of the Week?

Itís strange because the Player of the Week usually isnít a player on a team that didnít win a game all week. And thatís what the Solons (19-20) did (or didnít do): they went 0-7 and fell from second place, one game out of first to fourth place, seven games and a half games out of first. Most of the damage was done by first place Los Angeles (26-12), who swept them in six games en route to an undefeated week. The reigning champs wonít have to wait long for a chance to reverse the momentum, though: they open another six-game set against the Angels in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Seattle (21-17) and Hollywood (20-17) took advantage for the Solonsí skid to charge past them into second and third place, respectively. Mission (18-20) and San Francisco (18-21) are breathing down their necks as well.

Update: 5/14/28


It was the reigning Player of the Year John Beckwithís turn to shine this week. The Hollywood first baseman picked up a hit every other time he batted, going 14 for 28 with two home runs and eight runs batted in. For the season Beckwith is hitting .391ógood for second in the leagueóalong with six round-trippers, 21 runs scored and 21 runs driven in.

Los Angeles (20-12) has taken over the top spot in the league after winning five and losing two this week. Sacramento (19-13), losers of four out of seven, dropped to second, a game behind the Angels. Seattle (17-15) took four of seven and trail by three, while Hollywood (16-15) lost four of seven and trail by three and a half. Mission (16-16) won five of seven to reach the .500 mark. Oakland (13-18), Portland (13-19), and San Francisco (13-19) are struggling, but nobodyís fallen too far back; a short hot streak could put one of the cellar-dwellers into contention quickly.

Update: 5/7/28


The race tightened up a bit this week. Sacramento (16-9) had its first losing week of the campaign, going 2-4, while Los Angeles (15-10) won three and lost two to pull within a game of the Solons. Hollywood (13-11) also went 3-2 and remain in third place, a game and a half in back of the Angels, while Seattle (13-12) went 4-3 to surpass the .500 mark and keep pace with the Stars and Halos. In all, everybody in the first division gained on Sacramento.

The Mission Bells (11-14) are off to a lackluster start, but you canít pin their struggles on left fielder Ike Boone. Boone was a terror this week, hitting .478 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. The slugging Alabaman missed about half of last season with a back injury, but heís picking up where he left off from his excellent 1926 campaign, hitting .347 with four homers and 14 RBI.

Angels rookie Satchel Paige is creating quite buzz in the early going. Heís undefeated (5-0) and leading the league in ERA (1.34) and strikeouts (47). It remains to be seen if P.C.L. hitters will figure him out, but in the meantime heís the Pitcher of the Month for April. Seattleís Willie Wells is the Batter of the Month.

Update: 4/30/28


Bevo LeBourveau has bounced around quite a bit since he began playing professional ball in 1918, but this year the 31-year-old California native may have finally landed. Starting in right field for Portland (9-11), LeBourveau is hitting .324 with three home runs, ten runs batted in, and nine runs scored. Heís the Player of the Week, having just hit .406 with a pair of homers.

His team didnít fare too well this week though, winning two and losing six. At the other extreme is the high-flying Sacramento Solons (14-5), who won six and lost only one to extend their lead over Los Angeles (12-8) to two and a half games. The Angels won four out of seven but it was only enough to hold onto second place, as they lost ground to the Solons. Hollywood (10-9) sandwiched a four-game winning streak in between a pair of defeats to raise their record above .500 and storm into third place, a game and a half behind their landlords.

Update: 4/23/28


Sacramento (8-4) remains atop the standings board after .500 week; the Solons dropped three out of five at Portland (7-5) but took the first game of a five-game set at Seattle (6-6) on Sunday. A half-game behind them is Los Angeles (8-5), who won four of five at San Francisco (6-7) before splitting a pair at home against Mission (6-7). The Beavers are a game behind Sacramento and a half-game behind the Angels after their series win against the Solons and an 8-2 victory at Oakland (3-9) on Sunday. With Hollywood at 6-7, only the Oaks are more than 2 1/2 games out of first.

Missionís Cool Papa Bell earned Player of the Week accolades, hitting a sizzling .640. Bellís .462 average after two weeks is tops in the league.

Opening Week


Sacramento began their defense of the 1927 league championship with five wins in six games at home against Oakland. Only a 2-1 loss on Thursday marred what otherwise would have been a perfect week for the Solons.

The only other team to manage a winning record in the opening week was one of last yearís co-cellar-dwellers, San Francisco. The Seals lost to Mission on Opening Day but then beat the Bells four times in a row before bowing on Sunday.

The leagueís northern-most teams, Portland and Seattle, split their series in the City of Roses, as did the two southern-most teams, Los Angeles and Hollywood.

The Rainiersí Willie Wells is the Player of the Week, as the shortstop feasted on Beaversí pitching to the tune of a .400 average, three home runs, six runs scored and six runs driven in.

1927-1928 Off-season

The league mourned the loss of Oakland Oaks executive Eric Nyquist on the eve of Opening Day. It was decided to rename the Governorís Cup in his honor, and beginning with this season the Pacific Coast League champion will be awarded the Nyquist Trophy.

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