The Tempe Angels are now within a half-game of first place in the Arizona League’s East Division after winning 8-6 last night over the Maryvale Brewers. Randal Grichuk was 3-5 with a homer and double.
The Angels are chasing the Scottsdale Giants, who won the first half and currently lead the division. If the Giants win both halves, they get a bye and wait to face the West Division winner. If the Angels win the division in the second half, they face the Giants in a one-game playoff. If the two teams tie for first, the Angels win the second half based on their head-to-head record with the Giants, which is currently 5-3.
The Giants were off Wednesday. They catch up to the Angels on Friday when Tempe has the day off. The Angels have two games left, tonight at Papago Park against the Phoenix A’s (21-32 overall) and Saturday night at home in Tempe against the Giants.
The easiest way for the Angels to make the post-season is to win both remaining games.
UPDATE August 27, 2009 12:00 PM PDT — Rodney Johnson of Examiner.com offers this analysis of the Arizona League playoff scenarios.