That is, it’s a big series if a series can indeed be “big” in May.
Tacoma hosts the first-place Reno Aces in a four-game series beginning tonight at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma enters the series tied in third place, seven games behind Reno.
If the Rainiers can win this series – either 3-1 or a 4-0 sweep – the team will make up some solid ground in the standings. It’s early enough in the season where a split won’t really matter, and losing three of four wouldn’t be too big of a deal – but getting swept would be a serious problem.
Tacoma is playing well. The Rainiers won the last two games in Las Vegas to salvage a split of the series, and Tacoma has gone 11-7 over the last 18 games.
The split in Vegas was particularly nice – the Rainiers earned it on the road against the league’s hottest team. In fact, Tacoma’s two straight wins happened to be the first time Las Vegas has lost two straight games since April 29-30.
Reno is 6-9 over its last 15 games, and 5-5 over the last ten. The Aces have an excellent offensive team led by Cody Ransom, Cole Gillespie, Brandon Allen, and of course PCL home run leader Wily Mo Pena.
Keep an eye on Reno catcher Konrad Schmidt, who appears to be the second coming of Sal Fasano.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05 pm, and you can catch the broadcast on 850 AM or streaming online. Tacoma starts RHP Charlie Haeger (0-0, 2.25) against Reno RHP Kevin Mulvey (3-4, 7.24).
- Here is the story from The News Tribune on Monday’s win in Las Vegas, focusing on the relief work of Dan Cortes.
- The Las Vegas Review-Journal ran a feature on local product Sean Kazmar.
- Doug Fister tossed a gem and the Mariners held on to beat Baltimore yesterday.
- There has been lots of talk about the Mariners making roster moves to try to improve the team. Ryan Divish weighs in with his opinions.
- Carlos Peguero is John Sickels Prospect of the Day.
- In the PCL, Colorado Springs swept a four-game series from Fresno. The Sky Sox scored 24 runs on Sunday.
- Catcher Cole Armstrong hit two homers and Salt Lake beat Tucson yesterday, 7-2.
- Here’s the latest from Reno, where the Aces got cracked by Sacramento yesterday, 16-5.
- Florida Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is by far the funniest MLB player on Twitter, but now the Marlins are threatening to crack down on him. Booooo.
Off to Cheney Stadium for what should be a fun series!