The Rainiers won their third straight game, crushing Las Vegas on Saturday night, 12-2. It was the opener of a quick four-game road trip to Las Vegas.
Chris Seddon tossed eight strong inning, allowing two runs, for the win. It was his fourth consecutive quality start.
Seddon put a lot of leadoff batters on base – five of eight – but he induced four double play grounders. Alex Liddi and Kyle Seager looked particularly flashy with the leather on the double plays.
Matt Tuiasosopo put the Rainiers ahead with a homer in the fourth, but the Rainiers really exploded with a seven-run 7th inning. Luis Jimenez, Mike Wilson, and Ryan Langerhans each homered in the inning.
Tacoma hit four home runs on Saturday – matching their total for the entire eight-game homestand which ended on Friday night.
Tacoma has won 11 of the last 15 road games, and is now 22-19 on the road for the year.
If we were playing in the old Cheney Stadium I’d probably make some pithy remark about how we should spend the rest of the season as barnstormers, but since our home ballpark is so nice now I guess the team just needs to figure out how to win in it.
Today’s game is at 12:05 – which feels like the crack of dawn in Vegas. Tacoma starts Knucklin’ Charlie Haeger (1-2, 9.10) against Las Vegas LHP Brad Mills (6-6, 3.57). Haeger is coming off his best start of the year, and Mills ranks second in the PCL in ERA.
The broadcast will be on 850 AM and streaming online right here.
- Here is my Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- My Sunday Minor League Notebook has notes on Nick Franklin and Guillermo Pimentel.
- Larry LaRue has a notebook on Dustin Ackley’s initial major league impressions, and that criminal Jack McKeon.
- Ryan Divish wrote a solid feature on former Rainiers pitcher David Pauley.
- The best part of Sunday links is always the Larry Stone MLB package: his column on Jim Riggleman, his notebook, and his power rankings.
- Steve Kelley remarks that Dave Niehaus would have really enjoyed this season.
- I wish every team had an 80-year-old manager, just so John McGrath could make the rounds writing about them.
- In the PCL, Reno is at Sacramento for a big series – and a possible playoff preview. Sacramento won the opener, 8-3, as Kevin Kouzmanoff homered and rove in five runs. A Sacramento sweep sure would help the Rainiers…
- The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a nice feature on former Rainiers and Mariners shortstop Chris Woodward. Fun stuff: when Toronto offered him a job, he wasn’t sure if they meant as a player or as a scout.
- The Sky Sox had two big innings and blasted the Salt Lake Bees, 15-7. Mike Jacobs had four hits.
- After the Salt Lake game, fans were treated to Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey. This is the greatest promotion ever – Annie Schultz, I am publicly calling you out: we need Whiplash at a Rainiers game.*
- Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers was in Reno and he did a fun Q&A, in which he discusses among other things his days in the PCL.
- Here is the in-depth story on Sean Burroughs and his comeback – its great stuff, and proof that spending $20-30,000 a month partying in Vegas gets old after a while (for some people, at least).
- Tucson outfielder Matt Clark is raking in his first Triple-A season.
- Ex-Rainiers slugger Brad Nelson had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning for Round Rock last night.
- The pitcher the Mariners traded to St. Louis for Brendan Ryan – Maikel Cleto – is absolutely dealing in the minor leagues this year. He made his Memphis debut yesterday and it was domination time.
- Nashville’s Mat Gamel laid an egg at Cheney Stadium back in May, but everywhere else in the league he is crushing it. He had a walk-off home run yesterday, his 17th bomb of the year.
Last time we were in Vegas a month ago, the annual Punk Rock Bowling festival was going on right outside our hotel. This time, the country’s largest rave is in town – the Electric Daisy Carnival.
I’ve got to tell you, these ravers are relentless. Admirable, even. I went downstairs to get my coffee at 7:15 this morning and there were a bunch of them in the lobby, all dressed up and still partying. I didn’t really need to see the guy in neon short-shorts, glo-stick necklace and nothing else, but hey, whatever.
And I thought baseball people kept strange hours. We’ve got nothing on these ravers!
* Really, how much could his fee be? He’s a monkey, for cripes sake. Some bananas should cover it.