Mega Series Champions!

Tacoma won the final game of the Nine Game Mega Series against Las Vegas on Thursday night, 8-4, to claim their second Nine Game Mega Series trophy of the season. The Rainiers won this one, five games to four.

Mike Wilson and Casper Wells connected on back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, when Tacoma rallied for five runs to take a 5-2 lead.

Luis Jimenez put the game away with a two-run double in the seventh, giving the Rainiers an 8-2 advantage.

The Tacoma bullpen actually allowed some runs for the first time in a week (after 26.2 scoreless innings), but it wasn’t enough runs to cause a problem.

One of the runs scored when Bobby LaFromboise allowed a home run to Yan Gomes. It was the first home run given up by LaFromboise this season, after 65 innings of homer-free pitching. Bobby picked a nice, inconsequential time to finally serve one up.

The immediate, pressing concern is this: where are we going to keep all of these Nine Game Mega Series trophies at Cheney Stadium? Is there any extra room in storage trailer #2?

Tacoma reliever Shawn Kelley was “feeling better” yesterday after getting hit in the right elbow by a line drive on Wednesday night. Right now the club is calling it a bruised elbow, but Kelley did have x-rays and doctors are going to take a look at them.

Hopefully he is OK, we all know that Eric Wedge and the Mariners were counting on Kelley to provide some bullpen depth in September.

After a seven-hour overnight bus trip from Las Vegas to Fresno (there were no flights available large enough to carry a baseball team and equipment, hence the bus ride), the Rainiers open up the final four-game series of the year at Chukchansi Park.

Fresno is not in the playoff picture, but they have a lot of players hoping for a September call-up. The parent San Francisco Giants are leading a tight race in the National League West and they are going to need some contributions from September call-ups. Fresno has veterans like Xavier Nady and Todd Linden hoping for a trip to SF, and the always dangerous Brett Pill will be on their roster until tomorrow, I suppose.

Tonight’s game in Fresno starts at 7:05, and you can listen to the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP D.J. Mitchell (2-2, 2.95) against Fresno RHP Yusmeiro Petit (7-6, 3.44). Petit was a member of the 2010 PCL Champion Rainiers; he’s having an excellent season for Fresno.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers recap from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners beat the Twins, 5-4, as Blake Beavan delivered a quality start. They won the road series, three game to one.
  • Here is a fun, photo-filled walk-through blog post of a Rainiers game at Cheney Stadium.
  • A 17-year-old Mariners pitcher made the final Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet of the season. On the other hand, a Rainiers pitcher made the not-so-hot-sheet.
  • Jason Churchill went through the Rainiers roster, searching for September call-ups.
  • In the PCL, we’ll lead off with the Reno newspaper’s full story on MVP Adam Eaton.
  • The Aces clinched the Pacific-North with a 5-4 win over Fresno yesterday – check the link for an excellent locker room celebration photo. That’s the same locker room in Fresno that the Rainiers will be using today – hopefully it won’t reek of booze!
  • Even Troy Tulowitzki couldn’t help the Sky Sox keep up with Reno.
  • Salt Lake is stumbling towards the finish line.
  • Oklahoma City completed a four-game sweep of Albuquerque to pull within 1.5 games of first place in the American-South with four games to play. The Isotopes are going to get to try to clinch the division at home.
  • Congratulations to Albuquerque’s Lorenzo Bundy on winning the PCL Manager of the Year award. But… does he have to give it back if Albuquerque fails to hold on to the division?
  • The New Orleans Zephyrs cancelled their final four games against the Iowa Cubs because of damage at Zephyr Field caused by Hurricane Isaac. The power isn’t even on at the ballpark. The season is over for both teams, and it’s a financial crusher for the Zephyrs (as detailed in the story).
  • Memphis outfielder Adron Chambers had a big game, and he’s hoping to get a big phone call.
  • Nashville completed a series sweep of the Iowa Cubs.
  • El Paso has hired Populous – the same company that designed the Cheney Stadium renovation – to design their proposed downtown ballpark.

Final four games of the season!

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