Brugman Belts Two But Rainiers Fall To Cats

July 21, 2019

Tacoma lost to Sacramento on Saturday night, 8-4, despite two home runs by right fielder Jaycob Brugman. The Rainiers fell five games behind the first place River Cats.

Since joining the Rainiers on June 1, Brugman has hit 11 homers in just 39 games. He has a .569 slugging percentage, and in a rare move for a Tacoma player he has hit more homers at Cheney (six) than on the road (five). Yesterday was his second two-homer game of the season.

The Rainiers will try to salvage a win in the final game of the Sacramento series today at 1:35.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Sacramento scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning, breaking open a close game and beating Tacoma, 8-4. Jaycob Brugman homered twice for the Rainiers, giving him 11 on the season. Sacramento’s bullpen delivered four scoreless, no-hit innings to seal the game.

TODAY: Sacramento (53-47) at Tacoma (48-52), 1:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.

SEASON SERIES: Sacramento leads, 9-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Enderson Franco (4-4, 6.53) at RHP Mike Wright (0-1, 2.70)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has a 13-game hitting streak, and he has homered in three of his last six games… John Andreoli has an 11-game hitting streak, and he has reached base safely in 34 of his 38 games with Tacoma… Ian Miller leads the PCL in stolen bases with 25… Jordan Pacheco has a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento went 3-2 in a five-game series at Salt Lake, and is 7-4 since the all-star break… Francisco Pena has a nine-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games… Joey Rickard has reached base safely in 15 straight games… Chris Shaw went 11-for-22 in the series at Salt Lake.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sacramento has former Rainiers switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. River Cats manager Dave Brundage played, coached, and managed (2006) for Tacoma.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The News Tribune has a Rainiers game story which includes some of Daren Brown‘s most frequently used quotes.
  • The Mariners lost to the Angels in the ninth inning.
  • Seattle acquired reliever Matt Magill from the Twins this morning, for cash considerations. Magill will report to the major league club, and Tacoma will probably get a reliever back. Magill has pitched for El Paso and Albuquerque in the past.
  • It’s Edgar Martinez day in Cooperstown! He told Larry Stone he’s nervous about today’s induction.
  • Ryan Divish has an article about Edgar and Harold Baines getting in, and if it opens the door for more designated hitters.
  • Baseball America unearthed some of its early reports on Edgar Martinez from when he was a minor leaguer.
  • Fun story for longtime PCL fans on the Salt Lake Bees celebrating their 25th season.

In the PCL:

  • Fresno topped Reno, 3-2, to remain two games behind Sacramento in the Pac-North. J.J. Hoover tossed six innings of one-run ball for the Grizzlies.
  • El Paso and Albuquerque were tied 8-8 after six innings, and no one scored again until the 11th when El Paso erupted for five runs and won, 13-9. Ty France had four hits, and Austin Adams had three hits with five RBI. The Chihuahuas had a rare no-homer game. Good feature on outfielder Yonathan Daza in the Albuquerque paper.
  • Las Vegas took down Salt Lake, 8-5, to remain three games behind El Paso in the Pac-South. Seth Brown connected on four hits, and Dustin Fowler homered.
  • Omaha infielder Erick Mejia belted a game-ending homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win over Memphis.
  • Scott Heineman homered and drove in three runs to lead Nashville in a 7-4 win over Iowa.
  • Oklahoma City’s Jake Peter launched a grand slam during a seven-run third inning, and the Dodgers held on to beat San Antonio 9-8. Gavin Lux went 0-for-4, his first hitless Triple-A game, ending his 17-game hitting streak.
  • Round Rock flattened the Baby Cakes, 13-0, as Brandon Bielak tossed seven innings of one-hit ball. Chas McCormick homered twice and drove in six runs.
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Sacramento Strikes First In Key Series

July 20, 2019

Score one for the River Cats.

Sacramento struck first, picking up an 8-6 win over the Rainiers in the opening game of a key stretch of games between the two clubs. The Rainiers now trail the first-place River Cats by four games, with five head-to-head battles remaining over the course of the next nine days.

The River Cats scored seven runs against Tacoma starter Sean Nolin, who had not allowed more than two runs in any of his first six appearances for Tacoma. Sacramento took an 8-1 lead into the seventh inning stretch, getting a strong outing from starting pitcher Aaron Phillips in his Triple-A debut.

As is their custom, the Rainiers rallied late to make things interesting. Tacoma scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, with Tim Lopes launching his first career grand slam.

In the ninth against Sacramento closer Fernando Abad, Eric Young Jr. and Lopes hit back-to-back singles with one out, putting the tying runners on base. But Abad was able to retire Ryan Court and Jaycob Brugman to end the game, and Sacramento had the 8-6 win.

Now there is a little pressure on the Rainiers to even the series tonight. Nabil Crismatt will make his first start since being promoted from the Texas League, where he was leading the circuit in ERA. First pitch is at 7:05.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Sacramento scored in five of the first six innings, building an 8-1 lead before the Rainiers made things interesting at the end. A five-run rally capped by a grand slam from Tim Lopes made it 8-6 after seven, and the Rainiers put two runners on base in the ninth before falling to the River Cats, 8-6. Tacoma is four games out of first place.

ROSTER MOVES: Mac Williamson is expected to report tonight, and Mariners reliever Hunter Strickland may begin a rehabilitation assignment tonight.

TODAY: Sacramento (52-47) at Tacoma (48-51), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.

SEASON SERIES: Sacramento leads, 8-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Dereck Rodriguez (1-0, 4.63) at RHP Nabil Crismatt (0-1, 8.47)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has a 12-game hitting streak, and he had homered in three of his last five games… John Andreoli has a ten-game hitting streak, and he has reached base safely in 33 of his 37 games with Tacoma… Ian Miller leads the PCL in stolen bases with 25.

OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento went 3-2 in a five-game series at Salt Lake, and is 6-4 since the all-star break… Zach Green has hit 23 home runs, and he missed a month with an injury and has only played in 64 games… Francisco Pena has an eight-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games… Joey Rickard has reached base safely in 15 straight games… Chris Shaw went 11-for-22 in the series at Salt Lake.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sacramento has former Rainiers switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. River Cats manager Dave Brundage played, coached, and managed (2006) for Tacoma.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story in The News Tribune includes a segment on reliever David McKay.
  • Mike Leake was perfect for eight innings against the Angels last night, and he finished with a 1-hit shutout. Dan Vogelbach pulled a Lobaton, hitting two three-run homers in the same game.
  • Lauren Smith has details on Hunter Strickland‘s projected return, and more information on the progress of injured Mariners.
  • In Cooperstown, Larry Stone takes us for a walk down Main Street.

In the PCL:

  • Tied 4-4 going to the 11th inning at Reno, Fresno scored four times and hung on for an 8-5 win. Carter Kieboom‘s two-run homer was part of the 11th inning rally. Fresno is two games behind Sacramento, and two games ahead of Tacoma.
  • El Paso hit four more homers, including a go-ahead two-run shot by Michael Gettys in the top of the seventh inning, and beat Albuquerque 7-5.
  • Sheldon Neuse launched a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and Las Vegas never gave up the lead, beating Salt Lake 5-2.
  • Memphis picked up an 8-4 win at Omaha as Adolis Garcia homered twice, giving him 20 on the year. Home plate umpire Jason Starkovich had a big game, ejecting a pitcher on each team, and he also got Omaha’s manager.
  • Oklahoma City cruised to an 11-3 win over San Antonio. DJ Peters hit two homers and drove in three runs, Will Smith and Kyle Garlick also went deep, and Gavin Lux extended his hitting streak to 17 games (although his batting average fell to .515).
  • Nashville topped Iowa, 6-5, as new acquisition Nick Solak homered twice. Sounds starter Tim Dillard lasted seven innings, allowing two runs.
  • New Orleans beat Round Rock in the bottom of the tenth inning, 6-5, on a walk-off wild pitch.

After A Pair Of Lobo-Bombs, Rainiers Open Key Series Tonight

July 19, 2019

Tonight marks the start of a big series at Cheney Stadium, and an important ten-day stretch of schedule with regards to the fate of the 2019 Tacoma Rainiers.

First place Sacramento comes to town to open a three-game series tonight. After an off-day on Monday, the Rainiers hit the road and play three games in Reno, followed by three more at Sacramento. Six of the next nine games are against the River Cats.

Tacoma is three games behind Sacramento. Manager Daren Brown said he is looking at the entire six-game stretch against Sacramento, and not just the three here at home. Realistically, he’d like to see four wins in the six games, and a split is acceptable since there is still over a month of season left. As you can imagine, he’s not particularly interested in losing more than three games to the Cats.

The Rainiers caught the first break of the series, with the River Cats having pitching problems. They played a doubleheader in Salt Lake on Tuesday. Last night their parent club, the Giants, played a 16-inning game and have to make roster moves – one of which caused the scratching of tonight’s listed starter for Sacramento, Ty Blach. An emergency fill-in from Class-A San Jose named Aaron Phillips is flying in to Tacoma to make his Triple-A debut for the River Cats.

It’s going to be fun these next few days. Hopefully you can make it out to the park this weekend!

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Jose Lobaton hit a pair of three-run homers as the Rainiers knocked out Las Vegas, 9-3, and earned a split of the four-game series. It was Lobaton’s first multi-home run game since August 25, 2008 when he was playing for (then) Double-A San Antonio. Tacoma’s bullpen delivered four scoreless innings to seal the win.

ROSTER MOVES: Mac Williamson, who was was outrighted to Tacoma on Wednesday, is expected to arrive in town late tonight and be activated on Saturday.

TODAY: Sacramento (51-47) at Tacoma (48-50), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Dave Brundage.

SEASON SERIES: Sacramento leads, 7-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Aaron Phillips (–) at LHP Sean Nolin (3-0, 2.45)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has an 11-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has a nine-game hitting streak… Ian Miller leads the PCL in stolen bases with 25.

OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento went 3-2 in a five-game series at Salt Lake, and is 5-4 since the all-star break… Zach Green has hit 23 home runs, and he missed a month with an injury and has only played in 64 games… Francisco Pena has a seven-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games… Joey Rickard has reached base safely in 14 straight games… Chris Shaw went 11-for-22 in the series at Salt Lake.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sacramento has former Rainiers switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. River Cats manager Dave Brundage played, coached, and managed (2006) for Tacoma.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune includes a detailed section on reliever Gerson Bautista.
  • The Mariners start a long homestand tonight and Lauren Smith has a preview.
  • It’s trade season (Jerry Dipoto scoffs and says “it’s always trade season, you imbeciles!”) so Ryan Divish has a look at the Mariners trade chips.

In the PCL:

  • Salt Lake beat Sacramento, 9-6, as former Rainiers infielder Nick Franklin drove a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning for the Bees. Wilfredo Tovar added a three-run blast. Brennon Lund has been playing better for the Bees.
  • Fresno overcame an 8-2 deficit by scoring seven runs in the top of the sixth inning and went on to beat Albuquerque, 10-9. Andrew Stevenson had three hits for the Grizzlies.
  • El Paso hit four homers and had solid pitching in a 7-4 win at Reno. The Chihuahuas crossed the 200 home run mark – only one PCL team had hit 200 home runs in a season since 2000, and that was Fresno in 2017 with exactly 200.
  • Erick Mejia‘s sac fly in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Omaha a 10-9 win over New Orleans.
  • Red-hot Trent Grisham and Hernan Perez each hit three doubles as San Antonio won its eighth straight game, 5-3 over Nashville.
  • Memphis doubled up Round Rock, 10-5, as John Nogowski hit a pair of homers for the Redbirds.
  • Oklahoma City scored nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Iowa, 18-5. Iowa catcher Taylor Davis pitched the top of the ninth and gave up three homers. Kyle Garlick homered three times for the Dodgers (two off real pitchers), and Gavin Lux went 5-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Rain Gets Rainiers In The End

July 18, 2019

The Rainiers got a raw deal on Wednesday night, from something we are very familiar with here in Tacoma.

Tacoma lost to Las Vegas in a rain-shortened game, 3-0. The game was called after five innings – the bare minimum when the home team is trailing for it to be an official game, and not a suspended game.

If the tarp had been pulled just one batter earlier – with two outs in the fifth – the game would have been suspended, it would be resumed today, and the Rainiers would have four more innings to try to come back and win it. Instead, that last out in the fifth was made, then the umps called for the tarp knowing it was an official game.

The rain stopped about 30 minutes later, the tarp was pulled off, and the grounds crew was working on the field when the game was called. The umpires determined that the infield was unplayable – a ruling that Rainiers manager Daren Brown disagreed with. He wasn’t pleased about the five-inning loss, he wanted his team to get a chance to win the game, and he thought that the Rainiers grounds crew could have made the field playable pretty quickly. But the umpire’s decision is final, and that was that.

Darren McCaughan‘s first start for the Rainiers this year was… okay? He allowed three runs in five innings, pitching in rainy conditions. He walked two and struck out five. The 23-year-old gave up seven hits, with three two-out hits driving in all three runs he allowed. Several Las Vegas hitters were able to foul off a lot of pitches with two strikes, causing McCaughan to need 92 pitches to get through five innings. He’ll start again next week in Reno.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Las Vegas shut out Tacoma, 3-0, in a five-inning rain-shortened game. Tanner Anderson was credited with a complete game 5-hitter for the Aviators. Tacoma missed multiple scoring opportunities, drawing five walks and collecting five hits in the five innings, but hit into two double plays and left eight runners on base.

ROSTER MOVES: Mac Williamson, who was was outrighted to Tacoma on Wednesday, is not likely to report until the weekend.

TODAY: Las Vegas (56-41) at Tacoma (47-50), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.

SEASON SERIES: Las Vegas leads, 4-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Jake Buchanan (3-5, 5.98) at LHP Anthony Misiewicz (4-5, 6.92)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has a ten-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has an eight-game hitting streak… Ian Miller leads the PCL in stolen bases with 25.

OPPONENT NEWS: The Aviators just beat Salt Lake in a four-game series, 3-1. Las Vegas scored 44 runs during the series, and has scored ten or more runs 23 times this year… Mark Payton has hits in 14 of his last 15 games, and he homered six times in a three-game span which ended on Tuesday… Sheldon Neuse has hit safely in ten of his last 11 games… Corban Joseph leads the league with a .384 batting average… Jorge Mateo has hit 13 triples this year, which leads the PCL.

FAMILIAR FACES: Las Vegas catcher Cameron Rupp finished last season as a member of the Rainiers. Pitching coach Rick Rodriguez was a reliever for the Tacoma Tigers in the late 1980s.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune includes a section on pitcher Nabil Crismatt.
  • The Mariners lost in Oakland yesterday, again.
  • Larry Stone writes that Lou Piniella should be going into the Hall of Fame with Edgar Martinez.
  • All of the Seattle Times stories for what they are calling Edgar Week can be found right here.
  • The Mariners parted ways with short-season Everett Aqua Sox manager Jose Moreno mid-season after 19 years in the organization. There have been an inordinate number of mid-season manager changes in the M’s farm system recently.

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento beat Salt Lake, 8-5, getting home runs from Mike Gerber, Levi Michael, and Francisco Pena. The River Cats have opened up a three-game lead in the Pac-North.
  • Fresno lost at Albuquerque, 9-4. Sam Hilliard had three hits including his 27th home run of the season, and Yonder Alonso contributed a triple and a homer for the ‘Topes.
  • Trailing 7-2 going to the top of the ninth, El Paso scored seven runs and beat Reno, 9-7. Aderlin Rodriguez had the go-ahead two-run single.
  • There was another comeback in Des Moines: Iowa scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Oklahoma City, 7-5. Donnie Dewees had a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run triple for the Cubs. Gavin Lux homered twice and drove in all five Oklahoma City runs (they are playing an early game today and the guy already has three more hits). Iowa starter Adbert Alzolay left with an injury.
  • Omaha took down New Orleans, 11-10, on a sac fly in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ryan O’Hearn belted a pair of homers for the Chasers.
  • San Antonio extended its win streak to seven straight games with a 7-5 win over Nashville. Cory Spangenberg had three hits and drove in three runs.
  • Round Rock’s Joshua Rojas homered twice and rehabilitating Carlos Correa had three hits in an 11-8 win over Memphis.

Rainiers Pitch Shutout; Outlook Becomes More Optimistic

July 17, 2019

The Rainiers played an outstanding, clean game in a 2-0 win over Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon, and the recent string of events has led to some optimism regarding the team’s playoff chances.

Yes, Tacoma is still under .500, but the Rainiers are only three games behind first place Sacramento (who is coming to town for a three-game series this weekend). Fresno is still ahead of Tacoma, too, but they aren’t playing well at the moment and the Rainiers could catch them as soon as tonight.

Tacoma has gone 4-2 since the all-star break. The Rainiers have added youth to the starting rotation, with Darren McCaughan making his first start tonight.

Eric Young Jr. is healthy again, and his veteran baserunning trickery helped lead to the win yesterday (the plan is to talk to him about this play on the radio pregame show tonight).

Today we learned that Mac Williamson cleared and was outrighted to Tacoma. While he struggled in Seattle, Williamson has potential crusher in the middle of the Rainiers lineup. He bring a serious home run threat to a team that has not had one all season.

The Rainiers will miss Kristopher Negron, who was called up by the Mariners last night. Negron was leading the team in homers and RBI, and his ability to play any position is extremely handy for the manager. Ideally, Williamson replaces Negron in the lineup and provides a more powerful version of Negron’s production.

This Las Vegas series is a good test; they are an excellent team. Tacoma pitching has held them down for the first two games of the series, limiting the Aviators to just five hits in each game.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma pitched its eighth shutout of the year yesterday afternoon, as Andrew Moore, Ryan Garton and Parker Markel combined on a 5-hitter in a 2-0 win. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Eric Young Jr. singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Ian Miller‘s ground out. Tim Lopes followed with a solo homer.

ROSTER MOVES: Finishing up the flurry of roster moves over the past two days, during yesterday’s game the Mariners announced the call-ups of reliever Erik Swanson and utility man Kristopher Negron. Today Mac Williamson was outrighted to Tacoma, where he should make an immediate impact on the lineup.

TODAY: Las Vegas (55-41) at Tacoma (47-49), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 3-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Tanner Anderson (5-4, 6.00) at RHP Darren McCaughan (-)

McCaughan was promoted from Double-A Arkansas yesterday. He was 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA there, ranking third in the Texas League in ERA. He struck out 89 and walked only 10 in 102.2 IP.

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has nine-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has an eight-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has a seven-game hitting streak, with five homers… Ian Miller leads the PCL in stolen bases with 25.

OPPONENT NEWS: The Aviators just beat Salt Lake in a four-game series, 3-1. Las Vegas scored 44 runs during the series, and has scored ten or more runs 23 times this year… Mark Payton had his 13-game hitting streak end yesterday. He had hit six homers over the prior three games… Sheldon Neuse saw his nine-game hitting streak end yesterday… Corban Joseph leads the league with a .388 batting average… Jorge Mateo has hit 13 triples this year, which leads the PCL.

FAMILIAR FACES: Las Vegas catcher Cameron Rupp finished last season as a member of the Rainiers. Pitching coach Rick Rodriguez was a reliever for the Tacoma Tigers in the late 1980s.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The News Tribune has a Tacoma Rainiers game story, featuring Andrew Moore.
  • The Mariners got walloped by Oakland, 9-2, and after the game there were complaints about the umpires?
  • Edgar Martinez will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, and Ken Griffey Jr. can’t wait.
  • It’s nice to see an older player win the WSOP Main Event. There is hope for me yet!

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento split a doubleheader at Salt Lake. The Bees won the first game, 12-5, as Jose Rojas went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two homers, four runs scored, and four RBI. Sacramento took the second game, 8-6, when Anthony Garcia hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the top of the seventh.
  • Albuquerque starter Tim Melville shut down Fresno for a 7-2 win at Isotopes Park. Josh Fuentes hit a three-run homer for the ‘Topes.
  • El Paso topped Reno, 6-5 in a game that was suspended in the 11th inning back on April 15th. Tyler Higgins recorded a tough save for the Chihuahuas. The regularly scheduled game went to Reno, 5-3, as Ben Lively pitched five shutout innings.
  • Oklahoma City catcher Will Smith homered twice and drove in seven runs in a 13-4 win at Iowa. Shortstop Gavin Lux had four more hits; he’s batting .500 (27-for-54) since being promoted from Double-A.
  • Hot-hitting Trent Grisham homered in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap a tie and lead San Antonio to a 6-5 win over Nashville.
  • Cy Sneed delivered seven scoreless innings for Round Rock in a 4-1 defeat of Memphis.
  • Omaha’s Ryan O’Hearn homered and drove in four runs in a 9-8 win over New Orleans.

Rainiers Look To Bounce Back In Day Game

July 16, 2019

Early start today, with the 11:35 AM first pitch, so let’s get to the info “box.”

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma let one get away on Monday night, dropping a 5-4 decision to Las Vegas. Reliever Reggie McClain suffered a rare lapse in control, walking two batters with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to allow the tying and winning runs to score. Tim Lopes hit a three-run homer and added a single, scoring the Rainiers other run. Ryan Court had two hits but saw his streak of games with a home run end at five.

ROSTER MOVES: Following up on yesterday’s moves, the Rainiers released veteran pitchers Jon Niese and Tyler Cloyd, and added Nabil Crismatt from Double-A Arkansas and Parker Markel from Seattle. Today the team expects to add the recently optioned reliever David McKay to the active roster, and starter Darren McCaughan from Arkansas, while two unnamed players are joining the Mariners (we’re supposed to wait for Seattle to announce that, even though they have been gone since Sunday).

TODAY: Las Vegas (55-40) at Tacoma (46-49), 11:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.

SEASON SERIES: Las Vegas leads, 3-2.

PITCHERS: RHP Paul Blackburn (7-2, 5.04) at RHP Andrew Moore (0-2, 13.50)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has an eight-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has a seven-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has a six game hitting streak, with five homers… Ian Miller leads the PCL in stolen bases with 25.

OPPONENT NEWS: The Aviators just beat Salt Lake in a four-game series, 3-1. Las Vegas scored 44 runs during the series, and has scored ten or more runs 23 times this year… Mark Payton has a 13-game hitting streak, he has hit six homers over the last three games, and he won the PCL Player of the Week award today… Sheldon Neuse has a nine-game hitting streak, and he is batting .405 since June 13… Corban Joseph leads the league with a .390 batting average… Jorge Mateo has hit 13 triples this year, which leads the PCL.

FAMILIAR FACES: Las Vegas catcher Cameron Rupp finished last season as a member of the Rainiers. Pitching coach Rick Rodriguez was a reliever for the Tacoma Tigers in the late 1980s.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 11:20 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento banged out 20 hits, took a 12-3 lead into the 7th Inning Stretch… and barely held on for a 12-11 win at Salt Lake. Chris Shaw went 5-for-6 with two doubles and a homer. The River Cats opened up a 1.5-game lead in the North.
  • Albuquerque continued its hot play since the break, taking down Fresno 6-2. Chris Rusin and Nelson Gonzalez combined to hold Fresno to two runs over the first seven innings. Fun story on how the ‘Topes are winning because… they are skipping batting practice???
  • Yasmany Tomas launched a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and kept adding on to beat El Paso, 9-2. Matt Koch held the Chihuahuas to one run over eight innings.
  • Iowa ace Colin Rea went eight innings and beat Oklahoma City, 5-2. Rea is the first PCL pitcher to reach 11 wins.
  • Isan Diaz had three hits and two RBI to lead New Orleans to a 6-3 win at Omaha. Not sure why the Marlins haven’t called this guy up yet.
  • San Antonio blasted Nashville, 11-1. Trent Grisham and Cory Spangenberg each had three hits to support rehabilitating starter Gio Gonzalez.
  • Round Rock had both Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz on rehab assignments, yet still lost to Memphis, 8-6.

Court Waits Until End Of Session To Deliver Verdict

July 15, 2019

Rainiers first baseman Ryan Court waited until the bottom of the ninth inning – when it was most crucial – to extend his home run streak in the Rainiers 5-4 win over Reno on Sunday afternoon.

Tacoma was trailing 4-3 with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning when Court jumped on a Jimmie Sherfy fastball and smashed it to left-center for a game-tying homer. The Rainiers went on to win the game in the bottom of the tenth inning, 5-4, on Jake Fraley‘s bases loaded RBI single.

Court has now homered in his last five games. He matched Mike Zunino in 2016 and Carlos Peguero in 2012 as the most recent Rainiers players to homer in five straight games.

He also moved closer to the PCL record of seven straight games with a homer. Can he keep it going tonight? First pitch is at 7:05.

The Las Vegas Aviators make their first appearance of the season at Cheney Stadium tonight, for the opener of a four-game series (which includes an early game on Tuesday, at 11:35).

Formerly the Las Vegas 51s, the franchise had a total makeover during the offseason: new team name, new ballpark, and new affiliate (Oakland A’s).

Vegas has a good team. They are 14 games over .500, with a very potent offense. The A’s have made few transactions involving batters this year, so the Las Vegas lineup has been intact for the majority of the season.

Infielder Jorge Mateo is one of the most electric players in the PCL, due to his blazing speed and quick-twitch athleticism. Keep an eye on him if you come out to a game this week.

The Rainiers have only played four games against Las Vegas so far this season, going 2-2 at the new Las Vegas Ballpark in May. That means there are 12 games left between the two teams over the final 46 games of the season. We’re gonna be seeing a lot of these guys, starting tonight.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma beat the Aces in ten innings, 5-4, and won the series three games to one. Ryan Court homered to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Jake Fraley drove in the winning run with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the tenth. Tyler Cloyd delivered four innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.

ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Rainiers added left-hander Nate Fisher from Everett to serve as an extra long-man in the bullpen. Today the Mariners activated reliever Sam Tuivailala from the injured list, and optioned relievers David McKay and Parker Markel to Tacoma. There are reports that Mariners reliever Brandon Brennan will begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Rainiers tonight.

TODAY: Las Vegas (54-40) at Tacoma (46-48), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

PITCHERS: RHP Parker Dunshee (2-4, 6.27) at RHP Mike Wright (0-1, 2.66)

HOT HITTERS: Kristopher Negron is batting .429 with 27 hits and 14 RBI over his last 15 games. He has a streak of 21 straight games reaching base by hit or walk.… Ian Miller leads the PCL in stolen bases with 25… Tim Lopes has a seven-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has a six-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has a five game hitting streak, with five homers.

OPPONENT NEWS: The Aviators just beat Salt Lake in a four-game series, 3-1. Las Vegas scored 44 runs during the series, and has scored ten or more runs 23 times this year… Mark Payton has a 12-game hitting streak, he has hit five homers over the last two games, and he won the PCL Player of the Week award today… Sheldon Neuse has an eight-game hitting streak, and he is batting .410 since June 13… Corban Joseph leads the league with a .393 batting average… Jorge Mateo has hit 13 triples this year, but he has played sparingly around the all-star break.

FAMILIAR FACES: Las Vegas catcher Cameron Rupp finished last season as a member of the Rainiers. Pitching coach Rick Rodriguez was a reliever for the Tacoma Tigers in the late 1980s.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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In the PCL:

  • Tied 2-2 after eight innings, Fresno scored three runs in the top of the ninth and needed them all in a 5-4 win at Sacramento, earning a split of the four-game series. Brandon Snyder homered twice, including a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning. Fresno is a half-game out of first, with Tacoma 2.5 games back.
  • Mark Payton homered twice and drove in four runs as Las Vegas took apart Salt Lake, 11-4. Payton hit three homers on Saturday night – that’s five homers in two games.
  • Albuquerque had another big second inning at El Paso, this time scoring five runs on the way to a 12-3 win. Pat Vailaka went 5-for-5 with two homers and six RBI. The ‘Topes took three-of-four at El Paso.
  • Round Rock’s Joshua Rojas hit a game-ending three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 10-8 win over Iowa.
  • San Antonio leadoff man Trent Grisham was 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in a 9-5 win over visiting Omaha.
  • All-Star infielder Isan Diaz belted his 21st homer for New Orleans in a 9-3 win at Nashville.