The Rainiers moved one win away from taking home the Pacific Coast League championship trophy with an 11-7 win over Memphis on Wednesday night.
Tacoma now leads the best-of-five series, 2-0. If the Rainiers take the crown, it will be the first outright PCL title for a Tacoma team since 1969, when the Tacoma Cubs won the championship.
The Rainiers won Game Two with the longball. Tacoma belted five home runs, hit by five different players. The Rainiers had an 11-4 lead by the end of the fourth inning and hung on for the 11-7 win.
Memphis actually chipped away at the Rainiers lead a bit, but relievers Edward Paredes and Scott Patterson slammed the door in the eighth and ninth innings, preventing any drama.
After two games, Mike Wilson would have to be the series MVP. He’s 4-for-7 with two HRs and six RBI in the first two games. On a day in which five home runs were hit, Wilson’s two out, two-run single in the first inning that gave Tacoma a 3-0 lead may have been the most important hit.
There is no game today – it’s the “travel day” in the middle of the series. Action resumes on Friday with a 5:05 first pitch – I’ll post a preview tomorrow afternoon. Tacoma starts RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-2, 4.85) against Memphis RHP P.J. Walters (8-5, 3.81).
So, I have an afternoon to kill in Memphis. I’ve already been to Graceland once; I enjoyed it but once is enough. I’m thinking I might go visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Or perhaps I will succumb to the temptation of Sin. Or maybe I’ll just lie around in my hotel room and read my book before joining a few members of the Rainiers front office for a touristy dinner.
No matter what the guys do, the Rainiers probably didn’t need this off-day – the team sure has a lot of momentum right now.
Time for a few links:
- Once again the Rainiers game story in The News Tribune delivers quotes from four different players, and all of the detail of Game Two is in here.
- Here is the game story from the Memphis newspaper, with quotes from Redbirds manager Chris Maloney.
- The affiliation shuffle is underway. Round Rock officially switched to the Texas Rangers. Nashville and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their contract, leaving fewer options for Oklahoma City.
- The Mariners might play a series in Vancouver, BC next year. I just laughed aloud in my hotel room when I got to the line about possibly playing a major league game at Nat Bailey Stadium. In fact, this whole story is puzzling – the Miami stadium is unavailable because of a U2 concert three days later?
Hopefully we’ll get this thing won tomorrow, and play the Triple-A Championship Game on Tuesday in Oklahoma City!