The rested Rainiers will face the Reno Aces tonight in the opening game of a four-game series in The Biggest Little City In The World.
Tacoma sends LHP Luke French (0-3, 4.29) to the mound against Reno RHP Matt Torra (1-0, 3.18). First pitch is set for 6:05 pm and you can hear the game live on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming here.
Reno is 13-6 and in first place in the division. The Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate is led by Wily Mo Pena, who is terrorizing PCL pitchers. Wily Mo has hit safely in all 15 games he has played in, and get this: he has at least one RBI in 14 of his 15 games. All told he’s batting .390 with six home runs and 22 RBI.
The Aces have two other players with 10-game hitting streaks: outfielder Cole Gillespie and catcher Konrad Schmidt.
Former Rainiers star David Winfree is producing, too: he’s hitting .305 with two homers and 18 RBI in 18 games.
- Former Tacoma Tigers manager Ed Nottle is one of the characters of the game – he once got ejected and put on the Tacoma Tiger mascot suit and went back on the field. John McGrath wrote about him in a preview of Sunday’s “Fan Go-Round.” A description of Sunday’s event including a list of players attending is on the event flyer.
- It sounds like we’ll be keeping David Aardsma on the roster for a while longer.
- Ryan Divish has a close-up on reliever Dan Cortes, who was making strides with Rainiers pitching coach Dwight Bernard before his promotion.
- Justin Smoak is hot and Erik Bedard picked up his first win since 2009 – the M’s are playing well on the road!
- We had a very rare event in the PCL on Tuesday night: Oklahoma City’s Koby Clemens (Roger’s son) hit two home runs in the same inning at Round Rock.
- Notes from Fresno: Brandon Belt has moved to the outfield, and PCL stolen base leader Emmanuel Burris was called up.
- Omaha’s Clint Robinson has been one of the top hitters in the PCL, but he gets no respect.
- The Tucson Padres have been bumped from their stadium by a mariachi festival. I did not make that up. So they’re playing Saturday’s game across town at Hi Corbett Field.
- Life in the year 2011: Ozzie Guillen got ejected in the first inning, went back to his office, and tweeted about it.
We missed Ozzy performing at our Reno hotel by three days, but the Muppets are in town. Maybe I can secure Kermit The Frog for Sunday’s feature interview.