We’ve landed safely in Vegas and the city is hopping – the holiday weekend is here, and revellers are already streaming into town.
Sadly, we’re here for a work trip – but at least it will be a fun work trip, as both the Rainiers and Las Vegas are playing good baseball.
Tacoma has won 9 of the last 14 games, after splitting last night’s doubleheader with Nashville. The Rainiers had a season-best four-game winning streak end with the 3-2 loss in game two, but still Tacoma won the series with Nashville, three games to one.
It was Tacoma’s second series win of the year – the Rainiers took three of four from Tucson at home earlier.
I talked a lot about this on the air last night, but Vegas is as hot as a baseball team can be right now. The 51s have won nine out of the last ten, and they have gone 19-4 over their last 23 games. Still, they trail Sacramento by two games in their division.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05. Tacoma starts LHP Chris Seddon (1-2, 5.70) against Las Vegas RHP Michael McDonald (2-1, 5.94). The game will be broadcast live on 850 AM and streaming online.
- In his Rainiers game story, Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes about how the Rainiers starting pitchers are improving.
- John McGrath is excited about the Mariners-Yankees series. So am I. Geoff Baker breaks the series down simply: it’s good hitting vs. good pitching.
- Larry Stone at the Seattle Times has a detailed article about how the Mariners youth movement is coming fast. Lots of current Rainiers are featured in this story.
- Former Rainiers and Mariners infielder Jose Lopez was shipped out by the Colorado Rockies.
- In the PCL, the Rainiers are only one game behind second-place Salt Lake. Apparently the Bees are getting frustrated.
- Las Vegas finished a 7-1 road trip – matching a road trip from 1989 as the best in franchise history. Don’t be afraid to cool down a little, 51s!
- More trouble: Vegas infielder Brett Lawrie ranks very high on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- Michael Taylor is hot and Sacramento keeps winning.
- Apparently New Orleans third baseman Matt Dominguez is the second coming of Adrian Beltre. Too bad he was hurt when Tacoma played them or I might have an opinion on this.
- Omaha split a doubleheader with Tucson.
- The Iowa Cubs clubbie is the star of this feature on PCL getaway days.
The annual Punk Rock Bowling festival starts tomorrow and it is just two or three blocks from our hotel. I hope this place is teeming with aggressively mohawked punkers all weekend – the juxtaposition between that, the baseball group, and the holiday weekend revellers should be truly entertaining.