The Rainiers opened the game hitting and didn’t stop for quite a while on Monday night in Las Vegas.
Tacoma scored six runs before making the first out in the first inning, and eventually beat the Las Vegas 51s, 19-5.
It was the fifth straight win for Tacoma – and that’s now the team’s longest win streak of the season. The Rainiers have won 13 of the last 17 road games.
At 38-41, the Rainiers are three games under .500. Tacoma has not been two games under since it was 3-5 going into the home opener.
Tacoma has scored 40 runs on 51 hits in the first three games of this series, and the Rainiers will go for a sweep today.
I was ready to bill tonight’s series finale (7:05 pm, South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online) as a potential pitcher’s duel, but now I’m not so certain. Las Vegas scheduled starting pitcher (and PCL wins leader) Brett Cecil was called up by Toronto, and their starter is unknown at this time.
Seeing how Vegas has used three different position players on the mound the last three days, they couldn’t have picked a worse day to have their starting pitcher called up on the day of his game.
Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (5-2, 4.04), who has been dealing lately. Over his last six starts, Beavan is 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA and a 32-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 39 innings.
So let’s see if the Rainiers can get their first sweep of the season. Baby steps!
- For the blow-by-blow on the 19-5 Rainiers win, check the game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners offense struggled in a 3-1 loss to Atlanta yesterday.
- Good stuff in the notebooks: Mike Carp is surprised he’s a left fielder, and Justin Smoak met one of his idols.
- Mariners Double-A prospect Nick Franklin was hit in the head by a bat during batting practice, and he was taken to the hospital. Apparently there is concern he suffered a concussion.
- In the PCL, Reno keeps scoring runs and winning big despite the call-up of Wily Mo Pena, and the Aces remain nine games ahead of Tacoma.
- Salt Lake ended a six-game home losing streak with a 7-5 win over Colorado Springs.
- Tucson moved starting pitcher Will Inman to the bullpen because he is approaching his innings limit. Tucson overcame an 11-4 deficit to beat Fresno, 12-11.
- Nashville won their fourth in a row, but the Sounds lost slugger Mat Gamel to a big-league call-up.
- Omaha split a doubleheader with Memphis to remain a half-game ahead of the Redbirds in the standings. Jeff Suppan tossed a gem in game one, Brandon Dickson returned the favor in game two.
- Outfielder Marlon Byrd is rehabilitating with the Iowa Cubs. The I-Cubs lost veteran Bobby Scales to Japan.
The Rainiers return home on Thursday for a four-game series against Fresno. Amazingly, as of yesterday there were still Reserved seats available for the huge July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza on Sunday night at 7:05, so if you don’t have your tickets yet head down to the Cheney Stadium box office today or hit the Rainiers official site and set yourself up.