What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas

You know the slogan.

And that’s why we can’t talk about last night’s game – it happened in Vegas, so it’s on the super down-low don’t even talk about it!

Well, that was my plan for this post, but that’s probably just not a good idea.

The Rainiers lost, 15-5, and it wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.

Las Vegas had 12 runs by the end of the third inning, and it was 15-2 in the sixth.

Mauricio Robles started and he struggled to throw strikes, and when he did they got hit hard. The latter part is the surprise – usually when he’s in the zone, he doesn’t get hit. Robles was “touched” for eight runs in two innings.

Brian Sweeney followed and he allowed his first runs of the season – six of them, to be exact, and it was all over.

Today is a new day, and we have a nice 12:05 first pitch for the series final at Cashman Field. The Rainiers can salvage a split of the series with a win. Tacoma starts RHP Forrest Snow (0-2, 7.23) against Vegas RHP Scott Richmond (1-2, 8.59). You can catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.


  • We lead off with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. Read it if you dare.
  • The Rainiers are offering $5 tickets through the end of May – check out the video for… information? Laughs?
  • Here is my Minor League Notebook on longtime Rainiers Brian Sweeney and Cesar Jimenez, plus notes.
  • The Mariners four-game winning streak came to an end yesterday in Toronto.
  • John McGrath has a great column about fickle fans. Cliff’s Notes: it’s a long season, you guys.
  • Brendan Ryan is struggling at the plate.
  • Larry LaRue has two amusing anecdotes in the Mariners notebook.
  • Larry Stone’s Sunday Stuff includes a feature on Harvey Haddix, a notebook that includes stuff about a local kid, and power rankings.
  • The always interesting “21 Greatest Days” blog focused on friend-of-this-blog Pat Rice today. Rice is a former Mariner and Mariners minor league pitching coach who is now coaching for Fresno.
  • In the PCL, the Las Vegas paper has a story on 51s starting pitcher Jesse Chavez and his amazing April.
  • Reno outfielder Adam Eaton is playing well (good story here about misidentification and a bank error), and the Aces won their third in a row at Salt Lake.
  • The Bees are going to have to adjust to life without Mike Trout.
  • Starting pitcher Andrew Kown was dealing and Fresno dropped the Sky Sox, 3-1. The Grizzlies have won 7 of 9 despite a series of transactions involving the pitching staff.
  • Tucson defeated Sacramento as Vince Belnome had a good day at the plate.
  • Omaha blew out Memphis, 12-4, as leadoff man Derrick Robinson homered twice.
  • Albuquerque nipped New Orleans in the 12th inning, 4-3.
  • The transaction carousel goes round and round, and the Iowa Cubs lost again. This time, catcher Wellington Castillo got the call.
  • Look, it’s Haley’s Comet! The Nashville Sounds won! That ends their 10-game losing streak.

Despite the ugly results the last two days, the Rainiers can get a split down here with a win. Let’s get it done!


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