Checking in from the lovely C Terminal of McCarran Airport in Las Vegas on the Rainiers travel day.
The team lost on Sunday afternoon to the Las Vegas 51s, 5-2. Las Vegas starter Scott Richmond pitched the best game he has ever thrown against Tacoma, carrying a one-hitter into the seventh inning. He was able to throw his breaking ball for strikes, and then get Rainiers hitters to chase it when he buried it in the dirt. He was sharp yesterday; didn’t look anything like the guy the Rainiers have knocked around in the past.
Tacoma scored its runs when Chih-Hsien Chiang pulled a two-run homer down the right field line in the seventh inning for his first Triple-A home run. The Rainiers managed to bring the tying run to the plate in both the eighth and the ninth innings, but couldn’t rally.
Here is the link to the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
Today is an off-day, and the team is travelling to Tucson for a three-game series that starts on Tuesday at 7:05. Early schedules showed the Rainiers playing today, but it turned out that Tucson’s stadium is being used for something else today, so we are going to play a doubleheader in Tucson on July 29.
I’ll be back with a full blog post with all of the links and a brief preview of the Tucson Padres on Tuesday afternoon. There will be lots of time for blogging in Tucson!