Number 9… Number 9…

Las Vegas scored six runs in the first two innings and that was all she wrote on Wednesday night – the 51s coasted to a 6-1 victory.

Danny Hultzen started and left after 2.1 innings. Walks were an issue again – he allowed five – but he also gave up some hard hits in the four-run second inning, which is something we haven’t seen much of against him.

Offensively, the Rainiers couldn’t get anything going against Las Vegas starter Bill Murphy or his relievers. Tacoma had just three hits in the game, and all three were singles.

Tacoma’s bullpen once again excelled, delivering 5.2 shutout innings. Rainiers relievers have not allowed a run in 25.2 innings, spanning six games.

There was a scary moment in the ninth inning when Rainiers reliever Shawn Kelley was struck by a hard line drive off the bat of Kevin Howard. Kelley immediately left the game with trainer Tom Newberg. Kelley was hit in the right elbow as he turned away from the liner. We should get more information about the severity of the injury at the ballpark today.

The Nine Game Mega Series is all tied up, 4-4, going into the final game tonight. The entire nation will be watching as this one is for the coveted Nine Game Mega Series Trophy.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and as always you can listen to the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (5-3, 3.98) against Las Vegas LHP Brett Cecil (1-2, 2.70).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers recap from The News Tribune.
  • Rainiers players assigned to the Arizona Fall League are Nick Franklin, Vinnie Catricala, and Bobby LaFromboise.
  • The Mariners lost in ugly fashion on Wednesday night. No link because why would you want to read about that?
  • Greg Johns has a little speculation about Mariners September call-ups here.
  • This is the official song of the Nine Game Mega Series.
  • Larry Stone sold me on it – I just bought Larry LaRue’s book, “Major League Encounters.”
  • In the PCL, Reno outfielder Adam Eaton was deservedly named Most valuable Player.
  • However, Eaton has been on the disabled list while the first-place Aces have stumbled toward the finish line. Reno lost in Fresno last night, 5-4.
  • The second place Sky Sox failed to capitalize, losing in the ninth inning to Sacramento, 4-3. The River Cats clinched the Pacific-South title with the win – it’s the sixth consecutive division title for the Yankees of the PCL.
  • Tucson beat Salt Lake and eliminated the Bees from playoff contention. The story covers Mike Trout‘s impact on the PCL season.
  • The Las Vegas newspaper has a feature on 51s pitching coach Bob “Steamer” Stanley. Quality read, covering the 1986 playoffs and Stanley’s subsequent life.
  • The American-South is still up for grabs, due to the surging Oklahoma City RedHawks. They beat first-place Albuquerque for the third day in a row last night, and a sweep today would pull the RedHawks within 1.5 games with four to play.
  • Memphis was bad on the field but did well at the gate, according to this story.
  • Nashville pitched its PCL-leading 12th shutout of the season against Iowa last night.
  • Round Rock is finishing up the season hot, and their hitters are on a tear right now.

Tonight is the final game in Vegas – then it’s on to Fresno to wrap up the season.

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