Greetings from McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, where the team has a brief layover on the way from Salt Lake to Tucson.
Tacoma earned a split of the four-game series in Salt Lake, picking up a hard-fought 6-4 victory in the final game of the series on Sunday. The win was a big one – it gave Tacoma a four-game lead in the standings, over both Salt Lake and Colorado Springs.
Now it’s on to Tucson for the first time this season. This will be a three-game series, and the Rainiers will visit Tucson again for a five-gamer at the end of August.
Tucson is good.
The Padres have won 11 of their last 15 games, moving into first place in the South – they’ve jumped past both Sacramento and Las Vegas.
Tucson has one former Rainiers player you all know: outfielder Mike Wilson, who was a Rainiers mainstay from mid-2009 until last season. He’s been swinging a hot bat lately, but at least the Rainiers should know how to pitch to him.
Another former Rainiers player – catcher Rene Rivera – was called up by San Diego yesterday.
Today’s game is at 7:05, and as always it’s on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming right here, and available via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts LHP James Paxton (5-6, 5.14) against Tucson RHP Matt Andriese (1-0, 1.50).
- For details on yesterday’s Rainiers victory, read the game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners beat the Reds and completed a successful road trip: 4-2 against a pair of potential playoff teams in Texas and Cincinnati.
- John McGrath writes that the Mariners are finally interesting.
- Colorado Springs moved into a second-place tie with Salt Lake by beating Reno in the ninth inning. The Sky Sox are adding Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler on rehab assignments. Yikes!
- It looks like Tucson may have San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso in the lineup tonight.
That’s all of the links I have time for today – we’re about to board the plane.