Tacoma dropped the final game of the road trip in Sacramento on Thursday night, 11-7.
Rainiers pitchers totally shut down the River Cats hitters for three days in a row, but Sacramento had its comeuppance on Thursday. The River Cats pounded out 14 hits and 11 runs – heck, they even hit two homers, raising their last-in-the-PCL-by-far team total to 13 on the season.
I suppose the Rainiers were due for that, after holding Sacramento to two earned runs and a .195 team batting average over the first three games of the series.
The two teams split the four-game series, 2-2. Tacoma went 3-5 on the road trip, which got off to a rough start with three straight losses in Las Vegas.
Now Vegas comes to Tacoma, and I’m curious to see how the Rainiers fight them at home – and at sea level.
Las Vegas is easily the best team in the PCL right now, with a record of 20-8 (no other team has more than 15 wins). They have scored 201 runs – the second-best offense in the league has 159. They have two top starting pitching prospects, each of whom is set to pitch in this series (Rafael Montero on Sunday, and Noah Syndergaard on Monday).
Tacoma was close to getting swept in Vegas last weekend – the Rainiers eeked out a win by clinging to a one-run victory in the final game on Sunday.
But everything is different when the games move to Cheney Stadium, where the ball doesn’t jump out of the park like it does in Vegas. Games take a different tone, and Las Vegas hasn’t played up here yet.
I enjoy match-ups like this. A really good team is coming to Tacoma, but they will be out of their element somewhat. Who knows what will happen?
Friday’s game starts at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, —) against Las Vegas RHP Logan Verrett (1-2, 4.97).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Roenis Elias was dealing and the Mariners beat the Yankees last night, 4-2.
- Getting caught up on Mariners news is as simple as reading Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- In the PCL, Fresno shut out El Paso 7-0, and the Chihuahuas got swept in their first-ever home series. Yikes!
- I told you Las Vegas was good. They beat Reno last night, 19-2. They had 21 hits.
- Ex-Rainier Carlos Triunfel drove in ex-Rainier Trayvon Robinson in the tenth inning to give Albuquerque a 3-2 win over Salt Lake.
- He’s not quite as hot as Mike Fiers, but Round Rock’s Nick Tepesch is having a great season, too. He delivered five scoreless innings in a 3-0 win at Oklahoma City.
- Memphis topped Colorado Springs 7-5 despite two home runs from Sky Sox infielder Drew Garcia.
- Iowa lefty Tsuyoshi Wada continued his great season as his Cubs split a doubleheader with Omaha.
- Pete Orr had the game-winning RBI as Nashville topped New Orleans in 11 innings, 6-5.
- One piece of excellent reading for your Friday afternoon: former Rainiers pitcher and all-around-good-guy Brian Falkenborg inadvertently helped Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka perfect his split-finger fastball.
Friday Night Fireworks tonight – tickets will be available at the gate, no problem!