The Reno Aces managed to avoid their first-ever home series loss to Tacoma by winning the final two games, including an 11-7 decision on Friday night.
Tacoma had some untimely errors which led to runs, and while the offense did produce it wasn’t enough to claim a victory.
So the Rainiers went 2-2 in Reno – certainly not a bad result, but a little disappointing after Tacoma won the first two games of the series.
Now we move on to Stage 2 of the Rainiers longest road trip of the season: yet another series with Las Vegas.
By the time this series in Vegas ends, Tacoma will have played Las Vegas 11 times in the last 19 games. It was supposed to be 12 out of 20, but one game in Tacoma was rained out and rescheduled for later in the season.
Las Vegas just swept a road series at Salt Lake, and their record of 25-10 is the best in all of Triple-A baseball. The Rainiers have played them tough, though: Tacoma is 3-4 against Las Vegas so far this season.
Saturday’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 Andrew Carraway (2-1, 3.38) against Las Vegas RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 3.58).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners were shut down by former Rainiers and M’s pitcher Jason Vargas.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has an update on James Paxton, among other items.
- Is time running out on Brad Miller? I’m very surprised he has struggled so much offensively this season.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas completed a four-game road sweep at Salt Lake with a 6-3 win yesterday. Rafael Montero was working on a no-hitter with one out in the sixth but was lifted due to his pitch count. Salt Lake star Efren Navarro was called up by the Angels.
- Fresno ripped three homers and beat El Paso 8-1 while roster issues loomed over the team.
- Sacramento blew out Albuquerque 12-3, but River Cats broadcaster and ping-pong expert Johnny Doskow got lit up in a battle against Isotopes infielder Miguel Rojas. Kudos to the Albuquerque Journal for covering this showdown.
- Omaha out-slugged Round Rock 11-8, despite a grand slam by Express catcher Chris Gimenez. The Storm Chasers lost second baseman Johnny Giavotella to the big leagues.
- Oklahoma City had excellent pitching in a 3-2 win over Memphis. Redbirds shortstop Pete Kozma remembered his finest moment.
- Colorado Springs tried to rally in the ninth but came up short in a 9-7 loss to Nashville.
- New Orleans had its game against Iowa rained out. Based on this story, it seems that the last thing the Zephyrs need right now is more free time.
That’s it for today – it’s a travel day, gotta shut down the computer and keep moving.