Rainiers Finally Return Home

The Rainiers finished up their longest road trip of the season with a 6-1 loss at Sacramento on Sunday afternoon.

The 13-day, 12-game journey included stops in Reno, Las Vegas, and Sacramento. We survived cold nights in Reno, extreme wind in Vegas, 97-degree temperatures in Sacramento, and a nightmarish 10:30 AM game with 5,000 fifth graders in attendance on a Tuesday in Vegas.

By going 4-8 on the trip, the team left home two games over .500 and returns two games under .500, at 19-21.

Now Tacoma settles in for its longest homestand of the season: 13 games in 12 days, starting tonight when the Reno Aces come to town.

Reno is an older squad, but they do have one aspect that fans who attend the games this week will enjoy watching: their middle infield defense is terrific. Shortstop Nick Ahmed is a wizard with the glove, and second baseman DiDi Gregorius is an excellent shortstop in his own right who has been pushed to the other side of the bag. These kids can really pick it; they are a joy to watch for any baseball fan.

The Rainiers went 2-2 at Reno to start this long trip, and now we’ll see if the Rainiers can beat them in a series at home.

Monday’s game starts at 6:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Matt Palmer (0-0, 3.38) against Reno RHP Bo Schultz (2-3, 5.29).

It’s a Monday home game, and that means that Pacific NW broadcast legend Bob Robertson joins me on the air. He’ll call play-by-play during the middle innings tonight.


It’s very nice to be home. Let’s see if the team can get it together for a good long stretch at Cheney Stadium.


2 Responses to Rainiers Finally Return Home

  1. Rainierfan says:

    What are the chances of Archie Bradley pitching at Cheney Stadium for Reno or is he still on the DL?

    • Mike Curto says:

      Sorry for the late answer… Bradley is out until mid-June, I was told today. Hopefully we’ll see him when Reno comes back June 30 – July 3.

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