Rainiers Take Opener

James Gillheeney had a strong start and the Rainiers picked up an 8-1 win in the series opener at first-place Nashville on Friday night.

Gillheeney allowed one run over six innings in his longest start of the season, earning his second win.

He benefited from an encouraging trend the past few days: early run support.

Tacoma scored two runs in the second inning, and then three more in the fourth against Brewers prospect Taylor Jungmann. This marked the third straight game in which Tacoma has scored five runs by the end of the fourth inning.

The win was the Rainiers second in a row, and Tacoma is now 3-2 on this road trip. The club has gone 5-5 over the last ten games, which is certainly an improvement after the rough month of May.

Tonight the Rainiers will go for their third straight win, but they face veteran lefty Brad Mills and his 86 mph invisible fastball. Mills ranks second in the PCL with a 1.57 ERA.

Saturday’s game starts at 4:35 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (0-1, 6.30) against Nashville LHP Brad Mills (4-1, 1.57).

There was one roster move yesterday: starter Matt Palmer was placed on the 7-day disabled list, and Forrest Snow takes his spot on the roster and in the starting rotation. Snow will pitch Sunday.

Palmer has some shoulder inflammation but it sounds like a very minor situation. He hopes to miss just one start.



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