The home portion of the Tacoma Rainiers 2014 season came to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night.
The Rainiers finished with a 38-34 record at Cheney Stadium. Twelve of the 38 home wins came in the team’s last at-bat.
That last stat made me think, as we went to the bottom of the ninth with Iowa leading 3-2, that Tacoma might have one last walk-off in ’em. But the All-PCL reliever Blake Parker shut down Tacoma in the bottom of the ninth for his league-leading 24th save, and Iowa claimed the victory.
We had another good crowd, wrapping up an excellent homestand at the gate. The crowd of 6,319 brought the Rainiers final attendance up to 305,446. That’s down from last year, only because of the eight early-season rainouts. A couple of those rainouts came on big crowd dates (Opening Night, Throwback Weekend, etc.), which added to the impact.
The Rainiers aren’t done yet. The team has five games in Fresno starting tonight and ending with the traditional Labor Day afternoon game.
Thursday’s game starts at 7:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (9-7, 3.79) against Fresno RHP Jason Berken (10-9, 4.68).
Last night the annual team awards were presented before the game. They went like this:
- Hitter of the Year: Jesus Montero
- Pitcher of the Year: Logan Kensing
- Gold Glove: Gabriel Noriega
- Community Service Award: Logan Bawcom and Forrest Snow
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners got blown out by the Rangers, 12-4. It was a rough day for Erasmo Ramirez.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has an update on Michael Saunders, among other things.
- Sacramento maintained a one-game lead over Reno in the Pac-North by scoring six runs in the eighth inning of an 8-5 win at Nashville. Things got emotional in the last game at Greer Stadium.
- Charles Brewer tossed eight strong innings and Reno completed a four-game sweep of Omaha with a 5-2 win.
- Tim Cooney picked up his league-leading 14th win (which also set a Redbirds franchise record) for Memphis in a 5-4 win over Fresno. Memphis swept that series and leads Nashville by three games in the American-South.
- Oklahoma City also finished off a sweep, downing Albuquerque 2-1. The RedHawks lead the American-North by two games over Omaha and four games over Iowa – they travel to Des Moines to finish the season.
- Las Vegas won its seventh in a row and pulled a solid prank on pitching coach Frank Viola during a 9-3 victory over Round Rock.
- Apparently these things are not related in the Springs: Colorado Springs set a franchise record for best attendance, eclipsing 350,000 for the first time. They also set a franchise record for worst home record, going 27-45.
- Brennan Boesch bashed the Salt Lake Bees to a 6-5 win over New Orleans.
At this point, it’s all about the guys trying to finish strong, tacking on a few more wins, and seeing who gets called up. I’ll have blog posts all weekend, and we’ll keep updating this thing (almost) daily through the PCL playoffs and the end of the Mariners season.