Bonilla Pitches Well In Rainiers Loss

The Rainiers lost the game to Salt Lake on Friday night, but Tacoma may have had more fun.

With the game out of hand going to the eighth inning, Tacoma moved Leury Bonilla from third base to the mound, and the utility infielder proceeded to pitch two scoreless, no-hit innings.

It was the tenth career pitching performance for Bonilla, who has been used as a blowout pitcher throughout his career. He even got a win for the Rainiers once, pitching the top of the 14th inning against Colorado Springs in August of 2013, earning the ‘W’ when Tacoma scored in the bottom of the inning.

Now Tacoma welcomes the Las Vegas 51s to town for a four-game series which lasts through Tuesday.

Las Vegas is 24-12 and recently had a 14-game win streak, but they lost the last two games of their home series to Sacramento. Also, the Rainiers are fortunate to miss Vegas ace Steven Matz, who pitched last night so will be the one starter who does not go in this series.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Salt Lake’s Alfredo Marte lined a grand slam during a six-run fifth inning, helping the Bees to a 10-6 win over Tacoma. Salt Lake won the series, three games to one.

Today: Las Vegas (24-12) at Tacoma (15-21) 5:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Las Vegas is the New York Mets affiliate.

Season Series: Today is the first meeting between the teams.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Tyler Pill (1-0, 6.43) at RHP Stephen Landazuri (–)

This is the Triple-A debut for Landazuri, who was promoted from Double-A Jackson when Jordan Pries was placed on the disabled list. Landazuri went 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA in six starts for Jackson.

Hot Rainiers: You do not want to mess with Leury Bonilla right now. He is 7-for-13 with two homers over his last four games, and he pitched two scoreless innings yesterday despite drilling two batters.

Look Out For: Las Vegas infielder Eric Campbell is one of those guys who falls into the category of “too good for Triple-A but hasn’t carved out a big league role yet, and still has options left so he gets sent down whenever the big league team needs to adjust its roster.” I know, that’s a long category name, but Campbell isn’t the only PCL player like this. He’s hitting .440 in 50 at-bats for Vegas.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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It’s our annual Salute To Armed Forces Night at Cheney Stadium tonight. See you there!

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