Debuts Go Well, Late Innings Go Bad

Tacoma lost the opening game of the series against Las Vegas on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium, 6-3 in ten innings.

The Rainiers took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Vegas scored once to tie it up. The 51s then rallied for three runs in the top of the tenth, showing us why they have a conference-best 25-12 record.

The good news for Tacoma was a couple of impressive Triple-A debuts by pitchers.

Starter Stephen Landazuri lasted six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and leaving the game with a one-run lead. He was an efficient strike-thrower in his first game at this level.

Reliever Tony Zych followed him and reached the upper 90s on the radar gun while delivering two scoreless innings. Acquired from the Cubs at the end of spring training for “cash considerations,” Zych has been impressive during his seven weeks in the Mariners system.

Both pitchers will be fun to follow over the course of the summer.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma let one slip away, blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth before losing to Las Vegas in the tenth inning, 6-3.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Rainiers placed Cam Hobson on the disabled list with tightness in his pitching arm. Relievers Tony Zych (from AA-Jackson) and Rafael Pineda (from Hi-A Bakersfield) were added to the roster. Austin Jackson started a rehab assignment and went 2-for-4.

Today: Las Vegas (25-12) at Tacoma (15-22) 1:35 PM.

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

Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Matthew Bowman (2-3, 8.13) at RHP Justin Germano (2-1, 1.74)

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero was involved in all of the Tacoma offense yesterday, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning before doubling and scoring in the fourth. Romero had four homers in his last eight games. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe has allowed one run in his last 11 innings.

Look Out For: Las Vegas infielder Eric Campbell, who we highlighted here yesterday, was indeed called up by the Mets. Danny Muno has a five-game hitting streak; he doubled home the tying run in the ninth inning yesterday.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. Bob Robertson joins me on the air today (as he does for every Sunday home game).

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

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune focuses on Austin Jackson‘s rehabilitation and Pat Listach‘s removal from the game.
  • My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at Double-A Jackson left fielder Dario Pizzano‘s 24-game hitting streak and Jon Singleton‘s slammin’ week in the PCL.
  • Felix Hernandez had a rare loss of control against the Red Sox last night. The King and the Panda are neighbors in Valencia, Venezuela.
  • Brad Miller‘s move to a super-sub role reminds John McGrath of a player from the past. also, McGrath submitted his MLB Power Rankings.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook indicates the team is uncertain how long Austin Jackson’s rehab is going to last.
  • Ryan Divish analyzed the MLB teams which are off to surprisingly good starts.
  • In the PCL, Reno blasted Salt Lake 11-1 in front of a sellout crowd. The Aces have won six in a row and nine of ten.
  • El Paso kept Jon Singleton out of the grand slam column, but Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 and Fresno beat the CheeWahs, 5-3.
  • John Lannan pitched well as Albuquerque defeated Sacramento, 6-4 (no online report available).
  • New Orleans outlasted Nashville in 18 innings, 7-5. Miguel Rojas hit a two-run triple in the top of the 18th for the Zephyrs.
  • Memphis starter Tim Cooney lost a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh when Omaha’s Casey Kotchman singled. Memphis settled for a one-hitter and a 5-0 win.
  • Round Rock shredded Colorado Springs, 10-4.
  • Oklahoma City pulled off a 1-0 win over Iowa on Austin Barnes‘ game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth. I couldn’t find a story on the game, but I did find one on the OKC Dodgers groundskeeper.
  • Lots of information about how the pace-of-play improvements are working so far can be found in this story from the Omaha paper. It includes details and opinion from the PCL league office.

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