Tacoma Tops Vegas for 4,000th Win

The Rainiers had excellent relief pitching from Logan Bawcom and Mayckol Guaipe, who protected a one-run lead over the final three innings in a 5-4 win over Las Vegas on Monday evening.

It was the 4,000th win in Tacoma franchise history, dating back to the construction of Cheney Stadium and the arrival of Triple-A baseball in 1960.

And while we’re bragging, let’s note that Tacoma reached 4,000 wins before it reached 4,000 losses. The loss counter has been stuck at 3,981 for the last two days.

This is the 56th season of Triple-A baseball in Tacoma. We’ll probably get to 5,000 wins in 2028 or 2029. See you there?

Medina Traded

Early this morning the Mariners traded Tacoma relief Pitcher Yoervis Medina to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Welington Castillo.

Medina had been pitching well for Tacoma since being optioned to Triple-A in early May. He allowed just one hit and one run in 5.2 innings, earning a win and a save in four games.

Castillo has had a disappointing start to his season in Chicago. Relegated to a back-up role after the Cubs added Miguel Montero during the winter, Castillo has just 43 at-bats so far. He’s hitting .163 with two homers.

Last year Castillo hit .237 with 13 home runs in 380 at-bats, and in 2013 he batted .274 with eight homers in the same number of ABs. Castillo, 28, is a lifetime 256/324/400 hitter in the majors.

Early reports indicate that Castillo will join the Mariners and someone will be sent to Tacoma in order to open a spot for him.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, and that was enough for a 5-4 win over Las Vegas. Ketel Marte hit a three-run homer and Jesus Montero had a two-run blast.

Today: Las Vegas (25-14) at Tacoma (17-22) 11:35 AM.

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

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Duane Below (2-2, 3.47) at RHP Forrest Snow (1-3, 3.29)

It’s pronounced BEE-low, which is kind of a bummer.

Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte hit another home run yesterday, making it two straight games (and he has hit a homer from each side of the plate). Marte leads the PCL with a .348 batting average and his 54 hits tops the circuit. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe earned the save yesterday; he has allowed one run in his last 13 innings.

Look Out For: Las Vegas. The 51s have not lost a series yet this season, but the Rainiers have ’em on the ropes.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:20 AM (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.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Bob Dutton has more on the trade the Mariners made this morning.
  • Here’s a nice feature on Double-A Jackson’s Dario Pizzano, who had his 25-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday.
  • Brad Miller has been on a roll and won the AL Player of the Week award.
  • Larry Stone writes that Dustin Ackley needs a change of scenery.
  • John McGrath writes James Paxton appears to have turned a corner, and that perhaps Brad Miller should hit leadoff.
  • Former Rainiers outfielder Adam Jones is cutting down his strikeouts.
  • In the PCL, Albuquerque had one of those days: the starting pitcher got scratched, his replacement injured his leg after eight pitches and had to leave the game, and Sacramento battered the rest of the pitching staff for a 12-5 win.
  • Reno scored eight runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-2 lead at El Paso – and then saw the Chihuahuas score six in the bottom of the inning, and then seven more in the sixth inning. The Chee-Wahs won it, 15-9.
  • Salt Lake slowed down Reno, claiming two victories yesterday.
  • New Orleans starter Jose Urena improved to 4-0, 1.21 after downing Nashville, 4-1.
  • Ty Kelly homered for Memphis in a 5-1 win against Omaha. Omaha is struggling to score runs.
  • Funny stuff from Oklahoma City Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill in this story about a 3-2 loss to Iowa. Apparently Iowa’s Taylor Davis is red-hot – the Rainiers play Iowa next, on Thursday.
  • Colorado Springs would play baseball against Round Rock, if only it would stop raining.

Hey, our monthly day off is Wednesday – and I ain’t blogging. The next blog post will come on Thursday from the heart of America: Des Moines, Iowa.

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