Gaviglio Delivers Strong Start

Tacoma opened the eight-game homestand in style on Friday night, defeating Round Rock 5-3 behind a great start from Sam Gaviglio.

Gaviglio had never pitched a complete game or a shutout before, and he had a chance to do it on Friday – but he was going to need a very quick ninth. After eight innings, his pitch count was 98 – six higher than his previous season-high of 92.

Acting manager Cory Snyder let him start the inning, but Rougned Odor had a seven-pitch at-bat which ended with a double to start the inning. After Gaviglio got Jake Smolinski to line out, he was at 108 pitches and they decided to get him out of there.

The Express ended up scoring three runs in the ninth, but Tacoma held on for the win. Gaviglio was charged with one run in 8.1 innings – which was the longest start of his career.

Today should be the final day of the Rainiers graduation coaching carousel. Manager Pat Listach is still away for his son’s graduation, and pitching coach Jaime Navarro is missing tonight’s game to attend his daughter’s graduation.

For today’s game, Cory Snyder is the manager, Terry Clark the pitching coach, and Lee May Jr. the hitting coach. Clark and May are roving instructors in the Mariners farm system.

Here’s something cool: tonight is Tacoma Public Schools Night at Cheney Stadium, and the Rainiers are going to be wearing jerseys designed by middle schooler Tony Ngyuen. He won the contest for best design – his jerseys look sharp.

Read more about the contest, the winner, and what the purpose of this whole thing is right here.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio had his best game of the year, carrying a shutout into the ninth inning of the Rainiers 5-3 win last night. Carlos Rivero hit a two-run triple for Tacoma, and Ketel Marte drove in two runs.

That Happened: After hitting two triples on Thursday in Omaha, Shawn O’Malley hit another one last night last night. That’s three triples in two days for O’Malley.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Mariners called up two Tacoma relief pitchers: Lucas Luetge and Dom Leone, to fill in for James Paxton (disabled list) and Joe Beimel (restricted list for a few days). Tacoma did not immediately receive any replacements.

Today: Round Rock (30-17) at Tacoma (20-29), 5:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Round Rock is the Texas Rangers affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Alec Asher (0-0, 5.06) at RHP Forrest Snow (1-4, 3.00)

Injury Update: Stefen Romero has missed seven straight games with a hip flexor; he said yesterday he’s feeling better.

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez is 10-for-22 over his last six games. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 12.1 innings pitched.

Look Out For:The Rainiers held Round Rock’s three hottest hitters hitless yesterday. Tyler Pastornicky, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Strausborger each entered the series red-hot and went 0-for-yesterday.

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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story notes that Sam Gaviglio‘s long outing came at a very good time.
  • Taijuan Walker brought his A-game and the Mariners edged the Cleveland Indians on Friday, 2-1.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has the latest on James Paxton‘s injury and possible replacements in the starting rotation.
  • In the PCL, top shortstop prospects Carlos Correa and Corey Seager are going head-to-head as Fresno opened a four-game series at Oklahoma City. Neither did anything last night, when Oklahoma City won the opener 2-1.
  • Reno had a strong start from Robbie Ray and knocked off New Orleans, 4-2.
  • They said the River Cats would stop winning when they switched from the A’s to the Giants, and so far that prediction appears true. Sacramento set a new franchise record with its tenth consecutive loss in an 8-3 defeat at Colorado Springs.
  • In the Battle of Yohan, Albuquerque bludgeoned Omaha, 12-3. Yohan Flande got the win and Yohan Pino took the loss.
  • El Paso cruised to a 14-2 win over the Iowa Cubs.
  • Kyle Kubitza homered in the 12th inning to give Salt Lake a 5-3 win at Memphis.
  • Nashville’s Chris Bassitt pitched well in a 2-1 victory over Las Vegas.

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