Tacoma lost the first game of the Las Vegas series, 8-4, as Roenis Elias allowed six runs and did not escape the first inning.
That meant that the bullpen covered 7.1 innings, marking the third time in four games that the Rainiers bullpen has had to cover nearly the entire game. They could use a good start tonight from Adrian Sampson, who makes his Tacoma Rainiers debut this evening.
Sampson was just acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for J.A. Happ. He’s a Pacific Northwest native: born in Issaquah, graduated from Skyline High School (Class of 2010), and two years at Bellevue Community College. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, by the Pirates.
Sampson had been pitching at Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the trade. In 21 starts there, he went 8-8, 3.98.
I had a chance to briefly chat with Sampson last night. He grew up a Mariners fan and his favorite player was Ken Griffey Jr. He said that when they told him he was traded he wasn’t pleased, but as soon as they said “to the Mariners” he got real excited.
Yesterday: Las Vegas sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs in the first inning on the way to an 8-4 win over the Rainiers. It was only the second loss in the last eight games for Tacoma.
Today: Tacoma (52-56) at Las Vegas (60-48), 7:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Adrian Sampson (—) at RHP Matthew Bowman (7-10, 5.32).
Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor went 4-for-5 with three doubles last night. John Hicks has hit safely in eight straight games, going 13-for-26 during that time. Justin Ruggiano has reached base via hit or walk in 18 straight games. Also, reliever Mayckol Guaipe has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances, covering 11 innings pitched.
Look Out For: Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has a seven-game hitting streak during which he has gone 12-for-28.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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.
- The Rainiers game story for The News Tribune has reaction from Chris Taylor and manager Pat Listach.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper is on power hitting Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill, and the PCL home run race which has taken a strange turn.
- The Mariners blew a lead in the ninth and lost to the Twins on Saturday night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook caught up with Ketel Marte. Speaking of Marte, Baseball Prospectus subscribers can read their write-up on him right here.
- New Mariners pitcher Rob Rasmussen is happy to be here.
- Ryan Divish’s Sunday baseball column is on the trade deadline aftermath.
- John McGrath has his MLB power rankings.
- In the PCL, Fresno hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the 12th inning to beat Albuquerque, 9-7. Both homers came off a position player pitching for the Isotopes. The Grizzlies are focusing on making the playoffs.
- Reno topped El Paso as Jamie Romak hit his 21st homer of the year.
- Salt Lake played as the Gulls in a 6-4 win over Sacramento on throwback night.
- Round Rock’s Michael Choice chose to end an 11-inning game against Memphis with a home run.
- Barry Zito pitched well for Nashville in a 9-4 win at Omaha, as Pat Venditte returned home.
- Oklahoma City won its second straight game as Corey Seager had four hits.
- Iowa out-slugged Colorado Springs, 13-8, and then everybody enjoyed some homemade brownies.
It’s weird having a night game on a Sunday, but because of the Vegas heat this is how they do it here.