Sampson Debuts Tonight

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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It’s weird having a night game on a Sunday, but because of the Vegas heat this is how they do it here.

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