Tacoma’s Chien-Ming Wang turned back the clock on Saturday night.
The 35-year-old veteran pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout and the Rainiers won the opening game in Oklahoma City, 2-0.
Wang generated 18 ground ball outs, which is amazing. There were six fly ball outs, two strikeouts, and a big pickoff of a runner at third base.
Clearly, the sinker was working.
It was Wang’s first shutout since 2009, when he had a seven-inning shutout for Scranton while on a rehab assignment in Triple-A for the Yankees. His last nine inning shutout came in 2006 with the Yankees, when he pitched a two-hitter against Tampa Bay.
To top it off, he did this on a tough PCL travel day. Maybe he’s not bothered by the PCL travel – this is a guy who traveled to Taiwan and back between starts two weeks ago (with permission, to take care of a family matter). Tacoma to Oklahoma City is nothing compared to that.
It was Tacoma’s second complete game shutout of the season. Justin Germano tossed a seven-hitter against El Paso on June 28, in his final appearance before leaving for Korea.
Yesterday: Chien. Ming. Wang.
Sleep Hours: Ten. Ten glorious hours of sleep after the no-sleep travel day. It was wonderful.
Today: Tacoma (57-64) at Oklahoma City (72-48), 4:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Dodgers.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Edgar Olmos (1-1, 3.55) at RHP Joe Wieland (8-5, 4.90).
Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor didn’t get a hit last night, but he walked for the 14th time in his last ten games. Taylor has batted .400 (22-for-55) since being optioned to Tacoma… Steve Baron has homered twice in his last three appearances… Stefen Romero has six hits in his last four games… Tony
Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 16 of his last 17 relief appearances.
Look Out For: The league’s best team. The Dodgers are 72-48 and have been in first place in their division since April. Corey Seager (Kyle’s little brother) is a shortstop who is considered one of the top prospects in the minors.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 3:50 (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 from The News Tribune details Wang’s performance and also Tacoma’s two runs.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper has reports on the Mariners recently acquired pitching prospects, and other things.
- Ryan Divish details the Ramon Flores injury and looks at some possible September call-ups.
- In a game that Felix Hernandez started, the Mariners scored ten runs and they weren’t even remotely close to winning.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is chock full of interesting tidbits.
- In the PCL, Fresno is on a record-setting win pace. The Grizzlies beat New Orleans 6-3 and have now won 13 of the last 14 games.
- The Marlins recalled outfielder Marcell Ozuna from New Orleans, and apparently he didn’t like being in the PCL very much. He said it was like being in jail.
- Things are really tightening up in the Pacific-South. First place Las Vegas was shut down by Carlos Pimentel and Iowa, 6-1. Meanwhile, El Paso coasted to a 7-1 win at Nashville and pulled within 2.5 games of first. Here’s a column from the Las Vegas paper which touches on some stadium and playoffs-related issues.
- Colorado Springs survived a rain delay and beat Reno, 7-1.
- Sacramento needed 13 innings to beat Round Rock, 3-2. It was the River Cats sixth straight win.
- Salt Lake scored a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Omaha thanks to one big error.
- A grand slam by Angelys Nina helped Albuquerque to an 8-1 win at Memphis.
- A Brewers prospect named David Denson publicly came out as gay, and he makes it sound like nobody on his team really cares. He’s a good player, too: he was the MVP of the first Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game two weeks ago.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can make it two straight wins.