Wang Sinks Dodgers

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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Let’s see if the Rainiers can make it two straight wins.

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