If the Tacoma Rainiers are going to spoil Las Vegas’s season, it’s going to happen today or tomorrow.
Vegas walked off the Rainiers in the ninth inning last night, as Tacoma was unable to hang on to a 7-4 lead in the late innings.
Meanwhile, El Paso swept a doubleheader on the road against Reno. That means that El Paso and Las Vegas have identical records of 77-65, with two games to play.
El Paso holds the tiebreaker, so the Chihuahuas “magic number” to clinch the division title is two. Las Vegas has to finish a game ahead of El Paso to win the division, while the Chihuahuas merely need to tie.
Whichever team wins the division will play Fresno in the Pacific Conference playoffs starting on Wednesday.
Yesterday: Las Vegas walked off Tacoma on Danny Muno‘s two-out grounder off Leury Bonilla‘s glove at third base to give the 51s an 8-7 win.
Today: Tacoma (66-76) at Las Vegas (77-65), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 8-6.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (3-5, 6.00) at RHP Logan Verrett (4-2, 3.57)
Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has hit safely in six straight games, going 10-for-25… James Jones is 12-for-33 with eight walks in his nine games since coming off the disabled list… Jesus Montero is 19-for-35 in his last nine PCL games, and his .351 batting average ranks second in the league.
Look Out For: Dilson Herrera has hit .455 with four homers and 14 RBI in just eight games against Tacoma… Josh Rodriguez is 4-for-9 with five RBI in the first two games of the series.
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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- My final minor league notebook for the paper looks at the Mariners minor league player of the year candidates.
- The Mariners tied their longest win streak of the season with an 8-3 win at Oakland on Saturday.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook notes that Brad Miller is heating up at the plate.
- Ryan Divish has a column on four candidates to be the next Mariners general manager.
- Tony Zych made his major league debut and immediately set an unusual “record.”
- In the PCL, El Paso swept the doubleheader at Reno and the El Paso Times has an article explaining how the PCL playoffs work.
- Fresno’s Mark Appel pitched well and Jon Singleton homered twice in a 4-2 win over Salt Lake. Fresno has already set its playoff pitching rotation and is gearing up for the games.
- Rehabilitating Corey Dickerson helped Albuquerque to a 5-3 win at Sacramento.
- Top prospect Lewis Brinson hit his first Triple-A home run in Round Rock’s 4-3 win over Iowa.
- A four-run eighth inning paved the way for Colorado Springs to beat New Orleans, 6-4.
- A pair of three-run homers doomed Omaha in a 10-5 loss to Nashville.
- Gonzaga product Arturo Reyes helped Memphis shut out Oklahoma City, 6-0.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can knock out Vegas!