Season Ends Today

The Rainiers play their final game of the 2015 season today when they face Las Vegas at noon.

Tacoma had some fun last night, picking up a 6-3 win and knocking the Las Vegas 51s out of the playoff picture. El Paso clinched the Pacific-South title and will face Fresno in the playoffs starting on Wednesday.

Chien-Ming Wang delivered eight strong innings, allowing three runs and earning the win. It was an excellent game for the 35-year-old former Yankees star, and you have to wonder if it was his last. He’ll be a free agent after the season.

Tacoma scored four runs in the sixth inning on a Little League grand slam. With the bases loaded, Ji-Man Choi singled to left-center. Center fielder Kyle Johnson let the ball roll past him for an error, and when Choi tried to go to third base the relay throw from shortstop Matt Reynolds went past the third baseman for another error, allowing Choi to score.

Today the games wrap up – but the blog will live on! We’ll have a new post on Wednesday looking at the PCL playoffs (and I’ll make some wildly inaccurate predictions), and you can check in throughout the next two weeks to see who wins the league championship.

And as always, we’ll cover the Mariners moves in what is certain to be an interesting offseason.

First, though, we have one more…

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Chien-Ming Wang pitched the Rainiers to a 6-3 win, knocking Las Vegas out of playoff contention.

Today: Tacoma (67-76) at Las Vegas (77-66), 12:05.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 8-7.

Starting Pitchers: TBD at TBD

Seriously. After the game last night neither team was sure who was starting today.

Hot Rainiers: James Jones is 12-for-36 with ten walks in his ten games since coming off the disabled list… Jesus Montero is 21-for-39 in his last ten PCL games, and his .352 batting average ranks second in the league.

Look Out For: Dilson Herrera has hit .447 with four homers and 14 RBI in just nine games against Tacoma.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 (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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There will be no update on Tuesday, as I am taking an entire day off. Check back on Wednesday for the annual  PCL playoffs preview and incorrect predictions post!

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