Yesterday: Tacoma fell into an early 4-0 deficit, rallied to tie the game in the top of the fifth, only to see Las Vegas score three runs in the bottom of the fifth and eventually take it, 7-4. The Rainiers have lost eight of the last nine games – including four in a row – and need a win today to avoid being swept.
Today: Tacoma (11-11) at Las Vegas (11-10), 12:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 3-0.
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (2-2, 4.08) at LHP Duane Below (1-9, 5.25).
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has a 13-game hitting streak; he had the day off last night… Daniel Robertson had two bunt singles on Saturday night.
Look Out For: Matt Reynolds has the longest hitting streak for Las Vegas at ten games… Marc Krauss, Gavin Cecchini, and Brandon Nimmo have been tough outs for Tacoma the last two days… Krauss has homered in each of the last two games.
Ex-Rainiers Alert: Former Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly is playing a lot of outfield for Las Vegas, and he’s been getting on base all of the time, as usual.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 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 played better on Saturday, but still ended up on the short end. For the other side of the story, here’s a report from the Las Vegas newspaper.
- My Minor League Notebook for The News Tribune leads with the impressive starting rotation the Mariners have at Advanced-A Bakersfield.
- The Mariners continued their hot play, shutting out Kansas City 6-0. Wade Miley went the distance for his first career CG shutout.
- In his Mariners Notebook, Bob Dutton checked to see if the M’s are “controlling the zone.”
- John McGrath has posted his MLB Power Rankings.
- Former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu is hoping for another chance at the lead job.
PCL Game Reports:
- After a rainout on Friday, Albuquerque swept a doubleheader at Reno on Saturday.
- Mike Hauschild went seven innings in Fresno’s 3-0 win over El Paso.
- After losing ten straight games to Salt Lake, Sacramento vented some frustration in a 14-1 win on Saturday. The River Cats had 24 hits, with six different players collecting three. I was kind of hoping Salt Lake would go 16-0 against Sacramento this year, just for fun.
- Patrick Kivlehan‘s two-run double helped Round Rock edge Nashville, 3-2.
- Everything else was rained out last night: Memphis at New Orleans, Oklahoma City at Omaha, Colorado Springs at Iowa… all washed away.
The Rainiers fly home tonight and open a four-game homestand Monday at 6:05, with the Salt Lake Bees in town.