Hits, hits, and more hits!
(You were supposed to read that in your Jay Buhner voice)
The Rainiers had 18 hits in a 9-1 win over Las Vegas on Monday night – the second-best single game total of the season. The team had 19 hits in a game at Albuquerque on April 17th.
Chris Taylor went 4-for-4 with a walk in the leadoff spot, extending his hitting streak to seven straight games. Zach Shank went 4-for-5 and is 7-for-9 over the past two days in Vegas. Daniel Robertson had a pair of RBI singles, and Tyler Smith hit a long home run.
It all added up to Tacoma’s first win of the series, and it gives the team a chance to get out of town with a split.
Yesterday: Tacoma banged out 18 hits and cruised to a 9-1 win on Monday night in Las Vegas. Chris Taylor and Zach Shank each had four hits, while Brad Mills started and went 5.2 innings for the win.
Roster Move: Outfielder Stefen Romero, who was optioned to Tacoma yesterday, will not report until the team returns home on Thursday. The club is expected to activate Joe Wieland from the disabled list today, and will need to clear a roster space in order to do that.
Today: Tacoma (34-23-1) at Las Vegas (30-27), 12:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 5-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Adrian Sampson (6-3, 2.83) at RHP Gabriel Ynoa (6-1, 2.84).
Ynoa is regarded as the Mets top pitching prospect in the upper levels of their farm system. Both Ynoa and Sampson rank among the PCL leaders in earned run average.
Hot Rainiers: In his last nine appearances, Blake Parker has allowed just four hits and no runs over 9.1 innings. He’s also 9-for-9 in save opportunities this season… Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in five straight games and is 8-for-22 since re-joining the Rainiers… Chris Taylor has a seven-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Brandon Nimmo has a six-game hitting streak, and he’s hitting .444 (12-for-27) against Tacoma pitching this year… Dilson Herrera has six RBI over his last six games, and he has scored 11 runs over his past nine games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 AM 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 includes reaction from Pat Listach and Zach Shank.
- The Mariners are in a hitting funk. They had just five hits Monday after getting only three on Sunday, and have lost four straight games.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook paints a dreary outlook on the return of Felix Hernandez.
PCL Game Reports:
- Salt Lake held on for a 6-5 win at Reno, despite Peter O’Brien‘s 17th homer of the year for the Aces. Tacoma’s division lead over second-place Reno is back up to five games.
- El Paso won its eighth straight game, a 6-2 victory at Fresno.
- Sacramento rallied in the seventh inning to beat Albuquerque, 5-3.
- Nick Tepesch switched locker rooms at the Dell Diamond and beat his former team, as Oklahoma City downed the Express 4-3.
- Iowa’s nine-game win streak ended with a 6-2 loss to Memphis, and star catcher Willson Contreras left the game with a foot injury.
- Nashville shut down Omaha, 3-1, and Irving Falu is back?
- On the verge of being shut out for the second game in a row, Colorado Springs scored twice in the ninth inning to beat New Orleans, 2-1.
Wednesday is an off day, and we’ll be back home Thursday to host the Reno Aces in a four-game series. The next blog update will be Thursday, and I think there is going to be something fun to write about…