Who Are These Guys?

Las Vegas took the opener of the four-game series on Thursday night, 7-3.

The Rainiers are in a period of transition right now, roster-wise, and it might take a little while for the team to gel again.

It struck me during the broadcast that if you attended the final game of the last homestand – Monday, June 20 – and then came last night, and did not pay any attention to what happened while the team was on the road, you might ask “who are these guys?”

Tacoma had four position players in the starting lineup last night who were not with the team during the last homestand: Nori Aoki, Guillermo Heredia, D.J.Peterson, and Jesus Sucre.

Heredia and Peterson are both here to play; they’re going to be in the lineup every day. Aoki and Sucre have a lot of MLB experience and could get called up at any time, but they’re going to play while they are here.

Hopefully the group will assimilate quickly with the rest of the team, and we’ll have a potent offense once again.


Yesterday: Las Vegas lefty Darin Gorski befuddled the Rainiers for seven innings, and the 51s took the series opener on Thursday night, 7-3. Guillermo Heredia and Stefen Romero each had two hits, and D.J. Peterson hit a two-run double.

Roster Moves: Here are the final roster moves from Thursday: Mike Zunino and Tom Wilhelmsen were called up by Seattle, Efren Navarro was released, Donn Roach was optioned to Tacoma, and both D.J. Peterson and Steve Baron were promoted from Double-A Jackson. Today, Rob Brantly is expected to return from paternity leave, which in all likelihood ends PJ Jones‘ time on the active roster.

Today: Las Vegas (42-37) Tacoma (44-35-1), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 7-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Rafael Montero (4-4, 6.13) at RHP Cody Martin (6-5, 4.33).

Hot Rainiers: Zach Shank is batting .444 in June (20-for-45)… Stefen Romero has gone 14-for-30 over his last seven games… Rob Brantly has gone 9-for-24 over his last seven games,.

Look Out For: Johnny Monell has homered in three of his last four games, and he has a five-game hitting streak… Eric Campbell has hit safely in ten of his last 11 games (15-for-42).

Ex-Rainiers and Local Dudes: Las Vegas has former Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly, and Redmond High School product Michael Conforto. Manager Wally Backman is a native of Hillsboro, Oregon.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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 game story is full of info today, and The News Tribune sent a photographer so there is a nice little photo gallery of Rainiers players.
  • The Mariners beat the Orioles and their ace Chris Tillman last night, 5-3.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is massive today.
  • Larry Stone has a must-read column on Ichiro. He flew to Miami to speak with him.

PCL Game Reports:

  • Hector Sanchez homered twice to lead El Paso to an 8-6 win over Reno, keeping the Rainiers 2.5 games ahead of the Aces. And what’s the deal with catchers who aren’t supposed to be good hitters crushing homers in El Paso this year?
  • Fresno annihilated the Salt Lake Bees, 23-3. Preston Tucker went 5-for-6 with three home runs and eight RBI. Fresno added top prospect Alex Bregman and he went 4-for-5 in his Triple-A debut.
  • Joan Gregorio shut down the Isotopes and Sacramento picked up a 4-2 victory. Albuquerque has lost 13 games in a row.
  • Colorado Springs took down New Orleans, 7-3. The PCL announced suspensions for New Orleans players as a result of the big brawl in Memphis.
  • Round Rock swept a doubleheader from Iowa, getting a walk-off win in each game. Justin Ruggiano‘s two-run homer was the winner in game one.
  • Randall Grichuk homered twice to help Memphis to a 5-2 win at Omaha. The Storm Chasers finished “the worst June ever” with a 6-23 record for the month.
  • Oklahoma City won at Nashville, 7-3.

Why not *start* your holiday weekend with fireworks?  The Rainiers have their huge annual July 3rd fireworks show coming up on Sunday night, but tonight is a regular postgame Friday Night Fireworks show.


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