We had a successful July 3rd game last night – except on the field, where a six-run rally by Las Vegas in the seventh inning sunk the Rainiers. Vegas won the game, 8-5.
Other than that, the crowd was great, the atmosphere was festive, and it seemed like people were having a good time.
Now the Rainiers will see the scene from the other side, as the visiting team in Reno for their big fireworks night.
The Aces are still in second place in the division, and they trail first place Tacoma by 3.5 games.
Reno is probably happy that the Rainiers are, well, the Rainiers. More accurately, the Rainiers aren’t the Chihuahuas.
Reno just finished a Nine Game Mega Series against El Paso. That’s right: they played each other nine times in a row. El Paso won the Mega Series MegaBowl, taking six of the nine games.
If you are wondering why the league still schedules these super-series (Tacoma hasn’t had one for a couple of seasons, thank goodness), I can only direct your question to the league office.
Reno’s offense is not quite as potent on paper right now, with Peter O’Brien, Socrates Brito and Tuffy Gosewisch currently in the big leagues, but they still have a number of dangerous hitters.
It’s going to be just three games in Reno on this trip (followed by four at Sacramento to head into the break). Tacoma returns to Reno in late August for a five-game series.
Yesterday: Back-to-back home runs by D.J. Peterson and Rob Brantly helped Tacoma take a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning, but Las Vegas scored six runs in the top of the seventh and won the game, 8-5. The two teams split the four-game series.
Roster Moves: In a new twist, there were no roster moves prior to last night’s game. None!
Today: Tacoma (46-36-1) at Reno (43-40), 6:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 3-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Gabriel Ynoa (9-3, 3.77) at RHP Joe Wieland (6-4, 6.89).
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has gone 17-for-43 over his last ten games… Rob Brantly has gone 12-for-32 over his last nine games, and he has homered in his last two… D.J. Peterson has hit safely in all four games since coming up from Double-A Jackson.
Look Out For: Mitch Hangier came up from Double-A on June 10 and has hit nine home runs in 24 games for Reno, while batting .356… Kyle Jensen launched ten home runs during the month of June.. Mike Freeman has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:20 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 details the bullpen issues that arose last night.
- The Mariners finished a four-game sweep of Baltimore with a 9-4 win. Seth Smith hit a grand slam and has homered in his last four games.
- Todd Milles took over the Mariners Notebook for today. He decided to go around asking players and managers if Dae Ho Lee reminded them of anybody else they had seen play, and it led to a fun bit.
- The Mariners have been winning lately but the way it is happening is not by design, John McGrath writes.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno lost in El Paso last night on a walk-off three-run homer by Austin Hedges, who is hotter than the sun right now. He went 4-for-5 in the 4-1 victory.
- Fresno finally lost to someone other than the Rainiers. Salt Lake got ’em yesterday, 7-3, to avoid being swept.
- Sacramento had the biggest July 3rd crowd, drawing 13,710, but the River Kitties lost to Albuquerque, 5-1.
- Bubba Starling made an immediate impact in his Triple-A debut for Omaha, although it was in a doubleheader split with Memphis.
- Round Rock catcher Brett Nicholas hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to beat Iowa, 3-2.
- Colorado Springs sold out the game, but the Sky Sox lost to New Orleans, 12-8. Xavier Scruggs homered twice for the Zephyrs.
- Oklahoma City finished a four-game road sweep at Nashville with a 4-1 win last night. It was the first time the Sounds have been swept this season.
It should be fun in downtown Reno tonight. I can’t wait to see the Biggest Little Fireworks Show In The World!