Instant Impact

Dan Vogelbach joined the Rainiers yesterday, and here’s how his first game went:

First at-bat: pulled 2-2 pitch from lefty Nate Smith over right field fence for solo home run.

Second at-bat: facing Smith again, drove 400-foot double to left-center, driving in another run.

Third at-bat: against Smith, line drive single over shortstop.

Fourth at-bat: facing righty reliever Geoff Broussard, draws a walk.

Then Pat Listach said “that’s enough for today” and pinch hit for him in the ninth inning with Tacoma leading, 8-1.

Pretty nice debut for the 23-year-old first baseman/designated hitter.

After the game, Listach said he pinch-hit because Vogelbach had spent the entire day flying from Des Moines, so why not give him a break. He was a triple away from a cycle, but Listach said, “Really, what are the odds he’s going to hit a triple?”

He makes a fair point, but Vogelbach does have two triples this season.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Stefen Romero homered twice, Dan Vogelbach went 3-for-3, and Zach Shank also had three hits as Tacoma herded the Bees, 8-3. Joe Wieland had a nice start, going six innings and allowing one run to earn his eighth win.

Roster Moves: The Mariners called up David Rollins again (he never stays anywhere for more than 48 hours). The Rainiers have an open spot on the roster.

Today: Tacoma (56-42-1) at Salt Lake (47-50), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 10-3.

The Rainiers went 7-1 against Salt Lake at home, and are 3-2 so far in Salt Lake City.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Lee (0-2, 5.44) at LHP Chris Jones (3-8, 7.71).

Hot RainiersRob Brantly is 11-for-26 with two home runs in his last seven games… Guillermo Heredia had his 11-game hitting streak end last night; he has hit safely in 20 of 24 games since joining the Rainiers.

Look Out For: Sherman Johnson’s streak of reaching base in 22 straight games ended last night… Kaleb Cowart had three hits last night, and he has a six-game hitting streak… catcher Carlos Perez was sent down by the Angels and has hit safely in six of his first seven games… speedster Quintin Berry has been successful in his last 15 stolen base attempts.

Ex-Rainiers: Salt Lake has former Rainiers reliever Lucas Luetge, and former Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story does not appear online today.
  • James Paxton was dealing as the Mariners won in Toronto on Friday night, 2-1. Nori Aoki doubled and tripled.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes status reports on injured relievers Mayckol Guaipe, Jonathan Aro, Steve Johnson, and Ryan Cook. Not much good news here.
  • In his Notebook from Friday, Dutton reports that Danny Hultzen‘s pitching career is over. Sad news for the one-time top prospect.
  • More Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame coverage: I enjoyed this story on Junior’s relationship with Dave Niehaus. That link includes a sidebar with all kinds of Seattle Times coverage of Griffey.
  • John McGrath has a column on Hall of Fame speeches, and T.T. Cotterill caught up with Ken Griffey Sr.

PCL Game Reports:

  • The Las Vegas 51s had a travel nightmare, and then lost to Reno, 8-4. The Aces remain 2.5 games behind Tacoma in the standings. Reno has a seven-game win streak.
  • Max Stassi‘s walk-off home run gave Fresno a 4-3 win over Albuquerque. Tyler White played the entire game at shortstop. Fresno is 3.5 games behind Tacoma.
  • Sacramento scored six runs in the first inning, including a Miguel Olivo grand slam, and beat El Paso 7-3.
  • Nashville overcame a travel delay and beat Omaha on a walk-off wild pitch, 2-1. The fans played Pokemon during the delay.
  • Oklahoma City worked over New Orleans, 8-5.
  • The Memphis Redbirds were unable to travel home from El Paso due to flight cancellations, so their game against Iowa was postponed.
  • Eric Young Jr. homered to help Colorado Springs to a 10-2 win over Round Rock.

It’s a state holiday weekend here in Utah (Pioneer Day) and a huge crowd is expected for tonight’s game. Should be fun!

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