Rainiers Win Terrific Duel

We had a great pitcher’s duel last night, with Tacoma eventually beating El Paso, 2-1.

Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio pitched 7.2 shutout innings in his longest start of the year. He was fantastic, getting ahead in the count repeatedly and eliciting tons of weak ground balls in the infield. Gaviglio did not walk a batter and allowed just four hits. Only one runner reached second base against him.

But Gaviglio left the game in a 0-0 tie.

El Paso starter Frank Garces carried a one-hitter into the eighth inning. Patrick Kivlehan‘s long double in the fifth inning was the only blemish on his record.

It was Kivlehan who led off the bottom of the eighth against Garces, and he got him again – this time for a homer to left-center, giving Tacoma a 1-0 lead.

The Rainiers added another run when Jesus Sucre singled to center, knocking out Garces. Rob Brantly pinch-ran for Sucre at first base.

With two outs, Daniel Robertson worked a full count before doubling sharply down the left field line, scoring Brantly from first base to make it 2-0.

That extra run proved crucial, because El Paso scored in the top of the ninth before Blake Parker recorded the final out to secure the win.

It was a fun game with an entertaining finish in front of a sellout crowd on a Friday night. These types of games – scoreless in the eighth inning – are rare in the Pacific coast League.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma topped El Paso in a pitcher’s duel, 2-1. Sam Gaviglio tossed 7.2 shutout innings, and the Rainiers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to win it. Tacoma won the series, 3-2.

Roster Move: The Mariners called up pitcher Cody Martin, who was scheduled to start for Tacoma today. The Rainiers added 20-year-old righty Marvin Gorgis from Everett to help the staff. Robert Dugger is still here, too – one of these kids is probably going to pitch today.

Today: Albuquerque (46-59) at Tacoma (62-44-1), 7:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 7-5.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Harrison Musgrave (6-5, 4.83) at LHP Kraig Sitton (1-2, 2.12)

Cody Martin was supposed to start, but he got called up. It’s a ‘bullpen day,’ and Sitton will make the first start of his professional career.

Hot Rainiers: Daniel Robertson has a nine-game hitting streak, going 14-for-38 during the run… Rob Brantly has hit safely in four straight games.

Look Out For: Stephen Cardullo has an eight-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in six of the games… Tom Murphy is batting a torrid .569 in July (33-for-58), with eight home runs… catcher Dustin Garneau has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, with three homers.

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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story focuses on Oregon State Beavers staring for Tacoma on the team’s Washington Huskies Night. The Rainiers currently have five Beavers on the active roster.
  • The Mariners got blasted by the Cubs on Friday, 12-1.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with the call-up of Guillermo Heredia. He also reports that Taijuan Walker will make a rehab start for Tacoma on Monday.
  • During the Mariners broadcast today, Dave Simms and Mike Blowers discussed this famous home run by current Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill.

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