Tacoma’s Sam Gaviglio went the distance last night, pitching a complete game four-hit shutout to beat Sacramento, 4-0.
It was not just the first shutout of Gaviglio’s career: it was the first complete game of his career. He’s been a starter since beginning his professional career in 2011, and you’d think he would have had one of those seven-inning doubleheader game CG’s, but no.
Gaviglio has been on an amazing run over his last three starts: 22.1 innings pitched, one run allowed on just 13 hits. He has two walks and 15 strikeouts during this stretch.
He’s been doing it against good lineups, too: the first two starts were against El Paso, who has the best offense in the league, and the shutout last night came against the currently loaded Sacramento lineup that I wrote about yesterday.
Last night’s gem took 110 pitches, 69 of which were strikes. He allowed the four hits early in the game before settling in – he retired the final 17 batters of the game.
It was the first complete game shutout by a Tacoma pitcher since Chien-Ming Wang tossed one at Oklahoma City last August.
Yesterday: Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio pitched the first complete game shutout of his career, a four-hitter in a 4-0 win over Sacramento on Monday night. Tacoma moved back to 20 games over .500, and opened the division lead up to four games again.
Roster Move: Yesterday the Mariners optioned starting pitcher Taijuan Walker to Tacoma – he’s in line to start the first game of the upcoming road trip, Friday at Memphis. To make room for Walker on the Tacoma roster, outfielder Dario Pizzano was transferred to Double-A Jackson. I’m sure we’ll see him again – perhaps soon. Also, reliever Blake Parker was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees.
Today: Sacramento (54-63) at Tacoma (68-48-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Tied, 7-7.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Alex Torres (1-1, 4.60) at RHP Forrest Snow (0-0, 9.00)
It’s a ‘bullpen day’ on both sides, as Torres and Snow have both been relievers this season.
Hot Rainiers: James Ramsey is 7-for-13 with a homer and five RBI in his first four games with the team… Daniel Robertson has hit .350 since the all-star break, and he has eight hits over his last three games… Dan Vogelbach has drawn a walk in five straight games.
Look Out For: Veterans Travis Ishikawa and Chris Denorfia are hot. Ishikawa is 14-for-32 with five homers and 19 RBI in his last nine games. Denorfia has 13 hits and three homers in his last nine games… Ruben Tejada has a six-game hitting streak.
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 has the details on Sam Gaviglio‘s terrific start.
- Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners shut out the Detroit Tigers last night, 3-0. That’s four straight win for the M’s.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains why the Mariners sent Taijuan Walker to Tacoma.
PCL Game Reports:
- New El Paso Chihuahua Patrick Kivlehan helped his former teammates by homering in a 5-2 win over Fresno. That puts Fresno four games behind Tacoma in the standings.
- Salt Lake squeezed past Reno, 4-2, and the Aces are now 6.5 games behind Tacoma.
- Las Vegas at Albuquerque got rained out, they’ll play two today.
- Iowa’s Drew Ruczinski tossed a gem in a 3-2 win over Oklahoma City, and afterward Yasiel Puig and his new teammates had a good time on Court Avenue.
- Hanser Alberto drove in five runs during Round Rock’s 13-2 wipeout of Nashville.
- Omaha’s Jake Junis pitched seven strong innings in his Triple-A debut, a 3-1 win over Colorado Springs.
- Memphis and New Orleans exchanged shutouts in a doubleheader split.