The Rainiers earned their split in Memphis, and bussed through Tennessee to Nashville overnight. A new four-game series awaits us a First Tennessee Park, the home of the Nashville Sounds.
Tacoma is the last PCL team to visit First Tennessee Park, which opened in 2015. The Rainiers did not play at Nashville last season, and are the last Pacific Conference team to visit this year.
I’ve yet to lay eyes on the place, but apparently it is a pitcher’s park – maybe the most pitcher-friendly ballpark in the league.
The Nashville Sounds hit a lot of home runs – they rank tied for third in the circuit with 122. They have hit 80 of the 122 home runs in road games!
So apparently we won’t be seeing many homers in this series.
Nashville is playoff-bound. The Sounds lineup has been steady for most of the season, without many roster moves. They have had a lot of changes on the pitching staff, but currently boast a very impressive starting rotation.
It should be a good series between top-level PCL teams.
Yesterday: Tacoma scored four early runs, banged out a dozen hits, and won a rain-shortened game in Memphis, 5-1. Sam Gaviglio battled sloppy conditions and lasted 6.1 innings, giving up one run. Fresno lost, so Tacoma leads the division by five games with 21 to play.
‘Magic Number’: 17. That’s the total number of Tacoma wins + Fresno losses needed for the Rainiers to clinch the Pacific-North division title (without resorting to tiebreakers). Should Reno pass Fresno and move into second place, we’ll have to recompute this.
Roster Moves: outfielder Daniel Robertson cleared waivers and will rejoin the Rainiers today. I also expect some movement on the catcher front – we’ll probably see one arrive to fill in for Rob Brantly, who is unlikely to play for several days due to his left ankle sprain. Reliever Kraig Sitton has landed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 11 – he’s not expected to be out for long.
Today: Tacoma (71-51-1) at Nashville (70-53), 5:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Oakland A’s.
Season Series: 0-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (1-0, 5.00) at RHP Jesse Hahn (1-6, 3.66)
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero is 6-for-12 with two doubles and a homer over his last three games… Dan Vogelbach has drawn at least one walk in ten of the last 11 games… Mike Freeman has hit safely in all ten games he has played in for Tacoma, with two hits in six of them… Jesus Sucre went 5-for-8 in Memphis.
Look Out For: Renato Nunez has a 13-game hitting streak, going 19-for-54 (.352) with four homers during the streak… Jaycob Brugman has an eight-game hitting streak, and he has reached base safely in 16 straight games… Arismendy Alcantara has ten triples – one behind PCL leader Manuel Margot of El Paso. Alcantara has led the league in triples each of the last two seasons.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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 leads things off.
- The Mariners won against, 3-2 in Anaheim. Felix Hernandez picked up his 150th career win.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has injury updates, news on Luis Sardinas being traded to the Padres, and a starting rotation opening which might cause a Rainiers pitcher to be called up today.
PCL Game Reports:
- Iowa beat Fresno for the third day in a row, this time by a score of 6-4. Fresno is five games behind Tacoma; they host Omaha for four games starting tonight.
- Shelby Miller pitched into the eighth inning as Reno beat Nashville last night, 3-2. The Aces split the series and they remain 6.5 games behind Tacoma.
- Sacramento held on for a 6-5 win over Omaha.
- Round Rock picked up a 5-4 win at Salt Lake when Matt Duffy homered in the 11th inning. Tim Lincecum started for Salt Lake and allowed four runs in 4.1 innings.
- New Orleans finished a four-game sweep at Cashman Field with a 12-8 win, and Las Vegas has lost eight in a row.
- Oklahoma City’s Trevor Oaks pitched a complete game, striking out 11, in an 8-1 win over El Paso.
- Colorado Springs starter Hiram Burgos pitched well as the Sky Sox ended Albuquerque’s eight-game winning streak.