Quick blog today. It was going to be an easy travel day, with a very nice direct flight home from Nashville, but then we had:
- A one hour, 48 minute rain delay before Friday’s game got started.
- Extra innings.
- A game time of 3:28.
The game ended at 12:25 AM local time in Nashville, and I was back in my hotel room at 1:40 AM – with a very reasonable for the PCL 6:45 AM wake-up call.
But hey – the Rainiers won! And we’re coming home!
Yesterday: Daniel Robertson scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the tenth inning, helping Tacoma to a 4-2 win at Nashville. Robertson went 4-for-5 in the game – his leadoff double in the tenth was a huge hit. Tacoma salvaged a split of the series – and the entire Tennessee road trip – and leads the division by 5.5 games.
‘Magic Number’: 12. That’s the total number of Tacoma wins + Reno losses needed for the Rainiers to clinch the Pacific-North division title (without resorting to tiebreakers).
Roster Moves: Yesterday the Mariners called up Stefen Romero and activated Steve Cishek from the disabled list. They optioned Dae-Ho Lee and Joe Wieland to Tacoma.
Today: Las Vegas (59-68) at Tacoma (73-53-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 8-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 11.00) at LHP James Paxton (4-3, 3.97)
This is a rehabilitation start for Paxton, who was hit in the elbow by a line drive in his last game for Seattle. He’s supposed to go about three innings. Pill has made just two Triple-A starts this year.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach is 9-for-26 with four doubles, a homer, and five walks in the last seven games… Daniel Robertson had four hits last night, he’s reached base eight times in the last two games, and he is hitting .361 since the all-star break.
Look Out For: Michael Conforto went 0-for-4 last night, but that ended a streak of seven consecutive multiple-hit games for the Redmond native. Conforto was 19-for-31 over the seven games… Johnny Monell had an eight-game hitting streak end last night (Las Vegas was held to five hits in a 3-1 loss yesterday).
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.
- Up against the paper’s deadline, the Rainiers game story is a blow-by-blow of how they won it.
- The Mariners hung on for a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains the Dae-Ho Lee move.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno had a strong start from Matt Koch and won in Memphis, 5-2. The Aces pushed back into second place, yet trail Tacoma by 5.5 games with 17 to play. But nine of those 17 are against the Rainiers.
- Fresno couldn’t stop Omaha from scoring and lost, 11-7. This put Fresno six games behind Tacoma.
- Grant Green drove in four runs to help Sacramento beat Iowa, 7-1, and oh gosh that headline.
- El Paso at Colorado Springs was cancelled due to rain. The way the first-place Chihuahuas have been playing lately, this may have been a good thing.
- Albuquerque pulled within 6.5 games of El Paso by beating Oklahoma City in a rare 1-0 game. Matt Flemer and three relievers tossed a four-hitter.
- New Orleans beat Salt Lake, 5-3, with a ninth inning rally.
- Las Vegas is the boxing capital of the world, and Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez sounds like a boxer’s name, so it is only fitting that the Round Rock starter shoved for seven innings at Cashman Field and beat Las Vegas, 3-1.