Vegas Wins Opener

Las Vegas edged Tacoma last night, 4-3, in the opening game of Tacoma’s quick four-game homestand.

The Rainiers were up 3-0 by the end of the fourth inning, and had nine hits at that point against Las Vegas starter Tyler Pill.

But the Las Vegas pitching staff turned it around, allowing just two hits over the final five innings. Then the Vegas offense got into it, rallying to score three runs with a pair of two-out extra base hits in the fifth.

In the seventh, Brandon Nimmo doubled in a run to put Vegas ahead 4-3. The Las Vegas bullpen held on.

Tacoma has not played well against Las Vegas this year, going just 4-9 against the Mets affiliate. Tacoma went 2-6 at Cashman Field, and is now 2-3 against Vegas here at Cheney.

I’m sure this frustrates manager Pat Listach, because Las Vegas isn’t very good this year. They are eight games under .500 (13 games under against everyone in the PCL but Tacoma). Coming into yesterday’s game, Las Vegas had lost nine of its prior 11 games.

We’ll see if the Rainiers can get even in the series today.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with a two-out RBI triple and the go-ahead RBI double, leading Las Vegas to a 4-3 win over Tacoma. The Rainiers are now 4.5 games ahead of second-place Reno, while Fresno remains six games back.

‘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: We had a bunch of moves prior to the game last night: Dae-Ho Lee and Joe Wieland reported (both from Seattle), Kraig Sitton was activated from the disabled list, and the team added Marvin Gorgas from Everett. Pitchers Forrest Snow and Isaac Sanchez stayed in Tennessee to help Double-A Jackson for a bit. P.J. Jones was removed from the active roster, but remains as bullpen catcher.

Today: Las Vegas (60-68) at Tacoma (73-54-1), 1:35.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 9-4.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Sean Gilmartin (9-6, 4.80) at RHP Joe Wieland (11-5, 5.38)

Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach is 12-for-31 with four doubles, two homers, and five walks in the last eight games… Daniel Robertson is 7-for-13 over his last three games, and he is hitting .353 since the all-star break.

Look Out For: Michael Conforto has had multiple hits in eight of his last nine games, going 21-for-39 during that stretch… Brandon Nimmo is 17-for-38 over his last eight games… T.J. Rivera leads the PCL with a .347 batting average, and Nimmo is second at .346.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game so Bob Robertson joins me in the booth.

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