Tacoma continued its year-long struggle against Las Vegas on Monday night, dropping a 5-2 decision. The Rainiers are just 5-10 against Las Vegas this year, going into the final meeting tonight.
Las Vegas scheduled starter Robert Gsellman was called up by the Mets, so it looked like it was going to be a ‘bullpen game’ for the 51s.
Instead, they started Gabriel Ynoa, who had just been sent down by the Mets. Ynoa has been a good starter for Las Vegas all year, but spent the last two weeks working as a reliever in the majors. Word was that Las Vegas manager Wally Backman was hoping for five innings from Ynoa.
Instead, Ynoa pitched eight shutout innings and gave up just three hits.
Tacoma’s first two batters in the first inning hit line drive singles. The next Tacoma hit came with one out in the eighth inning – Ynoa pitched 7.1 no-hit innings in between singles.
It was an impressive performance by Ynoa, and it came at the expense of the Rainiers.
We also had a potentially key injury last night. D.J. Peterson injured his left pinkie finger attempting to make a diving stop on a line drive at third base early in the game, and he is getting it checked out by doctors today.
The good news is that according to manager Pat Listach, players often recover quickly enough to be able to hit with this injury. For a right-handed batter, the left pinkie finger doesn’t really do anything. We’ll have to wait and see, but there is a chance Peterson will be able to serve as a DH still – if not immediately, perhaps in the post-season.
Yesterday: Las Vegas starter Gabriel Ynoa shut down Tacoma for eight scoreless innings, and the 51s beat the Rainiers, 5-2. As usual at home, the Rainiers rallied in the ninth: down 5-0, they scored two runs and brought the tying run to the plate before making the final out. However this season may end, I’ll remember this team as the Rainiers club that never gave up.
Roster Moves: There are going to be several today, most involving the big league club. One announced so far: the Mariners called up Taijuan Walker to start tonight, and optioned Cody Martin to Tacoma. In a minor league move, Tacoma will add veteran reliever Al Alburquerque, who was recently released by the Angels. He was 1-0, 3.80 with eight saves for Salt Lake in 24 games, and appeared in two big league games with the Angels.
‘Magic Number’: Nine. 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).
Today: Las Vegas (61-69) at Tacoma (74-55-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 10-5.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Darin Gorski (4-3, 6.93) at LHP Paul Fry (2-1, 3.40)
It’s a ‘bullpen day’ for the Rainiers, and pretty much everyone is going to get into this game.
Hot Rainiers: Daniel Robertson is 10-for-22 over his last five games, and he is hitting .351 since the all-star break… Tyler Smith has gone 8-for-17 during a four-game streak.
Look Out For: Michael Conforto has had multiple hits in ten of his last 11 games, going 26-for-48 during that stretch. Call this guy up already!… Brandon Nimmo is 20-for-46 over his last ten games… T.J. Rivera leads the PCL with a .347 batting average, and Nimmo is second at .346.
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.
- In the Rainiers game story, we learn that before his injury last night D.J. Peterson was planning on getting some work in left field.
- Las Vegas outfielder Brandon Nimmo won the PCL Player of the Week award. He’s 6-for-12 in this series against Tacoma.
- Mike Zunino hit an opposite-field, go-ahead three-run homer to lead the Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Yankees last night.
- Former Rainier Shawn O’Malley made an unbelievable play to help the M’s – check it out here.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers the roster moves which are expected today.
- For ESPN Insiders, former Mariners executive Tony Blengino writes that the team is going to make the playoffs this year.
- Here’s a story on former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder James Jones converting to pitching.
PCL Game Reports:
- Sacramento is really helping out the Rainiers. Our temporary friends the River Cats walloped Reno last night, 12-4, keeping the Aces 5.5 games behind Tacoma. Reno manager Phil Nevin got ejected in the second inning.
- The Isotopes continue to win. Albuquerque starter Kyle Freeland pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, and Pat Valaika hit for the cycle in a 7-1 win over Fresno. Albuquerque has won 15 of the last 16 games.
- El Paso’s lead in the Pac-South continues to dwindle. The Chihuahuas were muzzled by Salt Lake, 2-0. El Paso’s lead over Albuquerque is down to 5.5 games.
- Round Rock flattened Colorado Springs, 14-0. Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI.
- Nashville beat up Omaha, 12-3, and eliminated Omaha from playoff contention. Omaha has been a force in the American Conference in recent years.
- Iowa beat Memphis, 7-2, but the real story was that Tommy La Stella showed up.
- New Orleans finally lost – Oklahoma City got ’em, 7-0. Jose De Leon delivered seven scoreless innings and struck out ten for the Dodgers.