Wednesday was another great day for the Rainiers, who trimmed their ‘Magic Number’ to one and can clinch the Pacific-North division title tonight.
All it takes is a Tacoma win – or a Reno loss in Sacramento – and the Rainiers will be going to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The team wants to get this done tonight. No point in letting Reno come to town tomorrow thinking they’ve got a chance.
Yesterday the Rainiers had excellent pitching, tossing the team’s eighth shutout of the year in a 5-0 win.
Joe Wieland got the victory, and he became the first Tacoma pitcher to win 13 games in a single season since Francisco Cruceta in 2006. While he will be properly rested to start the final game of the regular season on Monday, hopefully we’ll be talking about him getting pushed back to the first game of the playoffs on Wednesday.
El Paso clinched the Pacific-South last night, so they are waiting to see who they will play. The Chihuahuas are home for games one and two on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Rainiers send big thanks out to Sacramento, for beating Reno these past two nights. Now let’s get it done tonight!
Yesterday: Joe Wieland, Emilio Pagan, and Kraig Sitton combined to pitch a three-hit shutout as Tacoma took down Fresno on Wednesday night, 5-0. Jesus Sucre went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in to lead the Rainiers offense.
‘Magic Number’: One. The Rainiers clinch with either a win tonight, or a Reno loss tonight.
Today: Fresno (70-68-1) at Tacoma (77-60-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 8-7.
Starting Pitchers: RHP David Paulino (0-2, 6.00) at RHP Jarrett Grube (1-4, 3.93)
Paulino is making his third Triple-A start tonight. He’s just 22 years old and had a 1.83 ERA at Double-A Corpus Christi this season.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in 27 straight games, and he has drawn a walk in 23 of the 27 games… Jesus Sucre has a seven-game hitting streak… Mike Freeman has reached base 16 times in his last seven games.
Look Out For: Alejandro Garcia brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s game… Nolan Fontana is 4-for-10 with a homer so far in this series… top closer James Hoyt was optioned back to Fresno by the Astros last week.
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 focuses on Jesus Sucre‘s big night.
- The Mariners got beat up in Texas and have lost eight of their last nine games.
- Seattle acquired outfielder Ben Gamel from the Yankees and will call him up tomorrow, we learn in Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook. Gamel won the International League MVP – one look at his stats reveals how different the IL and the PCL are.
- It’s now or never for the Mariners, Dutton writes.
- The Mariners announced eight players who are going to the Arizona Fall League. Current Rainiers reliever Emilio Pagan is in the group. Entire rosters can be found here.
PCL Game Reports:
- El Paso clinched the Pacific-South with a 5-0 win over Las Vegas. We have a game story and photos from the celebration.
- Sacramento gave the Rainiers some big help by beating Reno last night, 5-3.
- Albuquerque was eliminated when it lost the second game of a doubleheader in Salt Lake City.
- Lewis Brinson had four hits as Colorado Springs ripped New Orleans, 11-3. The Sky Sox have already released their 2017 schedule to try to clear up confusion about the team moving (it’s not).
- Round Rock’s Michael Roth earned the win at Omaha last night – and it’s a city he has a lot of history with.
- Former Rainiers pitcher Jordan Pries tossed a gem for Iowa in a 10-1 win at Nashville.
- Memphis at Oklahoma City was rained out and it will not be made up.