Tacoma finished the regular season with a 5-3 win over Reno on Monday afternoon, wrapping things up with an 81-62 record.
The 81 wins marks the Rainiers highest total since the 2001 team went 85-59.
Tacoma went 46-26 at home, a whopping twenty games over .500 at Cheney Stadium.
Joe Wieland struck out nine batters over 5.2 innings on Monday, and he earned the win. Finishing the season at 14-6, Wieland tied for the PCL wins lead (with Ty Blach of Sacramento) while becoming Tacoma’s first 14-game winner since Denny Stark went 14-2 in 2001.
The big hit came off the bat of Dan Vogelbach, who lined a grand slam off the scoreboard in right-center to give the Rainiers a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning. Vogelbach finished the season with 23 home runs, 96 RBI, and 97 walks drawn.
Now we move on to the playoffs.The best-of-five series starts in El Paso for the first two games, Wednesday and Thursday. Both games will start at 5:35 (Pacific) and will air on 850 AM.
Manager Pat Listach announced his playoff starting rotation, in order, of: Jarrett Grube, Cody Martin, Wade LeBlanc, Joe Wieland, and Sam Gaviglio.
Tuesday is a travel day. I’ll have a playoffs preview post up on the blog early on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the start of the playoffs.
It was a great regular season – now let’s have a nice run in the playoffs!