Today is the last day of the 2016 Rainiers season.
Today is not the last day of the 2016 Rainiers season.
Which is it going to be?
The El Paso Chihuahuas put the pressure on Tacoma, shutting out the Rainiers 7-0 on Friday night to take a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five Pacific Conference Finals.
The only way the Rainiers can reach the PCL Championship Series now is to beat El Paso two times in a row, starting tonight.
Tacoma’s offense has been shut down the last two games, scoring a total of one run. Each of the Rainiers last two starting pitchers has allowed four runs in five innings. Neither of the last two games was particularly close.
Manager Pat Listach had a pretty good quote on the situation in the Rainiers game story (first link down below):
“Everybody knows that if we lose, we go home,” Rainiers manager Pat Listach said. “And I don’t think anybody in this clubhouse is ready to go home.
“If they need a motivational speech, it’s a little late. If they need some pampering or a pat on the back, it’s a little late. We’ve won 81 games this year, so we know how to do it. We’ve done it over the course of 144-some games. We can do it. It’s as simple as that.”
Today: Tacoma (81-62-1) at El Paso (73-70), 7:05
Series: Best-of-five, El Paso leads 2-1.
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 4.22) at RHP Joe Wieland (14-6, 5.43)
Wieland tied for the PCL lead in wins, and was Tacoma’s first 14-game winner since Denny Stark in 2001.
Lamet – whose name literally translates to “the Met” but he signed with the Padres – began the season with Class-A Lake Elsinore and went 7-1, 2.25 in 12 starts. He got promoted to Double-A San Antonio, where he was 5-7, 3.87 in 14 starts. He made two regular season starts for El Paso.
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.
Scoreboard: Follow the PCL playoff games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune includes reaction from manager Pat Listach, catcher Marcus Littlewood, and some notes and photos.
- MiLB.com has a report on the game with reaction from El Paso catcher Austin Hedges.
- Playing its first home playoff game in nine years, Nashville beat Oklahoma City 6-5 to take a 2-1 lead in the American Conference Finals.
- The Mariners had a huge win, 3-2 at Oakland, passing Kansas City in the wild card chase. They are 3.5 games out of the wild card spot, but need to pass four more teams.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes several injury updates.
- Mariners minor league affiliates accumulated the second-best winning percentage among the 30 major league organizations.
Will we play Game Five on Sunday? If so, first pitch is at 1:35.