The Rainiers get to Cheney Stadium tonight for their first home game of the season, a 7:05 contest against the defending PCL Champion El Paso Chihuahuas.
The home opener is always a special night. It’s the door to a summer of fun at Cheney Stadium, and it all begins this evening.
Tacoma comes in with a 1-3 record. The team is just getting into a rhythm, after suffering back-to-back rain outs on the first two nights of the season, then playing four games in three days. They did get the first win in the books on Monday afternoon.
A seven-game homestand will be played. The Chihuahuas are here for the first four games, and then Albuquerque arrives for three.
We hope you can make it out to the park. Bundle up!
Yesterday: Tacoma and Sacramento split a doubleheader. The Rainiers earned their first win of the season in the opening game, 3-1, as Chase De Jong pitched into the sixth inning. Sacramento shut out Tacoma on three hits in the second game, 4-0.
Today: El Paso (3-2) at Tacoma (1-3), 7:25.
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: 0-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Walker Lockett (1-0, 1.50) at RHP Christian Bergman (–).
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has been the Rainiers top hitter so far, reaching base six times with four hits and two walks. However, the team is batting just .214 after four games.
Look Out For: Triple-A veteran Jamie Romak has already hit three homer runs… ex-Rainiers outfielder Jabari Blash opened the season with El Paso, but he has been called up by the Padres.
Ex-Rainiers and Locals: Former Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom is now a Chihuahua. He signed with the Padres as a free agent during the offseason… El Paso pitching coach Bronswell Patrick pitched for the Tacoma Tigers for two years, 1993-1994.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 7:10 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.
- Here a brief recap of the Rainiers doubleheader split.
- The Mariners won their home opener on Monday afternoon, shutting out Houston 6-0. James Paxton earned the win.
- Bob Dutton has three takeaways from the game.
- Led by manager Scott Servais, the team hit the reset button prior to the game.
- Matt Calkins tried to capture the feelings of the fans.
- Jean Segura apparently has a mild hamstring strain, which could necessitate a roster move today. Catcher Carlos Ruiz was the back-up infielder yesterday.
- El Paso got shut out by Las Vegas in a day game before flying to Tacoma.
- Reno had 12 hits (11 singles) in a 5-2 win at Fresno.
- Raimel Tapia and Albuquerque walked off Salt Lake in the tenth inning, 3-2.
- Oklahoma City’s Julio Urias made his first start of the season in a 5-2 win over Iowa.
- Will Middlebrooks hit another homer in Round Rock’s 5-4 win over Nashville.
- Memphis’s Luke Voit ate the Baby Cakes with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving the Redbirds a 7-6 win over New Orleans.