Rainiers Put On Show In Opener

That was a fun one last night!

Tacoma scored seven runs on 11 hits over the first five innings in the home opener on Tuesday night, eventually claiming a 7-2 win over El Paso.

Starter Christian Bergman struck out the side in the top of the first inning, and we were off.

Tyler O’Neill launched a homer into the R-Yard in his first Cheney Stadium at-bat, and Gordon Beckham lined one onto the deck later in the game.

And Zach Shank did Zach Shank things, spraying three singles, driving in a run, aggressively taking a base on a pitch in the dirt, and making a diving stop.

We had a spirited crowd of 4,659 brave the cold on a Tuesday night to welcome the team to town. Thanks for coming! Let’s do it again tonight.


Yesterday: Tacoma banged out 11 hits over the first five innings to support starter Christian Bergman and the Rainiers won their home opener, 7-2. Tyler O’Neill and Gordon Beckham hit solo homers and Zach Shank was 3-for-4 in the win.

Roster Moves: Prior to yesterday’s game, the Mariners called up infielder Mike Freeman to replace the injured Jean Segura. They had to designate Paul Fry for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster, and he is currently on waivers and is not available to pitch for Tacoma at the moment. Today the Mariners activated Boog Powell from the suspended list and optioned him to Tacoma, called up reliever Evan Marshall, and outrighted reliever Casey Fien to Tacoma.

Today: El Paso (3-3) at Tacoma (2-3), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Matt Magill (0-0, 1.50) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (–).

Originally named Tacoma’s opening day starter by manager Pat Listach, Gaviglio will finally make his season debut in the season’s sixth game. Opening day in Sacramento was rained out; day two we began the game but Tony Zych pitched the first inning on rehab. Gaviglio was completely warmed up and ready to enter the game when the rain came, washing it away before he got into the game.

Hot Rainiers: Tyler O’Neill has had a flair for making grand entrances. He hit a long three-run homer in his second at-bat at Sacramento on Saturday, and then homered in his first Cheney Stadium plate appearance yesterday.

Look Out For: Triple-A veteran Jamie Romak has already hit three home runs… outfielder Jose Pirela is already 3-for-3 stealing bases.

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 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.


PCL Reports:

  • The Las Vegas 51s fans got the best home opener: they saw their team beat Fresno 21-6. They had 19 hits and drew nine walks, and Vegas scored in every inning except for the second.
  • Reno scored in the eighth inning to beat Albuquerque, 4-3, in the Aces home opener.
  • Sacramento scored in the 11th inning to win at Salt Lake, 8-7. Carlos Moncrief had the game-winning hit.
  • New Orleans spoiled the Iowa Cubs home opener by winning in the tenth inning, 2-1. The local paper has a feature on top prospect Ian Happ.
  • Nashville’s home opener was a soggy affair. The Sounds beat Oklahoma City in a rain-shortened game.
  • Jorge Bonifacio drove in four runs and Omaha hammered Round Rock, 9-1.
  • Two home runs by Casey Kelly helped Memphis top Colorado Springs, 5-1. Memphis has a record of 5-1 which is the franchises’ best start since 2001.

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