Terrific Pitching Highlights Doubleheader Split

Tacoma and El Paso split Thursday’s doubleheader, exchanging shutouts. El Paso took the opener, 1-0, while Tacoma won the second game, 5-0.

The Rainiers starting pitching was magnificent in the twinbill, tossing a complete game in each of the seven-inning contests.

Sam Gaviglio started the first game. He allowed a two-out RBI single to Jamie Romak in the top of the first inning, and then nothing else. He retired the final 17 batters he faced and needed just 85 pitches to get through seven frames.

In the second game Chris Heston tossed a four-hit shutout. He was only in trouble in the first inning, when he escaped a first & third, one-out jam. Heston needed just 83 pitches while tossing his first shutout since June 9, 2015 when he no-hit the Mets at Citi Field.

Offensively the Rainiers had a couple of missed scoring opportunities in the first game, and more over the first few innings of game two, before putting together a four-run rally in the fifth inning of the nightcap.

The four-game series wraps up tonight, and the Rainiers have an opportunity to win the series.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma split a doubleheader with El Paso despite allowing just one run total. El Paso’s Matt Magill pitched six innings of two-hit ball in the Chihuahuas 1-0 game one victory, and Tacoma’s Chris Heston delivered a complete game shutout in the second game.

Roster Moves: Tacoma is expecting to add reliever Casey Fien to the active roster prior to tonight’s game. There is room for him on the roster.

Today: El Paso (4-4) at Tacoma (3-4), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00) at RHP Dylan Unsworth (0-1, 3.18).

It still bothers me that Dinelson Lamet doesn’t pitch for the Mets. His name is The Met!

Hot Rainiers: Gordon Beckham is 5-for-10 over the first three games of this homestand, with a double, a homer, and two walks… Dan Vogelbach‘s three-hit performance in the second game last night was encouraging, as he struggled to hit for average at Cheney Stadium last year.

Look Out For: El Paso had just eight hits and scored one run in the entire doubleheader, so I guess we could be concerned about a bounce-back tonight.

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.

Links:

  • The News Tribune has a story on Rainiers outfielder Ben Gamel, and a recap (with reaction from manager Pat Listach) of last night’s doubleheader.
  • The Mariners were off yesterday. They filled the void by unveiling their new statue of Ken Griffey Jr. It looks pretty cool!
  • John McGrath has ten observations from the Mariners first ten games.
  • Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet is back. Several PCL players appear, and so does a Mariners Double-A pitcher.
  • Today is the ten-year anniversary of one of the greatest moments in baseball broadcasting history: the Boston pizza incident. This is especially poignant for Rainiers fans, since we have a player named PizzaNo! I still laugh throughout this video, but the underrated gem is “He’s the Pepsi Fan of the Game until he gets kicked out.”

PCL Reports:

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