The Rainiers seven-game homestand concludes with an early start on Monday: an 11:35 AM game. Both teams are flying out of town after the game.
It’s been a terrific homestand for Tacoma, which is 5-1 going into today. The Rainiers pitching staff has been incredible, allowing a total of just five runs over the first six games.
Tacoma has won four straight games and taken sole possession of first place in the Pacific-North division.
The offense has been slow to warm up, but the team has been able to score enough runs to support the pitching staff. Look for Tacoma’s scoring to increase on the upcoming road trip to El Paso and Albuquerque, where the weather is warm and the elevation is high.
Yesterday: The Rainiers won another low-scoring game, taking down Albuquerque 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Chase De Jong escaped a few jams during five innings of work, allowing one run. The bullpen protected a slim lead the rest of the way. Steven Baron‘s two-out, two-run single in the second inning was the key hit for Tacoma.
Roster Move: Before yesterday’s game, starting pitcher Dylan Unsworth was transferred to Double-A Arkansas due to Tacoma having too many starting pitchers. Bullpen catcher Alexander Capriata was activated, because Tuffy Gosewisch is ill and the Rainiers didn’t want to have just one catcher.
Today: Albuquerque (6-5) at Tacoma (6-4), 11:35 AM.
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Jemiola (1-0, 7.94) at RHP Christian Bergman (1-0, 0.00).
Bergman is facing the team he played for during parts of the last two seasons.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in nine straight games, and Ben Gamel in reached in eight straight games… reliever Nick Hagadone has retired all 11 batters he has faced, striking out ten of them.
Look Out For: Outfielder Noel Cuevas is off to a fast start, having already notched three 3-hit games. Catcher Ryan Hanigan has a six-game hitting streak.
Ex-Rainiers and Locals: The Isotopes don’t have any ex-Rainiers, but they are carrying former Mariners outfielder Chris Denorfia.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:20 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.
- The Rainiers game story has reaction from manager Pat Listach and a video interview with Chase De Jong. Here’s another video of Sam Gaviglio talking about the pitching staff.
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