The 2016 Pacific North Division champion Tacoma Rainiers had a tremendous ability to win home games.
Last year’s club went 46-26 at Cheney Stadium, a whopping 20 games over .500. The team played about even on the road (35-36), but the huge home field advantage gave the Rainiers a final record of 81-62 and its first division title since 2010.
It’s still early, but things seem to be trending the same way in 2017.
On Friday night the Rainiers won their seventh consecutive home game, a tight 2-1 victory over Sacramento. Tacoma is 8-1 this year at Cheney Stadium.
The road is a bit of a different story. Tacoma is 4-7 so far in away games. But if the team can hang around .500 on the road, and continue to clean up at Cheney like it did last year, it should contend for another division title.
Yesterday: Five Tacoma pitchers combined to limit Sacramento to six hits in a 2-1 Rainiers victory on Friday night. D.J. Peterson‘s two-out, two-run double in the third inning was all of the offense the team needed.
Roster Moves: Prior to yesterday’s game the Rainiers placed infielder Gordon Beckham on the 7-day disabled list with hamstring tightness, and catcher Steve Baron was activated from the DL. Today the Mariners called up outfielder Boog Powell and placed reliever Evan Scribner on the major league 10-day disabled list.
Today: Sacramento (7-14) at Tacoma (12-8), 5:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Tied, 3-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Dan Slania (0-2, 7.36) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-3, 3.66).
Hot Rainiers: Tyler Smith has hit safely in ten of his last 12 games, batting .348 (15-for-43) during the stretch… Tuffy Gosewish has reached base in seven straight games.
Look Out For: Jae-Gyun Hwang has hit safely in five of his last six games, going 9-for-23 with seven RBI during that span.
Ex-Rainiers: Sacramento has former Tacoma reliever Kraig Sitton. The River Cats are managed by Dave Brundage, who was the Rainiers manager in 2006. Sacramento pitching coach Dwight Bernard had the same role for Tacoma for seven years.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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.
- The News Tribune has a game story on last night’s win, and a sidebar on the emergence of Christian Bergman as Tacoma’s No. 1 starter.
- Here’s the paper’s story on the call-up of Boog Powell.
- The Mariners won their third straight game on Friday, a 3-1 victory over Cleveland. Seattle pitching has allowed a total of two runs during the three-game streak. Three takeaways from the game.
- Yesterday’s Mariners Notebook covers the return to form of closer Edwin Diaz, among other things.
- The team announced that both Felix Hernandez and Mitch Haniger are out for three-to-four weeks.
- Albuquerque’s Jeff Hoffman finally put it all together and shut out Las Vegas on one hit for seven innings in an 8-4 win at Cashman Field.
- Pat Listach likes to say that PCL stands for “Potential Comeback League.” Reno took an 8-1 lead over Fresno into the eighth inning and barely held on for an 8-7 win.
- El Paso at Salt Lake got rained out.
- Oklahoma City shortstop Charlie Culberson is on a two-day tear at the plate, and he was at it again in a 6-1 road win over Omaha.
- Luke Voit homered twice, and Daniel Poncedeleon pitched well for Memphis in a 9-1 win over Round Rock.
- Nashville received a strong start from Paul Blackburn in a 4-1 win over New Orleans. Blackburn – the pitcher the M’s traded to the A’s for Danny Valencia – has a 1.64 ERA after four starts.
- Hiram Burgos and three Colorado Springs relievers combined to shut out the Iowa Cubs, 7-0. The paper has a story on Iowa’s Chesny Young (I prefer ‘Young Chesny’).