Tacoma has a chance to accomplish a rare five-game sweep in the final game of the homestand tonight.
The Rainiers have had only two five-game sweeps since 2000, with the most recent one coming in 2009 against the Portland Beavers.
Tacoma pitchers have limited Sacramento to a total of five runs on 25 hits over the first four games of the current series – an average of 1.25 runs per game, and 6.25 hits per game.
Tacoma’s team earned run average of 3.55 is the best in the Pacific Conference, and fourth-best in the entire PCL. The Rainiers have issued the second-fewest walks and have allowed the third-fewest home runs.
And the home win streak continues: nine straight victories at Cheney Stadium, with a 10-1 record on the home field.
The upcoming road trip is a quickie: just four games in Vegas, Tuesday-through-Friday. The Rainiers return home for the always popular Throwback Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Yesterday: Five Tacoma pitchers combined to deliver a five-hit shutout in a… wait for it… rain-free 2-0 victory over the Sacramento River Cats on Sunday afternoon. Chris Heston, Nick Hagadone, Jean Machi, Dan Altavilla, and Mark Lowe handled the pitching.
Today: Sacramento (7-16) at Tacoma (14-8), 6:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Joan Gregorio (1-2, 2.42) at RHP Rob Whalen (-).
Whalen was injured during spring training and this is his first appearance of the season. He was acquired from the Braves with Max Povse via an offseason trade for Alex Jackson.
Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin had three of Tacoma’s five hits yesterday… Tuffy Gosewish has reached base in eight straight games… Mike Freeman has a six-game hitting streak in the PCL (he spent a couple of weeks in the majors in the middle of it).
Look Out For: Jae-Gyun Hwang has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 11-for-27 with seven RBI during that span… Orlando Calixte was a one-man wrecking crew on Saturday night, hitting two solo homers and adding an RBI single.
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 5:50 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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. The paper also has another story on Christian Bergman.
- The Mariners lost the final game of their road trip in Cleveland, 12-4. Three takeaways from the game.
- There is good news on the injury front, we learn from Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
- Mike Zunino is working hard to improve his hitting.
- Dutton analyzed the first month of Mariners baseball.
- Ichiro was presented with a collage of his first 3,000 hits.
- Old pal Rob Neyer has a story about the history of The Baseball Encyclopedia.
- Las Vegas starter Tyler Pill tossed seven shutout innings in a 2-1 win over Albuquerque, and… uh-oh. There are sewage problems at Cashman Field and we go there tomorrow!
- El Paso swept a doubleheader on the road, beating Salt Lake 3-0 and 12-3.
- Reno walked-off Fresno, 11-10, on Ildemaro Vargas‘s game-winning hit. Fresno’s Jon Kemmer went 5-for-5 on Saturday, and on Sunday he had five RBI.
- Memphis hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in an 11-7 win over visiting Round Rock.
- New Orleans at Nashville was suspended due to rain in the third inning of a 0-0 game.
- Both Oklahoma City at Omaha and Colorado Springs at Iowa were rained out for the second day in a row.