Tacoma’s nine-game home winning streak ended in dramatic fashion with a 6-5 loss to Sacramento on Monday night, dashing the team’s hope of completing a five-game series sweep.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Tacoma scored four runs on back-to-back two-out, two-run singles by Zach Shank and Steven Baron.
The Rainiers took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, only to see Sacramento plate four runs and win the game, 6-5.
Still, it was a great homestand. The team went 4-1, and is now 10-2 at Cheney Stadium this year. The Rainiers remain in first place in the Pacific-North Division, with a one-game lead over Reno.
Now we’ll see if the Rainiers can play well on the road – although it’s a quick road trip, a little four-game jaunt in the desert.
Las Vegas has warmed up, winning three straight games to move over .500. Last night they won in the bottom of the 11th inning, 7-6 over Albuquerque.
The 51s have two of the brightest prospect in the PCL, in shortstop Amed Rosario and first baseman Dominic Smith. We’ll get our first look at them this week.
Yesterday: The Rainiers nine-game home win streak ended when Sacramento rallied to score four times in the top of the ninth inning, for a 6-5 win. Rob Whalen made his organization debut, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings in his first start.
Today: Tacoma (14-9) at Las Vegas (13-12), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: 0-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Christian Bergman (4-0, 1.96) at LHP Adam Wilk (2-2, 5.60).
Bergman is one of two four-game winners in the PCL, and he has won each of his starts.
Hot Rainiers: Tuffy Gosewish has reached base in eight straight games… Mike Freeman has a seven-game hitting streak in the PCL (he spent a couple of weeks in the majors in the middle of it).
Look Out For: Shortstop Amed Rosario is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 prospect in all of minor league baseball. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, but the 21-year-old has been error prone… Dominic Smith is also just 21, and he has a dozen multiple-hit games already… Travis Taijeron in a third-year Las Vegas player who is always dangerous in his home park.
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.
- The Rainiers game story includes reaction from manager Pat Listach. The News Tribune has an article on pitcher Ryan Weber, who had a tremendous April.
- The Mariners were off yesterday, so the Times checked in with Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto to get his thoughts on the first month of the season.
PCL Game Reports:
- After making a costly error in the ninth inning which allowed Albuquerque to tie the game, Las Vegas shortstop Amed Rosario doubled in the winning run in the 11th inning of a 7-6 game. The paper reviews the Mets – Las Vegas pitching situation, which is somewhat dire.
- Nolan Fontana hit a grand slam and Salt Lake knocked around Dinelson Lamet and the El Paso Chihuahuas, 9-4.
- Fresno had 16 hits – four by A.J. Reed – and won in Reno, 11-7.
- Omaha walked off Oklahoma City in both games of a doubleheader, each ending with a score of 2-1.
- Iowa edged Colorado Springs, 3-2, with ex-Rainiers reliever David Rollins earning the win.
- Memphis starter Mike Mayers delivered six scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over Round Rock.
- Veteran Matt McBride homered in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Nashville a 6-4 win over New Orleans.