Pitching Sets Stage For Dramatic D.J. Homer

Tacoma’s pitching continues to excel, and the Rainiers won on the road Wednesday morning in Las Vegas.

Ryan Weber started and went six innings, allowing two runs. He actually walked three batters – his first walks issued of the season – but was able to work around them and provide a quality start.

The team had terrific bullpen work. Making his Triple-A debut, left-hander Paul Paez pitched two perfect innings, recording two strikeouts, against his former organization (the Mets). Ryne Harper followed with two scoreless innings, striking out three, and earned his first Triple-A victory. And after Tacoma notched three runs in the top of the 11th inning, Evan Marshall nailed down the save for a 5-2 win.

The Rainiers were able to reach extra innings because of a dramatic moment.

Las Vegas led the game, 2-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The Rainiers had nobody on base, and Vegas closer Chasen Bradford was an out away from recording his PCL-leading sixth save.

Enter D.J. Peterson.

The Rainiers cleanup hitter lined a no-doubt homer to left field, tying the score 2-2. It was his fourth homer of the year, and it saved the day for the Rainiers.

Peterson eventually scored the go-ahead run in the 11th, when he singled and motored the rest of the way around the bases when Dario Pizzano doubled down the right field line.

All told, it was an enjoyable, well-played game in front of a crowd of 10,342 school kids on a field trip.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers needed 11 innings to beat Las Vegas, 5-2. Tacoma has won the first two games of the series, and has won six of its last seven games overall. Tacoma is seven games over .500 for the first time this season.

Roster Moves: Reliever Casey Fien cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma. To make room on the roster, infielder Joseph Rosa was sent to extended spring training.

Today: Tacoma (16-9) at Las Vegas (13-14), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-3, 3.96) at RHP Rafael Montero (0-0, 1.74).

The game story from the Vegas paper (first link below) suggests that Montero will not make this start because of a call-up, and it will be a bullpen day. We’ll find out tonight.

Hot RainiersMike Freeman has a nine-game hitting streak in the PCL (he spent a couple of weeks in the majors in the middle of it)… Dario Pizzano is 4-for-8 with three doubles and a homer in this series, and he’s 7-for-20 over his last six games… Tuffy Gosewish has reached base in ten straight games… Dan Vogelbach has an eight-game PCL hitting streak.

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 16 of his last 18 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 is 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.

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PCL Game Reports:

  • Ex-Rainiers shortstop Ketel Marte is on a tear. He had three hits and five RBI in the Aces 9-6 win over Salt Lake last night.
  • A.J. Reed hit a three-run homer in the first inning, setting the stage for Fresno’s 9-5 win over Sacramento.
  • Albuquerque staved off the Chihuahuas, 6-3, as Jeff Hoffman had his second straight solid start.
  • Round Rock – who comes to Tacoma next weekend – beat Nashville, 7-3. First base prospect Ronald Guzman had three hits and scored three runs; he’s batting .343.
  • Tommy Pham‘s two-run double in the tenth inning proved to be the game-winner for Memphis in Omaha.
  • Top prospect Lewis Brinson homered and internet star Tim Dillard pitched three scoreless innings for Colorado Springs in a 6-3 win at Oklahoma City.
  • There’s nothing worse than a soggy Baby Cake. Iowa at New Orleans got rained out and they are playing two today. Hey, that’s double Baby Cakes!
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