The Rainiers went into Monday’s home game against Sacramento with a chance to complete a rare five-game series sweep, only to lose in the ninth inning.
Now Tacoma has a chance for another sweep – a four-gamer, on the road in Las Vegas.
Sam Gaviglio continued Tacoma’s trend of excellent pitching in an 8-1 win on Thursday, allowing one run on three hits over 7.2 innings. He picked up his second win of the season, and dropped his ERA down to 3.31
The offense put eight runs on the scoreboard, with Mike Freeman coming a homer away from the cycle.
The Rainiers hit two triples during a two-run rally in the third inning. Zach Shank and Freeman each connected for a three-base hit – and the Rainiers had only hit three triples all season prior to Thursday.
Outfielder Leonys Martin continues to play well for Tacoma. He hit two doubles last night, driving in a pair of runs. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
Dan Vogelbach returned to the Rainiers lineup, going 1-for-4 with a walk.
The Rainiers have won three games in a row, and seven of the last eight.
Yesterday: Sam Gaviglio retired 18 straight batters during a 7.2 innings stint on the mound, earning the win as Tacoma beat Las Vegas on Thursday night 8-1. Mike Freeman went 3-for-5 with a single, a double, and a triple.
Roster Moves: The Mariners placed James Paxton on the disabled list with a forearm strain, and optioned Boog Powell to Tacoma. they called up Mike Freeman and reliever Evan Marshall. The Mariners will need a starting pitcher for Sunday – they could go with someone already there, like Dillon Overton.
Today: Tacoma (17-9) at Las Vegas (13-15), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Heston (2-0, 2.38) at RHP Tyler Pill (1-0, 0.00).
Hot Rainiers: Mike Freeman has a ten-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 11 straight games… Dan Vogelbach has a nine-game PCL hitting streak.
Look Out For: Twenty-one year old shortstop Amed Rosario is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 prospect in all of minor league baseball. He’s just 1-for-8 in this series… 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.
- The game story from the Las Vegas paper talks about how the Rainiers took advantage of the 51s bullpen day, and down at the bottom in the notes… wait a second. Really? The Mets signed ex-Rainiers pitcher Blake Beavan, who had been in the Mexican League, and assigned him to Las Vegas.
- Prior to the game, the Rainiers and 51s honored fallen Tacoma police officer Jake Gutierrez.
- Ariel Miranda pitched the Mariners to a win over the Angels. Three takeaways from the game.
- The Mariners Notebook opens with a look at closer Edwin Diaz.
- Reliever Steve Cishek has been continuing his rehabilitation via bullpen sessions with the Mariners pitching coach.
- Chase De Jong once received training from Greg Maddux.
- Several PCL players but no Mariners appear in this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- Reno hammered Salt Lake, 22-3, but the story is on the seven shutout innings tossed by starter Anthony Banda. Meanwhile, Reno had 18 singles, six doubles, two homers, and a dozen walks drawn. That’s 38 baserunners in just eight innings of offense.
- Outfielder Franchy Cordero went 5-for-5 to help El Paso edge Albuquerque, 9-8.
- An early two-run homer by Orlando Calixte helped Sacramento win at Fresno, 4-2.
- Jurickson Profar played well in Round Rock’s 5-4 home loss to Nashville.
- The Baby Cakes prepared for their trip to Tacoma by splitting a doubleheader against Iowa.
- Oklahoma City ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Colorado Springs.
- The game of the day was in Omaha, where Ryan O’Hearn drilled a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game, 9-9… only to see Memphis score three in the top of the tenth and win it, 12-9.
The team flies home Saturday morning and faces New Orleans at 5:05 in the opener of an eight-game homestand.