Tacoma shut out Las Vegas in the series opener on Friday night, winning 9-0 on a wet evening at Cheney Stadium.
It was the second straight shutout for the Tacoma pitching staff, which has now tossed 20 consecutive scoreless innings. The Rainiers pitched back-to-back shutouts last May at Round Rock (Donn Roach and Joe Wieland made the starts), but hadn’t done it at home since June of 2013 (a Taijuan Walker/Danny Hultzen production).
Last night Andrew Moore went the first 5.1 innings, striking out eight. Reliever Ryan Kelly got the final two outs in the sixth inning, striking out both batters he faced. Then Cody Martin came in and held Las Vegas scoreless over the final three frames to finish the shutout.
Tacoma has pitched a PCL-leading ten shutouts this year, three more than second-best Nashville. Amazingly, ten of the Rainiers 34 wins have come via shutout.
It’s pretty incredible how fortunes can change so quickly in baseball. Earlier this week it seemed like Tacoma pitchers couldn’t get anybody in the Reno lineup out, and now we’re talking about back-to-back shutouts.
Yesterday: The wait was worth it. After a 1 hour, 29 minute rain delay prior to first pitch, the Rainiers took the field at Cheney Stadium and wiped out Las Vegas, 9-0. D.J. Peterson and Mitch Haniger homered, Andrew Aplin hit a three-run triple, and three pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout.
Today: Las Vegas (24-38) at Tacoma (34-26), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-1.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-2, 7.31) at LHP Dillon Overton (1-1, 9.68).
Hot Rainiers: Tyler O’Neill has a seven-game hitting streak… D.J. Peterson is 8-for-16 over his last four games, and he has reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in nine straight games.
Look Out For: Las Vegas has two 21-year-old prospects to watch this weekend. Shortstop Amed Rosario is rated as one of the top five prospects in all of minor league baseball, and he has reached base in 26 straight games coming into the series… first baseman Dominic Smith is the other 21-year-old, and he has a six-game hitting streak going 11-for-25 during it.
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.
Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.
- The News Tribune didn’t cover last night’s Rainiers-Las Vegas game, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal did with quotes from 51s manager Pedro Lopez.
- Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has a story on Las Vegas shortstop Amed Rosario, who Mets fans very vocally want in the majors.
- The Mariners took the opener of the series against Toronto, 4-2, and got back to the .500 mark. Sam Gaviglio had another strong start. Three takeaways from the game.
- Seattle is preparing for the return of outfielder Mitch Haniger – perhaps as early as today.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno took down Sacramento in a 17-inning marathon, 6-4, at Raley Field. Each team had position players on the mound when the game was decided – except after taking the lead in the top of the 17th, Reno brought in real reliever Jake Barrett to get the save. The game lasted 5 hours, 7 minutes.
- El Paso jumped out to a 14-4 lead and held on for a 14-12 victory over Fresno.
- It was 70s Night in Salt Lake City, and apparently visiting Albuquerque thought that meant they were supposed to get 70 hits. They settled for 18 in an 11-1 win.
- Omaha hit three homers in one inning to beat New Orleans, 7-1, but it was a near-miss by Terrance Gore that had everyone talking.
- Oklahoma City hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning of a 12-6 win over Round Rock. Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson‘s mind may have been elsewhere.
- Randall Grichuk had the game-winning hit in the tenth inning as Memphis topped Nashville, 2-1.
- Up from the Brewers Double-A team, former Rainiers pitcher Forrest Snow tossed 3.1 shutout innings in relief and earned the win in his Colorado Springs debut. The Sky Sox beat Iowa, 7-3.