Rainiers Pitch Another Shutout

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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