Rainiers Visit Reno, San Antonio Plans To Move Up

After splitting a four-game home series with Pacific-South division leaders Salt Lake, the Rainiers now head to Reno to face the best team in the PCL.

Reno leads Tacoma by seven games in the Pacific-North, and the two teams have 11 head-to-head games remaining to be played. That starts with the four in Reno this weekend.

Oddly, the Rainiers next two road trips are to Reno: after the four game series which begins tonight, Tacoma comes home for an eight-game homestand, and then flies right back to Reno for a three-game series. So we’ll play all of the Reno road games over the course of the next two weeks.

It’s a big opportunity for the Rainiers to make up some ground in the standings.

There was a major announcement in the Pacific Coast League on Wednesday.

Starting in 2019, San Antonio is joining the league and will play at its existing Double-A stadium while the team and city work on a new ballpark plan.

The San Antonio franchise will replace Colorado Springs, which will drop down to short-season rookie ball level in 2019 as a member of the Pioneer League. The Double-A Texas League will add Amarillo as a new city to replace San Antonio.

This has been discussed for a few years, but with no progress on the ballpark in San Antonio I thought it had stalled out. Apparently the leagues decided to make the move now, and worry about the ballpark later.

San Antonio is a huge market which has been discussed for years as a possible Major League Baseball expansion possibility. However, the current stadium there is known to be subpar by Double-A standards. Hopefully the announcement of this move means that the new ballpark process is making progress.

On the other side of the coin, it appears that Tacoma’s trip to Colorado Springs at the end of July will be the last in franchise history. The Rainiers are not scheduled to visit the Springs in 2018.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers were off yesterday. On Tuesday, Tacoma hit 13 singles and edged Salt Lake, 7-6, to earn a split of the four-game series. Boog Powell had three hits and D.J. Peterson drove in three runs.

Roster Moves: The Mariners called up Andrew Moore, who will make his MLB debut tonight, and they also activated Jean Segura from the disabled list. Tyler Smith and Christian Bergman were optioned to Tacoma, and Tyler Cloyd was designated for assignment.

Today: Tacoma (37-33) at Reno (45-27), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season Series: Reno leads, 3-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 1.40) at RHP Braden Shipley (5-3, 4.78).

Cloyd is going to start if he clears waivers before game time. If not, it will be a “bullpen day” likely led by Cody Martin.

Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has six RBI over his last eight games… Tuffy Gosewisch is 10-for-27 with five doubles over his last nine games… Zach Shank has reached base in ten straight games.

Look Out For: Oswaldo Arcia went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, ending a 16-game hitting streak… Jack Reinheimer has a six-game hitting streak, going 11-for-25 during the streak… Ildemaro Vargas is 11-for-20 with two homers and nine RBI against Tacoma pitching this season.

Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: Reno has former Rainiers infielders Ketel Marte and Carlos Rivero. Catcher Hank Conger spent much of his youth growing up in Federal Way.

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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The entire PCL was off yesterday.

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