The Rainiers won Thursday night’s game against Las Vegas on a walk-off home run by Tyler O’Neill in the bottom of the ninth inning. The two-run homer gave Tacoma a 7-5 win.
Ahead in the count 3-1, O’Neill hit Hansel Robles‘ pitch high in the sky towards left field. This fly ball was a skyscraper, a true towering fly ball, hit so high in the sky you had to wonder if it was going to get out of the park.
Las Vegas left fielder Josh Rodriguez thought he might have a play on it. He went back to the fence, looked up, found the ball, had time to move about 15 feet to the right, was camped under it again, and then… realized it was a few feet beyond the fence, and nothing could be done.
O’Neill circled the bases, and the celebration was on. Note the expert-level pouring accuracy Dan Vogelbach displays in his emptying of the Gatorade cooler:
Yesterday: The Las Vegas series wrapped up with another thriller, as the Rainiers lost a 4-1 lead in the top of the eighth, tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, and won it on Tyler O’Neill‘s homer in the ninth. Tacoma took three-of-four from Vegas.
Today: Albuquerque (38-41) at Tacoma (41-37), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-2.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Harrison Musgrave (3-1, 6.84) at RHP Rob Whalen (0-5, 6.38).
Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has an eight-game hitting streak, and he is 14-for-40 with 11 RBI over his last 15 games… Boog Powell is 17-for-33 with two homers over his last eight games… Dan Vogelbach has a seven-game hitting streak… Leonys Martin is batting .340 in June, and he has been successful in his last 16 stolen base attempts.
Look Out For: Albuquerque was shut out on one hit last night, ending all hitting streaks. All-Star outfielder Noel Cuevas had the hit… infielder Ryan McMahon has been the big story for the Isotopes, batting .429 in 26 games since being promoted from Double-A Hartford. He’s had four games of four-or-more hits, and he had back-to-back two-homer games against Fresno, June 15-16.
Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: Albuquerque doesn’t have any.
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 News Tribune posted notes on the International League All-Stars who will be playing at Cheney Stadium on July 12.
- The Seattle Times has a fun story on how the Rainiers players are dealing with the never-ending stream of roster moves between Tacoma and Seattle.
- The World Baseball Classic hurt the Mariners, Larry Stone writes.
- Greg Bell has a feature on Mariners pitcher Sam Gaviglio.
- Albuquerque’s Ryan McMahon has the No. 1 spot on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- Lookout Landing has a deep look at the Mariners farm system.
PCL Game Reports:
- Just optioned to Fresno, Joe Musgrove tossed seven innings of one-hit ball as the Grizzlies shut out Albuquerque, 8-0.
- Salt Lake missed out on a sweep of Reno, dropping the final game in ten innings 3-2. Rudy Flores had the game-winning hit.
- Sacramento won a thriller at El Paso, 11-10. Chris Shaw had four hits, two homers, and four RBI for Sacramento.
- Royals ace Danny Duffy made a rehabilitation start for Omaha on the road at Colorado Springs. The Sky Sox won it long after he was gone, scoring seven runs in the eighth inning for an 8-4 win and a five-game series sweep.
- Iowa topped New Orleans, 5-2. The paper has a story on new Iowa reliever and PCL All-Star Matt Carasiti.
- Patrick Wisdom homered twice as Memphis beat Oklahoma City, 8-2. Hopefully later this season when Reno plays Memphis, Wisdom and Socrates (Brito) will sit down and have a long talk.
- Round Rock and Nashville used gimmicky team names last night, and Round Rock won 10-0 behind Clayton Blackburn.