Rainiers Beat Rain, River Cats In Opener

The rain made us wait on opening night, as we expected it might. But it was kind enough to (mostly) go away and we were able to play baseball, and we were rewarded with a 5-0 Tacoma Rainiers victory.

There was a 1 hour, 28 minute rain delay prior to first pitch. Once the game started we had some “misting” for a few innings, and then it dried up for the final innings of the game.

The fans who stuck it out got to see the pyrotechnic player introductions, shutout pitching, and the postgame fireworks.

We’re doing it again tonight and the forecast is much better, with even a chance of sunshine later today. Friday Night Fireworks will be ignited after the game. Good seats are available so come down and join us.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Once the rain decided to go away we had an excellent night of Tacoma Rainiers baseball: a 5-0 win in the PCL opener over Sacramento. Christian Bergman went 5.2 scoreless innings, striking out eight – one shy of his career high. Mike Morin looked impressive in relief, striking out three of the four batters he faced. Ryan Cook and Chasen Bradford each pitched a scoreless inning to complete the shutout. Tacoma scored all five runs in the sixth inning, with just three singles… and three walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball, and a sac fly.

POSTGAME AUDIO: A new feature this year from Rainiers PR Guru Brett Gleason, we have brief interviews with Christian Bergman and manager Pat Listach.

TODAY: Sacramento (0-1) at Tacoma (1-0), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

PITCHERS: RHP Casey Kelly (–) at RHP Josh Smith (–).

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller, Gordon Beckham, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Zach Vincej and Cameron Perkins each hit singles last night. Tacoma batters drew seven walks.

OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento was not good last year (64-77) but appears to have (on paper) a solid lineup. Outfielder Steven Duggar is one of the Giants better prospects, and look out for former PCL slugger Kyle Jensen (Reno, Oklahoma City, New Orleans) who played in Japan last year.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sacramento is managed by former Tacoma hitting coach and manager (2006) Dave Brundage. Pitcher Chris Heston spent time with Tacoma last season.

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.

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Around The PCL (home team in CAPS):

RENO 10, Fresno 2 – Yasmany Tomas and reigning league MVP Christian Walker hit home runs, and Socrates Brito was 3-for-4. Braden Shipley had a strong start. Story from Reno.

El Paso 4, LAS VEGAS 2 – Franmil Reyes hit a two-run double, and starter Eric Lauer lasted six innings giving up two runs. Story from Vegas.

SALT LAKE 9, Albuquerque 3 – old pal Jabari Blash went 2-for-3, walked, homered, scored three runs, and drove in two. Rockies top pitching prospect Yency Almonte left the game with an injury in the first inning. Story from Salt Lake City.

Oklahoma City at IOWA – split a doubleheader. Walker Buehler pitched the Dodgers to a win in Game One, and in Game Two they played an extra inning, started it with a runner at second base, and Iowa cashed in on Efren Navarro‘s walk-off single. Story from Des Moines.

Colorado Springs at OMAHA – the Sky Sox swept a doubleheader. Omaha had a total of just four hits in the twinbill. Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta pitched five one-hit innings in Game Two. Story from Omaha.

Nashville 11, NEW ORLEANS 0 – Dustin Fowler went 3-for-5 and drove in two, and Franklin Barreto launched a homer as the prospect-laden Sounds sent the Baby Cakes home crying. The team name is still a story in New Orleans.

Memphis 8, ROUND ROCK 4 –  Max Schrock broke the game open for Memphis with a three-run homer. Ex-Rainier Tyler O’Neill had a rough opening night, going 0-for-5. Story from Austin.

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