Rainiers Eliminated From Playoff Contention, Continue Final Homestand Tonight

August 24, 2019

Tonight is the second-to-last home game of the year, and our final night game at Cheney Stadium this season/year/decade.

The Rainiers were unable to play spoiler last night, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Aviators. In fact, Las Vegas boosted its lead in the Pac-South to three games over second place El Paso, with ten to play.

Meanwhile, the Rainiers were mathematically eliminated by Sacramento. We knew it was coming eventually. Tacoma can still try to finish in second place, as the club trails Reno by just 1.5 games.

Las Vegas has thrown major league pitchers at the Rainiers the past two nights, with Matt Harvey and Sean Manaea taking the bump. That will not be the case tonight, when an at-the-appropriate-level Triple-A pitcher starts for the Aviators.

Let’s have some fun at Cheney for these final two homes games!

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Sean Manaea dominated for seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 12 in a 3-0 win over Tacoma on Friday night. The Rainiers matched their season low of two hits while being shut out for the eighth time this season.

ROSTER MOVES: Today we anticipate the arrival of outfielder Braden Bishop to continue his rehabilitation assignment, which began at Class-A Modesto earlier this week. Reliever Zac Grotz was optioned to Tacoma by the Mariners today, who had to make room for Felix Hernandez to come off the injured list.

TODAY: Las Vegas (78-52) at Tacoma (58-71), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.

SEASON SERIES: Las Vegas leads, 6-4.

PITCHERS: RHP Parker Dunshee (3-4, 5.23) at RHP Mike Wright (2-3, 5.03)

HOT HITTERS: Jaycob Brugman has hit five homers and driven in 16 runs over his last nine games… Joseph Odom had his five-game hitting streak end last night… Jordan Pacheco had his four-game hitting streak end as well.

OPPONENT NEWS: Las Vegas just swept Reno in a three-gamer and has won seven straight, scoring 58 runs during the win streak… Sheldon Neuse has a ten-game hitting streak, with five homers during the streak… Franklin BarretoSeth Brown, and Mark Payton each have eight-game hitting streaks, and Payton has homered six times during his streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: Las Vegas pitching coach and PCL veteran Rick Rodriguez pitched for the Tacoma Tigers from 1983 to 1987. Two ex-Rainiers are on the Las Vegas injured list: lefty reliever Dean Kiekhefer and catcher Cameron Rupp.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento scored eight runs over the final three innings and won at El Paso, 11-5. The River Cats magic number to clinch the Pac-North over Reno is down to two. Meanwhile, El Paso dropped three games behind Las Vegas in the Pac-South.
  • Reno got an early three-run homer from Andy Young and hung on to beat Salt Lake, 7-5.
  • Yadiel Hernandez had four hits including his 29th home run as Fresno picked up an 8-2 win at Albuquerque.
  • Round Rock took down New Orleans, 3-2, on Lorenzo Quintana‘s game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • San Antonio had an early two-run homer from Tyler Austin in a 4-2 win over Oklahoma City. The Missions remain 1.5 games behind Round Rock in the American-South.
  • Tim Federowicz hit a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to lead Nashville to a 3-1 win at Iowa.
  • Memphis got seven shutout innings from Austin Warner in a 9-1 win over Omaha, with Andrew Knizner going 4-for-4 with two solo homers.
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Harvey Tops Rainiers As Tacoma Tries To Play Spoiler Role

August 23, 2019

Las Vegas won the opening game of the Rainiers final home series of the year last night, 8-2 behind the pitching of former New York Mets star Matt Harvey. Harvey went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits, and needed just 69 pitches to make it that far into the game.

It was the first of eight games left between Tacoma and Las Vegas, who finish the regular season with a four-game series at Las Vegas Ballpark over Labor Day weekend.

Tacoma has an opportunity to play “spoiler” in the Pac-South division race. Vegas now has a two-game lead over second place El Paso, with 11 games left. The Rainiers can make it tough on the Oakland A’s affiliate by winning a few of these games down the stretch.

These are the final schedules for the contenders in the Pac-South:

  • Las Vegas: 3 games at Tacoma, 4 at Albuquerque, 4 vs. Tacoma
  • El Paso: 3 games vs. Sacramento, 4 vs. Salt Lake, 4 at Sacramento

Who are we rooting for here? El Paso has won the Pac-South four years in a row, so it would be nice for someone else to get a shot, but Las Vegas is the Oakland A’s affiliate… yuck. Tough call. As you can see from the schedules, the Rainiers can decide this one on the field.

Pyromaniacs be aware: tonight is our final Friday Night Fireworks show of the 2019 season. First pitch is set for 7:05, and the fireworks go off right after the game.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Las Vegas belted three home runs, including a pair of three-run shots, and beat the Rainiers 8-2 in the series opener. Tacoma had just four hits in the game, two by Jaycob Brugman who hit his 20th homer of the year for the Rainiers. Aaron Northcraft had a terrific relief appearance, tossing two perfect innings with four strikeouts.

ROSTER MOVES: Mariners reliever Austin Adams joined the Rainiers on a rehabilitation assignment yesterday, while Mitch Haniger‘s rehab assignment appears to be on a slow-down.

TODAY: Las Vegas (77-52) at Tacoma (58-70), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.

SEASON SERIES: Las Vegas leads, 5-4.

PITCHERS: LHP Sean Manaea (2-1, 4.29) at RHP Andrew Moore (0-3, 8.42)

HOT HITTERS: Jaycob Brugman has hit five homers and driven in 16 runs over his last eight games… Joseph Odom has a five-game hitting streak… Jordan Pacheco has a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Las Vegas just swept Reno in a three-gamer and has won six straight, scoring 55 runs during the win streak… Sheldon Neuse has a nine-game hitting streak, with homers in each of the last three… Franklin BarretoSeth Brown, and Mark Payton each have seven-game hitting streaks, and Payton has homered in his last three games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Las Vegas pitching coach and PCL veteran Rick Rodriguez pitched for the Tacoma Tigers from 1983 to 1987. Two ex-Rainiers are on the Las Vegas injured list: lefty reliever Dean Kiekhefer and catcher Cameron Rupp.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento hit five home runs – two by Joey Rickard – and won at El Paso last night, 9-3. The River Cats magic number to clinch the Pac-North over second-place Reno is down to three. Meanwhile, El Paso fell two games behind Las Vegas in the Pac-South.
  • Jo Adell and Kaleb Cowart each had three hits as Salt Lake picked up a 5-3 win in Reno.
  • Albuquerque out-slugged Fresno, 10-9, in a game that featured 33 hits. Noel Cuevas led the way for the ‘Topes, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI.
  • Memphis took a jackhammer to Round Rock, 14-2. Seven Memphis players had multiple hits, with Justin Williams going 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBI.
  • Matt Swarmer pitched Iowa to a 1-0 win over San Antonio, as he and three relievers combined on a one-hitter.
  • Both Omaha at New Orleans and Nashville at Oklahoma City were cancelled by rain.

Nothing To See Here, Move Along

August 22, 2019

That old saying about if you go to the ballpark every day you’ll see something you have never seen before came true yet again on Wednesday night, when we all got to see a game that didn’t exist.

Tacoma and Salt Lake had their game cancelled on Wednesday night, when the skies opened up in the top of the fifth inning with the score tied 2-2. It was absolutely pouring, the umpires called for the tarp, and then they called the game 43 minutes later.

Because the teams were playing each other for the final time this season, the game could not be suspended and resumed at a later date. And because five full innings had not been played, it was not an official game per Minor League Baseball rules.

So the whole thing was cancelled, and the statistics that had been generated during the game were wiped away.

Tacoma’s Ryan Court lost a homer. Starting pitcher Anthony Misiewicz had amassed eight strikeouts, which are no more.

Losing the most of all was Salt Lake’s Jo Adell. The outfielder is universally regarded as one of the top prospects in all of baseball, but he has been struggling since being promoted to Triple-A at the start of the month.

Last night he hit his first two Triple-A home runs. He opened the game with a drive to right-center, and then hit another oppo-bomb in the third.

But these home runs will not count on his stat line, and he is still looking for his first Triple-A home run. Officially, anyway. Pretty sure I saw him hit his first two yesterday, though.

Weird, huh?

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Nothing happened. There was no game. It never existed. Those home runs were not hit.

TODAY: Las Vegas (76-52) at Tacoma (58-69), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 4-4.

PITCHERS: RHP Matt Harvey (0-0, 0.00) at LHP Sean Nolin (5-2, 4.83)

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 16 straight games, with hits in 13 of them, going 18-for-58 with 14 walks during this stretch… Jaycob Brugman has hit four homers and driven in 15 runs over his last seven games… Joseph Odom has a five-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Las Vegas just swept Reno in a three-gamer and has won five straight, scoring 47 runs during the win streak… Sheldon Neuse has an eight-game hitting streak, with homers in each of the last two… Dustin Fowler has a seven-game streak… Franklin Barreto, Seth Brown, and Mark Payton each have six-game hitting streaks.

FAMILIAR FACES: Las Vegas pitching coach and PCL veteran Rick Rodriguez pitched for the Tacoma Tigers from 1983 to 1987. Two ex-Rainiers are on the Las Vegas injured list: lefty reliever Dean Kiekhefer and catcher Cameron Rupp.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • Las Vegas hit seven home runs and blasted Reno, 17-4, to keep hold of first place in the Pac-South. Catcher Sean Murphy came off the injured list and hit two homers with six RBI – he has homered in five straight PCL games, with a three-week gap during the streak.
  • El Paso rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring three runs to beat Fresno 9-8. Austin Allen singled home the winning run.
  • Albuquerque starter Rico Garcia and two relievers combined on a six-hit shutout as the ‘Topes took down Sacramento, 9-0. Still, the River Cats magic number to clinch the Pac-North is down to five.
  • Memphis scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overtake Round Rock, 5-4. Adolis Garcia hit a crucial two-run homer.
  • San Antonio picked up a game on the Express in the American-South by beating Iowa, 9-4, as Travis Shaw homered twice and drove in six runs. The Missions are 1.5 games out of first.
  • PCL veteran Tim Dillard tossed seven strong innings as Nashville took down Oklahoma City, 7-2.
  • New Orleans was a 5-3 winner over Omaha, as Austin Dean hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. In the game story we learn that Wichita has a TV station KAKE that is covering the Baby Cakes down the stretch. KAKE. Really.

Haniger Triples, But Rainiers Win Streak Ends

August 21, 2019

The Rainiers five-game win streak came to an end yesterday, as Salt Lake scored six two-out runs and beat Tacoma, 6-3. The three-game series is tied at a game apiece going into tonight’s contest.

Mitch Haniger played in his first rehabilitation game for Tacoma. He went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a walk… but the one hit was a 420-foot triple to dead center, driving in two runs in the second inning. His power is, quite clearly, still intact.

Haniger’s playing schedule moving forward is based entirely upon how he feels. He played in two games for Class-A Modesto last week, and his back stiffened up and he needed a couple days of rest. If he feels good today, he’ll drive down to Tacoma and play tonight. If he feels tight, he’ll work out at T-Mobile Park with the Mariners personnel there instead.

Tonight is the Rainiers last game against Salt Lake this season. However, the homestand continues, as Las Vegas arrives for the Rainiers final four home games of the season this weekend.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers five-game win streak ended with a 6-3 loss to Salt Lake. The Bees scored all of their runs on two-out rallies, getting four straight two-out hits in the third inning, and three straight two-out hits in the fourth. Mitch Haniger tripled and drove in two runs for Tacoma.

ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Rainiers added infielder Kevin Santa from Everett, and Mitch Haniger started his rehab assignment.

TODAY: Salt Lake (54-73) at Tacoma (58-69), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Lou Marson.

SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 8-7.

PITCHERS: RHP Drew Hutchison (1-0, 5.91) at LHP Anthony Misiewicz (7-6, 5.95)

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 16 straight games, with hits in 13 of them, going 18-for-58 with 14 walks during this stretch… Jaycob Brugman has hit four homers and driven in 15 runs over his last seven games… Joseph Odom has a five-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake just split a four-game series at home with El Paso. Prior to that, they were swept in a four-gamer by Iowa… Jared Walsh has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games, with 11 home runs during the stretch… Michael Hermosillo has hit nine homers over his last 12 games (he had a three-HR game on Friday against El Paso)… Jo Adell is considered one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball, but he is having a difficult transition to Triple-A since being promoted on August 1.

FAMILIAR FACES: Salt Lake has two former Rainiers on the infield: Nick Franklin and Ty Kelly.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

  • The News Tribune has the story on last night’s Rainiers game.
  • The Mariners continues their hot play, beating Tampa last night and going for a road sweep today.
  • The M’s announced that Felix Hernandez will return to the rotation this weekend, and that Justus Sheffield will be promoted from Double-A to make a start.

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento dismantled Albuquerque last night, 9-2, and lowered its Magic Number to clinch the Pac-North over second-place Reno to six. Mauricio Dubon went 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored.
  • Las Vegas pummeled Reno, 10-4. Jesus Luzardo allowed one run over 4.2 innings pitched, and Sheldon Neuse launched a three-run homer.
  • Fresno broke a 4-4 tie with five runs in the top of the ninth inning and won at El Paso, 9-4. Jake Noll and Taylor Gushue each hit two-run doubles during the rally, which knocked the Chihuahuas into second place in the Pac-South.
  • Iowa’s march to the American-North title continued with a 5-1 win over San Antonio. Alec Mills pitched five innings and allowed one run. Albert Almora is back with Iowa.
  • St. Louis Cardinals prospect Dylan Carlson had three hits with a double and a homer in a 5-3 Memphis win over Round Rock. The Express have a new phenom, in Abraham Toro.
  • Veteran infielder Chase d’Arnaud snapped a 4-4 tie with a three-run homer in the top of the tenth inning, and Omaha beat New Orleans 7-5. Cakes starter Nick Neidert pitched six scoreless innings with ten strikeouts.
  • Nashville and Oklahoma City finished a suspended game from May 10, then played a regularly scheduled game, and each team earned a win. Nashville’s Matt Davidson and Patrick Wisdom each hit their 29th home run of the season.

Big Crowd Watches Felix, Rainiers Win

August 20, 2019

A terrific crowd of nearly 7,000 fans saw Felix Hernandez make his rehabilitation start at Cheney Stadium last night, and also got to see the Rainiers win their fifth straight game.

Felix pitched into the fourth inning, allowing one run on four hits. He walked three, with two of those being the final two batters he faced when approaching his predetermined pitch allotment of 70. He notched five strikeouts, and was able to escape a couple of jams, all while dealing with the wandering strike zone of the home plate umpire.

Hernandez hopes to make his next start in the big leagues for Seattle this weekend. He’d like to get a chance to pitch every fifth day down the stretch, and see if he can salvage what has been an injury-riddled final season with Seattle.

The Rainiers won their fifth in a row, matching the team’s longest win streak since July 6-13, 2018. Tacoma has not won six straight games since the 2016 season, when Pat Listach‘s club won eight in a row in mid-July.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma gave Felix Hernandez plenty of run support, earning an 8-3 win over Salt Lake for the team’s fifth in a row. Two-outs hits by Ryan Court, Jaycob Brugman, and Joseph Odom keyed a five-run rally in the second inning. John Andreoli hit a leadoff homer and scored three runs.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mariners called up outfielder Jake Fraley today, after placing Domingo Santana on the injured list. Mitch Haniger has been added to the Rainiers roster on a rehabilitation assignment, but we’re not sure when he will actually appear to play in games.

TODAY: Salt Lake (53-73) at Tacoma (58-68), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Lou Marson.

SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 8-6.

PITCHERS: RHP Jeremy Beasley (–) at RHP Darren McCaughan (0-5, 10.30)

This is the Triple-A debut for Beasley, who was 6-7 with a 4.06 ERA for the Angels Double-A affiliate in Mobile, Alabama.

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 15 straight games, with hits in 12 of them, going 17-for-53 with 14 walks during this stretch… Jaycob Brugman has hit four homers and driven in 15 runs during a six-game hitting streak… Joseph Odom has a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake just split a four-game series at home with El Paso. Prior to that, they were swept in a four-gamer by Iowa… Jared Walsh has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games, with 11 home runs during the stretch… Michael Hermosillo has hit nine homers over his last 11 games (he had a three-HR game on Friday against El Paso)… Jo Adell is considered one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball, but he is having a difficult transition to Triple-A since being promoted on August 1.

FAMILIAR FACES: Salt Lake has two former Rainiers on the infield: Nick Franklin and Ty Kelly.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • El Paso waltzed to a 9-1 win over visiting Fresno. Starting pitcher Jacob Nix tossed five scoreless innings with six strikeouts.
  • Las Vegas rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and take down Reno, 6-5. The winning run scored when Reno reliever Damien Magnifico threw away a bunt by Jorge Mateo. Vegas and El Paso remain tied in first place in the Pac-South.
  • Veteran lefty Chris Rusin pitched into the eighth inning for Albuquerque in a 4-1 win at Sacramento.
  • Round Rock went into Memphis and scraped out a 5-4 win over the Redbirds, as Chaz McCormick homered and scored three runs. The Express now lead the American-South by 2.5 games.
  • San Antonio fell further behind Round Rock by losing at Iowa, 9-5. The Missions were able to score five runs off Iowa ace Colin Rea, but that wasn’t enough. Rea earned his league-leading 13th win.
  • Matt Davidson belted his 28th homer, and Patrick Wisdom hit his 27th in Nashville’s 11-5 win at Oklahoma City.
  • Omaha starter Brian Flynn tossed five shutout innings in a 6-1 win at New Orleans.

Felix Hernandez To Start For Tacoma Tonight

August 19, 2019

Felix Hernandez makes his return to Cheney Stadium tonight, in a rehabilitation start for the Rainiers. Felix has been on the Mariners injured list since suffering a strained lat during his start on May 11 at Fenway Park.

Felix made one rehab start for Tacoma earlier this season, on June 14 at San Antonio, but he left the game early with shoulder fatigue and needed more rest.

This time, Felix has already made three starts at lower levels of the farm system. His last outing – five days ago in Everett – was a four-inning stint in which he struck out eight batters.

Now we’ll see Felix at Cheney Stadium for the first time since June 17, 2017 – which coincidentally was also a start against Salt Lake. Hopefully he’ll be able to work five or more solid innings, and rejoin the Mariners for the remainder of the season.

Felix joins a Rainiers club that is suddenly rolling, having swept Fresno in a four-game series. Tacoma hit five home runs yesterday in a comeback win and is feeling confident now.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers belted five homers and scored a come-from-behind 9-7 victory over Fresno, completing the team’s first sweep of the season. Jaycob Brugman homered twice, including the game-tying three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ryan Court ripped the go-ahead two-run dinger in the sixth. Tacoma had great relief pitching from Darin Gillies and Matt Festa.

ROSTER MOVES: Today the Rainiers will add Felix Hernandez on a rehabilitation assignment.

TODAY: Salt Lake (53-72) at Tacoma (57-68), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Lou Marson.

SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 7-6.

PITCHERS: RHP Parker Bridwell (6-5, 7.77) at RHP Felix Hernandez (0-1, 7.71)

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 14 straight games, with hits in 11 of them, going 15-for-49 with 13 walks during this stretch… Jake Fraley is 9-for-26 with two homers in six games since coming off the injured list… Eric Filia has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games… Jaycob Brugman has hit four homers and driven in 14 runs during a five-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake just split a four-game series at home with El Paso. Prior to that, they were swept in a four-gamer by Iowa… Jared Walsh has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games, with 11 home runs during the stretch… Michael Hermosillo has hit nine homers over his last ten games (he had a three-HR game on Friday against El Paso)… Jo Adell is considered one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball, but he is having a difficult transition to Triple-A since being promoted on August 1.

FAMILIAR FACES: Salt Lake has two former Rainiers on the infield: Nick Franklin and Ty Kelly.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • New Sacramento starter Justin Haley tossed six innings allowing one run in Reno, earning the win in an 8-1 decision. Mauricio Dubon had four hits for the Cats. Sacramento split the four-gamer at Reno and moved a big step closer to locking up the Pac-North.
  • El Paso took a 10-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning at Salt Lake and held on for a 10-8 win. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled and hit two homers, driving in five runs, and earned the PCL Player of the Week award.
  • Las Vegas rode the arm of a rehabbing Sean Manaea to a 7-2 win over Albuquerque. The Aviators remain tied in first with El Paso in the Pac-South.
  • Memphis finished off a four-game sweep with a 14-2 blowout of the first place Iowa Cubs. Dylan Carlson tripled and hit his first Triple-A home run for the Redbirds.
  • Oklahoma City downed Round Rock, 14-11, as Zachs McKinstry and Reks each homered and drove in multiple runs.
  • San Antonio picked up a game on the Express and pulled within 1.5 games of first in the American-South with a 8-0 whitewashing of New Orleans. Bubba Derby and two relievers combined on the six-hitter.
  • Omaha lefty Eric Skoglund delivered seven strong innings in a 7-4 win at Nashville.

Rainiers Beat Grizzlies, Go For Sweep Today

August 18, 2019

The Rainiers smacked Fresno last night, 11-1, and have won the first three games of the series to pull out of last place in the Pac-North. Today the Rainiers will try to finish them off.

Tacoma has not swept a series of any length during the 2019 season. In an odd twist, the Rainiers have not had a chance to sweep a series this season: there has been no instance in which the team has gone into the last game of a series with a chance to sweep it, until today.

The Rainiers last sweep came last summer, June 16-19 when they won four straight home games against the Iowa Cubs.

Let’s get one today!

Prior to last night’s game, Rainiers manager Daren Brown confirmed that Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Tacoma on Monday night at Cheney Stadium. He’ll face the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05. Tickets are available.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers banged out 16 hits and cruised to an 11-1 win over Fresno on Saturday night. Daniel Castro and Joseph Odom each had four hits for the Rainiers, with Odom notching his first four-hit game since 2014. The Rainiers have out-scored Fresno 27-6 over the first three games of the series, and will go for the sweep today.

TODAY: Fresno (55-69) at Tacoma (56-68), 1:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Washington Nationals.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Randy Knorr.

SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 7-4.

PITCHERS: RHP J.J. Hoover (4-6, 8.33) at RHP Andrew Moore (0-3, 8.17)

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 13 straight games, with hits in ten of them, going 14-for-44 with 13 walks during this stretch… Jake Fraley is 7-for-21 with a homer in five games since coming off the injured list… Eric Filia has hit safely in eight of his last ten games… Jaycob Brugman has homered twice during a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Fresno walked off Memphis on Tuesday, 8-7, ending a miserable stretch in which the club lost 15 of 16 games… the Grizzlies have not won back-to-back games since July 20-21 at Fresno… Yadiel Hernandez has a ten-game hitting streak, going 15-for-38 with five homers… Jake Noll has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Fresno infielder Luis Sardinas played for Tacoma in 2016… Grizzlies reliever Joan Baez is not the folk singer.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • Trailing first place Sacramento 10-6 going to the bottom of the eighth, the Reno Aces rose from the coffin and scored seven runs to beat the River Cats, 13-10, and pull within six games of first place with 16 to play. Tim Locastro had the go-ahead two-run double.
  • El Paso lost its grip on first place in the Pac-South, dropping a 5-4 decision at Salt Lake. Justin Bour, Jose Rojas, and Taylor Ward homered for the Bees.
  • Las Vegas pulled into a first place tie by edging Albuquerque, 6-5, as Sheldon Neuse hit the tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.
  • Round Rock shut out Oklahoma City, 2-0, behind Brandon Bielak and two relievers.
  • It took 13 innings, but San Antonio ended its eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over New Orleans. This game was tied 4-4 after nine innings, and amazingly neither team was able to score its automatic runner until Tyler Saladino‘s game-ending RBI single in the 13th.
  • Adolis Garcia roped a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Memphis an 8-6 win over Iowa.
  • Nashville topped Omaha, 4-3, as Tim Federowicz hit a tiebreaking dinger in the bottom of the eighth.