Tacoma starting pitcher Logan Verrett had another solid outing on Sunday night in Reno, going seven innings in the Rainiers 14-4 victory. Verrett earned the win, and he is now 9-3 on the year.
Verrett’s nine wins ties him for the Triple-A West lead. Oklahoma City’s Austin Bibens-Dirkx started the season 9-1, but he has hit a wall and lost his last four starts.
Obviously the Rainiers enjoy having Verrett and his league-leading nine wins in the rotation, but he’s bringing something more important to the table: the ability to beat Reno every time he faces them.
Last night’s win was Verrett’s fourth this year against Reno. When he was previously in the league pitching for Las Vegas, Verrett was a perfect 5-0 against the Aces.
In his career, Verrett has made nine starts against Reno and is 9-0 with a 3.21 ERA.
That’s pretty handy for a Rainiers team in a tight pennant race against the Aces.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers connected for 19 hits – 17 of which were singles – and routed Reno on Sunday evening, 14-4. Kevin Padlo was 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBI in his first game back with Tacoma after a brief stint with the Mariners. Jose Godoy and Donovan Walton each had three hits and three RBI. Logan Verrett gave the bullpen a break, lasting seven innings for the win. Tacoma evened the series, 2-2, and is back in a virtual tie for first place with Reno.
TODAY: Tacoma (62-44) at Reno (61-43), 1:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Blake Lalli.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 12-10.
PITCHERS: RHP Darren McCaughan (5-4, 4.14) at TBA
Sounds like it’s going to be a bullpen game for Reno.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has reached base safely in 24 straight games, and he has gone 67-for-195 (.344) over his last 48 games… Donovan Walton has a seven-game hitting streak, and he has nine homers in his last 24 games… Jack Reinheimer has a ten-game hitting streak, and he has reached base in 23 straight games… Marcus Wilson has gone 13-for-36 with three homers and nine walks over his last ten games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno just lost three of four games in a series against Sacramento in which two games were cancelled due to poor air quality… Cooper Hummel is 8-for-15 with two homers and eight RBI during the first four games of this series… Juniel Querecuto had his seven-game hitting streak end last night… Jamie Ritchie has hit safely in eight of his last nine games… the Diamondbacks recently promoted top prospect Alek Thomas to Reno, and he had back-to-back four-hit games on Sunday and Monday… Seth Beer has been hit by pitch a whopping 28 times this year… Ildemaro Vargas is Reno’s all-time hits leader with 498.
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STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- You don’t often hear the phrase “blowout in extra innings,” but that’s how the Mariners beat Arizona yesterday.
- Yohan Ramirez, who has been with Tacoma for about half of the season, got some big outs for the Mariners yesterday.
- Matt Calkins has a column on how good the Mariners bullpen has been.
- The News Tribune has its weekly Mariners Takeaways.
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About the Tacoma Rainiers
The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The Rainiers are a member of the Triple-A West. Tacoma has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.
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