Another lazy Sunday, another lazy Tacoma Rainiers week in review.
We started things off on Tuesday with a post previewing the Rainiers longest homestand of the season.
The Las Vegas series started with the Aviators arriving in town on a seven-game losing streak, which is not the good news you might think it is. They ended their skid in the opening game.
The Rainiers bounced back with a win in the second game of the series, pitching a shutout while getting a home run from the rehabilitating Evan White.
On Thursday Tacoma exploded for a 12-run uprising and another victory, leading to a post about the team’s improved lineup. Hindsight is 20/20, and we now know that this has not yet come to fruition (I remain hopeful, it’s just taking a little longer than expected for all of the pieces to fall into place).
We wrapped things up with a post prior to yesterday’s doubleheader, which we hope will be Tacoma’s final double dip of the season since the team has now made up its early-season rainouts.
The Rainiers are off on Monday but the homestand continues with a day game on Tuesday at 12:05, with the Albuquerque Isotopes arriving in town for a six-game series. Look for a new post previewing the series on Tuesday morning.
YESTERDAY: It was a rough day for the Rainiers, who got swept in a doubleheader by Las Vegas. The Aviators won the first game 9-4 as Billy McKinney homered twice and drove in four runs. The second game was much closer, but Vegas won 5-3 after taking a 5-0 lead in the second inning. The Rainiers hit five home runs in the twinbill, accounting for all seven runs the team scored.
TODAY: Las Vegas Aviators (55-55) at Tacoma Rainiers (51-59), 1:35.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan – but he’s away from the team right now, and Steve Scarsone is filling in during this series.
SEASON SERIES: Las Vegas leads, 12-5.
PITCHERS: RHP Parker Dunshee (5-9, 7.36) at RHP Konner Wade (3-4, 5.45)
This is the exact same match-up we had in the first game of the series on Tuesday, which Las Vegas won 10-4.
ROSTER MOVES: Two additional moves occurred yesterday before the doubleheader: pitcher Matt Koch was activated from Tacoma’s injured list, and newly acquired Mariners pitcher Matthew Boyd joined Tacoma on a rehabilitation assignment. Each pitched a scoreless inning last night.
HOT HITTERS: Taylor Trammell went 11-for-30 (.367) with two homers during the eight games of his rehabilitation assignment… Erick Mejia has a seven-game hitting streak, and he has reached base safely in 12 straight games… Forrest Wall has an eight-game hitting streak… Jonathan Villar has multiple hits in four of the eight games he has played in since joining the team… Marcus Wilson has a four-game hitting streak.
OPPONENT NEWS: The Aviators come into the series on a seven-game losing streak, but they have won three of the last four games now… Las Vegas has the Charles Wright Academy alum Nate Mondou on its roster, and former Rainiers reliever Dave McKay is also on the team… Billy McKinney has reached base in 12 straight games… Sheldon Neuse has an 11-game hitting streak… David MacKinnon is 9-for-20 in the series.
BROADCAST: All games will be broadcast free on a live audio stream which is available right here.
Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens right here.
- The Mariners exhibited some “sloppy play” in a loss to Texas last night. The M’s will go for a road series win today.
- Scott Servais reflected on his 500th career win as Mariners manager.
- For some goofy Tacoma Giants history, John Pregenzer pitched in Tacoma from 1963 to 1965, yet had a fan club in San Francisco.