It’s a doubleheader tonight, as the Tacoma Rainiers host the Reno Aces in two games starting at 5:05 at Cheney Stadium.
The twinbill is a makeup of the game that was rained out on April 9. One ticket gets you into the entire doubleheader tonight, which will be two 7-inning games. There will be a break of about 30 minutes between games.
Reno won the opener of the series last night, 2-1, as the 21-year-old lefty Blake Walston shut down Tacoma’s lineup. The Rainiers had just one hit, a fifth inning single off the bat of Zach DeLoach. Walston had been kind of wild in his previous starts this season, but he was throwing strikes yesterday and walked only two batters in 7.1 innings.
The Rainiers scored their lone run last night without a hit. Cooper Hummel drew a walk, stole second base, went to third when the catcher’s throw bounced into center field, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian O’Keefe.
Now, about that headline. In blackjack you would never double down on two aces – the proper play is to split them. And in baseball, most doubleheaders are splits. But not all of them! Let’s go for the sweep tonight.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers opened the homestand with a 2-1 loss to Reno, as Aces pitching limited Tacoma to just one hit and two walks. Zach DeLoach had the only hit, a fifth inning single through the right side off Reno starter Blake Walston. Walston went 7.1 innings, allowing an unearned run while walking two and striking out seven. Tacoma is now 9-3 in home games this season.
TODAY: Reno Aces (19-14) at Tacoma Rainiers (16-17), 5:05 doubleheader.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Blake Lalli.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 4-2.
PITCHERS: G1: RHP Slade Cecconi (0-2, 8.20) at RHP Darren McCaughan (1-1, 7.76)
Neither team has a starting pitcher listed for the second game, which will likely be a bullpen game for both squads, pending how the first game goes.
ROSTER MOVES: None today as of blog posting time.
HOT HITTERS: The one-hitter last night put an end to hitting streaks all up and down the roster… Zach DeLoach has reached base safely in 27 of his 29 games… Mike Ford has 45 RBI, which leads all of professional baseball… Jacob Nottingham has hit four home runs over his last eight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Reno just split a six-game series at home against Round Rock, but prior to that they won 10 of 12 games against Sugar Land and at Salt Lake, going 5-1 against each… Philip Evans has arguably been the best hitter in the league to date. He leads the league in batting average (.451), on-base percentage (.582), and runs scored (34)… Dominic Canzone has been hot: he homered twice on Saturday and has reached base in 13 straight games… Reno has former Rainiers pitchers Anthony Misiewicz and Austin Adams, as well as infielder Jake Hager.
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.
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