The Rainiers finished their 2019 season with a 61-78 record in last place of the PCL Pacific North Division. The 61 wins gives manager Daren Brown 494 all-time as the Tacoma skipper, making him the winningest manager in franchise history.
The Rainiers open the 2020 season at Cheney Stadium on April 9. It will be the 61st season on professional baseball in Tacoma and the franchise’s 26th campaign as the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Find the Rainiers 2020 home schedule at www.wertacoma.com/r2020schedule.
Here is a rundown of the team’s final three games.
Misiewicz propels Rainiers to Las Vegas win
Anthony Misiewicz missed quite a few bats on Saturday, Aug. 31, punching out 10 Las Vegas hitters over six strong innings leading the Rainiers to a 3-2 victory over Las Vegas and grabbing his eighth win on the season for Tacoma.
Misiewicz (8-6) surrendered five hits and three walks but allowed just one run in his sixth quality start with the Rainiers. The 24-year-old capped an overpowering month of August with a 3-0 record and a 1.57 ERA in five starts. In five of his last six starts, the southpaw has gone five or more innings and given up one or no runs.
The Rainiers started the scoring in the first inning when Shed Long put Tacoma on the board with a leadoff home run off Grant Holmes.
The Aviators then tied the ballgame at one before the Rainiers came back to re-take the lead in the sixth inning. Tacoma scored on an RBI single off the bat of Jordan Pacheco, bringing the score to 2-1 in favor of the Rainiers.
Tacoma kept Las Vegas off the scoreboard before building their lead to 3-1 in the eighth inning when the Rainiers picked up a run on Eric Filia’s leadoff home run off Miguel Romero.
The Rainiers gave up one Las Vegas run in the ninth but Matt Carasiti left the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position to end the game, earning the save.
Offensively, Tacoma was paced by Filia, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and an RBI, marking the second time Filia has gone yard this season. Long compiled a standout day at the dish as well, going 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI, his ninth long ball of the year. Pacheco also contributed for the Rainiers, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Ryan Garton was excellent out of the bullpen as well for the Rainiers, throwing one scoreless inning while limiting Las Vegas to one hit, walking none and striking out one.
As a unit, Tacoma scored their three runs on nine hits, four of which went for extra bases, including two home runs. The Rainiers also drew two free passes from Las Vegas pitchers.
Nolin strikes out 11
Left-hander Sean Nolin punched out 11 Las Vegas hitters over 4 2/3 innings, but the Aviators rallied and defeated the Rainiers on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Las Vegas Ballpark, 8-1.
Nolin gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in his final start of the campaign. The southpaw had nine strikeouts through the first three frames, and his 11 whiffs are the most in a single game for a Tacoma pitcher since James Paxton accomplished the feat on June 22, 2013 against Fresno.
The lone Rainiers run came on an RBI single off the bat of Jaycob Brugman in the first inning. Tacoma was within a run heading into the bottom of the eighth, but a six-run Las Vegas rally put the contest out of reach.
Eric Filia led the way offensively for Tacoma, going 3-for-4 with a double along with a walk. His three hits improve his batting average to .325 this season. Jordan Pacheco also chipped in for Tacoma, going 2-for-4.
Gerson Bautista also pitched well for the Rainiers, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings while limiting Las Vegas to no hits, walking two, and striking out three.
As a collective, Tacoma pushed across their one run in the contest off of eight hits, one of which went for extra bases. The Rainiers also drew five walks from Las Vegas pitchers.
Brugman homers one last time
The Tacoma Rainiers out-hit Las Vegas on Labor Day Monday, including a solo home run from outfielder Jaycob Brugman, but the Aviators topped Tacoma on the final day of the regular season, 3-2.
Brugman crushed his team-best 23rd home run in the top of the eighth inning at Las Vegas Ballpark, cutting the deficit to one, but the Rainiers failed to score again in the one-run contest.
The outfielder was one of four Tacoma (61-78) hitters to log a multi-hit game on Monday, joining third baseman Shed Long (2-for-5), right fielder Eric Filia (2-for-4) and catcher Joe Odom (2-for-4).
Tacoma got an RBI fielder’s choice from Aaron Knapp, who plated Odom in the top of the fourth.
Right-hander Andrew Moore (0-5) got the nod for the Rainiers and was charged with all three Las Vegas (83-57) runs in 5 2/3 innings on five hits and a walk. Moore, who was unable to win a game with Tacoma this season, struck out four hitters in his final outing.
Ryan Garton, the team’s Pitcher of the Year Award recipient, recorded the final out of the sixth inning and faced just one batter.
Nabil Crismatt had a strong final appearance by pitching two scoreless innings with six strikeouts and only one hit allowed.