Assistant Sports Editor
FRESNO, CALIF - Young left-hander Mauricio Robles was in control on Saturday night, and Tacoma took a big step toward clinching its second straight division title with a 3-1 victor over the Fresno Grizzlies.
The Tacoma Rainiers closed what they call "original Cheney Stadium" Thursday the same way the Tacoma Giants opened the place in 1960: with a loss.
If the Tacoma Rainiers are going to clinch back-to-back Pacific Coast League Pacific North Division titles, they are going to do it on the road.
It felt like April in August.
It's becoming a common and troubling occurrence for Mauricio Robles since joining the Tacoma Rainiers.
It took a season-high 17 runs and a season-high-tying seven home runs, including two each from Matt Mangini and Brad Nelson, to finally give the Tacoma Rainiers a little breathing room in the standings.
At least the Tacoma Rainiers didn't lose any ground in the Pacific North Division race.
Tug Hulett version 2.0 is proving to be a hit with the Tacoma Rainiers.
Portland has been out of contention in the Pacific Coast League Pacific North Division for quite some time, but that doesn't mean the Beavers can't embrace the role of spoiler.
The Tacoma Rainiers continued their struggles on the road, blowing an early 6-0 lead before dropping a 7-6 Pacific Coast League decision to Reno on Tuesday night. The Rainiers are now 1-14 in their past 15 road games.