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May 14 Game Notes: Tacoma Rainiers vs. Salt Lake Bees

Tacoma Rainiers

May 14, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
Tacoma Rainiers News Release


Tuesday, May 14 – 6:05 PM – Cheney Stadium – Tacoma, WA

RHP Emerson Hancock (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Zach Plesac (1-5, 6.44)

TONIGHT’S GAME: Tacoma and Salt Lake will meet for game one of their six-game series tonight and game seven between the two teams on the season. Emerson Hancock will take the ball for the Rainiers, set to make his Triple-A debut. The right-hander started the year with Seattle, where he went 3-3 with a 5.24 ERA in seven starts. Opposite Hancock will be Zach Plesac getting the start for the Bees, coming into play tonight with a 1-5 record and a 6.44 ERA through his first seven starts of the season. Plesac has allowed 26 earned runs on 38 hits and 17 walks, striking out 27 batters over his 36.1 innings pitched. He suffered a loss in his first matchup against the Rainiers this season, back on April 5, when he allowed four earned runs on four hits including two home runs. He walked and struck out five batters over his 4.2 innings pitched.

HOME COOKIN’: Tacoma returns home for game one of their 12-game homestand tonight, after playing their last 12 games on the road. The Rainiers went 4-8 on their road trip to Sacramento and Reno, putting their road record at 10-14 this season. They are still three games over the .500-mark overall coming into play tonight, thanks to their stellar play at home so far in 2024. Through their first 15 home games of the season, Tacoma is 11-4 at Cheney Stadium.

ON THE MEND: Outfielder Dominic Canzone will continue his Major League rehab with the Rainiers tonight, after playing two games in Reno. In those two games, Canzone went 3-for-8 with two doubles and a run batted in. He landed on the injured list back on April 15 with a left AC joint sprain. Tacoma will add another Major League rehabber tonight, shortstop J.P. Crawford. Crawford will make his first start on Major League rehab with Tacoma tonight, recovering from a right oblique strain suffered back on April 24. The shortstop played in 31 games with the Rainiers back in 2019 and that was the last time he was in Triple-A. Over those 31 games, he hit .319 (37-for-116) with seven doubles, three home runs and 15 runs batted in. He took 19 walks compared to 25 strikeouts on his way up to Seattle that season.

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