The Rainiers lost the final game of the Salt Lake series, 8-1. But it was a successful series – Tacoma won four of the six games, and expanded its lead to three games in the Northern Division.
Now the Rainiers will dart up and down the West Coast for the four series leading into the all-star break: four games in Sacramento, three games at home against Portland, four games in Salt Lake City, four games at home against Fresno.
Today the team arrived in Sacramento at about 12:30 – just in time to watch the USA’s tough overtime loss to Ghana*. There are a handful of soccer fans among the Rainiers players, and they gathered to watch it in the hotel restaurant before heading over to Raley Field.
Tonight at 7:05 the Rainiers send RHP David Pauley (1-6, 3.68) Andy Baldwin (4-3, 4.73) to the mound against Sacramento RHP Kyle Middleton (4-5, 2.69). The Rainiers are 4-4 against Sacramento this season, with reverse-results: Tacoma lost 3 of 4 at home to Sacramento in April, and won 3 of 4 at Sacramento in early June.
The broadcast will be in the usual spots: 850 AM in the South Sound, and streaming via www.tacomarainiers.com.
Now for some linkage:
- Ryan Divish focused on the Rainiers series win in his game story.
- The Mariners dropped their first game in Milwaukee. Jonathan Lucroy, who the Rainiers faced in Nashville earlier this season, hit his first major league HR off Ryan Rowland-Smith.
- Here’s the latest version of Rainiers Insider, in which I talk to team goofball Chris Seddon and team ticket sales guru Chip Maxson.
- Jason Churchill, who always has an interesting take, plays the always entertaining “let’s concoct Cliff Lee trades” game.
- In the PCL, Memphis had an unbelievable comeback: trailing 6-1, the Redbirds scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 7-6 win over Nashville.
- Sacramento split a series in Las Vegas.
- Here’s a feature on new Las Vegas third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who just cleared waivers.
- It’s all but official: the Oklahoma City RedHawks are being sold to minor league conglomerate Mandalay Sports.
- Not only has Round Rock traded for ex-Rainier Tommy Everidge, but they also signed Ramon Vazquez. Add him in with ex-Rainiers Chris Shelton, Roy Corcoran, Oswaldo Navarro, and Michael Garciaparra. They also have two former Tacoma groundskeepers, an ex-Rainiers marketing intern, several former Cheney Stadium parking attendants, and the 1989 Tacoma Tigers beer vendor.
- The youngest player on an opening day roster in the PCL was Fresno’s Madison Bumgarner. Today, he’ll be the youngest player in the major leagues.
- Former Rainiers catcher Miguel Olivo is bidding for a spot in the major league all-star game.
Sorry for the short blog today – I’ve got to bang out my Minor League Notebook for tomorrow’s News Tribune, and then head to Raley. I’ll try to wake up early (by my standards) tomorrow and get to all of the good Sunday baseball links.
* Goodbye, soccer fad. See you in 2014!