We got up before the crack of dawn and flew to Fresno today. After a two-hour nap – one hour in a lobby chair waiting for my room to be ready, and another hour in bed – I realized how weird this is.
It’s July 27, the Rainiers have played 102 games, and today we play our first game in Fresno this season. This is a city the Rainiers visit twice each year; it’s weird to have our first visit so late in the season. Tacoma closes the season here over Labor Day weekend.
The Rainiers are coming into Fresno hot. The team has won five of its last six games, and the Rainiers 58-44 record is the best in the PCL.
Sunday Tacoma beat Sacramento 5-4 in ten innings. Matt Mangini led off the tenth with a double to right, he took third on a passed ball, and scored on Mike Wilson’s long single over the center fielder’s head.
Mangini and Mike Carp are streaking. Carp has a 16-game hitting streak, during which he has batted .344 (21-for-61). Mangini has a 15-game streak, and he’s hit .389 during his (21-for-54). The franchise record is 26-games, set by Rex Johnston in 1965 and tied by Chad Akers in 1999.
The Rainiers made a roster move today, releasing veteran relief pitcher Joe Nelson and activating Mumba Rivera from the disabled list.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05 in Fresno. The Rainiers will start LHP Luke French (11-3, 2.94) RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-2, 5.91) against Fresno RHP Henry Sosa (6-2, 3.11). The broadcast will be live on 850 AM and streaming via www.tacomarainiers.com.
- Ryan Divish got demoted to Triple-A, so he wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune. He focused on Mike Wilson.
- The M’s still might make a trade before Saturday’s 1:00 Pacific deadline. Or maybe they won’t.
- Geoff Baker wrote a Long Geoff Baker Post about a rumored rift between the Mariners front office and field staff. My take: everyone is always bitter when the team is losing.
- Larry Stone ranked the Top Five Most Disappointing Mariners Teams In Franchise History.
- Here is part one of a two-part feature on longtime Rainiers pitching coach Dwight Bernard, who was assigned to Class-A Clinton this year.
- This Baseball America prospect round-up talks about M’s farmhand Kyle Seager and his 31-game hitting streak at High Desert.
- I don’t know what in the world is going on with Prentice Redman, but this is just completely unexpected. I hope he gets it together.
- In the PCL, Salt Lake remained seven games behind Tacoma by beating Colorado Springs last night, 6-1. Sky Sox pitcher Nick Bierbrodt got tired of giving up home runs, so he started throwing at people. Salt Lake has won seven of nine.
- Here’s the latest on Fresno, who has lost six of eight. The Grizz are still tied in first with Sacramento.
- New Orleans first baseman Logan Morrison got called up by the Marlins. He’s replacing Chris Coghlan, who got injured in a shaving cream pie incident. Really.
- The playing surface in Las Vegas is in terrible shape, but the players just have to deal with it.
- A pair of rehabbers pitched yesterday in the American Conference: Kyle Lohse was good; ex-Rainier Gil Meche was not good.
One thing I’m looking forward to in Fresno: seeing this thing, the only mascot in the PCL that actually makes me laugh – and he does it almost every game.