Rainiers Execute, Win In Extras

April 19, 2012

Tacoma played a clean, well-executed game on Wednesday to defeat the Sacramento River Cats in ten innings, 2-1.

The Rainiers are still not an offensive force, but they took advantage of the opportunities that they had on Wednesday.

After just three hits through six innings, the team was trailing 1-0.

Chih-Hsien Chiang and Johan Limonta hit back-to-back one-out singles to put runners at first and third. After Luis Rodriguez popped up, the pressure was on Triple-A rookie Brandon Bantz to drive the run in with two outs.

Chiang, the runner at third, knew the situation – he had to get home any way possible. When the fourth pitch to Bantz trickled away from the Sacramento catcher, Chiang lit out for the plate and scored the tying run. It was a bold move – the ball barely got away from the catcher – but the situation called for it, and it worked.

The tenth inning was textbook fundamental baseball: Luis Rodriguez doubled to right-center. Bantz put down a perfect sacrifice bunt, rolling one up the third base line so that Rodriguez could advance to third. Knowing he had to hit a fly ball to get the run home, Trayvon Robinson didn’t panic when he fell behind in the count 0-2, lifting a fly to right-center to drive in the winning run.

The pitching was excellent: Forrest Snow allowed one run on three hits in six innings, striking out eight. Sean Henn got the win, delivering his second straight outing of three innings, no runs. Josh Kinney nailed down the save, and the Rainiers three-game losing streak was over.

We return to night baseball this evening in Sacramento, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Vasquez (2-0, 1.38) against Sacramento LHP Fabio Castro (1-0, 3.00). As always, you can catch the broadcast on 850 AM in Tcoma and streaming online right here.

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It’s a gorgeous day in Sacramento – Sunny and 75. Should be a fun night at Raley Field.


Day Game Alert!

April 18, 2012

The Rainiers have a day game today, a 12:05 pm start in Sacramento. It’s our first mid-week day game of the season.

Last night the Rainiers offensive woes continued, as the club lost the opener in Sacramento, 5-1.

Tacoma has been held to 1 or 2 runs in four of the last five games. The team scored 11 runs once, and 15 another time – but in the other 11 games this year, the team is averaging 2.9 runs per game.

Yes, the pitching is definitely better in the PCL this year – from what we’ve seen, it’s miles ahead of last year – but it’s still a hitter’s league, and you’ve got to score some runs to win in this circuit.

Tacoma’s offensive problems are a result of injury: Carlos Peguero, Mike Wilson, and now Adam Moore, all on the shelf – and those are our 4-5-6 hitters in the lineup.

To throw a couple of positives out there: Mauricio Robles continues to take small steps forward. He was wild in the third inning last night, issuing three of his four walks in the frame, but he finished strong and got through five innings allowing two runs against a very tough lineup.

Cesar Jimenez had another solid outing, going two scoreless innings and dropping his ERA down to 0.96.

And finally, I had a ridiculous radio call – let’s talk about it.

With two outs in the inning, Jimenez got ahead of Wes Timmons, no balls two strikes. This is what came out of my mouth: “Runner at second, two outs… and the 0-2 pitch… fastball… … … bbppaaaa hahahaha!!!”

I couldn’t describe it. I could only laugh at the worst ball-strike call I have ever witnessed in person. It was such a bad call, it made me sound like an idiot on the air – not that I needed the help.

It wasn’t my view of the strike zone that made it a bad call – heck, I’m far enough away to not really know if it was in the zone.

It was the reaction of the players on the field.

Every single player on the diamond saw the pitch, and took at least one step toward their dugout.

All nine Rainiers on the field stepped toward the first base dugout – even the outfielders. Catcher Guillermo Quiroz took two or three steps; there was an unusual moment when only the plate umpire was still at the dish.

That’s because both the batter and the Sacramento runner at second base also leaned towards their own dugout. Everyone on the field thought the inning was over.

There was an awkward moment – a pause, a deep breath in the game if you will – and then play resumed. Credit to Jimenez for bearing down, getting Timmons to fly out, and not letting it bother him.

I’m not naming the umpire or anything because it doesn’t matter. All umps miss calls, it’s part of the game – the human element! – but this was such an unusual sight, seeing both teams act like the inning was over.

Today’s game is at 12:05 and you can hear it on 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Forrest Snow (0-2, 10.13) against Sacramento RHP Brad Peacock (1-1, 1.50). Peacock is considered one of Oakland’s top prospects.

Links:

  • Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners blew a huge lead and lost a game that Geoff Baker called a “head-scratcher.”
  • Eric Wedge comments on Mike Carp’s rehab in this notebook.
  • Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to win a game. Thanks for making me feel young, Jamie!
  • In the PCL, Ryan Langerhans had a game winning double in the bottom of the ninth as Salt Lake beat Las Vegas, 3-2.
  • Andrew Brown is heating up, and Colorado Springs defeated Tucson, 8-1. In this story: Sky Sox reliever Edgmer Escalona was called up by the Rockies.
  • Eric Hacker is back in Fresno and the right-hander always seems to win there – he went seven scoreless innings and improved to 3-0 in a win over Reno last night. At 10-3, the Grizzlies are off to their best start in franchise history. Hey look – Justin Christian didn’t get any hits!
  • Round Rock got a strong start from Neil Ramirez and beat Omaha, 4-2.
  • The New Orleans pitching staff is becoming a story – they dropped their ERA to 1.99 after a 3-1 win at Memphis yesterday.
  • Albuquerque blasted Iowa 13-6. Scott Van Slyke and Alex Castellanos had three hits apiece.
  • Oklahoma City was rained out in Nashville. They’ll play two on Thursday.
  • For entertainment purposes only: Grant Brisbee found a foreign website with amazing descriptions of the MLB replica jerseys they are selling.

My caffeine IV is inserted – time to head to ballpark!


Tough Losses

April 17, 2012

The Rainiers had a rough Monday in Fresno.

They lost a tough game, 3-2, in the bottom of the ninth inning due to costly mistakes. Then they lost catcher Adam Moore.

Moore felt pain in his right knee while leaving the batters box when he hit a grounder in the first inning. He left the game at the end of the inning.

Moore is flying to Seattle to get it checked out. It’s the same knee he had surgery on that cost him the 2011 season. Hopefully its nothing serious.

The game was tough, too. Tacoma had eight hits in the first four innings, but managed to score only two runs. Tacoma kept hitting line drive rockets off Fresno starter Brian Burres - and the liners went right at defensive players. I had five lineouts marked on my scorecard.

Still, the Rainiers had a 2-1 lead at the seventh inning stretch, thanks to some outstanding pitching by Jeff Marquez. In his finest outing of the year, Marquez went six innings and gave up one run on four hits. He threw 89 pitches and 60 were strikes.

Fresno tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out, two-strike RBI single by Justin Christian. Christian went 10-for-16 in the series and is batting .548 on the season. Thank goodness the Rainiers don’t have to deal with him anymore. Whoops! Fresno comes to Tacoma on Saturday, and we’ll be seeing more of this guy.

Then came the bottom of the ninth. Chance Ruffin got the first two hitters out, bringing up Todd Linden. Linden hit a hard, hooking line drive a bit towards the right of center field. Trayvon Robinson gave chase, dived, and just missed it. Linden ended up with a triple.

Then things just got weird. With two outs and a runner at third, Eli Whiteside bunted. It was a bad bunt – Ruffin picked it up quickly, turned to throw to first and end the inning – and his throw was high and wide, pulling Scott Savastano off the first base bag. Whiteside was safe, Linden scored, game over.

It worked and won the game, but I still have no idea why Whiteside was trying to bunt for a hit with two outs and the winning runner at third.

After the game we bussed to Sacramento, arriving at 2:00 AM. The team was in good spirits despite the tough loss – that’s a good sign, they’ll shake this off no problem.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 pm at Sacramento’s Raley Field, and the broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming right here. Tacoma starts LHP Mauricio Robles (0-0, 4.15) while Sacramento’s starter is TBA. The River Cats are going to make a roster move before the game to get a pitcher active.

This won’t be an easy series – Sacramento, like Fresno, is 9-3 on the year. The River Cats have been getting great pitching lately. Hot hitters include Michael Taylor (.413-1-11) and Brandon Moss (.355-2-6). The Rainiers will not have to face top prospect Jarrod Parker in the series – he won last night – but Tacoma is slated to face another prospect, Brad Peacock, tomorrow.

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It’s a new day, and a new opponent. The Rainiers have historically played well at Raley Field. Let’s see if that can continue.


Blackley Shuts Down Rainiers

April 16, 2012

Former Rainiers and Mariners left-hander Travis Blackley shut down Tacoma on Sunday afternoon, 7-1.

Blackley went 5.1 innings and gave up just one hit – a Carlos Triunfel homer in the fourth inning.

The Rainiers radar gun had Blackley topping out at 92 mph, and Fresno pitching coach Pat Rice told me that he’s been 90-94 all spring.

Rice also said that Blackley feels like pitching a lot has strengthened his arm. Blackley was a starter in Korea last year, and then continued to pitch in the Australian Winter League where he worked deep into games.

The amazing thing is that he’s only 29 years old. Blackley was a pup of just 21 when he pitched for Tacoma and Seattle in 2004.

He is completely recovered from the shoulder problems that plagued him years ago, and he is older and wiser. Always one of the more outgoing and friendly players in the game, there are a lot of people pulling for him to get another shot at the majors.

Maybe it will happen this year.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and it’s the final game of the Fresno series. Tacoma needs to win tonight to salvage a split. The Rainiers send RHP Jeff Marquez (1-0, 9.00) to the mound against veteran LHP Brian Burres (0-1, 8.10). The broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming online right here.

After the game, the Rainiers go to Sacramento in a rare PCL bus trip. It’s about a three-hour drive.

Links:

  • Here’s the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, in which I wrote about Travis Blackley and Carlos Triunfel.
  • The Rainiers aren’t the only team that can’t get Fresno outfielder Justin Christian out. The PCL’s leading hitter is batting .553, and he’s 8-for-12 against Tacoma.
  • It was nice to see former Rainiers pitcher Blake Beavan pick up his first win of the season in the Mariners 5-3 win yesterday.
  • Justin Smoak had a much-needed big game, John McGrath writes.
  • Brendan Ryan connected for his first career home run at Safeco Field. Reporters must love this guy.
  • Geoff Baker writes that the Mariners don’t appear to be serious about trying Jesus Montero at catcher.
  • Jason Churchill has an interesting piece on the next Mariners closer.
  • USS Mariner has its first Minor League Wrap of the season. These are always really long and contain some good information.
  • On the business side of things, respected sports business writer Maury Brown says that the Mariners are positioned for a sale - although he is quick to point out that they are not for sale.
  • Baseball America has a scouting report on a 17-year-old Dominican outfielder named Hersin Martinez whom the Mariners just signed to a big bonus.
  • In the PCL, Sacramento edged Reno, 3-1. Looks like the Rainiers are going to miss top prospect Jarrod Parker in the series that starts tomorrow.
  • Salt Lake outfielder Mike Trout is scorching hot. He’s hit safely in all 11 games and is batting .417 – and a local columnist says you better see him while you can. Trout is blazing fast – he went first to home on a single (video).
  • Bees pitcher Garrett Richards continues to impress.
  • Las Vegas got snowed out in Colorado Springs – they’ll try to play two today.
  • Nashville reliever Jim Henderson hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the 13th inning against New Orleans.
  • In another 13 inning game, Round Rock toppled Iowa, 11-10. Brad Nelson had a big game, and it ended on a Matt Kata sacrifice fly.
  • Party on Beale Street – the Memphis Redbirds won a baseball game!

This is a big early season game tonight. Fresno is good – they’re 8-3, and they have the hottest hitter in the league. A split here would be a fine accomplishment.


Rainiers Win Big

April 15, 2012

The Rainiers evened up the series in Fresno on Saturday night, blasting the Grizzlies 11-1.

Tacoma had 14 hits, with seven of them going for extra bases. Seven different players had two hits for the Rainiers, including the first six batters in the lineup.

Tacoma had one home run: a line drive two-run shot by Luis Jimenez in the third inning. Jimenez already has three homers and three doubles in ten games, exactly the kind of extra-base power the Rainiers need from him.

Mike Carp had the first two hits of his rehabilitation assignment, going 2-for-5 with a single and a double.

We have a hitting streak: Carlos Triunfel had two hits yesterday, and he has a five-game hitting streak during which he has gone 7-for-22.

Anthony Vasquez started and pitched six innings for the win, becoming the Rainiers first pitcher to earn two wins. Vasquez has nine straight “quality starts” in the PCL, dating back to last year.

Today’s game is at 2:05 PM with the pregame show starting at 1:50. The broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Matt Fox (0-2, 2.25) against Fresno LHP Travis Blackley (0-0, 0.00).

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Off to the ballpark for some daytime baseball!


Timely Hitting Dooms Rainiers

April 14, 2012

The Fresno Grizzlies came through in the clutch in their home opener, scoring all of their runs on two-out hits in a 6-1 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers on Friday night.

Pitching in cold and wet conditions, Tacoma starter Forrest Snow struggled with his control for the second start in a row. He walked four batters in three innings, and all four scored.

Fresno scored two runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run double by Charlie Culberson. They added three more in the third on a two-out, bases loaded triple by Todd Linden.

Linden, by the way, is now 31 years old. The Central Kitsap High School product is attempting a comeback – the Giants gave him a Triple-A opportunity after he played for an independent team in Edmonton last year.

The Rainiers are 4-5. They’ll try to get back to the .500 mark when LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 1.29 takes the mound against Fresno RHP Yusmeiro Petit (1-0, 3.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm, and you can catch the broadcast on 850 AM or streaming online right here.

Links:

  • I wrote the heavily-edited game story for The News Tribune, focusing on Forrest Snow’s uncharacteristic control problems.
  • The Fresno Bee covered the game thoroughly – it was the Grizzlies home opener. We have a photo gallery, a game story, and a notebook.
  • Yesterday the Mariners placed George Sherrill on the disabled list, and called up Charlie Furbush. Today I expect the Rainiers to add veteran right-hander Brian Sweeney to the roster – he’s been working out in extended spring training.
  • The Mariners were shut out by Oakland in their home opener, 4-0.
  • The Mariners rebuilding process can be maddening, writes Larry Stone.
  • John McGrath watched Felix Hernandez pitch, and he felt like something was missing. On the other hand, Jerry Brewer isn’t going to waste any energy worrying about Felix.
  • Seven members of the old Tacoma Giants were among the honorees at the San Francisco Giants home opener. They celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Giants 1962 World Series team.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake won its home opener over Tucson, 5-4. Mike Trout had a big two-run triple, and David Pauley was the Bees starting pitcher. The Salt Lake Tribune has a story on Bees General Manager Marc Amicone.
  • Reno spoiled the Sacramento River Cats home opener, winning 2-0.
  • Colorado Springs played its first home game, and the used baseballs from their new humidor. Travis Snider doesn’t care about humid baseballs – he went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and Las Vegas pummelled the Sky Sox, 14-0.
  • Tommy Lasorda showed up at the Albuquerque Isotopes home opener.
  • Anthony Rizzo homered twice and the Iowa Cubs spoiled Round Rock’s home opener. Rizzo is batting .400 with five HRs and 13 RBI in nine games.
  • It could be a tough year in Memphis. The Redbirds dropped their home opener to Oklahoma City, 11-3, and have now lost eight in a row.

The weather has cleared here in Fresno, we’re not supposed to see anymore rain on this road trip.


Alive And Wet In Fresno

April 13, 2012

The Rainiers survived their first travel day of the season, arriving in Fresno for the start of an eight-game road trip.

The team bus left Cheney Stadium at 5:30 AM. Our 8:00 AM flight to Fresno was delayed slightly – they kept making ominous announcements about thunderstorms over the Fresno airport, saying that if we couldn’t land, the plane would be diverted to San Jose. I quickly checked my pocket schedule – San Jose is not a Pacific Coast League city.

The flight was also overbooked, and they made it clear that baggage wasn’t going to make it.

This last part I am used to – whenever we fly to Fresno, the plane isn’t big enough to take all of the baseball equipment and the personal bags. Those of us with the team know that our personal bags will get delivered to the hotel at night, when a later flight comes in. However, the dozen non-baseball people on the flight have no idea that they have zero chance of getting their bags. Sorry about that!

Moral of the story: if you are flying to Fresno and you want your luggage to arrive with you, make sure you aren’t on the same flight as the Rainiers.

The flight was bumpy the whole way, non-stop – it was a regular Knuckleball Express. This was strictly due to the weather, which got worse as we approached Fresno. The descent was shaky, but the pilots did a great job and got us on the ground safely.

When we landed, it was pouring rain in Fresno. However, the Fresno Grizzlies representative told us that it’s supposed to burn off in the afternoon, and we are going to try to play tonight.

Tonight’s game, if it goes off on time, is scheduled for a 7:25 start. We’ll start the pre-game show at about 7:10 on South Sound Sports 850 AM, and streaming online right here.

Tacoma is scheduled to start RHP Forrest Snow (0-1, 7.20) against Fresno RHP Andrew Kown (1-0, 1.80).

Mariners outfielder Mike Carp met the Rainiers at the airport and will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Tacoma tonight.

Carp suffered a sprained right shoulder on March 29 in Japan, diving for a ball in left field. He’s currently on the Mariners disabled list. I’m not yet sure how long his rehab assignment is supposed to last.

Carp is ranked third on the Tacoma all-time career home run list. He could move to second this week:

HOME RUNS
1) Rick Renick 72
2) Tom Kelly 66
3) Mike Carp 65
4) Randy Bass 64
  Danny Goodwin 64
6) Bryan LaHair 60
7) Dan Rohrmeier 58
8) Kelvin Moore 57
9) Jeff Clement 52
10) Bob Perry 50

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Time for a cat-nap and then the walk to the ballpark to get set up and see if we’re playing… I’ll let you know if it’s postponed.


Rainiers Get Offensive

April 12, 2012

What a difference a day makes, eh?

The day after getting shut out on just three hits, the Rainiers exploded for 22 hits and 15 runs in a 15-5 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

The win moved Tacoma back over the .500 mark, to 4-3. The Rainiers can win the series with the Sky Sox by taking tonight’s final.

Everybody in the Rainiers lineup had a hit, with eight of the nine players getting multiple hits. Trayvon Robinson, Luis Jimenez, Adam Moore, Chih-Hsien Chiang, and Scott Savastano each had three hits.

Home runs were belted by Johan Limonta and Guillermo Quiroz - they each had four RBI.

Jeff Marquez received all of the run support, lasting five innings and earning his first win as a member of the Rainiers.

Here’s a fun stat: Tacoma’s team batting average went from .233 to .280 in one game!

Tacoma did have a few problems, though. The team made five errors in the field, and the club currently ranks last in the PCL in most fielding statistics. Hopefully this is an early-season anomaly.

Tacoma adds right-hander Jarrett Grube to the active roster for tonight’s game. Grube was in extended spring training; he’ll work out of the Tacoma bullpen and will also be available for spot starts when the need arises.

Grube’s addition fills Tacoma’s 25-man roster. This is the first time the Rainiers roster has been full this season.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, it’s the last game of the homestand, and it’s Tasty Thursday ($2 Miller Lite & MGD, $1 hot dogs, coffee, and soda). If that’s not enough, the Rainiers are on the road for 19 of the next 23 games – so get yourself out to the ballpark today, you hear? If you can’t make it, the broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming right here. Tacoma starts LHP Mauricio Robles (0-0, 2.25) against Sky Sox RHP Carlos Torres (0-0, 4.50).

Links:

  • Here is the Rainiers game story from Todd Milles of The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners stunned the Rangers with a shocking come-from-behind ninth inning rally.
  • John McGrath writes that Greg Halman deserves a plaque on the Cheney Stadium Wall of Fame.
  • In this Larry LaRue notebook we learn that Mike Carp homered in an intersquad game in Arizona yesterday. He’s close to returning from the disabled list.
  • The Seattle Weekly called and asked me about Kyle Seager’s time in Tacoma, including the question “which Tacoma bar does Seager best compare to?” So, I answered.
  • James Paxton pitched well for Double-A Jackson yesterday morning.
  • For us old-timers: the San Francisco Giants game was so bad last night that a rabid fan went ahead and Benny Hill-ified it.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake blasted Reno 11-3 last night, and the Bees go for a sweep tonight. Reno has lost five in a row and is searching for answers.
  • Las Vegas outfielder Moises Sierra didn’t pattern his game after Moises Alou or Ruben Sierrait was actually Raul Mondesi.
  • Fresno – Tacoma’s next opponent – has its win streak snapped at four last night in Las Vegas.
  • After the Jarrod Parker vs. Casey Kelly pitcher’s duel lived up to expectations, Sacramento rallied for two runs in the ninth to beat Tucson, 3-2.
  • Former Major League lefty Randy Flores is working as an analyst on Tucson Padres radio broadcasts.
  • Tucson left fielder Daniel Robertson may not be tall, but the Oregon State product has hit at every level.
  • New Orleans shut out Memphis, 2-0, with Brad Hand punching out 10. The Zephyrs team ERA is 0.90.
  • Iowa beat Albuquerque 5-1 behind the pitching of Casey Coleman and Ryan Rowland-Smith.
  • Omaha rallied against Tanner Scheppers and Round Rock, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win.
  • Nashville ended Oklahoma City’s five-game winning streak with a 7-6 victory in ten innings. Martin Maldonado homered in the tenth to win it.

Off to the ballpark for the final game of the homestand – after laundry, banking, bill paying, haircut, packing… we’re hitting the road for a long time!


Southpaws On Point

April 11, 2012

Each of the first two games in the Rainiers series against Colorado Springs has featured excellent pitching by a left-hander.

The Rainiers were first, getting seven innings of one-hit, one-run work from left-hander Anthony Vasquez on Monday night.

Up next was Colorado Springs lefty Christian Friedrich. A first-round draft pick in 2008, Friedrich was dominant in his second career Triple-A start on Tuesday, delivering 7.1 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and one walk. Friedrich’s fastball was 89-93, with quite a bit of movement, and he was able to throw it for strikes consistently.

Friedrich overshadowed some excellent pitching by the Rainiers. Matt Fox started and allowed just one run – on a Chad Tracy homer – over five innings. Cesar Jimenez and Oliver Perez finished the game, with Perez giving up a solo blast to Wil Nieves in the ninth to bring us to our final score of 2-0.

Scott Savastano collected the Rainiers only two hits off Friedrich – and both were long hits to left-center, a triple and a double. Twice Savastano was at third base with one out, and both times the next hitter popped up on the first pitch.

Carlos Triunfel added a single in the ninth – and that was it; the Rainiers were shut out on three hits and are now 3-3 on the year.

The big news yesterday was that the Rainiers are going to be playing without slugging outfielder Carlos Peguero for a while.

Peguero tore the medial meniscus in his left knee, and he is having surgery on Thursday. Peguero is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

Manager Daren Brown is more optimistic about outfielder Mike Wilson, who is on the DL with a strained groin. Brown said Wilson will travel on the road trip, and while he probably won’t play in Fresno, he might be able to return for the Sacramento series.

There is no known timetable for the return of outfielder Darren Ford, who is out with a broken finger on his right hand.

The Rainiers have added utility man Leury Bonilla from Double-A Jackson, and sent reserve outfielder Mario Yepez to Jackson.

Today the Mariners activated Adam Moore from the major league disabled list, and optioned him to Tacoma. He had been on a rehabilitation assignment. This means Moore now counts on the Rainiers roster, which is at 24 players – one short of the limit.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05 at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma starts RHP Jeff Marquez (0-0, 15.75) against Colorado Springs RHP Guillermo Moscoso (0-1, 3.60). Moscoso was solid in the Oakland A’s starting rotation last year – let’s see if the Rainiers can get the offense going against him. You can listen to the broadcast on 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

  • Ryan Divish made an appearance at Cheney Stadium (no autographs please), and here is his game story for The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners managed just four hits against Neftali Feliz and the Texas Rangers.
  • Shortstop Brendan Ryan was benched due to “accountability.”
  • Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo finds himself in the crosshairs of both Larry Stone and Dave Cameron. While both make excellent points, right now I lean more towards the Geoff Baker angle that we’re only six games into the season.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake had homers from Jorge Cantu and Ryan Langerhans in the top of the ninth inning to beat Reno, 2-1. Garrett Richards tossed another gem in this game. Reno plays in a launching pad, but manager Brett Butler is determined to teach the “lost art of bunting.”
  • Sacramento annihilated Tucson, 18-6, ripping 22 hits. Grant Green had a grand slam and six RBI. Tucson starter Joe Wieland was yanked after two scoreless innings because he is going to the show.
  • Two of the top pitching prospects in minor league baseball match up tonight in Tucson, when Sacramento’s Jarrod Parker faces Tucson’s Casey Kelly.
  • Rehabilitating Ryan Vogelsong pitched Fresno to a 10-5 win in Las Vegas.
  • New Orleans starter Alex Sanabia has been one of the top pitchers in the PCL so far. He went seven shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Memphis last night.
  • Oklahoma City rode the right arm of Paul Clemens to a 5-1 win over Nashville – and the RedHawks have won five in a row.
  • Scott Van Slyke has started the season on a tear for Albuquerque.
  • Heralded Chicago Cubs prospect Josh Vitters is off to a strong start for Iowa in his first Triple-A season.
  • It took 16 innings and 5 hours, 24 minutes for the Omaha Storm Chasers to beat Round Rock, 9-8. Jarrod Dyson tripled home the winning run with two outs.

Hopefully the Rainiers and the Mariners will get some runs tonight.


Peguero Hits The Disabled List

April 10, 2012

Quick update: Carlos Peguero was placed on the seven-day disabled list with his sore knee, and the Rainiers are getting utlity man Leury Bonilla from Double-A Jackson, Outfielder Mario Yepez is swapping with Bonilla and going to AA.

The Rainiers now have three outfielders on the DL: Peguero, Mike Wilson, and Darren Ford.

Last year, something similiar happened in April. Wilson and Greg Halman were injured, and Peguero went to the big leagues, all at the same time. The Rainiers struggled for two weeks until the situation was resolved. Hopefully the team will have a better response this year.

I’ll try to get a timetable for Peguero when I get to the park. Hopefully it isn’t anything serious.


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