The Rainiers finished up their longest road trip of the season with a 6-1 loss at Sacramento on Sunday afternoon.
The 13-day, 12-game journey included stops in Reno, Las Vegas, and Sacramento. We survived cold nights in Reno, extreme wind in Vegas, 97-degree temperatures in Sacramento, and a nightmarish 10:30 AM game with 5,000 fifth graders in attendance on a Tuesday in Vegas.
By going 4-8 on the trip, the team left home two games over .500 and returns two games under .500, at 19-21.
Now Tacoma settles in for its longest homestand of the season: 13 games in 12 days, starting tonight when the Reno Aces come to town.
Reno is an older squad, but they do have one aspect that fans who attend the games this week will enjoy watching: their middle infield defense is terrific. Shortstop Nick Ahmed is a wizard with the glove, and second baseman DiDi Gregorius is an excellent shortstop in his own right who has been pushed to the other side of the bag. These kids can really pick it; they are a joy to watch for any baseball fan.
The Rainiers went 2-2 at Reno to start this long trip, and now we’ll see if the Rainiers can beat them in a series at home.
Monday’s game starts at 6:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Matt Palmer (0-0, 3.38) against Reno RHP Bo Schultz (2-3, 5.29).
It’s a Monday home game, and that means that Pacific NW broadcast legend Bob Robertson joins me on the air. He’ll call play-by-play during the middle innings tonight.
- My Rainiers game story for The News Tribune details a ridiculous sixth inning, in which five straight balls – four of which were tough plays – were hit to Abraham Almonte in center field.
- Bob Dutton writes that Nick Franklin is on his way to the big leagues in his Mariners Notebook.
- The Mariners got back into the winning swing by beating the Twins on Sunday, 6-2. Felix Hernandez had a strong start.
- We had a PCL classic in Reno yesterday. The Aces scored five runs in each of the second, third, and fourth innings and still had to sweat it out for a 17-11 win over Salt Lake. Mike Jacobs had seven RBI.
- Angels rookie C.J. Cron is performing in the big leagues after completing the Utah Trifecta.
- Albuquerque’s Alex Guerrero launched two mores homers in an 8-2 win at Fresno. Meanwhile, the Fresno management responded to the rumors about the Giants switching affiliations.
- El Paso overcame a seven-run deficit and claimed a wild 10-9 win over Las Vegas, spoiling the 51s bid for a four-game sweep. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated has the scoop on Jeff Francouer possibly switching to pitching.
- Rainier Beach High School product Matt Fields hit two of Omaha’s six home runs in an 8-2 win at Memphis.
- Nashville’s starting rotation continues to shine, as Jimmy Nelson delivered his ninth consecutive quality start in a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City.
- Rehabilitating Michael Cuddyer couldn’t help Colorado Springs beat New Orleans yesterday.
- Cubs second base prospect Arismendy Alcantara ripped a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Iowa a 9-8 win over Round Rock.
It’s very nice to be home. Let’s see if the team can get it together for a good long stretch at Cheney Stadium.