Rainiers Win As Roster Revolves

April 16, 2014

The Rainiers kicked off the homestand with an 8-5 win over Salt Lake on Tuesday night. The victory extended Tacoma’s win streak to four in a row, and the team moved over the .500 mark improving to 6-5.

That was the good news.

The bad news was that Taijuan Walker had his rehabilitation start scratched due to shoulder stiffness. He was scratched before he ever threw a baseball – he was doing his pre-start stretching routine in the trainer’s room when this happened. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out – the Mariners will err on the side of caution here.

James Gillheeney filled in for Walker and allowed just one run over five innings to earn his first win of the season. The Rainiers banged out a dozen hits and built a 7-0 lead after two innings. The game tightened up but a different rehabber – in this case reliever Stephen Pryor – nailed down the save in the ninth inning.

There were roster moves before yesterday’s game, and there will be more before tonight’s game.

Yesterday the Mariners called up Blake Beavan, and optioned reliever Lucas Luetge to Tacoma. Tacoma placed catcher Humberto Quintero (left hamstring) on the disabled list, and activated catcher Manny Pina. Finally, reliever Jonathan Arias was placed on the disabled list, and Ramon Ramirez was activated from the DL to take his spot.

Today Nick Franklin flew to Texas to join the Mariners, who placed Logan Morrison on the disabled list. Shortstop Gabriel Noriega is joining the Rainiers, up from Double-A Jackson.

Tuesday’s game is at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Fernandez (0-1, 4.35) against Salt Lake RHP Matt Shoemaker (first PCL game).

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Rainiers Coming Home Hot

April 15, 2014

Tacoma won its third straight game on Monday night in Albuquerque, taking down the Isotopes 8-6 in another tense game. Tacoma took three-of-four from the ‘Topes to win its first series of the season.

This one saw the Rainiers fall behind 6-4 in the fifth, then get shutout relief for the duration while the team mounted its comeback. Ji-Man Choi doubled in the go-ahead run with one out in the top of the ninth.

Major pitching contributors were relievers Logan Kensing, Clay Rapada, and Logan Bawcom. Bawcom picked up his first save of the year after collecting 21 of them in 2013.

The offense did a nice job of taking what was given to them – and they were given a lot. Albuquerque pitchers walked nine batters, plunked two more, and tossed a pair of wild pitches. The ‘Topes also made three errors and had a passed ball.

All of those gifts from the Isotopes made up for the fact that Tacoma hitters went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position. That really says it all: 1-for-17 with RISP, yet they scored eight runs and won the game.

The win bumps the Rainiers record up to 5-5, and now the team hosts Salt Lake. The Bees opened the season 4-2 but have lost six in a row since then.

We’ve got a special treat today, as Taijuan Walker makes a rehabilitation start for the Rainiers. He’ll throw around 95 pitches and hopefully look like he is ready for the big leagues.

The team has some special ticket promotions since Walker is pitching and it’s a normally-not-very-busy-Tuesday-in-April, so check ‘em out right here.

Tuesday’s game is at 6:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker against Salt Lake RHP Joe Martinez (0-2, 18.00).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, with quotes from manager Roy Howell.
  • The Mariners were having trouble scoring, but that’s nothing a trip to The Ballpark in Arlington “Globe Life Park” couldn’t cure.*
  • Kyle Seager has always enjoyed The Ballpark in Arlington the Globe Life, and he had two hits last night. Let’s nickname him Kyle “Global” Seager.
  • Larry Stone writes that despite the hits-and-misses in the early going, in the long run instant replay will be good for baseball.
  • In the PCL, we have a story on Salt Lake Bees star Efren Navarro. Navarro has been stuck behind Albert Pujols for the last few years, and now he’s being bumped off the position he excels at by a young prospect.
  • Las Vegas prospect Noah Syndergaard made the start and the 51s won in Fresno, 5-2. Grizzlies third baseman Adam Duvall connected on his PCL-leading sixth home run. The Fresno paper has a story on Las Vegas outfielder Bobby Abreu.
  • Reno’s Randy Wolf – you might remember him from Mariners spring training – took the loss as the Aces fell to El Paso, 5-3. Bobby LaFromboise picked up the save for the Chihuahuas.
  • I will not make fun of the El Paso Chihuahuas mascot Chico… I will not make fun of the El Paso Chihuahuas mascot Chico… I will not make fun of the El Paso Chihuahuas mascot Chico
  • Former Rainiers pitcher Ryan Feierabend shut down the Sky Sox in Round Rock’s 6-3 win yesterday. That was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader, but game two was rained out.
  • Have a ballgame, Rob Brantly. The New Orleans catcher went 5-for-5 with five RBI in the Zephyrs 14-8 victory at Oklahoma City.
  • Iowa’s game at Memphis was rained out, but Tsuyoshi Wada was named PCL Pitcher of the Week.
  • Omaha at Nashville was rained out, too – apparently this was a Tennessee thing.

It will be nice to be back in Tacoma. This is an eight-game homestand, and the team is definitely playing better, so maybe they can start picking up some home wins.

* if you really think about it, we are all living the globe life together, my brothers and sisters.

 


That’s A Winning Streak

April 14, 2014

Tacoma has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, after picking up an 8-3 win in Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon.

The Rainiers improved to 4-5 on the year, and can reach .500 and claim their first series victory of the year with a win tonight in the final game of the brief road trip.

Tacoma returns home on Tuesday night, with a 6:05 game against Salt Lake. The Rainiers will be starting a rehabilitating Taijuan Walker. Excellent seats are available, so come on out to the park!

Yesterday’s game was a full-team effort. It was a tense affair, with Tacoma leading 4-3 before scoring four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to break things open.

You can read about the offensive stars in the newspaper story (first link down below), so let’s talk about the pitching here.

Chance Ruffin was in trouble through most of his 4.2 innings as the starter, but boy did he battle through the jams. Ruffin did not allow a run, giving up three hits and three walks. He struck out seven batters, too.

Clay Rapada relieved Ruffin and inherited a jam in the fifth, but he escaped to preserve a 1-0 lead. However, he gave up a three-run homer to Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero in the sixth inning, and Tacoma was down 3-1.

The Rainiers rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to regain a 4-3 lead, and then it was Nick Hill‘s turn to shine. He pitched scoreless ball for 1.2 innings, eventually giving way to Logan Bawcom with two outs in the eighth.

With the tying runner on second base, Bawcom found himself in a prolonged battle with Isotopes leadoff hitter Walter Ibarra. On the 11th pitch of the at-bat, Ibarra smoked a liner – right at second baseman Nick Franklin, who caught it to end the inning.

Pitching with a much more comfortable five-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, Carson Smith easily finished things off.

The Rainiers will try to make it three straight wins tonight. Scheduled starting pitcher Blake Beavan isn’t going to pitch – he was summoned to Seattle – so the Rainiers are having a bullpen game.

Monday’s game is at 5:35 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 5:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 1.42) against Albuquerque RHP Stephen Fife (0-2, 14.73).

Links:

  • Tacoma took the lead on Nick Franklin‘s two-run double in the seventh inning. It came from the right side of the plate – a valuable at-bat, Franklin tells The News Tribune.
  • The Albuquerque newspaper focused on Cuban defector Alex Guerrero, who homered in his Isotopes debut.
  • The Mariners pitched well against Oakland on Sunday, but that doesn’t really matter when you only get three hits.
  • It was a rough day for the Mariners offense, but it’s nothing to get too worked up about just yet according to John McGrath.
  • Lloyd McClendon, just like everyone else in the majors, is still trying to decide if he likes the new instant replay system.
  • The Mariners are one of the teams Jonah Keri focuses on in this week’s edition of “The 30.”
  • Here’s a PCL prospect round-up that leads off with Albuquerque outfielder Joc Pederson.
  • Sacramento swept a doubleheader from Salt Lake and took over first place in the Pacific-North. The River Cats swept the four-game series and are now 7-5. They played a DH yesterday and are not playing today (unlike the rest of the league).
  • Lots to talk about in the Las Vegas 10-4 win at Fresno. Grizzlies reliever Dontrelle Willis suffered an arm injury, rehabilitating Mets outfielder Chris Young went 5-for-5 with two dingers, Fresno third baseman Adam Duvall took the PCL home run lead with five, and Vegas infielder Danny Munro (a former Fresno State star) opened up about his PED use.
  • Reno knocked off El Paso, 6-4, despite a three-run homer from Chihuahuas prankster/director/DH Cody Decker.
  • Iowa picked up a road win in Memphis, 6-3, on the strength of a two-run homer by Matt Szczur. That’s pronounced “cesar” – thank goodness! The Iowa Cubs placed “polarizing” prospect Javier Baez on the disabled list with a sprained ankle.
  • Oklahoma City outfielder Domingo Santana had a great game against New Orleans on Sunday. The Triple-A rookie hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth, and then singled home the winning run in the tenth inning.
  • Infielder Pete Orr had a big day as Nashville topped Omaha, 4-3. Sounds starter Mike Fiers is off to a great start and he could be one of the better pitchers in the PCL this year.
  • Round Rock and Colorado Springs got postponed due to “cold temperatures, rain and snow.” At least they didn’t have locusts.
  • Baseball America has its nation-wide minor league weekend recap.

Let’s see if the Rainiers can get this series win tonight, and bring a three-game win streak back to Tacoma on Tuesday!


Gillespie, Bullpen Lead Rainiers To Comeback Win

April 13, 2014

One day after letting a close game get away, the Rainiers rebounded in a big way on Saturday and picked up a 9-7 comeback win in Albuquerque.

Tacoma trailed 6-1 after five innings, but Cole Gillespie got them back into it with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Gillespie also singled home the tying run in the seventh inning, and his double started the game-winning rally in the top of the ninth.

Andrew Carraway was a surprise starting pitcher for Tacoma, getting bumped up one day in the rotation. I didn’t know he was pitching until I arrived at the park; apparently the decision was made early in the morning.

Carraway didn’t allow a hit or run through three innings, but he was doomed by a five-run fourth.

After Carraway left the game with two outs in the fifth, the Rainiers bullpen took over and made the comeback possible.

Zach Miner, Logan Kensing, and Carson Smith delivered 4.1 innings of quality relief, allowing just one unearned run in a difficult pitching environment. Kensing earned the win, and Smith picked up his first Triple-A save.

The offense banged out 14 hits. Gillespie and James Jones each had three hits, and Nick Franklin had a pair. Ji-Man Choi singled once and walked three times, reaching base in 4-of-5 trips.

The Rainiers haven’t won two in a row yet this season. Let’s see if they can take care of that today.

Sunday’s game is at 12:35 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 12:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Chance Ruffin (0-1, 14.41) against Albuquerque RHP Red Patterson (0-0, 5.40).

Links:

  • We’ll start with the Rainiers game story, once again without quotes because of a long game and an earlier-than-usual deadline.
  • The Dodgers latest Cuban signing is infielder Alex Guerrero, and he was activated from the disabled list and is expected to debut for Albuquerque today.
  • My minor league notebook for the TNT looks at Gabriel Guerrero and D.J. Peterson down at Class-A High Desert.
  • Blake Beavan is getting the call to Seattle, filling James Paxton‘s rotation spot. Meanwhile, Taijuan Walker will continue his rehabilitation with Tacoma. Rainiers manager Roy Howell does not yet know which day Walker will start.
  • The Mariners lost on Saturday to Sonny Gray and the Oakland A’s, 3-1.
  • Ryan Divish has a Sunday MLB notebook and an ex-Mariner of the week.
  • Jerry Brewer has a column on the Mariners early solid play and the doubtful fan base. It is a strange moment in time right now.
  • John McGrath loves the ongoing “Kings Court” and occasional “Supreme Court” at Safeco Field.
  • The new trend in the majors is to have your best hitter bat second in the lineup. Good stuff from John Shea.
  • Ex-Rainiers slugger Mike Morse is becoming popular in San Francisco, and today he was the subject of an Ann Killion feature.
  • Did you hear about Raul Ibanez‘s 2,000th career hit? It was a pinch-hit, game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning last night. He’ll get a plaque at Cheney Stadium someday.
  • In the PCL, new Sacramento shortstop Tyler Ladendorf went 3-for-3 with three RBI in a 5-4 win over Salt Lake.
  • Reno ripped El Paso in Tucson, 11-1. Three Chihuahuas were ejected, all by the same umpire, and the group included rehabilitating major leaguer Cameron Maybin. Reno manager Phil Nevin is the subject of a Sunday feature. << excellent story alert!
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and pitched scoreless ball for seven innings in Fresno last night – although he was gone by the time Las Vegas won the game in a tenth inning homer by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 1-0.
  • Iowa starter Tsuyoshi Wada punched out ten in a 5-0 win at Memphis.
  • Round Rock snapped an 11-11 tie by scoring five runs in the 9th to beat Colorado Springs, 16-12. Somebody needs to check the humidor at Security Service Field – the two games there have been 11-10 and 16-12.
  • To the surprise of nobody who followed the Nolan Ryan saga last winter, there are already reports that the Round Rock Express will switch affiliations from Texas back to Houston after the season.
  • Speaking of the Astros, several of their top prospects are currently with Oklahoma City. Jon Singleton is one of them, and he had four RBI in a 12-1 woopin’ of New Orleans last night.
  • Nashville picked up a 5-2 home victory over Omaha.
  • Cody Decker‘s latest film details a weeks-long prank the Chihuahuas played on teammate Jeff Francoeur. This started in spring training and they finally came clean with him during the series at Cheney Stadium last week – the revelation at the end of the movie took place in the visitor’s locker room. Truly a herculean effort by Jorge Reyes and the rest of the club.

OK, boys, let’s start a winning streak.


Rainiers Take Tough Loss In Road Opener

April 12, 2014

Tacoma played its first away game on Friday night, falling to Albuquerque 6-3 in front of a big crowd in the Isotopes home opener.

I’m going to go ahead and call this the Rainiers first tough loss of the season. The team took a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning on Jesus Sucre‘s clutch hit, only to see things go south in the eighth.

First, Tacoma failed to get anything out of a bases loaded, one-out opportunity in the top of the inning. Then the bottom of the frame saw Tacoma relievers walk in the tying and go-ahead runs with the bases loaded, followed by a three-run triple by Nick Buss.

The hard-to-swallow eighth inning came after a tremendous start by 23-year-old left-hander Anthony Fernandez. Making his second Triple-A start, Fernandez showed why he is on the Mariners 40-man roster: he allowed just four hits and one run over six innings, striking out eight batters in one of the best hitter’s parks in the PCL.

The Rainiers are now 2-5 on the season, and they look to turn things around tonight.

Today the Mariners announced that pitcher Hector Noesi was traded to the Texas Rangers for cash or a player to be named later.

Noesi was designated for assignment earlier in the week, and apparently Texas claimed him off waivers which is why they worked out (or more accurately, will work out) a trade. Noesi reports to the Rangers big-league club because he is out of options.

Saturday’s game is at 6:05 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Chance Ruffin (0-1, 14.41) against Albuquerque RHP Henry Sosa (1-0, 1.50).

Links:

  • My Rainiers game story for The News Tribune has the blow-by-blow of how the game got away from the Rainiers. The game ended too late to get any quotes from manager Roy Howell, because…
  • There was a 25-minute delay due to a blackout, when three of the light standards went out. Half of the field was covered in darkness. I strongly agree with the writer’s assertion that the ‘Topes missed a golden opportunity to play some UFO on the sound system. They should have mixed in some Triumph, too.
  • Felix Hernandez regularly dominates the Oakland A’s, and he did it again last night. The Mariners bullpen stumbled a bit, but held on for a 6-4 win.
  • Who is going to replace James Paxton in the Mariners rotation? We should find out today, Bob Dutton writes in this notebook.
  • I agree with what Ken Levine wrote about advanced statistical analysis and baseball broadcasting.
  • Forgot to link this yesterday: Albuquerque’s Joc Pederson earned the No. 1 ranking on the first Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet of the season.
  • The game of the night in the PCL was played in Colorado Springs, where Tim Wheeler hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth, and after falling behind 10-8 Drew Garcia hit a three-run walk-off dinger in the bottom of the 11th inning for an 11-10 victory. And this all happened in the Sky Sox home opener.
  • Fresno outfielder Gary Brown drove in three runs, and the Grizzlies beat Las Vegas 5-1 in a highly successful home opener.
  • Nate Freiman hit a grand slam and Sacramento scored a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Salt Lake at Raley Field. The Kitties home opener was all about the fans.
  • When El Paso plays Reno in Tucson, it’s difficult to find a newspaper story on the game. Here’s a recap from El Paso radio man Tim Hagerty (the little dogs won, 2-1).
  • Apparently the road was the cure for the New Orleans Zephyrs: they ended their seven-game losing streak by spoiling Oklahoma City’s home opener, 8-4.
  • They played the last-ever home opener at Greer Stadium in Nashville last night, and the Sounds lost to Omaha, 5-4.
  • Sorry, no first-hand reports from the Memphis Redbirds home opener due to an annoying Commerical-Appeal paywall which I cannot find a way around. Oscar Taveras had three hits as the Redbirds beat Iowa, 8-5. Javier Baez sat out with back pain.

 


Chihuahuas Take Series Despite Strikeouts

April 11, 2014

El Paso won the third and final game of the series on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium, taking a 5-2 decision. The Chihuahuas won 2-of-3 in the inaugural series between the two teams.

The highlight of the game was the relief work of Brandon Maurer. After recording his first out via an infield grounder, Maurer got his next nine outs via the strikeout. All told, he pitched 3 1/3 innings and recorded nine strikeouts. That’s right: 9-of-10 outs were strikeouts.

Maurer combined with James Gillheeney and Carson Smith to strike out 16 batters last night. That might end up as the season high for nine-inning games when we’re all done on Labor Day.

The Rainiers made some roster moves prior to Thursday’s game.

Nate Tenbrink was placed on the 7-day disabled list – he hasn’t played since the opener on Friday with a sore back. Leury Bonilla was activated from the disabled list to take his spot.

Also, Andrew Carraway joined the team and was added to the active roster, filling the spot previously occupied by Lucas Luetge (who was called up Wednesday).

Now we hit the road for our first trip of the season, and it’s a quickie: a four-game trip to Albuquerque.

This first travel day was kind of an awkward one: we got a direct flight from SeaTac, which is great – but it left at 6:30 AM, and the team bus to the airport was at 4:15 AM. Sleep was quite limited on Thursday night, but there was a little time for napping after arrival.

Friday night’s game is at 6:20 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 6:00 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Fernandez (0-1, 8.31) against Albuquerque RHP Zach Lee (1-0, 3.60).

Links:

  • Meg Wochnick wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
  • Both Larry Stone and Todd Dybas of competing newspapers have features on the aggressive play of Abraham Almonte.
  • Former Rainiers pitcher Michael Pineda was embroiled in a pine tar controversy during his excellent start against the Red Sox last night. Seems like this happens every year, and the players on the field don’t really care about it.
  • John McGrath offers his thoughts on replay review after watching it in action for ten games.
  • Former Rainiers outfielder Darren Ford – now with Fresno – suffered a scary-looking injury last night in Salt Lake City, but thankfully he is OK.
  • Apparently a new groundskeeper has turned the field at Cashman into a gem. We’ll see first-hand next road trip. Meanwhile, the 51s stunned Sacramento with a 5-run eighth inning.
  • Reno topped Albuquerque, 5-4. Mike Jacobs hit a big three-run homer.
  • Remember on Wednesday when Omaha crushed Memphis, 20-3? Well the very next night it was Memphis 10, Omaha 1. Baseball.
  • Javier Baez connected on his second homer of the year in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Nashville.
  • Round Rock whacked Colorado Springs, 14-8, down in Texas. It was the third straight win for the Express. Meanwhile, the Sky Sox play their home opener tonight and pitching prospect Tyler Matzek is going to try to conquer elevation.
  • Oh, boy. New Orleans lost its seventh in a row and finished its opening homestand with a 1-7 mark. Yikes.

It’s the Isotopes home opener tonight, so first pitch will be delayed until 6:20 and there will probably be a huge crowd. Should be fun!


Rainiers Win In First Thriller Of The Season

April 10, 2014

The Rainiers played their first real tight game of the 2014 season, and things went Tacoma’s way.

The afternoon started on an unusual note, as the Rainiers changed their starting pitcher on the day of the game. With James Paxton (strained muscle in his back) hitting the disabled list in Seattle, the Mariners wanted Blake Beavan to start Wednesday instead of Thursday, to line him up as a possible replacement for Paxton (Taijuan Walker appears to be the other candidate). Beavan found out he was pitching when he showed up at the park in the early afternoon.

Spurred by an early solo homer by Jesus Montero, Beavan carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning. The lead disappeared when Kyle Blanks lined a two-run homer in the sixth (right after Tacoma centerfielder James Jones made a great throw to nab a runner at home plate).

Beavan was done after six strong innings, but he left trailing 2-1. When Cody Decker ripped Logan Kensing‘s very first pitch for a homer to lead off the seventh inning, El Paso took a 3-1 lead. Kensing settled down and combined with Logan Bawcom to pitch one-hit ball for the remainder of the game.

Nick Franklin came through in the clutch in the eighth, hitting a two-out, two-run, game-tying home run off veteran reliever Blaine Boyer. It was Franklin’s third homer of the season, and he is now 9-for-19 at the plate this year.

The Rainiers won the game in the bottom of the tenth, walk-off style. Chris Taylor pulled a sharp grounder down the left field line for a one-out double, and then Endy Chavez blooped a single in to shallow center (Taylor had to hold up to see if the flare would be caught, and thus only advanced one base). El Paso decided to walk Franklin intentionally, loading the bases for Cole Gillespie.

Facing right-hander Jorge Reyes, Gillespie worked a full count before lining a hard single to left field, scoring Taylor with the winning run. Everyone poured out of the dugout to greet Gillespie at first base after the game-winning hit.

The win improved Tacoma’s record to 2-3. After three straight losses, it was great to see the team come back and tie the game in the late innings, then finish the job in the 10th.

The Rainiers can finish the opening homestand with a .500 record with a win today.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. El Paso starts RHP Keyvius Sampson (0-1, 2.08) against Tacoma LHP James Gillheeney.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has quotes from Beavan, Gillespie, and manager Roy Howell.
  • The Mariners placed James Paxton on the disabled list and called up Rainiers reliever Lucas Luetge. It seems like we are going to have a lot of roster moves in the next 4-5 days.
  • TJ Cotterill has a blog post for the TNT on who might get the call to replace Paxton. Bob Dutton has more information along that line right here.
  • Much of the Mariners early season success has been due to an improved offense. That all changed last night, when the Mariners were held to one hit by Garrett Richards and the Angels.
  • Taijuan Walker had a very successful rehabilitation start at Double-A Jackson last night, striking out ten over five shutout innings.
  • In the PCL, Salt Lake’s Grant Green nearly hit a game-tying home run, but the ball was caught and the Bees lost to Fresno, 10-7. Adam Duvall hit a grand slam for Fresno.
  • Top prospect Noah Syndergaard struggled with his tempo and was dealt his first Triple-A loss in Sacramento’s 7-4 win at Las Vegas.
  • Reno scored six runs in the first inning and waltzed to a 9-2 win over Albuquerque.
  • The big news was in the American Conference, where Omaha lashed 29 hits and whacked Memphis, 20-3. Omaha leadoff man Brett Eibner went 5-for-5 with two singles, a double, a pair of 3-run homers, and finished with 9 RBI. Rainier Beach High School product Matt Fields went 5-for-6 for Omaha.
  • Iowa Cubs starter Carlos Pimentel struck out ten batters over six strong innings in a 6-1 win over Nashville.
  • Walks doomed New Orleans in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to Oklahoma City, and the Zephyrs have lost six in a row.
  • Nick Tepesch pitched a nice game and Round Rock defeated Colorado Springs, 7-1. The Express added Jurickson Profar‘s little brother Juremi to the roster.
  • Baseball America’s daily round-up is here.

There is no Mariners game tonight. It’s Thirsty Thursday at Cheney Stadium. Do as you see fit.


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