Peguero In Limbo

January 17, 2014

Yesterday the Seattle Mariners signed free agent catcher John Buck, and they had to create room for him on the major league 40-man roster. To do that, they designated Rainiers outfielder Carlos Peguero for assignment.

Peguero is out of minor league options. He was going to have to make the opening day roster out of spring training, or else the Mariners would have been forced to designate him at the end of March. Instead, they are doing it now.

Any team can claim Peguero off waivers right now, as long as they immediately place him on their 40-man roster. I think some team out there will take a chance on the power hitter, and take a long look at him during spring training.

However, Peguero might go unclaimed. Then the Mariners can assign him to Tacoma for the 2014 season.

If Peguero ends up back in Tacoma, he will have a chance to break Tacoma’s all-time career home run record. He needs 19 homers to tie Rick Renick, who hit 72 home runs over four seasons as a member of the Tacoma Twins from 1973 to 1976.

Here is the current all-time Tacoma career home run list:

HOME RUNS
1) Rick Renick 72
2) Mike Carp 67
3) Tom Kelly 66
T4) Randy Bass 64
Danny Goodwin 64
6) Bryan LaHair 60
7) Dan Rohrmeier 58
8) Kelvin Moore 57
9) Carlos Peguero 53
T10) Jeff Clement 52
Alex Liddi 52

As for Peguero, he’s currently in baseball limbo. It could take as many as ten days before we learn his fate.

Links:

  • Here is the Seattle Times story on John Buck‘s signing.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweeted that the Mariners signed reliever Logan Kensing to a minor league contract. Kensing is a veteran who had a very good season for Colorado Springs last year – he should certainly help the Tacoma bullpen; and last year he was briefly called up by the Rockies. More on him later…
  • On Thursday the News Tribune ran a Mariners notebook that leads off with the Rich Donnelly hiring.
  • The Robinson Cano signing left Nick Franklin without a position, and he told Mariners Radio that he still hasn’t heard from anyone in the Mariners front office.
  • Mariners catching prospect Tyler Marlette was listed as one of the Top-10 Catching Prospects in the minors by MLB.com. Marlette was a part of the best-groomed team in the minors last year: the Clinton LumberKings.
  • Major League Baseball is implementing expanded instant replay this season. Jayson Stark explains how it is going to work.
  • PCL mainstay Tony DeFranceso will return as the manager in Oklahoma City.
  • The El Paso Chihuahuas are selling partial season ticket plans, but they are calling them… I don’t even want to type it… “paw-tial season ticket plans.” My goodness, this is going to be ruff. Err, rough.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the football. Yes, there will be another Cheney Stadium viewing party. Dare we promise that high winds won’t blow the power out this time? Yes, we promise.*

* please please please no wind storms. The forecast says no wind storms.


Ibanez Hits 300

September 23, 2013

Raul Ibanez connected for his 300th career home run on Saturday night, going deep off Ernesto Frieri of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Only 135 other players in baseball history have hit 300 homers in the big leagues.

Ibanez became the eighth former Tacoma player to reach 300 home runs in the major leagues. Or the seventh player, depending upon if you want to count Griffey, who did not come up through Tacoma but did play in one Rainiers game on a rehabilitation assignment in 1995.

Here is the All-Time Major League Home Run list for former Tacoma players, through Sunday’s games:

  1. Alex Rodriguez – 654
  2. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630
  3. Mark McGwire – 583
  4. Willie McCovey – 521
  5. Jose Canseco – 462
  6. Jason Giambi – 437
  7. Jay Buhner – 310
  8. Raul Ibanez – 300
  9. Tony Batista – 221
  10. Mike Sweeney – 215

I can never decide how to include rehabbers on lists like this. Griffey played in one game – it feels like cheating to me when we count him as an ex-Rainiers player. But Buhner also only rehabbed here, yet he was with the team for almost an entire month in 2001, and people all around town remember him as a Rainiers player that season. So, I included both of them.

I wonder if Tacoma can claim more 500 Home Run Club members than any other minor league team? Seems like a strong possibility.

Links:

  • The Mariners closed out their final road trip of the season with a 3-2 win at Anaheim yesterday. The season-ending six-game homestand starts tonight.
  • A swarm of bees delayed the game in Anaheim yesterday. This was clearly an attempt by the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to overpower their parent club, but alas, the coup failed.
  • In case you missed it, the Sunday feature story in The News Tribune remembered President Kennedy‘s speech at Cheney Stadium 50 years ago. The article has some great photos – check out the secret service sniper on the roof of the stadium in the background of the Kennedy-at-the-podium shot.
  • Howard Lincoln stated the Nintendo of America has no plans to sell its majority share of the Seattle Mariners.
  • As you can see from this photo, everybody – and I mean everybody – got involved in the Oakland A’s clinching party.
  • Jonah Keri’s weekly MLB column for Grantland got around to the Mariners today.
  • Former Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg was named “permanent” manager of the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. He worked hard to get this job, managing six years in the minors – which is not a common thing for a Hall Of Famer.
  • Cost overruns are becoming an issue with the construction of the new downtown ballpark in El Paso.

This week, I’m looking forward to the Mariners games against Kansas City. The M’s have a chance to play spoiler and knock the Royals out of the wild card race.


Rainiers Hit Five Homers & Toss Shutout

June 14, 2013

Tacoma concluded the eight game series against Las Vegas with an 11-0 victory on Thursday night, winning the mega series five games to three.

Erasmo Ramirez tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just five singles. Only one runner reached second base against Ramirez, who needed just 86 pitches.

He would have tried to finish the game himself, but Josh Kinney was scheduled to pitch one inning on his rehab assignment so he worked the ninth and completed the Rainiers fifth shutout of the season – already one more than all of last year.

The Rainiers were up 1-0 after six innings, and then scored ten runs over the final three frames.

The late rally included back-to-back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning, when Carlos Peguero, Rich Poythress, and Nate Tenbrink homered in succession against Las Vegas reliever Gonzalez Germen.

It was the first time Tacoma had hit three straight homers since August 22, 2007 – not coincidentally, also in Las Vegas. That day it was Jeremy Reed, Mike Morse, and Bryan LaHair who went deep.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (0-1, 1.42) against Sacramento LHP Justin Thomas (3-4, 4.06).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The paper also has a feature in which we get inside the head of Dustin Ackley.
  • Colorado Springs held off Salt Lake, 5-4, to remain 3.5 games behind Tacoma. However, the Sky Sox are losing infielder Josh Rutledge due to the Troy Tulowitzki injury.
  • Former Rainiers reliever Chaz Roe served a 50-game suspension and is now serving as the Reno Aces closer.

That’s all of the links I have time for, due to team travel this morning. We’ll do the full link-o-rama tomorrow.


Grand Salami Time

April 10, 2013

Mike Zunino showed his power once again on Tuesday, and this time he did it with the bases loaded.

After struggling through his first three at-bats against a classic PCL-style left-hander, Zunino stepped up with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and connected on a first-pitch fastball for a grand slam off right-handed reliever James Simmons.

Zunino has homered in three straight games. He leads the PCL with four home runs, and his 16 RBI leads all of minor league baseball.

The slam turned a Tacoma 5-4 lead into a 9-4 lead and spurred the Rainiers towards their second straight win. Tacoma is now 4-2 on the year.

There were plenty of other highlights.

Alex Liddi continued his hot start to the season, hitting a two-run single in the first inning and a solo homer to right-center in the third. Liddi has three home runs already – we’d be talking about him all of the time if it weren’t for Zunino.

Triple-A rookie Denny Almonte connected for his first home run in the second inning. Almonte is a switch-hitter – he was batting right-handed, and he pulled a towering dive into a stiff wind for a two-run shot.

The Rainiers also had another strong start by Danny Hultzen. I’m sure everyone who followed him last year cringed when he walked the leadoff man in the first inning on four pitches – I know I was concerned. Thankfully, that was the only walk he issued in five innings, and he had six strikeouts. He gave up a two-run homer to Triple-A slugger Luke Montz but that was about it. He tossed 84 pitches in five innings.

Tacoma has scored 42 runs in six games, for a no-calculator-needed average of seven runs per game. Three times the Rainiers have scored nine runs in a game, and the team is batting .324 as a unit.

Will there be more offense tonight? Game time is 7:05, and Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (0-1, 4.50) against Sacramento RHP Jesse Chavez (0-1, 0.00). The broadcast airs on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

  • We start, as always, with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Larry LaRue has the story of the day, on Kate Andrews and Ashley Roth – two behind-the-scenes women who help make the Tacoma Rainiers happen. The story includes a previously unknown Matt Tuiasosopo fact.
  • Mariners moves: outfielder Casper Wells was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, and we expect an announcement regarding a bullpen-related roster move before tonight’s game.
  • The expected bullpen move is due to the fact that the Mariners lost yesterday, 16-9, and starting pitcher Brandon Maurer didn’t make it out of the first inning. These things happen a couple of times every season, and yesterday was the first time for the big club.
  • Larry Stone has a good blog post on dealing with the aftermath of the blowout.
  • Dustin Ackley feels like he’s hitting better than his batting average indicates.
  • Todd Dybas asked Eric Wedge about Mike Zunino‘s hot start.
  • Buster Olney is my new internet buddy (he keeps linking to my TNT stories about Zunino) and in today’s blog he shares some thoughts on Zunino and Jesus Montero (ESPN Insider required).
  • Thank you, Baseball America, for this one-stop shop for minor league baseball park factors.
  • In the PCL, here’s a .gif of one of the wind-blown hits from the Tucson-Colorado Springs game that was winded-out on Monday. Enjoy!
  • The Sky Sox were snowed out yesterday and today’s game has already been postponed.
  • Reno blasted Salt Lake, 11-3.
  • Fresno topped Las Vegas and touted pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, 4-1.
  • The Iowa Cubs lost to Round Rock last night, 4-2, and at 0-6 the I-Cubs are off to the worst start in franchise history. And they’ve been around for a long time…
  • New Orleans beat Memphis in the 11th inning on a Gorkys Hernandez two-run single.
  • Nashville lost to Oklahoma City, 5-3. The Sounds lost two players to call-ups. Nashville pitcher Hiram Burgos starred in the World Baseball Classic.

The Rainiers home opener is right around the corner: Friday night at 7:05! See you at Cheney Stadium.


Rainiers Out-Slugged By Zephyrs

August 7, 2012

New Orleans and Tacoma are two of the top home run hitting teams in the PCL. If fans at Cheney Stadium didn’t know that before Monday’s game, they sure had an idea by the end of it.

The two teams combined to mash seven homers, but New Orleans also scored a few runs without the benefit of a homer, and they beat Tacoma 9-4. The teams have split the first two games of a four-game series.

Top Zephyrs slugger Luke Montz led the way with a pair of dingers, including the go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth inning that gave New Orleans a 6-4 lead. Montz has 24 home runs, which ranks second in the PCL (Mike Hessman of Oklahoma City has 29).

Tacoma’s home runs were hit by Alex Liddi, Vinnie Catricala, and Luis Rodriguez. Liddi and Catricala have each hit two home runs during this homestand – which is very nice to see, considering how each has struggled to hit for power at home this year.

Tacoma reliever Chance Ruffin had another nice outing, retiring all five batters he faced. Since June 20, Ruffin has a 2.35 ERA over 15 appearances.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (3-6, 4.79) against New Orleans RHP Jacob Turner (1-0, 4.09).

Links:

Night game tonight, and then our final mid-week day game of the season is Wednesday at 11:35 AM. Join us for a long lunch!


Franklin Strikes In Eleventh

August 4, 2012

Tacoma shortstop Nick Franklin hit the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th inning for a home run on Friday night, lifting Tacoma to a 4-3 victory over Oklahoma City.

It was the third home run of the game for the Rainiers, who scored all of their runs on longballs: Luis Jimenez hit a two-run blast in the first inning, and Alex Liddi tied the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.

Both Jimenez and Liddi ended long homerless streaks. Jimenez had not gone deep since June 28, when he homered off Jamie Moyer. That was 97 at-bats ago. Liddi’s most recent homer was on July 5.

It’s great to see those guys get going at the plate again – Liddi, in particular, is heating up. Liddi has hit safely in five straight games, with four two-hit games during the stretch.

Also important last night was the pitching of Hector Noesi, who had his first good start since being sent down by the Mariners. Noesi retired the last 14 batters he faced in a row, going seven innings and allowing two runs.

Charlie Furbush allowed a run during his rehabilitation outing – he’ll be here in Tacoma to pitch in at least one more game.

The Rainiers had yet another outstanding relief appearance by Bobby LaFromboise, who tossed three shutout innings and earned the win. LaFromboise managed to get two double-play grounders, including a big one with two on and one out in the top of the 11th inning.

The Rainiers have won four of their last five games, and can win the Oklahoma City series with a victory tonight.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and it’s Paint The Park Purple Night at Cheney Stadium – the Rainiers will be wearing special purple jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game to raise money for the University of Washington at Tacoma scholarship fund. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-2, 4.09) against Oklahoma City LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 6.02). The broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming right here.

Links:

  • Ryan Divish has the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. He talked to Nick Franklin for the story.
  • The Mariners seven-game win streak ran into a 300-pound road block named CC Sabathia.
  • In the PCL, Albuquerque lost to Las Vegas yesterday, 6-3, but the Isotopes still have a 1.5-game lead over Oklahoma City in the American-South. The Isotopes are locked in on winning the PCL’s tightest division race. One of the key Isotopes – outfielder Scott Van Slyke – might miss some time with an injury.
  • Sacramento blasted Memphis, 10-2, and the River Cats hold a 4.5-game lead over Vegas in the Pacific-South.
  • Colorado Springs topped Iowa 4-1, and the Iowa Cubs hit a new low: 30 games under .500.
  • The Sky Sox remain six games behind first-place Reno in the Pacific-North. Reno held off Omaha last night, 5-3, as Tyler Skaggs tossed seven shutout innings.
  • Salt Lake ripped a pair of eighth inning homers to beat New Orleans, 6-5.
  • Julio Borbon connected for a walk-off two-run single and Round Rock defeated Tucson, 8-7.
  • Fresno has had an unexpected lift from fill-in outfielder Ryan Lollis. The Grizzlies crushed Nashville last night, 10-5.

Remember, we have a rare 5:05 game on Sunday. New Orleans is flying in from Salt Lake City, and we are having a later start to give them time to show up. You can’t play a game without an opponent!


Rainiers Slugged By Home Run King

August 3, 2012

The active minor league home run leader got the Rainiers last night.

Oklahoma City’s Mike Hessman launched a two run homer in the third inning, giving the RedHawks a 3-0 lead in a game they would eventually win on Thursday night, 7-1.

It was the 358th career minor league home run for Hessman.

Hessman is a 34-year-old first baseman. He originally came up through the Atlanta Braves system as a third baseman – they drafted him in 15th round of the 1996 draft, out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA.

Hessman has had many brief call-ups over the years, but he has developed a reputation as being an all-or-nothing guy in the majors: he might homer, but he’ll also strike out a lot and have a low batting average. In 223 major league at-bats with the Braves, Tigers, and Mets, Hessman has 14 home runs – and a .188 batting average, with 79 strikeouts.

In Triple-A, it’s a whole different story.

Hessman has hit 248 of his minor league home runs at the Triple-A level, with the majority of them (219) coming in the International League. This is his first season in the PCL, and he is currently leading the league with 29 homers.

I’m hoping Hessman wants to keep playing Triple-A baseball. He could make a run at 400 minor league homers for sure – heck, he might reach that next season. What about 500?

The all-time minor league baseball king is Hector Espino, who hit 484 homers. A superstar in Mexico, Espino hit 481 of his homers in his native country, playing from 1960 to 1984. He passed away in 1997 at a young 58.

The United States minor league home run record belongs to Buzz Arlett, with 432 homers. Arlett played from 1918 to 1937, and he started out as a spitballing pitcher in the PCL.

It would be fun if Hessman kept playing long enough to go after these records. Hopefully, he won’t start his earnest pursuit of them until his team leaves Tacoma on Sunday.

It’s Friday Night Fireworks with game time set for 7:05. Tacoma starts RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 10.31) against Oklahoma City RHP Brian Bass (1-5, 6.75). You can listen to the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

Off to the ballpark – there is only one remaining Friday night home game after this one. This season is flying by!


Walk It Off, Luis

July 27, 2012

Moments after it appeared the Tacoma Rainiers were going to lose a second consecutive 1-0 game to Tucson, Luis Rodriguez launched a two-run walk-off home run and the Rainiers won the game, 2-1, and salvaged a split of the four home games against Tucson.

Steve Garrison started and tossed eight brilliant innings, allowing only a solo home run to Beamer Weems with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Yet it looked like he was going to be saddled with the loss.

Tacoma did not score against Tucson starter Bear Bay, and the Padres bullpen is excellent. After two relievers carried the shutout into the ninth, Erik Hamren came on to get the save.

Hamren recorded two quick outs, and he got ahead of Alex Liddi, 1 ball, 2 strikes. Just a strike away from getting shut out, Liddi started to battle. He fouled off a few pitches, took a few balls, and eventually coaxed a walk.

That brought up Luis Rodriguez, and Hamren fell behind in the count, 2-0. Rodriguez got the pitch he was looking for, and he launched a two-run homer to right field, ending the game.

It was the second walk-off home run for Tacoma this year, after Scott Savastano’s 18th inning blast last Wednesday.

Now the Nine Game Mega Series (as named by Tucson broadcaster Tim Hagerty) moves to Tucson for the last five games. Don’t expect the scores to be 4-3, 4-3, 1-0, and 2-1 down there – we’re going to have more runs scored in that ballpark.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Danny Hultzen (1-2, 4.33) against Tucson LHP Andrew Werner (Triple-A debut).

Links:

That’s it for today – long travel day. Don’t forget about the food truck festival at Cheney on Sunday, it’s going to be a blast, and you only pay for what you eat and drink – no entrance fees, no parking fees, nothing.


Beavan Delivers Again

July 13, 2012

Blake Beavan was a ground ball inducing machine on Thursday night, pitching seven shutout innings in Tacoma’s 5-1 win over Colorado Springs at Cheney Stadium. It was Tacoma’s third straight win.

Beavan allowed just two hits, and he walked two batters. He generated four double play grounders – one in each of the first four innings, before closing out his game by retiring ten straight batters.

Of the 21 outs he recorded, 15 came via ground balls in the infield. Now, I’m counting the double plays as two outs, so I suppose in actuality his pitches caused 11 ground balls. He also had three strikeouts and three outs on balls hit in the air.

Beavan is now 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA for Tacoma, and the Rainiers have won all six games he has started. It will be interesting to see if he makes another start for the Rainiers – personally, I find it unlikely, since the Mariners need a fifth starting pitcher on Tuesday.

On the offensive side yesterday, Darren Ford was 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. He also homered for the first time this year, and now every position player on the Rainiers roster has hit a home run this season.

Carlos Triunfel also went deep – his second straight game with a dinger – and he has tied his career high with eight home runs this season.

As a team, Tacoma has now hit 100 home runs this year – good for 3rd in the PCL.

There were several roster moves yesterday before the game:

Pitcher Jeff Marquez was activated from the disabled list. Marquez had been out since June 16 with a staph infection. While he was a starter previously this season, he will work out of the bullpen for now.

The Mariners signed pitcher David Pauley to a minor league contract, and he reports to Tacoma today. Pauley is a former Rainiers and Mariners pitcher who has travelled the baseball world this year: released by Detroit in spring training, signed by Salt Lake, called up by Angels, designated for assignment, went back to Salt Lake, called up again by Angels, designated again, claimed off waivers by Toronto, waived by Toronto, cleared waivers and elected free agency, signed by Mariners, all in 3.5 months. Whew!

It is not known yet if Pauley will start or relieve for Tacoma.

To make room on the roster, veteran right-hander Jarrett Grube was released by the organization. Grube was having a rough season, going 0-5 with a 9.26 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched. He’s a quality guy and we wish him the best.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05 at Cheney Stadium, and there will be Friday Night Fireworks after the game. Tacoma starts LHP Danny Hultzen (1-1, 5.25) against Colorado Springs RHP Alex White (1-4, 4.01) in a battle between two former first-round draft picks. If you can’t make it to the park, listen on South Sound Sports 850 AM or streaming online right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune was inked by Doug Pacey, with quotes from Blake Beavan.
  • John McGrath has a column on ten things he wants to see from the Mariners in the second half.
  • Expert national analysts have a lot more faith in the Mariners than locals do, Ryan Divish writes.
  • The Mariners ignored Geoff Baker’s many attempts to get one-third of the lineup demoted to Tacoma, and Geoff had to write about it.
  • Personally, I’m aligned with Larry Stone in the opinion that they need to stick with the original plan in the second half. I disagree with Larry about moving the fences in.
  • The Mariners have one key unsigned draft pick remaining, and time is running out.
  • High Desert shortstop Brad Miller made an appearance on this week’s edition of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
  • Here’s some old Pacific Coast League history for you: a promotional video from 1946 in which the league announces its intention to become a “third Major League.” There is footage of Lefty O’Doul, Casey Stengel, and many shots of spring training as the players came back from World War II.
  • In the PCL last night, Sean O’Sullivan beat the Sacramento River Cats, which is the normal procedure for Sean.
  • Tucson is gearing up for a big second half, and the Padres won in the bottom of the ninth against Fresno.
  • Reno scored seven runs in the fourth inning and held on to beat Salt Lake, 8-7. Sorry, no link.
  • Round Rock has a bunch of rehabilitating Rangers pitchers, but the Express were still shut out by Memphis last night, 3-0.
  • Omaha and Iowa started the “second half” with a wild 12-11 Cubs win last night. Adam Moore went 1-for-3 in his Omaha debut, and the story says he will be their starting catcher.
  • Nashville was rained out last night, but they still had a bundle of roster moves and call-ups.
  • El Paso claims they are one step closer to joining the PCL.
  • Sad news for Tacoma: the owner of Frisko Freeze has passed away. However, the wise man made plans for the restaurant’s continuance beyond his passing, and a civic crisis of epic proportions has been averted.

Let’s see if the Rainiers can make it four in a row – and if Hultzen can improve a little bit more this time out.


Oh, Peguero!

July 5, 2012

(I feel like I may have used that title once before, but I’m too lazy to check. Regardless, it’s appropriate again). 

Carlos Peguero launched a grand slam in the third inning, leading Tacoma to a 6-5 victory over Salt Lake in front of 15,411 fans on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

Peguero has now homered in five consecutive games – the longest streak by a Tacoma hitter since at least 2000.

The PCL record is seven straight games with a homer. It’s been done twice: recently, by Dallas McPherson of Albuquerque in 2008; and a while ago, by Claude Westmoreland of Albuquerque in 1977.

According to this article from MiLB.com, that’s the minor league record - seven straight. As we know, the major league record is eight, and Ken Griffey Jr. is one of three to do it.

I’m sure the Mariners are tempted to call up Peguero right away, but I’m hoping that they hold off a couple of days so we get to see if he can tie or break the record. However, they don’t care about a minor league record. If Peguero isn’t in the lineup tonight, we’ll know what happened.

UPDATE: the Mariners just called up Peguero, and sent down starting pitcher Hector Noesi. Noesi pitched yesterday and will not be able to start again until after the all-star break – and the Mariners won’t need to fill his rotation spot until after the break.

Talking to Tacoma hitting coach Jeff Pentland, he’s really happy about how Peguero has made slight adjustments to improve his approach. Peguero himself says that he is “calmer” at the plate.

For more on Peguero, hit the game story link down below.

Tonight – weather permitting, as I am writing it has been raining for a while here in SLC – the Rainiers play Salt Lake at 6:05 (Pacific). Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (3-3, 3.32) against Salt Lake RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 5.28). Catch the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Links:

  • I talked to Carlos Peguero for the Rainiers game story in The News Tribune.
  • The Salt Lake Bee also has a game story, from the Salt Lake perspective.
  • Former Mariners helped Baltimore beat Seattle yesterday. The Mariners are off today.
  • John McGrath wrote a column about yesterday’s Mariners game, and the trade that hurt.
  • At the Seattle Times, Jerry Brewer has a column on the Mariners rebuilding process. My opinion: they have to stick with it, there are no other options at this point. They must keep running the young players out there, and hope they improve.
  • Baseball America posted their mid-season Top 50 Prospects list and the Mariners have four of them – two in the top five.
  • In the PCL, they had to cancel the fireworks in Colorado Springs because of the fire, so the Sky Sox entertained a large crowd by scoring a billion runs against Reno.
  • Talk about an awful 4th of July game: in Fresno, over 13,839 fans waited… and waited… and waited while Sacramento score ten runs in the top of the ninth before the fireworks show. Fresno is in a freefall.
  • Nice piece from Las Vegas on outfielder Anthony Gose, who goes to the Futures Game on Sunday.
  • Memphis continues to struggle.
  • The Oklahoman has a story about sign stealing in which the RedHawks weigh in. Oklahoma City beat New Orleans by a run.
  • Albuquerque blasted Round Rock in front of over 15,000 fans.

The Rainiers have won three in a row. Hopefully this rain will stop and we’ll be able to play today.


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