Rainiers Re-Tool For Road Trip

July 3, 2015

The Rainiers finished the 11-game homestand with a wild 12-7 win over Las Vegas on Friday night, entertaining the 7,081 fans on hand with a high-scoring attack.

Now Tacoma is in Fresno to open a nine-game road trip: four in Fresno, five in Reno. This trip will take us to the all-star break.

The Mariners have made quite a few roster moves, so let’s get to them:

Seattle optioned to Tacoma pitchers Roenis Elias, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Vidal Nuno.

The Mariners called up pitchers David Rollins and Mayckol Guaipe, as well as outfielder James Jones.

Meanwhile, the Rainiers have placed reliever Lucas Luetge on the disabled list – apparently he injured a finger in a weight room accident.

Reliever Tony Zych was surprisingly transferred to Double-A Jackson, even though he was pitching well lately.

And Patrick Kivlehan took off to join Team USA for the Pan American Games, so he was placed on the temporarily inactive list.

These moves leave the Rainiers with 23 active players. One of the open spots is expected to be filled tomorrow when Logan Kensing is activated from the disabled list.

The Mariners will have to send someone back when Hisashi Iwakuma is activated from the disabled list on Monday, so that will fill the Tacoma roster.

Rotation update:

Tacoma is going to start Sam Gaviglio today. He’ll be followed by Vidal Nuno on Sunday, Forrest Snow on Monday, and Roenis Elias on Tuesday. Jordan Pries and Stephen Landazuri will start the first two games in Reno.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma blew early leads of 4-2 and 7-4, but they just kept scoring and outlasted Las Vegas on Friday night, 12-7. Steve Baron hit his first Triple-A homer and drove in four runs, while Stefen Romero, Patrick Kivlehan, and Leury Bonilla each had three hits.

Today: Tacoma (41-41) at Fresno (47-35), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-3.

This is a big series for the Rainiers, who are in second place and trail Fresno by six games in the standings. Tacoma still has eight head-to-head games remaining against Fresno – the four starting tonight, and then a four-game series at Cheney Stadium at the end of the month.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (7-6, 4.64) at LHP Brett Oberholtzer (1-2, 5.68)

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 14-for-24 over his last six games, and Stefen Romero is 10-for-22 over his last five games.

Look Out For: L.J. Hoes made the PCL All-Star team; he’s hit safely in four straight games and is batting .377 with runners in scoring position this year. Tacoma will get its first look at Tony Kemp, who went 0-for-5 yesterday but is reportedly a very good hitter in the Jose Altuve mold.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners hit four homers in a 9-5 romp over Oakland.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook previewed some of the roster moves which eventually came to fruition.
  • Rehabilitating Jake Marisnick sparked Fresno to a 9-5 win at El Paso. The story reports he’s being activated today and the Rainiers won’t have to deal with him.
  • Reno edged Albuquerque 5-4 in the ninth. Cristhian Adames has been the ‘Topes MVP so far this season.
  • Salt Lake snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring six runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Sacramento. The River Cats have added former Rainiers outfielder Xavier Avery and he had two hits in his Sacramento debut.
  • Barry Zito tossed a gem and Nashville topped Colorado Springs, 2-1. The Tennessean caught up with Rickey Henderson because if Rickey is in town, you gotta get caught up with Rickey.
  • A crowd of 13,351 saw their Iowa Cubs get creamed by Round Rock, 11-5. We have a photo gallery from Des Moines.
  • You can always count on Kila Ka’aihue to turn up in the PCL. He had three hits and four RBI for New Orleans in an 8-4 win at Omaha last night.
  • All-Star Darnell Sweeney is red-hot and he helped the Dodgers to a 3-2 win at Memphis.
  • Is San Antonio the next PCL city?

Have a safe Fourth of July!


The Third Is Here

July 3, 2015

Happy July 3rd, everybody. It’s our biggest and best day of the year at Cheney Stadium, and we hope everyone has a great time.

We invite you to come out early if you have tickets – the gates open at five, and you can catch some batting practice (the visiting team usually hits from 5:00 to 5:45; the Rainiers hit earlier in the day before gates open). As first pitch approaches, there will be additional pregame ceremonies which should be a lot of fun.

Cheney Stadium will be operating at full capacity today. Be ready for the big crowd, and by all means have a great time. The postgame fireworks show will be outstanding.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Las Vegas scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a 12-2 wipeout of the Rainiers. Tacoma can still win the four-game series with a victory tonight.

Roster Moves: Additional roster moves were made right before yesterday’s game. The Mariners signed veteran catcher Erik Kratz and he joined the Rainiers mid-game yesterday. He played in 15 games for Omaha in May and early June, belting four homers in 56 at-bats – here are his career stats. Tacoma added infielder Erick Mejia from the Arizona Rookie League to serve as shortstop depth; he made his Triple-A debut last night. Shawn O’Malley was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a swollen left hand.

Today: Las Vegas (46-35) at Tacoma (40-41), 7:20.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-3.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Rainy Lara (0-0, 4.50) at RHP Stephen Landazuri (1-3, 8.10)

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 12-for-19 over his last five games, and Stefen Romero is 7-for-17 over his last four games..

Look Out For: Alex Castellanos had three hits last night and is 9-for-17 over his past four contests.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 7:05 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story details a rough outing for Tacoma starter Jordan Pries.
  • The Mariners had just two hits in a 4-0 loss to Oakland.
  • John McGrath has a new favorite pitcher.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has lots of updates on current and former Rainiers players.
  • The Rainiers may have lost yesterday, but they did not lose ground in the standings. First place Fresno suffered a stunning defeat in the bottom of the ninth inning at El Paso. The El Paso Times has a photo gallery – check out the second picture to see the Chihuahuas Independence Day jerseys, which aren’t exactly uncouth.
  • Albuquerque topped Reno, 4-3, and the Journal’s headline writers are enjoying having Trevor Story on the team.
  • Sacramento trounced Salt Lake, 10-3. Word out of San Francisco is that the Giants are calling up some unexpected players from the River Cats.
  • Aaron Brooks pitched Omaha to a 5-2 win over visiting New Orleans.
  • The Tennessean called Colorado Springs 4-3 win over Nashville a “slugfest” because there were 24 hits. That’s not how we do it on this side of the PCL.
  • Rehabbing Jorge Soler helped Iowa defeat Round Rock, 5-4.
  • Oklahoma City hit three homers in an 8-4 win at Memphis. Oklahoma City is 25 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1999 season.
  • No Mariners appear on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.

This is the last game of the homestand. We’ll be celebrating the Fourth of July with a night game in Fresno tomorrow.


Rainiers Lose Top Starter, Yet Reach .500

July 2, 2015

Tacoma received some bad news prior to yesterday’s game, then went out and beat Las Vegas and reached the .500 mark for the first time in months.

Top starting pitcher Justin Germano opted out of his contract and became a free agent, leaving a big hole in the Tacoma rotation.

Germano, 32, is a veteran who has spent time in the major leagues with seven different teams. Players with his experience are often able to negotiate “outs” when they sign a minor league contract. Apparently, Germano’s stated that if he wasn’t in the majors with Seattle on July 1, he could become a free agent if he wanted to.

Well, he wanted to.

This is not a light decision for a player. Germano was having a great year, going 7-3 with a 2.83 ERA for the Rainiers. To make this decision, he had to look and see what his chances were of getting called up by Seattle in the next three months versus what his chances would be of reaching the majors with one of the other 29 teams.

He and his agent decided that he had a better chance of returning to the majors with another team, so he opted out.

This is a bummer for the Rainiers, but if you step back and look at the situation you can see why he did it. The Mariners are about to have an extra starting pitcher: when they activate Hisashi Iwakuma from the disabled list, they are going to have to send somebody who doesn’t deserve a demotion to Triple-A. This would have bumped Germano down the ladder another rung – and then the same thing could happen again in August, when/if James Paxton comes back.

So it is a smart decision for Germano, but it puts the Rainiers in a tough spot.

The Rainiers shook off the Germano decision and handled Las Vegas last night, 4-2. A couple of items of note:

  • With a record of 40-40, the team is back to .500 for the first time since the team was 2-2 after the season-opening series in El Paso. Tacoma has been no more than one game over .500 at any point this season – and the team has been as many as ten games under.
  • The Rainiers are six games back of first place Fresno, which has seen its roster significantly weakened by recent Houston Astros call-ups. This four-game series in Fresno which starts on Saturday could shape the pennant race. Or, it could just be a split and nothing changes.
  • Tacoma has gone singles-crazy. The Rainiers last 22 hits have all been singles, and 27 of their 28 hits in this series against Las Vegas have been singles. This is odd: the Rainiers rank second in the PCL in home runs.
  • Yesterday, the Rainiers were listing Andrew Kittredge as the fill-in starter for Germano when his rotation turn comes around on July 5. Like everything in Triple-A baseball, this is subject to change.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Forrest Snow pitched like a PCL All-Star, delivering seven innings and allowing one run on four hits in Tacoma’s 4-2 win over Las Vegas.

Injury Update: Shawn O’Malley is going to be out for about a week after jamming his left wrist on second base during Tuesday’s game. X-rays came back negative, so he shouldn’t be out for long.

Roster Moves: Justin Germano opted out of his contract, Leury Bonilla was activated from the disabled list, and Chris Taylor was called up by the Mariners who designated Willie Bloomquist for assignment. Tacoma has an open roster spot and could use an infielder – specifically, a shortstop.

Today: Las Vegas (45-35) at Tacoma (40-40), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-2.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Darrin Gorski (4-6, 5.66) at RHP Jordan Pries (3-1, 4.64)

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 10-for-16 over his last four games, which includes the two-homer game he had on Saturday.

Look Out ForDanny Muno carries an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. The 51s are expected to add infielder Dilson Herrera today, just sent down by the Mets.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story in The News Tribune focused on Forrest Snow, but also was the first report of Chris Taylor going to the majors.
  • The International League roster for the Triple-A All-Star Game is out, and Baseball America has the rosters for both teams on one handy web page.
  • Not only did the Mariners get a rare two wins in a row, both were shutouts down in San Diego. The M’s are 11-10 since that dreadful 11-game homestand in which they went 2-9.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook says that the Rainiers will soon be adding catcher Erik Kratz. We’ll see.
  • Today is the first day of the International Signing Period – AKA the Wild Wild West of baseball scouting and player acquisition. The Mariners have signed a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic.
  • Mariners rival the Angels has a conflict in the front office, and General Manager Jerry DiPoto departed. For details on the issues that caused the fracture, check out Jonah Keri’s story.
  • In the PCL, Fresno starter Mike Hauschild could become a household name if he pitches like he did last night in El Paso.
  • Albuquerque out-slugged Reno 11-8 and Matt McBride is going to the all-star game. The Isotopes have 27 runs and 34 hits in the first two games of that series.
  • Sacramento’s Adam Duvall was named to the all-star team, and then 15 innings and 4:57 later he had the walk-off hit in the River Cats 4-3 win over Salt Lake.
  • Yordano Ventura had a good rehab start, but his Omaha club was shut out by New Orleans, 2-0.
  • Iowa’s Kyle Schwarber had a good game in a 4-3 win over Round Rock.
  • New Nashville starter Nathan Long tossed seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over Colorado Springs.
  • Oklahoma City hit three solo homers in a 3-2 win at Memphis.
  • We’ll wrap things up with the Korean Bat Flip version of the Carlton Fisk home run. I love it!

Got a ticket update for the July 3rd game: as of noon on Thursday, there were scattered single reserve seats and some general admission berm tickets still available.


Three To Represent Tacoma In All-Star Game

July 1, 2015

The Triple-A All-Star Game is one of the crown jewels of Minor League Baseball, and today we learned that three Tacoma Rainiers players were named to the PCL squad.

First baseman Jesus Montero and shortstop Ketel Marte were elected as starters, and Forrest Snow was named to the team’s pitching staff.

Montero is batting .314 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI. He currently leads the league with 97 hits, and his RBI total is third-best in the circuit.

Despite not playing since May 31 due to a fractured thumb, Marte ranks third in the league with a .343 batting average. The Mariners are optimistic that Marte will be activated from the disabled list before the all-star game, which is two weeks from today.

Snow is 6-4 with a 2.34 ERA. The University of Washington product ranks third in the PCL in earned run average going into tonight’s start.

The trio will wear Tacoma jerseys during the game, which will be played at 5:00 (Pacific) on Wednesday, July 15 at Omaha’s Werner Park. The game will be nationally televised on the MLB Network, and there will be a national radio broadcast which will be picked up by our station South Sound Sports 850 AM.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma banged out 16 hits (15 singles) and beat Las Vegas, 8-4. Jesus Montero went 4-for-5 to lead the attack, and Hisashi Iwakuma had a successful rehabilitation start before leaving with a mild blister.

Injury Update: Shawn O’Malley left yesterday’s game with a jammed left wrist, he’s getting it checked out today. Iwakuma said his blister issues are manageable – see more in the links below. Ketel Marte is supposed to return soon, but he hasn’t appeared in an Arizona Rookie League game yet so it’s still going to be a little while.

Today: Las Vegas (45-34) at Tacoma (39-40), 7:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Matthew Bowman (5-8, 5.73) at RHP Forrest Snow (6-4, 2.34)

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 8-for-13 over his last three games, which includes the two-homer game he had on Saturday. James Jones has reached base with a hit or walk in his last 17 PCL games – he’s drawn 12 walks during that time.

Look Out For: Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been hitting home runs likes it’s easy, smacking six in 11 games since reporting to Las Vegas. Anthony Recker just won the PCL Player of the Week award; he’s 9-for-15 with three HRs and 10 RBI in his last four games. Neither player appeared in the series opener on Tuesday.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:


Funny Game?

June 30, 2015

Joe Garagiola was famous for saying “baseball is a funny game,” among other things.

What happened to the Rainiers Monday night was funny in that “ha ha you think you’re funny” sort of way.

On Sunday the Rainiers played a beautiful game, pitched and played defense brilliantly, and won on a walk-off homer.

The next game?

A 14-1 loss which was the team’s ugliest game of the season. Tacoma set season “highs” for most errors (four) and largest margin of defeat (hang on let me bring up the calculator… 13 runs).

Funny game, indeed.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The less said about Tacoma’s 14-1 loss to El Paso, the better.

Today: Las Vegas (45-33) at Tacoma (38-40), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Tied, 2-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Dillon Gee (1-0, 10.80) at RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-0, 0.00)

Two established major leaguers square off – but only Iwakuma is on a rehabilitation assignment. Look for Iwakuma to throw 85-90 pitches in his third rehab start (second with Tacoma).

Hot Rainiers: Yesterday’s game served as a cooler for most of the Rainiers hitters. Reliever David Rollins has not allowed a run in six outings; the Mariners have to make a decision on the Rule 5 Draft pick around July 4th.

Look Out For: Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been hitting home runs likes it’s easy, smacking six in 11 games since reporting to Las Vegas. Anthony Recker just won the PCL Player of the Week award; he’s 9-for-15 with three HRs and 10 RBI in his last four games. The 51s have gone 14-4 over their last 18 games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • If you really want to read the Rainiers game story, here it is.
  • The News Tribune looks at the situation with Hisashi Iwakuma‘s rehab – which could end tonight – and what the Mariners are going to do with the starting rotation. There are several options here.
  • Tacoma’s 2014 manager Roy Howell is taking over as skipper of the Mariners Double-A Jackson club for the remainder of the season.
  • Ryan Divish has a feature on how Mike Montgomery went from struggling top prospect to successful member of the Mariners starting rotation.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes an item on former Rainiers pitcher Anthony Fernandez, who returned from Tommy John surgery to pitch four scoreless innings for Double-A Jackson yesterday. Jackson also has Brian Moran in the bullpen recovering from the same injury – both players could help the Rainiers after the break.
  • Minor League Ball looks at the struggles of D.J. Peterson.
  • In the PCL, Tacoma remains six games behind Fresno because the Grizzlies lost to Jamie Romak and surging Reno, 7-2.
  • Sacramento avoided a sweep by crushing Las Vegas, 14-7. Adam Duvall had a pinch-hit grand slam.
  • Salt Lake cruised to a 7-2 win over Albuquerque. Bees manager Dave Anderson‘s job never stops.
  • Iowa lost in 12 innings to New Orleans, 2-1, as a rusty Jorge Soler went 0-for-3.
  • Omaha edged Round Rock, 5-3, as Kris Medlen continued to progress as he tries to return from a second Tommy John surgery.
  • Colorado Springs and Memphis were locked up in a beautiful pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Mike Williams drew a bases loaded walk and Memphis won it, 1-0. Yup, a 0-0 game ended on a walk-off walk.
  • A well-timed rain storm rolled into Nashville to give the Sounds a 4-2, five-inning rain-shortened win over first place Oklahoma City.
  • Civic Stadium in Eugene burned down yesterday. A PCL team played there from 1969 to 1973, and it was more recently the home of the Northwest League’s Eugene Emeralds.
  • Confused by modern internet baseball jargon? Rob Neyer is here to help.

This is a four-game series with Las Vegas – the homestand ends with the July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza on Friday night. I’m told there are a few tickets left for the big show – head to the stadium box office if you don’t have them yet.


Sunday A Fun Day For Rainiers

June 29, 2015

Tacoma beat El Paso on Sunday afternoon, 2-0, in a clean, crisp, and entertaining game.

Justin Germano started and went the distance, tossing a seven-hitter for his sixth career complete game shutout. It was his first shutout since 2011, when he pitched a perfect game for Columbus of the International League.

Germano had to sweat it out, though. After escaping a jam in the top of the ninth, he knew he was done for the day but the game was still undecided: it was 0-0, because Jason Lane tossed a gem for El Paso.

Against reliever Jerry Sullivan, Leon Landry hit a one-out single to center. John Hicks followed with a potential inning-ending double play grounder to third, but El Paso was playing catcher Rocky Gale at second base. It was Gale’s first career game at the position, and let’s be kind and just say he’s no Robinson Cano on the double-play pivot. Hicks beat the relay to first and the inning continued.

That brought Patrick Kivlehan to the plate, and he lifted an opposite-field two-run homer to right to win the ballgame, walk-off style.

It was the second walk-off win of the homestand for the Rainiers, who had a 1-0 ten-inning win on Thursday against Reno.

There are a few things on the line tonight: Tacoma has a chance to win the four-game series against El Paso, and the team can reach .500 for the first time since the club was 2-2 just four games into the season.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Justin Germano pitched a complete game shutout, although he didn’t have the finishing stroke – that went to Patrick Kivlehan, who hit an opposite-field two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rainiers a 2-0 win over El Paso.

Today: El Paso (38-38) at Tacoma (38-39), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 6-5.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Daniel McCutchen (1-5, 5.37) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (7-5, 4.39)

Hot Rainiers: Shawn O’Malley had three more hits – he has hit safely in seven straight games and is batting .369 in the month of June. Reliever David Rollins has not allowed a run in five outings; the Mariners have to make a decision on the Rule 5 Draft pick around July 4th.

Look Out For: Cody Decker has three homers in his last seven games – he’s always been a streaky hitter in the PCL, so look out.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:


Big Day For Ruggiano

June 28, 2015

Playing in just his fourth game as a member of the Tacoma Rainiers, Justin Ruggiano launched three home runs during a 14-4 victory over El Paso on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium.

Ruggiano’s first two homers were opposite-field three-run shots against Chihuahuas starting pitcher Robbie Erlin. Erlin is a lefty who has made 20 career major league starts, and Ruggiano specializes in hitting left-handed pitchers.

His third homer was a solo blast pulled to left field against reliever Justin Hershiser. Orel’s kid was making his second career appearance above A-ball.

Ruggiano had an opportunity to hit a fourth homer, but he never got to swing the bat when he walked on five pitches in the eighth inning.

He’s the first Tacoma player to hit three home runs in a game since Jabari Blash did it last June – coincidentally, that also happened against El Paso, but it occurred on the road.

Ruggiano is strictly serving as the designated hitter for Tacoma right now. He’s dealing with a sore elbow which prevents him from making throws from the outfield.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Just two Tacoma Rainiers combined to hit five home runs in a 14-4 blasting of El Paso. In addition to Ruggiano’s three dingers, Jesus Montero hit a pair. Tacoma is now second in the PCL with 75 home runs (Las Vegas leads with 77).

Today: El Paso (38-37) at Tacoma (37-39), 1:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 6-4.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Jason Lane (6-4, 4.59) at RHP Justin Germano (6-3, 3.15)

Hot Rainiers: Um, Ruggiano. Shawn O’Malley has hit safely in six straight games and is batting .354 in the month of June. Reliever David Rollins has not allowed a run in five outings; the Mariners have to make a decision on the Rule 5 Draft pick around July 4th.

Look Out For: Jedd Gyorko went 0-for-4 yesterday, ending his nine-game hitting streak. Cody Decker has three homers in his last six games – he’s always been a streaky hitter in the PCL, so look out.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game so Bob Robertson joins me in the booth.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. For lots of additional comments from Justin Ruggiano and video of the third homer (that pitch was a ‘cookie’), check the MiLB.com story.
  • My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper is about Patrick Kivlehan leaving the Rainiers for two weeks to play for Team USA in the Pan American Games, and a recent wave of call-ups from the PCL.
  • The Mariners lost to the Angels and Robinson Cano suffered a freak injury on Saturday – although Cano is apparently OK.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook gets to the bottom of the team’s closer situation.
  • Ryan Divish reviews the Mariners preseason Top 10 prospects list to see how they are doing. It includes comments from Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn regarding D.J. Peterson‘s disappointing first half.
  • John McGrath has his MLB power rankings, and a column about Pete Rose and gambling.
  • In the PCL, Tacoma received some big help from the Reno Aces, who swept a day/night doubleheader from first place Fresno. Gabriel Arias and Justin Marks both tossed gems, and Tacoma is now seven games out of first. Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel got creamed in his Triple-A debut.
  • Salt Lake’s C.J. Cron had a big game in an 8-6 win over Albuquerque.
  • Las Vegas catcher Anthony Recker went 4-for-4 in a 7-1 win over visiting Sacramento.
  • Top prospect Kyle Schwarber needed a triple to ride out of Principal Park on a cycle after Iowa’s 6-1 win over New Orleans.
  • Round Rock picked up a 5-1 win at Omaha, Good news for the Texas Rangers: Martin Perez pitched four innings in his continued comeback from elbow surgery.
  • Nashville scored early and beat Oklahoma City, 7-2.
  • Hiram Burgos tossed a gem and Colorado Springs shut out Memphis, 2-0.

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