Sheffield, Scott Provide A Nice Break

May 23, 2019

After a ten-day stretch in which 10+ runs were required to win a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game, we had a return to old school, pitching-and-defense baseball on Wednesday afternoon.

Tacoma topped Fresno, 2-1, as Justus Sheffield and Tayler Scott limited the Grizzlies to seven hits.

Sheffield was throwing strikes, which has been his key this year. He got ahead of the hitters consistently on Wednesday, walking only one over his seven frames. The lone walk came in the sixth inning, right after he allowed his only run on a solo homer to top prospect Carter Kieboom.

Other than the homer and the walk in the sixth inning, it was ground ball after ground ball. Sheffield kept his infielders busy, recording 14 of his 21 outs via the grounder (13 actual ground balls, one of which was turned into a double play). Even the six singles that he allowed were mostly ground balls that found holes in the infield.

Tayler Scott protected a one-run lead by pitching scoreless relief in the eighth and ninth to earn his first save. It did get a little scary in the ninth when he issued two walks, but he was able to escape with the help of catcher Austin Nola, who threw out a base stealer.

Scott’s brutal month of April is safely in the rear-view mirror now. In May he has pitched in seven games, working 12 innings and allowing just one run on three hits. He has walked five and struck out 19 this month, posting a 0.75 ERA.

Tonight is expected to be the final game of Kyle Seager‘s rehabilitation assignment. Latest word from Seattle is that they intend to activate him from the 60-day injured list on Saturday. That means he would play for Tacoma today, fly to Oakland to meet the M’s tomorrow, and be ready to go in their 1:05 game on Saturday.

Ichiro made his second coaching appearance at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday, helping the Rainiers outfielders, working in the cage in the afternoon, and pitching batting practice. There is no set schedule to when he appears in Tacoma – right now it seems to happen when he wants to do it, and so far the only clue he might arrive is if the big club is on the road.

It’s fun to have Ichiro just randomly show up, like Rickey Henderson used to in Sacramento back when they were an Oakland A’s affiliate. Rickey would drive out from the Bay Area, hold court in the dugout before the game, coach first base and try to get the River Cats stealing bases, etc. I’d be sitting there thinking “that’s the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history right there.” Now we’ve got a similar thing going, except it’s the player with the most hits in the world throwing batting practice right over there.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma starter Justus Sheffield put together his best outing of the season, staying in control and getting ahead in the count for seven innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over Fresno. Sheffield walked just one while generating 13 ground balls in the game. Tayler Scott pitched the final two innings for the save, and Ryan Court hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth.

ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Mariners announced that relievers Nick Rumbelow and Mike Wright cleared waivers and were outrighted to Tacoma; they could arrive as early as today which will require some roster moves.

TODAY: Fresno (23-23) at Tacoma (23-24), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Washington Nationals.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Randy Knorr.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 2-0.

PITCHERS: RHP Kevin McGowan (-) at RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.37)

McGowan was just acquired from the independent Atlantic League and makes his Fresno debut today.

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games, collecting 26 hits during that time… Braden Bishop is 15-for-40 with three homers since returning from the big leagues… Ryan Court has gone 13-for-26 during an eight-game hitting streak, and he has 13 RBI during the streak… Jose Lobaton and Kristopher Negron have a six-game hitting streaks.

OPPONENT NEWS: Make sure to keep an eye on Fresno shortstop Carter Kieboom, who is considered one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball. He’s hitting .352 with eight homers in 105 at-bats for Fresno – but he struggled in his first MLB call-up, going 5-for-39 for the Nationals in an 11-game stint… Jacob Wilson is off to the best start of his career, batting .329 with 14 homers. This is new territory for the former Memphis Redbirds infielder, who has never hit like this in Triple-A.

FAMILIAR FACES: Austin Voth is a graduate of Kentwood High School (Class of 2010) and pitched three years at the University of Washington… former Mariner Vidal Nuno pitched briefly for Tacoma in 2015.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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:

In the PCL:

  • Reno blasted five more homers in a 9-1 win at El Paso. Yasmany Tomas hit another one; he has six homers in his last three games.
  • Salt Lake scored seven runs in the top of the second inning at Sacramento, but saw the River Cats tie it up before the Bees moved ahead in the late innings and won, 9-8. Justin Bour hit a grand slam for the Bees.
  • Las Vegas closer Brian Schlitter nailed down his PCL-leading eighth save in a 7-5 win over visiting Albuquerque. The Aviators have been a good comeback team so far this season.
  • Iowa swept a doubleheader on the road against Omaha. They won the first game 6-3 behind a 4-for-4, 5-RBI performance by Ian Happ. Jim Adduci‘s three-run homer was the key hit in a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.
  • 24-year-old New Orleans starter Elieser Hernandez struck out 12 men over six innings of one-hit ball in a 9-1 win over Oklahoma City. He leads the league with a 1.07 ERA.
  • Former Rainier Tyler O’Neill had three hits and a homer to help Memphis to a 10-0 win at Nashville. O’Neill is batting .316 with eight homers for the Redbirds, who visit Tacoma on the next homestand starting June 4.
  • Cy Sneed tossed eight scoreless innings, and Yordan Alvarez belted his 19th home run as Round Rock took down San Antonio, 4-0.
Advertisements

Rainiers Open Homestand With 19-Hit Win, Play Day Game Today

May 22, 2019

Well, it looks like the Rainiers bounced back from that horrific loss in Reno just fine. Nineteen hits in a 12-3 win over Fresno last night to win the series opener will do it.

Early game today let’s get going.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma connected for 19 hits in a 12-3 win over Fresno, pulling within 1.5 games of first place in the Pac-North. Ian Miller had a huge game, going 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBI. Austin Nola and Braden Bishop each had three hits, and Kyle Seager drove in three runs. Tacoma’s bullpen pitched six scoreless innings, including shutout innings from rehabilitating relievers Sam Tuivailala and Gerson Bautista.

ROSTER MOVES: Two additional moves were made prior to yesterday’s game: Gerson Bautista‘s rehab assignment was transferred to Tacoma from Class-A Modesto, and shortstop Chris Mariscal was promoted from Double-A Arkansas.

TODAY: Fresno (23-22) at Tacoma (22-24), 11:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Washington Nationals.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Randy Knorr.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

PITCHERS: RHP J.J. Hoover (2-0, 5.70) at LHP Justus Sheffield (1-2, 4.38)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, collecting 26 hits during that time… Braden Bishop is 15-for-37 with three homers since returning from the big leagues, and he has a seven-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has gone 12-for-23 during a seven-game hitting streak, and he has 11 RBI during the streak… Jose Lobaton has a six-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Make sure to keep an eye on Fresno shortstop Carter Kieboom, who is considered one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball. He’s hitting .346 with seven homers in 101 at-bats for Fresno – but he struggled in his first MLB call-up, going 5-for-39 for the Nationals in an 11-game stint… Jacob Wilson is off to the best start of his career, batting .336 with 14 homers. This is new territory for the former Memphis Redbirds infielder, who has never hit like this in Triple-A.

FAMILIAR FACES: Austin Voth is a graduate of Kentwood High School (Class of 2010) and pitched three years at the University of Washington… former Mariner Vidal Nuno pitched briefly for Tacoma in 2015.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 11:20 on South Sound Talk 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 News Tribune caught up with Kyle Seager prior to his first game at Cheney Stadium since 2011.
  • The Mariners showed that baseball, like football (and possibly basketball? Hockey? Soccer?), is a game of inches in a 5-3 loss at Texas on Tuesday night.

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento shortstop Abiatal Avelino tripled twice as the River Cats took down Salt Lake, 10-7.
  • Las Vegas coasted to a 9-2 win over visiting Albuquerque. Dustin Fowler had three hits, a homer, and four RBI.
  • Domingo Leyba connected on four hits, three of which were doubles, and drove in five runs as the Reno Aces earned a series-opening 10-7 win at El Paso.
  • Iowa at Omaha were rained out and are trying to play two today.
  • Round Rock starter Jose Hernandez-Urquidy struck out 12 over six innings, allowing just one run, and earned an 11-4 win over San Antonio.
  • Catcher Will Smith homered twice as Oklahoma City edged New Orleans, 6-5.
  • Young Memphis starter Genesis Cabrera delivered six strong innings in a 4-2 road win over Nashville.

Rainiers Home After Historic Day In Reno

May 21, 2019

The Tacoma Rainiers return to Cheney Stadium tonight to host the Fresno Grizzlies in the opening game of a four-game series at 6:05. It’s the first meeting of the year between Tacoma and first place Fresno, and the Rainiers start the series just 2.5 games out of first.

The nine-game road trip through Nevada finished with a brutal day in Reno, but overall the Rainiers went 4-5 on the trip – not bad, but not a winner obviously. It was like a weekend trip to Vegas where you hit a jackpot, but take a small loss overall.

That final game in Reno yesterday… wow.

The Aces beat the Rainiers, 25-8. It was the most runs that Tacoma has allowed in a game in the last twenty years.

Reno did a number on the PCL record book.

The Aces tied the PCL mark by hitting ten home runs in the game – the only other time that has happened was July 6, 1974 when Phoenix hit ten dingers at Sacramento in the second game of a doubleheader, and that record is asterisked by the PCL because Sacramento’s ballpark Hughes Stadium had a left field fence closer than 250 feet from home plate.

Four of the home runs were hit by Yasmany Tomas, who became the sixth player in the league’s modern history to accomplish the feat. The last four-homer game in the PCL was Micah Hoffpauir‘s for Iowa in 2008.

Tomas missed his chance to accomplish one of the sport’s rarest feats: the home run cycle. He homered in his first three at-bats, hitting a solo, two-run, and three-run. He batted with the bases loaded his fourth time up and had a chance to do it… and hit an infield single instead. His fourth homer came later in the game, in the bottom of the eighth, and it was another solo shot. A Double-A slugger named Tyrone Horne hit for the home run cycle back in 1998.

An assault on the PCL record book always brings out some gems, because this league has such a long and storied history. Back in 1923 a player named Pete Schneider for a team called the Vernon Tigers hit five homers in one game against Salt Lake City. I wonder if they complained about the baseballs back then.

The Vernon Tigers have a colorful history, to say the least. They had a Hollywood star as an owner, they existed almost entirely because of alcohol laws, and were killed by Prohibition.

Anyway, back to the game, as Bill Walton’s partner David Pasch says. The Rainiers are only home for four days and then we hit the road for another ten-day trip, so try to get out to the ballpark this week if you can.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma suffered through a historic loss in Reno on Monday, 25-8. Yasmany Tomas hit four homers and drove in eight runs for the Aces, Kevin Cron went deep twice, and Matt Szczur hit for the cycle. Shed Long had three hits and scored three runs for Tacoma.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mariners have been hit with injuries again, placing Dee Gordon and Ryon Healy on the injured list. Today they called up Shed Long, activated rehabbing Dylan Moore from the IL, selected Tommy Milone to start tonight’s game, and optioned reliever Parker Markel to Tacoma. Seattle acquired reliever Anthony Bass from the Reds and designated Ryan Garton for assignment. There will likely be additional moves prior to tonight’s game to fill the Rainiers infield – maybe we’ll get Connor Kopach back?

TODAY: Fresno (23-21) at Tacoma (21-24), 6:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Washington Nationals.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Randy Knorr.

SEASONS SERIES: 0-0.

PITCHERS: RHP Austin Voth (3-3, 3.89) at RHP Erik Swanson (0-0, 0.00)

Voth is a local product from Kentwood High School and the UW, he’ll probably have a large cheering section tonight. Swanson was Tacoma’s opening night starter; he pitched five shutout innings at Sacramento, got called up, and we haven’t seen him until now.

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, collecting 25 hits during that time… Braden Bishop is 12-for-31 with three homers since returning from the big leagues, and he has a six-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has gone 11-for-19 during a six-game hitting streak, and he has eight RBI over the last two days.

OPPONENT NEWS: Make sure to keep an eye on Fresno shortstop Carter Kieboom, who is considered one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball. He’s hitting .356 with seven homers in 101 at-bats for Fresno – but he struggled in his first MLB call-up, going 5-for-39 for the Nationals in an 11-game stint… Jacob Wilson is off to the best start of his career, batting .345 with 14 homers. This is new territory for the former Memphis Redbirds infielder, who has never hit like this in Triple-A.

FAMILIAR FACES: Austin Voth is a graduate of Kentwood High School (Class of 2010) and pitched three years at the University of Washington… former Mariner Vidal Nuno pitched briefly for Tacoma in 2015.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Talk 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:

In the PCL:

  • Fresno beat Sacramento in ten innings last night, 4-3, on Bengie Gonzalez‘s sac fly. Sacramento won the five-game series, 3-2.
  • The Rainiers weren’t the only ones wearing it yesterday. El Paso had 22 hits and walloped Albuquerque, 21-10. Jacob Scavuzzo and Josh Naylor each homered twice.
  • Salt Lake rode an outstanding rehab start by Andrew Heaney to a 9-6 win over Las Vegas. Heaney pitched 4.1 shutout innings with ten strikeouts. His catcher Dustin Garneau homered twice.
  • Nashville scored twice in the top of the 12th inning to beat Round Rock, 8-6. Hunter Cole singled in the go-ahead run.
  • Ben Meyer pitched six innings of two-hit ball as New Orleans took down Iowa, 5-2.
  • Oklahoma City connected for 17 hits in a 10-5 win over visiting Omaha. Ex-Rainiers outfielder Cameron Perkins was one of eight Dodgers with multiple hits.
  • San Antonio shut out Memphis, 4-0, as Burch Smith and three relievers combined on a five-hitter.

Road Trip Ends In Reno – Will It Be A Winning Trip?

May 20, 2019

The nine-game, ten-day road trip to Las Vegas and Reno comes to an end today, with an 11:05 game here in Reno.

I’m guessing that the majority of the players who have been on this entire trip are ready to stay somewhere that is not a casino resort on the next roadie. Salt Lake City and El Paso are going to be refreshing!

The team is 4-4 on the trip going into the final game, with a chance to secure a winning record on the trip and a extremely rare series win at Reno. Tacoma’s only series win at Greater Nevada Field since it was built in 2009 came in 2015, when Tacoma took two games out of three with the help of a rainout.

There’s a real chance here, with Reno struggling overall and Tacoma having put two beatdowns on their fatigued pitching staff including Sunday’s 18-9 win.

Tacoma returns home for a quick four-game series against first place Fresno starting on Tuesday night.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma knocked 22 hits and crushed Reno on Sunday afternoon, 18-9. Trailing 2-1 going to the fifth inning, the Rainiers matched a season-high by scoring eight runs in the fifth – and then the team kept on scoring. The 22 hits were comprised of 18 singles and four doubles; Reno out-homered Tacoma 5-0. Tim Lopes had four hits, Ryan Court and Dylan Moore each had three hits, and pretty much everybody else had two hits.

ROSTER MOVES: On Sunday the Rainiers placed reliever Aaron Northcraft (oblique) and Orlando Calixte (knee) on the seven-day injured list. The Mariners recalled reliever David McKay, and recently optioned pitchers Erik Swanson and Matt Festa were added to the active roster. Swanson will start against Fresno on Tuesday night.

TODAY: Tacoma (21-23) at Reno (16-27), 11:05 AM.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Chris Cron.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 5-3.

PITCHERS: LHP Jon Niese (1-1, 4.50) at LHP Alex Young (2-0, 6.04)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, collecting 23 hits during that time… Braden Bishop is 11-for-25 with three homers since returning from the big leagues, and he has a five-game hitting streak… Ryan Court has gone 9-for-15 during a five-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Kevin Cron leads the PCL in home runs (19) and ranks second in RBI (54)… Abraham Almonte has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games… Yasmany Tomas has hit safely in seven straight games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Abraham AlmonteAndrew AplinAnthony Vazquez, and Marc Rzepczynski are with Reno… they also have Mill Creek’s Travis Snider, but he is away from the team on paternity leave.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 10:50 on South Sound Talk 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:

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento swept a rain-delayed doubleheader from Fresno, 4-3 and 7-0. Austin Slater homered in both games, including a grand slam in the second one.
  • Down 4-1 going to the bottom of the eighth, Albuquerque scored four runs and stunned El Paso 5-4. Drew Weeks hit the pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run homer for the ‘Topes.
  • Salt Lake swept a doubleheader from Las Vegas. Matt Thaiss hit a grand slam in the opener, and Jaime Barria delivered a complete game in the nightcap.
  • Nashville hit two dingers and scored five runs in a ninth inning rally to secure a 9-7 comeback win at Round Rock. Patrick Wisdom whacked a go-ahead three-run homer.
  • Iowa split a doubleheader against visiting New Orleans in unexpected fashion. The I-Cubs got to PCL ace Zac Gallen in the opener, hitting a couple homers off him and winning 5-4. Then the I-Cubs were shut out in the second game by a Baby Cakes pitcher named Dustin Beggs.
  • Aaron Wilkerson tossed six scoreless innings and San Antonio coasted to a 9-3 win over Memphis.
  • Omaha leadoff man Humberto Arteaga homered twice in an 11-1 win at Oklahoma City. Omaha has been using relief pitchers as “openers.”

Too Much Cron For Mariners, Rainiers

May 19, 2019

The Cron Family is doing a number on the Seattle Mariners organization this weekend.

C.J. Cron‘s Minnesota Twins have been ripping up the M’s pitching staff at T-Mobile Park, and C.J. has been heavily involved in it. He’s 8-for-14 with three homers, six runs scored, and six RBI going into the final game of the series today.

Here in Reno, Kevin Cron is a beast. Over the first three games of this series, Kevin is 5-for-8 with two doubles, three homers, five runs, and nine RBI. Last night he even stole a base to set up a run for the Aces.

The patriarch of the family is Reno manager Chris Cron, who manages one son while keeping a watchful eye on the other. He’s probably spent the weekend giggling in the dugout while watching Kevin and checking his phone to track C.J.

At least the Rainiers have managed to win a game during Cron Weekend. Tacoma can even-up this series with a win today.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Reno scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and the Rainiers never caught up – although they came close several times – in a 6-3 loss on Saturday night. The Aces have taken a 2-1 lead in the five-game series. The rehabbers couldn’t get it going at the plate, as Kyle Seager went 0-for-4 and Dylan Moore 0-for-3.

ROSTER MOVES: There were two additional moves before last night’s game that did not make yesterday’s post: reliever Sam Tuivailala had his rehab assignment transferred to Tacoma, and lefty Anthony Misiewicz was promoted from Double-A Arkansas and he will start Monday’s early game.

TODAY: Tacoma (20-23) at Reno (16-26), 1:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Chris Cron.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 4-3.

PITCHERS: LHP Jon Niese (1-1, 4.50) at LHP Alex Young (2-0, 6.04)

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end last night… Shed Long has homered in three of his last five PCL games… Braden Bishop is 9-for-21 with three homers since returning from the big leagues… Bishop, Ryan Court, and Jose Lobaton have four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Kevin Cron leads the PCL in home runs (18) and ranks second in RBI (53)… Abraham Almonte has hit safely in ten of his last 11 games… Yasmany Tomas has hit safely in seven straight games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Abraham AlmonteAndrew AplinAnthony Vazquez, and Marc Rzepczynski are with Reno… they also have Mill Creek’s Travis Snider, but he is away from the team on paternity leave.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 12:50 on South Sound Talk 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:

In the PCL:

  • Las Vegas and Salt Lake split the first of the rain-created back-to-back doubleheaders in SLC, with Vegas winning the opener 8-2 and Salt Lake taking the second game, 4-2.
  • Yonathan Daza had four hits as Albuquerque hammered El Paso, 12-2.
  • Sacramento at Fresno was rained out and they are going to try to play two today.
  • Nashville hit four home runs including two by Patrick Wisdom in a 6-3 win at Round rock.
  • Troy Stokes homered in the eighth inning to help San Antonio to a 6-4 win over Memphis.
  • Oklahoma City took a 7-1 lead in the third inning and barely held on to beat Omaha, 7-6.
  • New Orleans at Iowa was rained out and they are double-dipping today.

Aces Sneak Away With Victory

May 18, 2019

After Thursday’s 23-hit, 14-run blistering of the Reno Aces, the Tacoma Rainiers jumped out with three runs in each of the first two innings on Friday night to take a 6-1 lead.

However, unlike Thursday’s game, in this one the Rainiers stopped scoring. Reno had excellent relief work and held the Rainiers at six, while Kevin Cron led them back into the game and the Aces ended their eight-game losing streak.

Rehabilitating Kyle Seager played the entire game as the designated hitter, going 1-for-5. A second rehabilitating major leaguer is expected today, as Dylan Moore is going to get some reps while he recovers from a right wrist contusion. And on top of that, there were reports last night that rehabilitating reliever Sam Tuivailala is going to join Tacoma.

With the infield back in shape, the Rainiers said a tough goodbye to Connor Kopach after last night’s game. Kopach came up from Class-A Modesto to fill in while Shed Long was in the big leagues, and he played great and looked like he belongs in Triple-A – despite being in his first full professional season. Rather than have him sit on the bench here, he goes back to Modesto where he can play regularly. I suspect we’ll see Kopach in a more permanent role in the future.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings, saw Justus Sheffield pitch into the sixth inning and leave with a 6-3 lead… and then the bullpen let it get away in a 7-6 loss at Reno on Friday night. Kevin Cron‘s three-run homer tied it in the seventh, and Reno won it in the bottom of the ninth when Tim Locastro was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice “fly” to the shortstop in shallow left field.

ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Mariners called up relievers Matt Festa and Ryan Garton, and they optioned starter Erik Swanson to Tacoma. Today the Mariners activated Wade LeBlanc from the injured list, and optioned Festa right back to us. The Rainiers added three pitchers from extended spring training yesterday: Tyler Danish (who is now a reliever), Carlos Hernandez, and Christian Pedrol. Today the team adds Dylan Moore on a rehabilitation assignment, and infielder Connor Kopach has been sent back to Class-A Modesto.

TODAY: Tacoma (20-22) at Reno (15-26), 6:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Chris Cron.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 4-2.

PITCHERS: RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 3.24) at RHP Jon Duplantier (0-1, 3.86)

Duplantier is generally considered the Arizona Diamondbacks top minor league prospect.

HOT HITTERS: Tim Lopes has hit safely in his last eleven games, with four homers and 13 RBI during the streak… Shed Long has homered in three of his last four PCL games… Braden Bishop has three homers over his past three games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Reno’s eight-game losing streak ended last night… Reno pitchers allowed 81 runs during the eight-game losing streak; they gave up six runs last night… Kevin Cron leads the PCL in home runs (18) and ranks second in RBI (52). Cron has homered in three straight games… Abraham Almonte had his nine-game hitting streak end last night… Yasmany Tomas has hit safely in six straight games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Abraham AlmonteAndrew AplinAnthony Vazquez, and Marc Rzepczynski are with Reno… they also have Mill Creek’s Travis Snider, but he is away from the team on paternity leave.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:20 on South Sound Talk 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 feats of Kevin Cron caused the Rainiers game to get a write-up on MiLB.com.
  • The Mariners got dropped by the Twins, 7-1. Three takeaways from the game.
  • Since we are on Day 8 of our ten-day all-casino Nevada road trip, here is a story on the infighting that is going to prevent Washington state from legalizing sports gambling for years.

In the PCL:

  • Sacramento and Fresno split a doubleheader, with Fresno salvaging the split on Carter Kieboom‘s walk-off three run homer in the nightcap.
  • Jason Vosler had four hits as El Paso steamrolled the Isotopes, 11-5.
  • Las Vegas at Salt Lake was rained out for the second day in a row, so they are going to try to play back-to-back doubleheaders today and tomorrow. Good times!
  • New Orleans outfielder Yadiel Rivera homered twice and drove in four runs as the Cakes won at Iowa, 9-5.
  • Cheslor Cuthbert collected four hits and scored four runs as Omaha outlasted Oklahoma City, 11-9.
  • Former Brewers stalwart Jimmy Nelson continued to progress as he returns from injury. He delivered 5.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in San Antonio’s 5-3 win over Memphis.
  • Nashville cruised to a 9-3 win at Round Rock as the Sounds No. 9 hitter in the lineup Hunter Cole had four hits, scored two runs, and drove in three.

Rainiers Romp In Reno, 14-5, Odd PCL Record Tied

May 17, 2019

Tacoma drilled the Reno Aces in the opening game of a five-game series on Thursday night, 14-5. Nine different Tacoma players had multiple hits as the team set a season high with 23 knocks.

Aside from the fun of the Rainiers scoring all of those runs, it was a tough night at the park. The game was played at a glacial pace, clocking in at 3:45. Temperatures dipped into the upper-30s and there was just a small handful people in the crowd – especially after the Rainiers eight-run rally in the top of the fourth inning sent many freezing Aces fans home.

The few folks who stuck around got to see an unusual PCL record get tied: Reno’s Tim LoCastro entered the record book by getting hit by pitch three times. Not only did LoCastro get smoked three times, but he was nailed by three different pitchers.

One of the times he got hit – the second time – he was actually struck in the helmet by a David McKay fastball. Always one of the scariest sights on a baseball diamond, LoCastro went down in a pile and then popped right back up on his feet and made his way to first base. It seems that this guy is made of rubber.

LoCastro is apparently a master at getting struck by pitches. In the major leagues this season he has 23 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks, and he’s been hit by pitch four times up there.

Tonight’s goal for Tacoma pitchers: see if they can miss LoCastro.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: It was a game of season highs as Tacoma set new marks for runs (14), hits (23), and runs in an inning (8) in a 14-5 takedown of Reno in the series opener on Thursday night. Shed Long led the way with four hits and another homer, Braden Bishop opened the game with a dinger, Austin Nola reached base five times, and Tim Lopes added three more hits.

ROSTER MOVES: Lot’s of them expected tonight, involving relief pitchers. Nick Rumbelow was designated for assignment, as the Mariners re-claimed Andrew Moore off waivers and assigned him to Double-A Arkansas.

TODAY: Tacoma (20-21) at Reno (14-26), 6:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Chris Cron.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 4-1.

PITCHERS: LHP Justus Sheffield (1-2, 4.31) at RHP Braden Shipley (1-1, 9.00)

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has hit safely in ten of his last 11 games, going 18-for-44 with 14 runs scored during that stretch. He is leading the PCL with 17 doubles… Tim Lopes has hit safely in his last ten games, with four homers with 12 RBI during the streak… Shed Long has homered in his last three PCL games… Braden Bishop has three homers over his past two games.

OPPONENT NEWS: After winning the first game of a four-game series at Tacoma on May 7, Reno has lost eight straight games. They dropped three straight in Tacoma and then got swept at home by Salt Lake… Reno pitchers have allowed 81 runs during the eight-game losing streak… Ildemaro Vargas is back from the big leagues and he has gone 11-for-20 in his first five PCL games… Kevin Cron is tied for the PCL lead in home runs (17) and ranks second in RBI (47)… Abraham Almonte has a nine-game hitting streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Abraham AlmonteAndrew AplinAnthony Vazquez, and Marc Rzepczynski are with Reno… they also have Mill Creek’s Travis Snider.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:20 on South Sound Talk 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:

In the PCL:

  • Albuquerque scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a 10-2 win over El Paso. ‘Topes shortstop Brendan Rodgers has been called up by the Rockies.
  • Las Vegas at Salt Lake was rained out and they’ll play two tomorrow.
  • Sacramento at Fresno was rained out (!) and they are playing two tonight.
  • Oklahoma City’s Zach Reks launched a go-ahead three-run homer in his Triple-A debut to beat Omaha, 5-3.
  • Tyler Saladino went 4-for-5 with three doubles and the game-ending hit as San Antonio walked off Memphis, 4-3.
  • Round Rock rode the hot bat of Yordan Alvarez to a 10-4 win over Nashville. Alvarez went 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI, he continues to lead the PCL in the triple crown categories, and he should definitely be called up already.
  • New Orlans and Iowa split a doubleheader. Hector Noesi tossed six shutout innings for the Cakes in an opening-game 7-0 win, and Dixon Machado launched a grand slam for the Cubs to win the nightcap 5-2.