Rainiers Look To Slow Down I-Cubs

May 24, 2015

The Iowa Cubs are speeding right now, and the Rainiers will turn to Sam Gaviglio to try to slow ’em down in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

Iowa went into Friday’s game ranked 14th among the 16 PCL teams in runs scored, and then they beat Tacoma 10-9. They improved upon that Saturday, tallying 16 hits and wiping out the Rainiers 13-7.

That’s 23 runs on 33 hits the last two days – all after the Rainiers won the opener on Thursday night by the normal baseball score of 5-3.

Tacoma can still escape this town with a split if they win today. They need a good pitching performance to get it done.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Iowa jumped out early and scored five runs in the first two innings, eventually building an 8-1 lead after six. As has been happening all year, the Rainiers fought back. Pat Kivlehan‘s two-run homer in the eighth made it 8-5, and the Rainiers loaded the bases with two outs but didn’t add more. Iowa scored five in the bottom of the eighth and that was that.

Today: Tacoma (18-25) at Iowa (21-20), 11:05 AM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Iowa is the Chicago Cubs affiliate.

Season Series: Iowa leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-3, 5.23) at RHP Donn Roach (5-0, 1.97)

As you can see from the stats, Roach has been Iowa’s ace so far. He was with both El Paso and the San Diego Padres last year and mostly pitched out of the bullpen. The Cubs made a waiver claim to get him in November and so far that looks like an excellent move.

Hot Rainiers: We’ll keep Marte in here, but Franklin Gutierrez is 5-for-8 over the last two games, and he laced a sharp double to the opposite field last night. Ketel Marte leads the PCL with a .351 batting average; his 60 hits also tops the circuit.

Look Out For: Seriously, someone needs to check on Iowa’s Taylor Davis and see if he is human, because this is ridiculous. He hit two more doubles yesterday and is 13-for-20 with nine doubles during a five-game hitting streak. Nine doubles! Maybe you should try to stretch one into a triple, Davis, just to see what happens.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 10:50 AM (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 from The News Tribune notes that Justin Germano allowed just six runs in the first six weeks of the season – and then eight yesterday.
  • Pat Listach is a popular man in Iowa.
  • My Minor League Notebook for the TNT looks at Seattle native Blake Snell and new Rainiers reliever Tony Zych.
  • Willie Bloomquist has a long history of hitting Mark Buerhle well, and he proved it in the Mariners 3-2 win at Toronto on Saturday.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook informs us that (among other things) Fernando Rodney is 60-for-64 in save opportunities since joining the Mariners. The Experience has been adventurous, but highly successful.
  • Lots of good comments from John McGrath in his weekly MLB power rankings.
  • Ryan Divish has an excellent Mariners minor league overview, including a lead segment on why first-round pick Alex Jackson was pulled out of Class-A Clinton.
  • Mariners catcher Mike Zunino talked to Esquire about getting beat up behind the plate.
  • In the PCL, Robbie Grossman gave Fresno a dramatic 3-2 win over Nashville in the 11th inning.
  • Sacramento lost its fourth in a row – this one by a 6-4 decision to Memphis.
  • Omaha starter Andy Ferguson had a career-high ten strikeouts in a 7-1 win over visiting Reno.
  • New Orleans had a strong start by Justin Nicolino and a big game from first baseman Brady Shoemaker in a 4-2 win over El Paso. There has been some drama concerning the future of El Paso manager Pat Murphy.
  • Alfredo Marte had a big game at the plate in Salt Lake’s 3-2 win over Colorado Springs.
  • Oklahoma City emerged from Vegas with a 6-4 win last night.
  • Round Rock’s home game against Albuquerque was rained out, and they’ll play a doubleheader today. Josh Hamilton is done rehabbing – he’s on his way to join the Texas Rangers.

After today’s game the Rainiers take a quick bus ride to Omaha (it’s only 2.5 hours away) and get ready for the Memorial Day game on Monday at 10:05 AM (Pacific).


Rainiers Fall In Ninth At Iowa

May 23, 2015

Tacoma suffered one of the tougher loses you can get in baseball on Friday night, coming back from a huge deficit to tie the game, then missing out on a chance to take the lead before losing in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out walk-off hit.

Iowa scored seven runs in the second inning, grabbing a 7-3 lead. It was a 9-5 Iowa advantage after Javier Baez homered in the fourth.

But the Rainiers bullpen went into shutdown mode (particularly Logan Bawcom, who pitched three highly efficient shutout innings), and Tacoma tied the game in the seventh.

Leury Bonilla singled in the tying run, which also loaded the bases with one out in the 7th. Tacoma had a great chance to take the lead, but Iowa reliever Gonzalez Germen struck out Austin Jackson and James Jones to escape with the tie still intact.

Then with two outs in the bottom of the ninth – after Bawcom and Mayckol Guaipe had combined to retire 13 straight batters – Iowa had three straight singles, including the game-winner by Rafael Lopez.

It was a tough one for Tacoma, but the Rainiers will try to bounce back today with Justin Germano on the mound. Germano ranks second in the PCL in earned run average.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma overcame Iowa’s seven-run second inning, tied the game 9-9, and then lost in the bottom of the ninth on three straight two-out singles. Rafael Lopez had the game-winning hit.

Today: Tacoma (18-24) at Iowa (20-20), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Iowa is the Chicago Cubs affiliate.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Justin Germano (3-1, 1.46) at RHP Dallas Beeler (0-3, 10.53)

Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte had three hits and surged back into PCL lead with a .353 batting average; his 59 hits tops the circuit. Jesus Montero has two hits and four walks in the first two games of the Iowa series.

Look Out For: Iowa’s Taylor Davis didn’t hit any doubles yesterday, but he had three singles. He’s 11-for-15 with seven doubles during a four-game hitting streak. Javier Baez is batting .375 (15-for-40) with two homers in his last 11 games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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:

  • Manager Pat Listach shook off the tough loss, calling it a typical PCL game in the Rainiers game story. The story from the Des Moines Register focuses on outfielder Matt Szczur.
  • Felix Hernandez became baseball’s first seven-game winner as the Mariners topped Toronto on Friday night, 4-3.
  • Excellent (albeit long) article by Grantland’s Ben Lindbergh on the development of Nelson Cruz, who went from Triple-A slugger to MLB superstar.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes updates on some former Rainiers players now with Toronto.
  • In the PCL, Omaha launched five homers in a 10-8 win over Reno. Of note: Tacoma has not yet played any of its 16 games against Reno, but this Peter O’Brien fellow is putting up huge numbers for the Aces. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer yesterday, and is batting .342-10-41. He’s a Triple-A rookie.
  • A rehabbing Ben Zobrist helped Nashville topple Fresno, 7-2. Sean Doolittle also appeared for Nashville – meaning the Oakland A’s are closer to getting healthy.
  • Memphis scored three runs in the ninth inning to claim an 8-6 win at Sacramento.
  • El Paso swept a doubleheader at New Orleans. Each game was 4-1, and the Zephyrs had a total of just five hits on the day.
  • Former Salt Lake outfielder Matt Long helped his new team Colorado Springs beat the Bees, 7-2.
  • Chris Heisey belted his tenth homer and Oklahoma City downed Las Vegas, 6-3.
  • Albuquerque’s Drew Stubbs is in a familiar place as he tries to find his swing. His Isotopes edged Round Rock, 5-4.

There was a farmer’s market right outside of our hotel this morning. Because we are in Iowa, I was expecting the most extraordinary farmer’s market I had ever seen. I anticipated piles and piles of corn, live bovines, the whole thing. Instead, it was a total disappointment. Come on, Iowa – show me something!


Rainiers Win First Game In Iowa In Three Years

May 22, 2015

It was a good first day of the road trip, as Tacoma picked up a 5-3 win over the Iowa Cubs on Thursday night.

It was the Rainiers first game in Iowa since May 24, 2012. That day the Rainiers won 7-2 behind the pitching of Brian Sweeney (six shutout innings) and the hitting of Mike Wilson (3-for-5, three RBI) and Carlos Peguero (HR).

Yes, it has been a while. Iowa’s most dangerous hitters back then were Anthony Rizzo and Luis Valbuena.

The Rainiers won that series in 2012, three games to one. Let’s see if Tacoma can match – or dare I say improve upon – those results this time around.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma hitters drew a season-high ten walks and the bullpen provided shutdown relief in a 5-3 road trip opening win at Iowa.

Roster Moves: None today (as of right now), but I did make a mistake in yesterday’s post: the team does have room for Edgar Olmos on the roster, he fills the team at 25.

Today: Tacoma (18-23) at Iowa (19-20), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Iowa is the Chicago Cubs affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Stephen Landazuri (1-0, 3.00) at RHP Carlos Pimentel (2-2, 3.62)

Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte is tied for the PCL lead with a .346 batting average and his 56 hits tops the circuit. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe earned the save on Tuesday; he has allowed one run in his last 13 innings.

Look Out For: Iowa’s Taylor Davis is still doubles-crazy: he hit two of them last night and has seven in his last three games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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 turned on a rare play involving the infield fly rule, and Tacoma manager Pat Listach discusses it in the game story.
  • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports posted a list of baseball’s top minority managerial candidates and Tacoma’s skipper is on it.
  • The Mariners lost to Baltimore yesterday, and Kyle Seager‘s ejection proved to be crucial.
  • John McGrath says it is time for Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik to back up his words with action.
  • In his Mariners Notebook, Bob Dutton showed why he’s at the peak of his profession when he extrapolated Ketel Marte‘s batting average down to a ten-thousandth of a point.
  • Speaking of Marte, he makes an appearance on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
  • The kids from the hilarious baseball twitter account Cespedes Family BBQ started a west coast road trip which includes an upcoming stop in Tacoma. Here’s their report from the first day of their trip.
  • In the PCL, Seattle native Matt Fields hit a three-run homer to help Omaha defeat Reno, 9-6. The Rainiers go to Omaha on the second leg of the current road trip.
  • Fresno is hot. The Grizzlies returned home from a 6-2 road trip and hammered Nashville, 10-2. Top prospect Carlos Correa homered off Bary Zito, and they sold a lot of slices of their new hot dog crust pizza.
  • Memphis lefty Tyler Lyons went in to Sacramento and tossed a 12-strikeout complete game, picking up a 4-2 win.
  • Salt Lake took down Colorado Springs, 8-2, and the Bees are nearly back to .500 after opening the season with a 1-10 record.
  • Steven Matz allowed two homers in the first inning but settled down and got the win for Las Vegas over Oklahoma City, 11-6. Wally Backman is an old-school manager, Ed Graney writes.
  • Top prospect Jon Gray had his best start for Albuquerque in a 5-1 win at Round Rock.
  • There was enough standing rainwater in the outfield to drown a chihuahua, so El Paso and New Orleans cancelled last night’s game. A double-dip shall be played today.

Inter-Conference Play Starts In Iowa

May 20, 2015

The Rainiers open an eight-game road trip in Des Moines, Iowa today, facing the Iowa Cubs at 4:35 (Pacific). It will be a four-game series at Iowa, followed by four games in Omaha.

This road trip is the start of a 16-game portion of the schedule in which the Rainiers play teams from the American Conference. Each series will mark the only time Tacoma faces that opponent this season.

The Iowa series is a return for Tacoma manager Pat Listach, who served as a hitting coach and manager for the I-Cubs for six years.

The Rainiers had a roster shake-up on the off-day: the trade for major league catcher Welington Castillo meant that Jesus Sucre was optioned to Tacoma… and that meant that Rainiers back-up catcher John Baker was released. I’ll miss Baker, who is an interesting and outgoing personality.

Also, the Mariners are taking a flier on veteran reliever Kevin Gregg, who they signed to a minor league contract. He was recently let go by the Reds – here are his career stats.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The entire PCL was off on Wednesday. In the Rainiers last game on Tuesday, they were shut out by Duane Below and Las Vegas, 2-0. It was Below’s first career complete game and shutout.

Roster Moves: The Mariners optioned catcher Jesus Sucre to Tacoma, and released catcher John Baker. Reliever Rafael Pineda was sent back to Class-A Bakersfield, and Tacoma is adding major league veteran Kevin Gregg to the bullpen. Gregg was recently released by Cincinnati after going 0-2, 10.13 in 11 major league games. Also the Mariners announced they activated LHP Edgar Olmos from the disabled list and optioned him to Tacoma, but it is unclear when he will report (the Rainiers will need to open a roster spot for him).

Today: Tacoma (17-23) at Iowa (19-19), 4:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Iowa is the Chicago Cubs affiliate.

Season Series: Today is the first game.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (3-3, 3.73) at RHP Felipe Paulino (—)

Montgomery is looking to bounce back from his first rough outing caused by control issues: he walked a total of seven batters over his first six starts, and then issued five walks in 4.1 innings last time out. Still, he’s turned in a Quality Start in five of his seven games.

Paulino is a 31-year-old major league veteran who is making his first appearance of the season. The Red Sox released him in spring training and the Cubs decided to give him a look.

Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte is tied for the PCL lead with a .346 batting average and his 55 hits tops the circuit. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe earned the save yesterday; he has allowed one run in his last 13 innings.

Look Out For: Power-hitting infielder Javier Baez is warming up at the plate, going 13-for-32 (.406) over his last nine games. Taylor Davis has gone doubles-crazy, hitting five of them in his last two games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:20 (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’ll start with the game story on the Rainiers 2-0 loss to Las Vegas on Tuesday.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is packed full of items of interest to Tacoma fans today, including Austin Jackson‘s timetable.
  • Roenis Elias tossed a gem as the Mariners topped Baltimore on Wednesday night.
  • The Mariners have pulled struggling top prospect Alex Jackson off the field due to a shoulder problem. Ryan Divish has the full report.
  • Albuquerque catcher Ryan Casteel is the subject of much joking among his teammates.
  • On Tuesday Round Rock’s doubleheader at Colorado Springs was rained out. They only meet for one more series, so it will be six games in four days at Round Rock in August – and Colorado Springs loses two scheduled home games.
  • Late Show host David Letterman retired. Here are his Top Ten Baseball moments. Now he’ll have time to see his favorite minor league team play.

Long travel day today – will be interesting to see how the team responds. Iowa, by the way, hasn’t played since Monday.


Tacoma Tops Vegas for 4,000th Win

May 19, 2015

The Rainiers had excellent relief pitching from Logan Bawcom and Mayckol Guaipe, who protected a one-run lead over the final three innings in a 5-4 win over Las Vegas on Monday evening.

It was the 4,000th win in Tacoma franchise history, dating back to the construction of Cheney Stadium and the arrival of Triple-A baseball in 1960.

And while we’re bragging, let’s note that Tacoma reached 4,000 wins before it reached 4,000 losses. The loss counter has been stuck at 3,981 for the last two days.

This is the 56th season of Triple-A baseball in Tacoma. We’ll probably get to 5,000 wins in 2028 or 2029. See you there?

Medina Traded

Early this morning the Mariners traded Tacoma relief Pitcher Yoervis Medina to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Welington Castillo.

Medina had been pitching well for Tacoma since being optioned to Triple-A in early May. He allowed just one hit and one run in 5.2 innings, earning a win and a save in four games.

Castillo has had a disappointing start to his season in Chicago. Relegated to a back-up role after the Cubs added Miguel Montero during the winter, Castillo has just 43 at-bats so far. He’s hitting .163 with two homers.

Last year Castillo hit .237 with 13 home runs in 380 at-bats, and in 2013 he batted .274 with eight homers in the same number of ABs. Castillo, 28, is a lifetime 256/324/400 hitter in the majors.

Early reports indicate that Castillo will join the Mariners and someone will be sent to Tacoma in order to open a spot for him.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, and that was enough for a 5-4 win over Las Vegas. Ketel Marte hit a three-run homer and Jesus Montero had a two-run blast.

Today: Las Vegas (25-14) at Tacoma (17-22) 11:35 AM.

Opponent Affiliation: Las Vegas is the New York Mets affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Duane Below (2-2, 3.47) at RHP Forrest Snow (1-3, 3.29)

It’s pronounced BEE-low, which is kind of a bummer.

Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte hit another home run yesterday, making it two straight games (and he has hit a homer from each side of the plate). Marte leads the PCL with a .348 batting average and his 54 hits tops the circuit. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe earned the save yesterday; he has allowed one run in his last 13 innings.

Look Out For: Las Vegas. The 51s have not lost a series yet this season, but the Rainiers have ’em on the ropes.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:20 AM (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.
  • Bob Dutton has more on the trade the Mariners made this morning.
  • Here’s a nice feature on Double-A Jackson’s Dario Pizzano, who had his 25-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday.
  • Brad Miller has been on a roll and won the AL Player of the Week award.
  • Larry Stone writes that Dustin Ackley needs a change of scenery.
  • John McGrath writes James Paxton appears to have turned a corner, and that perhaps Brad Miller should hit leadoff.
  • Former Rainiers outfielder Adam Jones is cutting down his strikeouts.
  • In the PCL, Albuquerque had one of those days: the starting pitcher got scratched, his replacement injured his leg after eight pitches and had to leave the game, and Sacramento battered the rest of the pitching staff for a 12-5 win.
  • Reno scored eight runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-2 lead at El Paso – and then saw the Chihuahuas score six in the bottom of the inning, and then seven more in the sixth inning. The Chee-Wahs won it, 15-9.
  • Salt Lake slowed down Reno, claiming two victories yesterday.
  • New Orleans starter Jose Urena improved to 4-0, 1.21 after downing Nashville, 4-1.
  • Ty Kelly homered for Memphis in a 5-1 win against Omaha. Omaha is struggling to score runs.
  • Funny stuff from Oklahoma City Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill in this story about a 3-2 loss to Iowa. Apparently Iowa’s Taylor Davis is red-hot – the Rainiers play Iowa next, on Thursday.
  • Colorado Springs would play baseball against Round Rock, if only it would stop raining.

Hey, our monthly day off is Wednesday – and I ain’t blogging. The next blog post will come on Thursday from the heart of America: Des Moines, Iowa.


Rainiers Take Down Vegas, 4-0.

May 18, 2015

The Rainiers evened the series with Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, playing a well-rounded, clean game in a 4-0 win.

Austin Jackson continued his rehabilitation, playing seven innings in centerfield as scheduled. He’s supposed to DH today, then go back out to center in the day game on Tuesday (which is the last game of the homestand).

On another subject, make sure to read the Rainiers game story today if you want to learn more about the Rainiers impressive young infielder Ketel Marte.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Justin Germano, Lucas Luetge, and Mayckol Guaipe combined on a six-hit shutout as the Rainiers beat Las Vegas, 4-0. It was the fourth shutout of the season for the Tacoma pitching staff.

Today: Las Vegas (25-13) at Tacoma (16-22) 6:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Las Vegas is the New York Mets affiliate.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Darin Gorski (3-2, 5.63) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 5.09)

Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte hit his first home run of the season yesterday, part of a 1-for-3, two RBI game. Marte leads the PCL with a .349 batting average and his 53 hits tops the circuit. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe has allowed one run in his last 12 innings.

Look Out For: Las Vegas outfielder Kyle Johnson – a product of Washington State University – has gone 5-for-his-last-10 with a homer during that stretch, which includes a couple of pinch-hits.

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:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune includes lots of good stuff on Ketel Marte‘s development and what he needs to do to get to the big leagues.
  • James Paxton and the Mariners shut out the Red Sox yesterday, 5-0. The Mariners went 6-3 on the homestand and now go on a nine-game trip through the AL East.
  • Similar to Manny Mota, Christian Caple pinch-hit for Bob Dutton and put out today’s Mariners Notebook.
  • In the PCL, we finally found something that can stop red-hot Reno. Salt Lake and the Aces had their game suspended by rain with a 0-0 tie in the seventh inning.
  • Fresno topped El Paso in 11 innings, 2-1. After a terrific April, the C-Dogs have been struggling and are now just one game over .500.
  • David Hale pitched well but his Isotopes lost to Sacramento, 5-2.
  • Andy Wilkins played well and Ferguson Jenkins wore a cool shirt as the Oklahoma City Dodgers defeated Iowa, 7-5.
  • Omaha split a doubleheader at Memphis.
  • Round Rock split a doubleheader at Colorado Springs (we have a new record: 21 ‘woulds’).
  • Kendall Graveman laid the Zephyrs to rest in Nashville’s 6-2 win over New Orleans.

Debuts Go Well, Late Innings Go Bad

May 17, 2015

Tacoma lost the opening game of the series against Las Vegas on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium, 6-3 in ten innings.

The Rainiers took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Vegas scored once to tie it up. The 51s then rallied for three runs in the top of the tenth, showing us why they have a conference-best 25-12 record.

The good news for Tacoma was a couple of impressive Triple-A debuts by pitchers.

Starter Stephen Landazuri lasted six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and leaving the game with a one-run lead. He was an efficient strike-thrower in his first game at this level.

Reliever Tony Zych followed him and reached the upper 90s on the radar gun while delivering two scoreless innings. Acquired from the Cubs at the end of spring training for “cash considerations,” Zych has been impressive during his seven weeks in the Mariners system.

Both pitchers will be fun to follow over the course of the summer.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma let one slip away, blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth before losing to Las Vegas in the tenth inning, 6-3.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Rainiers placed Cam Hobson on the disabled list with tightness in his pitching arm. Relievers Tony Zych (from AA-Jackson) and Rafael Pineda (from Hi-A Bakersfield) were added to the roster. Austin Jackson started a rehab assignment and went 2-for-4.

Today: Las Vegas (25-12) at Tacoma (15-22) 1:35 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Las Vegas is the New York Mets affiliate.

Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Matthew Bowman (2-3, 8.13) at RHP Justin Germano (2-1, 1.74)

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero was involved in all of the Tacoma offense yesterday, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning before doubling and scoring in the fourth. Romero had four homers in his last eight games. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe has allowed one run in his last 11 innings.

Look Out For: Las Vegas infielder Eric Campbell, who we highlighted here yesterday, was indeed called up by the Mets. Danny Muno has a five-game hitting streak; he doubled home the tying run in the ninth inning yesterday.

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. Bob Robertson joins me on the air today (as he does for every Sunday home game).

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

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune focuses on Austin Jackson‘s rehabilitation and Pat Listach‘s removal from the game.
  • My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at Double-A Jackson left fielder Dario Pizzano‘s 24-game hitting streak and Jon Singleton‘s slammin’ week in the PCL.
  • Felix Hernandez had a rare loss of control against the Red Sox last night. The King and the Panda are neighbors in Valencia, Venezuela.
  • Brad Miller‘s move to a super-sub role reminds John McGrath of a player from the past. also, McGrath submitted his MLB Power Rankings.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook indicates the team is uncertain how long Austin Jackson’s rehab is going to last.
  • Ryan Divish analyzed the MLB teams which are off to surprisingly good starts.
  • In the PCL, Reno blasted Salt Lake 11-1 in front of a sellout crowd. The Aces have won six in a row and nine of ten.
  • El Paso kept Jon Singleton out of the grand slam column, but Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 and Fresno beat the CheeWahs, 5-3.
  • John Lannan pitched well as Albuquerque defeated Sacramento, 6-4 (no online report available).
  • New Orleans outlasted Nashville in 18 innings, 7-5. Miguel Rojas hit a two-run triple in the top of the 18th for the Zephyrs.
  • Memphis starter Tim Cooney lost a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh when Omaha’s Casey Kotchman singled. Memphis settled for a one-hitter and a 5-0 win.
  • Round Rock shredded Colorado Springs, 10-4.
  • Oklahoma City pulled off a 1-0 win over Iowa on Austin Barnes‘ game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth. I couldn’t find a story on the game, but I did find one on the OKC Dodgers groundskeeper.
  • Lots of information about how the pace-of-play improvements are working so far can be found in this story from the Omaha paper. It includes details and opinion from the PCL league office.

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