Seven Run Inning Spurs Rainiers

August 22, 2017

Tacoma used a huge second inning to pick up a win over El Paso on Monday night, 9-6.

With the score tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the second inning, the Rainiers proceeded to match their season high for runs in an inning. Tacoma scored seven runs in the inning, sending 12 batters to the plate.

The first seven hitters all reached base before the first out was made. El Paso needed three pitchers to get through the inning. Tacoma catcher Tuffy Gosewish accomplished a rare feat, getting two hits in the same inning.

The uprising gave Tacoma its first win of the series. The Rainiers can earn a series split with a win in the final game tonight.

Yesterday’s game wasn’t all positive news: the Rainiers suffered an injury.

Tacoma infielder Shawn O’Malley was removed from the game with the assistance of team trainers in the first inning, after he tripped over the pitcher’s mound while chasing a pop-up. He fell awkwardly and ended up suffering a concussion.

It’s been a season filled with freak injuries for O’Malley. First, he had appendicitis in spring training. Then he injured his shoulder and required surgery. Now a concussion. He even lost a tooth earlier this month during batting practice.

Hopefully he’s feeling better today, but with concussions they always hold the player out of action for several days.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers matched their season high by scoring seven runs in one inning during a 9-6 win over El Paso on Monday night. Ian Miller hit two doubles and drove in two runs, and Tuffy Gosewish hit two singles in the second inning.

Roster Moves: Tacoma is expected to add shortstop Joey Wong from Double-A Arkansas today.

Today: El Paso (64-65) at Tacoma (63-66), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 9-6.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 6.75) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 3.70).

Hot RainiersIan Miller has a seven-game hitting streak, and he has had at least one hit in 25 of his 29 Triple-A games… Kyle Waldrop has a four-game hitting streak.

Look Out ForChase d’Arnaud has a ten-game hitting streak… outfielder Franchy Cordero leads the PCL with 15 triples, and he’s hit three more in the big leagues this year… Christian Villanueva has hit three homers in just 25 at-bats against Tacoma.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

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Puyallup Product Earns Win At Tacoma

August 21, 2017

El Paso scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Tacoma on Sunday afternoon, 5-1. The rally made a winner out of Chihuahuas reliever Adam Cimber.

Cimber graduated from Puyallup High School in 2009. He pitched in the WIAA state baseball playoffs three years while at Puyallup, even reaching the championship game at Safeco Field in 2009 (Puyallup lost to Richland in the final).

He pitched for the University of Washington three years, then finished up college baseball with one year at the University of San Francisco. The San Diego Padres selected Cimber in the ninth round of the 2013 draft.

This is his first extended stay at the Triple-A level, and Cimber is pitching well. He’s 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 31 appearances for El Paso. A submarine-style right-hander, Cimber has 47 strikeouts and only eight walks in 57.2 innings.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: El Paso pitchers Chris Huffman, Adam Cimber, and Cory Mazzoni combined to hold Tacoma to just five hits in a 5-1 win over the Rainiers on Sunday afternoon. Shawn O’Malley homered for Tacoma’s lone run.

Today: El Paso (64-64) at Tacoma (62-66), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 9-5.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-3, 6.22) at RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 7.21).

Yup, it’s Lloyd vs. Cloyd.

Hot Rainiers: Ian Miller has had at least one hit in 24 of his 28 Triple-A games… Dan Vogelbach has hit .331 with six homers and a .962 OPS since the all-star break.

Look Out ForChase d’Arnaud has a nine-game hitting streak… outfielder Franchy Cordero leads the PCL with 15 triples, and he’s hit three more in the big leagues this year… Christian Villanueva has hit three homers in just 21 at-bats against Tacoma.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

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  • Reno used a six-run eighth inning to eclipse Fresno, 11-8, and build a two-game lead in the Pac-North. Christian Walker hit a three-run homer during the eighth inning rally.
  • Jayce Boyd had another big game at the plate as Las Vegas blocked out Salt Lake, 8-4. The Bees are now tied in first place in the Pac-South with El Paso.
  • Albuquerque achieved totality with a 2-1 win at Sacramento. Matt Flemer caused the Sacramento offense to go dark.
  • Peter Mooney homered as New Orleans edged Memphis, 6-5.
  • Omaha was a 5-1 winner at Round Rock as Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer. Omaha recently sent Logan Moon to Double-A.
  • They say that God made the sun and the moon, but it was his son Ivan De Jesus Jr who had three hits and three RBI as Colorado Springs took down Oklahoma City, 12-2.
  • The Nashville Sounds must have accidentally been wearing their eclipse glasses while batting in a 9-1 loss to Iowa. Scott Carroll shut ’em down.

Overton Conquers Rainiers

August 20, 2017

Dillon Overton got his revenge.

Released from the Tacoma roster by the Seattle Mariners back in June, Overton faced his former team as a member of the El Paso Chihuahuas on Saturday night.

He dominated his former squad, delivering seven shutout innings in his finest game of the season. Overton allowed just three hits – all singles – and did not allow a runner to reach third base. He struck out two and issued zero walks.

Overton did it by getting soft contact. He generated lots of pop-ups and harmless fly balls, keeping his outfielders busy. He had command of the strike zone, throwing 65 of 94 pitches for strikes.

El Paso won the series opener, 2-0. Tacoma looks to even the series today.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers had excellent pitching on Saturday night, but could not get the bats going in a 2-0 loss to El Paso. Rainiers starter Max Povse had his best Triple-A pitching performance of the season, tossing 4.2 no-hit innings while striking out seven.

Roster Moves: Yesterday Tacoma activated outfielder Andrew Aplin from the disabled list – he’d been out since July 9 with a torn meniscus. Today the Mariners called up utilityman Taylor Motter, and released infielder Danny Espinosa.

Today: El Paso (63-64) at Tacoma (62-65), 1:35.

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 8-5.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Huffman (1-1, 5.87) at RHP Andrew Moore (3-3, 3.74).

Hot RainiersGordon Beckham has gone 8-for-13 with a homer and eight RBI over his last three games… Dan Vogelbach has hit .333 with six homers and a .980 OPS since the all-star break.

Look Out ForChase d’Arnaud has an eight-game hitting streak… outfielder Franchy Cordero leads the PCL with 15 triples, and he’s hit three more in the big leagues this year… Christian Villanueva has a five-game hitting streak, and he’s hit three homers in just 17 at-bats against Tacoma.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s our final Sunday with Bob Robertson of the 2017 season.

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Rainiers Hang On And Avoid Sweep – Home Tonight

August 18, 2017

The Rainiers rode the bats of their three hot hitters and jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the fourth inning last night, and then held on for their dear lives and won in Salt Lake City, 7-6.

The win avoided a series sweep at the hand of the Bees, who are surging right now as they try to win the Pac-South division title.

This game was similar to so many the Rainiers have played in Salt Lake City over the years. Build a big early lead, with the lineup crushing extra base hits, and then see the Bees bullpen come in and quiet things down. Tacoma holds a big lead in the middle innings, and then here come the Bees… I don’t think we’ve ever had an easy ninth inning in Salt Lake City. The Bees are relentless in their own park.

Last night it was Dan Altavilla entering the game with one out in the eighth, and the tying runners on base. He got out of that, but then allowed a run and loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before striking out Sherman Johnson to end it.

So we avoided the sweep! Now it is four games at home against defending PCL champion El Paso, which is chasing Salt Lake in the Pac-South standings.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the fourth inning, led by the hot bats of Taylor Motter, Dan Vogelbach, and Gordon Beckham, and held on for a 7-6 win in Salt Lake City on Friday night. Dan Altavilla had to deal with some serious issues in the eighth and ninth innings and nailed down a very difficult save. Tacoma avoided being swept in the series, and opens a four-game homestand tonight.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Rainiers sent reliever Ryne Harper to Double-A Arkansas. Apparently this is because they were short and needed a guy – not a merit-based demotion.

Today: El Paso (62-64) at Tacoma (62-64), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: El Paso leads, 7-5.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Dillon Overton (5-5, 7.44) at RHP Max Povse (1-2, 9.77).

DFA’d by the Mariners earlier this season, I think that Overton might be fired up for this start.

Hot RainiersShawn O’Malley had his nine-game hitting streak end yesterday… Gordon Beckham has back-to-back games with four RBI… Taylor Motter has gone 14-for-21 with two homers and six RBI over his last five games… Dan Vogelbach has hit .343 with six homers and a .994 OPS since the all-star break.

Look Out For: Chase d’Arnaud has a seven-game hitting streak… outfielder Franchy Cordero leads the PCL with 15 triples, and he’s hit three more in the big leagues this year… ex-Rainier Jabari Blash is here, and as you know he hits bombs. Don’t let him get his arms extended!

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

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Rainiers In Danger Of Being Swept

August 18, 2017

It has not been a good trip to Salt Lake City for the Tacoma Rainiers, who are in danger of being swept in a four-game series.

All three games here have been winnable, especially the last two. Tacoma showed a lot of fight last night after giving up seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, eventually coming back to take a 9-7 lead in the seventh. But Salt Lake rallied late and managed to find shutdown relief in the final two innings, winning 11-9.

At least the offense was clicking last night. Taylor Motter continued to hit, going 4-for-5 with a homer and two doubles. Gordon Beckham hit a pair of doubles and drove in four runs. And Dan Vogelbach continued his strong second half, with two hits and two runs scored.

Hopefully the team can put it all together tonight and get out of town with a win.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Salt Lake rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh, winning a back-and-forth game 11-9. Tacoma fell behind 7-2 in the second inning, came back to take a 9-7 lead at the stretch, only to lose it in the end.

Roster Moves: Yesterday Tacoma did not have a roster move, ending a stretch of 13 consecutive days with at least one transaction.

Today: Tacoma (61-64) at Salt Lake (64-61), 5:35 Pacific.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 7-4.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Christian Bergman (8-3, 4.88) at RHP Daniel Wright (6-8, 7.25).

Hot RainiersShawn O’Malley has a nine-game hitting streak… Taylor Motter has gone 11-for-16 with two homers and six RBI over his last four games… Dan Vogelbach has hit .333 with six homers and a .970 OPS since the all-star break.

Look Out ForMichael Hermosillo saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end last night… ex-Rainiers outfielder Ramon Flores has a seven-game hitting streak… Shane Robinson is batting .486 (35-for-72) with runners in scoring position.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 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.

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  • The Salt Lake Tribune has a recap of the Rainiers game.
  • The Mariners open a “season defining” 12-game road trip tonight in Tampa, Ryan Divish writes.
  • Bob Dutton took a deep dive into the AL Wild Card race.
  • Tim Booth checks in on the Mariners Amanda Hopkins, who is the only female scout in professional baseball.
  • This week’s edition of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet includes two pitchers traded away by the Mariners.

PCL Game Reports:

  • Reno lost to Sacramento, 7-4, yet remains in first place in the Pac-North.
  • Las Vegas had a bullpen day in Fresno, and five relievers combined to pitch a six-hit shutout against the Grizzlies.
  • Albuquerque took down El Paso, 5-2, as Ryan Carpenter pitched well.
  • Down 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, New Orleans scored three runs and beat Round Rock, 3-2. Eury Perez had the game-winning hit.
  • The game of the night was the first game of the doubleheader in Des Moines between Colorado Springs and Iowa. Sky Sox starter Angel Ventura had a perfect game through six innings, but it was 0-0 going to the bottom of the seventh, and Iowa’s John Andreoli led off the inning with a walk-off homer to end the perfecto, the shutout, and the game. Iowa pitched two shutouts and swept the doubleheader.
  • Oklahoma City edged Omaha, 4-3, and pulled within six games of first place Colorado Springs in the American-North.
  • Franklin Barreto had a huge game as Nashville won in Memphis, 11-8.

The Rainiers play their final weekend home games of the season Saturday and Sunday. See you at the park!


Aggressive Baserunning Beats Rainiers

August 17, 2017

Salt Lake beat Tacoma in a close one on Wednesday night, 3-2, and the game came down to one aggressive and daring play on the bases.

With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, speedy Michael Hermosillo drew a leadoff walk against Tacoma reliever Ryan Garton.

The Bees put on a hit-and-run with Ramon Flores at the plate, and Hermosillo took off on the pitch. Flores hit a sharp grounder up the middle, to the right of second base, and through into center field for a base hit.

Hermosillo went full speed around second base and headed to third, where he would normally end up on this play. This time, however, he never slowed down approaching third, ran right through manager/third base coach Keith Johnson‘s stop sign, and took off towards home.

About this time Taylor Motter was standing at second base receiving the throw from center fielder Zach Shank. He spun and rifled a throw home, but it was too late to get Hermosillo and Salt Lake had a 3-2 lead.

That ended up being the winning run, as the Rainiers could not score in the late innings.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Salt Lake’s Michael Hermosillo scored all three runs and John Lamb pitched into the eighth inning as the Bees beat Tacoma, 3-2. Taylor Motter had two hits and drove in both Rainiers runs.

Roster Moves: Yesterday Tacoma added recently sent down pitchers Christian Bergman and Thyago Vieira to the active roster, and pitcher Kyle Hunter was sent back to Double-A Arkansas.

Today: Tacoma (61-63) at Salt Lake (63-61), 6:05 Pacific.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 6-4.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 6.21) at TBA.

Hot RainiersShawn O’Malley has an eight-game hitting streak… Danny Muno has hit safely in his last five starts, launching a pair of homers… Taylor Motter has gone 7-for-11 over his last three games.

Look Out ForMichael Hermosillo has an 11-game hitting streak… ex-Rainiers outfielder Ramon Flores has a six-game hitting streak… Shane Robinson is batting .486 (35-for-72) with runners in scoring position.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 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.

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Everyone Is A Long Reliever

August 16, 2017

By now the cat is out of the bag, so we might as well put it out in the open: the Rainiers no longer have a starting rotation, and everyone on the pitching staff is a long reliever.

By orders from the Mariners front office, all Tacoma pitchers are being limited to roughly four innings per game, and lighter pitch counts.

This applies to season-long starting pitchers like Christian Bergman and Andrew Moore. And it applies to set-up relievers like Dean Kiekhefer and Evan Marshall, who are being stretched out.

The reason is because of the Mariners major league starting rotation. With all of the injuries and fill-in starters, Seattle does not have anyone in the rotation they can count on to last more than five innings in a start. This causes the potential need for a rested long reliever every single day.

So the major league team is using a long reliever for three or four innings, sending him down after the game, and calling up whoever is properly rested to pitch multiple innings the very next day from Tacoma.

The Rainiers are supposed to have two rested long relievers available for call-up every day.

Tacoma’s pitching “rotation” is loosely based on a system of piggy-backing long relievers. There was supposed to be some structure to it, but there have been so many call-ups and send-downs that it is in a constant state of flux.

It must be interesting for the pitchers, since seemingly anybody could get called up at a moment’s notice. But it comes with a caveat: players are getting sent down after pitching well in the majors. On Sunday, Bergman pitched four shutout innings for Seattle and not only was sent down after the game, but he also lost his 40-man roster spot. Yet he could get called up again in the near future.

This is the Mariners emergency plan to handle the starting pitching shortage in the big leagues, and it is creative. It can leave the Triple-A team short on pitching on any given day, but so far the organization has been good about sending in replacements from the lower levels when needed (Nathan Bannister last weekend in Tacoma, Kyle Hunter yesterday).

This could last for the remainder of the PCL season. With just 19 games to go, and no publicly known timetables for the return of Felix Hernandez or James Paxton or Hisahi Iwakuma, it seems likely the Rainiers pitching staff will be doing this until Labor Day.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Salt Lake mashed 16 hits and took down Tacoma, 9-5. Nolan Fontana, Eric Young Jr, and Tony Sanchez each had three hits for the Bees. Danny Muno had three hits for the Rainiers, including a pair of doubles.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Mariners called up pitchers Andrew Albers and Sam Gaviglio, optioned pitchers Casey Lawrence and Thyago Vieira to Tacoma, and outrighted Christian Bergman to the Rainiers. Tacoma added pitcher Kyle Hunter from Double-A Arkansas yesterday.

Today: Tacoma (61-62) at Salt Lake (62-61), 6:05 Pacific.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 5-4.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Andrew Moore (1-3, 6.34) at LHP John Lamb (3-2, 6.90).

Hot RainiersShawn O’Malley has a seven-game hitting streak… Danny Muno has a five-game hitting streak including a pair of homers… Mike Marjama has eight RBI over his first seven games with Tacoma.

Look Out ForMichael Hermosillo has a ten-game hitting streak… ex-Rainiers outfielder Ramon Flores is 8-for-19 during a five-game hitting streak… Shane Robinson is batting .493 (35-for-71) with runners in scoring position.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 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.

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  • Reno blew another ninth inning lead. The Aces led 6-5 at home against Sacramento, but the River Cats scored twice in the top of the ninth against Eric Davis and won, 7-6.
  • Las Vegas catcher Xorge Carrillo hit a grand slam to help the 51s beat Fresno, 6-5. Fresno and Reno are still tied in first place in the Pac-North.
  • Chris Huffman pitched well and El Paso took down Albuquerque, 4-2. Salt Lake now leads Albuquerque by 1.5 games and El Paso by two in the Pac-South.
  • Omaha welcomed Hunter Dozier back to the lineup and beat Oklahoma City, 1-0.
  • Chris Carter tripled, homered, and drove in five runs as Nashville took down Memphis, 6-5.
  • Colorado Springs and Iowa split a doubleheader in Des Moines.
  • Round Rock and New Orleans were rained out. Since both teams are eliminated from playoff contention, the game will not be made up.