Well, not quite playoffs yet. There are still three months left.
The Rainiers moved into sole possession of first place in the Pacific-North with a 9-7 win at Sacramento yesterday. The Rainiers have won five straight games and 10 of the last 13, and the team is two games over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Yesterday the Rainiers were trailing 6-3 in the 8th when Sacramento brought in the 103 miles-per-hour guy, Henry Rodriguez. He had trouble throwing his fastball for strikes, so he threw a slider that Mike Carp launched for a 3-run homer to give the Rainiers the lead.
Carp is one of many hot Tacoma hitters right now. Here are some numbers:
- Carp is batting .386 over his last 11 games (17-for-44)
- Ezequiel Carrera is hitting .436 over his last 12 games (17-for-39)
- Tommy Everidge has an 11-game hitting streak (18-for-47 with 15 RBI)
- Matt Mangini is batting .400 over his last 11 games, with four HRs.
- Brad Nelson has reached base via hit or walk in 14 straight games.
- Guillermo Quiroz is hitting .406 over seven games (13-for-32).
- Ramon Vazquez is batting .375 on the road trip (9-for-24).
That’s a lot of hot hitters, all at once. It will be fun to see how long this lasts!
Today Ryan Feierabend returns to the Rainiers, making his first Triple-A start since August 13, 2008. He finished the 2008 season with Seattle. It wasn’t until spring of 2009 when he was diagnosed with a torn ligament, and he had the “Tommy John” surgery in March, 2009. Feierabend returned to pitch in spring training this year, and the Mariners decided to ease him back this season. He made seven appearances in Class-A at High Desert, and then on Saturday he pitched seven strong innings for Class-AA West Tennessee.
Feierabend is set for 80-85 pitches today. The last time he was with the Rainiers, he was one of the top pitchers in the PCL. This will be an interesting game tonight – it’s at 7:15, with our pre-game beginning at 7:00. Sacramento is going to start Gonzaga product Clayton Mortensen (6-2, 4.50). The broadcast will be on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming via www.tacomarainiers.com.
In other news, the Rainiers announced their TV schedule. The first game on Comcast Sportsnet Northwest will be this Saturday, June 5.
Now for some links:
- You may have heard that Ken Griffey Jr retired. One of the all-time greats, and a no-doubt-about-it first ballot Hall Of Famer. You know what? 630 is a lot of homers.
- I really admire Shannon Drayer, who does a terrific job as the Mariners reporter on 710 AM. She got deep into Griffey’s personality in her blog.
- There are plenty of Griffey stories on the Seattle Times and The News Tribune websites. The Mariners won their game, too.
- Here’s Tim Lincecum’s reaction to Griffey’s retirement.
- Here’s the Rainiers game story from the TNT, and the Sacramento Bee did a feature on Matt Watson. The River Cats are honoring Dallas Braden tonight.
- Tacoma moved into first place thanks to Portland’s 4-2 win over Salt Lake. Portland pitchers struck out 15 Bees.
- Colorado Springs almost blew a 7-run lead in the ninth inning.
- Here’s a feature on Pat Burrell, who has 6 RBI in four games for Fresno. Do you think he’ll still be with the Grizzlies when they get to Cheney on Thursday?
- Adam Heether hit two home runs for Nashville yesterday. Then the Brewers put him on waivers, Oakland claimed him and optioned him to Sacramento.
- Florida Marlins prospect Mike Stanton leads the minors with 20 home runs in Double-A. When does he get called up?
- An umpire blew a call and cost Detroit’s Armando Gallaraga a perfect game – much has been written about this; you have probably seen the highlight. Joe Posnanski is an ace writer – if you are going to read any account of this game, read this one.
That’s enough for today. Finally got some sleep on this road trip, which is nice – Sacramento is a great sleeping city. So I should be well rested for tonight’s broadcast – not to mention well-fed, after my lunch at In N Out with former Dirt Man Ryan Gorcey.