The Rainiers open up an eight-game homestand tonight at Cheney Stadium, after going 4-4 on a road trip to Tucson and Salt Lake City.
Tacoma lost the last three games in Salt Lake City, including a 9-2 decision on Monday evening.
This team has been terrific on the road all season, and this was its first stumble in a long, long time.
Tacoma lost a road series for just the second time this year – and the first time since dropping three of four at Fresno, April 11-14.
The Rainiers have lost three road games in a row for the first time since early May.
Monday’s defeat leaves Tacoma back under .500, at 51-52 on the year.
Tonight’s game against Sacramento is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Luke French (7-6, 5.37) against Sacramento LHP Josh Outman (6-1, 3.83).
As usual, Sacramento is playing well – they just won four out of five games against Reno, helping the Rainiers stay 10.5 games behind the first-place Aces. Sacramento has a big lead in the South and is well on the way to winning the division for the 10th time in the last 12 years.
One particularly hot River Cat to look out for: third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Kouz has homered in three straight games, and he has five home runs in his last five games. Let’s see if the Rainiers can keep him in the ballpark.
- Here is my Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Larry Stone asks, how embarrassing is it?
- Baseball Prospectus (subscription required) compares the 2011 Mariners to the 1960 Phillies.
- The Mariners are going to activate Erik Bedard from the disabled list so he can start Friday. Blake Beavan has pitched well enough to make the companion roster move not so obvious.
- Sacramento beat Reno so soundly, the Aces had 38-year-old third baseman Andy Tracy on the mound.
- Salt Lake reliever Michael Kohn was a shortstop in college – and his fortunes changed with one bullpen session.
- Las Vegas catcher Ryan Budde is PCL to the core – heck, even his father is in the league, working in the front office of the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
- Fresno finally beat Colorado Springs – the Grizzlies went 4-12 against the Sky Sox this year.
- Oklahoma City completed a four-game sweep of Memphis, and outfielder J.B. Shuck is the most difficult batter to strikeout in the PCL.
- Nashville can send a gift basket to the PCL schedule maker for giving them eight straight games against Iowa – they won seven of them.
- The World Series Champions met the president, and if you haven’t seen the photo of crazed Giants closer Brian Wilson giving President Obama a respectful stare-down, well… here it is.
Pressing “publish” from the Salt Lake City airport – can’t wait to get home!