Well, it’s nothing compared to the Mariners streak right now, but Tacoma lost its fourth in a row on Tuesday night. Tacoma lost to Sacramento in the opener of an eight-game homestand, 6-4.
There have been two big problems the last few days: the starting pitchers have suddenly had trouble lasting deep into games, and even more surprisingly the offense has sputtered for three days in a row.
On Monday Luke French lasted 5.2 innings, and he needed 118 pitches to get there. He left trailing 6-0, and it ended a string of four consecutive quality starts for French. It was also only the third time in his last 11 starts that the Rainiers lost a game that French started.
Tacoma was nearly shut out – and it would have been for just the second time all season. After collecting just four singles over the first eight innings, Tacoma showed some heart and rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth, eventually putting the winning run in the batter’s box before making the final out.
Cesar Jimenez had a very nice relief outing, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out six.
The Rainiers try to even the series in a Wednesday day game at Cheney Stadium. First pitch is at 11:35 AM, and if you can’t come join us for a long lunch, you can listen to the game on 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Vasquez (2-2, 3.62) against Sacramento RHP Travis Banwart (5-6, 5.24).
Look for Seattle Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley to make a rehab appearance for the Rainiers today.
- Larry LaRue stopped by Cheney and wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- You know its a long streak when baseball writers are referencing the Cleveland Spiders.
- Eric Wedge is breaking out all of his moves: first he shaved his mustache, then he told the players not to show up at the ballpark until later. The two strategies had similar results.
- Send good thoughts out to the Peanut Man, as he needs them right now.
- Kirby Arnold wrote a piece answering some questions you might have about Mariners minor leaguers Nick Franklin, Alex Liddi, Marcus Littlewood, and James Paxton.
- The Seattle Times has a feature on former Rainiers knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, who is now in Double-A with the Red Sox.
- So this is now considered to be safe, not out? I need someone to update me on the new baseball rules.
- Ex-Rainier Greg Dobbs had a career day for the Florida Marlins.
- In the PCL, Reno blasted Las Vegas, 10-5, and the Aces lead the division by 11.5 games. Juan Miranda hit a grand slam. According to the story, Collin Cowgill was promoted to Arizona and David Winfree is out with another (unknown) injury. At least
Sal FasanoKonrad Schmidt is still there, tougher than ever.
- Anthony Rizzo is hitting again, but his Tucson Padres lost to Colorado Springs.
- Fresno got lit up by Salt Lake – the Bees have won four in a row.
- The Round Rock Express rescued Val Majewski from the independent Atlantic League.
- Nashville topped Oklahoma City on a two-run double by Erick Almonte in the tenth inning.
- The Omaha Storm Chasers received the next wave of Royals prospects – but they lost to Albuquerque on a Russ Mitchell homer in the ninth.
Today’s blog was a football-free zone – well mostly, anyway, there is this. Theory: nobody (including me) knows how to judge a defense-first team in the Pac-12, since we normally don’t have those.