Injuries In The Outfield

Injuries have hit the Rainiers outfield – and only one actually came in a game.

Mike Wilson left Saturday’s game when he suffered a mildly strained groin while checking his swing during an at-bat. He’s day-to-day.

Daren Ford – who has yet to appear in a game for Tacoma – won’t be appearing for quite some time. He broke a finger on his right hand while getting it trapped in a hotel room door. He’s on the disabled list.

Carlos Peguero was scratched from the lineup yesterday with a sore knee, and he is day-to-day.

That’s three outfielders down.

Tacoma added Mario Yepez from Class-A Clinton on Sunday, and he went 1-for-4 in his Triple-A debut. Yepez was brought in to be a reserve outfielder, but when Peguero was scratched he found himself in the starting lineup.

Today the Rainiers expect to add outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang from Double-A Jackson. Chiang is a 24-year-old from Taiwan who was hitting .340 for Portland of the Eastern League last July when he was traded to the Mariners in the three-team deal that also netted Trayvon Robinson. Chiang was 1-for-9 with two walks in three games for Jackson.

Sunday the Rainiers were blitzed by Salt Lake, 8-2, ending the opening series in a 2-2 split.

Tacoma starter Forrest Snow did not pitch – instead, it was some wild guy wearing a very realistic-looking Forrest Snow costume. At least that’s what I think.

Snow had great control with the Rainiers last year, and he issued only 10 walks in 35.1 innings.

Yesterday, Snow walked the leadoff man in the first inning. He walked the leadoff man in the second inning. He walked the leadoff man in the third inning. He mixed it up in the fourth, smoking the leadoff batter in the forearm with a pitch.

Snow walked a career-high five batters, and he also gave up back-to-back homers while taking the loss.

Tacoma’s two runs came on solo homers by Luis Jimenez and Guillermo Quiroz. Both home runs ended long at-bats in which they worked the count full.

The Rainiers welcome the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to town today, with the first of a four-game series starting at 7:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Vasquez against Colorado Springs RHP Alex White. As always, the broadcast is on 850 AM and streaming online right here.

Legendary broadcaster Bob Robertson – winner of the Keith Jackson Award at this year’s Seattle Sports Awards, and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame – will be joining me on the air. He’ll do play-by-play in the middle innings.

Great job by you guys – yes, fans, I’m talking about you – in helping raise nearly $10,000 for the Lakewood Police Guild’s “Make A Difference” Fund. That’s outstanding!


It’s another beautiful sunny day in T-town – that’s two in a row!


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