Each of the first two games in the Rainiers series against Colorado Springs has featured excellent pitching by a left-hander.
The Rainiers were first, getting seven innings of one-hit, one-run work from left-hander Anthony Vasquez on Monday night.
Up next was Colorado Springs lefty Christian Friedrich. A first-round draft pick in 2008, Friedrich was dominant in his second career Triple-A start on Tuesday, delivering 7.1 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and one walk. Friedrich’s fastball was 89-93, with quite a bit of movement, and he was able to throw it for strikes consistently.
Friedrich overshadowed some excellent pitching by the Rainiers. Matt Fox started and allowed just one run – on a Chad Tracy homer – over five innings. Cesar Jimenez and Oliver Perez finished the game, with Perez giving up a solo blast to Wil Nieves in the ninth to bring us to our final score of 2-0.
Scott Savastano collected the Rainiers only two hits off Friedrich – and both were long hits to left-center, a triple and a double. Twice Savastano was at third base with one out, and both times the next hitter popped up on the first pitch.
Carlos Triunfel added a single in the ninth – and that was it; the Rainiers were shut out on three hits and are now 3-3 on the year.
The big news yesterday was that the Rainiers are going to be playing without slugging outfielder Carlos Peguero for a while.
Peguero tore the medial meniscus in his left knee, and he is having surgery on Thursday. Peguero is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
Manager Daren Brown is more optimistic about outfielder Mike Wilson, who is on the DL with a strained groin. Brown said Wilson will travel on the road trip, and while he probably won’t play in Fresno, he might be able to return for the Sacramento series.
There is no known timetable for the return of outfielder Darren Ford, who is out with a broken finger on his right hand.
The Rainiers have added utility man Leury Bonilla from Double-A Jackson, and sent reserve outfielder Mario Yepez to Jackson.
Today the Mariners activated Adam Moore from the major league disabled list, and optioned him to Tacoma. He had been on a rehabilitation assignment. This means Moore now counts on the Rainiers roster, which is at 24 players – one short of the limit.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05 at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma starts RHP Jeff Marquez (0-0, 15.75) against Colorado Springs RHP Guillermo Moscoso (0-1, 3.60). Moscoso was solid in the Oakland A’s starting rotation last year – let’s see if the Rainiers can get the offense going against him. You can listen to the broadcast on 850 AM and streaming online right here.
- Ryan Divish made an appearance at Cheney Stadium (no autographs please), and here is his game story for The News Tribune.
- The Mariners managed just four hits against Neftali Feliz and the Texas Rangers.
- Shortstop Brendan Ryan was benched due to “accountability.”
- Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo finds himself in the crosshairs of both Larry Stone and Dave Cameron. While both make excellent points, right now I lean more towards the Geoff Baker angle that we’re only six games into the season.
- In the PCL, Salt Lake had homers from Jorge Cantu and Ryan Langerhans in the top of the ninth inning to beat Reno, 2-1. Garrett Richards tossed another gem in this game. Reno plays in a launching pad, but manager Brett Butler is determined to teach the “lost art of bunting.”
- Sacramento annihilated Tucson, 18-6, ripping 22 hits. Grant Green had a grand slam and six RBI. Tucson starter Joe Wieland was yanked after two scoreless innings because he is going to the show.
- Two of the top pitching prospects in minor league baseball match up tonight in Tucson, when Sacramento’s Jarrod Parker faces Tucson’s Casey Kelly.
- Rehabilitating Ryan Vogelsong pitched Fresno to a 10-5 win in Las Vegas.
- New Orleans starter Alex Sanabia has been one of the top pitchers in the PCL so far. He went seven shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Memphis last night.
- Oklahoma City rode the right arm of Paul Clemens to a 5-1 win over Nashville – and the RedHawks have won five in a row.
- Scott Van Slyke has started the season on a tear for Albuquerque.
- Heralded Chicago Cubs prospect Josh Vitters is off to a strong start for Iowa in his first Triple-A season.
- It took 16 innings and 5 hours, 24 minutes for the Omaha Storm Chasers to beat Round Rock, 9-8. Jarrod Dyson tripled home the winning run with two outs.
Hopefully the Rainiers and the Mariners will get some runs tonight.