The Rainiers were shutout by Salt Lake last night, 3-0. Tacoma managed just four hits in the game.
Hits have been hard to come by lately. On the first five games of the current homestand, Tacoma has just 23 hits – or 4.6 hits per game. The team is batting .151 (23-for-152) and has scored a total of 13 runs (2.6 runs per game).
If it’s not one thing, it’s another – yesterday the Rainiers had excellent pitching, holding Salt Lake to three runs on five hits. But the offense wasn’t there, and the club lost for the eighth time in the last nine games.
Maybe Adam Moore will help. Today Tacoma activated Moore from the disabled list, and sent catcher Ralph Henriquez back to Double-A Jackson. Ironically, Henriquez hit a home run on Tuesday for the Rainiers only run in the last two games.
Moore has been on the disabled list since tearing the meniscus in his right knee on April 16. It will be good to have him back with the team.
Tonight Tacoma hosts Salt Lake on Friday Fireworks Night. First pitch is at 7:05, and the fireworks will be after the game. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-1, 3.34) against Salt Lake RHP David Pauley (2-0, 2.19). Ramirez is the reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week. You can listen to the broadcast on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here.
- Ryan Divish wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- At the Seattle Times, Geoff Baker wrote about how the Mariners hit better on the road than at home. This is because Safeco Field is a pitcher’s park. Baseball has some of those, let’s enjoy them.
- Alternate plan: move the fences in, and then the pitchers all complain while the hitters launch homers, and Felix demands to be traded to a big-market team that plays in a pitcher’s park, like the Dodgers or Giants or Marlins. Really, this is such a stupid line of discussion. Fences have nothing to do with whether the team wins or loses.
- Meanwhile, Larry Stone blogs that the Mariners offense is nowhere near the worst in the majors any more.
- Larry LaRue wrote a feature on Charlie Furbush, who is having an excellent season for the Mariners after starting the year in Tacoma.
- This week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet includes a former Rainiers catcher, a Washington State Cougar, and… Oh, no. One of our guys made the Not-So-Hot Sheet! Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!
- In the PCL, Manny Ramirez was out of the lineup again for Sacramento, although he might play today. The River Cats and Colorado Springs were suspended due to rain in the fourth inning last night.
- There is a lot going on in Tucson right now – including the expected word that Tucson will likely remain in the league for 2013. The Padres lost to Reno in the 12th inning. The Padres had to change a promotion that appeared to be designed to get people drunk. Refund!
- Both Vladimir Guerrero and Pablo Sandoval appeared in Las Vegas’s 9-6 win at Fresno last night.
- Roy Oswalt made a start for Round Rock last night in Omaha – and my main man Wil Myers hit a grand slam off him.
- Oklahoma City is hotter than the sun right now. Scott Moore went 4-for-4 to help the Redhawks beat New Orleans, 9-5. Oklahoma City has won nine straight games, and they have won 14 straight at Bricktown Ballpark.
- Iowa beat Nashville on Ty Wright’s go-ahead homer in the eighth inning. Today and tomorrow, the teams play rare back-to-back doubleheaders to make up a bunch of early-season rainouts.
See you at the park!