Shuttered

Seattle Mariners fans are very aware that their team has struggled to score runs in the last three years.

Here at Triple-A Tacoma, we usually don’t have this problem. Tacoma teams have scored plenty of runs in recent seasons, and even this year’s club is out-scoring five other teams in the PCL.

Yesterday, however, runs were very scarce in the upper levels of the Mariners system:

  • The Mariners were shut out on just two hits by the Red Sox.
  • Tacoma had just four hits and lost to Las Vegas, 4-0.
  • Double-A Jackson was held to five hits in a 6-1 loss to Pensacola.

The top three teams combined for one run and 11 hits last night.

I’m calling “fluke” on all three teams getting shut down simultaneously. It could be worse – the Dodgers just got shut out for an entire three-game series by the Giants, and they were in first place before that happened!

Las Vegas ended up winning the series, two games to one. Now the Rainiers will host a struggling Fresno team that has lost nine of its last 11 games.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and the broadcast will be on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (2-3, 3.70) against Fresno RHP Eric Hacker (10-3, 4.37). Hacker was elected to the PCL all-star team and he leads the league in wins – but he’s been hit hard in his last two starts.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune focuses on the shutout. Don’t worry, writer Doug Pacey is joking about moving in the fences – while they are not as tall as they were two years ago, the fences haven’t moved since 1960.
  • Larry LaRue writes that the Mariners are now hitting below the Mendoza line as a team at Safeco Field. After the game, manager Eric Wedge was a little angry.
  • The Mariners placed Franklin Gutierrez on the new 7-day concussion disabled list, and called up Steve Delabar from Tacoma.
  • Mariners announcer Ken Levine wrote an outstanding blog post on Vin Scully.
  • Larry Stone caught up with former Mariners pitcher Mark Langston.
  • In the PCL, Cole Gillespie hit three home runs including a grand slam and had eight RBI in Reno’s 11-3 dousing of Fresno. Also, the Aces and Diamondbacks extended their Player Development Contract through 2016.
  • Sacramento ended Salt Lake’s five-game winning streak with a ten-inning, 1-0 victory. Eric Sogard had the game-winning hit.
  • Tucson lost to Colorado Springs despite adding a rehabilitating Jeremy Hermida to the lineup. In the notes: the Padres are expected to call up Yasmani Grandal and send down Nick Hundley.
  • The Round Rock Express have been getting shut out recently, too.
  • Memphis slugger Matt Adams went deep twice in the Redbirds 9-5 victory over Albuquerque.
  • Josh Vitters homered in Iowa’s 7-0 win over Oklahoma City.
  • Omaha received six sloppy yet shutout innings from veteran starter Doug Davis.
  • I don’t know about the fans, but everyone working in Minor League Baseball loves a good tarp-pulling story. If that includes you, check out this one from an independent league in the Midwest, in which half of the team’s front office gets buried under the tarp.

Let’s see if the Rainiers can get hot against a struggling Fresno club.

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