Defensive Issues

Revolving rosters are just a part of Triple-A baseball, and the Rainiers have had their fair share of transactions this season. Not as many as some years in the past, but a steady flow of roster moves.

We’ve seen the team go from weak pitching to strong pitching, and the offense has ebbed and flowed over the course of the season based upon who is healthy and in the lineup.

But one thing has been consistent all season long, regardless of who is on the active roster: the team defense has been bad.

Last night Tacoma made four errors, raising their PCL-leading total to 127, in a 3-2 ten-inning loss in Nashville.

Tacoma is last in the PCL in fielding percentage – right where they have ranked since the team made two errors and lost on an unearned run on opening day.

The Sounds won the game last night in the bottom of the tenth inning on two throwing errors by Rainiers relief pitcher Brian Moran.

The rough finish spoiled another outstanding outing by starting pitcher D.J. Mitchell, who can’t get any run support.

Mitchell lasted eight innings, allowing just two runs. It was the fourth time in five starts since being acquired in the Ichiro trade that Mitchell has allowed two runs or fewer – and he is still looking for his first Tacoma win.

Tacoma can still get a split of the Nashville series, and a split of the entire Tennessee road trip with a victory tonight.

Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), and as always you can tune in on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (4-6, 4.28) against Nashville RHP Brian Baker (2-4, 4.74).

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The Rainiers open the final homestand of the season on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium. Catch a game while you still can!

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