Rainiers Take Hot Streak On The Road

Tacoma topped Reno on Monday afternoon, 7-4, to complete a highly successful homestand. The Rainiers went 7-1 against Tucson and Reno, moved into first place in the Pac-North, and established themselves as the first team in the PCL to go ten games over the .500 mark.

Andrew Carraway earned the win, going seven innings and allowing three runs. It was Carraway’s fourth straight victory.

The score was tied, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh when Corey Patterson blasted a two-run homer in his Tacoma Rainiers debut. Corey Patterson? Yeah, you see…

Roster Move

Prior to yesterday’s game, Tacoma added outfielder Corey Patterson to the roster. He was signed to a minor league deal about a week ago, and had been working out in Peoria, AZ. Patterson is a long-time major leaguer; last year he spent the entire season with Nashville. It was the first time the 33-year-old didn’t appear in the majors since 2001.

To make room on the roster, reliever Tyler Burgoon was transferred back to Double-A Jackson.

The Trip

This is an eight-game road trip to two American Conference cities. The first four games are in Oklahoma City, and the next four are in New Orleans. Tacoma has not visited either city since the 2011 season.

The Rainiers next home game is on Thursday, May 16.

Oklahoma City RedHawks Preview

The RedHawks have one of the best records in the American Conference, entering play today at 18-12. The recently had a seven-game win streak, but it ended during a weekend series in Iowa that saw them drop two of the three games.

Oklhoma City is the Houston Astros top farm club. As you know, the Astros are terrible (when they are not playing the Mariners). They have made multiple roster moves to try to make their big league club better, including some today (they called up Jimmy Paredes and Trevor Crowe, and sent Brandon Laird back to Oklahoma City).

The fact that the Astros are so bad has a grand effect on the Triple-A team: the players in Oklahoma City are super-hungry. Opportunity to get promoted to the majors exists every day with the Astros struggling like this. Players are quite literally a hot streak away from a big league call-up.

The RedHawks have a team batting average of .296, but much of that offense has been promoted to Houston. Still, they have a few quality hitters – notably Laird, who is a very tough out in Triple-A. Infielder Jake Elmore was outstanding for Reno last year, and shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar is hitting over .300. Outfielder Marc Krauss is batting .297 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI, he’s been the top run-producer.

The top prospects are starting pitchers: Jarred Cosart – who starts tonight – has a power arm and good results so far. Thursday starter Asher Wojciechowski is coming off a real strong Triple-A debut, and the Rainiers will face former Sacramento River Cat Brad Peacock on Wednesday morning.

There are no former Rainiers on the Oklahoma City roster.

There is a familiar face managing the club: longtime Sacramento skipper Tony DeFrancesco is back at the helm of the RedHawks.

Tonight’s Game

Tonight’s game is at 5:05 at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Tacoma starts RHP Jeremy Bonderman (2-2, 3.57) against Oklahoma City RHP Jarred Cosart (3-0, 2.63). It’s an interesting match-up: Bonderman just won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award, while Coasrt is considered to be one of Houston’s top prospects. The broadcast airs on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streams online right here.

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The street in front of our hotel is closed to traffic due to the Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game tonight. Think anyone here will go to the baseball game? I’m projecting a tiny crowd.

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