We’re at it again: morning baseball, PCL style!
The Rainiers wrap up the road trip with a 9:30 AM game today. The team is off on Wednesday, and then opens an eight-game homestand on Thursday against Memphis (and top pitching prospect Michael Wacha).
On Monday Tacoma had a late rally fizzle out, and the Rainiers lost 5-3. Down 5-2 going to the ninth, Tacoma scored a run and loaded the bases with nobody out. New Orleans closer Chris Hatcher struck out three straight batters to end the game in rather dramatic fashion.
For all of the details on the game, check the first link down below.
Today’s game is an important one, in my opinion. The Rainiers are 2-5 on this road trip. They were swept the first four games in Oklahoma City, but if they win today that would mean a 3-1 series win on the road, and a not-so-bad 3-5 record on the trip.
Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (0-2, 5.91) against New Orleans LHP Duane Below (2-1, 2.76). Tune in for the pregame show at 9:15, former Mariners closer David Aardsma is my guest. The broadcast is on 850 AM and streams online right here. If you are an iPad or iPhone listener, use this link.
- Here is the Rainiers game story I wrote for The News Tribune.
- The Mariners were off yesterday, but Larry Stone blogged a little preview of tonight’s Felix Hernandez vs. CC Sabathia match-up in New York. All of the Rainiers are going to miss it – we’ll be flying home, which is a good thing, but this is a game most of us would like to watch.
- In the PCL, Colorado Springs scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun Omaha, 7-6. A strange play at the plate involving Adam Moore decided the game.
- The Reno Aces have added major league veteran Juan Rivera to the lineup.
- Fresno’s Heath Hembree nailed down another save, and he’s on a real roll right now. Fresno’s Brett Pill – the PCL leader in runs batted in – was called up by the Giants.
- Iowa scored six runs in the sixth inning and beat Reno, 6-4.
- Sacramento extended Nashville’s losing streak to four.
- Albuquerque topped Las Vegas, 5-2.
- The Review-Journal has a more detailed story on the new ownership of the Las Vegas 51s and their ballpark plan.
Wednesday is an off-day for the team, and I’m taking one, too. I’ll have a new post for you on Thursday to kick off the eight-game homestand.