Tacoma lost it’s 14th consecutive game at Aces Ballpark in Reno on Friday night, 8-5.
This is a wacky streak. The Rainiers have gone 8-2 against Reno in the last ten games at Cheney Stadium, so something weird is going on here.
I can’t remember the last time I walked out of Aces Ballpark a winner, but fortunately this guy reminded me: it was April 30, 2011, when the Rainiers out-slugged Reno 11-9.
I firmly believe that you need to score 10+ runs to win in Reno (this stadium is the biggest launching pad in the PCL). The five runs Tacoma scored yesterday is just not going to cut it.
There were some interesting notes yesterday: South Kitsap High School alum Willie Bloomquist helped beat the Rainiers, and Jesus Montero played his first-ever game at first base. Details are in the game story linked below.
We have another roster move: the Mariners designated Robert Andino for assignment, and called up Carlos Triunfel. We’re all very happy for Triunfel, who showed improvement this year and hopefully will stick in the big leagues.
Today the Rainiers will add shortstop prospect Brad Miller to the roster. At Double-A Jackson, Miller hit .294 with six home runs and 25 RBI, with a .379 OBP. He made nine errors in 38 games in the infield (29 games at SS, six at 2B, three at 3B).
I expect Miller to play most games at shortstop, while occasionally flip-flopping with second baseman Nick Franklin so that both players continue to get some reps at the other position.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, and streaming online right here. For smart phone and iPad listening, use the TuneIn app. Tacoma starts RHP Blake Beavan (2-2, 3.70) against Reno RHP Chase Anderson (3-5, 5.47).
- I wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune.
- Today is Brett Butler bobblehead day in Reno. More coming on this if I can get my paws on one of these.
- The Mariners lost their seventh in a row.
- Larry Stone has more on the Mariners roster moves of the last 48 hours.
- Davie Boling writes that Jack Z is on the hot seat.
- In the PCL, David Aardsma is now with Las Vegas, and he nailed down the save as the 51s beat Salt Lake last night.
- Colorado Springs bumped the Rainiers out of first place with a 13-8 win over Fresno.
- Rehabbing Cameron Maybin couldn’t help Tucson beat Sacramento last night.
- The Nashville Sounds made it home in time to get beat up by Albuquerque.
- Ian Stewart is playing some first base for the Iowa Cubs, who beat Oklahoma City last night.
- New Orleans rallied in the eighth inning to beat Omaha, 6-5.
I hereby decree that it is time to end this Reno losing streak. Begone, Reno losing streak!