Maurer Debuts Tonight

Right-hander Brandon Maurer will make his Triple-A debut tonight, starting against the Sacramento River Cats.

This is a little bit odd, because Maurer has already made his Major League Debut. He made the very rare jump from Double-A straight to the big leagues when he surprisingly broke spring training camp as a member of the Mariners starting rotation.

Maurer was the Mariner Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season when he went 9-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 24 starts for Double-A Jackson. I had him penciled in to the 2013 Rainiers starting rotation all off-season, only to see him make the jump straight to the big leagues.

We’ll see him on the mound tonight at Cheney Stadium.

Yesterday, the Rainiers lost a 9-2 decision to the River Cats. It was a tight 3-1 game after eight innings, but things got out of hand in the ninth. Still, Tacoma has won five of the last seven games.

We have a roster move today: first baseman Rich Poythress was brought back from Jackson – he appeared in just four games there, hitting a pair of homers. Scott Savastano injured his left wrist in a collision at first base yesterday, and he was placed on the disabled list. I’ll try to find out the severity of Savastano’s injury when I get to the ballpark; hopefully it is not too bad.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Pacific NW broadcast legend Bob Robertson joins me on the call. Tacoma starts RHP Brandon Maurer (AAA debut) against Sacramento LHP Justin Thomas (3-3, 4.34).

Links:

  • Here is the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • John McGrath wrote a column about Erasmo Ramirez.
  • Jeremy Bonderman‘s return to the big leagues did not go very well.
  • In the PCL, we had a rarity in Salt Lake City: the Bees hit back-to-back-to-back triples. Triple triples! They beat Colorado Springs, 10-1, and the Sky Sox have lost six of their last seven games.
  • Las Vegas won its fifth in a row, beating Fresno 3-2.
  • Tucson beat the stuffing out of Reno, 13-5.
  • Omaha had not been shut out all season. Yesterday, they were shut out in both games of a doubleheader. Some good news for Omaha: flame-throwing pitching prospect Yordano Ventura was promoted from Double-A today.
  • Josh Lindblom and the Round Rock Express moved into a share of first place with a 3-2 win over Nashville.
  • Reliever Michael Bowden reported to Iowa and delivered 1.2 scoreless innings, but the I-Cubs lost to New Orleans.
  • PCL veteran Matt Palmer tossed a gem and the Albuquerque Isotopes topped Oklahoma City, 4-2.

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