Shut Down In Sacramento

For the second time in 11 days, the Rainiers were shut down by Sacramento starter Travis Banwart.*

He tossed six scoreless innings and beat the Rainiers in Tacoma on June 4, and then last night he went 7.1 innings allowing only a Robert Andino solo homer as the River Cats got the win, 6-1.

Tacoma’s little three-game win streak ended, and the Sacramento series is now tied, 1-1. Tacoma (42-28) leads the Pac-North by 3.5 games over second-place Colorado Springs.

The Rainiers are 4-2 at the halfway mark of this 12-game road trip.

Today’s game is at 1:05 and it will be on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Brian Sweeney (7-1, 3.96) against Sacramento RHP Sonny Gray (6-4, 2.48). Gray is a top prospect and ranks second in the PCL in both ERA and strikeouts.

Links:

  • Here is my Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. The Rainiers have several injury issues that are covered in the story.
  • My Sunday Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at three starting pitchers for Double-A Jackson with sub-3.00 ERAs.
  • Felix Hernandez dominated, and new catcher Henry Blanco hit a grand slam as the Mariners beat Oakland.
  • Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package has a column on the baseball playing Seager brothers (perfect for Father’s Day – nice touch, Larry), a notebook that mentions a few ex-Rainiers, power rankings, and thumbs up-and-down.
  • BRAWL ALERT! Memphis and Albuquerque went at it last night, and (according to the box score) ten players/coaches were ejected. This is the early report from the Albuquerque Journal. Short version: Maikel Cleto drills Jeremy Moore in the third, benches empty but no fight, both managers warned. Cleto removed from game with Moore coming up in the fourth, Jorge Rondon enters and Moore hits a three-run homer. I’m speculating that he acted rather proud of his homer. Rondon drills the next batter, Justin Sellers, and the benches clear. Video!
  • Former Rainiers catcher Rob Johnson (ejected, above) is the “shepherd of Memphis.”
  • PCL superstar Andrew Brown keeps hitting, and Las Vegas helped the Rainiers by beating Colorado Springs last night, 11-5.
  • Fresno’s Johnny Monell is following in his father’s footsteps. Monell homered to tie Salt Lake in the eighth inning, and they won the game in the tenth.
  • Zeke Spruill had another great start and Reno shut out Tucson, 5-0. Aaron Hill rehabbed for Reno.
  • Iowa’s Dave Sappelt had a big day as the Cubs won two games against Omaha.
  • Oklahoma City would win against Round Rock. That’s what the story says, anyway.
  • Sean Halton homered twice but Nashville lost to New Orleans, 6-3.
  • It appears that my main man from last year – Wil Myers – is about to get called up.
  • Congratulations to my friends and fellow Rainiers Ashley Roth and Ryan Schutt on their engagement!

Happy Father’s Day!

* it has been suggested to me that I make a Devandra Banhart joke here, but this blog is way to classy for that.

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