The Tacoma Rainiers lost in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon, 6-3. Details are in the first link down below.
After winning the opening game in Sacramento on Friday night, the Rainiers have now lost two in a row. This marks the first time Tacoma has lost two straight games since May 23-24, when they lost the final game of a series at home to Nashville, and then traveled to Reno and lost the opener there the next day.
The Rainiers have not lost three in a row since May 7-10, when the team was swept in a four-game series at Oklahoma City.
That sweep in Oklahoma also marks the last time the Rainiers have lost a series. The team has three series wins and four splits since then.
The club needs a victory tonight in order to get a split in Sacramento.
Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and the broadcast airs on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Use the TuneIn app for your iPad or smart phone. Tacoma starts LHP James Paxton (3-5, 5.70) against Sacramento LHP Andrew Werner (6-8, 5.42).
- We start with my Rainiers game story from The News Tribune. The story has details on Eric Thames injury, Dustin Ackley‘s center field play, and more.
- The Mariners missed out on a chance to sweep the A’s in Oakland. There was a sewage back-up at the Oakland Coliseum after the game.
- Lookout Landing has a nice Mariners minor league wrap-up.
- Some cool stuff happened in the PCL last night. For example, Round Rock’s Mike Olt hit two home runs in one inning at Oklahoma City. It was an 8-run ninth inning – Round Rock went into it trailing 4-1, and won the game 9-4.
- The follow-up story on the brawl in the Memphis-Albuquerque series has all of the details – one player claims he was bitten!
- Colorado Springs rallied in the ninth to beat Las Vegas. The Sky Sox are 2.5 games behind Tacoma.
- Top prospect Jonathan Singleton finally reported to Oklahoma City.
- Flamethrower Yordano Ventura brought his high-octane stuff to Iowa, delivering five strong innings in Omaha’s 3-1 victory.
- Sean Halton stayed hot but his Nashville Sounds lost to New Orleans.
- Salt Lake had a good start by Billy Buckner and beat Fresno, 5-2.
- Reno scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to an 18-7 victory at Tucson.
OK, time to salvage this split tonight, then move on to the big showdown in Colorado Springs tomorrow.
Tuesday, by the way, is arguably the worst travel day of the season for the Rainiers, so any blog update is likely to be brief. The Rainiers will get back to the hotel around midnight tonight in Sacramento, with 3:15 AM wake-up calls to catch the 4:00 AM bus to the airport, then the 6:00 AM flight to Denver, lose an hour, take the 90-minute bus ride to Colorado Springs, drink several cauldrons of coffee, go to ballpark, try to win baseball game.