The Rainiers longest road trip of the season comes to a close today, Day 12 here in Colorado Springs.
This journey started in Las Vegas, where the team went 3-1 to win the series. Then we moved on to Sacramento, and split a four-gamer there, 2-2.
After last night’s tough loss in the Springs, Tacoma is 1-2 here – needing a victory today to get a split with the second-place Sky Sox. The Rainiers are 6-5 on this road trip.
Today’s game is a big one – a difference-maker in the standings. Yes, it’s still too early to get all worked up about the standings, but the difference between a 1.5-game lead and a 3.5-game lead is pretty big. A win today moves it up to a 3.5-game lead.
Salt Lake continues to charge from third place. The Bees have gone 16-5 over their last 21 games, pulling within four games of first. Salt Lake has won five straight and is trying to close out a home sweep of a tough Sacramento team tonight.
Last night the Rainiers (just like the Mariners, as fate would have it) blew an early 8-1 lead. Tacoma led 11-4 in the middle of the sixth, only to see it slip away.
These types of things happen in Colorado Springs, where the high elevation and swirling winds cause some crazy baseball. I’d have to go back into my old scorebooks to confirm, but it seems like the Rainiers have a game get away like this once every season in The Springs. Last night was that night.
Still, Tacoma is 4-3 at Security Service Field this season, and tonight is the Rainiers final game of the year in this ballpark. Tacoma still has eight head-to-head match-ups with the Sky Sox at Cheney Stadium.
Tonight’s game is at 6:05 (Pacific), and the broadcast is on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming online, or via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Brian Sweeney (7-2, 3.81) against Sky Sox ace LHP Drew Pomeranz (7-1, 4.35).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which details last night’s tough loss.
- The Mariners loss in Anaheim last night was just as tough as the Tacoma loss.
- Taijuan Walker was dealing at Double-A Jackson last night. He struck out 12 and walked zero, and has now issued just 12 walks in his last 54.2 innings. I have to think we’ll be seeing him soon.
- Walker ranked No. 1 on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- In the PCL, Barry Enright pitched well and the Salt Lake Bees kept winning. More impressively, the Bees are bringing in Kobayashi to eat a lot of hot dogs.
- Fresno defeated Reno with a late comeback, 4-1. The paper has a story on Brett Butler being named manager of the PCL All-Stars.
- Tucson added outfielder Ben Francisco, but still lost to Ike Davis and the Las Vegas 51s last night. Ike hit his first two PCL home runs.
- Albuquerque has a reliever throwing 101 miles per hour, and the red-hot Isotopes won in Omaha last night.
- Oklahoma City ace Jarred Cosart tossed a gem and beat New Orleans, 4-1.
- The Iowa Cubs moved into first place with a 6-4 win over Nashville.
- The new team in El Paso is going to have a terrible name.