Shuttered In SLC

We had a long night on Saturday: a two-hour rain delay before first pitch, a game that didn’t didn’t finish until midnight, and then the quick turnaround for the day game today.

Tacoma was shut out by three Salt Lake pitchers last night, 5-0. Tacoma starter Brandon Maurer was terrific for a while, and then sort of fell apart – check out the game story linked below for the details.

The Rainiers suffered a potentially crucial injury in the ninth inning, when Rich Poythress was hit by a pitch on his right wrist. He didn’t look good after the game – we should learn more about his status in the next day or two, after he gets checked out by doctors.

The Rainiers will now rely on Taijuan Walker to try to salvage a split of this series – which would be an excellent result, all things considered.

I’m very curious to see how Walker does. He hasn’t allowed a run in his first two Triple-A starts, tossing 11 scoreless innings. However, both starts were at home – this will be his first start in a true PCL hitter’s park. This will be a fun one to follow.

Today’s game is at 12:05 (Pacific), and as always it’s on 850 AM, streaming right here, and available via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (2-0, 0.00) against Salt Lake RHP A.J. Schugel (4-6, 7.11).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, written by yours truly. Included is a Rainiers starting rotation update.
  • My minor league notebook for the paper looks at Class-A outfielder Gabriel GuerreroVladimir‘s nephew.
  • As expected, Alex Liddi was claimed on waivers. The Baltimore Orioles got him, and he’ll go to Triple-A Norfolk. I don’t think this is a good spot for him – the Orioles have Manny Machado manning third base and he’s A) a total stud, and B) under club control for five more years. Yes, Liddi can play other positions, but I believe much of his value comes from his excellent defense at third base.
  • Your Mariners all-stars are Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. In addition to Felix, one other former Rainiers player made the all-star game: Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
  • Speaking of Adam Jones, his mom got angry at him.
  • At the Seattle Times, Larry Stone’s Sunday baseball package is up: a column about the Mariners and the trade deadline, power rankings (No. 5 is pure gold), and thumbs up-and-down.
  • Connie Mack, Bowie Kuhn, Hank Aaron, Edgar Martinez, Charlie Finley… these were just a few of the guests at the designated hitter’s 40th birthday party – inside the mind of John McGrath.
  • Colorado Springs had a four-run rally in the eighth inning to beat Reno, 5-4. The Sky Sox are four games behind Tacoma.
  • First-place Tucson lost catcher Rene Rivera to the majors, and then lost the game to Las Vegas.
  • Fresno got a big lift from Juan Perez and beat Sacramento, 5-2.
  • Albuquerque won two games against Iowa even though the Isotopes bullpen got traded.
  • Nashville was shut down in Memphis, and the Sounds long season continued.
  • Carlos Perez homered in the ninth inning to give Oklahoma City a 6-5 win at New Orleans.
  • Omaha scored six runs in the eighth and won at Round Rock, 9-3.
  • Reno is hoping that hosting the Triple-A All Star game will have a positive economic impact on the city.

The Rainiers travel to Tucson on Monday, so the blog update won’t occur until later in the afternoon. Have a great Sunday!

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