Tucson took down Tacoma last night, 11-5, to even the three-game series at one game apiece.
Tacoma’s Andrew Carraway returned after a one-month layoff, and he struggled from the start. A two-out grand slam in the first inning by Brandon Allen put the Padres out in front, and they kept on scoring afterwards. Check out the first link down below if you really want all of the gruesome details.
Today is the final day of the road trip, and the Rainiers are 3-3 so far. The trip-opening split in Salt Lake City was huge, as the Rainiers maintain a four-game lead going into tonight’s contest. The team returns home for four games with Reno starting Thursday night, leading into the blessed all-star break.
We rarely play three-game series in the PCL, so it is not too often that I get to use the phrase “rubber match.” But here we are: tonight’s game is the rubber match of the three game series. For the record, I have no idea where that phrase comes from (my copy of the Dickson Baseball Dictionary is on the shelf in my library at home).
Today’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming right here, and available via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Brian Sweeney (7-3, 4.00) against a Tucson RHP Brandon Kloess (2-3, 4.16).
- The Rainiers game story has the dirty details on Tacoma loss yesterday in Tucson. The game ended too close to deadline to get any quotes. Today it was my turn to make a mistake in the story: the third PCL home run derby contestant is Johnny Monell of Fresno.
- The Arizona Daily Star did a story on Tucson native Stefen Romero. <<< quality story alert!
- Todd Dybas has more on the Mariners plans for Danny Hultzen. Interesting that they are looking at his throwing motion – I’ve had several scouts from other organizations tell me they would rather see him throw from a higher arm slot.
- The Mariners scored eight runs at Safeco Field and lost. That’s pretty rare.
- Geoff Baker caught up with Tacoma’s No. 2 all-time home run leader, Mike Carp.
- Cool story from Jim Caple on the not-quite-vegan diet of Raul Ibanez.
- Baseball America released it’s mid-season all-star teams: the MLB rookie team includes Nick Franklin, and the minor league team includes Taijuan Walker.
- Fellow broadcasters: do not read this article about Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers losing the ability to speak. Trust me, do not read it.
Today’s PCL game story links are brought to you by page 309 of Infinite Jest, which I am reading for my first time and thoroughly enjoying. One of the characters is an aspiring sportscaster and he gets a little overly creative with his score reports:
- Rehabilitating Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox disembowelled Sacramento, 10-3.
- Las Vegas was on Salt Lake like a duck on a Junebug, 8-5.
- All-star shortstop Chris Owings hit three home runs as Reno spread Fresno on a cracker like some sort of hors d’oeuvre and bit down, 7-4,
- Memphis starter Scott McGregor ground his heels into the neck of Omaha, 2-1.
- Round Rock did to Oklahoma City what a quality boot can do to a toadstool, 11-8.
- Justin Sellers of Albuquerque made the Nashville Sounds players sorry their parents were ever in the same room together, 10-1.
- The Iowa Cubs just about had to be carried off over somebody’s shoulder after New Orleans moonballed them into a narcoleptic coma, 9-0.
See you in Tacoma tomorrow night!