The Rainiers came back from the all-star break on Thursday night, scored a bunch of runs – and yet still saw their losing streak extend to five games.
Tacoma had leads of 6-1 and 7-4, only to see the bullpen let it get away.
This loss was in stark contrast to the first four games of the streak, which saw Tacoma score a grand total of three runs – and get pitching that was good enough to win, normally.
After the game, it seemed like an easy one to shake off. Tacoma had seven runs and 13 hits – if the offense is back, like it appeared to be last night, the pitching staff is certainly good enough to win a lot of game down the stretch. The bullpen has been a strength of this team all year, and yesterday was (hopefully) just a hiccup.
Tonight the Rainiers turn to 20-year-old Taijuan Walker to be the stopper.
Walker has pitched just one inning in the last 12 days, due to the Mariners putting him on slow-down over the all-star break. They’re trying to keep his innings total from mounting up before the end of the season.
This will be the first time Walker has faced a PCL team for the second time – he tossed six scoreless innings against Fresno in his Triple-A debut on June 25. Fresno’s lineup has improved since then, with the additions of Nick Noonan and Juan Perez who are down from the big leagues.
Tonight’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 Taijuan Walker (2-0, 0.56) against Fresno RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-4, 5.69).
- I wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune. In the notes: rehabilitating Mariners Franklin Gutierrez and Stephen Pryor are expected to appear in tonight’s Rainiers game.
- John McGrath has ten things to look for in MLB’s second half.
- Larry Stone writes that the Mariners don’t know yet if they are going to be active in the trade market.
- Todd Dybas has a story on the Mariners young players.
- A Mariners pitching prospect is ranked No. 1 on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- Sacramento helped out the Rainiers, keeping Salt Lake in second place with a 10-7 victory in SLC.
- Colorado Springs pulled within one game of Salt Lake by shutting out Tucson, 2-0.
- Jordany Valdespin had a big game as Las Vegas won in Reno, 3-2. The Aces six-game win streak was snapped. The Aces had a whole bunch of transactions, including the retirement of Eric Hinske.
- Nashville picked up a 3-1 victory at New Orleans.
- Omaha went into Albuquerque and emerged with a 6-3 win.
- Round Rock ace Brad Mills went to the all-star game in Reno, and ended up in Japan instead.
Time for this streak to end. Let’s see if the kid can be the stopper!