Rainiers Return Home

Reno is in the rear-view mirror – thank goodness – as the Rainiers open an eight-game homestand tonight at Cheney Stadium.

Bad things happen to the Rainiers in Reno, and that trend continued as they lost in the bottom of the ninth inning yesterday, 7-6. The game ended on a walk-off error.

Even though Tacoma has been one of the best teams in the PCL all season, and Reno has been one of the league’s worst all season, the Aces went 10-6 against Tacoma this year.

The Rainiers have never won a season series against Reno. Maybe next year?

Anyway, we’re done with those guys. Now the Omaha Storm Chasers come to town for a four-game series.

The Royals Triple-A club is coming in hot: they’ve won four of their last five games, and are 18-10 since June 29.

Omaha has a former Rainiers catcher in Adam Moore – although he is on the disabled list, and I’m not sure if he made the trip to Tacoma.

The Storm Chasers also have Ben Broussard on the roster. The 36-year-old first baseman is part of Mariners infamy: in a 2006 deadline deal, Seattle traded then-Rainiers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cleveland for Broussard. It has gone down as one of the worst trades in Mariners history.

Omaha’s hot hitter to keep an eye on is Christian Colon. The former first-round draft pick homered in three straight games last week, and has four dingers in his last ten games. His season numbers aren’t impressive, but he’s hitting .309 in July and is young enough that this might be a case of a player improving over the course of the season.

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 Taijuan Walker (2-0, 2.42) against Omaha RHP Brian Sanches (7-2, 3.44).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The paper also has a huge feature on Jesus Montero, and where he stands in the Mariners organization.
  • The Mariners activated Michael Morse from the disabled list, and designated Jason Bay for assignment. It’s one of those ten-day deals for Bay – although it seems extraordinarily unlikely that he would come to Tacoma.
  • Larry Stone has a piece on interim Mariners manager Robby Thompson.
  • Someone punched the Mariners Moose.
  • Mariners pitching prospect Edwin Diaz gets some love from Baseball America in this notebook.
  • Tucson’s bullpen locked down Salt Lake, and the Padres 4-3 victory kept Tacoma just one game out of first.
  • Las Vegas swept a doubleheader from Sacramento, Jordany Valdespin “pimped” a homer, there was a beanball war, benches cleared, managers Wally Backman and Steve Scarsone went at it, and everyone got ejected. Vegas, baby!
  • Fresno’s game at Colorado Springs yesterday was rained out.
  • Everything you want to know about how Manny Ramirez is doing in Round Rock is right here.
  • Nashville’s Aaron Laffey prevented Omaha from sweeping the Sounds. In the notes, we learn that we are not going to get to see Omaha flamethrower Yordano Ventura.
  • Oklahoma City’s George Springer needs one homer for a 30-30 season.
  • I’m all-for pink jerseys to raise money for breast cancer awareness, but designers can make them look classy, right? Albuquerque won in these things.

It’s great to be home for an extended stretch, now let’s see if Walker can deal tonight.

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