The Rainiers were shut out by Omaha on Wednesday night, 8-0. That’s five straight losses for the Rainiers, who now trail Salt Lake by three games in the standings.
Tacoma drew eight walks yesterday, but did not score (they had only two hits, both singles). This makes me wish Baseball Reference had a play index for the PCL, because I wonder how long it has been since a PCL team drew eight walks and didn’t score a run.
Heck, the Rainiers didn’t even get a runner to third base.
Once again the Rainiers ran themselves out of an opportunity in the first inning.
With runners at first and second (due to walks) and two outs, lead runner Abraham Almonte was thrown out at third on the front end of a double-steal to end the inning. This was a curious move, because Tacoma had Jesus Montero at the plate against a left-handed pitcher. Montero is supposed to whack lefties, and the caught stealing effectively took the bat out of his hands – in the first inning, of a scoreless game, against a pitcher struggling with his command.
These types of plays have been happening on a daily basis during this current down-swing.
The trade deadline hit the Rainiers prior to the game: shortstop Robert Andino was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later (or cash considerations). Andino played excellent middle-infield defense for the Rainiers – that’s where they will miss him. I have not yet heard if Andino is reporting to Pittsburgh or Triple-A Indianapolis. At any rate, we wish him well with his new club.
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 LHP James Paxton (7-8, 4.17) against Omaha LHP Everett Teaford (3-2, 2.78).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, in which manager John Stearns continues to gush about the play of Abraham Almonte.
- The Mariners lost a marathon in Boston, 5-4 in 15 innings.
- Geoff Baker reports that the Mariners are playing longer games than any team in franchise history. Sounds like the 2012 Rainiers!
- Ryan Divish has a trade deadline reaction piece in which Jack Z explains why he stood pat.
- Jack Z’s decision to stand pat is getting hammered by national baseball writers like Jayson Stark and Keith Law.
- Salt Lake keeps winning. The Bees topped Iowa, 6-3, and have won nine of their last 12 games.
- Colorado Springs picked up a much-needed 5-4 win over New Orleans in the tenth.
- Nashville edged Las Vegas, 3-2, on Eugenio Velez‘s game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth. Vegas leads the South by two games.
- Sacramento hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in a 5-1 win over Albuquerque.
- Brandon Laird had the game-winning single and Oklahoma City won its sixth in a row, 4-3 over Reno.
- Tucson beat Memphis on Brandon Allen‘s two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
- Mike Kickham carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Fresno defeated Round Rock, 5-3.
Paxton has been a hot pitcher for an extended stretch now. Let’s see if he can be the stopper tonight.