Dropped On Deadline Day

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).

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Paxton has been a hot pitcher for an extended stretch now. Let’s see if he can be the stopper tonight.

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