The Iowa Cubs come to town for a four-game series opening Saturday night at 7:05, and someone has to win.
Yes, Tacoma has lost seven straight games. But check this: Iowa comes in riding an eight-game losing streak.
One streak is going to end tonight.
Iowa’s stretch of rough play is worse than Tacoma’s recent downturn. Iowa is 3-13 since the all-star break, and they are 4-18 in their last 22 games.
Tacoma is 5-15 over the last 20 games.
This presents an interesting confidence battle: both teams probably think that this series is a great opportunity to get things turned around.
Iowa brings to Tacoma a popular former Rainiers player: first baseman Brad Nelson. He’s hitting .266 with 15 homers and 58 RBI for the I-Cubs, leading the team in both dingers and ribbies. I promise to have him on the radio pregame show once during this series.
I-Cubs manager Marty Pevey played for Tacoma in 1995: a whopping seven games, and 19 at-bats, at the very end of his playing career.
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 Hector Noesi (2-1, 7.20) against Iowa LHP Brooks Raley (6-7, 4.70).
- I didn’t even mention yesterday’s ugly game – if you really want to read about it, here’s Meg Wochnick’s Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners are struggling again – they dropped their fourth in a row last night, and haven’t won on their current road trip.
- Jason Churchill has a report on Danny Hultzen. Along those lines, pitching coordinator Rick Waits said on my pregame show last night that Hultzen “will pitch again this year,” but that could mean a lot of things: in Tacoma, or in the Arizona Fall League, or in the Venezuelan Winter League… we’ll just have to wait and see.
- Salt Lake is opening up a big lead in the North. The Bees beat Iowa, 5-4, on Grant Green‘s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
- New Orleans lefty Brian Flynn tossed seven shutout innings in a 4-1 victory over Colorado Springs.
- Unbelievable: the worst team in the PCL, Nashville, completed a four-game series sweep of first place Las Vegas. Baseball.
- Sacramento pulled within one game of Las Vegas by shutting down Albuquerque.
- The “punchless” Tucson Padres lost in Memphis and are now alone in third place in the South, two games behind Vegas.
- Oklahoma City finished off a sweep of Reno for their eighth straight win.
- Mitch Lively was dealing and Fresno beat Round Rock, 3-1.