Bantz Throwing Bullets

The Rainiers dropped the opener in Round Rock on Monday, 5-1. The team came out a little flat – they had only three hits – and missed a chance to gain a game on first place Salt Lake.

Catcher Brandon Bantz had another good game defensively, picking a runner off first base and nailing another one trying to steal.

Bantz is throwing out 41.9% of attempted base stealers so far this season – he’s gunned down 18 of the 43 who have tried to go.

That would be the third-highest rate in the PCL, if Bantz qualified. To qualify, a catcher must appear in half of his team’s games, and Bantz falls short.

However, there have actually been more base-stealing attempts against Bantz than against the man who leads the league – Tuffy Gosewisch of Reno, who has gunned down 51.2% of the 41 attempted base stealers.

It makes sense to base the league leaders on games played. Gosewisch has a strong reputation for being tough to run on, so fewer opponents try.

The only other qualifying catcher with a CS percentage higher than Bantz is Rene Rivera of Tucson. The ex-Mariner has thrown out 45.8% in the PCL.

Bantz has been particularly hot throwing out attempted base stealers recently, nailing eight of the last 12 to try.

Tonight’s game is at 5:05 (Pacific), 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 Andrew Carraway (6-5, 4.80) against Round Rock RHP Evan Meek (5-7, 3.80).

Links:

  • Here is my Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which talks about James Paxton‘s start last night.
  • The Mariners were off yesterday, but that didn’t stop Geoff Baker from typing a good feature on Brad Miller and former major leaguer Chet Lemon.
  • Ryan Divish used the off-day to ponder the future of Aaron Harang.
  • Salt Lake got abused by the Isotopes in Albuquerque last night.
  • Josh Vitters homered as Iowa topped Sacramento, 2-1.
  • Las Vegas missed out on a chance to tie Sacramento in first place – they lost to New Orleans, 12-9. Las Vegas catcher Travis d’Arnaud is on the cusp of a call-up.
  • Oklahoma City brought three former Arizona Wildcats into Tucson, but lost to the Padres last night. Tucson is creeping back into the race in the South.
  • Pedro Ciriaco had the game-winning hit in the 11th inning as Omaha topped Fresno, 5-4.
  • Reno whacked Nashville, 12-7.
  • Memphis was rained out at Colorado Springs.

That’s it for today – time to emerge from the air-conditioned chill of my hotel room, dodge the freeway on-ramp traffic, let the heat soak me, and get some lunch.

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