The Rainiers evened-up the series with Sacramento at a game apiece by winning on Tuesday night, 9-2.
Ty Kelly – playing an hour away from where he grew up in Tracy, CA – hit two home runs and drove in four. It was the second career two-homer game for Kelly; he did it in Class-A in 2012 when he took then-prospect Danny Salazar (currently an Indians starting pitcher) deep twice in Frederick, MD.
Tacoma starting pitcher Andrew Carraway delivered his best outing of the year, tossing six shutout innings to earn the win. Carraway allowed six hits and one walk, striking out five.
The Rainiers have a roster move for today: slugging outfield prospect Jabari Blash is joining the team from Double-A Jackson. Blash was hitting .262 with five homers and 20 RBI in 25 games at Jackson. He was leading the Southern League in walks and runs scored, and he was tied for first in homers. Blash’s slash line was 262/418/512.
To make room for Blash, Julio Morban was sent back to extended spring training. Morban has still not fully recovered from his broken leg suffered last August – he was able to DH for Tacoma, but could not patrol the outfield. He’ll do more rehabilitation work and we’ll see him when he’s ready.
Wednesday’s game starts at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (0-1, 4.22) against Sacramento RHP Arnold Leon (1-1, 3.75).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- From the same paper, here’s Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- Former Rainiers catcher Mike Zunino had four hits and the Mariners beat the Yankees last night, 6-3.
- Former Rainiers third baseman Greg Dobbs was let go by the Marlins. Could be the end of the road for Dobbs, who had a long career considering he was primarily used in a reserve role.
- In the PCL, Reno became the first team to not lose a series to Las Vegas. The Aces beat the PCL’s top team 7-5 last night, and is 2-0 so far in their four-game series. However, pitcher Archie Bradley – the ace of the Aces – hit the disabled list.
- Las Vegas has Mets defensive wizard Juan Lagares playing on a rehabilitation assignment.
- Fresno made it two straight wins to christen the new ballpark in El Paso, as Gary Brown hit an inside-the-park three-run homer. And the El Paso Times is calling the Chihuahuas the “C-Dogs.”
- Albuquerque infielder Chone Figgins was once roomates with Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson. Salt Lake defeated Albuquerque in 11 innings, 4-3, on 50-Cent Hot Dog Night. They averaged 2.27 hot dogs per fan.
- Kyle Skipworth hit a grand slam and New Orleans pounded Nashville, 9-4.
- Oklahoma City’s Gregorio Petit hit a two-run homer in the first inning and that was it as the RedHawks beat Round Rock, 2-0. The Daily Oklahoman has a piece on PCL home run leader Jon Singleton.
- Colorado Springs rode a solid outing from rehabilitating Jhoulys Chacin to a 7-1 win at Memphis.
- Omaha and Iowa were rained out in Des Moines. They’ll play two on Thursday.
They just announced that tonight’s Mariners game in New York was rained out. Don’t worry – we’ll be playing tonight in Sacramento, for sure.