The Rainiers kicked off the homestand with an 8-5 win over Salt Lake on Tuesday night. The victory extended Tacoma’s win streak to four in a row, and the team moved over the .500 mark improving to 6-5.
That was the good news.
The bad news was that Taijuan Walker had his rehabilitation start scratched due to shoulder stiffness. He was scratched before he ever threw a baseball – he was doing his pre-start stretching routine in the trainer’s room when this happened. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out – the Mariners will err on the side of caution here.
James Gillheeney filled in for Walker and allowed just one run over five innings to earn his first win of the season. The Rainiers banged out a dozen hits and built a 7-0 lead after two innings. The game tightened up but a different rehabber – in this case reliever Stephen Pryor – nailed down the save in the ninth inning.
There were roster moves before yesterday’s game, and there will be more before tonight’s game.
Yesterday the Mariners called up Blake Beavan, and optioned reliever Lucas Luetge to Tacoma. Tacoma placed catcher Humberto Quintero (left hamstring) on the disabled list, and activated catcher Manny Pina. Finally, reliever Jonathan Arias was placed on the disabled list, and Ramon Ramirez was activated from the DL to take his spot.
Today Nick Franklin flew to Texas to join the Mariners, who placed Logan Morrison on the disabled list. Shortstop Gabriel Noriega is joining the Rainiers, up from Double-A Jackson.
Tuesday’s game is at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP Anthony Fernandez (0-1, 4.35) against Salt Lake RHP Matt Shoemaker (first PCL game).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Jack Zduriencik spoke about the Taijuan Walker situation, and in the same story Stephen Pryor talked about his rehab outing.
- The Mariners were shut out by the Rangers. Blake Beavan left after four innings with shoulder stiffness.
- Tonight’s Mariners game features a Felix Hernandez vs. Yu Darvish match-up. Felix downplayed it to Bob Dutton.
- Todd Dybas wonders when the Mariners will look at Kendrys Morales. I’ll answer that question for him: as long as they are committed to Corey Hart as the DH, the answer is never.
- Geoff Baker writes that despite rising revenue and team valuation, the Mariners payroll doesn’t go up.
- John Sickels posted his Mariners Top 20 Prospects list.
- In the PCL, Sacramento downed Fresno 7-4 to earn its fifth straight win.
- Jacob DeGrom tossed seven shutout innings and Las Vegas topped Reno, 6-3. The Mets called up Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 51s.
- Albuquerque whacked the wandering Chihuahuas, 11-6. Joc Pederson and Miguel Olivo each hit two homers.
- Omaha played its first game with a proper 25-man roster and shut out Round Rock, 6-0.
- Oklahoma City out-slugged Colorado Springs in an 11-9 win. George Springer hit grand slam and then was called up bu the Astros.
- New Orleans beat Iowa 8-4, and Cubs top prospect Javier Baez is going to be on the disabled list for a while longer.
- Memphis picked up an 8-4 road win at Nashville. Joey Butler had three hits and a homer.
- We’ll close with Baseball America’s daily minor league round-up.