After a couple of nights with limited sleep hours (a common occurence in the Pacific Coast League Of Sleep Deprivation), I slumbered for nearly ten hours in my pitch black Reno hotel room last night.
Upon waking, I groggily cleared my eyes and thought, “I just dreamed the Rainiers pitched a shutout in Reno.”
As awareness and the new day started creeping into my brain, I realized that the shutout actually happened.
Behind the pitching of Jordan Pries, Stephen Pryor, and Logan Bawcom, Tacoma beat Reno last night, 7-0.
It was the first shutout Tacoma has ever pitched at the space shuttle launching pad known as Aces Ballpark.
In fact, it was only the tenth Tacoma victory in this house of horrors. The Rainiers are now 10-31 all-time in Reno.
The pitchers were all terrific, but I’m nominating catcher Humberto Quintero as the star of the day. He called the pitches and caught the shutout, and he also went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI. Two of his run-scoring hits came with two outs.
It was a fantastic way to open the longest road trip of the year.
Tacoma has matched a season-best three games over .500, with a 16-13 record. The Rainiers have won five of the last seven games.
Wednesday’s game starts at 6:35 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Chance Ruffin (0-3, 9.43) against Reno RHP Bo Schultz (2-3, 5.30).
It appears that I forgot to mention on the blog a transaction that occurred on Monday: veteran pitcher Mark Rogers was released by the Mariners after just two appearances for Tacoma, and starter James Gillheeney is back with the team after spending two weeks at Double-A Jackson. Gillheeney is in line to start Friday night in Reno.
As expected, Erasmo Ramirez was recalled by Seattle as the “26th man” and will start the second game of the doubleheader in Oakland today. Ruffin is rested to start for the Rainiers today, but it’s looking like Tacoma will have a “bullpen day” tomorrow unless the Mariners fly someone in to make the start.
- I wrote the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune, and it includes quotes from manager Roy Howell.
- The Mariners beat the A’s on Tuesday night, and they just keep winning.
- Today’s installment of the Mariners Notebook can be found by clicking here.
- In this blog post, Ryan Divish addresses Robinson Cano‘s power production (or lack thereof, so far).
- Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has a feature story on Felix Hernandez and if he will ever pitch in the playoffs.
- ESPN also has a stat-heavy article claiming that Felix won’t win 300 games because of the Mariners lack of team success.
- The Mariners rank in the middle of the pack in John Sickels’ farm system rankings.
- Rob Neyer wrote about baseball’s first walk-off video review.
- In the PCL, Wilmer Flores stayed hot. The Las Vegas infielder hit a tiebreaking three-run home run as the 51s won in Salt Lake City, 7-6.
- After a spot start in the big leagues, Red Patterson returned to Albuquerque and guided the ‘Topes to an 8-4 win over Sacramento.
- Fresno’s nine-game win streak came to a halt, as El Paso held on for a 5-4 victory at Chukchansi Park.
- The magnificently named Yohan Flande helped Colorado Springs knock off Nashville, 4-1.
- Nashville’s Mike Fiers has arguably been the top starting pitcher in the PCL this season.
- However, Round Rock’s Nick Tepesch may disagree. He improved to 6-1, 1.58 after a 7-4 victory over Omaha yesterday.
- Josh Vitters homered twice, but it was a wild pitch that scored the winning run for Iowa in the 11th inning at New Orleans yesterday.
- Oklahoma City used four pitchers to shut out Memphis last night, 2-0.
- Baseball America’s minor league round-up somehow skipped over the PCL.
- I dare you to not click on a link entitled Watch The Brewers Sausages Dance To ‘Wang Chung.’
There was no-hitter in the PCL earlier today. In a day game at New Orleans, Chris Rusin of Iowa tossed a no-no against the Zephyrs. We’ll link to the stories on this game in Thursday’s blog post.