We’re back after a middle-of-the-road-trip off day, and now the Rainiers open a four-game series in Sacramento.
This is the final stage of the Rainiers longest road trip of the season, covering three cities and 12 games in 13 days.
The trip got off to a terrific start, with two straight wins in Reno. However, Tacoma has lost five of the six games since then, including a 5-4, ten-inning heartbreaker on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
It was a costly loss, too: infielder Chris Taylor jammed the fingers on left hand while stealing second base late in Tuesday’s game and he has been placed on the 7-day disabled list. I’ll try to get more information on how long he’ll be out later today.
Tacoma is adding infielder Patrick Brady from Double-A Jackson to take Taylor’s spot on the roster. Brady hit .308 with one home run in 52 at-bats for the Generals.
On the plus side, infielder Gabriel Noriega is back in the lineup after missing ten days with a lightly sprained left ankle. He went 2-for-5 on Tuesday in his first start of the road trip. Noriega has been terrific at the plate, making a ton of hard contact while going 28-for-61 for a .459 batting average.
Now the Rainiers are 3-5 on the trip, and look to finish it off with a strong series in Sacramento.
The River Cats have improved since we last saw them. They’ve won five straight games, top hitter Steven Vogt is off the DL, and they now have Dan Straily in the starting rotation (although he is not scheduled to start in this series). They also added outfielder Nick “Chili” Buss, though it remains to be seen if he can hit outside the friendly confines of Albuquerque.
Thursday’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 LHP James Gillheeney (1-3, 9.00) against Sacramento RHP Matt Buschmann (1-0, 7.00).
- The Rainiers game story from Tuesday’s loss explains how it all went down.
- The Mariners got shut out by Tampa Bay, 2-0.
- It’s a bad day for the home team when the highlight of the game is the manager getting ejected, John McGrath writes.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook we learn that the Rainiers could have a handful of rehabilitating major leaguers soon.
- Mariners prospect D.J. Peterson makes an appearance in today’s minor league round-up from Baseball America.
- Former Rainiers slugger Alex Liddi was released from his Triple-A contract by the Chicago White Sox after hitting .171 in 22 games for Charlotte. Reports out of Italy say he has now signed with the Dodgers and could be reporting to Albuquerque.
- The rise of UW to the Top 5 is one of the biggest surprises in college baseball. Larry Stone has a column on the Huskies star pitcher.
- Today El Paso slugger Kyle Blanks was traded to Oakland for Sacramento outfielder Jake Goebbert. Blanks reports to Oakland – the A’s designated Daric Barton for assignment.
- Down in baseball-hating Portlandia, someone realized that the Portland Beavers are now the El Paso Chihuahuas.
- Former Rainiers and Mariners infielder Josh Wilson reported to Round Rock.
- Baseballs simply are not flying out of Nashville’s Greer Stadium.
Let’s finish off this road trip with a good series in Sacramento.