Rainiers Can’t Find Offense

After scoring 12 runs and hitting three home runs on Sunday, the Rainiers faced a pitcher with a 13.50 ERA who had allowed 31 hits in 13.1 innings since being promoted from Double-A.

That pitcher – El Paso’s Matt Wisler – shut down Tacoma on two hits over seven innings, allowed just one unearned run, and earned the win as the Chihuahuas beat Tacoma on Monday, 3-1.

El Paso won the series, four games to one. The Rainiers struggles are continuing, as the team has now lost seven of its last eight games.

Now Tacoma welcomes a team that is having even more trouble: the Salt Lake Bees arrive for a four-game series which starts tonight.

Salt Lake has the league’s worst record, 17-35. They were playing OK and were 13-17 on May 3rd, but they have gone 4-18 since then. That stretch included a franchise-record 11-game losing streak.

We’ll see if the Rainiers can get things turned around against the Angels Triple-A affiliate.

Tuesday’s game starts at 6:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (3-2, 1.80) against Salt Lake RHP Jarrett Grube (2-2, 3.95).

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • It’s tough to say when or where James Paxton will make his next start, according to Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
  • Chris Young pitched well and the Mariners beat the Angels on Monday afternoon.
  • After 50 games, the Mariners are 25-25. John McGrath has a 50-game report.
  • Salt Lake lost at home to Fresno yesterday, 10-6, and dropped three-of-four in that series. The paper has a feature on the Salt Lake stadium announcer, who is really, really good.
  • Angels star Josh Hamilton is day-to-day with his thumb injury – he might rehab with Salt Lake at Cheney Stadium later this week.
  • Sacramento completed a four-game series sweep at Las Vegas with a 9-5 win yesterday.
  • Mike Bolsinger was dealing and Reno picked up a rare 1-0 win at Albuquerque. It was only the second nine-inning 1-0 game ever played at Isotopes Park.
  • Justin Maxwell drove in five runs and Omaha topped Round Rock, 6-5.
  • Iowa blasted Colorado Springs, 12-3. Eric Jokisch just missed a complete game.
  • Oklahoma City’s Jon Singleton hit his 13th home run in a 6-4 win at Memphis.
  • So this is why injured Major League umpires always call a few games in New Orleans. I always wondered about that. Brian Flynn and the Zephyrs shut out Nashville yesterday, 3-0.
  • We’ll close with Baseball America’s minor league round-up.

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