El Paso edged the Rainiers on Sunday evening, 5-4.
The game featured good starting pitching from Matt Wisler of El Paso and Jordan Pries for Tacoma.
Pries allowed three runs in the first inning, then settled down and looked real sharp for five scoreless innings. Wisler had his second straight strong start against Tacoma, allowing one run in six innings.
The Rainiers comeback bid was usurped by needless baserunning mistakes in the late innings – just another thing to worry about during this dreadful run of baseball. Tacoma has lost eight of its last nine games, and has gone 5-20 over the last 25.
El Paso has been particularly tough on Tacoma, winning eight of the first ten games between the two teams. The Rainiers will try to get back in the win column tonight.
Monday’s game starts at 5:35 (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Gillheeney (1-4, 7.24) against El Paso RHP Odrisamer Despaigne* (0-1, 9.00).
- In the Rainiers game story, manager Roy Howell says the team addressed the repetitive baserunning mistakes after last night’s game. The story from the El Paso paper looks at the outing by Chihuahuas starter Matt Wisler.
- Roenis Elias and the Mariners shut out Detroit on Sunday, 4-0.
- John McGrath has a column on Elias.
- The Mariners have a make-up game today in New York, and James Jones is playing at home for his first time.
- From yesterday (apparently I missed it), here are Ryan Divish’s MLB power rankings.
- The MLB draft starts on Thursday. Greg Johns has a thorough preview from the Mariners perspective.
- Harry Caray went to bars 288 days in a row in 1972, according to his diary.
- Tyler Kepner has an outstanding piece (note: that’s redundant) in the New York Times on El Paso veterans Jason Lane and Jeff Francoeur.
- Sacramento’s top hitter Stephen Vogt was promoted to Oakland, and his replacement went 0-for-6 as the River Cats took a rare loss in Fresno, 10-9. Juan Ciriaco had the game-winning hit.
- Fresno’s Mark Minicozzi has an amazing story about getting back into the game.
- Las Vegas keeps losing pitchers and baseball games. In the story, manager Wally Backman takes off the gloves comparing the PCL to the International League.
- Albuquerque threw one away to Salt Lake, 4-3.
- The El Paso Times has a feature on PCL umpire Alberto Ruiz, who is from El Paso and will be the plate ump tonight.
- Four Memphis pitchers combined to one-hit Oklahoma City yesterday. The RedHawks are undergoing a managerial change.
- Iowa used a pair of two-run homers to knock off Nashville, 5-2.
- Amid rumors of a call-up, Colorado Springs starter Tyler Matzek got tattooed by New Orleans in a 9-8 loss.
- Omaha and Round Rock finished a suspended game from May 8 and played another game – and it was a split.
- We close with Baseball America’s minor league round-up.
Daily reminder: the Rainiers return home Thursday night to play Albuquerque, and the game is on national TV. We’d love to have a big crowd for that…
* oh-DREE-sa-meer de-SPAHN-yay