Rise And Shine

Good morning! Are you ready for some morning baseball?

After last night’s tough 6-5 walk-off loss to the Redbirds, the Rainiers need an early win today to salvage a split of the series here in Memphis.

The two teams meet for the final time in 2014 today. A win gives the Rainiers a 2-2 split, which would mark the third straight season that Tacoma and Memphis have split their season series.

Wednesday’s loss was a tough one, because it felt for all of the world like a win. Tacoma scored early and often, taking a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Starter Andrew Carraway looked sharp and was working on a one-hitter, but it all crumbled as Memphis scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game.

The Redbirds eventually won the game in the bottom of the ninth, on a sacrifice fly by Greg Garcia.

A streak ended for Chris Taylor: he went 0-for-4, ending his streak of 30 straight games reaching base with either a hit or a walk.

On the bright side, Logan Kensing delivered three more shutout innings and lowered his ERA to 1.27. Kensing has not allowed an earned run in his last 10.2 innings pitched.

There were more roster moves before the game: Logan Morrison‘s rehab ended and the Mariners activated him from the disabled list, Tacoma placed reliever Carson Smith on 7-day disabled list (back problems), and the Rainiers activated Stephen Pryor from the DL.

Thursday’s game starts at 10:05 AM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 9:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (3-5, 2.93) against Memphis LHP John Gast (0-0, 1.80).

Immediately after the game, the Rainiers hop on a bus and drive about 3.5 hours to Nashville for a four-game series starting on Friday night.

Links:

  • Details from last night’s game can be found in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners became Masahiro Tanaka‘s latest victim in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees last night.
  • Jerry Brewer has a column on Lloyd McClendon and his constantly changing lineups.
  • Michael Saunders has hit the disabled list and someone is likely to get called up from Tacoma. Bob Dutton suggests some names in his Mariners Notebook.
  • Tacoma didn’t lose any ground to first-place Sacramento, who got pounded by Omaha 10-4. Johnny Giavotella homered and drove in five runs.
  • Nashville picked up its third straight one-run win over Reno, claiming a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. Reno is one game behind Sacramento, and the Sounds go for a sweep this evening. The Tennessean has some Sounds notes as the Rainiers prepare to play their final series ever at Greer Stadium.
  • Fresno’s Adam Duvall became the first PCL player to reach 20 home runs, launching a three-run shot in the first inning of a 10-1 destruction of Iowa.
  • Matt Duffy continued his hot hitting, collecting three hits, a homer, and the game winning RBI double in a 7-6 Oklahoma City comeback win over Salt Lake.
  • On a mission to find himself in Triple-A, wayward Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud certainly found something in Colorado Springs. Specifically, he found a couple of dingers in a 14-7 Las Vegas road win.
  • New Orleans closer (and former Rainiers pitcher) Chaz Roe slammed the door as the Zephyrs picked up a 6-5 win at El Paso. New Orleans goes for a road sweep today – they’re 16-4 in their last 20 games.
  • Round Rock blew a 7-0 lead, was tied up 8-8 after eight innings, and then scored seven runs in the top of the ninth to win at Albuquerque, 15-8. I couldn’t find a game story but 10-time all-star Steve Garvey was in attendance.

Let’s see if the Rainiers can get this split.

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