Catcher Shake-Up After Comeback Bid Comes Up Short

Tacoma’s attempt at a big ninth inning comeback came up one run short on Monday night, when the Rainiers scored three runs in the ninth and lost to Salt Lake, 6-5.

After the game, the Mariners designated back-up catcher John Buck for assignment, and Tacoma catcher Jesus Sucre is on his way to Seattle.

This came just an hour or two after Sucre gunned down one of the top base stealers in Triple-A baseball, Salt Lake’s Tony Campana. Sucre threw out 51.2% of opposing base stealers, which ranked second-best in the PCL.

Defense is Sucre’s calling card – he’s also good at framing pitches, and pitchers enjoy working with him. That’s why he’s on his way back to the big leagues, according to the writers covering the Mariners.

As for the Rainiers, I expect them to add a new catcher today. John Hicks has been with Double-A Jackson for a year-and-a-half and he’s having a good season at the plate. The other Double-A catcher is Mike Dowd (the Mariners released veteran Manny Pina in June). This just in: Hicks is joining the Rainiers.

Tonight the Rainiers look to even the series in Salt Lake City, and I’ll be very curious to see if tonight’s listed starting pitcher actually pitches. The Mariners still need a starter for Thursday against the Twins, and there is no obvious move in terms of who it will be.

Tuesday’s game starts at 6:05 PM (Pacific) – 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 (5-5, 2.97) against Salt Lake LHP Justin Thomas (4-7, 5.84).

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Reminder: the Rainiers come home on Friday for a three-game weekend series against Fresno. We’d love to see you out at the ballpark.

One Response to Catcher Shake-Up After Comeback Bid Comes Up Short

  1. mike says:

    Mariners didnt released Manny Pina he was traded to detroit tigers

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