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).
- We’ll start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Hisashi Iwakuma was dealing and the Mariners shut out the Twins, 2-0.
- Ryan Divish has analysis of the Mariners back-up catcher exchange.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has information on Kyle Seager being added to the all-star team, and more.
- The Mariners signed a 16-year-old catcher from the Dominican Republic.
- Fresno had Marco Scutaro on a rehabilitation assignment, Adam Duvall had three hits, and yet they still lost to Sacramento on Monday, 6-4. In that second link: Fresno had a “Hidden Cash” scare.
- Brock Peterson homered to help Albuquerque beat El Paso, 7-5. The other day, Peterson pitched an inning.
- Rehabilitating Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam during Reno’s 10-run 3rd inning, and the Aces held on to beat Las Vegas 14-8. Welcome back to the PCL, Mark!
- Omaha withstood a Javier Baez homer and downed the Iowa Cubs, 7-3.
- Jimmy Nelson tossed seven shutout innings, but his Nashville Sounds lost in the bottom of the ninth inning at Memphis, 2-1.
- New Orleans jumped all over Oklahoma City for a 10-1 win in Bricktown.
- Rehabilitating Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to help Colorado Springs beat Round Rock, 6-4.
- We’ll finish with Baseball America’s minor league round-up.
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.