Tacoma returns to action after the all-star break tonight, with the first game of a four-game series at Reno set for 7:05.
The Rainiers were well-represented at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Durham, NC, with four player on the Pacific Coast League roster.
The PCL lost the game to the International League, 7-3, but it wasn’t not the fault of the Rainiers contingent.
Three-fourths of the starting infield was from Tacoma. Gabriel Noriega started at third base, Chris Taylor at shortstop, and Nick Franklin at second base. The fourth Rainier – reliever Logan Kensing – did not appear in the game.
Taylor ended up taking home the accolades, after going 3-for-4 with two doubles at the plate. His doubles came against Liam Hendricks and AJ Achter, and he singled off Mike Montgomery. He was named the PCL Player of the Game for his efforts.
Like Taylor, Franklin played all nine innings. He went 1-for-4, with an infield single against veteran reliever Bobby Korecky.
Noriega played the first five innings, going 0-for-2. He did reach base on a strike three wild pitch. Noriega was charged with a tough error, on a one-hop line drive that he made a diving attempt on. If this was a game that counted, I’m sure the call would have been changed to a hit after the game.
I have a feeling that Kensing didn’t mind not pitching, and may have been in favor of it. He’s logged a lot of relief innings this year and could probably use the break.
We’ll talk to one of these guys on the Rainiers pregame show either Thursday or Friday, to find out what the all-star experience was like.
Tacoma is back in action tonight, in a big series against division rival Reno. Time is getting thin for the Rainiers to make a run at the postseason, and a series victory – say, taking three-out-of-four – at Reno would be a big step in the right direction.
Of course, a series win here would be amazing for many reasons. Tacoma has still never won a series at Aces Ballpark – they came closest on the early trip this season, when Tacoma won the first two games only to lose the next two and settle for a disappointing split.
Thursday’s game starts at 7:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.07) against Reno LHP Andrew Chafin (3-3, 5.83).
We’re going to have roster moves today, and the announcements are trickling in. Here’s what I know so far:
The Mariners recalled outfielder Stefen Romero, and optioned reliever Lucas Luetge to Tacoma.
Emergency fill-in outfielder Corey Simpson (who actually ended up starting two games) was transferred back to Everett.
Blake Beavan – who made a rehab start for High Desert earlier this week – had his assignment transferred to Tacoma, and I expect him to start for the Rainiers soon. He’s on the Mariners disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.
There will be more moves, and I’ll learn the rest of them when I get to the park. The team needs an AAA-capable outfielder and hopefully this has been addressed.
- Here’s the MiLB.com game story on the Triple-A All-Star Game.
- Bob Dutton did one of his Mariners Q&As which answers a lot of good questions.
- You want trade speculation? Dutton has trade speculation.
- In this blog post, you can see that the Mariners pushed back Taijuan Walker in the Tacoma rotation and Jack Z says they are slowing his return to the majors.
- If you want to see a PCL game on TV, the New Orleans at Omaha game is tonight’s Minor League Game of the Week on the CBS Sports Network. Note that a Rainiers road game at Salt Lake is scheduled to be televised in two weeks, so mark your calendar.
- By now you have probably seen the El Paso Chihuahuas specialty jerseys. But if by chance you have not, welp, you better click here right now.
Off to the ballpark – let’s get this “second half” underway. Tacoma plays 48 games in 47 days to finish the season.