When you play 144 games in a season, there are going to be a few clunkers.
The Tacoma Rainiers had one on Saturday night in Fresno, dropping a 9-2 decision.
Scheduled Rainiers starter Taijuan Walker was scratched by the Seattle Mariners, who apparently have more pressing plans for him. Walker threw a bullpen session and remains with the team here in Fresno – for now.
Logan Kensing made the emergency start for the Rainiers, and he was great for three innings before tiring in the fourth. New reliever Trevor Miller followed, and he had a rough outing as Fresno started to pile up the runs in the middle innings.
A few positive notes: Corey Hart opened the game with a homer, and he’s hit one out in each of the last two games. Stefen Romero hit two singles and he is batting exactly .400 (40-for-100) since being optioned to Tacoma on August 1. Justin Smoak hit a single, and he’s reached base via hit or walk in 26 straight games.
The Rainiers will play tonight’s game with a full squad, but things could get real interesting when the rosters expand on Monday in terms of personnel. With the Mariners opening an important series in Oakland on Monday night, they are probably going to inform the call-ups after tonight’s game and have them travel tomorrow morning (perhaps by bus or hired cars – it’s a three-hour drive) to Oakland.
That could leave Tacoma with a very interesting lineup on Monday.
Sunday’s game starts at 6:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Andrew Carraway (8-5, 5.28) against Fresno RHP Jake Dunning (0-3, 4.65).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- My minor league notebook for the paper suggests that Patrick Kivlehan is in line to win the Mariners minor league player of the year award.
- The Mariners lost their third straight game last night.
- John McGrath tries to prepare Mariners fans for the ups and downs of September. McGrath also has his weekly MLB rankings.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook includes an item on the off-season plans for pitching prospect Victor Sanchez.
- Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times handed out some Mariners minor league awards.
- The Sunday column on Fangraphs has some great stuff on Mariners reliever Joe Beimel.
- For the third day in a row Sacramento fell behind early against Reno, but this time they came back and won, 5-4. They are tied in first with two games left, but Reno must win both to take the division because Sacramento holds the tiebreaker.
- We’ve got a new leader in the American-North. Omaha moved into first place with a 10-9 walk-off win against Colorado Springs. Rehabilitating Eric Hosmer had the game-winning hit.
- Dallas Beeler and Iowa shut out Oklahoma City, 3-0. That sent the RedHawks into second place – they trail Omaha by a half game. Iowa broadcaster Deene Ehlis is wrapping up his 25th year at the mic.
- Memphis clinched the American-South title despite not finishing a game – they were suspended due to rain in New Orleans, tied 2-2 in the fifth inning.
- Memphis clinched when second-place Nashville dropped the second game of a doubleheader in Round Rock.
- El Paso beat Salt Lake in front of a big crowd.
Only two games left. Can the Rainiers get two more wins?