All of the momentum from completing a winning road trip apparently got lost on Wednesday’s off-day, as the Rainiers fizzled out early in an 11-4 loss to Fresno last night.
Tacoma made all sorts of mistakes that they have been avoiding for weeks now: wild pitches with runners at third base, two-out errors to allow runs to score, inability to control the running game… it was a sloppy show.
The good news is that it is over, and the Rainiers look to hit the reset button tonight.
Tacoma did not lose any ground in the standings: first place Sacramento lost in Reno, so the team is still six games out of first. Twenty-five games remain.
Stefen Romero continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a very long homer which went over the entire ‘R-Yard’ in left field. Romero is 7-for-20 with three homers in five games since rejoining the club.
Friday’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 Forrest Snow (1-2, 1.31) against Fresno RHP Austin Fleet (2-0, 6.55).
The Rainiers are conjuring up some strange JuJu tonight, starting a UW product (Snow) on Color Cheney Crimson Night, which is a big WSU Cougars gathering. We’ll see if the forces of Good and Evil (Evil and Good? I don’t have a dog in this fight) combine to create a force more powerful than we have ever known, blasting Cheney Stadium through the space-time continuum and into a world where the Tacoma Rainiers never lose a baseball game.
The ultimate Coug Bob Robertson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and join me on the air to call the middle innings.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune focuses on Michael Saunders and his first rehab game.
- The Mariners hit four homers and crushed the White Sox last night. After the game, pitcher Roenis Elias was optioned to Tacoma – it sounds like he’s going to make one start for the Rainiers, then return to Seattle.
- Striking out looking is a good thing? It can be, Lloyd McClendon says in Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- Several PCL players and a young Mariners pitcher made this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. And a Rainiers player made the not-so-hot-sheet… 😦
- Reno pulled within one game of first place by beating Sacramento last night at Aces Ballpark, 7-5.
- Brock Peterson had a big game to help Albuquerque to a 6-2 win at Las Vegas.
- El Paso blasted Salt Lake, 13-2, and now trails Vegas by 8.5 games in the Pacific-South.
- Oklahoma City blew out Iowa, 16-4. The RedHawks have won five in a row.
- Omaha’s Carlos Peguero hit a tape-measure home run in a 16-9 win at Colorado Springs.
- Memphis lefty Tim Cooney became the PCL’s first 11-game winner by beating New Orleans, 4-3.
- Round Rock and Nashville were rained out, they’ll play two today at Greer.
See you at the park!