A few quick items on a travel day:
Tacoma made it a series win in New Orleans, taking the final game on Friday night 6-3. Taijuan Walker pitched well (details in the game story linked below), and he earned the win as Tacoma took three-of-four from the Zephyrs.
The Rainiers are now 66-61 on the season – this is the first time all year the team has been five games over .500.
However, Tacoma still trails first place Sacramento by six games. The River Cats just haven’t been losing enough recently, and even though Tacoma has gone 17-8 over the last 25 games they aren’t picking up much ground. Time is ticking away – only 17 games remain.
The Rainiers placed Jesus Montero (strained oblique) on the disabled list, and activated Gabriel Noriega from the DL. Julio Morban is day-to-day with what manager Roy Howell called “a football-type of stinger” in his right arm after crashing into the wall on Thursday.
Michael Saunders resumed his rehabilitation on Friday and went 2-for-4 with two walks. He’s 8-for-21 with 9 walks during this rehab assignment; it sure seems like he’s ready to be activated by the Mariners at any moment.
Also, Justin Smoak is hot. He is 10-for-21 over a six-game hitting streak, and he’s walked in eight straight games.
Now Tacoma goes on to Round Rock to play the reeling Express in a four-game series. Just ten days ago Round Rock was 61-56 and in the playoff picture in the American-South. Now they have lost eight of the last nine games and are six games behind both Memphis and Nashville.
Saturday’s game starts at 5:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-5, 3.76) against Round Rock RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (3-1, 4.32).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has details on last night’s win.
- The Mariners beat the Tigers and took over the No. 2 Wild Card spot in the American League playoff picture. The M’s have won nine of their last ten games.
- Even though we are only doing a few links tonight, we gotta pass along Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- Too-good-for-Triple-A-but-stuck-here-anyway Drew Pomeranz pitched Sacramento to a 4-1 win over Colorado Springs.
- Reno beat Round Rock 11-9 to remain three games behind Sacramento. That story serves as a nice little overview of the Express going into Tacoma’s series which starts tonight.
That’s all I have time for – this was a night blog; I’m going to bed now, waking up fairly early, and flying to Austin with the team. Then we get on a bus and ride about 30 minutes north to Round Rock. The team should get to the hotel about an hour before it is time to head to the ballpark – I wager over 50% of the team spends that hour eating lunch at Rudy’s BBQ.