Tacoma comes home to open the final homestand of the 2014 (regular?) season tonight, as the club hosts Omaha for four games and then Iowa for four. It’s a Wednesday-through-Wednesday stretch of baseball at Cheney Stadium.
The team played well on the road, posting a winning record with a 5-3 trip through New Orleans and Round Rock.
It could have been a terrific road trip, but Round Rock salvaged a split of the four-game series by using two big innings to defeat the Rainiers on Tuesday night, 10-5.
That was a tough loss for the Rainiers, because first-place Sacramento ended a three-game losing streak and avoided being swept at home by beating Oklahoma City, 7-4.
Tacoma now trails Sacramento by five games, and Reno also lost so they are three games behind Sacramento.
Thirteen games remain. Tacoma is not eliminated, but things got a lot tougher after yesterday’s result.
Omaha comes in leading the American-North division by three games over Oklahoma City.
The Storm Chasers are led by former Tacoma slugger Carlos Peguero, who is on one of his patented hot streaks. Peguero has hit five homers in the last three games, and he has 13 homers over his last 19 games played. That’s ridiculous, of course – but when he’s locked in, he’s a force. Some things haven’t changed, though: he’s struck out 122 times in 326 at-bats this season. Memo to Tacoma pitchers: breaking balls low and away, guys.
Wednesday’s game starts at 7:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (6-3, 4.57) against Omaha RHP Clayton Mortensen (5-3, 3.70).
- The Rainiers game story has details on how it went down last night in Round Rock.
- Hisashi Iwakuma was dealing and the Mariners beat the Phillies, 5-2. They have a morning game today at 10 AM Pacific.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook has a bunch of good tidbits, as always.
- The exploits of Carlos Peguero are detailed in this story from Omaha.
- Reno dropped to three games back with a 3-2 loss at New Orleans. Reno does have five games head-to-head with Sacramento over Labor Day weekend.
- I can’t say I didn’t laugh when I read that Manny Ramirez homered off of Randy Wolf. Manny will be in Tacoma with the Iowa Cubs on Sunday.
- No links, but Nashville won while Memphis lost so those two teams are in a dead heat atop the American-South.
That’s it for today – long flights and then we start this homestand. Come join us at Cheney Stadium – I don’t know if the team can catch Sacramento, but they’ve really been playing well for over two months and are fun to watch right now.