One To Forget

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).

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Only two games left. Can the Rainiers get two more wins?

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