The Rainiers return to action tonight after enjoying a rare PCL off day yesterday. The team flew home from Sacramento in the morning, and the guys had the afternoon and evening to themselves.
We have a little bit of team news that came in on Tuesday: there has been a change to the starting rotation.
Tacoma lost a starter when Roenis Elias was called up by Seattle to fill in for the injured Hisashi Iwakuma. Originally Forrest Snow made the spot-start in Elias’s place for the Rainiers, but the team has decided to go with Justin Germano moving forward. Germano will make his first start of the season on Friday night.
A 32-year-old veteran, Germano has quietly been very productive as a long man in the bullpen, allowing just two runs and five hits in 14.2 innings, with a 1.23 ERA. He’s been a starter for most of his professional career, so this is familiar territory for him.
Snow will now be the chief long man in the bullpen – a role he has been in before.
While we’re on the subject of the starting rotation, Danny Hultzen is set to make his first appearance since 2013 when he starts for Double-A Jackson on Friday night. Out for over a year with shoulder surgery, this is the beginning of the comeback for the Mariners 2011 first round draft pick. Hopefully he does well and we’ll get to see him in Tacoma soon.
Yesterday: Yesterday was the Rainiers first off day of the season. On Tuesday the Rainiers missed out on some early scoring opportunities and lost to Sacramento, 3-1. Mike Montgomery had another excellent start and took a tough loss.
Today: Fresno (11-8) at Tacoma (7-13) 7:05 PM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.
Season Series: 0-0.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Brett Oberholtzer (first rehab appearance) at RHP Jordan Pries (1-1, 7.29).
Injury Update: outfielder James Jones has been taking batting practice and looks close to returning. He’s been on the disabled list with a concussion since April 17; he must be cleared by doctors before he can be activated.
Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte has a pair of three-hit games during a five game hitting streak. He’s boosted his batting average to .317.
Look Out For: outfielder Preston Tucker leads the PCL in home runs (8) and RBI (27). He’s homered in three of the last five Fresno games. Third baseman Matt Dominguez has a six-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- Here’s the news story on Tuesday’s Rainiers game with quotes from manager Pat Listach.
- Felix pitched well, Logan Morrison had four hits, and the Mariners completed a three-game sweep on the road last night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes an item on Rainiers reliever Mark Lowe.
- The White Sox and Orioles played in front of zero fans in Baltimore yesterday. This actually happened in the PCL in 2008 – the Des Moines Register has the story.
- Ex-Rainiers outfielder Adam Jones has quietly been working to help Baltimore youth – a small part of this excellent story on how sports is helping heal the community.
The entire PCL was off yesterday, so we don’t have any game summaries.
Don’t forget it’s Throwback Weekend at Cheney Stadium – and we’re supposed to have some pretty good weather, too. Come on out to the ballpark it will be fun!