Tacoma wrapped up the series in El Paso with a 7-6 loss on Sunday, settling for a split of the four-gamer. Details can be found in the game story from The News Tribune (always the first link down below).
It looks like outfielder James Jones is OK. He injured his right shoulder crashing into the center field fence yesterday. Manager Pat Listach described it as a “stinger” and suggested that it is a very minor thing, although Jones will get checked out today.
After the game yesterday we had a rare event in the PCL: a bus trip. El Paso and Albuquerque are about a four-hour drive from one another, so we loaded up on two busses and hit the road.
The team left about two hours after the game. The delay is involved in the packing: all of the team’s uniforms and equipment gets packed up and loaded into the cargo compartment of the busses, along with everybody’s personal baggage. This takes a long time.
Then we had the drive. Lots of movie watching, card playing, and music listening occurs on these trips. The guys generally enjoy themselves – the bus trips are a nice diversion from all of the commercial airline travel that occurs in the PCL.
It will be a four game series here in Albuquerque before we fly home to Tacoma for the home opener on Friday night.
Yesterday: The Rainiers played their first close game of the season, dropping a 7-6 decision to the Chihuahuas. Brett Wallace singled in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Rehabber: Chris Taylor went 0-for-5 as the DH yesterday. He should play some shortstop today.
Roster Move: I’m hearing rumblings that we’ll have our first roster move of the season today. Stay tuned.
Today: Tacoma (2-2) at Albuquerque (2-2), 5:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Albuquerque is now the Colorado Rockies farm club.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens
We’ll see another Mariners organization debut when Montgomery takes the mound tonight. A one-time Kansas City Royals top prospect, Montgomery was traded to Tampa in the big James Shields/Wil Myers deal. The Mariners acquired him at the end of spring training for Erasmo Ramirez. Montgomery had a terrific first half for Triple-A Durham last year, then struggled after the break.
Jurrjens is a former all-star starter for the Atlanta Braves who is trying to recapture the success he had from 2008 to 2011. The Curacao native is only 29 years old and has appeared in the major leagues for all or part of the last eight years.
Hot Rainiers: Carlos Rivero is hitting .600, for crying out loud. He went 1-for-2 with a double yesterday, and is 9-for-15 on the season. Rivero, Ketel Marte, Jesus Montero, and Stefen Romero have each hit safely in all four games.
Look Out For: Pinch hitters. Albuquerque hit two pinch-hit home runs in yesterday’s 16-10 win over Reno. The ‘Topes scored a total of just seven runs over the first three games before breaking out on Sunday.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 PM (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.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has remarks from manager Pat Listach. For the other side, here’s the story from the El Paso Times. The photo gallery includes a wonderful man with a Chihuahuas shirt, Mariners hat, and lapdog.
- Stefen Romero got some love from his hometown newspaper.
- The Mariners had a wild win in Oakland yesterday to get back to .500.
- Bob Dutton has some good stuff – as always – in his Mariners Notebook.
- In the PCL, here’s the story on Albuquerque’s 16-10 slugfest with Reno yesterday.
- Las Vegas held on with a dramatic finish to beat Fresno, 8-7. That series was a split.
- Sacramento picked up two wins in 12 hours against Salt Lake. Ex-Rainiers catcher Guillermo Quiroz drove in four runs for the River Cats. The paper has a feature on well-traveled manager Bob Mariano.
- Mike Bolsinger was dealing and Oklahoma City shut out Round Rock, 2-0.
- Nashville outscored Colorado Springs in a PCL special, 16-11.
- Yohan Pino tossed a one-hitter for seven innings and Omaha shut out New Orleans.
- The Iowa Cubs had big games from Addison Russell (three hits, HR) and Kris Bryant (HR, 3 RBI) in a 7-2 win at Memphis.
- Former Rainiers pitcher Chris Seddon signed to play in Korea, according to a release from his new team (that’s what it says – you’re just going to have to trust me on this, unless you are Cha Seung Baek or Shin Soo Choo or Ji Man Choi).
- The White Sox signed Matt Tuiasosopo to a minor league deal, we learn from Baseball America’s minor league transactions.
- Do you like baseball books? Here’s a list of the best to come out in 2015.
- Jonah Keri’s first in-season edition of The 30 is out. This is a fun weekly MLB column.