Both the Rainiers and the Mariners have lost back-to-back games on walk-off hits.
The Mariners have lost on game-winning singles by the Dodgers two straight days. The Rainiers have lost on walk-off homers by Albuquerque Isotopes two days in a row.
Both Isotopes heroes won it with their second homer of the game: Dustin Garneau leading off the bottom of the tenth inning on Monday, and Tim Wheeler leading off the bottom of the ninth yesterday.
Both losses were tough ones for the Rainiers: on Monday Tacoma gave up a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning, and on Tuesday the Rainiers had missed opportunity to break the game open in the seventh inning.
The good news for both the Mariners and the Rainiers is that it is still very early. The M’s are 3-5 and the R’s are 2-4 – hardly alarming at this point.
The Tacoma Rainiers made a big announcement regarding Friday’s home opener: none other than Mariners legend Edgar Martinez will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Yesterday: Albuquerque walked off the Rainiers for the second day in a row – this time with a Tim Wheeler homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth and win it, 6-5. Jabari Blash had a nice game for the Rainiers, launching a two-run homer and hitting a key double in the ninth.
Rehabber: Chris Taylor went 1-for-5 as the DH.
Injury Update: James Jones (sore shoulder) pinch-ran in the ninth and could be cleared to start today. Stefen Romero was a late scratch from the starting lineup with back tightness.
Today: Tacoma (2-4) at Albuquerque (4-2), 5:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Albuquerque is now the Colorado Rockies farm club.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (1-0, 7.20) vs. RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 11.25)
Elias earned the win in his 2015 debut on Friday, starting the game Tacoma won at El Paso, 17-5. He allowed a three-run homer three batters into the first inning, then settled down and got through five.
Gray is considered the Colorado Rockies top pitching prospect. He was the third player chosen in the 2013 draft and today will be his first Triple-A start (he pitched in relief following rehabbing Jorge De La Rosa last week).
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is the last man standing in the “get a hit in every game” club. He went 1-for-4 yesterday and has hit safely in all six games.
Look Out For: Walk-offs. Three of Albuquerque’s four wins have come on walk-off hits, including the first two games of this series.
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 includes a rundown of Tacoma’s missed opportunity in the seventh inning.
- Here’s the game story on the Mariners loss to the Dodgers.
- Cool story from John McGrath on former PCL player Marc Sagmoen, a Seattle native who had a unique experience on the first Jackie Robinson Day.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers Jackie Robinson Day and also asks if Dustin Ackley is becoming a power hitter.
- Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill has some thoughtful remarks about Jackie Robinson Day in this story from the Albuquerque Journal.
- Rainiers catcher John Baker was the star of the longest game in Wrigley Field history, and that game takes the No. 1 spot on this off-the-cuff list of favorite #weirdbaseball games. (Personal note: my favorite #weirdbaseball game was the Scott Savastano Game).
- In the PCL yesterday, Reno had a terrific start from Vidal Nuno and won at El Paso, 4-2.
- Angels ace Garrett Richards got knocked around at Fresno in his first rehab start for Salt Lake.
- Sacramento improved its record to 4-2 with a close win over Las Vegas on Tuesday.
- Gonzaga product Clayton Mortensen had a strong start as Omaha took down Memphis, 5-1.
- Oklahoma City lost in the tenth inning to Nashville and prepares to face Barry Zito tonight.
- Round Rock held on for a 7-6 win at Colorado Springs.
- Iowa at New Orleans got rained out. When ducks are floating in the outfield, there usually won’t be a game.
- Amazing what you can learn in the information age: Mike Trout is a weather geek.