Yesterday: The Rainiers lost to El Paso, 6-3, at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma didn’t get the offense going until the ninth: trailing 6-1, Tacoma scored two runs and loaded the bases with two outs for hot-hitting Jesus Montero. El Paso reliever Marcos Mateo got Montero to bounce back to the mound, ending the game.
Today: El Paso (6-4) at Tacoma (3-7) 1:35 PM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: El Paso is the San Diego Padres farm club.
Season Series: El Paso leads, 4-2.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Jason Lane (1-1, 5.25) at RHP Jordan Pries (0-1, 9.31)
Pries had a terrific spring training camp, but he hasn’t brought it into the regular season yet. Hopefully a return home – and his first outing at sea level this season – will lead to some better results.
Roster Move: James Jones was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Outfielder Julio Morban was called up from Double-A Jackson to take his place; he was 5-for-22 (.227) in seven games there. Also, the Mariners activated Chris Taylor from the disabled list and optioned him to Tacoma. Tacoma’s 25-man roster is now full.
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero saw his season-opening nine-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-5 on Saturday. The longest streak on the team now belongs to Taylor, who has hit safely in five straight.
Look Out For: Veteran corner infielder Brett Wallace has a nine-game hitting streak. Catcher Austin Hedges has an RBI in six straight games (ten total RBIs in that span); he homered yesterday.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday, so Pacific NW broadcasting legend Bob Robertson joins me on the broadcast and will call the middle innings.
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 focuses on Pat Kivlehan‘s first Cheney Stadium home run.
- John McGrath caught up with Rainiers team president Aaron Artman for a column about how Cheney Stadium was freshened-up for 2015.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at some hot and cold starts in the Mariners system.
- Like he has so many times before, Felix Hernandez pulled the Mariners out of their tailspin and earned a 3-1 win over Texas.
- Mariners shortstop Brad Miller has been playing well to start the season – part of the reason, for sure, why Chris Taylor was optioned to Tacoma yesterday.
- The TNT’s Mariners Notebook leads with an item on reliever Dominic Leone.
- McGrath has his weekly MLB Power Rankings.
- Ryan Divish’s Sunday baseball centerpiece is on Rangers rookie Keone Kela, who is from Seattle.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas walloped Fresno 17-4 even though starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard was wild.
- Salt Lake lost its eighth straight game – this time to Sacramento, 5-1.
- Hey, Albuquerque catcher Dustin Garneau beat someone other than the Rainiers! He hit a grand slam in the first inning of a 9-4 ‘Topes win at Reno.
- Tyler Lyons and Memphis shut out Round Rock, 5-0.
- On Day Two at brand new First Tennessee Park, the Nashville Sounds lost for the first time in their new digs. After just two days with a legitimate ballpark, Nashville wonders if it could be a Major League city.
- New Orleans at Omaha was rained out, and so was Oklahoma City at Iowa.
It’s a beautiful day for afternoon baseball – head out to the ballpark today!