Well, we’re 11 games into the season and I suppose it’s time to address this: the Rainiers aren’t winning very often.
Tacoma blew two leads and lost to El Paso on Sunday afternoon, 9-7. The team is 0-3 on this homestand and needs a win today to avoid being swept.
On top of that, the Rainiers have lost seven of the last eight games and are now sitting in last place in the Pac-North with a 3-8 record. The Rainiers are already five games behind first place Sacramento.
Tacoma’s offense ranks 3rd in the league (16 teams) in runs scored, but they have allowed the fourth-most runs in the league.
It’s early, yes. The Rainiers got unlucky on the road trip with four straight one-run losses, yes. Heck, the team even has a positive run differential (they have outscored their opponents, 66-62). But a win sure would feel good.
Yesterday: Tacoma’s rough start to the season continued with a 9-7 loss to El Paso. The Rainiers were ahead 5-0 after three innings and took a 6-5 lead into the eighth, only to see the game get away.
Today: El Paso (7-4) at Tacoma (3-8) 6:05 PM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: El Paso is the San Diego Padres farm club.
Season Series: El Paso leads, 5-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Aaron Northcraft (1-1, 12.15) at LHP Roenis Elias (1-0, 8.44)
Keep an eye on the first inning tonight: Elias has been rocked in the first inning in each of his two starts so far. Each time he then settled down and pitched nicely into the middle of the game.
Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has hit safely in six straight games (7-for-22). It was just one game, but Ketel Marte was locked in yesterday reaching base four times with two hits and two walks.
Look Out For: El Paso’s veteran corner infielder Brett Wallace has a ten-game hitting streak, which is the longest active streak in the PCL right now.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (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.
- We’ll start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Nelson Cruz had a huge game and the Mariners pulled off a big comeback at Safeco Field yesterday.
- The Mariners bullpen enabled the comeback. The team had some key at-bats from guys other than Cruz.
- John McGrath writes that the Mariners starting pitching must improve.
- Ex-Rainiers in the news: Adam Jones had a huge day yesterday; Luis Valbuena is hitting for power.
- In the PCL yesterday, Reno’s Mike Freeman hit a walk-off home run to beat Albuquerque, 5-4.
- It took 15 years for a Sacramento River Cat to hit for the cycle. Adam Duvall did it yesterday in a 15-7 win at Salt Lake. The Bees lost their ninth in a row and fell to 1-10.
- Heralded prospect Steven Matz pitched well as Las Vegas defeated Fresno, 10-5.
- Nashville hung on for a 2-1 win over Colorado Springs. Here are ten memorable moments from the grand opening of Nashville’s new stadium.
- Omaha swept a doubleheader from New Orleans. The first game was won in the bottom of the 11th inning on a wild pitch during an intentional walk.
- Round Rock picked up a pair of wins, beating Memphis in the completion of Friday’s suspended game and then winning the regularly scheduled game.
- Oklahoma City won a rain-shortened game at Iowa. The I-Cubs are unsure when Javier Baez will return to the team.
- The A’s and Royals spent the weekend throwing baseballs at each other, so Grant Brisbee took a look at the situation as only he can. Includes amazing videos of break-up-the-double-play-slides from before the rule changes.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can get a win today.