I don’t want to jinx it.
We haven’t had one of these yet in 2015. It’s possible today. It’s time. You can feel it in the air, can’t you?
The Rainiers have a chance to (rhymes with tweep) the Round Rock Express. All they need to do is beat them today.
And this ain’t no chump squad. Round Rock is in first place in the American-South division. They entered this series on a 12-4 streak, and had a record of 30-16.
Now the Rainiers could take four straight.
First pitch is at 11:35.
Yesterday: Franklin Gutierrez hit the go-ahead three-run homer, Leon Landry went deep again, and Logan Kensing made an impact from the bullpen in his first game of the season as Tacoma beat Round Rock on Sunday afternoon, 6-3.
Today: Round Rock (30-19) at Tacoma (22-29), 11:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Round Rock is the Texas Rangers affiliate.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (4-1, 2.70) at RHP Stephen Landazuri (0-1, 8.53)
Injury Update: Ketel Marte left yesterday’s game with a thumb injury on his left hand – he was getting x-rays after the game and no prognosis is available yet. Stefen Romero has missed nine straight games with a hip flexor. Reliever Edgar Olmos is away from the team as his wife just gave birth.
Hot Rainiers: Leon Landry has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, going 15-for-36, and he has hit three homers the past two days. Franklin Gutierrez is 13-for-30 over an eight-game hitting streak. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 14.1 innings pitched.
Look Out For: Tyler Pastornicky is 5-for-8 with two doubles in the last two games, and he’s hit in 12 of 13 games since joining Round Rock on May 16th.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:20 AM (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 is all about the possibility of getting a pweep. Or a mweep. Whatever – one of those things.
- The Mariners lost to Cleveland in 12 innings, 6-3. People will point to the pitching in the 12th inning, but Seattle had five hits. Five hits in 12 innings = a loss 99.9% of the time.
- Here’s an explanation of why the Indians played the game under protest (which no longer matters since they won).
- Uh-oh. The Mariners loss seemed to make my pal John McGrath a bit testy.
- It’s been tough in the big leagues this season for Dom Leone, Jayson Jenks writes.
- When asked why Mike Montgomery was scratched from his start for the Rainiers yesterday, Lloyd McClendon had a funny response.
- My alma mater lost a wild 12-inning game in the NCAA Regional last night.
- We don’t normally link to high school baseball stories, but when there is a modern-day version of Merkle’s Boner in a Washington state championship game, we sure do.
- Hey guys: vote for some Rainiers for the Triple-A All-Star Game, will ya? I strongly recommend Marte at SS – he’s been here longer and had a better year in the PCL than Correa and Seager (those two annihilated Double-A and then got moved up).
- In the PCL, the old lefty Barry Zito beat the young lefty Steven Matz, 1-0. This is a game I wish I was there to see. Nashville has won seven in a row.
- Oklahoma City starter Scott Baker helped Tacoma and everybody else in the Pac-North by tossing a complete game 4-1 victory over first-place Fresno. Top prospect Carlos Correa left this game early after a play at home plate – no reports yet on what happened.
- Sacramento whacked Colorado Springs 10-5 and the River Cats have won two straight after their franchise-record 10-game losing streak. Federal Way native and World Series hero Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and will report to Sacramento.
- Hot-hitting Jamie Romak helped Reno top New Orleans, 4-3.
- Iowa scored seven runs in an inning, Javier Baez had three hits, and the I-Cubs won in El Paso, 8-4.
- Top prospect Jon Gray is starting to figure things out, but his bullpen couldn’t hang on in a 2-1 loss to visiting Omaha.
- Salt Lake’s game at Memphis was rained out and they’ll play two tonight. Your tickets are good to be exchanged for any future Memphis Redbirds home game except July 4.
After today’s game we go to a normal schedule of night games for the remainder of the week.
And hey: don’t forget to watch (or attend) tonight’s Yankees-Mariners game, which features two of the three most dominant Tacoma Rainiers pitchers I have ever seen. Michael Pineda against Felix Hernandez – should be quite the duel. If anyone watches this game with Ryan Anderson, please let me know.