Rainiers Win Game, Lose Veteran

One of the hazards of fielding an older Triple-A team is sometimes the veteran players just decide they have had enough.

That was the case yesterday, when I arrived at the ballpark to the not-so-surprising news that Carlos Quentin had asked for his release, so he could go home and be with his family.

Quentin only played in five games for the Rainiers before making his decision.

He’s had a long major league career and has made plenty of money in the game. Sometimes these players just decide they don’t want to deal with the Triple-A grind.

It’s a big decision for a player, to step away from something he has done all of his life. I’m sure Quentin put a lot of thought into it.

The pitch clock rules start being enforced in all Triple-A and Double-A games today.

That means the umpires will call a ball if the pitcher lets it wind down to zero. The hitter will get a strike if he leaves the batter’s box between pitches (there are exceptions, like after a foul ball or wild pitch, and one warning is allowed).

I’m curious to see if any calls will be made tonight. There will probably be an argument the first time a ball or strike is given without a pitch being thrown.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma only scored in two innings, but they were a 7-run first and a 6-run sixth. That was more than enough to win the series opener against Fresno, 13-3. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, and both Carlos Rivero and Julio Morban hit three-run homers. Morban’s was his first Triple-A dinger.

Today: Fresno (11-9) at Tacoma (8-13) 7:05 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0

Starting Pitchers: LHP Luis Cruz (0-1, 7.07) at RHP Justin Germano (1-1, 1.23).

Roster Moves: Outfielder James Jones (concussion) was activated from the disabled list today, and the team expects to add left-handed pitcher Cam Hobson from extended spring training prior to game time. Outfielder Jabari Blash has been sent to Double-A Jackson so he can get more playing time, and designated hitter Carlos Quentin requested and received his release from his contract.

Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte has a six game hitting streak, while his double play buddy Chris Taylor has multiple hits in seven of his last ten games.

Look Out For: Fresno outfielder Preston Tucker leads the PCL in home runs (9) and RBI (29). He’s homered in four of the last six Fresno games. Third baseman Matt Dominguez has a seven-game hitting streak.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story includes manager Pat Listach‘s plan to prepare for pitch clock enforcement tonight.
  • The Mariners squandered opportunities in a 3-2 loss to Houston last night.
  • Form Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook, it appears that we may see Tom Wilhelmsen on a rehab assignment soon.
  • Ryan Divish took a close look at some recent throwing errors by Mariners shortstop Brad Miller.
  • We have an update on former Rainiers and Mariners catcher Jeff Clement.
  • In the PCL last night, Salt Lake hammered Albuquerque 11-3 and the ‘Topes may have lost shortstop Cristhian Adames to an ankle injury.
  • Las Vegas lefty Steven Matz had one of the best starts in the PCL so far this season, striking out 12 over seven innings of one-run ball against Reno last night. The 51s won, 7-2, but lost second baseman Dilson Herrera to a call-up.
  • Adam Duvall hit a go-ahead three-run homer in Sacramento’s 4-2 win over El Paso last night. Duvall might be an option soon in San Francisco.
  • Round Rock keeps on rolling, defeating Nashville 8-5. Former Rainiers and Mariners (and many other teams) Chris Gimenez homered twice and drove in five runs.
  • Omaha knocked off Colorado Springs, 9-4, and the word “would” was used incorrectly 11 times in this write-up.
  • Iowa welcomed Javier Baez back to the lineup, but the Cubs lost to Oklahoma City in 13 innings, 4-2.
  • Oklahoma City is adding top prospect Corey Seager, who is Kyle‘s youngest brother.
  • Memphis topped New Orleans, 4-3.
  • Three players previously mentioned in today’s blog post made Baseball America’s weekly Prospect Hot Sheet.

Don’t forget, if you are coming to the game we have a fireworks show afterwards tonight!

One Response to Rainiers Win Game, Lose Veteran

  1. Dan Bickmore says:

    Mike- love this blog. Found it quite by chance and really enjoy the around-the-league insights. Very nice touch. Dan “Captain Bickmore.

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