Quick one today, as we had a ridiculously early flight to Salt Lake City. The good part of that is that everyone was in their hotel rooms by 10:30 AM and had time for a long nap before heading to the ballpark.
It’s an eight-game road trip, with four here in SLC and then four in Fresno.
Yesterday: Fresno’s Domingo Santana homered twice, including a crucial three-run shot in the eighth inning as the Grizzlies avoided a sweep by beating Tacoma, 6-5. Lots of roster moves were made after the game.
Roster Moves: OK, here we go: The Mariners optioned relievers Tyler Olson and Yoervis Medina to Tacoma. They called up reliever Joe Beimel and infielder Chris Taylor. Leury Bonilla is returning to Tacoma from Double-A Jackson. Pitcher Mike Kickham was designated for assignment and is currently on waivers (not available for games). Julio Morban has been placed on the restricted list. One more Rainiers player was called up by Seattle and that will be announced by the Mariners later tonight.
Today: Tacoma (10-14) at Salt Lake (9-14) 5:35 PM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the Los Angeles Angels affiliate.
Season Series: 0-0
Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-2, 3.32) at RHP Nick Tropeano (0-0, 4.41).
Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte has a nine game hitting streak, going 14-for-38 during the stretch. James Jones has hit safely in all eight games he has batted in this season.
Look Out For: Catcher Carlos Perez has a five-game hitting streak, and he is hitting a whopping .563 (9-for-16) with runners in scoring position. Other catcher Jett Bandy deserves to be included here because has a really cool name (hopefully he’s slower than Benji Molina).
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 (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.
- Rainiers mascot Rhubarb The Reindeer did a Q&A. Everybody knows he can’t talk, so he must have conducted the interview via email.
- The good news for the Mariners is that the series in Houston is over. They took a tough 7-6 loss yesterday and were swept in the four-gamer.
- John McGrath thinks the Mariners need to go back to spring training.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has lots of… notes. It’s like a book full of notes.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas won its tenth straight game and manager Wally Backman was reminded of his 1986 Mets.
- Albuquerque catcher Dustin Garneau settled an offseason bet with Salt Lake outfielder Gary Brown the old-fashioned way: by throwing him out. Good game story on the Isotopes 5-4 win.
- Ty Blach pitched well in Sacramento’s 4-1 win over El Paso. The Chihuahuas need a new catcher because Austin Hedges got called up.
- Round Rock finished off a four-game sweep of Nashville with a 5-4 win on Sunday. The Express have won nine of the last ten.
- Javier Baez is back and he helped the Iowa Cubs hand Oklahoma City a rare loss, 7-3.
- Washington State product Adam Conley pitched New Orleans to a 4-3 win over Memphis, and the Zephyrs reached .500 for the first time since they were 1-1.
- Omaha topped Colorado Springs, 4-2, but the Sky Sox are making progress: their recap is down to nine misused “woulds.”
I gotta tell you, it’s nice to be calling games in which the Rainiers are playing a team that did *not* have an affiliation change over the winter. It’s like my brain can relax.