It was a good first day of the road trip, as Tacoma picked up a 5-3 win over the Iowa Cubs on Thursday night.
It was the Rainiers first game in Iowa since May 24, 2012. That day the Rainiers won 7-2 behind the pitching of Brian Sweeney (six shutout innings) and the hitting of Mike Wilson (3-for-5, three RBI) and Carlos Peguero (HR).
Yes, it has been a while. Iowa’s most dangerous hitters back then were Anthony Rizzo and Luis Valbuena.
The Rainiers won that series in 2012, three games to one. Let’s see if Tacoma can match – or dare I say improve upon – those results this time around.
Yesterday: Tacoma hitters drew a season-high ten walks and the bullpen provided shutdown relief in a 5-3 road trip opening win at Iowa.
Roster Moves: None today (as of right now), but I did make a mistake in yesterday’s post: the team does have room for Edgar Olmos on the roster, he fills the team at 25.
Today: Tacoma (18-23) at Iowa (19-20), 5:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Iowa is the Chicago Cubs affiliate.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Stephen Landazuri (1-0, 3.00) at RHP Carlos Pimentel (2-2, 3.62)
Hot Rainiers: Ketel Marte is tied for the PCL lead with a .346 batting average and his 56 hits tops the circuit. Reliever Mayckol Guaipe earned the save on Tuesday; he has allowed one run in his last 13 innings.
Look Out For: Iowa’s Taylor Davis is still doubles-crazy: he hit two of them last night and has seven in his last three games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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.
- The Rainiers game turned on a rare play involving the infield fly rule, and Tacoma manager Pat Listach discusses it in the game story.
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports posted a list of baseball’s top minority managerial candidates and Tacoma’s skipper is on it.
- The Mariners lost to Baltimore yesterday, and Kyle Seager‘s ejection proved to be crucial.
- John McGrath says it is time for Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik to back up his words with action.
- In his Mariners Notebook, Bob Dutton showed why he’s at the peak of his profession when he extrapolated Ketel Marte‘s batting average down to a ten-thousandth of a point.
- Speaking of Marte, he makes an appearance on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
- The kids from the hilarious baseball twitter account Cespedes Family BBQ started a west coast road trip which includes an upcoming stop in Tacoma. Here’s their report from the first day of their trip.
- In the PCL, Seattle native Matt Fields hit a three-run homer to help Omaha defeat Reno, 9-6. The Rainiers go to Omaha on the second leg of the current road trip.
- Fresno is hot. The Grizzlies returned home from a 6-2 road trip and hammered Nashville, 10-2. Top prospect Carlos Correa homered off Bary Zito, and they sold a lot of slices of their new hot dog crust pizza.
- Memphis lefty Tyler Lyons went in to Sacramento and tossed a 12-strikeout complete game, picking up a 4-2 win.
- Salt Lake took down Colorado Springs, 8-2, and the Bees are nearly back to .500 after opening the season with a 1-10 record.
- Steven Matz allowed two homers in the first inning but settled down and got the win for Las Vegas over Oklahoma City, 11-6. Wally Backman is an old-school manager, Ed Graney writes.
- Top prospect Jon Gray had his best start for Albuquerque in a 5-1 win at Round Rock.
- There was enough standing rainwater in the outfield to drown a chihuahua, so El Paso and New Orleans cancelled last night’s game. A double-dip shall be played today.