Post-game travel yesterday coupled with the early game today means we get straight to the round-up. The Rainiers face the two-time defending PCL champion Omaha Storm Chasers in a four-game series starting today.
But before we do that, let’s all take a moment to honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. Everyone in baseball appreciates this date, knowing that we have fortunate and – in the big picture – frivolous jobs that are only possible because of the freedoms our country allows.
Now, let’s get to the baseball.
Yesterday: The Rainiers are happy to leave Iowa after dropping three straight games to end the series, including a 7-4 decision on Sunday. Jesus Montero and Pat Kivlehan each hit two-run homers to account for the Tacoma offense.
Today: Tacoma (18-26) at Omaha (21-23), 10:05 AM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Omaha is the Kansas City Royals affiliate.
Season Series: First game today.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (1-4, 2.88) at RHP Clayton Mortensen (2-4, 6.67)
A Pacific Northwest collegiate battle: Snow is a University of Washington alum, and Mortensen was drafted out of Gonzaga in 2007.
Hot Rainiers: Pat Kivlehan has homered in back-to-back games and is 5-for-12 over his past three outings. Franklin Gutierrez is 5-for-8 over the last two games, though he did not play Sunday’s day game on a routine day off.
Look Out For: Catcher Francisco Pena (Tony’s kid) hit 27 homers for the PCL champions last year, but he’s off to a slow start in 2015. That being said, he has hit safely in four straight games and ripped his second HR of the season against Reno on Friday.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 9:50 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.
- All of the details on Tacoma’s loss to Iowa on Sunday can be found in the game story. The Iowa newspaper story involves the two homers hit by top prospect Javier Baez.
- Taijuan Walker tossed four scoreless innings but got hit in the fifth and took the loss to Toronto on Sunday, 8-2. My opinion: Walker has special talent but needs time to learn to use it in the majors, he can’t learn what he needs to against Triple-A hitters, and the M’s need to ride it out with him in Seattle.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook discusses Carson Smith settling in to the primary set-up role.
- Welp, this was unexpected: Robinson Cano is in a slump.
- John McGrath has a notes column which includes items on Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon and Fresno super prospect Carlos Correa.
- In the PCL, Omaha was going for a four-game sweep of Reno but they got blasted in the series finale, 12-3. Peter O’Brien was 3-for-4 with a double, homer, and three RBIs.
- Meanwhile, Memphis successfully pulled off the rare road four-game series sweep with a 5-4 win at Sacramento.
- First-place Fresno picked up a 5-3 win over Nashville as Jon Singleton homered off rehabilitating Sean Doolittle. However, Fresno columnist Marek W. suggests the Grizzlies might be trade bait.
- Cody Decker homered twice and drove in six runs as El Paso won big at New Orleans, 10-3.
- Salt Lake keeps winning, picking up a 9-8 win over Colorado Springs on Sunday.
- Round Rock swept a doubleheader from Albuquerque and continues to build its lead in the American-South.
- Oklahoma City’s Zach Lee tossed a gem in a 2-0 win and the Dodgers took three-of-four from Las Vegas.
OK, I’ve got to go shotgun coffee (is that a Memorial Day tradition?) and get ready for this broadcast.