Tacoma made it three straight wins and is now 6-1 on this homestand going into the final game tonight. Let’s get to it:
Yesterday: Tacoma scored four runs in the sixth inning, breaking open a close game on the way to a 6-1 victory. The Rainiers go for a four-game sweep of the Zephyrs in the final game of the homestand tonight.
Roster Moves: Yesterday the Mariners called up catcher Jesus Sucre and the Rainiers added Steve Baron, as anticipated. Another move occurred yesterday: reliever Brian Moran was activated from the disabled list and transferred to Class-A Bakersfield. The deceptive lefty is coming back from Tommy John surgery and is ready to pitch in games; he’ll work his way back to Tacoma.
Today: New Orleans (25-27) at Tacoma (25-30), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New Orleans is the Miami Marlins affiliate.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-0.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Adam Conley (4-2, 2.96) at LHP Tyler Olson (—)
Conley is from Olympia High School (Class of 2008) and Washington State University (2011 draft). This is his first start in the Pacific NW as a professional but he pitched at Cheney Stadium in high school.
Olson jumped from Double-A to the big leagues, making the Mariners bullpen for opening day. He was placed on the disabled list with a knee contusion, rehabbed it in extended spring training, and then optioned to Tacoma where he joins the starting rotation. The Gonzaga product has been a starter in his career until this year, so this is familiar territory for him.
Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez is 16-for-43 over an 11-game hitting streak. Shawn O’Malley homered again last night and is 6-for-12 with two homers and six RBI in the series. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 16 innings pitched.
Look Out For: Outfielder Jordanny Valdespin has an 11-game hitting streak, and Derek Dietrich is 16-for-41 with three homers in his last 11 games; he’s homered twice in this series.
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.
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune focuses on the hot-hitting Shawn O’Malley.
- Like an unguarded planet targeted by the Death Star, our Star Wars Night was a sitting duck for TNT satire column The Nose.
- The Olympian caught up with local product Adam Conley before his start tonight at Cheney Stadium.
- The Mariners are hoping to get a spark from the Mark Trumbo trade, Larry Stone writes.
- There was no spark on Thursday, when the Mariners had ten hits but managed one run in a 2-1 loss to Erasmo Ramirez and Tampa Bay.
- Dave Boling fell into the trap of picking the Mariners to win it all.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is packed full of info as always.
- The Oakland A’s have called up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from Nashville, and he’ll make history when his MLB debut occurs. Here’s a post from the SF paper which includes the famous video of the first time he faced a switch-hitter.
- No Mariners appear on this week’s edition of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
- The Cespedes Family BBQ tour hit Seattle last night and this is their report. They come to Tacoma tonight.
- In the PCL, Round Rock blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth before beating Reno in the tenth, 6-5. Chris Gimenez had the game-winning homer.
- Sacramento made it three straight wins at Bricktown with a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers.
- Colorado Springs downed first-place Fresno, 7-3. Friends are facing each other tonight. We have some Sky Sox notes.
- The Las Vegas losing streak has reached a new level: the 51s blew an 8-2 lead and lost to Memphis last night, 10-9. That’s nine in a row for Vegas.
- El Paso made five errors and lost to Omaha, 9-4.
- Iowa beat up Albuquerque 8-2, but the ‘Topes are happy to have Matt McBride back in the lineup.
- Salt Lake had great bullpen work and handed Nashville a rare loss, 4-2.
Fireworks Night tonight!