A Quick Trip To Sacramento

The Rainiers lost to New Orleans on Friday night in the final game of the homestand, but it was still a good run for the team.

Tacoma went 6-2 on the eight-game homestand, instantly atoning for the 2-6 road trip prior to it.

Now the Rainiers head off for a quick trip to Sacramento. It’s just a four-gamer before the team comes home again on Thursday.

Sacramento has been streaky: they have won six of the last seven games – immediately following a franchise record ten-game losing streak. Hard to say what to make of them right now.

The Rainiers have not been a good road team so far this season, going 10-18 away from Cheney Stadium. Hopefully they can start improving that on this trip.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma was unable to complete a four-game sweep of New Orleans, dropping the series finale by a score of 6-4. New Orleans scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back – though the Rainiers did threaten in the ninth, putting the tying runners on base.

Today: Tacoma (25-31) at Sacramento (27-29), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 3-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Stephen Landazuri (0-2, 10.34) at RHP Jake Peavey (0-1, 11.57)

Peavey is a major league veteran and two-time World Series champion who is on a rehab assignment. He’s been on the Giants disabled list since April 18 with back tightness.

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez is 17-for-46 over a 12-game hitting streak. Shawn O’Malley went 7-for-18 with two homers and seven RBI in the New Orleans series, and Jesus Montero was 8-for-15 with two HRs and 10 RBI against the Zephyrs. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 16 innings pitched.

Look Out For: the Giants just brought Kevin Frandsen back to the organization and he is 7-for-16 with four RBI in his first four games with Sacramento. Jarrett Parker had two homers and seven RBI in four games against Tacoma in April, but he’s not currently on a hot 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 from The News Tribune focuses on the outing by Olympia native Adam Conley.
  • The Mariners suffered a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay as Robinson Cano continues to struggle.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has some positive news regarding the bullpen.
  • Baserunning has been a problem for the Mariners, Jayson Jenks writes.
  • In the PCL, Sacramento completed a four-game series sweep on the road with a 7-2 win over Oklahoma City. This game went 12 innings.
  • Tomas Telis had four hits as Round Rock defeated Reno, 9-5. The Express would like to host the Triple-A All-Star Game. They can get in line.
  • Fresno at Colorado Springs was rained out and the game will not be made up. This could have a big impact on the Pac-North division race, since Fresno will play one less game than Tacoma, Sacramento, and Reno.
  • Nashville’s Barry Zito out-dueled Salt Lake’s Adam Wilk for a 1-0 win last night. Zito has tossed 21 straight scoreless innings.
  • Sheesh. Las Vegas lost its tenth straight game yesterday – this one a 1-0 rain-shortened game in Memphis with their ace on the mound.
  • Albuquerque hammered Iowa, 10-2. No link because the Albuquerque Journal’s website didn’t update with today’s stories.
  • Aaron Brooks pitched well and Omaha emerged with a 5-2 victory at El Paso.

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