Tacoma Needs A Win Before Hitting Road

The Rainiers fells behind early and lost to Albuquerque on Saturday night, 6-3.

Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio saw his run of terrific starts come to an end, allowing six runs in five innings of work. It was clearly an issue of locating his pitches – he made too many mistakes with the ball being left up in the zone in situations where he obviously wasn’t trying to put the pitch there. A tough day; forget about it and move on.

Now the Rainiers need a win today in order to get a split of the four game homestand before hitting the road on their USGA-mandated road trip.

I’m joking about the USGA part. Actually, it was the Rainiers who requested that the team be on the road during the U.S. Open – no need to compete with the biggest sporting event in Pierce County history. It’s going to be a golf-crazy week in Tacoma so us baseballers are getting out of town for a seven-game, eight-day road trip through Reno and Albuquerque.

We’ll still carry all of the games on 850 AM (golf isn’t overtaking every sports radio station in the market) and it will be business as usual here on the blog.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Albuquerque scored six early runs, the Rainiers had a lot of trouble with Isotopes starter John Lannan, and the Isotopes won, 6-3. Tacoma needs a win today to earn a series split.

Today: Albuquerque (28-35) at Tacoma (29-34), 1:35.

Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.

Season Series: Albuquerque leads, 7-4.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Yohan Flande (2-1, 7.24) at RHP Forrest Snow (3-4, 2.58)

Yohan Flande has a beautiful name. It sounds like a fancy dessert at a high-end restaurant.

Roster Moves: Yesterday the Rainiers added Andrew Kittredge from Double-A Jackson (and he delivered four scoreless innings). We also learned that outfielder Justin Ruggiano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma. He’s working out with the club now, but I’m told he probably won’t be activated until Monday in Reno. Reliever Logan Kensing has been placed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday.

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez had the day off on Saturday and his hitting streak remains 17 games. He’s 25-for-67 during the streak, which is a .373 batting average. Reliever Logan Bawcom escaped an inherited jam Thursday night and has allowed just one run in his last 18.2 innings pitched.

Look Out For: Albuquerque’s Matt McBride is a tough out in the PCL, and he’s 7-for-15 with two home runs in this series against Tacoma. McBride has always played in great hitter’s parks (Colorado Springs and now Isotopes Park) but he produces on the road, too: this year he’s hitting .364 with five HRs at home, and .303 with three HRs on the road.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. Bob Robertson joins me on the air today.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story has reaction from manager Pat Listach.
  • My weekly Minor League Notebook for the The News Tribune has a look at the (now ended) run of strong starts by Sam Gaviglio, and a note on first place Fresno.
  • The Mariners atoned for Felix’s bad day just 24 hours later by pounding Astros ace Collin McHugh in an 8-1 victory. Mike Montgomery earned his first major league win.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has a number of interesting items today, including the reason why Justin Ruggiano accepted his minor league assignment to Tacoma.
  • Ryan Divish’s reaction to the retirement of Erik Bedard is well done. Read it if you want a trip down Bad Memory Lane. And to be a contrarian, at this point I don’t agree that it is the worst trade in team history. It could get there in time, but for now I’ll still place Lowe & Varitek for Slocumb in the No. 1 spot.
  • Here are John McGrath’s weekly MLB Power Rankings.
  • The always great Sunday Notes column from David Laurila has an item on Taijuan Walker and his new spike-curve.
  • In the PCL last night, Salt Lake’s Grant Green hit a walk-off homer to beat Fresno, 8-7.
  • Ramiro Pena‘s fourth hit of the night was the game-winner, as El Paso defeated Sacramento in eleven innings, 8-7. The Sacramento paper has a story on Kevin Frandsen and Travis Ishikawa, who are teammates again (after ten years).
  • Las Vegas might be getting back on track. The 51s hammered Reno last night, 10-5.
  • Round Rock’s Anthony Ranaudo picked up his league-leading seventh win in a 5-4 decision at Memphis.
  • New Orleans outlasted Omaha in a 13-inning marathon, 5-4. Isaac Galloway had the game-ending hit.
  • Oklahoma City knocked off Nashville, 6-4, with superagent Scott Boras in attendance.
  • Colorado Springs picked up a 4-1 road win at Iowa. The story is on five I-Cubs who could help the C-Cubs this season.

Last game of the homestand – then on to Reno!

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