Good Road Trip Or Great Road Trip?

Which one is it?

It’s already been a good trip. Despite a tough loss which turned on a single misplaced pitch last night (see game story first link below), the Rainiers have gone 4-2 so far on this seven game road trip.

A loss today, and the Rainiers return home from a 4-3 road trip. Any winning road trip is a good road trip.

A win today, and it’s a 5-2 road trip – and that is a spectacular road trip.

It’s not going to be easy today. Albuquerque is starting top prospect Jon Gray and he has been dealing for the last month. The ‘Topes also have longtime high-quality major league reliever Rafael Betancourt on a rehab assignment today; he’s supposed to pitch an inning.

So Tacoma is going to have to beat some good pitching. But anything can happen – especially in a ballpark like this one in Albuquerque.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Matt McBride hit a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer and Albuquerque went on to beat Tacoma, 5-3.

Today: Tacoma (34-36) at Albuquerque (31-39), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.

Season Series: Albuquerque leads, 8-7.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Stephen Landazuri (0-3, 8.42) at RHP Jon Gray (3-5, 4.62)

Gray is a top pitching prospect who is on a roll right now: he’s delivered six straight quality starts, posting a 2.01 ERA during those outings – and three of them have come at the launching pad he calls home.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a nine-game hitting streak, while Stefen Romero and Jesus Montero each have a seven-gamer. Romero has hit 11 doubles in his last 12 games. Montero has nine runs scored and nine RBI over the first six games of the current road trip.

Look Out For: Drew Stubbs has an eight game hitting streak, going 10-for-33. Dustin Garneau is 7-for-15 with two homers 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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story explains how one pitch changed the outcome.
  • My Sunday minor league notebook for The News Tribune includes an item on a local product who broke camp with Everett.
  • The Seattle Times has noticed that Shawn O’Malley is on fire.
  • The Mariners hit three home runs and Taijuan Walker established a career-high for strikeouts in a win over Houston last night. Makes me wonder: how many MLB pitchers are going to set a career high for strikeouts against Houston this season?
  • Prior to the game, the Mariners performed the annual scapegoating of the hitting coach, re-assigning Howard Johnson to the minor leagues. His replacement? None other than the great Edgar Martinez.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook catches up with Mark Trumbo.
  • Ryan Divish’s Sunday baseball column is on the awkward situation regarding the American League All-Star Team – AKA the Kansas City Royals.
  • In the PCL, major leaguers veterans Jhoulys Chacin and Matt Cain locked horns in Sacramento, with Reno’s Chacin earning a 2-1 victory.
  • Fresno’s Matt Duffy homered and drove in three runs in a 7-2 win over Las Vegas. The Grizzlies are getting a lift from new arrival Tony Kemp.
  • Abraham Almonte and Jedd Gyorko had the big hits as El Paso stunned Salt Lake with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win, 5-4.
  • Colorado Springs used two big innings to down New Orleans, 9-6. The paper has a Fathers Day feature on Sky Sox first baseman Matt Clark and his father Terry, who is the Mariners Pitching Coordinator.
  • Tommy Field drove in the game’s only run as Round Rock beat Iowa, 1-0. The game featured a two hour, 29 minute rain delay in the second inning.
  • Omaha rallied with four runs in the eighth inning to beat Nashville, 5-3. The Storm Chasers have won five in a row.
  • Oklahoma City picked up another win, this time an 8-3 decision over Memphis. We have a Q&A with Dodgers hitting coach Franklin Stubbs.

Happy Fathers Day!

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