Joe Garagiola was famous for saying “baseball is a funny game,” among other things.
What happened to the Rainiers Monday night was funny in that “ha ha you think you’re funny” sort of way.
On Sunday the Rainiers played a beautiful game, pitched and played defense brilliantly, and won on a walk-off homer.
The next game?
A 14-1 loss which was the team’s ugliest game of the season. Tacoma set season “highs” for most errors (four) and largest margin of defeat (hang on let me bring up the calculator… 13 runs).
Funny game, indeed.
Yesterday: The less said about Tacoma’s 14-1 loss to El Paso, the better.
Today: Las Vegas (45-33) at Tacoma (38-40), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tied, 2-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Dillon Gee (1-0, 10.80) at RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-0, 0.00)
Two established major leaguers square off – but only Iwakuma is on a rehabilitation assignment. Look for Iwakuma to throw 85-90 pitches in his third rehab start (second with Tacoma).
Hot Rainiers: Yesterday’s game served as a cooler for most of the Rainiers hitters. Reliever David Rollins has not allowed a run in six outings; the Mariners have to make a decision on the Rule 5 Draft pick around July 4th.
Look Out For: Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been hitting home runs likes it’s easy, smacking six in 11 games since reporting to Las Vegas. Anthony Recker just won the PCL Player of the Week award; he’s 9-for-15 with three HRs and 10 RBI in his last four games. The 51s have gone 14-4 over their last 18 games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (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.
- If you really want to read the Rainiers game story, here it is.
- The News Tribune looks at the situation with Hisashi Iwakuma‘s rehab – which could end tonight – and what the Mariners are going to do with the starting rotation. There are several options here.
- Tacoma’s 2014 manager Roy Howell is taking over as skipper of the Mariners Double-A Jackson club for the remainder of the season.
- Ryan Divish has a feature on how Mike Montgomery went from struggling top prospect to successful member of the Mariners starting rotation.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes an item on former Rainiers pitcher Anthony Fernandez, who returned from Tommy John surgery to pitch four scoreless innings for Double-A Jackson yesterday. Jackson also has Brian Moran in the bullpen recovering from the same injury – both players could help the Rainiers after the break.
- Minor League Ball looks at the struggles of D.J. Peterson.
- In the PCL, Tacoma remains six games behind Fresno because the Grizzlies lost to Jamie Romak and surging Reno, 7-2.
- Sacramento avoided a sweep by crushing Las Vegas, 14-7. Adam Duvall had a pinch-hit grand slam.
- Salt Lake cruised to a 7-2 win over Albuquerque. Bees manager Dave Anderson‘s job never stops.
- Iowa lost in 12 innings to New Orleans, 2-1, as a rusty Jorge Soler went 0-for-3.
- Omaha edged Round Rock, 5-3, as Kris Medlen continued to progress as he tries to return from a second Tommy John surgery.
- Colorado Springs and Memphis were locked up in a beautiful pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Mike Williams drew a bases loaded walk and Memphis won it, 1-0. Yup, a 0-0 game ended on a walk-off walk.
- A well-timed rain storm rolled into Nashville to give the Sounds a 4-2, five-inning rain-shortened win over first place Oklahoma City.
- Civic Stadium in Eugene burned down yesterday. A PCL team played there from 1969 to 1973, and it was more recently the home of the Northwest League’s Eugene Emeralds.
- Confused by modern internet baseball jargon? Rob Neyer is here to help.
This is a four-game series with Las Vegas – the homestand ends with the July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza on Friday night. I’m told there are a few tickets left for the big show – head to the stadium box office if you don’t have them yet.