The Triple-A All-Star Game is one of the crown jewels of Minor League Baseball, and today we learned that three Tacoma Rainiers players were named to the PCL squad.
First baseman Jesus Montero and shortstop Ketel Marte were elected as starters, and Forrest Snow was named to the team’s pitching staff.
Montero is batting .314 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI. He currently leads the league with 97 hits, and his RBI total is third-best in the circuit.
Despite not playing since May 31 due to a fractured thumb, Marte ranks third in the league with a .343 batting average. The Mariners are optimistic that Marte will be activated from the disabled list before the all-star game, which is two weeks from today.
Snow is 6-4 with a 2.34 ERA. The University of Washington product ranks third in the PCL in earned run average going into tonight’s start.
The trio will wear Tacoma jerseys during the game, which will be played at 5:00 (Pacific) on Wednesday, July 15 at Omaha’s Werner Park. The game will be nationally televised on the MLB Network, and there will be a national radio broadcast which will be picked up by our station South Sound Sports 850 AM.
Yesterday: Tacoma banged out 16 hits (15 singles) and beat Las Vegas, 8-4. Jesus Montero went 4-for-5 to lead the attack, and Hisashi Iwakuma had a successful rehabilitation start before leaving with a mild blister.
Injury Update: Shawn O’Malley left yesterday’s game with a jammed left wrist, he’s getting it checked out today. Iwakuma said his blister issues are manageable – see more in the links below. Ketel Marte is supposed to return soon, but he hasn’t appeared in an Arizona Rookie League game yet so it’s still going to be a little while.
Today: Las Vegas (45-34) at Tacoma (39-40), 7:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Matthew Bowman (5-8, 5.73) at RHP Forrest Snow (6-4, 2.34)
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 8-for-13 over his last three games, which includes the two-homer game he had on Saturday. James Jones has reached base with a hit or walk in his last 17 PCL games – he’s drawn 12 walks during that time.
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. Neither player appeared in the series opener on Tuesday.
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 is about Hisashi Iwakuma‘s successful rehab appearance, and he downplays the blister.
- The announcement of the PCL All-Star Team with the entire roster can be found here.
- Mike Montgomery pitched his second consecutive shutout for the Mariners – this time a one-hitter against the Padres. He had zero shutouts in 159 career minor league starts; now he has two in six major league starts.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook we learn that Nelson Cruz turned down the Home Run Derby for the good of the team.
- Mariners GM Jack Z is on the hot seat in the second half, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (subscription required).
- Ex-Rainiers catcher John Baker has an interesting inside-the-clubhouse article on how teammates would react to baseball’s first openly gay player.
- Former Rainiers players Pat Borders and Raul Ibanez both make this speculative list of Phillies manager candidates.
- Great stuff from Grant Brisbee recalling the time Andy Hawkins pitched a no-hitter and lost 4-0. (If you are out there, Mike Blowers, don’t read this story).
- In the PCL, Fresno ended a four-game losing streak by winning in El Paso, 10-5. Brady Rodgers had a good start, and Tacoma remains six games out of first.
- Nik Turley and Cody Hall combined on a shutout for Sacramento, a 4-0 win over Salt Lake.
- Former New Mexico Lobo Jordan Pacheco and his Reno Aces went into Albuquerque and got creamed by the Isotopes, 16-5.
- Oklahoma City became the first Triple-A team to reach 50 wins with a 2-1 victory at Memphis. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers have four all-stars.
- Joey Gallo and Round Rock defeated Iowa, 6-4.
- Colorado Springs jumped all over Nashville, 9-2.
- New Orleans and Omaha exchanged shutouts in a long day of baseball at Werner Park.