The Rainiers finished the 11-game homestand with a wild 12-7 win over Las Vegas on Friday night, entertaining the 7,081 fans on hand with a high-scoring attack.
Now Tacoma is in Fresno to open a nine-game road trip: four in Fresno, five in Reno. This trip will take us to the all-star break.
The Mariners have made quite a few roster moves, so let’s get to them:
Seattle optioned to Tacoma pitchers Roenis Elias, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Vidal Nuno.
The Mariners called up pitchers David Rollins and Mayckol Guaipe, as well as outfielder James Jones.
Meanwhile, the Rainiers have placed reliever Lucas Luetge on the disabled list – apparently he injured a finger in a weight room accident.
Reliever Tony Zych was surprisingly transferred to Double-A Jackson, even though he was pitching well lately.
And Patrick Kivlehan took off to join Team USA for the Pan American Games, so he was placed on the temporarily inactive list.
These moves leave the Rainiers with 23 active players. One of the open spots is expected to be filled tomorrow when Logan Kensing is activated from the disabled list.
The Mariners will have to send someone back when Hisashi Iwakuma is activated from the disabled list on Monday, so that will fill the Tacoma roster.
Tacoma is going to start Sam Gaviglio today. He’ll be followed by Vidal Nuno on Sunday, Forrest Snow on Monday, and Roenis Elias on Tuesday. Jordan Pries and Stephen Landazuri will start the first two games in Reno.
Yesterday: Tacoma blew early leads of 4-2 and 7-4, but they just kept scoring and outlasted Las Vegas on Friday night, 12-7. Steve Baron hit his first Triple-A homer and drove in four runs, while Stefen Romero, Patrick Kivlehan, and Leury Bonilla each had three hits.
Today: Tacoma (41-41) at Fresno (47-35), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-3.
This is a big series for the Rainiers, who are in second place and trail Fresno by six games in the standings. Tacoma still has eight head-to-head games remaining against Fresno – the four starting tonight, and then a four-game series at Cheney Stadium at the end of the month.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (7-6, 4.64) at LHP Brett Oberholtzer (1-2, 5.68)
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 14-for-24 over his last six games, and Stefen Romero is 10-for-22 over his last five games.
Look Out For: L.J. Hoes made the PCL All-Star team; he’s hit safely in four straight games and is batting .377 with runners in scoring position this year. Tacoma will get its first look at Tony Kemp, who went 0-for-5 yesterday but is reportedly a very good hitter in the Jose Altuve mold.
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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners hit four homers in a 9-5 romp over Oakland.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook previewed some of the roster moves which eventually came to fruition.
- Rehabilitating Jake Marisnick sparked Fresno to a 9-5 win at El Paso. The story reports he’s being activated today and the Rainiers won’t have to deal with him.
- Reno edged Albuquerque 5-4 in the ninth. Cristhian Adames has been the ‘Topes MVP so far this season.
- Salt Lake snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring six runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Sacramento. The River Cats have added former Rainiers outfielder Xavier Avery and he had two hits in his Sacramento debut.
- Barry Zito tossed a gem and Nashville topped Colorado Springs, 2-1. The Tennessean caught up with Rickey Henderson because if Rickey is in town, you gotta get caught up with Rickey.
- A crowd of 13,351 saw their Iowa Cubs get creamed by Round Rock, 11-5. We have a photo gallery from Des Moines.
- You can always count on Kila Ka’aihue to turn up in the PCL. He had three hits and four RBI for New Orleans in an 8-4 win at Omaha last night.
- All-Star Darnell Sweeney is red-hot and he helped the Dodgers to a 3-2 win at Memphis.
- Is San Antonio the next PCL city?
Have a safe Fourth of July!