Today is the final game before the all-star break, and suddenly the depleted Tacoma Rainiers could really use a win – and a rest.
Playing with just ten healthy position players (three of which are catchers), Tacoma has lost three straight games in Reno to fall two games under .500. The all-star break couldn’t come at a better time for this team.
After today’s game the team will scatter for a couple of days, and then return to action on Thursday when a 12-game homestand begins at Cheney Stadium.
Yesterday: Reno scored four runs in the fifth inning, overcoming an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Tacoma, 7-4.
Injury Update: Outfielder James Jones is unavailable after fouling a ball off the big toe of his right foot.
Today: Tacoma (44-46) at Reno (43-47), 1:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 6-4.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (2-0, 7.97) at RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 2.16)
Hot Rainiers: Leon Landry hit a leadoff home run last night, then he singled in another run late in the game. Landry is 6-for-12 over his last three games.
Look Out For: Jamie Romak hit his 18th home run last night, briefly taking the PCL lead before being passed by Sacramento’s Adam Duvall. Romak did grab the league RBI lead, driving in three to raise his total to 69 surpassing Jesus Montero.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 12:50 (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.
- My Minor League Notebook for the paper takes a look at the Mariners players in the Futures Game, which is today at noon on the MLB Network.
- The Mariners beat the Angels, 5-0, spoiling Anaheim’s hopes of moving into first place.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook notes that Dustin Ackley is starting to heat up.
- The always insightful John McGrath has a MLB midseason report. And here are his power rankings.
- Ryan Divish has a story on the unexpected bond between Mariners coach Rich Donnelly and Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
- In honor of the Futures Game, here’s an interesting story from Ken Davidoff on Ruben Rivera, who 20 years ago was touted as the top prospect in the minors. He’s still playing in the Mexican League.
- In the PCL, Sacramento’s Adam Duvall really tried to help the Rainiers. He hit three home runs against first place Fresno – but they were all solo shots, and Fresno won the game 7-3. Duvall leads the league with 20 homers.
- Las Vegas topped Salt Lake, 5-4, to wrap up a successful “first half.”
- Albuquerque split a doubleheader at El Paso.
- Nashville hit three home runs but still lost at Memphis, 5-4.
- Rehabilitating Carl Crawford drove in a pair of runs for Oklahoma City in a 7-3 win at Colorado Springs.
- Round Rock downed New Orleans, 4-2, as Jared Hoying launched his 16th home run.
- Omaha manager Brian Poldberg recorded his 1,000th career managerial win in the opening game of a doubleheader against Iowa. The celebration was short-lived – Omaha lost the second game.
This blog will be taking a two-day break – we’ll be back on Wednesday before the Triple-A All-Star Game.