The all-star break is over, and everybody is rested and ready for the Rainiers longest homestand of the season: a 12-gamer, starting with tonight’s 7:05 game against the Sacramento River Cats.
It will be four games with Sacramento, four with Salt Lake, and four with Fresno.
This is the start of the long haul: Tacoma plays 53 games in 54 days to finish the regular season.
The Rainiers stumbled into the break, dropping four straight in Reno. The team looks to recover with a revamped roster – we had a lot of moves, detailed below.
In addition to the moves below, more are coming soon: Shawn O’Malley should be activated from the disabled list in the near future, and Patrick Kivlehan will come back from the Pan Am Games early next week.
Yesterday: Both teams had three days off for the all-star break. The IL won the Triple-A All-Star Game, 4-3, with a ninth inning comeback – more on that in the links down below.
Roster Moves: OK, here we go: Starting pitchers Stephen Landazuri and James Gillheeney swapped teams, with Landazuri going to Double-A Jackson and Gillheeney joining the Rainiers. Catcher Erik Kratz was released. Infielder Erick Mejia was transferred to the Arizona Rookie League. Outfielder Jabari Blash rejoins Tacoma from Double-A Jackson, where he hit .278 with 10 homers in 60 games. Shortstop Ketel Marte is off the disabled list and joins Tacoma today. Outfielder James Jones was placed on the disabled list with a fractured toe (the same injury Leury Bonilla had – he missed three weeks). Reliever Danny Farquhar was optioned to Tacoma by Seattle.
Today: Sacramento (39-52) at Tacoma (44-47), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Tied, 4-4.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Ty Blach (7-8, 4.21) at RHP Jordan Pries (4-2, 5.47)
Hot Rainiers: Leon Landry hit a leadoff home run in each of the final two games before the all-star break. Ketel Marte went 2-for-2 in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, then 0-for-2 in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday.
Look Out For: All-Star Adam Duvall leads the PCL in home runs with 20. He had a three-homer game against Fresno on Saturday at Raley Field. His power is 100% legit: he’s hit 13 of his 20 homers at cavernous Raley Field, with only seven coming on the road.
I Know You: Sacramento has former Rainiers Carlos Triunfel, Xavier Avery, Darren Ford and Clay Rapada on the roster. Longtime Tacoma pitching coach Dwight Bernard is now with Sacramento.
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 last two innings of the Triple-A All-Star Game were pretty wild – here’s the story.
- For a brief stint, it appeared that Reno’s Peter O’Brien had hit the game-winning home run on his birthday.
- Rochester’s James Beresford nearly homered in the first inning – which would have been something, seeing how he has hit three homers in nine years as a pro.
- The chief dignitary of the Triple-A All-Star Game was Hall of Famer George Brett, who apparently was everywhere.
- The Omaha paper has two different all-star notebooks.
- Ballpark Digest was at the game and has photos in this report.
- At the Seattle Times, Ryan Divish reflects on and issues grades for the Mariners first half of the season.
- Christian Caple checks to see how Mariners hitters are doing under the tutledge of Edgar Martinez.
- No Mariners made Keith Law’s midseason update of his Top 50 Prospects list.
- Kyle and Corey Seager are poised to be Major League Baseball’s top “brotherly duo.”