Tacoma let a close game get away late last night in the opening game of the 12-game homestand.
The Rainiers trailed 5-3 in the top of the eighth inning when Sacramento loaded the bases with nobody out. Rainiers reliever Logan Kensing entered the game and struck out Trevor Brown, so now a double play gets Tacoma out of the jam.
Kensing got Kevin Frandsen to hit a grounder to shortstop – perhaps too slowly for a double play, but it certainly should have been at least one out. However, the ball bounced right through Ketel Marte‘s legs for a two-run error, the floodgates opened, Sacramento kept scoring, and that was all she wrote.
Tacoma looks to even the series with a win on Friday Fireworks Night. First pitch is set for 7:05.
Yesterday: A close game got away in the late innings and turned into an unexpected blowout. Sacramento led 5-3 going to the eighth and ended up winning, 11-3. Brandon Hicks had three hits and three RBI for the River Cats.
Roster Moves: All of those moves I listed off yesterday resulted in Tacoma still having just ten position players, so utility infielder Rafael Fernandez was added from Everett to provide some depth.
Today: Sacramento (40-52) at Tacoma (44-48), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 2.23) at LHP Roenis Elias (2-0, 8.14)
Hot Rainiers: Leon Landry had two hits last night, he also hit a leadoff home run in each of the final two games before the all-star break. Stefen Romero had a pair of hits last night and has 12 hits in his past nine games.
Look Out For: PCL All-Star Adam Duvall did not play yesterday. He leads the league in home runs with 20 – he had a three-homer game against Fresno on Saturday at Raley Field.
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 Rainiers game story notes that Tacoma’s current five-game losing streak is its longest of the season.
- Bob Dutton gives us a a very clear look at the Mariners situation in his midseason report.
- John McGrath put Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik on the hot seat. Read it and see what you think.
- The Mariners need to play better, not make a big trade.
- In the PCL, Fresno held on to beat El Paso 10-9 and now has a ten-game lead in the Pacific-North. Fresno reliever Tyson Perez enjoyed his all-star experience.
- Las Vegas brought Zach Lutz back from Korea and he had four hits to help the 51s beat Albuquerque, 10-5. Isotopes shortstop Cristhian Adames had fun at the all-star game.
- Nick Tropeano pitched Salt Lake to a 9-3 win over Reno.
- Omaha edged Nashville in ten innings, 7-5. Moises Sierra had the game-winning hit.
- Oklahoma City made four errors and lost to Round Rock 9-3 last night, but the Dodgers have been one of the best teams in professional baseball this year.
- Colorado Springs picked up a 5-2 win at New Orleans as Jason Rogers homered twice.
- Ex-Rainiers pitcher Rafael Soriano delivered a scoreless inning as Iowa topped Memphis, 4-1. Kyle Schwarber was called up by Chicago, resolving a specialty jersey crisis.
- Here is this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.