The Rainiers have not won a game since first baseman Jesus Montero was promoted to Seattle on July 9, with Tacoma going 0-6 during that time.
Montero is not the sole reason for the losing streak, but his absence is certainly a part of it.
The Mariners did not assign a first baseman to the Rainiers to replace Montero, so manager Pat Listach has been using different Rainiers to fill in at first.
Catcher John Hicks has started two games at first base in Montero’s absence. Stefen Romero, Erik Kratz, Carlos Rivero, and Leury Bonilla each have one start.
Look for this carousel to continue for a few more days at least. On Monday the Mariners will recall J.A. Happ to start against Detroit, and they will probably option a position player to Tacoma when that happens. Once we find out who that is, we’ll see if the Rainiers need to find a new long-term solution at first base.
Yesterday: Sacramento out-hit Tacoma 16-5 yet still needed 12 inning to eek out a 4-3 win over the Rainiers. Tacoma has lost six in a row for the first time since the 2013 season.
Today: Sacramento (41-52) at Tacoma (44-49), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 6-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Tommy Hanson (0-2, 5.87) at RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-1, 3.00)
Hot Rainiers: Leon Landry has hit safely in six straight games. Jabari Blash is 2-for-7 since returning to the Rainiers, and both hits have been long hits: a deep double on Thursday, and a three-run homer on Friday.
Look Out For: Ryan Lollis had five hits last night and is 7-for-11 in this series. PCL All-Star Adam Duvall has hit safely in five straight games, going 9-for-20 with five home runs (he leads the league with 21 dingers).
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 includes details on Roenis Elias, who had his best Triple-A start of the year in the defeat.
- Ex-Rainier Kyle Seager hit two home runs, but it wasn’t enough for the Mariners as ex-Rainier Alex Rodriguez homered off ex-Rainier Joe Beimel to give the Yankees a 4-3 win.
- The Mariners had a team meeting prior to the game last night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook details an impressive defensive streak for Kyle Seager, and has positive news on Danny Hultzen.
- In the PCL, Pac-North leading Fresno won its fifth in a row with an 8-2 pounding of El Paso. The Grizzlies lead the division by 11 games.
- In the Pac-South, Las Vegas is pulling away. The 51s won their eighth in a row, getting great bullpen work in a 4-2 win at Albuquerque.
- Salt Lake withstood a brief power outage to beat Reno, 6-5. Still, Salt Lake has the worst record in the PCL.
- Nashville walked-off Omaha on an unusual play.
- Iowa topped Memphis 9-7, and the paper has a nice story on ex-Rainiers reliever Rafael Soriano.
- Jason Rogers hit a grand slam to help Colorado Springs defeat New Orleans, 8-2.
- A go-ahead home run by Chris Heisey helped Oklahoma City to a 3-2 win over Round Rock.
Looks like we have more perfect weather for baseball tonight at Cheney Stadium – come see us!