Rainiers Need To Stop Hit Parade

Tacoma is going through a rough patch right now, having lost eight of the last nine games while throwing together a makeshift lineup.

The lineup should improve tonight, when Jesus Montero and Patrick Kivlehan are expected to be in it.

But the lineup issues are masking a bigger problem of late: Tacoma’s pitching staff is giving up too many hits.

In the first five games after the all-star break, the team has allowed 71 hits. These are the daily hits allowed totals since play resumed on Thursday: 14, 16, 13, 11, 17. Opposing batters are hitting .345 (71-for-206) during the five games.

Tacoma looks to turn this trend around tonight with Jordan Pries on the mound.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Salt Lake pounded 17 hits and coasted to an 8-2 win over the Rainiers. Tacoma has lost eight of the last nine games, but the reinforcements arrive today.

Roster Move: The Mariners optioned Jesus Montero to Tacoma. He went 3-for-10 with three walks in his brief stint with the Mariners. He’ll report today along with Patrick Kivlehan, who returned late last night from the Pan Am Games. Pitcher Sam Gaviglio has been placed on the disabled list.

Today: Salt Lake (39-57) at Tacoma (45-51), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 6-3.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Alex Sanabia (1-10, 8.17) at RHP Jordan Pries (4-3, 5.63)

Yesterday the Bees made a late change and started Tyler DeLoach instead of Sanabia – they pushed Sanabia back to today.

Hot Rainiers: Jabari Blash has hit safely in five straight games and is 6-for-20 with two homers and six RBI since returning to the Rainiers. Carlos Rivero has gone 10-for-23 over a six-game hitting streak.

Look Out For: Turns out we don’t have to look out for yesterday’s highlighted player Alfredo Marte – he’s on the disabled list with a concussion. The Bees have plenty of hot hitters, though: Kaleb Cowart, Ryan Jackson, Jett Bandy, Josh Rutledge, and Efren Navarro are all swinging hot sticks.

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.

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