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.
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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- Last night’s game was a stinker and manager Pat Listach made that very clear in his remarks, which can be found in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners lost a heartbreaker in Detroit, 5-4.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook does lead off with a positive: Robinson Cano is hitting like Robinson Cano again.
- Ryan Divish has some notes on the Mariners-Detroit series.
- Former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito has spent the entire season with Nashville. This story gives some perspective on the difference between the PCL and MLB for a man who has made over $100 million in the game.
- PCL division leaders Fresno and Las Vegas opened a four-game series at Cashman Field last night, with Fresno getting an easy 9-2 win. Vegas infielder Zach Lutz is happy to be back in the States.
- Sacramento starter Nik Turley pitched six no-hit innings against El Paso, but left having thrown 99 pitches. His bullpen lost the no-hitter and nearly lost the game.
- Reno stunned Albuquerque with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring three runs to grab a 6-5 win. Jamie Romak and Mike Freeman starred in the comeback.
- Starting pitcher Zach Lee was locked in and Oklahoma City downed Omaha, 12-4.
- Jason Pridie homered twice for Nashville in a 10-5 win at Colorado Springs. Sky Sox infielder Pete Orr returned from the Pan American Games after scoring the winning run for Team Canada in the gold medal game.
- Iowa hammered Round Rock 7-1 as Javier Baez is about to come off the disabled list. An Iowa player is trying desperately to score a date with Ronda Rousey.
- New Orleans is really struggling. A 7-1 loss to Memphis yesterday was the Zephyrs eighth straight home defeat.
- Did you hear about the black bear beer snob?