Forced into an unexpected bullpen day due to an hour-and-a-half rain delay in the middle of the third inning, four Tacoma relievers combined to toss seven scoreless innings in a 5-1 win at El Paso on Wednesday night.
Logan Kensing, Mayckol Guaipe, J.C. Ramirez, and Tyler Olson: take a bow.
Offensively, Jesus Montero went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI (note: there was a scoring change after the game, which cost Montero a hit and an RBI – we originally had him at 4-for-5, 3 RBI). Justin Ruggiano hit another home run, and D.J. Peterson went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut.
The win didn’t come without a cost: Jabari Blash left the game with a head injury, and he is day-to-day for now.
Blash made a diving attempt at a pop fly flare down the right field line, while second baseman Leury Bonilla attempted a running catch. Bonilla’s right knee hit Blash’s head, and both players went down. Bonilla was able to remain in the game, but Blash did not. Blash walked off the field under his own power but appeared somewhat dazed.
Blash was 0-for-3 in the game, ending his streak of four straight games with a home run. Hopefully he’s feeling a lot better today.
Yesterday: The bullpen was brilliant as four Tacoma relievers tossed seven scoreless innings in a 5-1 win at El Paso.
Today: Tacoma (51-54) at El Paso (54-50), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tied, 7-7.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (7-7, 3.61) at LHP Robbie Erlin (5-5, 6.19).
Former Rainiers and Mariners (and Cal Bears) pitcher Brandon Morrow was supposed to make a rehab start for El Paso, but he was scratched with shoulder soreness. Get healthy, Brandon!
Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is 17-for-36 with six walks since returning from Seattle, and he has a six-game hitting streak. Justin Ruggiano has hit three homers over the last two games. Six of his eight PCL home runs have come against El Paso, and one of his two big league home runs came against El Paso’s parent club, the Padres.
Look Out For: Will Middlebrooks is 5-for-9 in the first two games of the series, and he has a first-inning RBI in five of the last six games. Outfielder Travis Jankowski is 13-for-24 since being promoted from Double-A San Antonio. Jason Hagerty has a nine-game hitting streak, and Tommy Medica is batting .325 in July after a rough first three months of the season, but neither has appeared in this series yet.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (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 has a brief recap and quotes from D.J. Peterson about his promotion.
- Felix Hernandez got hit hard and the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Mariners at Safeco Field.
- The Mariners Notebook notes that Robinson Cano is out with an injury.
- In the PCL, Pac-North leading Fresno got worked over by Reno, 10-4. Tacoma has gained 4.5 games in five days and is now 7.5 games out of first place. Interesting?
- Clayton Blackburn tossed a gem and Sacramento defeated Las Vegas, 4-2.
- Albuquerque had another strong start from Jon Gray in a 4-1 win over Salt Lake. New catcher Tommy Murphy is fitting in with the ‘Topes.
- Round Rock’s Jerad Eickhoff tossed five scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over Omaha, and then was (reportedly) traded to the Phillies in the (reported) Cole Hamels deal.
- Nashville scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend Iowa, 6-4.
- Oklahoma City continues to struggle, dropping a 3-2 decision at Memphis.
- Colorado Springs at New Orleans was suspended due to rain in the fifth inning of a 0-0 tie. They’ll finish it up today.
- The Chihuahuas revealed their latest dog face jersey.
Let’s go for six!