Reno starter Jhoulys Chacin has had two very similar starts against Tacoma.
In a game in Reno right before the all-star break, Chacin allowed three runs to Tacoma in the first inning, yet got under control and ended up going seven innings, allowing just one additional run.
On Saturday night at Cheney Stadium, the Rainiers again scored three runs (on five hits) in the first inning. Once again, Chacin shook off the rough first inning and ended up going 7.2 innings total – and he gave up just one more hit, and no runs. He earned his third straight win as Reno won, 6-3.
Chacin issued six walks but he induced a pair of double-play grounders. He also threw 128 pitches – many more than we are used to seeing a starter throw in the PCL.
That pitch count is high, but Chacin appeared to be up for it. He hadn’t thrown more than 93 pitches in any of his previous six starts, but had a 113-pitch and 104-pitch outings prior to that string. There is a league-wide off day on Monday and I’m sure they’ll give him an extra day of rest before his next start.
I was impressed by his outing. If he wants to sign a minor league deal with the Mariners next year, we’ll take him.
Yesterday: Peter O’Brien‘s bases loaded triple keyed Reno’s four-run sixth inning, and the Aces beat Tacoma on Saturday night, 6-3. The five-game series is tied 2-2 going into today’s final game.
Today: Reno (55-59) at Tacoma (55-60), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 9-6.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Gabriel Arias (5-3, 5.58) at RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-3, 5.59).
Hot Rainiers: Ramon Flores doubled and walked last night; he’s reached base in all nine games played for Tacoma. Stefen Romero has 14 hits over his last nine games.
Look Out For: Todd Glaesmann has six HRs and 12 RBI in 53 at-bats against Tacoma – he’s hitting .261-5-13 in 138 ABs against the rest of the PCL. Nick Evans has an 11-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (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 reaction from Pat Listach. Reno lost slugger Jamie Romak and reliever Keith Hessler to call-ups yesterday.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook includes an item on a couple of (cringe) Stanford products who are hot hitters in the Mariners farm system right now.
- The Texas Rangers used an unusual strategy in the tenth inning, it worked, and then they scored a whopping eight runs in the 11th to beat the Mariners on Saturday.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads off with Jamie Moyer‘s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
- In his Sunday column, Ryan Divish writes that the biggest free agent of 2016 is Dave Dombrowski.
- John McGrath has his weekly MLB Power Rankings.
- If you want to get depressed, John Sickels reviews his preseason Seattle Mariners prospect list. It’s not pretty.
- In the PCL, Fresno pummeled Sacramento, 12-2, and won its eighth in a row. It’s the best season in Fresno franchise history, which dates to 1998. A run of starting pitching brilliance has been the key lately.
- Las Vegas and Salt Lake made up for Friday’s rain out by splitting a doubleheader on Saturday.
- El Paso picked up an 11-8 win at Albuquerque, and the guy who wrote the story for the Albuquerque Journal seems quite frustrated by the Isotopes performance in their first season as a Rockies affiliate.
- An early two-run home run by Nashville’s Jake Smolinski stood up in a 4-1 win over Memphis.
- Round Rock jumped out early and held on for a 6-2 win at New Orleans Express starter Ross Wolf became the PCL’s first 11-game winner.
- Iowa veteran Felipe Paulino tossed seven shutout innings of two-hit ball in a 4-1 win over Omaha. The newspaper story focuses on rehabilitating reliever Zac Rosscup.
- Oklahoma City lost its fifth in a row – this time in the ninth inning to Colorado Springs, 3-2. A triple by Nevin Ashley was the key hit in the Sky Sox rally.
Monday is an off day on the diamond for the Rainiers, who are hosting their annual charity golf tournament. I get to be an auctioneer at the tournament, so I’ll be working on my fast-talking instead of blogging on Monday. The homestand continues on Tuesday when Sacramento arrives for a four-game series – we’ll have a new post early on Tuesday afternoon.