Elias Faces Sacramento Tonight

One of the unexpected dramas of the late-season will have its next act tonight, when Roenis Elias faces Sacramento at Cheney Stadium.

I think most Mariners fans expected Elias to be in the Seattle Mariners starting rotation after the trade deadline deal involving J.A. Happ created an opening. But instead, the Mariners decided to transition Vidal Nuno from reliever to starter without sending him down – they’ve essentially had a pair of “bullpen games” in the majors as Nuno gradually increases his pitch load.

The reason Elias has been left in Tacoma is results: after two straight highly successful starts in mid-July, Elias is having a rough time in the PCL. Here are his last three starts:

  • July 27 vs. Fresno: 6 IP, 13 H, 8 R
  • August 1 at Las Vegas: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R
  • August 7 vs. Reno: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R

Elias needs a strong start to get back on track. He’s certainly capable of it – heck, he’s been a valuable member of the Mariners rotation earlier this season and all of last year.

Hopefully he has a strong outing tonight.


Yesterday: Sacramento took an early 5-1 lead and cruised to a 6-2 win over the Rainiers on Wednesday. Tacoma had 12 hits and two walks, but scored only two runs by hitting into three double plays and stranding ten runners.

Today: Sacramento (55-63) at Tacoma (56-62), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 9-5.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Stratton (2-4, 3.52) at LHP Roenis Elias (3-1, 8.03).

Hot Rainiers: Ramon Flores and Chris Taylor have been on-base machines all month. Flores has reached base in all 12 games with Tacoma, posting a .545 OBP. Taylor has batted .426 (20-for-47) since being optioned to Tacoma, and he has drawn 10 walks in his last seven games.

Look Out For: Darren Ford has homered in three straight games, and he has four HRs and 10 RBI in his last six games – not exactly the numbers you associate with a speedy leadoff guy.

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.


It’s our second-to-last Thirsty Thursday of the season tonight. Better take advantage!

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