Lumber Still Slumbers In Springs

I was hoping a game on the moon at Colorado Springs would rejuvenate the Tacoma offense, but it didn’t happen in the first game of the series.

Tacoma managed four runs but had only six hits in a 9-4 loss on Wednesday night – and that simply isn’t enough offense to win at the Springs.

They did get solo homers from John Hicks and Jabari Blash, but there was little hitting otherwise.

Tacoma is batting .172 (25-for-145) over the first five games of this road trip, with a total of 11 runs scored. Yet somehow the team has managed two wins and has an opportunity to get back to even on the trip with a win tonight.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday:  Sky Sox lefty Brent Suter kept the Rainiers in check for seven innings as Colorado Springs beat Tacoma in the series opener, 9-4.

Today: Tacoma (58-67) at Colorado Springs (52-72), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers.

Season Series: Sky Sox lead, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (2-3, 5.14) at RHP Hiram Burgos (2-2, 3.28).

This will be Wang’s follow-up to his complete game three-hit shutout which netted him the PCL Pitcher of the Week award last week.

Hot Rainiers: Jabari Blash is the only player hitting on this road trip. He’s gone 5-for-17 with three homers on the trip. Tony Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 18 of his last 19 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).

Look Out For: Domingo Santana went 4-for-5 and scored three runs last night; he’s 9-for-14 over his last four games. Luis Sardinas had three hits and scored three runs; he has gone 16-for-31 over his last eight games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 (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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story focuses on the extremely quick-paced Sky Sox starter Brent Suter. We need to trade for this guy AS
  • Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik spoke at length with The News Tribune about his job status, what went wrong, and the future. I can add this: they are indeed working hard to finish the season. A revolving door of Mariners pro scouts have been closely watching Tacoma the last two weeks as they prepare to make decisions about September call-ups and postseason 40-man roster moves.
  • The Mariners gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in a 7-2 loss to Texas on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook reports that James Paxton could rehab for Tacoma on Sunday, and that D.J. Peterson could return to Tacoma soon.
  • Ryan Divish has the latest on the Jesus Montero Workout Plan. Get off of that couch and get to work, readers!
  • The PCL is really heating up. Fresno won for the 17th time in 18 games, and it was Blowout City in a 7-0 whitewashing of Round Rock. Tyler White has 14 RBI in three games. He’s on pace for a bazillion RBI this month.
  • Sacramento tied the franchise record with its tenth straight win, a 2-0 shutout of New Orleans. But they aren’t gaining any games on first-place Fresno. – in fact, Fresno is putting playoff tickets on sale Friday.
  • Las Vegas has a problem. The 51s lost to Omaha, 8-7, and saw their lead in the Pac-South get trimmed to a half-game over second place El Paso. They have a four-game head-to-head series still remaining on the schedule.
  • In that game, Omaha’s Jose Martinez went 4-for-5 and raised his batting average to .382. Barring an injury or call-up, he’s going to get just enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title – which he’ll likely swipe from Jesus Montero in the final days of the season.
  • El Paso had an unexpected major contribution from Hunter Renfroe in his first Triple-A game, and the Chihuahuas hammered Memphis 8-1.
  • Iowa coasted to an 8-2 win at Salt Lake.
  • Darwin Barney hit a three-run homer in the 15th inning to bring Oklahoma City an 8-5 win over Reno.
  • Albuquerque at Nashville was rained out.
  • A legendary PCL haunt in Las Vegas has closed its doors. Sadly, the league stopped staying there shortly before my first season. This is a fun read, especially for longtime PCL people.

Let’s see if the offense comes alive tonight.

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