Rainiers Offense Hopes To Revive At End Of Road Trip

Welp, those bats we had a nice photo of yesterday didn’t leave the cave last night.

Tacoma was held to seven hits and two runs in a 5-2 loss at Colorado Springs. Tacoma batters struck out a season-high 17 times – including three times on nine pitches in the eighth inning, a so-called “Immaculate Inning” pitched by Sky Sox reliever Jaye Chapman.

The Rainiers were unable to take advantage of a strong start by Tyler Olson, who carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning. The Sky Sox rallied to score four times in the bottom of the seventh, and that was that.

Today is the final game of the road trip, and Tacoma is 3-4 on the trip so far.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Colorado Springs tied its franchise record for a nine inning game by recording 17 strikeouts in a 5-2 win over the Rainiers. The Sky Sox had 18 strikeouts in a 14-inning game at Cheney Stadium last year – that’s their record for games of any length.

Roster Move: The Mariners recalled pitcher Rob Rasmussen, and the Rainiers roster stands at 24.

Today: Tacoma (59-68) at Colorado Springs (53-73), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers.

Season Series: Sky Sox lead, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (8-8, 3.91) at RHP Zach Davies (1-0, 5.40).

Hot Rainiers: There aren’t many hot hitters on the club right now, but infielders Leury Bonilla and Patrick Brady each carry a four-game hitting streak into tonight’s game… 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: Nevin Ashley was 3-for-4 last night; he’s on a 9-for-13 spree at the plate… Juan Centeno went 1-for-3 last night, extending his hitting streak to eight games (11-for-24).

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 (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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story is about striking out.
  • Somebody has spoken out about the PCL schedule: Sacramento manager Bob Mariano called the fact that the entire league plays 53 games in 54 days after the all-star break “ridiculous.” He wants to shorten the schedule. I say there is a simpler solution: just start the season a couple of days earlier, and build in a couple more off-days. It’s easy.
  • The Mariners had a rough one against Chris Sale and the White Sox.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers numerous injured pitchers.
  • On the field in the PCL, Las Vegas outfielder Travis Taijeron hit three home runs to beat Omaha, 8-3, and propel the 51s back into first place in the Pacific-South.
  • Vegas is a half-game ahead of El Paso, which saw its eight-game win streak come to a screeching halt with a 7-0 loss at Memphis.
  • This Fresno thing is getting ridiculous. The Grizzlies beat Round Rock 2-1 in ten innings for their 11th win in a row, and 19th in the last 20 games.
  • Sacramento whacked New Orleans 14-3 and has won a franchise-record 12 straight games – but has gained just one game on Fresno during that time. The River Cats are going to host the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game in March.
  • Salt Lake slammed the Iowa Cubs, 12-8. The Bees hit three home runs. Matt Shoemaker is upbeat about returning to Salt Lake.
  • Nashville second baseman Joey Wendle had a big game in a 5-1 win over Albuquerque.
  • Oklahoma City’s Joe Wieland earned his tenth win of the season, beating Reno 2-1.

We have a rare PCL travel day that falls on a Sunday tomorrow, which is why the game starts at 5:05 instead of our usual afternoon slot.

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