Paxton Pulled In First

James Paxton made his first rehabilitation start for Tacoma last night, and it did not go as well as he had hoped.

First and foremost, he felt healthy, so that is good. Read more on that in the first link down below.

But Paxton had to be pulled from the game in the top of the first inning, having thrown 36 pitches. Memphis has a lineup of grinders who see a lot of pitches and hit a lot of foul balls, and Paxton couldn’t get out of the first inning before he reached what the Mariners determine to be a single-inning overload of pitches.

He’ll try again five days later – that falls on Friday night at Cheney Stadium, against Nashville.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers looked a little flat on a show-and-go travel day, and Memphis did not in an 8-2 Redbirds victory.

Today: Memphis (65-64) at Tacoma (60-69), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals.

Season Series: Memphis leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Adrian Sampson (1-3, 6.56) at LHP Nick Greenwood (11-5, 5.14).

Greenwood is in a four-way tie for the PCL lead in wins.

Hot Rainiers: Leury Bonilla has a six-game hitting streak… Patrick Kivlehan hit his team-leading 18th home run last night; he’s gone 8-for-19 with a homer and four doubles over his last four games… Tony Zilch Zych has pitched a scoreless outing in 19 of his last 20 relief appearances (including his brief stint at Double-A).

Look Out For: Dan Johnson has hit safely in six straight games… Alex Mejia had his first four-hit game of the season last night.

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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story is all about the James Paxton rehab outing.
  • Logan Kensing is back in the big leagues – Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has the story.
  • The Mariners avoided a sweep by beating the White Sox on Sunday, 8-6. I found the poll embedded in that story quite amusing.
  • The Seattle Times looked back at the 1995 Mariners. Start with Bob Condotta’s article on the role players (which includes some “where are they nows”) and links to the rest of the stories can be found within.
  • In the PCL, Sacramento’s 13-game win streak came to a halt with a 4-3 loss at Omaha. Jose Martinez hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.
  • Las Vegas held on – barely – for a 5-4 win at New Orleans, handing the Zephyrs their franchise-record 15th straight defeat. They better have one heckuva celebration when they win a game.
  • El Paso fell 1.5 games behind Las Vegas with a 3-2 loss to Josh Roenicke and the Sky Sox.
  • Albuquerque lost at home to Oklahoma City, 9-2. The ‘Topes are learning what it is like to be a Colorado Rockies affiliate: they are likely to set a franchise record for losses, but at least the attendance has remained steady.
  • Round Rock’s Nomar Mazara had a big hit to help the Express edge Salt Lake, 4-3.
  • Nashville had 21 hits in an 8-4 win at Reno. They hit 17 singles and four doubles. Aaron Brooks pitched well to earn the win.
  • Fresno and Iowa didn’t play. The Iowa Cubs elected to create an additional off-day by scheduling a doubleheader on Tuesday. More PCL teams are doing this, to allow the players an extra day of rest.

Only seven home games left this season – come out to the ballpark sometime this week!

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