If you don’t mind some hills, Salt Lake City is a good walking city.
For a span of two-plus innings last night, Tacoma batters sure thought so.
After not taking a walk in the first five innings of Wednesday’s game, Tacoma drew nine walks during the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings of a 13-6 win over the Salt Lake Bees.
Bees pitchers recorded just six outs during the time they issued nine walks. It was not pretty baseball, but we’ll take it.
Due to all of the walks, Tacoma scored ten runs during the three innings while getting just five hits.
The Rainiers need a win tonight to get a series split, and then we move on to Vegas for the final four games of the season starting Friday night.
Yesterday: Tacoma strolled down to first base nine times in a 13-6 win at Salt Lake.
Injury Update: outfielder Jabari Blash missed last night’s game with a sore right knee, and he is day-to-day.
Today: Tacoma (66-73) at Salt Lake (56-83), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim.
Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 10-5.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (10-8, 4.11) at LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (3-4, 5.56)
Hot Rainiers: Jabari Blash has a six-game hitting streak, which includes four homers… Patrick Brady has an eight-game hitting streak… Jesus Montero went 3-for-4 in his return to Tacoma – he’s 16-for-24 in his last seven PCL games, and is batting .350 in the league.
Look Out For: Third baseman Kyle Kubitza has reached base via hit or walk in 38 straight games – the second longest streak of its kind in the PCL this season. He also leads the league with 41 doubles… Stephen McGee is 10-for-16 over his first five Triple-A games, and he was batting just .253 in A-ball.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (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.
- In the Rainiers game story, we learn that James Paxton left his rehabilitation start with a blister.
- The Rainiers had a very successful season at the gate, thanks to you fans.
- Sean O’Malley led the Mariners to victory in his first game with the team. Good stuff!
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with an item on O’Malley, and has an interesting note on the Joe Bauman Award.
- Ryan Divish writes that there is concern about Jesus Montero‘s swing.
- The Mariners kids in the Arizona Rookie League lost the league championship game to the White Sox.
- In the PCL, Oklahoma City clinched the American-north division title with an 11-3 takedown of the Iowa Cubs. Corey Seager had two hits and two RBIs, celebrated the title, and then got called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Daily Oklahoman has a follow-up story on the marathon games from Tuesday night.
- Omaha’s string of back-to-back Triple-A championships came to an end as they were eliminated. Omaha lost in Colorado Springs, 4-3.
- In the Pacific-South, El Paso pulled within a half-game of first place Las Vegas by upending the 51s in 11 innings, 2-1. Jason Hagerty hit the go-ahead homer. They have one head-to-head game left tonight, then El Paso goes to Reno for five games and Vegas hosts Tacoma for the final four. The people of Las Vegas don’t exactly have playoff fever.
- Fresno got back on track with a 3-0 shutout of Albuquerque.
- Sacramento stunned Reno with a pair of home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
- Nate Freiman homered to help Nashville beat Round Rock, 6-5.
- Memphis scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Ed Easley‘s two out, bases loaded double to beat New Orleans, 6-5.
Game No. 140 tonight.