Chihuahuas Blanket Rainiers

In an against-the-odds result on Thursday night, El Paso shut out Tacoma 5-0.

Tacoma managed just five hits and had only two runners reach second base all game.

This was a bit of a stunner, as the Rainiers entered the game leading the PCL in almost every batting statistic, including the most important one: runs scored.

And El Paso was last in the league in team ERA. Go figure.

The Rainiers can still win the series and the road trip – they just need a win in the final game tonight. Otherwise, the entire eight-gamer is a split.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The baseball gods laughed in our collective faces, as the team with the worst ERA in the league shut out the best offense in the league, 5-0. Four El Paso pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout, and Tacoma never advanced a runner to third base.

Today: Tacoma (10-4) at El Paso (4-9), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (1-0, 8.38) at RHP Greg Reynolds (0-1, 7.27).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has an 11-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 13 straight games. He’s 19-for-46 during the hitting streak… Efren Navarro saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: Top prospect Manuel Margot has hit safely in five straight games, going 7-for-22… second baseman Carlos Asuaje is 6-for-13 in this series, with two triples and a double.

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.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which includes injury updates on Stefen Romero and Boog Powell. Neither is serious.
  • For an update on the Chris TaylorChico the Chihuahua feud, let’s go to Bleacher Report the Seattle Times for a compilation.
  • Robinson Cano homered in the tenth and the Mariners beat Cleveland on Thursday, 10-7.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook reports that Felix Hernandez is working hard to cut down on his walks.
  • The Mariners are road warriors, John McGrath writes.
  • I was a guest on the Mariners Podcast. Hopefully it sounds OK, we had connection issues.
  • A team in the South Atlantic League registered five strikeouts in a half-inning last night. Despite that, it was not a good inning for the pitching team.
  • And speaking of awesome minor league accomplishments, MiLB.com re-published an article about the night Modesto stole 15 bases in one game – seven of them by Rickey Henderson.

PCL Reports:

  • Big news in the PCL from New Orleans, where the team announced that this is the last year it will be known as the Zephyrs. A new name is coming in 2017. Sadly for them, Chihuahuas is already taken.
  • Salt Lake withstood a monster game from Fresno’s Jon Singleton and beat the Grizzlies, 9-6. The Bees jumped the Rainiers and have the league’s best record at 11-4.
  • Sacramento’s Gorkys Hernandez ripped a game-winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Las Vegas, 3-1.
  • Albuquerque broke out its purple jerseys in honor of Prince and then beat Reno, 6-5. Catcher Jackson Williams drove in a couple of runs.
  • Nashville got a grand slam from Andrew Lambo and held on for a 9-8 win at Colorado Springs.
  • Ex-Rainiers outfielder James Jones was the catalyst as Round Rock rallied to beat Omaha, 3-2.
  • A late Dodgers threat came up one run short, and Memphis held on for a 6-5 win at Oklahoma City. Charlie Tilson had three hits for Memphis – he might be one of those St. Louis Cardinals sleeper prospects, who doesn’t get any hype in the minors and ends up being a good major leaguer.
  • This doesn’t happen often: Iowa at New Orleans was suspended in the top of the seventh with Iowa leading, 2-1. Why didn’t they call it an Iowa win? It was tied 1-1 after six innings, Iowa scored in the top of the seventh and was still batting when the rain hit. Since New Orleans didn’t get a fair chance in the bottom of the inning, it’s a suspended game and will be completed today.

We’ll be home Saturday, 5:05 first pitch – and finally playing somebody different! I was beginning to think there were only three teams in this league. Sacramento is in town for a four-game series.

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