Rainiers Can’t Escape Rain

Tacoma had its second rain-shortened loss of the week on Thursday night, dropping a four-and-a-half inning game to Las Vegas, 8-1.

Yes, we had a rain-shortened game in Las Vegas.

The 51s do not have an infield tarp at Cashman Field, so once the rain starts it has to stop quickly or the field becomes unplayable.

Last night the final inning was played in a steady downpour and it was clear that the infield was not safe – even after the rain stopped and the grounds crew spent some time trying to dry it.

That’s two rain-shortened losses for Tacoma this week: there was a 10-5 loss to Sacramento on Sunday which was called in the sixth inning due to rain.

The bigger problem remains: Tacoma is not playing well right now. The Rainiers have lost six of the last seven games, and the team’s fast start is a fading memory. Starting pitching, hitting, and defense are all to blame right now. The bullpen has been outstanding since day one.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Donn Roach‘s homecoming did not go well, as Las Vegas hung eight runs on the board over the first three innings and beat the Rainiers, 8-1, in a five-inning game shortened by rain.

Today: Tacoma (11-9) at Las Vegas (9-10), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.

Season Series: Las Vegas leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Joe Wieland (1-2, 15.00) at RHP Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.00).

Rather than fill this space with depressing stats, let’s just say that Wieland could really, really use a strong start tonight.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has reached base in 19 straight games… Stefen Romero has a 12-game hitting streak (he went 0-for-0 with two walks last night, which does not end a hitting streak)…Mike Zunino had his second hitless game of the season last night; he’s hit safely in 16 of 18 games overall.

Look Out For: Matt Reynolds has the longest hitting streak for Las Vegas at eight games, but TJ Rivera has been on a mini-tear: he’s 9-for-16 over his last four games.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Former Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly is playing a lot of outfield for Las Vegas, and he’s been getting on base all of the time, as usual. Kelly has reached via hit or walk in 13 consecutive games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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. The story from the Las Vegas newspaper blames El Nino – which is not a hotshot young shortstop, it’s a weather condition.
  • The Mariners were off yesterday, and both papers ran a story on the suddenly hot Ketel Marte. Pick your poison (or take a double dose): the Seattle Times or The News Tribune.
  • Jeff Sullivan wrote about Taijuan Walker.
  • No Mariners appear on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet, but hey… we always link to it, anyway.

PCL Game Reports:

Two things I’m rooting for tonight, in order of priority: 1) a Rainiers win, and 2) no rain.

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