Pitching Powers Tacoma

The Rainiers won their third straight game – a 3-1 win over Salt Lake on Tuesday night – and starting pitching has been the key during the surge.

In each game, Tacoma’s starter has pitched six or more innings and allowed just one run. This time it was Donn Roach who delivered the strong outing, leaving with a 2-1 lead after six innings.

The team has won the first two games of the four-game series against Salt Lake, and can clinch a series win with a victory tonight.

Speaking of tonight; it’s Star Wars Night at Cheney Stadium. I’ve been told that there is going to be a massive light saber battle on the field after the game, so stick around for that.

I have one question, though. Since this is a baseball-related Star Wars night, shouldn’t it be “light SABR”?

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Donn Roach made it three straight excellent showings by Tacoma starting pitchers, allowing one run over six innings and earning the win in Tacoma’s 3-1 victory over Salt Lake on Tuesday night. Ed Lucas and Tyler Smith each hit solo home runs, with Smith’s being his first Triple-A homer.

Roster Move: Prior to last night’s game, the Mariners placed reliever Tony Zych on the disabled list and called up Tacoma reliever Steve Johnson. The Rainiers, in turn, added left-handed reliever Kraig Sitton from Double-A Jackson. Sitton had a 0.00 ERA in 9.1 innings for Jackson, recording four saves.

Today: Salt Lake (15-11) at Tacoma (14-11), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 6.94) at RHP Joe Wieland (1-3, 17.31).

Kendrick is a product of Mount Vernon High School, Class of 2003. He’s been a major league starter for the last eight years, seven with the Philadelphia Phillies. His only professional appearance in the state of Washington was last September at Safeco Field, pitching for the Rockies in an interleague game.

Hot Rainiers: Ed Lucas has homered in three consecutive games for the first time in his career… Stefen Romero saw his 15-game hitting streak come to an end last night – he went 23-for-59 during the streak… Shawn O’Malley is 8-for-13 during a four-game surge… Daniel Robertson has gone 7-for-15 over his last four games.

Look Out For: Kaleb Cowart has a six-game hitting streak for Salt Lake, collecting nine hits in 25 at-bats. He ranks fifth in the PCL with 19 RBI… Todd Cunningham also has a six-game streak.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Left-hander Lucas Luetge is in the Salt Lake bullpen; he’s been a regular at Cheney Stadium the past three years… reliever Ramon Ramirez had a brief stint with Tacoma in 2014… former Mariners player, minor league pitching coach, and all-around good guy Pat Rice is currently serving as Salt Lake’s pitching coach.

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:

  • In the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, Donn Roach talks defensive strategy and new reliever Kraig Sitton has ties with a Tacoma coach.
  • The Mariners continued their hot play with an 8-2 pasting of the A’s in Oakland on Tuesday night.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has information on Tony Zych‘s injury and more.

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May the Fourth be with you!

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