Paxton To Pitch ‘Normal Game’

The first two games of this Rainiers-Omaha series have been good, clean, well-played baseball – fitting for two teams in first place in their divisions.

Tonight Tacoma sends James Paxton to the mound for his eighth start of the season, and unlike last time it will be a “normal outing” for him.

In his last start, Paxton was held to just 25 pitches. The Mariners made the call, limiting his work load on purpose. The combination of Paxton’s injury history and the Mariners likely future reliance on him caused them to make the decision.

It’s possible Paxton will be limited in occasional future starts for Tacoma, but not tonight. Expect to see him stay in there for 75-90 pitches tonight.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Omaha hit three solo home runs, and Tacoma managed just six hits in the Storm Chasers 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Brooks Pounders held Tacoma to three singles and one unearned run over the first six innings to earn the win.

Today: Omaha (21-15) at Tacoma (21-16), 6:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Kansas City Royals.

Season Series: Tied, 1-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Christian Binford (-) at LHP James Paxton (4-2, 2.81).

Binford is making his first Triple-A appearance of the season. He made six starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, going 3-2, 4.84.

Hot Rainiers: Rob Brantly has gone 7-for-20 over a five-game hitting streak, with a pair of homers… Dario Pizzano has hit safely in nine straight games, going 12-for-30… Chris Taylor has reached base via hit or walk in 32 of the 35 games he has played in.

Look Out For: Brett Eibner homered three times on Thursday against Memphis, including two in the fifth inning alone. He became the 21st player in PCL history to homer twice in one inning… Clint Barmes has a nine-game hitting streak… defending PCL batting champion Jose Martinez is 4-for-8 with a homer in this series.

Local Guy: Mill Creek native Travis Snider is on Omaha, trying to play his way back to the big leagues. Jackson High School Class of 2006.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 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, Scott Brosius recalls his time as a member of the Tacoma Tigers.
  • The Mariners got shut out by Hector Santiago and the Angels, ending a three-game sweep.
  • The Mariners Notebook looks at the promotion of Shawn O’Malley.
  • The season is full of ebbs and flows, John McGrath writes.
  • Everyone’s talking about baseball brawls, so ESPN ranked ’em.

PCL Game Reports:

  • Henderson Alvarez had a good rehab start and Nashville beat Fresno, 6-3. Fresno’s Tony Kemp returned home for two days, and today he was called up by Houston.
  • Reno bounced back from a 17-2 loss and beat up Iowa, 9-3. Archie Bradley pitched well for seven innings and Peter O’Brien hit his 12th home run.
  • Sacramento won in Memphis, 4-2. Tough series for links since neither city’s newspaper covers their own team.
  • Las Vegas had a big comeback and beat Oklahoma City, 9-7. Vegas starter Rafael Montero is the PCL Pitcher of the Week.
  • Albuquerque honored Round Rock manager Jason Wood, then walked off the Express on Ben Paulsen‘s game-winning RBI single. In the notes, we learn that Albuquerque released Cody Decker.
  • Colorado Springs won it’s fifth in a row, 5-4 over Salt Lake.
  • El Paso scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth and stunned New Orleans, 7-6. Ricardo Valenzuela had the game winning hit.

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