Rainiers Go For Sweep

Tacoma wraps up the eight-game homestand today with a day game against the Iowa Cubs.

The Rainiers won three-of-four against Omaha, and have now won the first three against Iowa. That makes for a 6-1 record on this homestand, raising the Rainiers season-long record at Cheney Stadium to 17-5.

Tacoma has won 11 of its last 12 home games.

Overall, Tacoma is 26-16. Last night’s win put Tacoma ten games over the .500 mark for the first time since July 29, 2013 when the club was 60-50.

The Rainiers have already had one four-game sweep this year, against Salt Lake, May 2-5. Let’s see if they can get another.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers won their fifth in a row on Saturday night, walking off Iowa 7-6. Luis Sardinas went 4-for-5, including the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Tacoma bullpen was stellar once again, working 3.1 scoreless innings.

Roster Move: Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained thumb, so they called up Chris Taylor to replace him. The Rainiers are adding infielder Zach Shank from Double-A Jackson, and he will hopefully be here in time for today’s game.

Today: Iowa (18-22) at Tacoma (26-16), 1:35.

Opponent Affiliation: Chicago Cubs.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Drew Rucinski (2-3, 6.18) at LHP Brad Mills (0-0, 3.60).

Hot Rainiers: Mike Baxter has a six-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 7-for-23 with four home runs, and he has scored at least one run in each game… Dario Pizzano had his ten-game hitting streak end last night; he went 13-for-33 during the run… Stefen Romero has reached base via hit or walk in 12 straight games.

Look Out ForTaylor Davis is 4-for-8 in this series, which is just more of the same: last year in a four-game series against Tacoma, Davis went 8-for-17 with five doubles… John Andreoli is having an interesting series: he’s 4-for-13 with two homers, and he has struck out eight times.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, so Bob Robertson joins me on the broadcast.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • Christian Caple wrote the Rainiers game story, which includes commentary from Pat Listach on James Paxton‘s kind of odd outing.
  • My weekly Minor League Notebook for The News Tribune looks at Double-A starter Dylan Unsworth, and a couple of ex-Rainiers we’ll be seeing soon.
  • The Mariners are also going for a sweep today. Yesterday Franklin Gutierrez launched a tape-measure homer to support Felix Hernandez in a 4-0 win. Ketel Marte injured his thumb during the game.
  • I really enjoyed this column from John McGrath, about how a manager losing his job can be a good thing. And McGrath also has his weekly MLB Power Rankings.
  • Ryan Divish talked to some Mariners players about the proposed changes to the strike zone for 2017.
  • In Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook, we learn that the bullpen roles are evolving.
  • Jim Ray Hart passed away. The former third baseman played for the Tacoma Giants in 1963.

PCL Game Reports:

  • Nashville is the hottest team in the league. Josh Phegley‘s RBI single gave Nashville a walk-off 4-3 win over Sacramento, and that’s seven straight wins for the Sounds.
  • Archie Bradley was dealing in Reno’s 3-1 win over Omaha. Eight shutout innings in Reno – that’s rare.
  • Fresno starter Brady Rodgers struck out 11 in a 7-1 win at Memphis.
  • The Isotopes are having a rough homestand, and last night they lost to New Orleans, 9-2. From the story: “Saturday, a fan got hit with a flying bat in the ninth inning and an Isotopes employee dressed as a jar of salsa during an in-game chile race promotion went down with an injured left leg and had to be helped off the field in the fifth inning.”
  • El Paso pulled off a difficult trick: they scored eight runs in one inning and lost the game. Round Rock got ’em, 13-11, as Jurickson Profar went 4-for-5 with five RBI.
  • T.J. Rivera keeps hitting, and Las Vegas edged Colorado Springs, 4-3. Apparently the Mets considered sending Matt Harvey to Las Vegas.
  • Oklahoma City’s Zach Lee became the PCL’s first six-game winner in a 5-4 victory over Salt Lake. Julio Urias has not been called up yet.

The homestand ends today. We have a rare postgame flight (yay!) to Austin and will bus from there up to Round Rock for the series which starts Monday evening.

 

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