Tacoma tossed its first shutout of the season last night in Round Rock, as Donn Roach, Mayckol Guaipe, and Blake Parker combined on a five-hitter. Tacoma won, 3-0.
Roach went the first seven innings, needing only 87 pitches to do so. He allowed just four hits – and half of them came to the first two batters in the first inning.
In Roach’s last three starts, he has given up three runs in 19.2 innings. He’s been on a nice roll lately.
Parker ended up getting his ninth save of the season, which was his 100th career minor league save.
The shutout lowered Tacoma’s team ERA to 4.01, which is tied with Omaha for second-best in the PCL. Nashville is way out in front of the pack with a 3.07 mark (note: Nashville’s new ballpark which opened last year is supposed to be a graveyard for hitters. We’ll find out in August).
Tacoma evened-up the series in Round Rock, and the team has won seven of its last eight games overall.
Yesterday: Tacoma pitched its first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win at Round Rock. Most of the offense came from the bottom three hitters in the lineup: Tyler Smith, Dario Pizzano, and Zach Shank combined to go 8-for-11 while generating two of Tacoma’s three runs.
Today: Tacoma (28-17) at Round Rock (24-20), 5:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Texas Rangers.
Season Series: Tied, 1-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Joe Wieland (3-3, 8.83) at RHP Nick Martinez (4-2, 5.26).
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has reached base via hit or walk in 15 straight games…Luis Sardinas has a five-game hitting streak, going 10-for-19, but he may be on his way to Seattle (see below)… Boog Powell has hit safely in five straight games, going 9-for-22.
Look Out For: The shutout pretty much ended all Round Rock hitting streaks. The Express had tallied 70 hits in their previous four games… Patrick Cantwell has hit safely in eight straight – he did not play last night.
Ex-Rainiers: Round Rock is loaded with ’em. James Jones and Tom Wilhelmsen are on the active roster while Justin Ruggiano is on the disabled list. Patrick Kivlehan is currently on waivers, but if he clears he’ll rejoin Round Rock.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners stunned the A’s with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, winning 6-5 on a walk-off two-run homer by Leonys Martin.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook, we learn that a Luis Sardinas – Chris Taylor roster swap may be occurring today. Sardinas did not play for Tacoma last night.
- John McGrath has a column on the Mariners home struggle.
- Huge congratulations to former Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly, who got his first major league call-up yesterday. The Mets started him at third base and he went 0-for-4 in his debut – against Stephen Strasburg. Welcome to the big leagues, Meat.
- You can have fuzzy Fresno Grizzlies mascot Parker officiate your wedding – which seems difficult, since Parker doesn’t talk. This strikes me as… a really bad idea.
- St. Louis claimed reigning PCL batting champion Jose Martinez on waivers from the Kansas City Royals. At this point I’m not sure if he’s going to St. Louis or Memphis. Martinez set the modern era record by batting .384 last year, but he’s never reached the big leagues.
- Joe Mikulik – the active master of the managerial tirade – was at it again when his Double-A Frisco Roughriders got hosed by an umpire’s call. Enjoy the video.
PCL Game Reports:
- Todd Glaesmann ripped a second-inning grand slam, and that was all she wrote as Reno won in New Orleans, 4-1.
- Reigning PCL MVP Matt Duffy homered twice during Fresno’s 14-3 sandblasting of Oklahoma City. The series is in Fresno, just three hours from Los Angeles – and the OKC Dodgers are starting rehabilitating Hyun-Jin Ryu tonight and the phenom Julio Urias tomorrow. Lots of media attention coming.
- Colorado Springs scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat Sacramento, 9-6. A two-run pinch-hit double by Garin Cecchini was the key hit.
- Salt Lake scored five runs in the second inning and rolled to a 7-5 win over visiting Memphis. The Bees have won their last nine home games.
- John Lannan turned around a frustrating season by tossing eight strong innings for Omaha in a 6-1 win over Albuquerque.
- Two recent jaunts to New York have knocked Sean Gilmartin out of his routine, and it showed in Las Vegas’s 10-4 loss to visiting Nashville. Matt Olson had four hits for the Sounds.
- Iowa punted the Chihuahuas, 8-3, with Willson Contreras homering for his second straight game. The article is on talented but oft-injured I-Cubs pitcher Pierce Johnson.