The Rainiers dropped the final game in Round Rock on Thursday night, 4-1, and settled for a split of the four game series.
Tacoma is 11-13 in road games this year – a dramatic difference from the team’s amazing 18-5 home record.
The team has played six four-game series, and lost one: they dropped three of four at Vegas. The other five series have all been 2-2 splits.
Here’s the kicker, though: in all five of the splits, Tacoma held a 2-1 advantage going into the final game of the series… and lost the last game, for the split.
I don’t know what to make of that. Randomness? Bad luck? Something else?
We’ll see if it continues as the road trip moves on to New Orleans today.
Yesterday: Tacoma’s streak of consecutive scoreless innings pitched reached 27 before Round Rock scored two unearned runs with two outs in the sixth inning, leading to a 4-1 Express victory. Tacoma’s only run scored on an Efren Navarro homer in the second inning – other than that, there wasn’t much in the way of offense.
Today: Tacoma (29-18) at New Orleans (19-27), 5:00 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Miami Marlins.
Season Series: 0-0.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Brad Mills (0-0, 3.68) at LHP Clint Narveson (0-1, 5.63).
Narveson made the Marlins opening day roster as a relief pitcher, and now he’s starting in Triple-A.
Hot Rainiers: The offense got shut down yesterday by Nick Tepesch, effectively ending all of the streaks… Daniel Robertson has reached base in nine straight games; that’s about all we’ve got right now… How about a hot reliever? Jonathan Aro has allowed just one earned run on one hit over his last 11 innings, spanning nine appearances. They’re batting .032 against him during that time.
Look Out For: Tomas Telis – the switch-hitting catcher – has 14 hits during a six-game hitting streak… former Rainiers infielder Robert Andino has an eight-game hitting streak, going 16-for-35… Zephyr Field heavily favors pitchers so don’t be surprised if we see low-scoring games here.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:45 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.
- The Rainiers shutout innings streak ended – read about it in the game story from The News Tribune.
- Seattle was off last night. The Times has a story on Leonys Martin, and the TNT has an article on the evolution of Felix Hernandez. <<< the Felix story is quite interesting.
- Former Mariners star Brett Boone has a book out, and Larry Stone talked to him about it.
- The Orioles got swept in Houston while setting a major league record for most times striking out in a three-game series, and ex-Rainiers outfielder Adam Jones told it like it is.
- The online voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game has gone live. Fan balloting is part of the equation to choose the game’s starters, so please vote early and vote often!
PCL Game Reports:
- Former Rainiers third baseman Carlos Rivero homered twice, and Reno completed a four-game sweep at New Orleans with a 7-5 win on Thursday night.
- Fresno finished a four-game sweep of Oklahoma City with a 5-4 win. the story includes some impressive twitter shade thrown at the OKC Thunder.
- Chris Heston delivered six scoreless innings and Sacramento took down Colorado Springs, 6-1.
- Las Vegas got creamed by Nashville, 13-2, as the Sounds pounded out 19 hits. Las Vegas infielder T.J. Rivera keeps hitting but can’t get called up. Manager Wally Backman is taking a break to attend the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Mets championship team.
- El Paso starter Colin Rea made a bittersweet return to Iowa, but he got to watch his Chihuahuas beat the I-Cubs in 12 innings, 6-3.
- Jonathan Rodriguez homered twice for Memphis in an 8-4 win at Salt Lake.
- Goodbye baseball game: the Albuquerque at Omaha game was rained out and will not be made up.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!