Tacoma and Salt Lake wrap up the series with a day game today, which begins at 11:05 AM Pacific time.
Because of this, we are jumping straight to the round-up. Tacoma needs a win today to salvage a split of the series.
Yesterday: The Rainiers played sloppy defense early and continued to struggle to score runs in a 7-3 loss to Salt Lake. On the plus side, Chris Taylor went 5-for-5 and Efren Navarro had two hits including a long triple.
Today: Tacoma (36-29-1) at Salt Lake (32-32), 11:05 AM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 8-3.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Brad Mills (2-1, 3.68) at RHP Kyle McGowin (3-2, 5.12).
Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor had the first five-hit game of his career yesterday. He has reached base with a hit or a walk in 15 straight games, and in 54 of his 59 games this season… Boog Powell has hit .357 (15-for-42) over his last 11 games… Efren Navarro is 8-for-16 during a five-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: catcher Juan Graterol is 8-for-19 over his last seven games; he also stole home on a delayed double steal Tuesday night – it was his first stolen base since August 3, 2013 when he was in Double-A.… rehabilitating major leaguer Daniel Nava is 7-for-12 over the past three days.
Ex-Rainiers: Former Rainiers Ji-Man Choi and Lucas Luetge play for Salt Lake. The Bees have a pair of Washington guys, in pitchers Kyle Kendrick (Mount Vernon) and Tim Lincecum (Issaquah).
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 10:50 AM 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 can’t shake an offensive funk – although manager Pat Listach is more concerned about poor defensive play the past two days.
- Tacoma and Mariners are going the same direction right now: Tacoma has lost eight of the last 11, and the M’s dropped their ninth in the last 12 games with a tough loss in Tampa last night.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook we learn that Taijuan Walker expects to make his next start.
- Shorewood’s Blake Snell is pitching against his childhood team today.
- Here’s a story for the guys hanging around the gate collecting autographs: one of your brethren got drafted by the Yankees.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno is charging. The Aces pulled within one game of first place Tacoma by out-slugging Las Vegas last night, 16-10. Michael Freeman went 4-for-6 and Mitch Haniger homered twice. Let’s let Vegas manager Wally Backman recap this one: “Overall the pitching was bad.“
- Fresno’s Jack Mayfield hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and that was enough for a 4-3 win at Sacramento.
- Carlos Asuaje went 4-for-4 to help El Paso beat Albuquerque, 6-3.
- Nashville annihilated Memphis, 16-3. Andrew Lambo had four hits and five RBI.
- Iowa held off Colorado Springs, 6-5.
- Omaha needed an error in the 12th inning to end an eight-game losing streak with a 6-5 win at Oklahoma City.
- New Orleans won a ridiculous game at Round Rock, 8-6 in fourteen innings. The game was tied 5-5 and each team scored a single run in the 13th inning.
We’re flying home after the game, and the Rainiers host Fresno in a four-game series which runs Friday-through-Monday. See you at the park!