Rainiers Win Game, Lose Pitching Staff

Tacoma got a much-needed offensive outburst in Salt Lake City on Thursday, pounding out 16 hits during a 12-7 win. The Rainiers split that series and return home today.

Before yesterday’s game, we learned that the Rainiers pitching staff was down to just a few able bodies – mostly because the Mariners staff, also, was down to just a few able bodies.

Mariners starter Wade Miley had to be placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, and Adrian Sampson will be called up tomorrow to make his Major League debut.

The Mariners have recalled two Tacoma relievers: David Rollins and Jonathan Aro joined the M’s today at Fenway Park.

Seattle designated reliever Steve Johnson for assignment – he’s currently on waivers, and if he clears he can either report to Tacoma or choose to become a free agent. We won’t know for a few days.

For now, the Rainiers are adding relief pitcher Emilio Pagan from Double-A Jackson. Pagan appeared in 18 games for Jackson, going 4-1 with nine saves and a 1.17 ERA. In 30.2 IP, Pagan allowed 19 hits and 11 walks while striking out 45.

That’s a phenomenal statistical line for Pagan. Hopefully he’ll transition quickly to the Triple-A game.

Pagan won’t be the only addition. Tacoma needs more arms ASAP – though we should be fine for tonight’s game.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma exploded for 16 hits in a 12-7 win at Salt Lake on Thursday afternoon, earning a split of the four-game series. Boog Powell, Mike Zunino, and Mike Baxter each had three hits in the win.

Roster Moves: Tacoma lost David Rollins, Jonathan Aro, and Adrian Sampson to Seattle. Steve Johnson might rejoin Tacoma if he clears waivers and chooses to report. Tacoma adds reliever Emilio Pagan from Double-A Jackson today, and we expect more moves in the very near future.

Today: Fresno (30-35-1) at Tacoma (37-29-1), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.

Season Series: Tied, 2-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Joe Musgrove (2-2, 4.34) at RHP Joe Wieland (4-4, 8.29).

Musgrove is widely considered the top pitching prospect in the upper levels of the Houston Astros farm system.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has reached base with a hit or a walk in 16 straight games, and in 55 of his 60 games this season… Boog Powell has hit .391 (18-for-46) over his last 12 games… Efren Navarro is 9-for-21 during a six-game hitting streak.

Look Out For: Fresno just swept a four-game road series at Sacramento, primarily winning with strong pitching… first baseman A.J. Reed is considered one of the top hitting prospects in the minor leagues, but he has struggled in his first Triple-A season batting just .250. He did have three hits last night… catcher Tyler Heineman is 8-for-18 during a five-game hitting streak.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

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PCL Game Recaps:

  • Las Vegas ripped Reno, 9-1, and the Rainiers have a two-game lead in the division again. The Las Vegas 51s have the easiest travel in the entire PCL, yet they still whined about it in the newspaper. It’s that time of year when everybody in Triple-A baseball complains about everything.
  • Fresno’s Cesar Valdez pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout at Sacramento last night. He struck out ten and walked one.
  • Albuquerque catcher Dustin Garneau had a big game at the plate in a 6-5 win at El Paso.
  • Iowa had an epic meltdown in a 9-8 loss at Colorado Springs. Former Mariners reliever Joel Peralta blew an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning – although his defense didn’t provide much help.
  • Memphis veteran Jerome Williams continued his groove, shutting down Nashville for a 5-2 win.
  • Zach Lee and the Oklahoma City Dodgers took down Omaha, 5-4.
  • Round Rock edged New Orleans, 3-2, and earned a split of the four-game series.

The Rainiers are home through Monday – come see us this weekend!

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