We had all kinds of news – not all good – prior to Thursday’s game in Sacramento, and then the Rainiers went out and beat the River Cats to open up a two-game lead in the Pacific-North division.
The Mariners had to scratch scheduled starting pitcher Adrian Sampson due to elbow discomfort prior to yesterday’s game, and they were forced into an unexpected bullpen day.
This meant that several Tacoma pitchers were ‘on hold’ for a possible call-up by the Mariners. The M’s have not announced their roster moves today, but I anticipate two Rainiers pitchers will be recalled.
Then at 4:00, right when the team was getting ready to stretch and begin batting practice, Major League Baseball announced that it had suspended Boog Powell for 80 games, for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. It’s the second suspension for Powell, who failed an amphetamines test and served 50 games in 2014.
Today Tacoma is adding outfielder Guillermo Heredia from Double-A Jackson to take Powell’s spot. Heredia hit leadoff for Jackson and batted .293 with a .405 on-base percentage, though he was not an effective base stealer going 2-for-7.
There will be many more roster moves before game time, involving the pitching staff. I expect one of them to be rather humorous – we’ll get to that tomorrow, if it comes to fruition.
Meanwhile, Tacoma is once again positioned to win a series on the road if they can take the final game. The Rainiers are 0-5 in the fourth game of road series in which the team has a 2-1 lead. Time for that skid to end!
Yesterday: Trailing 5-3 after six innings, Tacoma scored seven unanswered runs over the final three frames and beat Sacramento, 10-5. Daniel Robertson‘s two-run single tied it in the seventh, Patrick Kivlehan had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth, and Stefen Romero iced the game with a three-run homer in the ninth.
Roster Move: Guillermo Heredia is up from Double-A Jackson, replacing Boog Powell who is on the suspended list. There will be more moves before tonight’s game.
Today: Tacoma (41-32-1) at Sacramento (30-45), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 4-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jarrett Grube (0-0, 3.52) at RHP Joan Gregorio (1-4, 6.54).
Sadly, it’s pronounced “Yo-awn.”
Hot Rainiers: Rob Brantly has gone 6-for-17 over his last five games, and he homered on Tuesday night… Daniel Robertson has hit three triples in his last ten games… Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in 14 of 16 games since rejoining the Rainiers.
Look Out For: Veteran outfielder Gorkys Hernandez is 9-for-19 over his last six games, and he hit a leadoff homer in the first inning on Tuesday…Juan Ciriaco is 4-for-11 with a homer in this series.
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.
- The Rainiers game story in The News Tribune focuses on a terrific performance by reliever Jonathan Aro.
- Here’s a news story on Boog Powell‘s suspension.
- The Mariners lost their sixth straight game, a 5-4 decision in ten innings at Detroit.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers the Adrian Sampson injury and fallout.
- The St. Louis Cardinals are visiting Seattle, which sent John McGrath down memory lane.
PCL Game Reports:
- Las Vegas built an 8-0 lead and held on for an 8-6 win at Reno. The 51s have won six in a row and are going for a four-game road sweep tonight. Tacoma now has a two-game lead over Reno in the standings.
- Fresno hit three home runs and had a strong outing from Joe Musgrove in a 5-2 win over Albuquerque.
- Salt Lake dumped the Chihuahuas, 10-5.
- Colorado Springs swept a doubleheader from Memphis – their second straight twinbill. The newspaper has a story on the Sky Sox attendance, which is down this year.
- Omaha can’t beat New Orleans. They have lost eight straight games to the TBAs.
- Hyun-Jin Ryu had a disastrous rehab outing and Round Rock blasted Oklahoma City, 9-6. Chris Taylor went 4-for-4 for the Dodgers.
- Iowa split a doubleheader with Nashville, and the I-Cubs have rehabilitating big leaguer Adam Warren on the club.
That’s it for today – we have a PCL oddity: the team is travelling by bus after tonight’s game to Fresno, and we have to check out of the hotel rooms at 1:00 (i.e. right now), so the guys (including me) are just going to be wandering aimlessly around Sacramento for a few hours before going to the ballpark.