The Rainiers lost an outfielder today, when the Mariners called up Daniel Robertson.
Seattle was carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players, and they wanted to “normalize” the roster and get down to 12 pitchers while adding an outfielder. Robertson effectively replaces Nori Aoki on the M’s roster, just a week after Aoki was optioned to Tacoma.
Carrying Robertson as the fifth outfielder is sort of like the Mariners carrying Shawn O’Malley as the utility infielder: he’s older and more experienced, and won’t lose important development time if he sits on the bench for a week. This way they can keep Guillermo Heredia (or in the infield’s case, Luis Sardinas) in Triple-A where he can play every day and improve as a player.
The pitcher optioned to Tacoma was David Rollins, and the Rainiers definitely need him. Rollins will report quickly – by tomorrow, probably.
Yesterday: Reno’s Braden Shipley tossed a gem and the Aces beat Tacoma on the Fourth of July, 6-3. Shipley went eight innings and allowed two runs. D.J. Peterson hit a solo homer in the ninth inning and has hit safely in all five games he has played in since being promoted from Double-A.
Roster Moves: The Rainiers added Jordan Pries to the roster and he will start today’s game. To make room for Pries, catcher P.J. Jones was removed from the active roster but he will continue his duties as the bullpen catcher. Today the Mariners called up outfielder Daniel Robertson, and optioned reliever David Rollins to Tacoma.
Today: Tacoma (46-37-1) at Reno (44-40), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 4-1.
Starting Pitchers: TBA at RHP Jordan Pries (0-1, 8.10).
Pries went 5-2, 5.46 in 13 games (nine starts) at Double-A Jackson. Reno’s scheduled starter Zach Godley was recalled by Arizona.
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has gone 18-for-47 over his last 11 games… Rob Brantly has homered in three of his last six games… D.J. Peterson has hit safely in all five games since coming up from Double-A Jackson, with homers in each of the last two.
Look Out For: Mitch Hangier came up from Double-A on June 10 and has hit nine home runs in 25 games for Reno, while batting .344… Kyle Jensen launched ten home runs during the month of June.
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 focuses on Reno starter Braden Shipley‘s terrific game.
- Missed opportunities were the story of the game in the Mariners 2-1 loss at Houston on Monday.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with a bit about the versatility of Shawn O’Malley.
- Ryan Divish has an item on the success of reliever Edwin Diaz.
- The contestants in the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby were announced and the International League squad includes… Jesus Montero!
PCL Game Reports:
- Two new players – Alex Bregman and Teoscar Hernandez – led Fresno to a 4-1 win over Sacramento.
- Las Vegas scored 11 runs in the sixth inning and waxed Salt Lake, 17-6. The Vegas paper has an article on baseball and the language barrier.
- The Rockies promoted top prospect David Dahl to Albuquerque and he had three hits with a homer in his Triple-A debut last night. A crowd of 15,628 saw the Isotopes beat El Paso, 7-2.
- Logan Bawcom had an eventful Fourth in Oklahoma City’s 7-2 win over Colorado Springs: he pitched well in a spot start, had two hits including a triple, and got ejected. That’s a full day.
- Back-to-back homers helped New Orleans to a 3-2 win over Round Rock.
- Memphis edged Nashville in 11 innings, 2-1.
- Iowa had 13,156 fans on hand for a 4-3 win over Omaha. The paper has a story on reliever Corey Black.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can even the series tonight!