In a surprising move, the Mariners optioned Mike Zunino back to Tacoma today.
Jesus Sucre has shown he is fully recovered from the broken fibula he suffered in January while playing in the Venezuelan winter league, so the Mariners activated him from the disabled list and have anointed him as Chris Iannetta‘s backup.
So Zunino was optioned to Tacoma despite having homered twice in his first game on Saturday. Zunino went 2-for-7 with two homers in two games with the Mariners.
This makes a huge impact on Tacoma’s lineup, of course. He’s hit .282 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI for the Rainiers.
Seattle also recalled left-handed reliever David Rollins, who spent less than 24 hours in Reno. He flew from Houston to Reno yesterday, sat in the bullpen during the game, then took a 6:00 AM flight today back to Houston.
Rollins is replacing Taijuan Walker, who was placed on the disabled list with this foot problem that he just can’t shake. Apparently he’s going to see a specialist to try to figure out what is wrong.
I’m told Zunino is scheduled to arrive in time for tonight’s game, and Pat Listach plans to use him as the DH if his flights are on time.
Yesterday: Tacoma enjoyed a rare laugher in Reno, trouncing the Aces 13-3. Jordan Pries tossed six shutout innings in his first Triple-A start of the season, and the top two in the lineup (Nori Aoki and Guillermo Heredia) reached base nine times.
Roster Moves: In addition to the moves above, the Mariners announced they have acquired outfielder Ryan Strausborger from the Texas Rangers organization, and he is reporting to Tacoma and meeting the Rainiers on Thursday in Sacramento.
Today: Tacoma (47-37-1) at Reno (44-41), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 4-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (7-5, 3.93) at LHP Anthony Banda (0-2, 9.00).
Martin brings a string of 20 consecutive scoreless innings pitched into tonight’s game. It will be tough to keep the streak intact in Reno.
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has an eight-game hitting streak, and he has gone 21-for-52 over his last 12 games… D.J. Peterson has hit safely in all six games since coming up from Double-A Jackson, with homers in each of the last three.
Look Out For: Mitch Hangier came up from Double-A on June 10 and has hit nine home runs in 26 games for Reno, while batting .337… Kyle Jensen launched ten home runs during the month of June and he currently has 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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners lost in Houston, 5-2, as Taijuan Walker continued to have injury problems.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers the Daniel Robertson call-up and other items.
- Larry Stone has a column on the Mariners needs as the trade deadline approaches.
- Robinson Cano is the Mariners lone all-star.
PCL Game Reports:
- Sacramento helped out the Rainiers by edging Fresno, 6-4. Tacoma leads Reno by 3.5 games and Fresno by 4.5.
- Two catchers homered to help Las Vegas beat Salt Lake, 10-4. Johnny Monell has been on an extended hot streak.
- El Paso hammered Albuquerque, 11-4, but top prospect David Dahl had another three-hit game for the ‘Topes.
- Led by 21-year-old Yohander Mendez, four Round Rock pitchers combined to shut out New Orleans, 8-0.
- Oklahoma City’s Zach Walters hit a walk-off home run to beat Colorado Springs, 6-5.
- Omaha ripped Iowa 12-4, and the Des Moines newspaper has a story on the latest Cubs hitting prospect.
- Nashville hit three home runs in an 8-2 win at Memphis. Meanwhile, Nashville pitcher Chris Smith is living in a campground.
The Rainiers are going for their second-ever series win at Reno tonight. They took two-of-three in Reno last June to finally get off the schnide here.