The Rainiers are in a bit of a funk right now, as the team heads towards the all-star break.
Tacoma lost in Sacramento on Friday night, 7-4, and has now dropped five of its last six games.
The team is still in first place, holding a 1.5-game lead over Reno and a 2.5-game lead over Fresno. It helps that those teams are playing each other right now – they have split the first two games of their four-game series.
Tacoma’s offense has been inconsistent lately: they seem to either score nine runs, or have trouble getting more than two.
The bullpen has seen a lot of turnover in recent days, and the roles of the new personnel are being determined.
On the whole, the organization’s pitching should be getting healthier soon. Felix Hernandez has his rehab start in Everett tomorrow, Charlie Furbush started a rehabilitation stint yesterday, and veteran reliever Ryan Cook (who has been out since spring training) is about to begin his rehab.
For now, I’d like to see the Rainiers win one (at least!) of these last two games in Sacramento, and get to the all-star break in first place. Then we’ll reset, and see where things stand on Thursday.
Yesterday: Matt Cain pitched like it was 2005 (the last time he faced the Rainiers), carrying a no-hitter for 5.2 innings in his rehabilitation start. He earned the win as Sacramento beat Tacoma, 7-4. Trailing by five runs, the Rainiers rallied in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate before falling.
Today: Tacoma (47-40-1) at Sacramento (38-51), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 6-4.
Sacramento has been one of the worst teams in the PCL all season long, except for some reason the Rainiers struggle to beat them.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Lee (0-2, 9.00) at RHP Chris Stratton (5-4, 5.79).
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has a ten-game hitting streak, and he has gone 23-for-60 over his last 14 games… Luis Sardinas has a four-game hitting streak, going 6-for-16.
Look Out For: Gorkys Hernandez has been Sacramento’s best position player. He’s reached base in 12 straight games and is coming off a huge June in which he batted .366 with a .440 OBP… infielder Rando Moreno is 18-for-48 over his last 14 games; he’s one of six position players who have been promoted from Double-A Richmond within the last month.
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 Matt Cain, who pitched 5.2 no-hit innings on a rehab start.
- The Mariners ended their ten-game road losing streak with a 3-2 win at Kansas City on Friday night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has some injury updates, and an item on two international teenagers the Mariners signed – one of whom is named Juan Then. Juan Then is my new favorite Mariners minor leaguer.
- Baseball America updated its Top 100 Prospects list, and the Mariners Tyler O’Neill comes in at No. 45.
- Suspended free agent catcher Cody Stanley has become the spokesperson for a group of players (which includes Tacoma’s Boog Powell) who have been suspended for a particular PED. Interesting story.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno jumped all over Fresno starter Tommy Shirley and beat the Grizzlies, 9-4. Mitch Haniger had three hits and a homer.
- Albuquerque swept a lengthy doubleheader at Las Vegas.
- Salt Lake topped El Paso, 4-3. Bees lefty Nate Smith is on his way to the Futures Game.
- Oklahoma City’s game against Omaha was rained out, but Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles got called up to top off an unlikely comeback story.
- Xavier Scruggs had a huge game as New Orleans won a rain-shortened affair in Nashville, 5-1.
- Outfielder Harrison Bader provided all of the offense Memphis needed in a 3-2 win over Round Rock.
- All-Star catcher Manny Pina had four hits, four runs, and four RBI in a 15-5 Colorado Springs scalding of Iowa.
Rainiers need a win!