The Rainiers are back in action tonight, opening up the so-called “second half” with a four-game home series against Colorado Springs.
It’s not really the second half, though. We passed the halfway point long ago. Tacoma has played 90 of its 144 games already, and now finishes the regular season with 54 games in 54 days.
Tacoma leads the division by 2.5 games over Fresno, and 3.5 games over Reno.
The club has a good opportunity to open up the lead starting today, as 17 of the next 21 games will be played at Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers have the best home record in the PCL: 26-13.
We are still looking at a likely Felix Hernandez rehabilitation start on Friday night. More on that coming tomorrow…
Yesterday: The PCL lost the Triple-A All-Star Game for the fourth year in a row, dropping a 4-2 decision to the International League in Charlotte, NC. Stefen Romero started in left field and batted third in the lineup; he went 0-for-3. Blake Parker faced just one batter and got him to ground out. The PCL had only three hits.
Today: Colorado Springs (44-43-1) at Tacoma (49-40-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers.
Season Series: 0-0.
A former division rival of the Rainiers, Colorado Springs was moved to the American Conference prior to the 2014 season. The teams play one four-game series each season now.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hiram Burgos (5-5, 4.65) at RHP Cody Martin (7-5, 3.79).
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 six-game hitting streak, going 9-for-24… Guillermo Heredia has hit safely in 12 of 15 games since joining the Rainiers.
Look Out For: Orlando Arcia is a 21-year-old shortstop who is considered a top prospect in the Brewers organization. He’s known for his defense… catcher/first baseman Josmil Pinto is on an extended run: he’s hit safely in 14 straight games, and 24 of his last 25. He’d have a 25-game hitting streak if he didn’t go 0-for-3 in the second game of a doubleheader on June 22.
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 International League won the Triple-A All-Star Game, 4-2. Pawtucket’s Chris Marrero was named MVP two days after he won the Home Run Derby. Travis Taijeron‘s two-run homer netted the only PCL runs. Wally Backman managed the game to win.
- Ryan Divish graded the Mariners at midterm.
- Jerry Dipoto said that injuries have been a big hindrance for Seattle, and he is right.
- John McGrath reviewed the off-season moves of Dipoto.
- Here are Bob Dutton’s thoughts on the Mariners first half.
- Tim Booth has a recap of the first half.
We’re back at it. See you at the park!