Is Today Sweeping Sunday?

The Rainiers beat Colorado Springs on Saturday night, 7-2, holding the Sky Sox to just three hits in the process.

Tacoma has won five games in a row, including the first three games of the four-game series against Colorado Springs. Tacoma has matched its high-water mark of 12 games over .500, with a record of 52-40.

It’s been a while since we saw a sweep: the Rainiers last sweep was a four-gamer against the Iowa Cubs, May 19-22. Tacoma hasn’t swept the Sky Sox since a three-gamer in 2013.

The team is in this position because the pitching has been dominant. Over the first three games of the series, the Sky Sox have scored a total of four runs on 13 hits. That’s an average of 1.3 runs on 4.3 hits per game.

Colorado Springs has a pretty good offense, although it’s top two power hitters Andy Wilkins and Will Middlebrooks are currently in the majors. But the rest of the team have been effective scorers in the PCL this year, and the Rainiers staff has shut them down for three days.

Let’s see if Tacoma can keep ’em down for one more day.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma scored in each of the first four innings and coasted to a 7-2 win over Colorado Springs on Saturday night. Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 in the leadoff spot, Rob Brantly had three hits including a homer, and D.J. Peterson hit a two-run dinger.

Today: Colorado Springs (44-46-1) at Tacoma (52-40-1), 1:35.

Opponent Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jorge Lopez (1-6, 6.33) at RHP Joe Wieland (6-5, 6.63).

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has a 12-game hitting streak, and he has gone 25-for-67 over his last 16 games… Guillermo Heredia has hit safely in six straight games, and 15 of 18 games since joining the Rainiers… D.J. Peterson has six RBI in his last four games, hitting safely in all four.

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, but he had two hits off Felix.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, and that means that Bob Robertson will join me in the booth and call the middle innings.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story notes that pitcher Donn Roach has been moved to the bullpen, due to major league needs.
  • My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at the improvement of Double-A Jackson lefty Ryan Yarbrough, who may be next in line for a promotion to Tacoma when the time comes. Looks like you’re going to have to buy a print copy of the paper, as this story does not appear online. Newspaper sales are going to skyrocket!
  • Hisashi Iwakuma was in top form as the Mariners beat Houston on Saturday afternoon, 1-0.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook informs us that Taijuan Walker may have offseason surgery to solve his foot problem.
  • Larry Stone has a column on yesterday’s Mariners game and the upcoming trade deadline.
  • John McGrath has a column on Steve Cishek‘s difficult save, and of course we also have McGrath’s weekly MLB Power Rankings.

PCL Game Reports:

  • New Orleans had a strong start by Justin Nicolino and beat Fresno, 5-1, giving Tacoma a 4.5-game lead over the Grizzlies in the Pac-North standings. I enjoyed the crusty quote from Fresno manager Tony D in this story.
  • Peter O’Brien woke up from a slumber and hit two of Reno’s five home runs in an 8-3 win over Oklahoma City. Reno tied Fresno for second place in the Pac-North.
  • Sacramento’s Chris Stratton struck out 12 in a 3-2 win at Round Rock.
  • Las Vegas hammered Iowa, 11-5, getting home runs from Johnny Monell and Travis Taijeron. Las Vegas continues to try to build a new stadium.
  • Luke Farrell was dealing for Omaha in a 3-0 shutout of Salt Lake.
  • A battle between pitching prospects Alex Reyes and Kyle Freeland turned into a slugfest as Albuquerque topped Memphis, 9-8.
  • Nashville spayed the Chihuahuas, 19-5. Bruce Maxwell went 5-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI. The El Paso Times has a feature on Chihuahuas reliever Derek Eitel, who has a different background from most.

Hope to see you at the park – bring your broom!

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