Four Days In Salt Lake City

Travel day, so we’re going straight to the round-up. But tonight should be interesting, with Vogelbach reporting to the club.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers dropped a thrilling but ultimately disappointing game on Thursday to Oklahoma City, 6-4. There were five lead changes, but O’Koyea Dickson‘s three-run homer with two outs in the top of the eighth inning won the game. Tacoma closer Blake Parker blew his first save of the season – he was 15-for-15 on the year prior to last night. The Rainiers missed three straight scoring opportunities by hitting into double plays – and two of them were line drive double plays.

Roster Moves: The Rainiers have added Sam Gaviglio from Double-A Jackson to take the starting rotation spot created when Jordan Pries was traded to the Cubs on Wednesday. Dan Vogelbach is expected to report today. Infielder Luis Sardinas was recalled by Seattle, and reliever Guido Knudson has been sent to Double-A Jackson.

Today: Tacoma (55-42-1) at Salt Lake (47-49), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 9-3.

The Rainiers went 7-1 against Salt Lake at home, and are 2-2 so far in Salt Lake City.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Joe Wieland (7-5, 6.41) at LHP Nate Smith (6-3, 3.98).

Hot Rainiers: Guillermo Heredia has hit safely in 11 straight games, and 20 of 23 games since joining the Rainiers… Rob Brantly is 11-for-26 with two home runs in his last seven games… Jesus Sucre threw out two attempted basestealers last night, and he also picked a runner off first (Oklahoma City did not read the scouting report lol).

Look Out For: Sherman Johnson has reached base in 22 straight games, and he has drawn a walk in eight straight games… Nick Buss is healthy; the veteran outfielder has only played in three of the first 12 games Salt Lake has played against Tacoma… catcher Carlos Perez was sent down by the Angels and has hit safely in six of his first seven games… speedster Quintin Berry has been successful in his last 15 stolen base attempts – can’t wait to see him try to run against Sucre.

Ex-Rainiers: Salt Lake has former Rainiers reliever Lucas Luetge, and former Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 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.

Links:

  • In the Rainiers game story, manager Pat Listach says that Blake Parker threw a good pitch that resulted in the three-run homer – Dickson was simply on it.
  • The News Tribune has a story on D.J. Peterson, who is welcoming the arrival of Dan Vogelbach. Both guys will be in the lineup every day.
  • The Mariners were off yesterday, so the Times has an off-day story on Leonys Martin.
  • The Seattle Times has started to roll out its Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame coverage. This link takes you to their main page, which includes a cool story from Larry Stone on the making of Griffey’s Hall of Fame plaque.
  • Oklahoma City’s Jose De Leon – the guy who ended Tacoma’s eight-game winning streak on Wednesday – ranks No. 1 in this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
  • John Sickels has some insight on recently-acquired pitcher Paul Blackburn in this post.

PCL Game Reports:

  • Reno picked up a game and is 2.5 games behind Tacoma. Matt Bushmann tossed a gem as the Aces took down Colorado Springs, 7-2.
  • Fresno is still 3.5 games back, thanks to Round Rock starter Michael Roth. The PCL’s earned run average leader, Roth worked the first seven innings of a two-hit shutout. Joey Gallo‘s three-run dinger gave the Express a 3-0 win.
  • Rehabilitating Hunter Pence doubled and homered, helping Sacramento to a 5-4 win at New Orleans. Let’s all assume he celebrated on Bourbon Street.
  • Salt Lake edged Iowa, 5-4, and took three of four in that series. The Des Moines paper focused on rehabilitating Jorge Soler.
  • Mets pitching prospect Robert Gsellman is finally healthy, and he stifled Omaha for seven innings to earn his first Triple-A win for Las Vegas.
  • El Paso took down Memphis, 7-2, for its PCL-leading 57th win.
  • Oh my. Albuquerque’s Eddie Butler carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and then Nashville put together a seven-run rally. Nashville won, 8-4.

Just four games here in Salt Lake City – we’re back home Tuesday, for a nine-game homestand which includes a Thursday night doubleheader.

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