We had a new one last night: the start of Tacoma’s home game against El Paso was delayed 35 minutes due to umpire travel problems.
The PCL has official league umpires, and they travel throughout the circuit just like the teams do. But we never hear about umpire travel problems – and I’m guessing this is because there are only three of them in a crew, so if they have flight problems it is comparitively easy for them to redirect or book different flights.
Yesterday we had a crew coming in from Las Vegas, and they had one flight cancelled and another one delayed. They landed in SeaTac around 5:30 – but their suitcases (including their umpiring equipment) ended up on a different plane. They had to wait another thirty minutes for that plane to land, then wait for the baggage, and then negotiate the SeaTac-to-Tacoma traffic corridor at 6:30 on a weekday.
The Rainiers helped them along the way – our Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Schutt met them at the airport and hustled them down to Tacoma as quickly as possible – but we still couldn’t get the game started until 7:40.
In retrospect, maybe we would have been better off with a postponement. Tacoma managed just two hits and lost, 6-0.
Yesterday: Carlos Pimentel and Michael Dimock held Tacoma to just two hits in what was probably the best-pitched game against Tacoma so far this year. El Paso won, 6-0.
Today: El Paso (59-44) at Tacoma (59-43-1), 7:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Daniel McCutchen (9-6, 5.78) at RHP Joe Wieland (8-5, 6.07).
Hot Rainiers: Daniel Robertson is 9-for-26 with three walks since returning to Tacoma from Seattle… Guillermo Heredia has missed three games with a shoulder injury, he’s day-to-day. He has hit safely in 21 of 25 games since joining the Rainiers.
Look Out For: Manuel Margot has a 16-game hitting streak, going 25-for-72 during the run… Hunter Renfroe leads the PCL with 25 home runs… catcher Austin Hedges went on an epic home run binge right before the all-star break, but his pace has slowed lately. Still, he has 15 homers in his last 32 games… Hector Sanchez hit a two-run double last night, and he has a nine-game hitting streak.
Ex-Rainiers: El Paso has popular ex-Rainiers slugger Jabari Blash, who made his major league debut with the San Diego Padres earlier this season… Brandon Morrow is working out of the El Paso bullpen.
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 is kind of bleak. It just wasn’t our day.
- Kyle Seager had a big game, and Felix Hernandez got back in the win column as the Mariners beat Pittsburgh on Tuesday, 7-4.
- The Mariners and Blue Jays traded under-performing relievers, with the M’s getting Drew Storen for Joaquin Benoit. Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with the trade.
- Here’s how to turn a triple play with no defensive player touching the ball.
PCL Game Reports:
- Rehabilitating Hunter Pence homered to help Sacramento pound Reno, 12-4, and keep Tacoma 3.5 games ahead in the division. The Reno paper has a feature on red-hot outfielder Mitch Haniger.
- Fresno pulled into a second-place tie with Reno by beating Las Vegas last night, 1-0. Cesar Valdez and two relievers combined on a two-hitter. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies revealed the jerseys they will wear for their annual Taco Truck Throwdown (which is their biggest night of the year).
- Albuquerque also had a delay – the baseball equipment truck arrived a little late – before the Isotopes jumped on Salt Lake, 8-4. Jeff Hoffman pitched well. A reporter took his wife and two kids to Isotopes Park to see how much a Triple-A baseball family excursion really cost.
- New Orleans used a big inning to take down Iowa, 9-5.
- Oklahoma City scored in the ninth inning to edge Memphis, 3-2. Logan Bawcom started and pitched six shutout innings; the ex-Rainiers pitcher has a 1.96 ERA.
- Brett Nicholas had the big hit as Round Rock beat Omaha, 4-3.
- Colorado Springs had a strong start from Wily Peralta and won at Nashville, 5-2.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can even-up the series tonight.