The Rainiers first (and hopefully only) doubleheader of the year ended with a split.
El Paso won the first game, 5-3, with a grand slam by veteran catcher Hector Sanchez serving as the game-winning hit.
Tacoma bounced back in the second game and won it, 5-4. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Tacoma scored four times – Daniel Robertson‘s two-run double gave Tacoma the lead. The Rainiers had excellent relief work from Andrew Kittredge and Blake Parker.
All told, it was about five-and-a-half hours of baseball. The proceedings started at 6:05 and ended at 11:28.
A glance at the standings this morning shows Tacoma’s lead over second-place Reno at three games, and Fresno is 4.5 games back.
Tonight we wrap up the El Paso series, and then Albuquerque comes to town on Saturday.
Yesterday: Tacoma and El Paso split the doubleheader yesterday, and the series is tied 2-2 going into the fifth and final game today.
Roster Move: The Mariners called up outfielder Guillermo Heredia and optioned reliever David Rollins to Tacoma. They wanted an extra position player for the NL-style series at Wrigley Field.
Today: El Paso (60-46) at Tacoma (61-44-1), 7:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 7-4.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Frank Garces (4-4, 5.10) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 5.40)
Hot Rainiers: Daniel Robertson has an eight-game hitting streak, going 13-for-34 during the run… Rob Brantly has hit safely in four straight games.
Look Out For: Hector Sanchez hit a grand slam yesterday and has six RBI over the first four games of this series… 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 34 games.
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 talks about D.J. Peterson making a rare start at third base in the opening game of the doubleheader.
- The Mariners were off yesterday. They’re hoping a change of scenery will help new reliever Drew Storen.
- Now the M’s are playing at Wrigley Field – a place that John McGrath loves.
- Mariners Double-A outfielder Tyler O’Neill is heating up again, and he made an appearance on Baseball America’s weekly Prospect Hot Sheet.
- There is some serious drama going down in the Florida State League for those who love team names: the Brevard County Manatees (great name!) are in their final season, and are moving to Kissimmee next year. Kissimmee is down to six finalists for their new name… a list which includes the Rodeo Clowns.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno used one five-run inning to beat Sacramento, 5-1, and pick up a half-game on Tacoma.
- Las Vegas split a doubleheader at Fresno. The Fresno paper has a feature on outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez.
- Albuquerque arrives in town on Saturday, and they’ll bring red-hot catcher Tom Murphy with them. He had three hits in an 8-3 win over Salt Lake last night.
- Nashville topped Colorado Springs, 2-1, as Chris Smith pitched well.
- Four Omaha pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout in a 4-0 win at Round Rock.
- New Orleans scored a bunch of late runs in a 7-1 win over Iowa.
- Oklahoma City and Memphis split a doubleheader. Brock Stewart tossed a gem in the opening game for the Dodgers.
What’s the line? Win a game, win a series?