One thing this terrific Tacoma Rainiers season has been missing – thankfully – is errors.
Although we had some yesterday.
Tacoma committed four errors, leading to five unearned runs, in a 7-5 loss to the el Paso Chihuahuas on Friday night.
This was completely uncharacteristic of the 2016 Rainiers. Tacoma entered play with only 64 errors all season – which was tied (with Fresno) for lowest total among all 16 Pacific Coast League teams.
Solid defense has been a hallmark of this club all season. So much so, that manager Pat Listach pretty much shrugged it off after the game.
Listach is an infield instructor, that’s his specialty, and he basically said “meh, one bad game, forget about it, we’re good, don’t worry.”
He has the luxury of reacting that way considering how the first 113 games went. If the errors become repetitive, he’ll address it with lots of extra practice.
But for now, it’s no big deal. In fact, Listach said in the Rainiers game story (link below) that it was impressive the team made four errors and actually was still in the game with a chance to win.
The Rainiers have a chance to win the road series, up 2-1 going into the final game tonight, against the first place team in the Pacific-South.
NOTE ON SUNDAY: Our home game against Sacramento will start at 6:05, due to travel schedules. Most printed schedules say 5:05, but we had to push it back an hour because of team travel. We’ll see you Sunday night!
Yesterday: Tacoma matched a season-high by making four errors, which led to five unearned runs, in a 7-5 loss to El Paso on Friday night. The Rainiers lead the series, 2-1, and go for a road series win tonight.
Roster Move: The Mariners traded a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Arquimedes Caminero. Caminero reports to the Mariners on Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Blake Parker was designated for assignment – a move which also clears space on the 25-man roster for Taijuan Walker, who is going to e activated from the disabled list today. If Parker clears waivers he can either report to Tacoma or choose free agency – we’ll find out in a couple of days. The team also announced the acquisition of switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from Toronto (for another player to be named later) and he is joining the Rainiers. Venditte had a 4.37 ERA in 25 games for Triple-A Buffalo. He’s on the 40-man, and Donn Roach was designated for assignment.
Today: Tacoma (66-47-1) at El Paso (63-51), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 10-5.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Joe Wieland (1o-5, 5.57) at RHP Daniel McCutchen (9-7, 6.18)
Hot Rainiers: Tyler Smith is 13-for-26 over a six-game hitting streak… Zach Shank has hit safely in six straight games, and he has walked eight times in his last 11 games, with one strikeout (35 at-bats)… Mike Freeman has multiple hits in each of his first four games with the team… Stefen Romero is 7-for-16 with two homers and seven RBI in this series.
Look Out For: Nick Noonan has an eight-game hitting streak coming into tonight’s game… PCL home run leader Hunter Renfroe does a lot of damage in his home ballpark, where he is batting .393 with 16 homers. He’s hitting .249 with 11 homers on the road… Diego Goris has gone 10-for-26 during a seven-game hitting streak.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 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 centers on the unexpected defensive issues.
- Felix Hernandez pitched eight innings and Mike Zunino hit a big home run in the Mariners 6-4 win over the Angels last night.
- Among other things, Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook projects the roster move the Mariners will make
- John McGrath has a column on Ken Griffey Jr having his number retired.
PCL Game Reports:
- Fresno starter Cesar Valdez improved to 10-1 on the year with a 3-2 win at Las Vegas. Fresno pulled within three games of Tacoma.
- Salt Lake starter Kyle McGowin was in command as the Bees took down Reno, 5-1. The Aces remain 5.5 games behind Tacoma.
- Albuquerque got swept in a doubleheader by Sacramento, but who cares because tonight is their Better Call Saul promotion night.
- New Orleans lefty Justin Nicolino tossed seven innings of one-hit ball in a 3-0 shutout at Iowa. The I-Cubs moved struggling pitching prospect Pierce Johnson to the bullpen.
- Jose Martinez homered and drove in five runs to help Memphis crush Omaha, 11-5.
- Ex-Rainiers pitcher Logan Bawcom was the stopper as Oklahoma City ended a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over Round Rock.
- Nashville piled up the runs in a 12-7 win at Colorado Springs.