Sacramento easily won the opening game of the four-game homestand on Sunday evening, 10-2.
The River Cats are in the cellar in the Pacific-North, but they have given first place Tacoma trouble all season. Somehow, Sacramento is 7-6 against the Rainiers.
Making matters worse, the River Cats are good right now. The San Francisco Giants have gotten healthy, with Hunter Pence and Joe Panik coming off the disabled list, and they made a trade deadline acquisition (Eduardo Nunez). That means three position players were sent to Triple-A.
Last night the River Cats had three major league utility infielders in the starting lineup: Ramiro Pena, Ruben Tejada, and Grant Green. They also have three MLB veterans with a combined 29 full-or-partial years in the majors: Travis Ishikawa, Chris Denorfia, and Miguel Olivo.
Sacramento has had pretty good pitching all season, and now they have a solid lineup. They have won seven of their last eight games.
Yesterday: Sacramento scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning in a 10-2 romp over the Rainiers.
Roster Move: Prior to Sunday’s game, the Mariners called up Mike Freeman and activated Nick Vincent from the disabled list. They optioned Luis Sardinas and Cody Martin to Tacoma. Also, Ketel Marte is rehabilitating with Tacoma.
Today: Sacramento (54-62) at Tacoma (67-48-1), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 7-6.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Joan Gregorio (3-6, 5.89) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 2.84)
Hot Rainiers: James Ramsey is 7-for-11 with a homer and five RBI in his first three games with the team… Daniel Robertson has hit .342 since the all-star break.
Look Out For: Veterans Travis Ishikawa and Chris Denorfia are hot. Ishikawa is 14-for-30 with five homers and 18 RBI in his last eight games. Denorfia has hit three homers in his last eight games.
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.
- We start things off with the Rainiers game story.
- James Paxton had a great start and Mike Freeman had his first two major league hits as the Mariners finished a three-game sweep of the Angels on Sunday.
- Jeff Sullivan invited us to watch James Paxton strike out Mike Trout four times.
- Ichiro Suzuki joined the 3,000 hit club yesterday, and Larry Stone has a column on him.
- Jim Caple has a terrific story in honor of Ichiro’s 3,000th hit, covering many of the unique attributes of the player.
- Former Rainiers and Mariners star Alex Rodriguez announced he is retiring from the Yankees on Friday. Jonah Keri looks at the pros and cons of A-Rod’s career.
- New Rainiers switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has a “Bobble Arm Doll” giveaway day coming up on August 19th – it’s hosted by one of his former teams, the Staten Island Yankees.
PCL Game Reports:
- Fresno’s Colin Moran hit a two-run homer in the top of the tenth inning to beat El Paso, 3-1, and the Grizzlies are now three games behind Tacoma. El Paso tied this game in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out, but did not score again.
- Anthony Banda had another strong start for Reno in an 8-4 home win over Salt Lake. The Aces are 5.5 games behind Tacoma.
- Albuquerque hammered Las Vegas, 9-2. Las Vegas is missing an opportunity to climb back into the race in the South while first place El Paso has been struggling.
- Yasiel Puig flew to Des Moines, suited up for Oklahoma City, and drove in three runs but his Dodgers lost to the Iowa Cubs 6-4.
- Memphis took down New Orleans in ten innings, 5-2. The story includes some fun* notes about playing multiple doubleheaders in a row.
- Round Rock is the latest team to get shut down by Nashville’s Raul Alcantara.
- Colorado Springs lefty Brent Suter tossed 7.2 shutout innings in a 3-0 win over Omaha, and he’s been on an incredible run since mid-May.
Let’s see if the Rainiers can shake off yesterday’s loss.
*fun is in the eye of the beholder