The Rainiers offense was shut down for the second game in a row during a 3-1 loss to Memphis on Friday night.
Tacoma was shut out on two hits by Sacramento on Wednesday, did not play Thursday, and then was held to one run on six hits Friday. The lone run scored on a solo homer by Stefen Romero in the seventh inning.
The problem hasn’t been missed scoring opportunities – there was one on Friday, maybe two – it’s been a lack of base runners. Hits and walks have been in short supply.
Hopefully the problem is just a two-game blip. The Rainiers entered Friday’s game ranked fourth among the 16 PCL teams in runs scored.
The club has been getting good pitching. The scores of these two losses have been 2-0 and 3-1.
Let’s hope the offense breaks out today.
Yesterday: Tacoma was held to a single run, and Memphis had four straight two-out hits in the seventh inning to beat the Rainiers, 3-1. Tacoma’s lead in the division is down to three games.
Today: Tacoma (69-50-1) at Memphis (58-61), 4:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals.
Season Series: Memphis leads, 1-0.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 4.15) at RHP Deck McGuire (6-9, 5.55)
Hot Rainiers: James Ramsey is 8-for-15 with a homer and five RBI in his first five games with the team… Dan Vogelbach walked three times last night, and he has drawn a walk in eight straight games… Mike Freeman has hit safely in all seven games he has played in for Tacoma, with two hits in five of them.
Look Out For: Breyvic Valera is hitting .360 in his first 139 Triple-A at-bats with a ridiculous strikeout-to-walk ratio (17 K’s, 24 walks)… Mike Ohlman has a six-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games… 2015 PCL batting champion Jose Martinez has a seven-game streak, going 12-for-27.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:20 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.
- The Rainiers game story focuses on the strong start by Jarrett Grube.
- The Mariners six-game win streak came to an end in Oakland last night. Joe Wieland started and took the loss.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with the Wieland call-up, and also has some injury updates.
- Larry Stone has a column on the “unfulfilled legacy” of Alex Rodriguez.
- In PCL affiliate news, the Fresno Grizzlies and Houston Astros are sticking together for two more years.
PCL Game Reports:
- Fresno picked up a game on Tacoma by beating Iowa, 8-4. The Fresno Bee proclaimed it the start of a “pivotal stretch” of the schedule for the Grizzlies.
- Nashville wiped out Reno, 10-0, as Bryan Anderson hit a grand slam. Amazingly, it was the first home team grand slam at First Tennessee Park, which opened last year.
- Albert Suarez struck out 11 in Sacramento’s 3-1 win over visiting Omaha.
- Salt Lake got creamed by Round Rock, 14-3. The story in the Salt Lake Tribune got the final score wrong which always makes me laugh (it really was 14-3).
- Yasiel Puig tripled, homered, and drove in four runs in his Oklahoma City Dodgers home debut – an 8-4 win over El Paso. Before the game, he hunted for Pokemon in downtown Oklahoma City.
- Instead of making a run to catch first place El Paso, Las Vegas is collapsing. The 51s lost their fifth in a row yesterday, 6-5 to New Orleans.
- Albuquerque won in Colorado Springs, 7-4.