The Rainiers lost on Sunday evening in Memphis, 6-2, and need a win tonight in order to salvage a split of the four-game series. They’ll turn to Sam Gaviglio on the mound.
Gaviglio has been a hot pitcher, to say the least. His last time out, he pitched a complete game shutout against Sacramento – the first of his career.
Over his last three starts, Gaviglio has allowed a total of just one run in 22.2 innings. He’s given up just 13 hits and two walks, while striking out 15.
Gaviglio will be facing his former organization today. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, who traded him to the Mariners prior to the 2015 season.
The Rainiers could use a strong start today, as they are facing Cardinals pitching prospect Mike Mayers, who is supposed to be pretty good. Mayers has a 3.06 ERA in 13 starts for Memphis, although he recently made his major league debut and it was a rough one.
Tacoma catcher Rob Brantly was injured yesterday, and we don’t know his status right now.
Brantly rolled his left ankle on the first base bag, and he had to be helped off the field. After the game, it was heavily wrapped up but he was trying to walk on it in the clubhouse.
Best case scenario, he’ll be out for just a few days. Tacoma will probably add a catcher from somewhere in the organization today.
Everyone send a birthday shout-out to Rainiers hitting coach Scott Brosius, who turns 50 today. Look at the bright side, Scott – it’s only a half-century!
Yesterday: Memphis slugger David Washington hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading the Redbirds to a 6-2 win over Tacoma. The Rainiers need a win tonight in the series finale to escape town with a split.
Today: Tacoma (70-51-1) at Memphis (59-62), 4:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals.
Season Series: Memphis leads, 2-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-0, 2.10) at RHP Mike Mayers (3-5, 3.06)
Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero is 6-for-12 with two doubles and a homer over the first three games of this series… Dan Vogelbach has drawn at least one walk in nine of the last ten games… Mike Freeman has hit safely in all nine games he has played in for Tacoma, with two hits in six of them.
Look Out For: Mike Ohlman has a seven-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games… 2015 PCL batting champion Jose Martinez had his eight-game streak come to an end last night – he was 14-for-31 during the streak.
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 revolves around catcher Rob Brantly, who homered in the first inning before being injured in the sixth.
- Kyle Seager had a big game and the Mariners beat the A’s on Sunday afternoon, 8-4. Seattle won the series on the road.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook includes some affiliation change rumors from the Class-A ranks.
- Jonah Keri writes about the Mariners a bit in his weekly national column.
- Baseball Prospectus ran a (free!) Q&A with Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims.
PCL Game Reports:
- Fresno had a press conference announcing the two-year extension of its union with the Houston Astros, and then struck out 16 more times in a 9-5 loss to Iowa. Tacoma still leads the division by four games.
- Matt Koch pitched Reno to a 6-3 win at Nashville, and the Aces picked up a game. They are 6.5 games behind Tacoma.
- Sacramento edged Omaha, 4-3.
- Oklahoma City’s Charlie Culberson drove in five runs as the Dodgers whacked the Chihuahuas, 13-2.
- Albuquerque made it eight straight wins with a 3-1 victory at Colorado Springs. Jeff Hoffman struck out nine over five innings of one-hit pitching.
- And Las Vegas made it seven straight losses with an 8-6 home defeat to New Orleans.
- Round Rock picked up a 6-2 win at Salt Lake and goes for a sweep tonight. Tim Lincecum starts for the Bees this evening.
Tonight is the last game in Memphis. Afterward, we load up on a bus and drive three hours to Nashville, where a four-game series starts on Tuesday.