The Rainiers lost on Saturday, but we had a positive event which could impact the playoffs.
Reliever Mayckol Guaipe pitched for the first time since May 31, and he looked sharp in one inning of work.
Guaipe has been out for three months with a forearm strain. During the first two months of the season, he pitched well while shuttling back-and-forth between Tacoma and the Mariners.
He could provide a nice little lift for the bullpen during the playoffs. An extra option to get key outs.
Day game after a night game today, let’s get to the…
Yesterday: Reno banged out 14 hits and pretty much coasted to a 7-2 win over the Rainiers. Nori Aoki‘s two-run homer in the third represented the only Tacoma runs. The Rainiers had just six hits and have not scored much the past three games.
Today: Reno (76-66) at Tacoma (79-62-1), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 11-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Matt Koch (4-2, 3.05) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-2, 3.83)
Koch is pronounced “cook.” Nothing is as it seems, you guys.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in 29 straight games, and he has drawn a walk in 24 of the 29 games… Mike Freeman has reached base 18 times in his last nine games… Paul Fry has allowed one earned run in his last 19 innings pitched.
Look Out For: Dan Rohlfing has an 11-game hitting streak which is the longest of his career… Ildemaro Vargas has gone 15-for-31 against Tacoma this season… PCL home run leader Kyle Jensen has hit six of his 30 dingers against Tacoma – but he got called up yesterday for his first time, at age 28, after 178 minor league home runs. Happy for him!
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. No Bob Robertson today – due to Washington State football last night, he’ll join me on Monday instead.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- The Rainiers game story mostly previews the Rainiers approach to the playoffs.
- The final installment of my weekly minor league notebook for the paper leads off with the plate discipline of Dan Vogelbach, and covers the PCL awards.
- Taijuan Walker had a disaster start and the Mariners got beat up by the Angels, 10-3. He spoke to the media afterwards.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads off with the activation of reliever Evan Scribner.
- Ryan Divish caught up with Dae-Ho Lee.
- John McGrath has his weekly MLB Power Rankings.
PCL Game Reports:
- Our new mortal enemy the hideous, snarling, ferocious, puny little Chihuahuas of El Paso lost to Albuquerque last night, 6-2.
- Las Vegas jarred the Salt Lake Bees, 12-3. Batting title update: Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5, he’s at .354. T.J. Rivera had four hits and is now at .349. Lots of stress in the Las Vegas locker room as this teammate battle goes down to the last day.
- Jon Kemmer continued his second-half surge with a grand slam to help Fresno beat Sacramento, 10-5. When Tacoma played Fresno early in the season, Kemmer was an out. This last series at Cheney, he was hitting cleanup and was a problem that had to be dealt with. One of the most fun aspects of watching minor league baseball: young players visibly improve, often within a single season.
- New Orleans beat Nashville, 6-5, despite three home runs by Sounds third baseman Matt Chapman.
- Round Rock beat Memphis, 4-2, but it was football night in Texas and I can’t find a newspaper report.
- Iowa’s Josh Collmenter pitched well in a 5-1 win over Colorado Springs.
- Omaha got shut out by Oklahoma City, 3-0, and the newspaper story focuses on former College World Series star Brandon Downes who just joined Omaha.