Tacoma fell to 0-2 on the season by losing in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon, 5-1.
Good pitching by Sacramento was the problem. Top prospect Tyler Beede was strong for six innings, and the River Cats bullpen protected a 2-1 lead until Kyle Blanks lined a three-run homer in the eighth inning to ice the game.
Tacoma’s Dylan Unsworth was solid in his Triple-A debut, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings. He commanded his pitches well and threw strikes repeatedly – 57 of his 76 pitches were strikes. He works at a good pace, too.
The Rainiers will have two chances to acquire that first win today, playing a doubleheader starting at 4:05. Then we fly home in the morning to play the Cheney Stadium opener on Tuesday night.
Yesterday: Sacramento starter Tyler Beede and three relievers limited Tacoma to seven singles in a 5-1 River Cats victory.
Roster Move: Tacoma added pitcher Chase De Jong to the active roster prior to yesterday’s game. To make room, outfielder James Ramsey was released. Tacoma will go with just 11 position players until Boog Powell is eligible to play on Tuesday (or Wednesday – not sure how the suspended game fits into this).
Today: Tacoma (0-2) at Sacramento (2-0), doubleheader, 4:05.
We’re making up the opening night rain out. It will be two seven-inning games, with about a half-hour between games.
Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.
Season Series: Sacramento leads, 2-0.
- G1: RHP Chase De Jong (–) at RHP Joan Gregorio (–).
- G2: RHP Ryan Weber (-) at LHP Ricky Romero (-).
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach reached base three times yesterday, with two singles and a walk. Sacramento was playing a big shift on him, and he beat it going to the opposite field once.
Look Out For: Kelby Tomlinson has four hits and has scored four runs after two games.
Ex-Rainiers and Locals: First-year Sacramento manager Dave Brundage managed Tacoma in 2006. He’s spent the last ten years managing in the International League… River Cats pitching coach Dwight Bernard is an old friend, having served in the same role for Tacoma for seven years… lefty reliever Kraig Sitton is expected to be on Sacramento’s roster tonight; he pitched very well for Tacoma last year before leaving as a free agent… one-time Rainiers outfielder Justin Ruggiano is playing for Sacramento… finally, ex-Rainiers and Mariners SS/3B/2B/1B/OF Michael Morse is on Sacramento’s disabled list.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 3:50 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’ll start with the Seattle Times recap of the Rainiers game.
- The Mariners had an extremely rare loss last night, blowing a six-run lead in the ninth inning. I’ve only seen that happen once in my life. Bob Dutton has three takeaways from the game.
- The Mariners play their home opener today, and James Paxton is on the mound.
- Felix Hernandez has a Make-A-Wish friend.
- John McGrath is hoping the Mariners can play like the 1987 Twins. Fun column.
- The Mariners Notebook includes a Tony Zych update.
- Albuquerque banged out 13 hits in an 8-5 win over Salt Lake.
- El Paso’s Jamie Romak hit his third homer in a 7-2 win over Las Vegas (no story).
- Fresno manager Tony DeFranceso picked up his 1,000th career PCL win with a 5-3 victory over Reno. The Astros top pitching prospect starts for Fresno today.
- Oklahoma City’s O’Koyea Dickson went 4-for-5 in a 12-1 win over Iowa.
- Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam to lead Round Rock to a 7-1 win over Nashville.
- The Sky Sox aren’t going undefeated this year. Omaha got ’em, 8-3.
- Tommy Pham had a big game to lead Memphis in an 8-4 win at New Orleans.