Tacoma’s five-game winning streak came to an end in El Paso on Tuesday night, with a 4-3 loss to the Chihuahuas. It was the opener of an eight-game road trip for the Rainiers.
It was Tacoma’s first game of the season to be played in one of the PCL’s great hitter’s ballparks, and the Rainiers hit two homers – but didn’t hit much else. Gordon Beckham and D.J. Peterson went deep, but the team had only four additional hits.
The pitching was still quite good. The final total of runs allowed – four – was increased due to some defensive mistakes and a struggle to control the running game. Those are things that can get cleaned up.
The Rainiers will try to even the series tonight at 5:35.
Yesterday: Tacoma hurt itself with a couple of defensive mistakes, which became crucial in a one-run game. Jabari Blash‘s fly ball was lost in the lights for a leadoff triple in the fifth inning, starting a three-run rally for El Paso. The Chihuahuas won it, 4-3.
Roster Moves: Rehabilitating Mariners reliever Steve Cishek has joined the Rainiers, and he might pitch today. Cishek is recovering from offseason hip surgery.
Today: Tacoma (7-5) at El Paso (6-7), 5:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Heston (1-0, 2.25) at RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.61).
Heston pitched a complete game shutout against El Paso in his last start – the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Cheney.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in 11 straight games, and Ben Gamel has reached in ten straight games… Gordon Beckham and D.J. Peterson have each homered in their last two games… reliever Nick Hagadone has retired all 11 batters he has faced, striking out ten of them.
Look Out For: Outfielder Jose Pirela got hot in Reno, going 6-for-11 with a homer in the three-game series. He did not play yesterday… infielder Cory Spangenberg has a five-game hitting streak, going 8-for-19 during it… Jamie Romak has homered in two straight games.
Ex-Rainiers and Locals: Former Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom is now a Chihuahua. He signed with the Padres as a free agent during the offseason… ex-Rainiers outfielder Jabari Blash was optioned to El Paso on Saturday; let’s try to keep him in the ballpark… El Paso pitching coach Bronswell Patrick pitched for the Tacoma Tigers for two years, 1993-1994.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 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 game story from the El Paso Times gives a detailed account of what happened last night.
- The Rainiers announced the winner of their student-designed jerseys and they look really cool. The team will wear them on May 26 at Tacoma Public Schools Night, and the jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit Palmer Scholars.
- The Mariners were held to one hit in a 5-0 loss to the Marlins, ending their four-game winning streak. Three takeaways from the game.
- Matt Calkins wonders who will get the next statue at Safeco Field.
- Tony Zych‘s biceps surgery was a first-of-its-kind for a pitcher, we learn in the Mariners Notebook.
- Reno outfielder Oswaldo Arcia had his second straight two-homer game, driving in four runs, as the Aces won in Albuquerque 7-4. Some alarming stats from the Albuquerque Journal’s story: it was 50-Cent Hot Dog Night, and a crowd of 5,839 fans purchased 23,379 hot dogs for an average of 4.003 hot dogs per person.
- Salt Lake’s Sherman Johnson drove in five runs in an 8-2 win at Sacramento.
- Donovan Hand pitched Las Vegas to a 6-1 win at Fresno.
- Colorado Springs hammered Memphis, 14-4, as Brewers top prospect Lewis Brinson went 4-for-6 with five RBI.
- Vance Worley and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout as New Orleans beat Iowa, 8-0.
- Omaha lost in the eleventh inning at Round Rock, 5-4, when reliever Yender Caramo delivered a walk-off wild pitch.
- Nashville scored five early runs and held on for a 5-3 win in Oklahoma City.