We had a season first on Wednesday night: the Rainiers opponent piled up hits and runs.
Tacoma entered the game with a league-best team earned run average, but El Paso struck for nine runs and 15 hits in a 9-4 victory. Tacoma has lost two straight games.
The team ERA went from below 2.50 up to 3.03. It is now second-best in the PCL – Colorado Springs, of all teams, leads the league with a 2.86 mark.
Wednesday’s game was actually really close and tense until the bottom of the eighth, when El Paso scored five runs to turn a 4-3 lead into a 9-3 lead.
The Rainiers offense hasn’t gotten hot yet. Tacoma has scored seven runs on 15 hits over the first two games of the series – numbers that would be fine in Tacoma, but aren’t going to win many games in the high-scoring environment of El Paso.
There were some positives on Wednesday: Dan Vogelbach belted his first homer of the season, Ben Gamel reached base four times, and Tuffy Gosewish returned from the stomach flu.
Yesterday: One big inning doomed the Rainiers in a 9-4 loss at El Paso on Wednesday night. After seven-and-a-half innings of a tight, one-run baseball game El Paso scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to lock it up.
Today: Tacoma (7-6) at El Paso (7-7), 5:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tied, 3-3.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00).
Overton moves into the starting rotation today – look for Ryan Weber to follow him from the bullpen. Lamet still hasn’t been traded to the Mets.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in 12 straight games, and he has hit safely in five straight… Ben Gamel has reached in 11 straight games; yesterday he was on base four times (three walks and a single).
Look Out For: Cory Spangenberg has a six-game hitting streak, going 10-for-23 during it… Jamie Romak, Jose Pirela, and Diego Goris have four-game hitting streaks.
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.
- We start with the Rainiers game story from the El Paso Times. The link includes a photo gallery.
- The Mariners finished their homestand with a 10-5 win over the Marlins, as Mitch Haniger kept hitting. Three takeaways from the game.
- In a can-you-believe-that-just-happened moment, Ichiro homered in what may have been his final Safeco Field at-bat.
- Felix Hernandez is now tied with Freddy Garcia for most career wins (156) by a pitcher from Venezuela – a personal milestone for Felix. More in the Mariners Notebook.
- The Mariners strong homestand – they went 6-3 – restored hope, Larry Stone writes. They’re resilient, according to John McGrath.
- Manager Scott Servais spoke about how long to stick with a struggling hitter.
- Reno starter Zack Godley had one of the most impressive outings seen at Isotopes Park, delivering seven innings of one-hit ball on just 61 pitches in a 5-1 win.
- Ex-Rainiers outfielder Ramon Flores went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Salt Lake’s 7-4 win at Sacramento. Meanwhile, Sacramento’s Christian Arroyo is on a mega-tear – this article came out before he had four hits and drove in all four runs yesterday.
- Fresno topped Las Vegas, 1-0, with the only run scoring in the bottom of the ninth on Colin Moran‘s game-wining hit.
- Colorado Springs walloped Memphis, 13-4, as Brett Phillips homered twice and drove in six runs. The Sky Sox 9-3 record is the best 12-game start in franchise history.
- Omaha hit four homers in a 5-4 win at Round Rock.
- Oklahoma City lost to Nashville, 9-8, but top prospect Cody Bellinger remains hot at the plate.
- I literally LOL’d in my hotel room at the headline on this story: “In first start after his no-hitter, Baby Cakes pitcher Scott Copeland gets shelled.” Iowa’s Taylor Davis hit a grand slam.