A massive thunderstorm washed away the game last night, and now we’re in a predicament here in Omaha.
We were scheduled to play four games in three days, and now it’s four games in two days. Because this is the only series of the year between the two teams, the only way to get the games played is to have back-to-back doubleheaders.
The schedule for the next two days:
Wednesday: split doubleheader, two seven-inning games, one at 9:05 AM (Pacific) and the other at 4:35 PM (Pacific).
Thursday: traditional doubleheader, two seven-inning games starting at 3:05 (Pacific).
If the rain causes any more trouble we’ll start cancelling games. There will be no make-ups if the games can’t be played in the two-day window.
Yesterday: Rained out.
Roster Moves: Reliever Art Warren was sent back to Class-A Modesto without appearing in a game, and lefty Paul Paez returns to the club from Double-A Arkansas. The Mariners called up outfielder Boog Powell.
Today: Tacoma (23-12) at Omaha (18-17), split doubleheader, 9:05 AM and 4:35 PM Pacific.
Opponent Affiliation: Kansas City Royals.
Season Series: 0-0.
- G1: LHP Kyle Hunter (0-0, 4.50) at LHP Eric Skogland (1-3, 5.16).
- G2: RHP Chris Heston (2-1, 3.25) at RHP Josh Staumont (3-2, 3.62)
Omaha’s starters are unconfirmed, but that’s how they’ll line up if they back up their rotation after yesterday’s washout.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 25 straight PCL games, he has homered in the last two games, and he has eight RBI over his last five games… Dario Pizzano is 7-for-18 with three doubles and two homers during a five-game hitting streak, and he’s 10-for-30 over his last nine games… Seth Mejias-Brean has hit safely in nine of his first ten games for Tacoma, with four multiple-hit games.
Look Out For: Speed. Omaha has basepath burners Terrance Gore, Paolo Orlando, and Raul Mondesi on the club right now… infielder Ramon Torres has a ten-game hitting streak, going 16-for-42 during the stretch… Mondesi has a seven-game streak, and has hit safely in 13 of 15 games since being optioned to Triple-A by the Royals… Dean Anna is always a tough out in the PCL. He’s hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
Local Guys and Ex-Rainiers: None.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 9:00 on South Sound Sports 850 AM for the first game, and 4:20 for the second. 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.
- Playing without a true closer since Edwin Diaz was removed from the role, the Mariners lost in the ninth inning to the A’s.
- John McGrath suggests using Diaz as a starting pitcher while he works on his mechanics.
- The Mariners aren’t sunk yet, Larry Stone writes.
- Robinson Cano is on the disabled list.
- Reno starter Braden Shipley delivered eight shutout innings as the Aces wiped out Round Rock, 9-0.
- Albuquerque had a strong start from Jeff Hoffman and won at Memphis, 6-3. Dominic Brown connected for a homer.
- Jaycub Brigman had four hits to help Nashville win at Fresno, 11-6.
- Oklahoma City starter Fabio Castillo tossed six strong innings in a 5-2 win over Sacramento.
- Colorado Springs outlasted El Paso, 15-11, in a wild back-and-forth game. Brett Phillips homered twice, including a three-run shot in the top of the ninth.
- In an exact opposite type of game, Salt Lake’s Parker Bridwell pitched the first seven innings of a 1-0 win at New Orleans.
- Iowa edged Las Vegas in ten innings, 8-7, as the 51s continue to struggle.