The Rainiers finally got on the field in Omaha on Wednesday, splitting a day/night doubleheader with the Storm Chasers.
The first game started after a 30 minute weather delay, but once it got going we were in good shape. Nearly 48 hours after the team actually landed in Nebraska, the Rainiers finally took the field and claimed a 7-2 win.
Omaha had a strong pitching performance from lefty Eric Skogland in the second game and won that one, 4-2, to salvage a split of the day’s proceedings.
Now we have another doubleheader, to make up Tuesday’s rain out. Two seven-inning games, starting at 3:05 (Pacific) on Thursday. Tacoma’s pitching staff is extremely thin right now and this could be interesting, to say the least.
Yesterday: The teams split a doubleheader. Tacoma won the first game, 7-2, getting home runs from Dan Vogelbach, Dario Pizzano, and Leonys Martin along with a strong start from Kyle Hunter. Martin homered again in the second game – back-to-back with Danny Muno – but Omaha’s Eric Skoglund tossed a complete game and the Storm Chasers won, 4-2.
Roster Moves: The Mariners called up pitcher Casey Lawrence, and optioned Chase De Jong to Tacoma. The Rainiers added pitcher Steven Ridings from extended spring training.
Today: Tacoma (24-13) at Omaha (19-18), doubleheader, 3:05 Pacific.
Opponent Affiliation: Kansas City Royals.
Season Series: Tied, 1-1.
- G1: RHP Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Christian Binford (2-0, 2.57).
- G2: TBA at RHP Josh Staumont (3-2, 3.62)
The Mariners pitching emergency may finally catch up with the Rainiers today. Cloyd is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is limited to 45 pitches in game one, and game two is a bullpen day – and the Rainiers are short in the bullpen to begin with. Ridings, who has pitched in two professional games, is going to be asked to work multiple innings.
Hot Rainiers: Dan Vogelbach saw his streak of reaching base in 26 straight PCL games end in the nightcap of the doubleheader. He has homered in the last three of the last four games, and he has ten RBI over his last seven games… Dario Pizzano is 8-for-20 with three doubles and three homers during a six-game hitting streak… Leonys Martin homered in both games of the doubleheader.
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 12-game hitting streak, going 19-for-48 during the stretch… Mondesi has a nine-game streak, and has hit safely in 15 of 17 games since being optioned to Triple-A by the Royals… Bubba Starling has a seven-game hitting streak.
Local Guys and Ex-Rainiers: None.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 2:50 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.
- The Omaha newspaper has a proper game story on the doubleheader split.
- The Mariners shut out the A’s, 4-0, behind a terrific performance from Christian Bergman. Bergman still leads the PCL in wins. Three takeaways from the game.
- Matt Calkins has a column on Kyle Seager breaking out of his annual early season slump.
- Seattle is getting great production from its young outfielders, Todd Milles writes.
- Scott Servais explained the latest Mariners roster shuffle.
PCL Game Reports:
- Round Rock put up four runs in the top of the tenth inning and won in Reno, 10-6.
- Fresno first baseman A.J. Reed hit a walk-off two-run homer to give the Grizzlies a 6-5 win over Nashville.
- There was a walk-off dinger in Oklahoma City, too: Willie Calhoun connected in the bottom of the ninth to beat Sacramento, 3-2.
- Las Vegas continues to struggle, losing at home to Iowa, 5-4. The I-Cubs are Tacoma’s next opponent.
- Salt Lake scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to subdue the Baby Cakes, 9-3.
- El Paso let one get away to Colorado Springs, 4-2.
- Memphis lost to Albuquerque, 4-3, but the Redbirds converted their outfield wall into a giant Super Mario game, so there’s that.
After tonight’s doubleheader the team takes a quick two-hour bus trip to Des Moines, Iowa to start a four-game series against the I-Cubs on Friday at 5:05 (Pacific).