Early game, jump right into it…
Yesterday: We had a rare pitcher’s duel in Salt Lake City with the Bees winning in the bottom of the ninth, 2-1. C.J. Cron doubled home Dustin Ackley with the game-winning run. Tacoma had excellent pitching from Dillon Overton and Nick Hagadone, but couldn’t get the offense going other than an Andrew Aplin solo homer.
Roster Moves: Today the Rainiers are activating reliever Jonathan Aro from the suspended list. He has not pitched yet in 2017, but should provide a nice boost to the bullpen.
Today: Tacoma (30-20) at Salt Lake (28-24), 11:05 AM (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels.
Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 2-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Andrew Moore (1-0, 4.01) at RHP Daniel Wright (2-1, 9.35).
Salt Lake was supposed to start Mariners reliever Evan Scribner‘s younger brother Troy, but the Bees changed it to Wright early this morning.
Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin has reached base safely in 16 straight games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in ten straight games… Zach Shank is 11-for-28 over his last seven games, and is batting .290 in May… Danny Muno has gone 8-for-16 during a four-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Catcher Carlos Perez has gone back-and-forth between the majors and minors this year, but when he’s with Salt Lake he has been a monster. He has 19 hits during an 11-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 17 of his 18 PCL games… C.J. Cron hit a grand slam against the New York Mets last Sunday and then was optioned to Salt Lake to “work on his swing”… Dustin Ackley has a six-game hitting streak, and is 6-for-13 in this series against his former team.
Local Guys and Ex-Rainiers: Former Mariners and Rainiers infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley is with Salt Lake, and so is ex-Rainiers outfielder Ramon Flores… Bees pitcher Troy Scribner is the younger brother of Mariners reliever Evan.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 10:50 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.
Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.
- The Salt Lake Tribune has a recap of the Rainiers game, plus a really good feature story on the Salt Lake catchers and how they came to love controlling the game.
- The Mariners made it two straight wins, beating Colorado 6-5. Sam Gaviglio earned his first major league win and got his first big league hit. Three takeaways from the game.
- Felix Hernandez is progressing from his injury and I wonder if he might have a rehab start at the end of Tacoma’s upcoming homestand?
- The Mariner need to take baby steps, John McGrath writes.
PCL Game Reports:
- Sacramento had 19 hits and ripped Reno, 11-3, keeping the Rainiers just one game behind the Aces in the Pac-North standings.
- Top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario had two hits including a homer, walked, scored three runs, extended his hitting streak to 16 games, and boosted his batting average to .354 in Las Vegas’s 10-5 win over El Paso.
- Fresno pounded 15 hits and hammered Albuquerque, 10-3. Derek Fisher went 3-for-3 with a homer.
- Oklahoma City starting pitcher Trevor Oaks pitched seven shutout innings and launched a three-run homer as the Dodgers orphaned the Baby Cakes, 11-1.
- Injured since spring training, Kansas City Royals infielder Hunter Dozier had a nice rehabilitation game for Omaha in a 10-8 win over Round Rock.
- Nashville is suddenly having trouble scoring, getting shut out for the second time in three games by Colorado Springs.
- Potential PCL All-Star Luke Weaver pitched well to help Memphis beat the Iowa Cubs, 6-5. Weaver – a highly regarded St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect – is now 5-1 with a 2.08 ERA.