Tacoma came out kind of flat in the series opener at El Paso, dropping a 3-1 decision on Tuesday night.
The pitching was very good, but the offense couldn’t get it going in one of the best hitting environments in the PCL.
Red-hot Rainiers infielder D.J. Peterson left the game after striking out in the top of the fourth inning, his second at-bat of the day. He felt a muscle tighten up and was removed from the game. It’s not thought to be serious and there is a chance he may be back in the lineup today.
Tacoma starts Tyler Cloyd in the second game of the series tonight. Cloyd has been terrific in four starts for Tacoma, posting a 1.10 ERA, but he hasn’t pitched much lately. He’s worked just one inning since May 28, in relief for Seattle on June 9. He should be raring to go tonight.
Yesterday: We had a rare low-scoring game at El Paso’s Southwest University Park, with the Chihuahuas winning 3-1. Tacoma starter Rob Whalen pitched six innings and allowed three runs – and in El Paso, that’s a really good start and usually nets a win. But not yesterday. The Rainiers offense was shut down by El Paso’s Andre Rienzo.
Roster Moves: The Mariners will surely make a roster move to add pitching after yesterday’s 20-7 loss, so stay tuned.
Today: Tacoma (35-28) at El Paso (31-34), 6:05 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 1.10) at RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-4, 4.94).
Hot Rainiers: Tyler O’Neill saw his eight-game hitting streak end last night… D.J. Peterson is 13-for-26 over his last seven games, with three homers, and he has reached base safely in 18 of his last 20 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in 12 straight games.
Look Out For: Former Rainiers outfielder Jabari Blash has homered in three straight games for El Paso, driving in eight runs… Rafael Ortega has a ten-game hitting streak, and he belted a leadoff homer in the first inning yesterday… Rocky Gale and Nick Buss each have six-game hitting streaks.
Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: El Paso outfielder Jabari Blash and pitchers Logan Bawcom, Carter Capps, and Zach Lee are all former Rainiers… El Paso pitcher Adam Cimber graduated from Puyallup High School in 2009, and attended UW for three years before transferring to the University of San Francisco for his senior year.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 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.
- Here’s the report on last night’s game from the El Paso Times.
- The Mariners were the unhappy recipients of a record-setting beatdown at the hands of the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Three takeaways from the game.
- Safeco Field will no longer be called Safeco Field after the naming rights deal expires following the 2018 season.
- Here’s a rundown of the Mariners draft picks from Day Two, with comments from scouting director Scott Hunter. Third round pick Wyatt Mills grew up a Mariners fan.
- A local water polo standout at Curtis High School was drafted by the Chicago White Sox.
PCL Game Reports:
- In a battle between division leaders, Salt Lake’s Michael Bourn homered and drove in four runs to help the Bees beat Reno, 9-5. Tacoma remains four games behind Reno in the Pac-North.
- Fresno out-lasted Albuquerque, 10-9, in a game that featured five lead changes. Fresno is 14-4 over the last 18 games, but there are reports that star outfielder Derek Fisher is being called up today.
- Catcher Kevin Plawecki blasted two homers and drove in five runs as Las Vegas walloped Sacramento, 13-2.
- The division leaders in the American Conference are squaring off in Memphis, and the Redbirds beat Colorado Springs in the opener, 7-4.
- Round Rock’s Drew Robinson hit a leadoff homer, and like a good sitter the Express took care of the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 5-2. Robinson has hit ten homers in his last 15 games.
- Oklahoma City was a 7-2 winner over visiting Omaha. Scott Van Slyke is rounding back into form at the plate, but Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun has injured his hamstring.
- Iowa scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning and won in Nashville, 8-4.