Rainiers Look To Even Score With Chihuahuas

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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