Consider all of those times over the years that the Seattle Mariners have had been struggling, stringing together losses, and they have turned to Felix Hernandez to stop the losing skid.
The Rainiers found themselves in the same position on Saturday, taking a four-game losing streak into last night’s game.
Felix delivered in his third and likely final rehabilitation start for Tacoma, pitching six scoreless innings in a 2-0 Rainiers win.
Hernandez allowed just four hits – all singles – and didn’t walk anybody. He struck out eight, and threw 57 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
It’s nice to be able to turn to a six-time all-star and former Cy Young Award winner when you need to stop a losing streak.
Yesterday: Felix Hernandez and four relievers combined on a four-hit shutout and the Rainiers beat Salt Lake, 2-0. It was the 11th shutout pitched by Tacoma this year. Zach Shank paced the offense with two doubles and an RBI.
Roster Moves: Yesterday pitchers Kyle Hunter was transferred to Double-A Arkansas, and the Mariners claimed right-handed reliever Pat Light off waivers from Pittsburgh. Light and Chase De Jong are expected to report on Monday. The Mariners called up pitcher Rob Whalen prior to Saturday’s game, he pitched two scoreless innings, and today they optioned him to Double-A. Seattle has designated Dillon Overton for assignment and called up pitcher Max Povse from Arkansas.
Today: Salt Lake (37-32) at Tacoma (36-31), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Troy Scribner (7-2, 5.12) at RHP Casey Lawrence (0-0, 9.00).
Troy Scribner leads the PCL in wins, and he is the younger brother of injured Mariners reliever Evan Scribner. This is his first time facing Tacoma.
Hot Rainiers: Leonys Martin has a seven-game hitting streak, going 11-for-28 during it… Tuffy Gosewisch is 7-for-21 with four doubles over his last seven games… Jean Machi hasn’t allowed a run in is last ten appearances, spanning 12.1 innings pitched.
Look Out For: Salt Lake just went 6-5 on an 11-game homestand against Las Vegas (3-1), Albuquerque (1-2), and Reno (2-2)… the Bees signed former major league star Michael Bourn to fill the outfield gap when Eric Young Jr was called up to replace Mike Trout.
Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: Ex-Rainiers and Mariners infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley is playing for Salt Lake this year. Bees outfielder Ramon Flores was with Tacoma in August of 2015. And the Bees have added ex-Rainiers and Mariners starting pitcher Doug Fister, but he is not scheduled to pitch in this series.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, so Bob Robertson joins me in the booth and he’ll call the middle innings.
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 Felix Hernandez‘s start from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners got hammered by the Texas Rangers last night, and need a win today to avoid being swept. Three takeaways from the game.
- Matt Calkins has a story on Father’s Day, tragedy, and Mariners shortstop Jean Segura.
- Segura, by the way, may be joining the Rainiers on Monday to rehabilitate his high ankle sprain.
- Seattle Mariners players give advice to those who were just drafted and are starting their professional careers.
- Bob Dutton takes a look at new acquisition Pat Light, who should join the Rainiers shortly.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno hammered the Las Vegas bullpen in an 8-0 win on Saturday. Aaron Laffey tossed seven shutout innings for the Aces.
- Albuquerque third baseman Ryan McMahon had three mores hits, giving him 12 over his last three games, in an 8-4 win at Sacramento.
- El Paso’s win streak ended with a 6-1 loss at Fresno.
- Now playing for Omaha, former Iowa Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler had two hits in his return to Principal Park. However, the I-Cubs won the game, 8-1.
- Nashville earned a 3-2 win over New Orleans in front of a sellout crowd when Renato Nunez singled in the winning run in the ninth inning.
- Drew Stubbs hit a three-run double to help Round Rock take down Memphis, 7-3.
- In a big series at Colorado Springs, Oklahoma City pulled within one game of the first-place Sky Sox by winning big in the opener, 11-2. The local paper has a Father’s Day feature on Sky Sox hitting coach Ned Yost IV.