Iwakuma Pitches For Tacoma Tonight

Injured Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is set to make a rehabilitation start for the Tacoma Rainiers tonight at 6:05.

Iwakuma was placed on the Mariners disabled list on May 7 with a strained lat. He was 0-2, 4.35 in six starts for the Mariners to start the season.

This is Iwakuma’s second rehab outing. He pitched four scoreless innings for Class-A Modesto on Wednesday, throwing 43 pitches.

He’ll likely be bumped up to 60-65 pitches tonight.

Tacoma’s last two wins both came with a major leaguer (Felix Hernandez) on the mound, so maybe Iwakuma can bring home a victory tonight.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Boog Powell hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to put Tacoma ahead 3-1, but Salt Lake rallied late and beat the Rainiers, 4-3. Tacoma starter Casey Lawrence pitched six no-hit innings, but Cesar Puello broke up a combined no-hit bid with a homer off Cody Martin in the seventh.

Roster Move: The San Diego Padres claimed Dillon Overton off waivers, and optioned him to El Paso.

Today: Salt Lake (38-32) at Tacoma (36-32), 6:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Season Series: Tied, 3-3.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Parker Bridwell (2-3, 4.28) at RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (-).

Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has six RBI over his last seven games… Tuffy Gosewisch is 7-for-21 with four doubles over his last seven games… Zach Shank has reached base in nine straight games.

Look Out For: Cesar Puello had two hits and a homer yesterday; he’s hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games… Michael Bourn, a two-time major league all-star and Gold Glove award winner, has a three-game hitting streak.

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 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.

Links:

PCL Game Reports:

  • Hmmm. Reno moved Ketel Marte to center field, and he homered and reached base four times in the Aces 7-3 win over Las Vegas.
  • Joan Gregorio and Michael Roth combined to pitch a shutout in Sacramento’s 1-0 win over Albuquerque.
  • El Paso hammered Fresno, 11-5, as both Ryan Schimpf and Jabari Blash had four hits and a homer.
  • Everyone got in on the offense as Iowa blasted Omaha, 16-3.
  • Memphis won at Round Rock, 7-3, and the Statesman has a feature on Express outfielder Drew Stubbs.
  • Michael Blazek pitched into the eighth inning as Colorado Springs took down Oklahoma City, 5-2. The series between American-North division contenders is tied, 1-1.
  • A doubleheader between New Orleans and Nashville was rained out. Nashville is now set to play three consecutive doubleheaders, with a day off in between on Wednesday.
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