The Rainiers close out the four-game home series against Salt Lake tonight, and the team needs to find some offense.
Sure, Hisashi Iwakuma wasn’t very sharp in his rehab start last night – though he wasn’t very lucky, either. He allowed a solo homer in the first inning, but the real trouble started in the second.
Iwakuma walked the leadoff man, allowed an infield single on a weak ground ball, and then walked another batter to load the bases. A bloop single to left brought in two runs, a bunt single re-loaded the bases, then an error on a grounder to third scored another run. All told, three runs scored in the second inning without any hard-hit balls.
Because he threw 32 pitches in the inning, Iwakuma was pulled short of his expected allotment of 70 pitches. As of right now, we’re not sure what the next step is for him. Tacoma will be on the road in Reno this weekend when his next start would come around.
Offensively, things continue to look grim for the Rainiers.
Tacoma has not scored more than three runs in any of the last five games, and have a total of just 12 runs during that time. They were recently held to three runs or fewer in three out of four games in the hitter’s haven of El Paso. That 9-0 win over Las Vegas on June 9 feels like it was a long time ago.
Tacoma needs a win tonight to salvage a split of the series. Hopefully the bats will come alive.
Yesterday: Hisashi Iwakuma‘s control briefly deserted him in the second inning, and then he got nickle-and-dimed for three cheap hits and three runs in his first rehabilitation start for Tacoma. The Rainiers went on to lose, 6-3.
Today: Salt Lake (39-32) at Tacoma (36-33), 6:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 4-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Daniel Wright (2-2, 7.43) at RHP Chase De Jong (2-3, 4.32).
Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has six RBI over his last seven games… Tuffy Gosewisch is 9-for-24 with five doubles over his last eight games… Zach Shank has reached base in ten straight games.
Look Out For: Cesar Puello has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games… Michael Bourn is a two-time major league all-star and Gold Glove award winner… Jefry Marte snapped a 3-for-34 slump by hitting two solo homers last night.
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.
- The News Tribune has a report on the rehabilitating Hisashi Iwakuma and Jean Segura.
- Mike Zunino homered twice and the Mariners beat the Tigers last night, 6-2. Three takeaways from the game.
PCL Game Reports:
- Reno won again, taking down Las Vegas 9-4 as Zach Borenstein drove in five runs. The Aces have 45 wins and we aren’t quite at the halfway point yet!
- Eight of Albuquerque’s 16 hits were doubles in an 11-6 win at Sacramento.
- The Chihuahuas ran all over Fresno, 10-4. Ryan Schimpf is trying to find his swing.
- Omaha won in Iowa, 5-1, and the Des Moines Register predicts that we’ll be seeing Iowa catcher Victor Caratini in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12.
- Colorado Springs had a relentless attack in a 9-3 win over Oklahoma City. The Sky Sox opened up a three-game lead over OKC in the American-North, with the series finale today representing a big swing game in the standings.
- Memphis scored three two-out runs in the top of the eighth inning and beat Round Rock, 5-4.
- Wow. New Orleans shut out Nashville in both games of a doubleheader sweep yesterday, 1-0 and 6-0.
The Rainiers are off on Wednesday – and so is the blog. We’ll have a new post for you on Thursday afternoon, from Reno.