Rainiers Home This Week For Brief Respite

April 30, 2018

Tacoma opens a four-game homestand tonight against a struggling Albuquerque Isotopes team, and you should try to make it out to the ballpark this week because it’s your last chance for a little while.

After this four-game series, Tacoma embarks upon its longest road trip of the season: a 12-day, 13-game three-city jaunt which starts on Friday. In total, Tacoma is playing 18-out-of-22 games on the road, which is the toughest stretch of the 2018 schedule in terms of away games.

The Rainiers missed out on an opportunity to win the Fresno series, dropping the final game on Sunday afternoon before flying home. There were a lot of missed scoring opportunities early in the game, and a shortage of available relief pitchers hurt down the stretch.

Let’s see if the Rainiers can pick up some wins here at home!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma missed out on multiple early scoring opportunities before allowing some late home runs in an 11-5 loss at Fresno on Sunday. Zach Vincej belted Tacoma’s second grand slam of the season in the fifth inning. Fresno won the series, three games to two.

ROSTER MOVE: Prior to yesterday’s game the Rainiers placed RHP Ryan Garton on the disabled list and brought RHP Lindsey Caughel back from Double-A Arkansas.

TODAY: Albuquerque (9-15) at Tacoma (12-11), 6:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Colorado Rockies.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 3-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Max Povse (1-3, 8.31) at LHP Sam Howard (1-3, 5.68)

HOT HITTERS: Chris Herrmann has drawn at least one walk in 11 straight games… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has reached base in ten straight games… Dan Vogelbach has homered in back-to-back games… Danny Muno was 4-for-14 with seven walks in the Fresno series.

OPPONENT NEWS: Albuquerque was in danger of being swept at home in a five-game series, but managed to beat Las Vegas 7-6 on Sunday to avoid that fate. After starting the season 5-2, Albuquerque has lost 13 of the last 17 games… Daniel Castro has the longest hitting streak in the minor leagues, a 22-game run that started immediately after he went 0-for-4 on Opening Night… Mike Tauchman has hit safely in seven straight games since being optioned to Albuquerque by the Rockies.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Isotopes have added former Rainiers and Mariners utility man Shawn O’Malley, who signed with the Rockies during spring training but was injured during spring training.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

  • The Mariners bombed the Cleveland Indians again, this time by a score of 10-4, and completed a remarkable 7-3 road trip on Sunday. Seattle scored 32 runs with ten homers in the four-game series at Cleveland. The M’s are 16-11, which is the most April wins the team has accumulated since 2003.
  • On the injury front, Hisashi Iwakuma pulled himself out of a simulated game the other day, which is not good.
  • While the situation is still fluid, it appears that Shoei Ohtani is going to pitch at Safeco this weekend.

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

ALBUQUERQUE 7, Las Vegas 6 – the Isotopes avoided being swept in a five-game series at home as opening day starter Yency Almonte pitched more than one inning for the first time this season. Story from Albuquerque.

Salt Lake 6, EL PASO 4 – the bashing Bees hit four home runs, two of them by Ryan Schimpf. Story from MiLB.com.

SACRAMENTO 7, Reno 6 – this game was tied 6-6 before Sacramento loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Eury Perez singled home the game-winner.

MEMPHIS 6, Round Rock 1 – new Memphis starter Ryan Helsley struck out nine over seven innings, allowing just one run to earn the win in his Triple-A debut.

OKLAHOMA CITY 5, Iowa 3 – this is getting silly, as Oklahoma City is now 12-0 in home games. Breyvic Valera homered and drove in three runs. Recap from Oklahoma City.

COLORADO SPRINGS 7, Omaha 3 – outfielder Kyle Wren his two doubles and drove in a pair of runs for the Sky Sox.

NASHVILLE 7, New Orleans 2 – the Sounds banged out a dozen hits, with Dustin Fowler leading the way. Fowler doubled, tripled, and homered. Story from cycle-loving MiLB.com.

Interesting: home teams went 7-1 on getaway day in the PCL.

Advertisements

Rainiers Have Chance To Win Tough Road Series

April 29, 2018

Early game – noon start, and immediately afterwards the Rainiers head to the airport and fly home for the quick little four-game homestand which begins Monday evening. Let’s get right to it!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma methodically pounded out ten hits, drew five walks, hit a couple of homers, and had excellent relief pitching in a 7-3 win over Fresno on Saturday night. The series is tied, 2-2, which is quite a boon for Tacoma after dropping the first two games.

TODAY: Tacoma (12-10) at Fresno (15-8), 12:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

SEASONS SERIES: Fresno leads, 4-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Rob Whalen (3-0, 3.09) at RHP Francis Marte (0-1, 6.91)

HOT HITTERS: Chris Herrmann is 12-for-27 with a grand slam, 12 walks, and ten RBI over his last nine games… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has reached base in ten straight games; I like it when he tries to bunt against the shift… Ian Miller has a five-game hitting streak… Danny Muno is 4-for-12 with four walks in the Fresno series.

OPPONENT NEWS: Tyler White has reached base safely in all 22 games he has played in this season… catcher Tim Federowicz has nine hits during a five-game hitting streak… A.J. Reed has homered in back-to-back games, giving him three on the season. He led all of the minors and won the Joe Bauman Award with 34 homers last year.

FAMILIAR FACES: There are no former Rainiers or local players on the Fresno roster.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 11:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

  • The Times has a brief recap of the Rainiers win.
  • The Mariners hit four homers and blasted the Cleveland Indians, 12-4. They are 6-3 on a ten-game road trip which ends today. It’s been a very positive April for the Mariners, who are now 15-11.

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Reno 10, SACRAMENTO 7 – Reno treated this road game like it was being played at Greater Nevada Launching Pad, knocking 16 hits. Catcher Michael Perez went 4-for-4 with his first homer of the season.

EL PASO 7, Salt Lake 2 – tied 2-2, El Paso scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth. Diego Goris hit a three-run homer during the rally. Keep an eye on 23-year-old Padres sleeper prospect Brett Kennedy, who has made five starts and has a 1.29 ERA – and all five starts have been in extreme hitter’s ballparks.

Las Vegas 7, ALBUQUERQUE 5 – PCL veteran Zach Borenstein homered and drove in three runs to lead Las Vegas to its fourth straight win. The Isotopes come to Cheney Stadium tomorrow for four games, and they have some serious pitching issues. Story from Albuquerque.

OKLAHOMA CITY 7, Iowa 1 – that makes the Dodgers an amazing 11-0 in home games this season. That should sell some season tickets, right? Rocky Gale homered and drove in two runs.

Round Rock 7, MEMPHIS 5 – Express right fielder Scott Heineman went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple, and the Round Rock bullpen pitched 5.2 shutout innings. Recap from Memphis.

New Orleans 8, NASHVILLE 6 – Marlins prospect Magneuris Sierra went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple to lead the Cakes to the win.

COLORADO SPRINGS 3, Omaha 2 – Michael Brady and Aaron Brooks handled the majority of the pitching for the Springs in a rare low-scoring game at Security Service Field.


Heredia’s Return Helps Spark Rainiers

April 28, 2018

Tacoma played a terrific game on Friday night in Fresno, getting big contributions from several players in a tight 3-1 win.

One player who provided a lift was outfielder Guillermo Heredia, who surprisingly appeared in the starting lineup just two days after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

Leading off Wednesday’s game, Heredia was hit on the left knuckles by a pitch. He continued the at-bat (the umpire called it a foul ball and not a hit-by-pitch for reasons which are still unclear), popped up to the first baseman, and then was removed from the game.

Afterwards on Wednesday, Heredia said he had no broken bones but the hand was giving him a lot of pain. Manager Pat Listach said Heredia checked out fine but was going to need a few days off.

Well, a few in this case was one: after sitting out Thursday, Heredia was right back in there as the leadoff man on Friday night.

He opened the game by pulling a double down the left field line, starting a two-run rally which gave Tacoma a much-needed first inning lead.

All told, Heredia reached base four times: the double, a single, a walk, and once on an error. He scored a run, and he made all of the plays in center field.

It was good to have him back.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma edged Fresno, 3-1, behind a strong pitching performance. Casey Lawrence started and went five innings, Roenis Elias made his return to Tacoma with a pair of scoreless innings, and then Mike Morin and Erik Goeddel finished things up. Cameron Perkins drove in all three runs.

ROSTER MOVE: One additional roster move was made yesterday: pitcher Ashton Goudeau (ankle) was placed on the disabled list, and pitcher Tyler Jackson was brought back from Class-A Modesto.

TODAY: Tacoma (11-10) at Fresno (15-7), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

SEASONS SERIES: Fresno leads, 4-2.

PITCHERS: LHP Ariel Miranda (0-0, 7.04) at RHP Mike Hauschild (2-1, 4.29)

HOT HITTERS: Chris Herrmann was off yesterday; he is 11-for-23 with a grand slam, 11 walks, and nine RBI over his last eight games… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has reached base in nine straight games… Ian Miller has a four-game hitting streak… Danny Muno is 4-for-9 with three walks in the Fresno series.

OPPONENT NEWS: Third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis has hit safely in ten of 13 games since being optioned from Houston… Tyler White has reached base safely in all 21 games he has played in this season… catcher Tim Federowicz has nine hits during a five-game hitting streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: There are no former Rainiers or local players on the Fresno roster.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Talk 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.

Links:

  • The Mariners lost in Cleveland on Friday, 6-5. There is concern about Erasmo Ramirez, who says he feels fine physically but his pitches are lacking his usual speed and movement.
  • Edwin Diaz leads the majors in saves.

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

SACRAMENTO 6, Reno 4 – Steven Duggar and Chris Shaw each hit a two-run homer for the River Cats, and starting pitcher Dereck “Pudge’s Son” Rodriguez earned his first Triple-A win. Sacramento lost infielder Alen Hanson to a call-up today; he was hitting .403.

Salt Lake 7, EL PASO 5 – Chris Carter launched his ninth homer of the season, part of a three-run eighth inning which gave Salt Lake the lead. Recap from El Paso.

Las Vegas 11, ALBUQUERQUE 9 – Vegas connected for 17 hits, including four-hit performances by Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith. Story from Albuquerque.

Omaha 6, COLORADO SPRINGS 5 (10) – after combining to score 47 runs in the first two games of the series, things slowed down in game three. This one was tied 4-4 after nine.

Round Rock 5, MEMPHIS 4 – Cameron Rupp snapped a 4-4 tie with a solo homer in the top of the seventh inning for the Express. Memphis is getting ex-Rainiers outfielder Tyler O’Neill back from the big leagues. Recap from Memphis.

OKLAHOMA CITY 4, Iowa 1 – Tyler Pill started and went four scoreless innings for the Dodgers, who improved to 10-0 at home this year. That’s right: they still haven’t lost a home game. Recap from Oklahoma City.

New Orleans 3, NASHVILLE 0 – Olympia native Adam Conley tossed six scoreless innings in his first good start of the year (he’s been learning to throw a new pitch, the slider).


Werth Gets First Hit But Rainiers Fall In Fresno

April 27, 2018

Jayson Werth pulled a hard ground ball double down the third base line in the second inning on Thursday night, collecting his first Tacoma hit while starting a two-run rally for the Rainiers, but ultimately Tacoma lost 4-3.

Werth’s double was one of seven hits for Tacoma in the game. The Rainiers had trouble getting baserunners before there were two outs in an inning, and couldn’t string together enough two-out hits to really generate a rally.

Fresno has won the first two games of this five-game series, knocking the Rainiers won-loss record back to .500 at 10-10.

Tacoma has lost four of the five games played against Fresno this year, which appears to be a continuation from last season when the Rainiers went 4-12 against the Grizzlies. Oddly, Tacoma beat Fresno 13-0 in the first meeting this season, and then lost the next four against them.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Fresno’s J.D. Davis snapped a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with a line drive double to left-center, bringing in the go-ahead run in the Grizzlies 4-3 win over Tacoma. Ian Miller, Danny Muno, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis each had two hits for Tacoma.

ROSTER MOVE: After last night’s game infielder Rey Navarro was surprisingly released by the Mariners. The move clears a space for Dan Vogelbach, who is expected to report today.

TODAY: Tacoma (10-10) at Fresno (15-6), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

SEASONS SERIES: Fresno leads, 4-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Casey Lawrence (1-1, 3.00) at LHP Kent Emanuel (2-0, 1.08)

Look for Roenis Elias to pitch in relief today – the coaching staff wants to get him in a game.

Immanuel Kant was a highly influential German philosopher in the 1700s. Kent Emanuel has held Socrates Brito hitless in four at-bats this season.

HOT HITTERS: it’s been slow on the offensive side for Tacoma the last two days… Chris Herrmann is 11-for-23 with a grand slam, 11 walks, and nine RBI over his last eight games… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has reached base in eight straight games, and he has back-to-back two-hit performances… Ian Miller has a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis has hit safely in ten of 12 games since being optioned from Houston… Tyler White has reached base safely in all 20 games he has played in this season… catcher Tim Federowicz has eight hits during a four-game hitting streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: There are no former Rainiers or local players on the Fresno roster.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

Links:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

SACRAMENTO 8, Reno 3 – the River Kitties hit four home runs off Reno starter Braden Shipley, who had been having a good season until, well, yesterday. Andrew Suarez was terrific for seven innings for Sacramento, striking out nine and allowing one run on three hits.

Salt Lake 6, EL PASO 5 – Salt Lake relievers Akeel Morris and Ian Krol each pitched two scoreless innings to protect a one-run lead in a tough environment. El Paso’s eight-game win streak came to an end. Recap from El Paso.

Las Vegas 6, ALBUQUERQUE 4 – Bryce Brentz – the 2018 Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby champion at Cheney Stadium last summer – hit his fourth homer for Las Vegas. Story from Albuquerque.

Omaha 13, COLORADO SPRINGS 9 – the first two games of this five-game series have featured 47 runs. Frank Schwindel and Billy Burns hit three-run homers for Omaha.

OKLAHOMA CITY 4, Iowa 2 – the Dodgers scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the game. Oklahoma City outfielder Henry Ramos has an odd superstition. Game story from Oklahoma City.

NASHVILLE 7, New Orleans 6 (10) – it was 4-4 after nine innings, and then the scoring started. Heralded A’s prospects Dustin Fowler and Franklin Barreto each had three hits.

Round Rock 6/1, MEMPHIS 1/2 – a doubleheader split at Autozone Park. Round Rock’s Andy Ibanez was 4-for-4 with three RBI in the opening game. Recap from Memphis.


Werth Joins Rainiers, Witnesses Ugly Game

April 26, 2018

Jayson Werth made his much-anticipated Tacoma Rainiers debut, starting at designated hitter and going 0-for-3 with a walk in Tacoma’s 10-0 loss at Fresno on Wednesday night.

The game was an ugly one for the Rainiers. At one point while Fresno was batting around during a dreadful six-run fifth inning, I joked on the air that Werth would be leading off the sixth inning if he still wanted to be on the team. Kidding!

Werth is still here. He’s serious about the comeback attempt.

Jayson, don’t worry. Your new team really isn’t as bad as it looked yesterday. In fact, they’re pretty good! The Rainiers are a game over .500 at 10-9. They have won six of the last nine games. Last night was the first time they have been shut out this season.

The team’s ace is on the mound tonight. Everything will be just fine.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers lost to a parade of Fresno hits, 10-0. It wasn’t defensive problems, it wasn’t homers, and there were only four walks (although three were leadoff walks)… it was just a string of base hits by Fresno. Fourteen of them, to be exact. Today is a new day.

ROSTER MOVE: Today the Mariners announced they activated Ryon Healy from the disabled list, and optioned Dan Vogelbach to Tacoma. Vogelbach is expected to report to the Rainiers tomorrow.

TODAY: Tacoma (10-9) at Fresno (14-6), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

SEASONS SERIES: Fresno leads, 3-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Christian Bergman (2-1, 2.49) at RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, 5.65)

Looking forward to calling this one. Rogelio Armenteros just flows off the tongue.

HOT HITTERS: Chris Herrmann has hit safely in four straight games, and he is 11-for-20 with a grand slam, 11 walks, and nine RBI over his last seven games… Cameron Perkins went 0-for-3 last night, just his fourth hitless game of the season… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has reached base in seven straight games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis has hit safely in nine of 11 games since being optioned from Houston… Drew Ferguson has gone 8-for-16 in his last four games, and he has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games… Tyler White has reached base safely in all 19 games he has played in this season… catcher Tim Federowicz has eight hits during a four-game hitting streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: There are no former Rainiers or local players on the Fresno roster.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

Links:

  • Tacoma outfielder Guillermo Heredia was removed from last night’s game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch in the first inning. After the game, Heredia said that nothing was broken but there was a lot of pain. Manager Pat Listach said the pitch hit Heredia on the knuckle and he’s going to be out for a few days.
  • The Mariners got out of Chicago with a series win over the White Sox. Mike Zunino hit a go-ahead homer in the 4-3 win yesterday. The M’s are 4-2 on the ten-game road trip, but have to face Cleveland in the final four games.
  • The Mariners bullpen has been terrific on the road trip.
  • Lookout Landing has one of its informative State of the Farm reports up today.

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

SACRAMENTO 5, Reno 3 – Tyler Beede earned the win for the River Cats, allowing one earned run while pitching into the seventh inning. Alen Hanson had two hits and a homer, he’s batting .429.

EL PASO 6, Salt Lake 4 – that’s eight straight wins for the Chihuahuas. Diego Goris had two hits and two RBI. Recap from El Paso.

Las Vegas 7, ALBUQUERQUE 0 – the Las Vegas pitching woes were temporarily silenced by a gem from P.J. Conlon, who combined with two relievers on a nine-hit shutout. The Vegas paper has the story on Conlon, and the Albuquerque paper has a feature on South African utilityman Anthony Phillips.

NASHVILLE 4, New Orleans 2 – lefty Brett Anderson continued his comeback bid with another strong start, working six innings and allowing two runs.

OKLAHOMA CITY 6, Iowa 3 – infielder Breyvic Valera went 4-for-4 for the Dodgers. Former Rainiers lefty Brian Moran appeared in the box score, tossing a scoreless inning for Oklahoma City. OKC has not lost a home game.

COLORADO SPRINGS 13, Omaha 12 – this game was 10-10 in the fourth inning. Welcome to Colorado Springs! Kyle Wren led a host of big performances, going 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI.

Round Rock at MEMPHIS – postponed, inclement weather.


New-Look Rainiers Open Series At Fresno Tonight

April 25, 2018

We’re back in action tonight after the first day off of the 2018 season on Tuesday. The boys got a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest to explore the area.

Then we all woke up before dawn today to catch the 4:45 AM bus from Cheney Stadium, rode up to the airport, flew to Fresno, took another bus to the hotel, waited around in the lobby for the rooms to be ready (it didn’t take too long), snuck in a brief nap, and now it’s time to walk to the ballpark.

A lot of Rainiers news happened on the off day. Fortunately, being the PCL veteran that I am, I spent a few hours working on the off day because I knew today would be a tough travel day. Did you know Jayson Werth originally signed as a catcher? Nope, me niether.

We’ve exchanged some players, picking up a World Series champion while losing a local guy. The M’s brought back an old friend. And the Rainiers open a five-game series against first place Fresno tonight.

Details below.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The entire league was off on Tuesday. On Monday the Rainiers rode another strong pitching performance from Rob Whalen to a 4-1 victory over Sacramento. Ian Miller and Zach Vincej hit solo homers, and Mike Marjama had a two-run single. Tacoma went 5-2 on the homestand.

ROSTER MOVE: Prior to Monday’s game, infielder Gordon Beckham was placed on the disabled list with abdominal soreness, and outfielder Guillermo Heredia was activated. After the game a lot happened: RHP Josh Smith and infielder Matt Hague were released, and it was announced that LHP Roenis Elias and outfielder Jayson Werth would join the team today.

TODAY: Tacoma (10-8) at Fresno (13-6), 6:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

SEASONS SERIES: Fresno leads, 2-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Max Povse (1-2, 6.08) at RHP Cy Sneed (1-0, 2.45)

HOT HITTERS: Chris Herrmann went 9-for-16 with a grand slam, nine walks, and nine RBI on the homestand… Cameron Perkins has gone 21-for-44 over his last ten games… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has scored a run in six straight games.

OPPONENT NEWS: When Tacoma visited Fresno April 10-12, the Rainiers won the first game and lost the next two. That sent Fresno off on a streak: the Grizzlies won seven straight and ten of 11 games, but have finally lost their last two at Reno… the streak coincided with the arrival of third baseman J.D. Davis from Houston; he’s been hot at the plate… Drew Ferguson has been a great table setter, hitting safely in 14 of his last 15 games… Tyler White has reached base safely in all 18 games he has played in this season.

FAMILIAR FACES: There are no former Rainiers or local players on the Fresno roster as far as I can tell.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 6:20 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.

Links:

Around the PCL – everyone was off yesterday, but a couple of items from Monday’s games:

Memphis starter Austin Gomber tied a franchise record with 16 strikeouts in a 3-0 win at Iowa. Gomber pitched eight innings and threw 112 pitches. You don’t see box scores like this too often. It’s the most strikeouts by a PCL pitcher since Dallas Braden of Sacramento fanned 17 in one game in 2007.

Fresno takes a two-game losing streak into tonight’s game because of a 3-2 loss at Reno on Monday. The Grizzlies received six shutout innings from Trent Thornton and took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth – only to give up three runs and lose. Thornton struck out eight straight Reno batters during his start, tying the PCL record.


Homestand Finishes With Day Game Today

April 23, 2018

Early game today! Come join us for lunch. We have an 11:35 AM first pitch in the final game of the homestand.

Tacoma is 4-2 on the homestand, so that’s a win regardless of today’s outcome. The three-game series against Sacramento is tied, 1-1, so let’s see if Tacoma can take that.

After today’s game there is the first scheduled off day of the season on Tuesday (note: there are no blog updates on off days!) and then Tacoma goes back to Fresno for a five-game series, Wednesday through Sunday. Look for a fresh post on Wednesday afternoon.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma scored six runs in the first inning and took down Sacramento, 12-5. Leadoff man Ian Miller had two hits in the first inning – that’s always a sign that it’s going to be a good day. Oddly, the two teams combined for more walks (18) than hits (17) or runs (17).

ROSTER MOVE: Prior to yesterday’s game the Rainiers placed outfielder John Andreoli on the seven-day disabled list with a dislocated finger, and added outfielder Sebastian Ojeda from extended spring training.

TODAY: Sacramento (7-10) at Tacoma (9-8), 11:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Francisco Giants.

SEASONS SERIES: Tied, 5-5.

PITCHERS: RHP Tyler Herb (1-0, 5.65) at RHP Rob Whalen (2-0, 3.78)

Whalen has had an encouraging last two starts, throwing very well. Let’s see if he can keep it going.

HOT HITTERS: Chris Herrmann is 8-for-14 with a grand slam, seven walks, and nine RBI on this homestand… Cameron Perkins has gone 19-for-40 over his last nine games… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has scored a run in six straight games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Alan Hanson has been on a torrid stretch, going 16-for-32 during an eight-game hitting streak… Steven Duggar has a seven-game hitting streak… Chase d’Arnaud has reached base in nine straight games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sacramento manager Dave Brundage was Tacoma’s manager in 2006, and pitcher Chris Heston spent part of the 2017 season with the Rainiers.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 11:20 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.

Links:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

SALT LAKE 11, Albuquerque 9 – wild start and finish here. Trailing 8-5, Albuquerque scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 9-8 lead… only to give up tying and game-winning homers in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Carter hit the walk-off bomb. The game also featured a HBP battle and numerous ejections in the second inning. Story from SLC.

El Paso 9, LAS VEGAS 6 – Brett Nicholas continued his hot start, launching a homer and driving in three runs. He’s hitting .386 with six homers and 20 RBI for the Chihuahuas. Story from Vegas.

RENO 9, Fresno 4 – the Grizzlies lost for just the second time in the last 12 games. Ex-Rainiers catcher Marcus Littlewood started at second base for Reno and went 3-for-4 with four RBI. Recap from Reno.

OMAHA 4, Nashville 1 – longtime major league Clay Buccholz made his first start for Omaha and pitched into the seventh inning, allowing one run and earning the win. Story from Omaha.

Colorado Springs 6, ROUND ROCK 5 (10) – it was 2-2 after nine innings and then lots of runs scored in the tenth, with the Sky Sox holding on.

Memphis 8, IOWA 6 (12) – the new extra innings rules can result in this: 4-4 after nine innings, each team scored one run in the tenth and eleventh innings before Memphis managed two runs in the 12th. Iowa has a guy throwing 100 mph in the bullpen.

Oklahoma City at NEW ORLEANS – postponed, rain.