Rainiers Fall to River Cats; Add Catcher

Tacoma fell to 1-1 on the season with an 8-2 loss to Sacramento on Friday night. It was a pleasant night at the ballpark (especially for April!), but the Rainiers never had the lead and couldn’t really get anything going.

Game three of the season-opening series is today… at 5:05. Yes, we’re doing the popular 5:05 start times for Saturday home games during the first three months of the season. Don’t let the early start sneak up on you!

We have some player news coming. The Mariners have signed catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann, filling the Tuffy Gosewisch slot on the Rainiers roster. Herrmann is working out with the team right now, but has not been activated yet. He needs a couple of days to get ready.

Herrmann had a strong 2016 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, hitting .284 with good peripheral numbers. But last season he slipped to .184, and the Diamondbacks designated him for assignment two weeks ago. His only PCL experience consists of seven rehabilitation games with Reno in 2016 – he came up in the Twins organization and played his Triple-A ball for Rochester.

He could be activated any day now. You can find his career stats right here.


YESTERDAY: Sacramento hit three early solo home runs and never gave up the lead in an 8-2 win over Tacoma. Chris Shaw, Mac Williamson, and Kyle Jensen went deep during the first four innings to make it 3-0. Williamson finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI. For Tacoma, Garrett Kennedy was a bright spot at the plate, launching his first Triple-A home run in the fifth inning.

TODAY: Sacramento (1-1) at Tacoma (1-1), 5:05.


SEASONS SERIES: Series tied, 1-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Tyler Herb (–) at RHP Rob Whalen (–).

HOT HITTERS: Zach Vincej and Cameron Perkins have each hit safely in both games this season.

OPPONENT NEWS: Sacramento was not good last year (64-77) but appears to have (on paper) a solid lineup. Outfielder Steven Duggar is one of the Giants better prospects, and look out for former PCL slugger Kyle Jensen (Reno, Oklahoma City, New Orleans) who played in Japan last year.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sacramento is managed by former Tacoma hitting coach and manager (2006) Dave Brundage. Pitcher Chris Heston spent time with Tacoma last season.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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.


  • With the Mariners off yesterday, beat writer Ryan Divish answered reader mail.
  • Cool story on the Pittsburgh Pirates 99-year-old usher “retiring.” He worked for the team since 1936, spanning three different stadiums.

Around The PCL (home team in CAPS):

RENO 8, Fresno 4 – Taylor Clarke struck out nine Grizzlies over five shutout innings, earning the win for Reno. Jack Reinheimer homered, and Socrates Brito hit a contemplative two-run triple. Reno is 2-0 on the season. Astros top prospect Kyle Tucker hit a long homer for Fresno – story from MiLB.com.

Albuquerque 9, SALT LAKE 5 – outfield prospect David Dahl went 3-for-5 with four RBI, and Raimel Tapia scored three runs as the Isotopes evened the series.

LAS VEGAS 5, El Paso 2 – former Mets phenom Zach Wheeler is healthy again, and now he’s trying to regain his form… and he looked sharp, allowing one run on three hits over five innings against the Chihuahuas. Story from Vegas.

NEW ORLEANS 5, Nashville 1 – Zac Gallen pitched six shutout innings to put a smile on the face of the Baby Cakes. Marlins top prospect Sandy Alcantara takes the mound today – story from New Orleans.

Memphis 17, ROUND ROCK 4 – the Redbirds took a 5-3 lead into the seventh – a good, close baseball game – and then scored 12 runs in the top of the seventh inning. A 12 run inning! Sixteen batters went to the plate, three Express pitchers were used. Tyler O’Neill hit two homers and drove in five runs. Story from MiLB.com.

Rain 1, IOWA 0 – Oklahoma City at Iowa was postponed.

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