Last Home Game Of July Today

July 22, 2018

Another morning spent missing the old days before the newspaper business died when Sunday was the best day of the week to read baseball columns from all around the country.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers continued to have trouble scoring, dropping a 2-1 decision to Salt Lake in ten innings. The Bees scored their automatic runner with a sac bunt and a infield groundout, while Tacoma left its automatic runner stranded at second base. Rainiers pitchers retired the final 19 batters of the game.

TODAY: Salt Lake (53-47) at Tacoma (51-49), 1:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 8-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Osmer Morales (4-3, 6.14) at RHP Bryan Evans (2-1, 5.56)

HOT HITTERS: Andrew Aplin has reached base 39 times in his last 20 games, totaling 25 hits during that stretch… Gordon Beckham is 15-for-34 over his last nine PCL games… John Andreoli has reached base via hit or walk in 20 straight games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake lost 12 out of 13 games going into the all-star break, and is 8-2 since the break. Go figure… Ben Revere has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games… old buddy Dustin Ackley is 8-for-16 over his last five games, and he’s batting .467 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers on Salt Lake’s roster include Dustin Ackley and pitcher Dylan Unsworth. Infielder Luis Rengifo joined Tacoma as an emergency fill-in in 2016 but did not appear in a game.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Talk 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, so Bob Robertson will join me in the booth.

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):

ALBUQUERQUE 10/7, Fresno 3/4 – the Isotopes sweep and the Rainiers gained a half-game in the standings. The first game was suspended in the 4th inning on June 3rd, and in a wonderful bit of luck Rogelio Armenteros of Fresno started on June 3rd… and it was his turn to pitch last night, so he completed his own suspended game and threw a 147-pitch, ten runs allowed “complete game.” Ryan McMahon homered in both games and drove in eight runs. The Albuquerque Journal did it justice in the game story.

EL PASO 9, Sacramento 5 – Chihuahuas ace Brett Kennedy allowed one run over seven innings and improved to 9-0, 2.53 on the year. He may turn in the best pitching season in the brief history of the Chihuahuas.

Las Vegas 5, RENO 4 – closer Gerson Bautista retired six-of-seven batters faced, striking out five, to convert a tough save on the road for Las Vegas.

New Orleans 1, IOWA 0 – Zac Gallen pitched six shutout innings and Isan Diaz doubled in the only run of the game for the Cakes.

MEMPHIS 10, Colorado Springs 1 – center fielder Oscar Mercado went 5-for-5, scored two runs, and drove in two to pace the Redbirds attack. Story from MiLB.com.

Oklahoma City 6/0, NASHVILLE 1/4 – a doubleheader split in Music City. Ex-Rainiers lefty Dean Kiekhefer earned the win with three scoreless innings for the Sounds in the second game; he’s posted a 6-0 record pitching out of the bullpen this season.

Round Rock 1/6, OMAHA 4/3 – also a split. New Omaha hurler Arnaldo Hernandez pitched a complete game two-hitter in the opener. Story from Omaha.


Mariners Get Healthier, But Rainiers Lose

July 21, 2018

Tacoma had a couple of major league players on rehabilitation assignments last night, and they both looked pretty good, but the Rainiers were shut out by Salt Lake and lost 6-0.

Erasmo Ramirez is coming back from a right teres major strain, and yesterday was his first live action since landing on the disabled list May 1. Ramirez pitched two scoreless innings, retiring all six batters he faced with three strikeouts. He’ll begin to build up his pitch count in future outings.

Mike Zunino started and caught the first five innings, as was the plan. He appeared to be fine behind the plate, and he went 0-for-2 in the batter’s box. He struck out looking in his first at-bat, and flied out to center in his next. If his left ankle checks out OK today he is expected to serve as the designated hitter tonight.

In farm system news, Double-A outfielder Braden Bishop is out for the remainder of the season after he fractured his forearm being hit by a pitch on Thursday, thus ending any thought that he might be promoted to Tacoma down the stretch.

The organization elected to replace a prospect with a prospect, sending Kyle Lewis up from Class-A Modesto to Double-A Arkansas.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma got shut out for just the fourth time this season, connecting for just five hits in a 6-0 loss to Salt Lake on Friday night. The Rainiers did not advance a runner past first base until the ninth inning.

ROSTER MOVES: In addition to the moves reported here yesterday, Tacoma activated outfielder Cameron Perkins from the disabled list and sent catcher Joseph Odom back to Double-A Arkansas. Today the Mariners activated Felix Hernandez from the disabled list and optioned John Andreoli back to Tacoma, Mike Morin reports to the Rainiers, and pitcher Tyler Jackson was transferred back to Class-A Clinton.

TODAY: Salt Lake (52-47) at Tacoma (51-48), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 7-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Griffin Canning (0-2, 8.44) at RHP Rob Whalen (7-4, 4.67)

Canning was supposed to pitch yesterday but got pushed back to today.

HOT HITTERS: Andrew Aplin has reached base 38 times in his last 19 games, totaling 24 hits during that stretch… Gordon Beckham has hit three homers over his last eight PCL games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake lost 12 out of 13 games going into the all-star break, and is 7-2 since the break. Go figure… former Mariners prospect Luis Rengifo has hit safely in all eight games he has played in since coming up from Double-A… Ben Revere has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games… old buddy Dustin Ackley is 8-for-16 over his last five games, and he’s batting .467 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers on Salt Lake’s roster include Dustin Ackley and pitcher Dylan Unsworth. Infielder Luis Rengifo joined Tacoma as an emergency fill-in in 2016 but did not appear in a game.

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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Fresno 8, ALBUQUERQUE 5 – Tacoma fall 6.5 games behind first place Fresno. Jake Marisnick had four hits and scored four runs, and A.J. Reed homered and drove in five. The story from Albuquerque focuses on local product Ken Giles of Fresno.

Sacramento 6, EL PASO 5 – River Cats starter Chris Stratton allowed one earned run in six innings while striking out ten.

RENO 11, Las Vegas 8 – Christian Walker went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, and five RBI for the Aces to help overcome a Patrick Kivlehan grand slam. Story from MiLB.com.

IOWA 10, New Orleans 8 – down 8-2 at the stretch, Iowa scored three runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth to stun New Orleans. Ryan Court hit for the cycle, much to the delight of MiLB.com.

OMAHA 6, Round Rock 3 – right fielder Elier Hernandez had three hits and two RBI in his Triple-A debut for the Storm Chasers. Story from Omaha.

Oklahoma City 5, NASHVILLE 4 (10) – the Dodgers blew a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but won it in the tenth. Closer Joe Broussard escaped a 2nd & 3rd, no outs jam in the bottom of the tenth to get the save.

Colorado Springs 1, MEMPHIS 0 – Aaron Wilkerson and two relievers combined on a shutout, and Christian Bethancourt‘s homer was the only run of the game.


Rainiers Happy To Be Home

July 19, 2018

After yet another rough trip to Reno, the Tacoma Rainiers are pleased to open a three-game series at Cheney Stadium against Salt Lake tonight.

Short blog today, due to travel. My apologies.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Back-to-back home runs by Socrates Brito and Cody Decker helped Reno top Tacoma on Thursday night, 5-3. Reno won the series, three games to one. Tacoma fell to 22-57 all time at Reno, since the Aces joined the league in 2009. Tacoma has lost five of the last six games overall and hopes to straighten things out at home this weekend.

ROSTER MOVES: There are going to be a bunch today. For starters, Dan Vogelbach and John Andreoli have been recalled by Seattle, and reliever Mike Morin was outrighted to Tacoma. Pitcher Tyler Jackson is re-joining Tacoma from Class-A Clinton. We could have more moves, too, possibly including a rehabilitating major leaguer.

TODAY: Salt Lake (51-47) at Tacoma (51-47), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 6-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Griffin Canning (0-2, 8.44) at RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 1.86)

Ramirez begins a second rehabilitation assignment with Tacoma, but show up early if you want to see it. He’ll probably only go two innings and it will be Johnny Allstaff after that. Keep an eye on Canning, who is one of the Angels top prospects.

HOT HITTERS: Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 21 consecutive games, and he has a six-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has reached base safely in his last 19 PCL games, and he has a nine-game hitting streak… Andrew Aplin has reached base 36 times in his last 18 games, totaling 23 hits and 13 walks during that stretch… Gordon Beckham has hit three homers over his last seven PCL games… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake lost 12 out of 13 games going into the all-star break, and is 6-2 since the break. Go figure… former Mariners prospect Luis Rengifo has hit safely in all eight games he has played in since coming up from Double-A… Ben Revere has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games… old buddy Dustin Ackley is 6-for-13 over his last four games, and he’s batting .448 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers on Salt Lake’s roster include Dustin Ackley and pitcher Dylan Unsworth. If I recall correctly (and I may be wrong), Luis Rengifo joined Tacoma as an emergency fill-in in 2016 but did not appear in a game.

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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

FRESNO 8, Sacramento 7 (10) – Derek Fisher hit a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth, and after Sacramento tied it in the ninth the Grizzlies won on a sacrifice fly by Antonio Nunez. Tacoma is 5.5 games behind Fresno.

Las Vegas 6, SALT LAKE 4 – Phillip Evans reached base five times and Peter Alonso hit an inside-the-park home run as the 51s spoiled Salt Lake’s attempt at a four-game sweep. Story from Salt Lake City.

ALBUQUERQUE 16, El Paso 1 – wow. The ‘Topes hit five homers.

Iowa 1/3, MEMPHIS 4/0 – a doubleheader split. Dakota Hudson earned his 13th win in the opener; he leads the league by a large margin.

New Orleans 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 – former Jefferson High School and University of Washington product Jeff Brigham went seven innings, earning his first Triple-A win for the Baby Cakes.

NASHVILLE 4, Omaha 2 – PCL earned run average leader Trevor Oaks actually gave up four runs and lost for Omaha.

Round Rock 4, COLORADO SPRINGS 3 – ex-Rainiers pitcher Adrian Sampson tossed seven strong innings to pick up a win in hostile (for pitchers) territory.


Searching For A Push In Reno

July 19, 2018

The Tacoma Rainiers four-game series in Reno started out so promisingly, with a 10-6 comeback win in the opener on Monday night before holding a 9-6 lead with two outs in the eighth inning in the second game on Tuesday.

But Reno put together a stunning comeback and won game two, and then hit four homers and beat Tacoma in the third game last night. Now Tacoma needs a win this evening to get out of here with a series split.

Tacoma starts a left-hander for the first time in this series: Ross Detwiler, who is going to have to dodge a couple of Reno batters who have crushed left-handed pitching this season.

Kevin Cron is batting .448 against lefties, Juniel Querecuto is hitting them at a .480 clip, and Christian Walker is batting .340 versus southpaws. Detwiler’s ability to negotiate these hitters will be key tonight.

Offensively, the Rainiers need to bounce back. After scoring ten and nine runs in the first two games, Tacoma missed out on some early scoring opportunities and was held to just three runs yesterday. You need to score a lot to win in Reno.

After tonight’s game the Rainiers head home for a three-game weekend series against Salt Lake. These will be the final home games of July, as the team finishes the month on the road. Tacoma does have a lot of home dates in August.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Reno hit four home runs as starter Jake Buchanan pitched seven innings of one-run ball, giving the Aces a 7-3 win over the Rainiers. Dan Vogelbach drove in all three Tacoma runs with a double in the first inning and a two-run homer in the eighth. Yasmany Tomas belted two homers for the Aces.

TODAY: Tacoma (51-46) at Reno (48-49), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

SEASONS SERIES: Tied, 6-6.

PITCHERS: LHP Ross Detwiler (2-2, 5.67) at RHP Neftali Feliz (2-3, 5.75)

HOT HITTERS: Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 21 consecutive games, and he has a six-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has reached base safely in his last 19 PCL games, and he has a nine-game hitting streak… Andrew Aplin has reached base 35 times in his last 17 games, totaling 22 hits and 13 walks during that stretch… Gordon Beckham has hit three homers over his last six PCL games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Reno is 10-2 since the Rainiers beat them 4-of-5 from June 29-July 3… they just swept a four-game road series at El Paso… Ildemaro Vargas has an 18-game hitting streak… Kevin Cron had his 11-game hitting streak end yesterday… Juniel Querecuto has gone 11-for-23 over his last seven games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers and Mariners left-hander Anthony Vasquez is with Reno.

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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Sacramento 12, FRESNO 2 – the River Cats banged out 18 hits and crushed Fresno, keeping Tacoma 4.5 games out of first place. Veteran Jerry Sands homered twice for the Cats.

SALT LAKE 11, Las Vegas 5 – a six-run second inning led the Bees to an easy win. Eric Young Jr. had four hits. Story from Salt Lake City.

ALBUQUERQUE 7, El Paso 1 – starter Jeff Hoffman pitched into the sixth inning, allowing one run to earn the win for the ‘Topes. Story from Albuquerque.

OKLAHOMA CITY 6, New Orleans 4 (10) – Kyle Garlick‘s third hit of the game was a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning for the Dodgers. Some notes from The Oklahoman.

Omaha 2, NASHVILLE 0 – Storm Chasers starter Jake Kalish tossed seven shutout innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine.

Round Rock 10, COLORADO SPRINGS 8 (10) – the Sky Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game, 7-7… then promptly allowed three runs in the top of the tenth. Drew Robinson hit a homer and two triples for the Express, driving in three runs.


A Tough Loss In Reno

July 18, 2018

It sure felt like the Rainiers were in position to win their second straight game at Greater Nevada Field on Tuesday night, when the team had a 9-6 lead with two outs and nobody on base for Reno in the bottom of the eighth inning. The way the Rainiers bullpen has been performing for the last two months, this seemed like a sure thing.

But this is Reno, and bad things have happened here since the Rainiers started visiting the city in 2009.

Reno rallied to score four two-out runs in the bottom of the eighth, held off a Rainiers rally attempt in the ninth, and stunned Tacoma 10-9.

The Rainiers all-time record in this ballpark dropped to 22-55, which includes a 2-4 mark this season.

This is the 20th series that Tacoma has played at Reno, and the Rainiers have still won only a single series in this ballpark. Tacoma took two games in a three-game series in 2015.

There is a chance to win this current four-game series, which is tied 1-1. But a win last night would have created a real good opportunity to take it.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers lost a tough one, blowing a 9-6 lead as Reno scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kevin Cron‘s two-run double was the game-winning hit. Tacoma had 14 hits, led by Adam Law‘s 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer performance. Dan Vogelbach reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks. Andrew Aplin and Gordon Beckham chipped in with solo homers.

ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Rainiers added pitcher Christian Bergman to the active roster, and he will start today’s game.

TODAY: Tacoma (51-45) at Reno (47-49), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 6-5.

PITCHERS: RHP Christian Bergman (6-6, 4.78) at RHP Jake Buchanan (6-7, 5.72)

HOT HITTERS: Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 20 consecutive games, and he has a five-game hitting streak… John Andreoli has reached base safely in his last 18 PCL games, and he has an eight-game hitting streak… Andrew Aplin has reached base in 16 straight games, totaling 22 hits and 13 walks during that stretch… Gordon Beckham has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 PCL games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Reno is 9-2 since the Rainiers beat them 4-of-5 from June 29-July 3… they just swept a four-game road series at El Paso… Ildemaro Vargas has an 18-game hitting streak… Kevin Cron has an 11-game hitting streak, with 16 RBI during the stretch… Michael Perez has hit safely in nine straight games… Juniel Querecuto has gone 10-for-20 over his last six games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers and Mariners left-hander Anthony Vasquez is with Reno.

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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

FRESNO 8, Sacramento 3 – Jake Marisnick went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer, while Fresno starter Josh James struck out 12 batters in six innings to earn the win.

SALT LAKE 5, Las Vegas 4 – Bees reliever Greg Mahle delivered three shutout innings from the bullpen to earn the win. Story from Salt Lake City.

El Paso 8, ALBUQUERQUE 2 – the Chihuahuas muscled up for four home runs at Isotopes Park. Cory Spangenberg hit two doubles with a homer to lead the pack. Story from Albuquerque.

COLORADO SPRINGS 11, Round Rock 10 – the Sky Sox had 19 hits, yet still needed a walk-off RBI single by Tyrone Taylor to win the game. Domingo Santana homered twice, and Jake Hager went 5-for-6. Story from MiLB.com.

NASHVILLE 11, Omaha 1 – Sounds designated hitter Anthony Garcia hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had eight runs batted in. Story from MiLB.com.

MEMPHIS 3, Iowa 2 – Redbirds starter Austin Gomber tossed five shutout innings of one-hit ball to earn the win.

OKLAHOMA CITY 5/5, New Orleans 4/2 – a doubleheader sweep for the Dodgers, who won the first game in ten innings. A new league rule was applied: since they were making up a postponement of a game originally scheduled to be played in New Orleans, the Baby Cakes got to play as the home team in Game One. They had a couple of chances to walk-off the Dodgers in their own ballpark, but couldn’t do it. Recap from Oklahoma City.


Rainiers Add Rupp, Take Down Reno

July 17, 2018

Monday was a good day for the Tacoma Rainiers, who added a power-hitting catcher to the roster before beating Reno and picking up a game in the Pacific-North standings.

The Mariners signed former Philadelphia Phillies backstop Cameron Rupp to a minor league deal, and he joined the team yesterday (he did not play last night; look for him to make his Rainiers debut tonight).

Rupp brings experience behind the plate, having spent all of the last three seasons in the majors with the Phillies. He also brings something to the lineup that the Rainiers really need: power.

Tacoma has had just one true home run threat in the batting order, Dan Vogelbach. But Rupp can hit ’em out. He hit eight homers in 32 games (113 at-bats) for Round Rock during the first two months of this season before exercising an out in his contract and becoming a free agent. Over the last two years in the majors, Rupp hit 30 homers in 684 at-bats.

The Rainiers second-best home run hitter has been Gordon Beckham, who has seven. The team RBI leader is Zach Vincej with 44, and he usually hits eighth in the order. Tacoma has been scoring its runs via walks and singles. Rupp should help out in the power categories.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Trailing 6-2 after six innings, the Rainiers rallied to score five runs after there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning and went on to win in Reno, 10-6. Seth Mejias-Brean had the go-ahead two-run single in the seventh. The Rainiers had 15 hits and drew six walks, including their PCL-leading 21st bases-loaded walk of the season. Tacoma pulled to 3.5 games behind Fresno.

ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Rainiers added catcher Cameron Rupp and infielder Gordon Beckham to the active roster, and pitcher Rob Whalen was activated from the disabled list. Infielder Connor Hoover was sent back to Everett, pitcher Darren McCaughan back to Modesto, and pitcher Williams Perez was surprisingly sent to Double-A Arkansas.

TODAY: Tacoma (51-44) at Reno (46-49), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 6-4.

PITCHERS: RHP Bryan Evans (2-1, 5.20) at LHP Anthony Vasquez (6-3, 4.17)

HOT HITTERS: Zach Vincej has 14 RBI over his last 13 games, and he has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 19 consecutive games… John Andreoli has reached base safely in his last 17 PCL games, and he has a seven-game hitting streak… Andrew Aplin has reached base in 15 straight games, totaling 20 hits and 12 walks during that stretch.

OPPONENT NEWS: Reno is 8-2 since the Rainiers beat them 4-of-5 from June 29-July 3… they just swept a four-game road series at El Paso… Ildemaro Vargas has an 18-game hitting streak… Kevin Cron has a ten-game hitting streak, with 14 RBI during the stretch… Michael Perez has hit safely in nine straight games… Juniel Querecuto has gone 9-for-16 over his last five games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers and Mariners left-hander Anthony Vasquez is with Reno.

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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Sacramento 4, FRESNO 3 – the River Cats won a tight game when Gregor Blanco doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning. Tacoma pulled within 3.5 games of first place.

SALT LAKE 10, Las Vegas 5 – the Bees lashed 14 hits, including three apiece by Luis Rengifo and Eric Young Jr. Story from Salt Lake City.

El Paso 6, ALBUQUERQUE 3 – Brett Kennedy continued his excellent season for the Chihuahuas, going five innings to earn the win and improve to 8-0, 2.65 on the year. Story from Albuquerque.

COLORADO SPRINGS 5, Round Rock 4 – the Sky Sox scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by Christian Bethancourt‘s two-run homer.

NASHVILLE 5, Omaha 4 (11) – tied 2-2 after nine, each team scored one run in the tenth before Nashville won it with two runs in the bottom of the 11th. Melvin Mercedes had the game-winning hit.

New Orleans 5, OKLAHOMA CITY 1 – the Baby Cakes rallied to score all five runs in the top of the fourth inning, with a two-run triple by Tomas Telis being the key hit. Trade rumors are swirling around Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo.

MEMPHIS 6, Iowa 4 – trailing 4-1 going to the bottom of the eighth inning, the Redbirds struck for five runs and won the game. Alex Mejia had a pinch-hit two-run single during the rally.


Road Trip To Reno Starts Tonight

July 16, 2018

After a disappointing series split with first place Fresno, Tacoma now hits the road for four games at Reno. It’s a quick road trip, with Tacoma returning to Cheney Stadium this Friday to host Salt Lake.

The Rainiers are 5-4 against Reno this season, losing 3-of-4 at Greater Nevada Field in May before taking 4-of-5 from the Aces at Cheney Stadium two weeks ago. Reno has been playing well recently and brings a six-game win streak into tonight’s contest.

Look for Tacoma to have an improved lineup tonight. Gordon Beckham is expected to report to the team today, and there are rumblings of additional moves which should help the offense. I’ll post them as soon as we get official word.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma’s hopes of winning the Fresno series were ruined, as the Grizzlies took Sunday’s game 5-3 to earn a split of the four-game series. Spot starter Darren McCaughan couldn’t find the magic he had when he shut down Salt Lake in his Triple-A debut on June 1 – this time he allowed a leadoff homer and three runs in the first inning, and struggled to get through four frames.

ROSTER MOVES: There are going to be a few today.

TODAY: Tacoma (50-44) at Reno (46-48), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Arizona Diamondbacks.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 5-4.

PITCHERS: RHP Rob Whalen (7-4, 4.68) at RHP Taylor Clarke (8-7, 4.86)

Whalen is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start tonight’s game. He’s been out since June 21st with shoulder stiffness.

HOT HITTERS: Zach Vincej has 14 RBI over his last 12 games, and he has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 18 consecutive games… John Andreoli has reached base safely in his last 16 PCL games… Andrew Aplin has reached base in 14 straight games, totaling 17 hits and 12 walks during that stretch.

OPPONENT NEWS: Reno has won six straight games, and is 8-1 since the Rainiers beat them 4-for-5 from June 29-July 3… they just swept a four-game road series at El Paso… Christian Walker‘s return from the Diamondbacks has ignited the hot streak; he homered in three straight games prior to going 0-4 yesterday… Ildemaro Vargas has a 17-game hitting streak… Kevin Cron has a nine-game hitting streak… Michael Perez has hit safely in eight straight games.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers and Mariners left-hander Anthony Vasquez is with Reno.

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:

  • We have a Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners got swept by the Rockies and stumbled into the all-star break. They have four days to regroup, holding a three-game lead over Oakland for the final wild card spot.
  • The Seattle Times sent Larry Stone to the All-Star Game and he has this column on Mariners Futures Game participant Kyle Lewis.

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Reno 4, EL PASO 1 – Aces starter Alex Young pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just one run at El Paso, while Socrates Brito and Kristopher Negron homered to help Reno finish the sweep.

SACRAMENTO 6, Salt Lake 5 – new River Cats outfielder Peter Bourjos had two hits and scored two runs.

Albuquerque 14, LAS VEGAS 5 – the ‘Topes were hanging onto a 6-5 lead after six innings, and then they went nuclear with an eight-run rally in the top of the seventh. Stephen Cardullo paced the offense with four hits, but pretty much everyone filled up the box score. Story from Las Vegas.

NEW ORLEANS 11, Colorado Springs 1 – Jarlin “the Marlin” Garcia pitched six shutout innings and Peter Mooney hit a three-run homer for the Baby Cakes. Man, that was a ridiculous sentence. Story from New Orleans.

Memphis 8, OMAHA 0 – Redbirds starter Daniel Poncedeleon had his best game of the year, a complete game one-hit shutout. He walked two and struck out five, and lowered his season ERA down to 2.15. Story from Omaha.

Oklahoma City 11, ROUND ROCK 1 – Donovan Solano went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in as the Dodgers wiped out Round Rock.

IOWA 2, Nashville 0 – Trevor Clifton and three relievers combined on a five-hit shutout for the I-Cubs.