Tacoma’s Starter Called Up, Class-A Modesto Ace To Fill In

June 23, 2019

Just another Sunday with your team’s starting pitcher scratched in the PCL… but we should get to see interesting Class-A starter Ljay Newsome make a spot start today; he’s putting up big strikeout numbers in the California League. Check his full stat line here.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma held a 1-0 lead for seven inning, but El Paso hit three-run homers in both the eighth (Jose Pirela) and ninth (Michael Gettys) innings to win the game, 6-1. Jon Niese started for Tacoma and did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth, he left the game after six full innings of shutout ball. Jake Fraley tripled and scored Tacoma’s lone run on a wild pitch.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mariners have called up today’s scheduled starter for Tacoma, Mike Wright, along with reliever Matt Carasiti. They optioned reliever Gerson Bautista to Tacoma, and designated reliever Jesse Biddle for assignment. Ljay Newsome is flying in from Modesto today and will start for Tacoma if he doesn’t run into any travel delays.

TODAY: El Paso (46-28) at Tacoma (35-40), 1:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Diego Padres.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Edwin Rodriguez.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 7-7.

PITCHERS: LHP Kyle McGrath (3-2, 6.51) at RHP Ljay Newsome (–)

Newsome is up from Class-A Modesto to make the spot start. He’s 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA for the Nuts, with 103 strikeouts and eight walks in 77 innings pitched. He was the starting pitcher in the California League All-Star Game on Tuesday, pitching one scoreless inning.

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 14 of his last 16 games, and he is 6-for-17 with two homers and nine walks over the last six games… Ian Miller is second in the PCL with 23 doubles, and he has been successful on his last 13 stolen base attempts.

OPPONENT NEWS: El Paso has the best record in the PCL, but they just finished a losing homestand (3-4) against Oklahoma City (2-2) and New Orleans (1-2)… Ty France is back from the big leagues and he homered in five straight games last week… Jose Pirela has a 16-game hitting streak… Michael Gettys has hit safely in eight straight games, with five homers, and he has homered in each of the first three games of this series.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Seth Mejias-BreanBoog Powell, and Dillon Overton are on the active roster, with Tyler Higgins on the injured list. They also have Seattle University product Eric Yardley, who hails from the Tri-Cities.

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.

PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

In the PCL:

  • Fresno won a slugfest at Salt Lake City, 13-12. The Grizzlies had 18 hits, with Carter Kieboom‘s 4-for-5 leading the way. Salt Lake’s Jarrett Parker tied the franchise record by homering in his fifth straight game.
  • Sacramento scored in the top of the ninth inning and squeaked past Las Vegas, 4-3, on Finn the Bat Dog bobblehead night. The struggling River Cats bullpen delivered 4.1 scoreless innings.
  • This must be a computer error, because it says that Reno beat Albuquerque 1-0 at Reno. There is literally zero chance of that ever occurring, and we’re just going to ignore it until we find out what really happened.
  • Iowa took a rain-shortened game from visiting Round Rock, 6-1. Trent Giambrone hit a three-run homer, and Danny Hultzen made his Iowa debut with a scoreless inning.
  • Omaha scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend San Antonio, 6-5. Jecksson Flores singled home the go-ahead run.
  • Jake Woodford and Dominic Leone combined on a two-hit shutout for Memphis in a 5-0 win at Oklahoma City.
  • Nashville wiped out New Orleans, 10-3, collecting 18 hits. Carlos Tocci had four hits, while Andy Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI.
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Fraley Makes Very Loud Debut

June 22, 2019

Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Jake Fraley didn’t quietly ease into the Tacoma lineup after being promoted from Double-A Arkansas on Friday.

Instead, he had one of the most impactful Triple-A debuts in recent memory, getting involved in everything as the Rainiers eeked out a 6-5 win over El Paso.

In his second at-bat, Fraley launched a three-run homer to right field off El Paso left-hander Dietrich Enns, giving Tacoma a 4-0 lead in the third inning.

Next time up, Fraley snuck a broken bat single into center field to score another run, making it 5-2 Rainiers. He then stole second base, but was stranded there.

With the score tied in the top of the seventh inning, Fraley made a diving catch in right-center field after racing over from his spot in center, bailing out right fielder John Andreoli who had lost the high fly ball in the twilight sky.

Then in the bottom of the seventh, Fraley drew a two-out walk and scored all the way from first base on a double by Jose Lobaton. That proved to be the winning run, as the Rainiers won the game 6-5.

Fraley was involved in five of Tacoma’s six runs. It seemed like he did everything but pitch.

I think he’ll be back in the lineup today…

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Tacoma edged El Paso, 6-5 as Jake Fraley did a whole lot of everything to help the Rainiers get the win. Fraley went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, a stolen base, four RBI, a diving catch in center, and scored the winning run on Jose Lobaton‘s seventh inning double. Parker Markel struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

ROSTER MOVES: There was one additional move prior to last night’s game: veteran infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco was acquired from Monclova in the Mexican League and joined Tacoma, and outfielder Billy Cooke was transferred to Everett.

TODAY: El Paso (45-28) at Tacoma (35-39), 5:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Diego Padres.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Edwin Rodriguez.

SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 7-6.

PITCHERS: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-0, 7.20) at LHP Jon Niese (3-2, 5.03)

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 13 of his last 15 games, and he is 6-for-14 with two homers and eight walks over the last five games… Ian Miller is second in the PCL with 23 doubles, and he has been successful on his last 13 stolen base attempts.

OPPONENT NEWS: El Paso has the best record in the PCL, but they just finished a losing homestand (3-4) against Oklahoma City (2-2) and New Orleans (1-2)… Ty France is back from the big leagues and he homered in five straight games last week… Jose Pirela has a 15-game hitting streak… Michael Gettys has hit safely in seven straight games, with four homers.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Seth Mejias-BreanBoog Powell, and Dillon Overton are on the active roster, with Tyler Higgins on the injured list. They also have Seattle University product Eric Yardley, who hails from the Tri-Cities.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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:

In the PCL:

  • Andrew Stevenson went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBI, Carter Kieboom hit another three-run homer, and Fresno won at Salt Lake 12-8.
  • Sacramento blew another lead, this time a 6-2 advantage going to the bottom of the ninth inning, but they rebounded with a six-run top of the tenth and took down Las Vegas 12-7. Austin Slater went 4-for-4 with four RBI. By the time the game ended, Sacramento starter Conner Menez‘s 12-strikeouts start was long forgotten. Las Vegas third baseman Sheldon Neuse had four more hits and he is 11-for-13 over the last three games. 11-for-13!
  • Braden Shipley was dealing and Reno beat Albuquerque, 5-1. Shipley pitched 6.1 innings and allowed just one run. Albuquerque infielder Garrett Hampson gets to play a series in his hometown.
  • San Antonio’a seven-game win streak came to an end with a 4-3 loss at Omaha. Ryan O’Hearn‘s three-run homer was the crushing blow.
  • Round Rock picked up a 6-5 win at Iowa as both Kyle Tucker and Drew Ferguson had three hits.
  • Memphis banged out 18 hits including five homers in a 14-7 win at Oklahoma City. New left fielder Conner Capel went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI.
  • And in the game of the night, Nashville trailed at New Orleans 5-3 going to the ninth, the ‘Cakes brought in closer R.J. Alvarez to finish ’em off, and Nashville’s Tyler Pill, Patrick Wisdom, and Matt Davidson launched back-to-back-to-back home runs for a 6-5 win.

M’s Promote First Prospect From AA

June 21, 2019

With the minor league season at the midway point, the Seattle Mariners have promoted the first of their Double-A position player prospects to Tacoma.

Jake Fraley, come on down!

Acquired from Tampa in the Mike Zunino trade, Fraley is a 24-year-old left-hand swinging outfielder who has been hitting very well for the Arkansas Travelers. Fraley batted .313 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI for Arkansas, posting a .386 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage. Fraley also swiped 16 bases in 21 attempts, so Daren Brown has another speed guy in his lineup.

Defensively, Fraley can play all three outfield positions. Look for him to immediately hold down a spot in the middle of Tacoma’s batting order.

Fraley is the first of the handful of touted prospects at Double-A Arkansas to be promoted to Tacoma this year, and the second position player promoted after Chris Mariscal (who would have opened the season as Tacoma’s utility man if not for the logjam of infielders back in April).

Hopefully Fraley easily assimilates to Triple-A ball. It should be noted that he was in a bit of a slump at Arkansas these past few games (a 2-for-20 slide). We’ll see how it goes – he should be in the lineup tonight.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: El Paso scored early and often, cruising to a 10-4 win over the Rainiers on Thursday night. Tacoma was down 5-1 in the third inning, and 9-2 by the end of the fifth. The Rainiers did collect ten hits in the game, but left 11 runners on base.

ROSTER MOVES: We’ll have some before tonight’s game. That’s what I wrote yesterday, and there were none. I guess I totally lied. But today… there are moves. Outfielder Jake Fraley arrived from Double-A Arkansas late last night, and he will be added to the roster today. The 18-year-old slugger Robert Perez is off to Everett for their home opener tonight. The Mariners have recalled reliever Dan Altavilla, and optioned Tayler Scott back to Tacoma. And there may be more roster action before 7:05.

TODAY: El Paso (45-27) at Tacoma (34-39), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Diego Padres.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Edwin Rodriguez.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 6-6.

PITCHERS: RHP Miguel Diaz (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Erik Swanson (0-0, 3.75)

Each team is using an “opener.” El Paso will follow with “regular starter” Dietrich Enns, and Tacoma will be using Anthony Misiewicz as its “bulk guy.” The Tampa Bay Rays should be forced to play half of their games in Montreal for inventing this stuff.

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 12 of his last 14 games, and he is 5-for-11 with two homers and six walks over the last four games… Ian Miller is second in the PCL with 23 doubles, and he has been successful on his last 13 stolen base attempts.

OPPONENT NEWS: El Paso has the best record in the PCL, but they just finished a losing homestand (3-4) against Oklahoma City (2-2) and New Orleans (1-2)… Ty France is back from the big leagues and he homered in five straight games last week… Jose Pirela has a 14-game hitting streak… Michael Gettys has hit safely in six straight games, with three homers.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Seth Mejias-BreanBoog Powell, and Dillon Overton are on the active roster, with Tyler Higgins on the injured list. They also have Seattle University product Eric Yardley, who hails from the Tri-Cities.

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 Times has a story on Jake Fraley‘s promotion to Tacoma, and takes a stab at guessing who might be next.
  • The Mariners beat the Orioles last night and have won two games in a row for the first time in over a month.
  • Outfielder Domingo Santana has been heating up.
  • Larry Stone writes that spending money on players for the 2021 season is soon going to be a big part of the Mariners step-back plan.
  • Jim Moore wonders if Felix Hernandez has thrown his last pitch for the Mariners.
  • Fun story on Salt Lake (and PCL All-Star) pitching coach Pat Rice, a former Mariners pitcher and coach, who played in Salt Lake City for a legendary minor league team. In the story we learn that Rice signed his Mariners contract at Duffy’s Tavern, which still exists just a few blocks from the ballpark.

In the PCL:

  • Fresno moved into first place in the Pac-North by splitting a pair of games at Salt Lake. First they completed a suspended game from April 10, which Fresno won 8-4 getting a three-run homer from Carter Kieboom. Salt Lake won the second game 12-11 when Fresno reliever Fernando Rodney threw a game-ending, bases loaded wild pitch to bring in the winning run. That’s a Fernando Rodney Experience, indeed.
  • Sacramento blew a 10-1 fifth inning lead and got walked off in Las Vegas, 11-10. Yowza. Corban Joseph had the game-ending RBI single.
  • New Reno second baseman Andy Young hit a bases loaded triple in the eighth inning to lead the Aces to a 6-4 win over visiting Albuquerque.
  • Iowa made it four straight wins with a 4-3 victory over Round Rock, as Taylor Davis hit a sac fly in the bottom of the ninth to end it. Craig Kimbrel is with Iowa.
  • Trent Grisham belted a three-run homer in his Triple-A debut to help San Antonio win at Omaha, 7-5.
  • Oklahoma City had home runs from Edwin Rios and Shane Peterson in a 5-3 victory over Memphis.
  • New Orleans second baseman Isan Diaz hit two homers and ended the game with a web gem double play in a 6-2 win over Nashville.

Chihuahuas Invade Cheney; Rainiers Pledge To Fight Them Off

June 20, 2019

Hey, we’re back home!

The Rainiers open a five-game home series against the El Paso Chihuahuas tonight, with first pitch set for 7:05.

El Paso has been the best team in the PCL this season, but Tacoma has played them tougher than any other Pacific Conference team. The Rainiers lead the season series, six games to five. This five-game series concludes the head-to-head play between the two teams this season – unless they meet in the playoffs.

The Chihuahuas have had a couple of key position player changes since the Rainiers last faced them at the end of May: the Padres made a catcher swap by calling up Francisco Mejia and sending down Austin Allen, and they sent down Ty France when a player came off the injured list. Just like in late May, for some reason Luis Urias is still in Triple-A.

The San Diego Padres organization is getting into the “opener” trend and El Paso has announced that it will be using one in each of the first two games of this series, and perhaps in the later games as well. Hopefully it will work for them like it has for the Mariners organization, lol.

It should be a good series, hopefully you can make it out to the ballpark.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: It was a league-wide off day in the PCL. On Tuesday the Rainiers closed out the Texas road trip with a 3-1 win in Round Rock. Sean Nolin, Erik Swanson, Darin Gillies, and Matt Carasiti combined to pitch a three-hitter. Shed Long homered to right-center, and Robert Perez hit an inside-the-park home run when the center fielder dived for and missed his sinking line drive. Tacoma went 3-4 on the seven-game road trip.

ROSTER MOVES: We’ll have some before tonight’s game.

TODAY: El Paso (44-27) at Tacoma (34-38), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: San Diego Padres.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Edwin Rodriguez.

SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 6-5.

PITCHERS: RHP Robert Stock (3-0, 3.63) at RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-5, 5.40)

Stock is a reliever who is going to serve as an “opener” for lefty Dillon Overton.

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in 11 of his last 13 games, and he is 4-for-8 with two homers over the last three games… Ian Miller is second in the PCL with 23 doubles, and he has been successful on his last 13 stolen base attempts.

OPPONENT NEWS: El Paso has the best record in the PCL, but they just finished a losing homestand (3-4) against Oklahoma City (2-2) and New Orleans (1-2)… Ty France is back from the big leagues and he homered in five straight games last week… Jose Pirela has a 13-game hitting streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: Former Rainiers Seth Mejias-BreanBoog Powell, and Dillon Overton are on the active roster, with Tyler Higgins on the injured list. They also have Seattle University product Eric Yardley, who hails from the Tri-Cities.

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:

In the PCL:

The entire league was off yesterday. On Tuesday, El Paso salvaged a split of a four-game home series against Oklahoma City with a 19-9 blowout of the Dodgers. The Chihuahuas hit five home runs in that game.


Rainiers Win Thriller In Round Rock

June 18, 2019

Tacoma ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory at Round Rock on Monday night, and absolutely nothing about it was easy.

Mike Wright got the start and he delivered 4.2 scoreless innings as he continues to have success since moving to the rotation. But they were not easy innings – the Express got a few hits, and left a runner stranded at third base four times in the first five innings.

John Andreoli homered in the top of the fourth inning, giving Tacoma its first lead since last Wednesday, and then he ripped a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 3-0.

Round Rock put runners at first and second with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Rainiers reliever Reggie McClain struck out the rehabilitating Jose Altuve, but Josh Rojas smoked the very next pitch to deep right field. A twisting and turning Andreoli made the catch up against the right field fence for the final out of the inning, saving a pair of runs.

That catch became paramount when Round Rock scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning, with Drew Ferguson‘s second triple of the game being the central hit.

We went to the bottom of the ninth with Tacoma clinging to the 3-2 lead. Parker Markel came in from the bullpen and hit leadoff man Alex De Goti with a pitch, then walked Altuve, and we were in big trouble.

But Markel struck out Rojas for the first out, setting up a showdown with slugger Kyle Tucker. Using nothing but 96-98 mph fastballs, Markel struck out Tucker on four pitches to record a huge second out.

We weren’t out of the woods yet. Markel went to a full count on Taylor Jones, eventually walking him to load the bases. But the usually patient Ferguson swung at the first pitch, hitting a dribbler up the first base line that Markel fielded and turned into the final out of the game, securing the win.

The Rainiers won the game despite getting just four hits: two singles from Tim Lopes, and the Andreoli homers.

Tacoma desperately needed that one, and the Rainiers can call it a respectable road trip against two of the top teams in the league if they win the final game tonight. The Rainiers are off on Wednesday (and so is this blog!), and will host El Paso on Thursday night in the opener of a five-game series at Cheney Stadium.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: It was John Andreoli Day at the Dell Diamond, as the Rainiers outfielder homered twice to drive in all three runs and made a difficult game-saving catch in right field as the Rainiers picked up a 3-2 win over the Express. Tacoma ended a four-game losing streak and is now 2-4 on the road trip, with a chance to salvage a split of the Round Rock series in the final game tonight.

ROSTER MOVE: Yesterday the Rainiers activated pitcher Erik Swanson from the injured list. He’s going to be eased back into action as a reliever.

TODAY: Tacoma (33-38) at Round Rock (42-28), 5:05 Pacific.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Mickey Storey.

SEASON SERIES: Round Rock leads, 2-1.

PITCHERS: LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 6.75) at RHP Akeem Bostick (4-2, 6.02)

HOT HITTERS: John Andreoli has reached base in ten of his last 12 games, and he is 4-for-6 over the last two games… Ian Miller is second in the PCL with 23 doubles, and he has been successful on his last 13 stolen base attempts… Tim Lopes has four hits over the last two games.

OPPONENT NEWS: The Express just won two-of-three from Reno… Round Rock scores a ton: they have tallied nine or more runs in eight of the last 13 games… Houston Astros stars Jose Altuve and Collin McHugh each started rehabilitation assignments with the Express on Friday… Nick Tanielu had his 14-game hitting streak end Sunday night. He had 26 hits and 24 RBI during the streak… Drew Ferguson has gone 8-for-13 with two doubles and two triples during this series… touted prospect Kyle Tucker has 23 home runs, which is tied for the lead in all of Minor League Baseball. He’s 6-for-12 with two homers in this series.

FAMILIAR FACES: Round Rock doesn’t have any former Rainiers, but they do have two local players. Taylor Jones graduated from Kentwood High School (Class of 2012) and played at Gonzaga before getting drafted. Nick Tanielu graduated from Federal Way High School (Class of 2011) and played two seasons at Washington State.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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:

In the PCL:

  • Iowa helped out the Rainiers by beating first-place Sacramento, 10-8. Trent Giambrone and Donnie Dewees each hit a two-run homer.
  • Fresno shut out Omaha, 8-0, as Joe Ross and four relievers combined on a two-hitter. Jose Marmolejos drove in four runs.
  • Mauricio Dubon continues to hit. The San Antonio infielder went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and four RBI as the Missions took down Reno last night, 8-4.
  • Here’s one for you: Las Vegas won at Memphis, 15-6, and the Aviators scored in only two innings. They scored seven runs in the second inning, and eight runs in the fifth inning. Hot hitting Franklin Barreto contributed a grand slam.
  • New Orleans took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning at Albuquerque, and then Gabriel Guerrero connected for a three-run homer for some needed insurance runs in a 5-3 win. The big picture story here is that Albuquerque’s Kyle Freeland had his first good start since being optioned by the Rockies, allowing two runs in six innings. The Rockies owner visited Albuquerque.
  • Oklahoma City catcher Will Smith homered in his fifth consecutive game as the Dodgers edged El Paso, 3-2.
  • Salt Lake at Nashville got rained out and they are hoping to play two today.

Bats Show Some Life, But Rainiers Lose In Round Rock

June 17, 2019

Things got a little better for the Rainiers last night, but not enough to secure a win in Round Rock.

Tacoma reached ten hits for the first time in seven games, and pushed three runs across the plate, but took a 6-3 loss. Hopefully that was a sign that the Rainiers bats are coming alive.

Having Shed Long back in the lineup certainly helps. He ripped a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning last night that ended an 18-inning scoreless streak for the Rainiers. He’s someone opposing pitchers have to approach carefully.

Timberline High School product Brennon Kaleiwahea made his Triple-A and Mariners organization debut last night, starting at catcher. He ended up going 0-for-4, but I’m sure it felt good to get that first game under his belt.

Everyone else in the lineup had at least one hit, which is an encouraging sign for a team in need of a breakout.

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Round Rock beat Tacoma, 6-3, but the Rainiers did show some signs of life by collecting ten hits and scoring three runs over the final five innings of the game. On the other hand, Round Rock pitchers Corbin Martin and Ryan Hartman combined to strike out 16. Rehabilitating Jose Altuve went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs, and he’s expected to play again today.

TODAY: Tacoma (32-38) at Round Rock (42-27), 5:05 Pacific.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Mickey Storey.

SEASON SERIES: Round Rock leads, 2-0.

PITCHERS: RHP Mike Wright (0-1, 3.45) at RHP Brandon Bielak (0-2, 13.11)

HOT HITTERS: Shed Long has a four-game hitting streak in the PCL, which includes two games before and after his stint in the majors.

OPPONENT NEWS: The Express just won two-of-three from Reno… Round Rock scores a ton: they have tallied nine or more runs in eight of the last 12 games… Houston Astros stars Jose Altuve and Collin McHugh each started rehabilitation assignments with the Express on Friday… Nick Tanielu had his 14-game hitting streak end last night. He had 26 hits and 24 RBI during the streak… Anibal Sierra has a nine-game hitting streak… touted prospect Kyle Tucker has 23 home runs, which is tied for the lead in all of Minor League Baseball.

FAMILIAR FACES: Round Rock doesn’t have any former Rainiers, but they do have two local players. Taylor Jones graduated from Kentwood High School (Class of 2012) and played at Gonzaga before getting drafted. Nick Tanielu graduated from Federal Way High School (Class of 2011) and played two seasons at Washington State.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 4:50 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:

In the PCL:

  • Iowa’s Trent Giambone homered in the eighth inning for the lone run of the game as the I-Cubs picked up a 1-0 win at Sacramento. It was a pitcher’s duel between Alec Mills and Andrew Suarez.
  • Fresno had a strong start from Paolo Espino and a three-run homer off the bat of Carter Kieboom in an 8-1 win over Omaha.
  • Ex-Rainiers catcher David Freitas homered and drove in four runs to lead San Antonio to an 8-3 win over Reno.
  • Las Vegas connected for 16 hits in an 11-8 win at Memphis. Franklin Barreto hit two doubles and a homer.
  • Salt Lake scored seven runs in the top of the second inning and held off Nashville, 11-8. Kaleb Cowart had three hits with a homer.
  • Luis Urias and Jose Pirela each launched a two-run homer as El Paso picked up a 10-7 win over visiting Oklahoma City. Dodgers prospect Will Smith had four hits.
  • Albuquerque took a 7-3 lead in the fourth inning and barely held on for a 7-6 win over New Orleans.

Rainiers Square Off Against Rehabilitating Astros Stars

June 16, 2019

Tacoma had Felix Hernandez make a rehabilitation start on Friday in San Antonio. Now the Rainiers will get to see a handful of Houston Astros World Series champions make rehabilitation appearances for Round Rock.

This evening both Jose Altuve and Collin McHugh are expected to play for Round Rock. George Springer may also make an appearance – if not tonight, then likely tomorrow.

The Houston Astros have such a large lead in the AL West (9.5 games over second-place Texas) that they can really take their time nursing their injured stars back to full health.

Meanwhile, the Rainiers offensive struggles hit rock bottom (we hope?) last night, with the team mustering just two hits in a 14-0 loss. Tacoma is batting .187 over its last nine games, with 16 runs scored during the stretch. They have managed to win two games during this period, but… c’mon, guys, let’s get some runs.

It won’t be easy tonight, as Tacoma is facing Astros pitching prospect Corbin Martin. He was considered the second-best pitching prospect in the Astros loaded farm system entering the season, but No. 1 Forrest Whitley is out indefinitely with shoulder problems, so Martin is their top arm now.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!

RAINIERS DAILY

YESTERDAY: Saturday’s series opener was a disaster all around, as Round Rock scored in seven different innings, hit four home runs, and pitched a two-hit shutout in a 14-0 wipeout of the Rainiers. The sun rose this morning and today is a new day.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mariners are calling up Austin Nola to take Edwin Encarnacion‘s spot on the roster. Congratulations to Austin, who has been having a great season and earned his first MLB call-up. That left the Rainiers with just one catcher, so Brennon Kaleiwahea has been transferred from extended spring training. Kaleiwahea graduated from Timberline High School in Lacey.

TODAY: Tacoma (32-37) at Round Rock (41-27), 4:05 Pacific.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Houston Astros.

OPPOSING MANAGER: Mickey Storey.

SEASON SERIES: Round Rock leads, 1-0.

PITCHERS: LHP Jon Niese (3-1, 4.36) at RHP Corbin Martin (1-1, 2.54)

HOT HITTERS: None.

OPPONENT NEWS: The Express just won two-of-three from Reno… Round Rock scores a ton: they have tallied nine or more runs in eight of the last 11 games… Houston Astros stars Jose Altuve and Collin McHugh each started rehabilitation assignments with the Express on Friday… Nick Tanielu has hit safely in 14 straight games, with 26 hits and 24 RBI during the streak… Anibal Sierra has a nine-game hitting streak… touted prospect Kyle Tucker has 23 home runs, which is tied for the lead in all of Minor League Baseball.

FAMILIAR FACES: Round Rock doesn’t have any former Rainiers, but they do have two local players. Taylor Jones graduated from Kentwood High School (Class of 2012) and played at Gonzaga before getting drafted. Nick Tanielu graduated from Federal Way High School (Class of 2011) and played two seasons at Washington State.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 3:50 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.

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In the PCL:

  • Sacramento scored twice in the bottom of the 11th inning to take down Iowa, 7-6. Ryan Howard (not that one) doubled in the winning run.
  • Omaha trailed Fresno after four innings, 7-2, but came back and beat the Grizzlies 8-7 at Chukchansi Park. Ryan O’Hearn connected for three hits and drove in two runs in his 2019 Omaha debut.
  • Reno made a costly error in the bottom of the ninth inning allowing San Antonio to tie the game, 3-3, and it wasn’t settled until the 12th when Nate Orf hit a sac fly to give the Missions a 5-4 win.
  • New Orleans starter Destin Beggs somehow pitched into the seventh inning at Albuquerque allowing only one run, Deven Marrero homered twice, and the ‘Cakes beat the ‘Topes 4-1.
  • Oklahoma City mashed out 16 hits and coasted to an 11-3 win at El Paso. Shane Peterson had a homer among his four hits.
  • Jorge Mateo hit his PCL-leading 12 triple (he’s on pace to hit 24 triples, you guys) as Las Vegas won at Autozone Park in Memphis, 8-4.
  • Matt Davidson‘s two-run homer helped Nashville edge Salt Lake, 5-4.