Rainiers Exterminate Bees, 17-1

June 23, 2018

The Rainiers absolutely whacked Salt Lake on Friday night, claiming a 17-1 victory in front of 9,324 disgruntled Bees fans. It was a successful evening.

Tacoma had runners on base all game: 21 hits and 11 walks makes 32 base runners over nine innings.

It got so bad for Salt Lake that this happened: with a runner at second base and one out in the ninth inning, Zach Vincej lined out to third baseman Taylor Ward. Thinking it was the last out of the inning, Ward tossed the ball to a fan in the seats. Since it actually was the second out of the inning, the umpires awarded two bases and the runner at second base was pointed home.

That’s how the Rainiers scored their 17th and final run, and it was a fitting end to the proceedings.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers trounced Salt Lake, 17-1, setting season highs for hits (21) and runs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis broke out of a slump by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, while John Andreoli, Andrew Aplin, and Gordon Beckham each had three hits. The Rainiers have won 10 of their last 12 games.

ROSTER MOVES: The Rainiers did not have any roster moves yesterday, and at the moment none are expected today.

TODAY: Tacoma (39-35) at Salt Lake (42-32), 6:05 Pacific.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 5-2.

PITCHERS: RHP Christian Bergman (4-4, 4.30) at TBA

This was supposed to be a ‘bullpen day’ for Salt Lake, but yesterday became a bullpen day when their starter got knocked out in the second inning. Not sure what their plan is for today’s game.

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games… Gordon Beckham has a three-game hitting streak, and he has reached base in eight straight games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base safely in 11 straight games, mostly due to walks… in his last five games John Andreoli has reached base 12 times, with seven hits and five walks, scoring seven runs.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake just went 3-4 on a road trip through Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs… the Bees lead minor league baseball in runs scored and home runs… Jabari Blash is 6-for-10 with three homers in his last three PCL games… Dustin Ackley had a two-out RBI single last night; he’s batting .522 (12-for-23) with runners in scoring position and two outs in the inning.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Bees currently employ former Rainiers Jabari BlashDustin Ackley and Dylan Unsworth.

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.

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  • The Mariners had a rough one, wasting a pair of three-run homers by Nelson Cruz and blowing two big leads in a 14-10 loss to the Red Sox.

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Albuquerque 7, FRESNO 5 – the Grizzlies six-game win streak ended, and the Rainiers are 6.5 games out of first. ‘Topes centerfielder Garrett Hampson went 5-for-5, and Raimel Tapia hit three doubles. Story from MiLB.com.

El Paso 3, SACRAMENTO 0 – Luis Perdomo and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout for the Chihuahuas.

Reno 5, LAS VEGAS 4 – the Aces snapped a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning when Ildemaro Vargas tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Socrates homered and boosted his batting average to .355. Story from Las Vegas.

IOWA 4, Colorado Springs 3 – the I-Cubs ended a seven-game losing streak when David Bote drew a bases loaded, walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Round Rock 3, NASHVILLE 2 – former Rainiers pitcher Adrian Sampson started for Round Rock, lasting six innings and allowing one run. He’s coming back from elbow surgery.

OMAHA 6, Oklahoma City 3 – rehabilitating Lucas Duda singled, homered, and drove in three runs to lead the Omaha attack. Story from Omaha.

MEMPHIS 5, New Orleans 4 – trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Oscar Mercado hit a game-tying two-run double, stole third base, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

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Bees Do Their Thing, Take Opener

June 22, 2018

The Salt Lake Bees lead all of the minor leagues and are second in professional baseball when it comes to hitting home runs, and that’s how they beat the Rainiers in the series opener on Thursday night.

Jabari Blash hit an early solo shot for the Bees, and then after the Rainiers cut a 4-0 deficit down to 4-3, Rymer Liriano launched a two-run blast in the eighth inning to seal the game for Salt Lake. The Bees won, 6-3.

Salt Lake’s 110 home runs trails only the New York Yankees 122. As you surely noticed, the Yankees just swept the Mariners by hitting eight dingers in a three-game series.

So, the question is, can the Rainiers keep the Bees in the ballpark and win two of the next three games to steal a split on the road?

Tacoma is starting Casey Lawrence tonight, and he is on a run of terrific pitching. Over his last three starts Lawrence has allowed just two earned runs in 22.1 innings pitched, lowering his ERA from 3.64 down to 2.52. He would rank fourth in the league in ERA if he had pitched enough innings to qualify (he is six innings short).

Lawrence has allowed five home runs in 52 innings this season, but none during this three-start stretch in which he has been so dominant.

Hopefully Lawrence can keep the Bees in check, and the Rainiers can get the offense going tonight.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Salt Lake took the first game of the series, 6-3, ending the Rainiers five-game winning streak. Rob Whalen allowed eight hits and three runs in three innings before leaving the game with shoulder discomfort. Tacoma pulled within one run at 4-3 in the eighth, but a two-run homer by Rymer Liriano sealed it for the Bees.

ROSTER MOVES: Today the Mariners activated reliever Nick Vincent from the disabled list, and optioned reliever Ryan Cook to Tacoma. Cook has three days to report, which might mean that we won’t see him until the team returns home on Monday. He does not count on the Tacoma roster until he arrives.

TODAY: Tacoma (38-35) at Salt Lake (42-31), 6:05 Pacific.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 5-1.

The Rainiers are having trouble with the first-place Bees. Most of the games have been close, but Salt Lake has had the advantage.

PITCHERS: RHP Casey Lawrence (5-2, 2.42) at RHP Felix Pena (1-0, 1.80)

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has been successful in his last ten stolen base attempts, and he has hit safely in eight of his last ten games… Gordon Beckham hit a pair of doubles last night, and he has reached base in six straight games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base safely in ten straight games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake just went 3-4 on a road trip through Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs… the Bees lead minor league baseball in runs scored and home runs… Ben Revere has a seven-game hitting streak… Dustin Ackley had a two-out RBI single last night; he’s batting .522 (12-for-23) with runners in scoring position and two outs in the inning.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Bees currently employ former Rainiers Jabari BlashDustin Ackley and Dylan Unsworth.

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.

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  • With top prospect Griffin Canning making his Triple-A debut against the Rainiers last night, the game generated some media attention. Here is the local report from one of the Salt Lake City papers, and we have a report on Canning from MiLB.com.
  • The Mariners ended up getting swept by the bashing Bronx Bombers, dropping a 4-3 decision on Thursday. Seattle has lost four in a row for the first time this season.

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

FRESNO 8, Albuquerque 0 – Cy Sneed had a no-hit bid broken up in the seventh inning, but he shook it off and completed a two-hit shutout in one of the PCL’s finest pitching performances of the season. He struck out 11 and used just 105 pitches. Story from MiLB.com.

El Paso 10, SACRAMENTO 1 – rehabilitating Austin Hedges went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, three runs scored, and three RBI. Allen Craig added four hits for the Chihuahuas.

LAS VEGAS 5, Reno 3 – the 51s received a strong start from P.J. Conlon, and Peter Alonso doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Story from Las Vegas.

New Orleans 2, MEMPHIS 1 (10) – after a strong start by Jarlin Garcia, New Orleans won the game in the tenth on a bases loaded walk drawn by Braxton Lee.

Oklahoma City 7, OMAHA 1 – Dodgers starter Manny Banuelos continued his fine season, tossing six shutout innings with nine strikeouts to improve his numbers to 8-3, 2.88 on the year. Story from Omaha.

NASHVILLE 7, Round Rock 4 – Ramon Laureano and Sheldon Neuse homered to lead the Sounds. It was the first Triple-A home run for Neuse.

Colorado Springs 5, IOWA 0 – Sky Sox starter Aaron Wilkerson along with three relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout.


Rolling Rainiers Take Show On Road

June 21, 2018

After an off day spent entirely at home yesterday, the Rainiers woke up early this morning and took the short flight to Salt Lake City to start a four-game series tonight.

Tacoma is the hottest team in the PCL at the moment, having won nine of the last ten games and moving a season-best four games over .500 on the year.

The Rainiers just completed their best homestand of the season – by far. Tacoma won six of the seven games against Omaha and Iowa, and they won the last five in a row.

Now the team hits the road, where success has been happening for a while now. The Rainiers have a winning record away from home this season, 19-17. More recently, the team has won 14 of its last 22 away games.

A tough opponent awaits. Salt Lake is in first place in the Pac-South, although it has recently stumbled having los six of the last nine while the roster has been in a state of churn. However, the Bees are getting several key players back from the big leagues for this series (Jabari Blash, Kaleb Cowart, Nolan Fontana, Juan Graterol).

Salt Lake looked impressive the one time the Rainiers faced them. The Bees won four-of-five at Tacoma, May 30 – June 3. Two of Salt Lake’s wins were one-run games, and a third one occurred in extra innings.

Tacoma is playing a lot better now than it was during that previous series. This should be a fun four games in Salt Lake City.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers were off yesterday. On Tuesday they beat Iowa, 5-4, to complete their first four-game sweep of the season. Danny Muno hit the go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning. Tacoma used eight pitchers on a true “bullpen day.”

ROSTER MOVES: Tacoma expects to add catcher David Freitas and pitcher Rob Whalen to the active roster today. Both were optioned to Tacoma by the Mariners a couple of days ago. Left-hander Anthony McIver was transferred back to Class-A Modesto, apparently because he was pitching too well in Triple-A. Outfielder Cameron Perkins has started a rehabilitation stint with Everett.

TODAY: Tacoma (38-34) at Salt Lake (41-31), 6:05 Pacific.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 4-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Rob Whalen (7-3, 4.50) at RHP Griffin Canning (-)

We get to see the Triple-A debut of Griffin Canning, who is one of the fastest-moving pitching prospects in the minors. A second round pick out of UCLA in 2017, Canning has moved from Class-A to Double-A to Triple-A in half of a season. He put up a 1.97 ERA in ten Double-A starts.

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has been successful in his last ten stolen base attempts, and he has hit safely in eight of his last ten games… Zach Vincej is 7-for-19 in his last six games… Seth Mejias-Brean has a three-game hitting streak… Dan Vogelbach has reached base safely in nine straight games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake just went 3-4 on a road trip through Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs. The Bees have gone 3-6 over the last nine games amidst a plethora of transactions due to a crazy number of injuries suffered by the major league Angels… Ben Revere and Nolan Fontana have six-game hitting streaks… the Bees had 24 hits in their final game at Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Bees currently employ former Rainiers Jabari BlashDustin Ackley and Dylan Unsworth.

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.

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Around the PCL:

The entire league was off yesterday. Of note from Tuesday’s games: Fresno completed a four-game sweep at Round Rock with a 5-3 victory, maintaining a 6.5-game lead over Tacoma. Salt Lake won its final game ever at Colorado Springs 17-9, collecting 24 hits.


No Manager, Pitching Coach Says “No Problem”

June 19, 2018

Tacoma won again on Monday evening at Cheney Stadium, this time overcoming a managerial ejection to beat Iowa, 5-2.

Rainiers skipper Pat Listach is away from the team this series on his “mandatory vacation” the Mariners make him take each season. Hitting coach David Berg has been filling in as manager, but he found himself ejected in the fourth inning.

That left Tacoma with one staff member: pitching coach Lance Painter, who ended up coaching third base for a few innings.

Since the pitching coach was the last man standing, it seemed logical that this became a pitcher’s game. Starter Ross Detwiler pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just two runs while earning his first Tacoma win. After struggling in his first start with the Rainiers, Detwiler has had two straight quality starts.

The Rainiers relief crew of Tyler Higgins and Shawn Armstrong finished off the game without incident, continuing a torrid stretch from the bullpen.

Tacoma has won eight of the last nine games, and during this time the Rainiers bullpen has a 1.17 ERA (four earned runs allowed in 30.2 innings pitched). Overall, the Rainiers season-long team ERA has dropped from 4.78 to 4.51 during the last nine games.

No matter what happens in the final game of the homestand tonight, it has been a good one for the Rainiers: they are 5-1 on this stretch. A win tonight and a sweep of the Iowa Cubs would just be icing on the cake.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers made it four straight wins with a 5-2 win over Iowa. Seth Mejias-Brean hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, supporting terrific pitching by Ross Detwiler, Tyler Higgins, and Shawn Armstrong.

ROSTER MOVES: A couple of additional roster moves were made yesterday: reliever Mike Morin reported to the team, and pitcher Lindsey Caughel was released.

TODAY: Iowa (25-43) at Tacoma (37-34), 6:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Chicago Cubs.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 3-0.

PITCHERS: RHP Duane Underwood (3-6, 4.50) at RHP Mike Morin (2-1, 3.24)

It’s a “bullpen day” for the Rainiers, who will use relief pitchers to cover all nine innings. Mike Morin is up first. An off day tomorrow means that everybody should be available.

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has been successful in his last nine stolen base attempts, and he has hit safely in eight of his last nine games… Zach Vincej is 6-for-15 in his last five games… Mike Marjama is 8-for-17 during a four-game hitting streak.

OPPONENT NEWS: Iowa has lost five straight games, and went 1-2 at Reno before coming to Tacoma. The Cubs opened the season by losing 21 of the first 26 games, but have gone 20-22 since that dreadful start… David Bote has hit four homers in his last 11 games… Victor Caratini is 7-for-15 over his last four games… Iowa skipper Marty Pevey was named manager of the PCL All-Star team.

FAMILIAR FACES: Two Rainiers players from last year are currently with Iowa: infielder Mike Freeman and relief pitcher Shae SimmonsJacob Hannemann spent September of last season in the big leagues with the Mariners.

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.

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Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Fresno 9, ROUND ROCK 3 – new leadoff man Myles Straw went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, part of Fresno’s 16-hit attack. A.J. Reed hit his 18th home run.

NEW ORLEANS 7, Sacramento 4 – Scott Van Slyke hit a three-run homer and Austin Nola drove in three runs for the Cakes. Story from New Orleans.

Omaha 6, RENO 4 – Storm Chasers starter Trevor Oaks allowed one run over 5.1 innings, earning the win while lowering his ERA to 2.24.

Memphis 5, EL PASO 2 – the Redbirds scored five runs in the top of the first and did not score again… and it held up, thanks to another sterling performance by Dakota Hudson. Hudson leads the league in ERA and wins (9-2, 2.13). The El Paso paper has a feature on reliever Robert Stock.

ALBUQUERQUE 3, Nashville 2 – Raimel Tapia hit a pair of doubles and the ‘Topes go for a sweep today.

Las Vegas 10, OKLAHOMA CITY 4 – outfielder Zach Borenstein hit three doubles and a homer, while Ty Kelly added four singles for Las Vegas. Cody Martin started and went seven innings to earn the win for Vegas.

COLORADO SPRINGS 10, Salt Lake 9 – for the second game in a row the Sky Sox blew a substantial lead in the top of the ninth, just so they could walk it off in the bottom. Matt Thaiss hit a grand slam to give the Bees a 9-8 lead, but the Sky Sox won it on Keon Broxton‘s RBI double.


The Midway Point: A Check-Up

June 18, 2018

Tacoma took down Iowa with ease on Sunday, 12-3, in what was game No. 70 of the season. We have played exactly half of the 140-game schedule.

The Rainiers recent hot streak (they have won seven of the last eight games) has pushed the team’s record to 36-34 on the year. The team is on pace to finish 72-68, which is not typically enough to win the division title. A better second half will be required.

Fresno has been the division leader since early April, and the Astros Triple-A affiliate currently has a 6.5-game lead over Tacoma.

Both Tacoma and Fresno are affiliates of big winners in the majors. Usually this means fewer transactions, which helps keep stability in Triple-A and improves the minor league club. Furthermore, the Mariners and Astros will want to keep capable MLB depth players in Triple-A as the season wears on, in case injuries hit at the major league level.

Looking at Tacoma’s chances of catching up with Fresno in the second half, there are two big positives.

Tacoma’s home schedule is back-loaded in August for the stretch run. The team has played virtually an even number of home/away games as of right now (34 home, 36 road), and the club will spend much of the month of July on the road. But Tacoma is home down the stretch, including an 11-game homestand in late August.

The head-to-head games against Fresno also favor the Rainiers. Tacoma has eight games left against the Grizzlies, and all of them are at Cheney Stadium.

It’s going to be hard to make up a 6.5-game deficit, but there is more than enough time left in the season to do it. Couple the recent surge by the Rainiers with the Mariners winning ways, and we have a positive outlook at the midway point of the season.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers scored early and often on Sunday afternoon, coasting to a 12-3 win over the Iowa Cubs. The Rainiers had 12 hits scattered around the lineup, and they took advantage of seven walks and three Iowa errors. Tacoma’s bullpen pitched 5.1 shutout innings.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mariners announced a couple of roster moves today: they activated reliever Juan Nicasio and catcher Chris Herrmann from the disabled list, and optioned Rob Whalen and catcher David Freitas to Tacoma. Tacoma will have to make room on the roster when Freitas and Whalen report.

TODAY: Iowa (25-42) at Tacoma (36-34), 6:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Chicago Cubs.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 2-0.

PITCHERS: LHP Kyle Ryan (0-1, 3.38) at LHP Ross Detwiler (0-1, 7.45)

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has been successful in his last nine stolen base attempts… Zach Vincej has hit safely in all four games he has played in since coming off the disabled list, going 6-for-12… Mike Marjama is 6-for-13 over his last four games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Iowa has lost four straight games and went 1-2 at Reno. The Cubs opened the season by losing 21 of the first 26 games, but have gone 20-21 since that dreadful start… David Bote saw his seven-game hitting streak end yesterday; he has hit four homers in his last ten games… Victor Caratini is 7-for-11 over his last three games… Iowa skipper Marty Pevey was named manager of the PCL All-Star team.

FAMILIAR FACES: Two Rainiers players from last year are currently with Iowa: infielder Mike Freeman and relief pitcher Shae SimmonsJacob Hannemann spent September of last season in the big leagues with the Mariners.

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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Fresno 6, ROUND ROCK 1 – J.D. Davis had two hits and two RBI, and Rogelio Armenteros pitched five shutout innings. Fresno has won three straight and ten of the last 14 games.

NEW ORLEANS 3, Sacramento 0 – Dillon Peters tossed seven innings of a four-hit shutout for the Baby Cakes. Story from New Orleans.

RENO 8, Omaha 6 – the Aces scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and barely held on for the win. Socrates Brito had two hits and was named PCL Player of the Week.

ALBUQUERQUE 17, Nashville 12 – just another day in Albuquerque. Pat Valaika hit a triple and a grand slam, finishing with six RBI. Mike Tauchman and Jordan Patterson each scored four runs.

Memphis 8, EL PASO 6 – Patrick Wisdom hit a pair of home runs, including one during the go-ahead rally in the eighth inning for Memphis.

OKLAHOMA CITY 5, Las Vegas 3 – the 51s finally had some decent pitching, but they lost anyway. Alex Verdugo doubled and homered for the Dodgers. Recap from Oklahoma City.

COLORADO SPRINGS 8, Salt Lake 7 – the Sky Sox took a 7-2 lead into the ninth inning, gave up five runs, and then won in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off RBI single by Tyrone Taylor. Only in the Springs!


Rainiers Win Again, Turn To New/Old Guy

June 17, 2018

Tacoma picked up another win on Saturday, this time a come-from-behind 5-4 takedown of the Iowa Cubs. That’s six wins in the last seven games for the Rainiers, who moved over the .500 mark for the season at 35-34.

Today the Rainiers are welcoming a familiar face back to the organization, having signed right-hander Bryan Evans. He starts this afternoon against the Iowa Cubs.

While this will only be the second start for Evans in Tacoma, he is well-known in the Mariners system. It seems that every time the organization finds itself needing a starting pitcher at the Double-A level, someone digs out Bryan’s phone number and gives him a call.

This is the third time that Evans has been signed by the Mariners. Twice they have rescued him from the independent Atlantic League, and this time they pulled him out of the Mexican League.

The bearded 31-year-old said yesterday that he was pitching for Bravos de Leon, located in the center of the country. He was 3-3 with a 4.82 ERA over 11 starts in the offense-oriented league.

Evans said he was actually at home in the ‘States when the Mariners called. The Mexican League is playing two shorter seasons with a break in between this year, and Evans went home for the break and was just getting ready to fly back to Leon when Seattle called.

He’s happy to be here, and he’ll certainly be motivated for today’s start.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: After trailing for seven-and-a-half innings, Tacoma scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and beat Iowa on Saturday evening, 5-4. Zach Vincej completed the rally by singling home the go-ahead run, and Shawn Armstrong nailed down the save.

ROSTER MOVES: Prior to yesterday’s game pitcher Lindsey Caughel was activated from the disabled list, and Ariel Miranda was placed on the DL. Infielder/outfielder Logan Taylor was promoted from Double-A Arkansas. Today the Rainiers will officially add pitcher Bryan Evans to the roster and he will make the start.

TODAY: Iowa (25-41) at Tacoma (35-34), 1:35.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Chicago Cubs.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

PITCHERS: RHP Alec Mills (3-5, 3.76) at RHP Bryan Evans (-)

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has been successful in his last nine stolen base attempts… Zach Vincej has hit safely in all three games he has played in since coming off the disabled list…

OPPONENT NEWS: Iowa has lost three straight games and went 1-2 at Reno. The Cubs opened the season by losing 21 of the first 26 games, but have gone 20-20 since that dreadful start… David Bote has a seven-game hitting streak and he has hit four homers in his last nine games… Victor Caratini homered twice yesterday and is 7-for-9 over his last two games… Iowa skipper Marty Pevey was named manager of the PCL All-Star team.

FAMILIAR FACES: Two Rainiers players from last year are currently with Iowa: infielder Mike Freeman and relief pitcher Shae Simmons. Jacob Hannemann spent September of last season in the big leagues with the Mariners.

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):

Fresno 6, ROUND ROCK 1 – starter Trent Thornton had a no-hit bid broken up with two outs in the eighth inning – the longest no-hitter attempt in the PCL so far this season. Story from MiLB.com.

NEW ORLEANS 4, Sacramento 3 – Baby Cakes ace Sandy Alcantara lasted seven innings, allowing two runs and earning the win. Eric Campbell drove in three runs. Story from New Orleans.

Omaha 9, RENO 5 – the Storm Chasers struck for 19 hits, with Jack Lopez and Corey Toups hitting home runs.

EL PASO 13, Memphis 1 – Carlos Asuaje hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with five RBI. Story from a gleeful MiLB.com.

ALBUQUERQUE 10, Nashville 6 – the ‘Topes mashed 16 hits, including three home runs.

OKLAHOMA CITY 8, Las Vegas 1 – the Dodgers are the latest team to take their cuts against the Vegas pitching staff, with third baseman Matt Beaty going 4-for-4.

Salt Lake 6, COLORADO SPRINGS 2 – Sherman Johnson had three hits and scored three runs for Salt Lake, which received a solid start from Luis Pena.


Rainiers Take Down Storm Chasers, I-Cubs Next

June 16, 2018

The Rainiers won the Omaha series and continued their strong play, having now won five of the last six games. Now the Iowa Cubs come to town for a four-game series starting tonight at 5:05.

Tacoma will see if they can keep it going without manager Pat Listach, who is required by the Mariners to take a four-game vacation during the season (as are all Mariners minor league coaches and managers). Pat will miss this series against Iowa.

Rainiers hitting coach David Berg will fill in as manager. He has extensive managerial experience at the lower levels in the Marlins organization, including two seasons piloting Double-A Jacksonville.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Casey Lawrence tossed a gem and Mike Marjama launched a go-ahead three-run homer as the Rainiers beat Omaha on Friday night, 5-2. Lawrence pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one earned run, while Marjama drove in four of Tacoma’s five runs. The Rainiers took two-of-three from Omaha and have won five of the last six overall.

ROSTER MOVES: Prior to yesterday’s game pitcher Ljay Newsome was transferred back to Class-A Modesto, and outfielder Jansiel Rivera was sent to Everett (where he homered on opening night). Today the Mariners announced that reliever Mike Morin has been outrighted to Tacoma.

TODAY: Iowa (25-40) at Tacoma (34-34), 5:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Chicago Cubs.

SEASONS SERIES: First meeting of the year is tonight.

PITCHERS: RHP Trevor Clifton (0-0, 4.50) at RHP Christian Bergman (4-4, 4.28)

HOT HITTERS: Ian Miller has a seven-game hitting streak, and he has been successful in his last nine stolen base attempts… Seth Mejias-Brean went hitless yesterday – just his second 0-fer in the month of June.

OPPONENT NEWS: Iowa has lost two straight games and went 1-2 at Reno. The Cubs opened the season by losing 21 of the first 26 games, but has gone 20-19 since that dreadful start… David Bote is their star; he comes into play with a six-game hitting streak and he has hit three homers in his last eight games… Victor Caratini is back down from Chicago; he’s always a dangerous hitter in the PCL… Iowa skipper Marty Pevey was named manager of the PCL All-Star team.

FAMILIAR FACES: Two Rainiers players from last year are currently with Iowa: infielder Mike Freeman and relief pitcher Shae Simmons.

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.

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Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Fresno 5, NEW ORLEANS 1 – young outfielder Kyle Tucker had three hits and drove in three runs for Fresno, which remains 6.5 games ahead of second place Tacoma in the Pac-North. Story from MiLB.com.

Sacramento 3, ROUND ROCK 1 – rehabilitating Giants starter Jeff Samardzija pitched three scoreless innings, and Matt Gage followed with 4.2 shutout of his own.

RENO 13, Iowa 5 – the Aces had 18 hits. Cesar Puello hit two doubles and a homer, driving in four runs.

OKLAHOMA CITY 6, Salt Lake 1 – starter Manny Banuelos delivered six shutout innings of one-hit ball against his former team. Recap from OKC.

Memphis 6, ALBUQUERQUE 4 (10) – tied 4-4, Memphis scored twice in the top of the tenth inning with Rangel Ravelo singling home the go-ahead run, completing a three-game sweep. Story from Albuquerque.

COLORADO SPRINGS 15, Las Vegas 2 – the Sky Sox hit four home runs. Jett Bandy, Dylan Moore, Tyrone Taylor, and Nate Orf each went deep. Puyallup native Tim Peterson is back in the Las Vegas bullpen after a successful first MLB call-up.

Nashville 8, EL PASO 6 (10) – Jorge Mateo led off the top of the tenth inning with a two-run homer. Ahhh, automatic runners.