Big Comeback Falls Short; On To Albuquerque

August 13, 2018

This is a bad day for a long travel process, because there is a lot to write about Tacoma’s game last night as well as the series in Salt Lake City. Gotta keep it brief due to time constraints.

The Bees took three of four to win the series, and some crazy things happened. A couple quick notes:

  • Salt Lake’s Jared Walsh had 12 RBI in the four games, and got the save in the final game.
  • Bees catcher Joe Hudson went 6-for-12 with six strikeouts in the series, for a BABIP of 1.000.
  • Jabari Blash homered in three of the four games.
  • As was discussed yesterday, Luis Rengifo switch-hit triples in a single game.
  • Tacoma was down 8-1 in the eighth inning last night, had a position player warming up to pitch the bottom of the inning, scored six runs to make it 8-7, and sat down the position player and brought in a real reliever (no offense to Andrew Aplin).

We had a 3:30 AM wake-up and a two-hour layover today so that’s all I have time for, but it was an interesting series to say the least.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Down 8-1 after seven innings, Tacoma scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to make things interesting before losing to Salt Lake, 9-7. Bees first baseman Jared Walsh went 4-for-5 with three RBI, giving him 12 RBI in the four-game series, and then moved to the mound with two on and two outs in the ninth and retired Ben Gamel to get the save in a move straight out of college baseball.

ROSTER MOVES: The Rainiers will add pitcher Austin Hutchison to the roster tonight, and there is a spot open for him.

TODAY: Tacoma (57-61) at Albuquerque (55-64), 5:35 (Pacific).

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Colorado Rockies.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 7-6.

PITCHERS: RHP Austin Hutchison (–) at LHP David Holmberg (5-6, 5.86).

Hutchison arrives from Advanced-A Modesto to make a spot start for the Rainiers. Moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation in late July, Hutchison is 2-3, 4.27 for the Nuts.

HOT HITTERS: Seth Mejias-Brean has reached base in 23 straight games, and has hit safely in 18 of his last 20.… John Andreoli has reached base in 12 straight and 35 of his last 36 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 32 straight PCL games… Ben Gamel is batting .412 (14-for-34) with a homer and six RBI in nine games since being sent to Tacoma.

OPPONENT NEWS: The ‘Topes just split a four-game series in Fresno, and prior to that they lost five straight against American conference opponents… Garrett Hampson has a 15-game hitting streak in the PCL, and he’s a big time base stealing threat… Noel Cuevas is back in Triple-A where he has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games… Jordan Patterson recently became the Isotopes all-time career home run leader when he hit No. 61, passing Jason Wood (who currently manages Round Rock)… 38-year-old Matt Holliday is with Albuquerque, attempting a comeback similar to Jayson Werth for Tacoma earlier this year.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Isotopes have former Rainiers utility man Shawn O’Malley. Manager Glenallen Hill is a former Seattle Mariners outfielder.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 5:20 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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

FRESNO 9, Albuquerque 4 – Taylor Jones and Alex De Goti each hit two doubles for the Grizzlies, and J.D. Davis added a two-run homer.

LAS VEGAS 14/3, Reno 2/1 – the 51s had an 11-run eighth inning in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game, and then Drew Gagnon tossed a gem in the regularly schedule game while ending Ildemaro Vargas‘s hitting streak at 35 games. Story from Las Vegas.

El Paso 4, SACRAMENTO 1 – the Chihuahuas scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to remain 3.5 games ahead of Salt Lake in the south, heading into their three-game series which starts tonight.

Nashville 9, COLORADO SPRINGS 7 (10) – that is 13 straight wins for the Sounds. they had to score a run in the ninth to get to extras at 6-6 and then win it. They also turned a triple play in the game. Story from MiLB.com.

NEW ORLEANS 7, Iowa 6 – Peter Mooney homered for the second game in a row for the Cakes, and Iowa somehow hit four homers and lost. Story from New Orleans.

Omaha 4/3, ROUND ROCK 3/5 – speedster Terrance Gore scored the winning run on an error in the top of the ninth inning of the completion of Saturday’s suspended game, and the Express won game two to get a split.

OKLAHOMA CITY 9 , Memphis 0 – Brock Stewart was dealing for 7.1 innings of two-hit ball, and Alex Verdugo had three extra-base hits for the Dodgers. Story from MiLB.com.

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Rainiers Survive Rare Feat By Rengifo, Win At Salt Lake

August 12, 2018

Tacoma pulled off a good road win on Saturday night, taking down the Salt Lake Bees 4-3.

It was a tight one-run win on the road against a good team, and there were many heroes from starter Ross Detwiler to closer Shawn Armstrong, and hitting stars Ben Gamel, Cameron Perkins, and Dan Vogelbach.

But let’s pause to recognize Salt Lake’s Luis Rengifo, who did something I cannot recall having seen in person before. The Bees leadoff man switch-hit triples.

Batting right-handed in the first inning against Detwiler, Rengifo tripled to deep left-center.

Fast forward to the seventh inning, and Rengifo was batting left-handed against reliever Mike Morin. This time he ripped a line drive triple to right-center.

Two triples in the game, one from each side of the plate.

This seems like a rare feat, and while a brief google search didn’t get anywhere I am sure it has happened in the majors before. One of the most prolific triples hitters of the last fifty years, Willie Wilson, was a switch-hitter. Other switch-hitting triples hitters who immediately come to mind are Tim Raines and Willie McGee. More recently, Jose Reyes is a switch-hitter with a lot of triples.

It was definitely something that you don’t see often.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma hung on for a 4-3 win in Salt Lake City, ending a three-game losing streak. Dan Vogelbach singled home Ben Gamel in the top of the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie. Cameron Perkins hit a two-run homer earlier, and Ross Detwiler had a terrific start allowing one run in six innings. Salt Lake’s Luis Rengifo switch-hit triples, which has got to be a rare feat, right?

ROSTER MOVES: Recently optioned reliever Chasen Bradford is expected to join the Rainiers today. The Mariners activated Erasmo Ramirez from the disabled list and optioned reliever Nick Rumbelow to Tacoma; we’ll see when he reports.

TODAY: Tacoma (57-60) at Salt Lake (63-55), 5:05 (Pacific).

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 11-4.

PITCHERS: RHP Rob Whalen (7-6, 4.90) at LHP Jose Suarez (0-4, 5.40).

HOT HITTERS: Seth Mejias-Brean has reached base in 22 straight games, and has hit safely in 17 of his last 19.… John Andreoli has reached base in 34 of his last 35 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 31 straight PCL games… Ben Gamel is batting .424 (14-for-33) with a homer and six RBI in eight games since being sent to Tacoma.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake is 3.5 games behind the first place El Paso Chihuahuas in the South… Salt Lake just had a manager change, when Keith Johnson was promoted to the Angels major league coaching staff, and Eric Chavez was named Bees manager… Taylor Ward had his eight-game hitting streak end last night. The former first round draft pick is batting .350 since coming up from Double-A in late May… Jared Walsh is 5-for-12 with two doubles, a homer, and nine RBI in the first three games of the series.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Bees currently feature former Rainiers Dustin AckleyJabari Blash, and Dylan Unsworth. The also have Alberto Triunfel, who is the younger brother of ex-Rainiers shortstop Carlos Triunfel.

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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Albuquerque 10, FRESNO 0 – the Isotopes were three outs away from their first no-hitter in the history of the re-started Albuquerque franchise when Garrett Stubbs doubled in the ninth inning. Five pitchers combined on a one-hitter.

El Paso 2, SACRAMENTO 1 – in his Triple-A debut Logan Allen pitched six shutout innings as the Chihuahuas opened up a 3.5-game lead over Salt Lake in the Pac-South. Story from MiLB.com.

Reno 2, LAS VEGAS 1 (suspended) – halted in the fifth inning due to a haboob. They’ll finish it today. Story from Las Vegas.

NEW ORLEANS 9, Iowa 2 – Austin Dean had three hits including two home runs, driving in three, raising his batting average to .327. Jeff Brigham picked up another win for the Cakes; the UW product is 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA since coming up from Double-A. Story from New Orleans.

Omaha 2, ROUND ROCK 2 (suspended) – called in the fourth inning due to rain, to be continued today.

Nashville 3, COLORADO SPRINGS 2 – that’s 12 straight wins for the Oakland A’s affiliate. Dustin Fowler had three hits and Anthony Garcia drove in all three runs.

Memphis 14, OKLAHOMA CITY 0 – well, that wasn’t close. Ramon Urias led the Redbirds offense by going 4-for-5 with three RBI.


Ex-Rainier Blash Hits Decisive Homer for Salt Lake

August 11, 2018

Jabari Blash is at it again. He has homered in back-to-back games against the Rainiers, and the Salt Lake slugger has 25 taters on the season – just one behind league leader Tyler O’Neill of Memphis.

The large man from the Virgin Islands played for Tacoma in 2014 and 2015, and it was that second year in which he became Really Good at Triple-A Baseball. He hit 22 homers in just 197 at-bats over the second half of the 2015 Tacoma Rainiers season.

Now with his third PCL team, Blash has hit 90 homers in 1,009 Triple-A at-bats over parts of five seasons. He’s a true PCL slugger.

Blash hit a solo shot in the series opener on Thursday, and last night he hit the go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hopefully the Rainiers can keep him in the park during the final two games of this series.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma was sailing along with a 3-1 lead with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning when the boat capsized. Salt Lake scored five two-out runs in the fifth inning, added four more runs in the sixth, and took down the Rainiers 10-4. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and two RBI for Tacoma.

TODAY: Tacoma (56-60) at Salt Lake (63-54), 5:35 (Pacific).

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 11-3.

PITCHERS: LHP Ross Detwiler (2-5, 5.31) at RHP Griffin Canning (1-3, 6.56).

HOT HITTERS: Seth Mejias-Brean has reached base in 20 straight games, and has hit safely in 17 of his last 18.… John Andreoli has reached base in 33 of his last 34 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 30 straight PCL games… Ben Gamel is 12-for-29 with a homer and five RBI in seven games since being sent to Tacoma… Gordon Beckham is 13-for-33 over his last eight games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake has pulled within 2.5 games of the first place El Paso Chihuahuas in the South… Salt Lake just had a manager change, when Keith Johnson was promoted to the Angels major league coaching staff, and Eric Chavez was named Bees manager… Taylor Ward has an eight-game hitting streak, and the former first round draft pick is batting .355 since coming up from Double-A in late May… Jared Walsh has driven in four runs in back-to-back games, and he is 5-for-9 with two doubles, a homer, and eight RBI in the first two games of the series.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Bees currently feature former Rainiers Dustin AckleyJabari Blash, and Dylan Unsworth. The also have Alberto Triunfel, who is the younger brother of ex-Rainiers shortstop Carlos Triunfel.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 5:20 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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Albuquerque 4, FRESNO 1 – lefty Brett Oberholtzer had it going last night, delivering seven innings of one-run ball and beating his former team. Matt Holliday and Tom Murphy homered for the ‘Topes.

Reno 9, LAS VEGAS 5 – Ildemaro Vargas opened the game with a homer, immediately extending his hitting streak to 34 straight games. Story from Las Vegas.

SACRAMENTO 1, El Paso 0 – the River Cats shut down El Paso for the second day in a row and has held the Chihuahuas to one run over the first two games of the series. Starter Daniel Camarena pitched seven innings of one-hit ball. El Paso infielder Diego Goris has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for “drugs of abuse.”

Memphis 8, OKLAHOMA CITY 4 – rehabilitating Tyler O’Neill doubled and drove in two runs, and Patrick Wisdom had three hits for the Redbirds.

Iowa 4, NEW ORLEANS 2 – Cubs prospect Trevor Clifton allowed just one run over 5.2 innings to pick up the win. Story from New Orleans includes an unfortunate note on all-star infielder Eric Campbell.

Omaha 2, ROUND ROCK 0 – the Express were shut out at home for the second straight day. this time Omaha’s Arnaldo Hernandez did the brunt of the work, tossing seven innings of two-hit ball.

Nashville 14/3, COLORADO SPRINGS 6/1 – first they completed a suspended game from May 3rd – Jorge Mateo homered twice back in May and they finally appear on his record – and then the played the regularly scheduled game. Chris Bassitt pitched seven innings in the second game as Nashville won its 11th straight game.


Three Generations Of Laws Gather At Smith’s Ballpark

August 10, 2018

The Rainiers road trip to Salt Lake City began on Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark, and there was quite a bit of baseball history on hand.

Tacoma’s Adam Law started at second base and hit eighth in the Rainiers lineup. Adam lives nearby, just 30 minutes away in Provo, Utah.

Seated in the front row on the home plate end of the Rainiers dugout on the third base side was his father Vance Law, who had a long major league career.

And right behind Vance sat Vern Law, Adam’s grandfather and the 1960 NL Cy Young Award winner for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Various other family members were in the eight seats next to the dugout, rooting for Adam and the Rainiers. If Adam reaches the majors, the Laws will become the sixth three-generation baseball family, joining the Boones, Hairstons, Colemans, Bells, and the Schofield/Werths.

Check out the careers of Vance Law and Vern Law on Baseball Reference.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: Tacoma’s comeback bid finished one hit short as the Rainiers lost the series opener in Salt Lake City, 8-7. Trailing 8-4 going to the ninth, Tacoma scored three runs and had runners at first and second with one out before Salt Lake’s top reliever Eduardo Paredes escaped the jam. Gordon Beckham went 3-for-5, and five other Rainiers had two hits.

ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday the Rainiers added Roenis Elias on a rehabilitation assignment and he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Dan Altavilla is travelling with the club right now and it appears that he will be activated for a rehab assignment soon.

TODAY: Tacoma (56-59) at Salt Lake (62-54), 6:05 (Pacific).

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 10-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Christian Bergman (7-8, 5.35) at RHP Luis Pena (4-3, 5.56).

HOT HITTERS: Seth Mejias-Brean saw his 15-game hitting streak end on Monday, but he bounced back with two hits on Tuesday (he was off yesterday). He has reached base in 19 straight games.… John Andreoli has reached base in 32 of his last 33 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 29 straight PCL games… Ben Gamel is 11-for-26 with a homer and four RBI in six games since being sent to Tacoma… Gordon Beckham is 12-for-29 over his last seven games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake is now 3.5 games behind the red-hot Chihuahuas in the South… Salt Lake just had a manager change, when Keith Johnson was promoted to the Angels major league coaching staff, and Eric Chavez was named Bees manager… Taylor Ward has a seven-game hitting streak, and the former first round draft pick is batting .356 since coming up from Double-A in late May… Jared Walsh had three hits and four RBI last night, and he has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Bees currently feature former Rainiers Dustin AckleyJabari Blash, and Dylan Unsworth. The also have Alberto Triunfel, who is the younger brother of Carlos Triunfel.

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 3, Albuquerque 2 – Federal Way and WSU product Nick Tanielu snapped a 1-1 tie in the seventh with a two-run homer for the Grizzlies.

LAS VEGAS 10, Reno 4 – Zach Borenstein had a big game for Vegas, belting his 24th home run while scoring three times and driving in three. Ildemaro Vargas went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 33 games. Story from Las Vegas.

SACRAMENTO 2, El Paso 1 – Peter Bourjos hit a go-ahead homer in the bottom of the seventh to make a winner out of River Cats starter Chris Stratton. This allowed Salt Lake to pull within 3.5 games of first place El Paso.

Nashville 18, COLORADO SPRINGS 9 – the Sounds connected for 19 hits, with Dustin Fowler and Sheldon Neuse claiming four each. BJ Boyd hit a grand slam and finished with six RBI.

Omaha 9, ROUND ROCK 0 – a rough day for the hometown nine at the Dell Diamond, as Jonathan Dziedzic and two Omaha relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout. Donnie Dewees had four hits, and Jack Lopez drove in four runs.

Memphis 2, OKLAHOMA CITY 1 – this game was knotted up 1-1 until Patrick Wisdom doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. Recap from OKC.

NEW ORLEANS 1, Iowa 0 – Marlins prospect Sandy Alcantara was dealing, tossing six innings of one-hit, shutout ball on a combined three-hitter. Game story from MiLB.com. The New Orleans paper has a fun story on 300-pound reliever Jumbo Diaz, who shockingly reveals that he likes ice cream.


Rainiers Take “No Cano Show” On The Road

August 9, 2018

The Robinson Cano show is done, having packed up and moved out of Tacoma to the northern outpost of Everett for the weekend.

The Rainiers have hit the road as well, moving on to Salt Lake City for a four-game series against the Bees starting Thursday night at 6:05 (PT).

It’s a seven-game road trip for Tacoma, which returns home on August 16th.

Tacoma faces a contending Salt Lake club which is 4.5 games behind El Paso in the Pacific-South. The Bees are looking for a good showing against Tacoma before squaring off against El Paso for the final time this season in a three-game series beginning on Monday.

The Rainiers have an opportunity to bury the Bees before their series against El Paso even starts.

Tacoma has a solid lineup at the moment, even without Cano. Ben Gamel has been crushing it, Dan Vogelbach is currently with the squad, and Seth Mejias-Brean is on a three-week hot streak. Add in the fact that all seven games on this road trip will be played at high elevation, and we should see some runs in the scoreboard.

Salt Lake has won nine of the 12 games played against Tacoma this season, but the Bees are a team in transition right now. They have had a lot of player moves recently with the Angels falling out of contention, and on top of that they lost their manager. The Angels called up Keith Johnson to help coach their young infielders, and named former Oakland A’s third baseman Eric Chavez the Salt Lake manager for the remainder of the season.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers were off yesterday. On Tuesday afternoon the team lost to Colorado Springs, 8-4. Andrew Aplin drove in all of Tacoma’s runs with a pair of two-out, two-run doubles. The four-game series was a split, and the all-time series between Tacoma and Colorado Springs amazingly finished in a 174-174 tie.

ROSTER MOVES: Today the Mariners called up Tacoma pitchers Casey Lawrence and Nick Rumbelow. They optioned Chasen Bradford to Tacoma, and placed Sam Tuivailala on the disabled list.

TODAY: Tacoma (56-58) at Salt Lake (61-54), 6:05 (Pacific).

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SEASONS SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 9-3.

PITCHERS: RHP Bryan Evans (4-1, 4.08) at RHP Dylan Unsworth (6-0, 5.61).

HOT HITTERS: Seth Mejias-Brean saw his 15-game hitting streak end on Monday, but he bounced back with two hits on Tuesday. He has reached base in 19 straight games.… John Andreoli has reached base in 32 of his last 33 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 28 straight PCL games is alive… Ben Gamel is 9-for-21 with a homer and four RBI in five games since being sent to Tacoma.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake has lost back-to-back games in Omaha after winning four straight… the Bees have fallen 4.5 games behind the red-hot Chihuahuas in the South… Salt Lake just had a manager change, when Keith Johnson was promoted to the Angels major league coaching staff, and Eric Chavez was named Bees manager… Taylor Ward has a six-game hitting streak… Jared Walsh had his seven-game hitting streak end on Tuesday in Omaha.

FAMILIAR FACES: The Bees currently feature former Rainiers Dustin Ackley, Jabari Blash, and Dylan Unsworth. The also have Alberto Tirunfel, who is the younger brother of Carlos Triunfel.

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:

The entire league was off on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Reno’s Ildemaro Vargas extended his hitting streak to 32 straight games, matching Dave Doster of the 2004 Fresno Grizzlies for longest PCL hitting streak since Joey Cora reached 37 straight for Las Vegas in 1989.


Cano Debuts For Tacoma, Rainiers Win In Tenth

August 7, 2018

Monday night’s game at Cheney Stadium began as a Robinson Cano Watch, and it ended as a dramatic Tacoma victory.

Cano started at first base for the first time in his career, while playing in his first game since May 13. He singled in his first at-bat, an opposite field liner against rehabilitating Milwaukee Brewers starter Zach Davies. He grounded out his next two times up, before walking in the eighth inning, finishing the day 1-for-3.

He was tested quite a bit at first base.

There was a first-and-third, delayed double steal play where the runner from first got into a rundown as the man from third tried to score; Cano tagged the runner at first and threw home too late to prevent the lead runner from scoring.

There was one dig on a throw in the dirt, Cano made that play smoothly.

There was a rocket hit to him on a short hop; he missed that play but deflected the ball to the second baseman, and then regained his wits to cover first to try to receive the throw.

Everything else seemed to go just fine. After the game, Cano said that he is coming back to Tacoma today to be the designated hitter, and then he will play for Everett this weekend while the Rainiers are on the road.

The game was tied 1-1 after nine innings, so we went to the extra innings rules with the automatic runner placed at second base.

In the top of the tenth inning Sky Sox pinch-runner Quintin Berry tagged on a shallow fly to Ben Gamel in center, and scored with a nifty slide under the tag of catcher Cameron Rupp.

The Rainiers automatic runner was still standing at second base with two outs in the bottom of the tenth and it looked like the Rainiers were going to lose. But Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet went against “the book” by intentionally walking the hot-hitting Gamel to face Gordon Beckham. Beckham made them pay, blasting a game-ending two-run double off the right field fence.

It was a thrilling finish to a fun night at the ballpark.

Today’s early game ends the homestand, and Wednesday is an off day. The seven-game road trip starts Thursday in Salt Lake City, and our next blog update will come that afternoon.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers took the lead in the series with a 3-2, 10-inning win over the Sky Sox. Gordon Beckham drove in all three Tacoma runs. Ross Detwiler had an excellent start, allowing one run over 6.1 innings pitched. Today’s game is the final ever between Tacoma and Colorado Springs, and Tacoma leads the all-time series 174-173.

TODAY: Colorado Springs (59-52) at Tacoma (56-57), 11:35 AM.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Milwaukee Brewers.

SEASONS SERIES: Tacoma leads, 2-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Alec Asher (5-3, 5.28) at RHP Rob Whalen (7-5, 4.69).

HOT HITTERS: Seth Mejias-Brean saw his 15-game hitting streak end yesterday… John Andreoli has reached base in 31 of his last 32 games… Dan Vogelbach had his 11-game hitting streak end yesterday, but his streak of reaching base in 27 straight PCL games is alive… Ben Gamel is 9-for-21 with a homer and four RBI in five games since being sent to Tacoma.

OPPONENT NEWS: Colorado Springs is in a race with Oklahoma City to defend its American-North division title; the Sky Sox are two games behind… they have struggled since the All-Star Break, going 10-13 with the team constantly affected by Milwaukee Brewers roster moves… catcher Christian Bethancourt is on a home run spree, hitting eight in 22 games since July 1… Dylan Moore homered twice on Friday and has a seven-game hitting streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet is from Longview and is a former Mariners catcher.

BROADCAST: The pregame show starts at 11:20 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:

Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

Fresno 12, MEMPHIS 3 – incredibly, all 12 Fresno runs scored on homers. Jack Mayfield hit a grand slam, A.J. Reed and Yordan Alvarez hit three-run shots, and Kyle Tucker hit a two-run tater.

RENO 6, Oklahoma City 5 – the Aces hit three home runs in the seventh inning. One of them was Kevin Cron‘s 20th of the year; he’s hitting .332-20-82.

NASHVILLE 6, Sacramento 0 – A’s top prospect Jesus Luzardo pitched five shutout innings in his Triple-A debut, allowing eight hits but no walks. Story from MiLB.com.

EL PASO 10, Round Rock 3 – Padres prospect Cal Quantrill made his Triple-A debut, pitching six innings and allowing two runs to earn the win. Luis Urias smacked a two-run homer in the first inning.

OMAHA 5, Salt Lake 4 (5) – a rain-shortened game that was called with one out in the bottom of the fifth; the Bees will remember this one if they miss the playoffs by one game. Story from Omaha.

New Orleans 7, ALBUQUERQUE 2 – UW product Jeff Brigham delivered six strong innings, striking out seven and walking one to improve to 3-0, 2.54 since being promoted to Triple-A. The Albuquerque paper has a story on Noel Cuevas and his extended stint in the majors.

Las Vegas 6, IOWA 1 – old buddy Patrick Kivlehan ripped a three-run homer in the fourth inning to put Vegas out in front.


Robinson Cano Set To Join Rainiers Tonight

August 6, 2018

Seattle Mariners infielder Robinson Cano is expected to play for the Tacoma Rainiers this evening at Cheney Stadium, against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

It is the first game of a rehabilitation assignment for Cano, who is eligible to return from his suspension and rejoin the Mariners on August 14. Major League players are allowed 14 days of minor league games prior to returning from a suspension. Cano is taking less than that, and is starting play today.

We may see Cano for just two games, tonight and tomorrow. Reports indicate that Cano is going to do all of preparation locally, playing in home games for Tacoma and Everett. Since the Rainiers go on the road after Tuesday’s game, Cano will switch over to Everett.

Cano has been working out at his father’s baseball compound in the Dominican Republic, and he is preparing for defensive assignments at first base and third base in addition to his natural position of second base. It will be interesting to see what position he is playing for Tacoma tonight.

Speaking of Cano’s father Jose, he was a pitcher who spent parts of three seasons in the Pacific Coast League. Jose Cano made 29 starts for the Tucson Toros from 1988 to 1990; he probably pitched at Cheney Stadium during that time.

Tonight will be Robinson Cano’s PCL debut. He played for Columbus in the International League on his way to the majors in 2004 and 2005.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dan Vogelbach homered, but that was it for the Tacoma offense in a 6-1 loss to Colorado Springs. Erasmo Ramirez‘s rehabilitation start was cut to four innings due to a high pitch count.

ROSTER MOVES: Tacoma adds Robinson Cano on a rehabilitation assignment.

TODAY: Colorado Springs (59-51) at Tacoma (55-57), 7:05.

OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Milwaukee Brewers.

SEASONS SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

PITCHERS: RHP Zach Davies (0-2, 7.27) at LHP Ross Detwiler (2-5, 5.76).

Davies – a Puyallup native who moved out of the area at age seven – won 17 games for the Brewers last year but has been injured much of this season with back and shoulder problems. It’s a rehab start for him.

HOT HITTERS: Seth Mejias-Brean has a 15-game hitting streak, and he was 11-for-21 on the last road trip… John Andreoli has reached base in 31 of his last 32 games… Dan Vogelbach has an 11-game hitting streak and has reached base in 26 straight PCL games… Ben Gamel is 7-for-17 with a homer and four RBI in four games since being sent to Tacoma.

OPPONENT NEWS: Colorado Springs is in a race with Oklahoma City to defend its American-North division title; the Sky Sox are two games behind… they have struggled since the All-Star Break, going 10-12 with the team constantly affected by Milwaukee Brewers roster moves… catcher Christian Bethancourt is on a home run spree, hitting eight in 21 games since July 1… Dylan Moore homered twice on Friday and has a six-game hitting streak.

FAMILIAR FACES: Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet is from Longview and is a former Mariners catcher.

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.

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Around the PCL (home team in CAPS):

MEMPHIS 6, Fresno 5 (10) – Fresno blew an early 5-0 lead and lost in the tenth on Rangel Ravelo‘s RBI single.

Oklahoma City 12, RENO 9 – Ildemaro Vargas had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 31 games in a losing cause for the Aces. Donovan Solano had three extra-base hits and drove in four runs for the Dodgers.

NASHVILLE 6, Sacramento 4 – the Sounds banged out 17 hits, with J.P. Sportman, Sheldon Neuse, and Anthony Garcia collecting three apiece.

IOWA 9, Las Vegas 4 – catcher Chris Gimenez launched a grand slam and Mark Zagunis added a three-run blast for the I-Cubs.

Salt Lake 6, OMAHA 0 – four pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout for the Bees, with starter Ivan Pineyro going the first six innings. Story from Omaha.

EL PASO 4, Round Rock 1 – tied 1-1 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Dusty Coleman ended it with a three-run homer.

New Orleans 7, ALBUQUERQUE 6 – veteran outfielder J.B. Shuck went 4-for-4 and was named PCL Player of the Week. Matt Holliday hit two doubles and drove in four runs for the ‘Topes.