Rainiers Home After Road Push

April 22, 2016

The Rainiers dropped the final game in El Paso on Friday night, 7-5.

Mike Zunino hit his seventh homer – which leads all of Minor League Baseball – but the Rainiers couldn’t maintain an early 3-0 lead.

The loss was disappointing, as Tacoma had a chance to have a winning road trip. Instead it was splits all around, with Tacoma going 4-4 on the trek through Albuquerque and El Paso.

Now a new challenge: the Rainiers face a new team!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma hit into four double plays and lost in El Paso, 7-5. Mike Zunino and Stefen Romero hit homers for Tacoma.

Today: Sacramento (5-11) at Tacoma (10-5), 5:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: 0-0. They’ll play 16 games this year.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Ty Blach (1-1, 6.75) at RHP Joe Wieland (1-1, 11.32).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a 12-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 14 straight games. He’s 20-for-50 during the hitting streak… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 13 games he has played in, and he has an eight-game hitting streak… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: The River Cats have had a strange start to the season: they have gone 0-8 against Salt Lake, and 5-3 against Las Vegas… power prospect Mac Williamson homered twice yesterday; he’s already been briefly called up by the Giants… the Rainiers are going to miss the Cats’ best starter, Clayton Blackburn, who pitched into the ninth inning of Friday’s 3-1 win over Vegas.

Ex-Rainiers Alert: Sacramento has former Rainiers Miguel Olivo and Darren Ford on the team. Yes, that Miguel Olivo. He’s 37-years-old and has already hit two homers this year. Pitching coach Dwight Bernard had the same job for Tacoma for seven years.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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

Links:

  • Here’s the Rainiers gamer from The News Tribune, with details on Mike Zunino‘s tape-measure homer and other positive outcomes – and a lot about double plays.
  • The Mariners are heating up. They beat the Angels in ten innings and have won three in a row, getting back to .500 at 8-8 for the year.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains why Felix Hernandez was scratched yesterday, and more. Get better, Felix!

Sorry, that’s all of the links for today. I posted this on Friday night at 12:30 in El Paso. We have a 3:40 AM wake-up call to go to the airport, fly through Phoenix, will hopefully be home by 1:00 PM, and then the early 5:05 game. PCL travel at it’s  finest!


Chihuahuas Blanket Rainiers

April 22, 2016

In an against-the-odds result on Thursday night, El Paso shut out Tacoma 5-0.

Tacoma managed just five hits and had only two runners reach second base all game.

This was a bit of a stunner, as the Rainiers entered the game leading the PCL in almost every batting statistic, including the most important one: runs scored.

And El Paso was last in the league in team ERA. Go figure.

The Rainiers can still win the series and the road trip – they just need a win in the final game tonight. Otherwise, the entire eight-gamer is a split.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The baseball gods laughed in our collective faces, as the team with the worst ERA in the league shut out the best offense in the league, 5-0. Four El Paso pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout, and Tacoma never advanced a runner to third base.

Today: Tacoma (10-4) at El Paso (4-9), 6:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (1-0, 8.38) at RHP Greg Reynolds (0-1, 7.27).

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has an 11-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 13 straight games. He’s 19-for-46 during the hitting streak… Efren Navarro saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in… Tacoma’s dual closers Blake Parker and Mayckol Guaipe are a combined 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Look Out For: Top prospect Manuel Margot has hit safely in five straight games, going 7-for-22… second baseman Carlos Asuaje is 6-for-13 in this series, with two triples and a double.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, which includes injury updates on Stefen Romero and Boog Powell. Neither is serious.
  • For an update on the Chris TaylorChico the Chihuahua feud, let’s go to Bleacher Report the Seattle Times for a compilation.
  • Robinson Cano homered in the tenth and the Mariners beat Cleveland on Thursday, 10-7.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook reports that Felix Hernandez is working hard to cut down on his walks.
  • The Mariners are road warriors, John McGrath writes.
  • I was a guest on the Mariners Podcast. Hopefully it sounds OK, we had connection issues.
  • A team in the South Atlantic League registered five strikeouts in a half-inning last night. Despite that, it was not a good inning for the pitching team.
  • And speaking of awesome minor league accomplishments, MiLB.com re-published an article about the night Modesto stole 15 bases in one game – seven of them by Rickey Henderson.

PCL Reports:

  • Big news in the PCL from New Orleans, where the team announced that this is the last year it will be known as the Zephyrs. A new name is coming in 2017. Sadly for them, Chihuahuas is already taken.
  • Salt Lake withstood a monster game from Fresno’s Jon Singleton and beat the Grizzlies, 9-6. The Bees jumped the Rainiers and have the league’s best record at 11-4.
  • Sacramento’s Gorkys Hernandez ripped a game-winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Las Vegas, 3-1.
  • Albuquerque broke out its purple jerseys in honor of Prince and then beat Reno, 6-5. Catcher Jackson Williams drove in a couple of runs.
  • Nashville got a grand slam from Andrew Lambo and held on for a 9-8 win at Colorado Springs.
  • Ex-Rainiers outfielder James Jones was the catalyst as Round Rock rallied to beat Omaha, 3-2.
  • A late Dodgers threat came up one run short, and Memphis held on for a 6-5 win at Oklahoma City. Charlie Tilson had three hits for Memphis – he might be one of those St. Louis Cardinals sleeper prospects, who doesn’t get any hype in the minors and ends up being a good major leaguer.
  • This doesn’t happen often: Iowa at New Orleans was suspended in the top of the seventh with Iowa leading, 2-1. Why didn’t they call it an Iowa win? It was tied 1-1 after six innings, Iowa scored in the top of the seventh and was still batting when the rain hit. Since New Orleans didn’t get a fair chance in the bottom of the inning, it’s a suspended game and will be completed today.

We’ll be home Saturday, 5:05 first pitch – and finally playing somebody different! I was beginning to think there were only three teams in this league. Sacramento is in town for a four-game series.


Paxton Silences Chihuahuas

April 21, 2016

James Paxton had a terrific outing on Wednesday in El Paso, pitching six shutout innings in Tacoma’s 3-1 victory.

Paxton was in complete command. He gave up just three hits and didn’t walk anybody.

Not only did he not walk anybody, he only reached three balls on one hitter: Jason Hagerty in the sixth inning. He fell behind 3-1, but still managed to strike him out.

Strike outs were not plentiful. He had only three K’s. He kept getting ahead in the count, and the batters would defend the strike zone and make weak contact with a pop-up or a routine infield grounder. Outs, lots of quick outs.

Paxton was pulled after 72 pitches (48 strikes). He looked like he could go longer, but the organization sees no need to push him deep into games in April.

Tacoma has won the first two games in El Paso, guaranteeing at least a road series split. The Rainiers are 4-2 on this road trip with two games to go.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: James Paxton was terrific, providing six scoreless innings and the Rainiers beat El Paso, 3-1. Chris Taylor was the offensive player of the game, hitting two doubles, driving in a run, scoring another, taking a walk, and stealing a base.

Today: Tacoma (10-3) at El Paso (3-9), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Adrian Sampson (2-0, 2.25) at RHP Aaron Northcraft (0-0, 0.00).

Sampson has had to good starts for the Rainiers – both wins. Northcraft has made just one appearance this season, a long relief outing in which he went 3.1 shutout innings five days ago.

Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor has a ten-game hitting streak, and he’s reached base in 12 straight games. He’s 18-for-43 during the hitting streak… Efren Navarro has built an nine-game hitting streak, collecting 17 hits. He has multiple hits in his last five games… Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in… Ed Lucas (11 games) and Mike Zunino (ten games) saw their season-opening hitting streaks end yesterday, as each to his first 0-for.

Look Out For: Top prospect Manuel Margot is warming up from a slow start, going 6-for-19 in his last four games. He can really play defense in center… hit-hitting Jemile Weeks got himself called up to San Diego… Austin Hedges had his eight-game hitting streak end last night, but he threw out two-of-three attempted Tacoma base stealers.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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

Links:

  • A mechanical adjustment helped James Paxton get straightened out, we learn from the Rainiers game story in The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners won on Wednesday night in Cleveland despite getting only three hits. Taijuan Walker tossed a gem.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook details the impressive Mariners bullpen.
  • Mike Montgomery has been a key part of that bullpen, Ryan Divish writes.

PCL Reports:

It’s another very nice day here in El Paso. Off to the ballpark!


When Two Is Better Than Six

April 19, 2016

El Paso scored in six different innings on Tuesday, and the Rainiers scored in two innings.

Tacoma won the game, 11-7.

The Rainiers had a six-run fourth, and a five-run fifth. That was enough to claim a win, and improve the Rainiers record to 9-3.

The big story was that Mike Zunino‘s home run streak came to an end. He homered in five straight games -an amazing run – but did not go deep on Tuesday.

He did, however, contribute in a big way to a Rainiers victory. He hit the two-run single in the top of the fourth that gave Tacoma a 3-2 lead, and he added another RBI single in the fifth inning.

But the most fun part of the game was when Tacoma shortstop Chris Taylor made an error. Forced to rush a throw on a slow roller from quick El Paso outfielder Jose Pirela, Taylor’s throw went wide and smoked Chihuahuas mascot ‘Chico‘ right in the gut. Enjoy the video.

Taylor insists that Chico was flashing him prior to this play, raising his jersey to expose his gross, bare chihuahua belly. Ewwwww.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma scored six runs in the fourth inning, with Mike Baxter‘s three-run homer capping the rally, and defeated El Paso 11-6.

Today: Tacoma (9-3) at El Paso (3-8), 10:05 AM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-0.

Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (0-2,11.37) at RHP Daniel McCutchen (2-0, 7.36).

Paxton has had a lot of trouble with walks in his first two starts of the season, and he hopes to get that taken care of today.

Hot Rainiers: Mike Zunino has a ten-game hitting streak, and he leads the PCL with 18 RBI… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to 11 games…Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 12 games he has played in, but he left yesterday’s game with a stiff back… Efren Navarro has built an eight-game hitting streak, collecting 15 hits… Chris Taylor has a nine-game hitting streak.

Look Out For: The Chihuahuas also have a hot-hitting catcher. Austin Hedges has hit safely in eight straight games, with homers in his last two, and he was 3-for-4 with three RBI Monday… Jemile Weeks is 8-for-18 with two triples in his last four games… top prospect Manuel Margot is warming up from a slow start, going 5-for-15 in his last three games. He can really play defense in center.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 9:50 AM (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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

Links:

  • Mike Zunino talked about the end of his home run streak in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Mariners manager Scott Servais talked about Zunino’s hot start. Read about it in Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
  • The Mariners lost the series opener in Cleveland, 3-2. Wade Miley walked in two runs, but the bullpen was terrific and they only allowed three runs in the game. Gotta score some.
  • John McGrath has an interesting read, comparing the 2001 Mariners to the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, and Steph Curry to… Carlos Guillen?

PCL Reports:

  • Jordan Patterson‘s first Triple-A home run was a grand slam in Albuquerque’s 9-5 win over Reno. That paper has a feature on infielder Chris Nelson, who then went on to make three errors in the game. Whoops!
  • Fresno shut out Salt Lake, 3-0, handing the Bees just their third loss of the season. Tommy Shirley and three relievers combined on a six-hitter.
  • Holy smokes, Sacramento banged out 21 hits in a 12-1 workover of the Las Vegas 51s. This game was in Sacramento – a tough place to hit.
  • Round Rock got shut out for the second straight game, as Luke Farrell and Omaha beat ’em 3-0.
  • Oklahoma City beat Memphis 4-0 in a five-inning, rain-shortened game – and Jharel Cotton got credit for a complete game shutout.
  • New Orleans scored early and often in a 7-5 win over Iowa. Destin Hood ripped a three-run homer in the first inning.
  • The Sky Sox were postponed again, this time with Nashville in town.

OK, after today we are back to normal, night-time baseball for a while.


Albuquerque Can’t C The Z (Control the Zunino)

April 19, 2016

The Mariners new mantra “C the Z” (controlling the strike zone) has taken a new turn lately, as the PCL is having some serious difficulty controlling Mike Zunino.

The Rainiers catcher hit two more home runs on Monday in Albuquerque, pulling a deep one to left field in the second inning, then lofting an elevation-aided three-run homer to right field in the eighth.

That’s five straight games with a homer for Zunino, who takes this incredible streak into El Paso tonight. It’s another good hitter’s park, but not as extreme as Albuquerque.

Zunino is two games away from the PCL record of seven straight games with a homer – a record which is not coincidentally held by a pair of Albuquerque players: Claude Westmoreland did it in 1977, and Dallas McPherson tied the record in 2008.

The hot start has already resulted in accolades: Zunino was named the PCL’s Player of the Week, which technically covers the first week-and-a-half of the season. Zunino hit .441 with four homers during the week, and his two homers yesterday gave him a jump-start on repeating the award.

Tune in today at 5:35 to see if Zunino can keep this streak going!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Despite Zunino’s two homers, the Rainiers got whacked by Albuquerque on Monday, 11-6. The ‘Topes scored three runs in the first inning, and seven more in the second to take a 10-2 lead and that pretty much settled it. Jonathan Aro saved us from seeing a position player pitch by delivering 3.1 innings of solid relief, allowing one run.

Today: Tacoma (8-3) at El Paso (3-7), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: San Diego Padres.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Cody Martin (2-0, 2.38) at RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 6.23).

These two met up on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium, with each starter carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Tacoma won it, 4-1.

The Rainiers are really hoping to get at least five innings from Martin – the bullpen is taxed, having covered 13.2 innings over the past two days.

Hot Rainiers: Mike Zunino has an nine-game hitting streak, and he has homered in five straight games… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to ten games, and he was robbed of a homer by left fielder Stephen CardulloStefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the 11 games he has played in…Efren Navarro has quietly built a seven-game hitting streak, collecting 13 hits… Chris Taylor has an eight-game hitting streak… as a team the Rainiers are batting .381 (24×63) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Look Out For: the Chihuahuas also have a hot-hitting catcher. Austin Hedges has hit safely in eight straight games, with homers in his last two, and he was 3-for-4 with three RBI yesterday… Jemile Weeks had four hits yesterday, and is 7-for-14 with two triples in his last three games… top prospect Manuel Margot enjoyed his first really good Triple-A game yesterday, hitting a triple and a homer against Reno.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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

Links:

PCL Reports:

  • El Paso hammered Reno on Monday night, 14-4. That was a series split.
  • Salt Lake completed a four-game series sweep at Sacramento with a 6-2 win on Monday. The Bees are 10-2 this season, which includes an 8-0 mark against Sacramento. So are the Bees really good, or are the River Cats really awful?
  • A smart play by a veteran shortstop helped Fresno hold on for a 4-3 win over Las Vegas. Touted prospect A.J. Reed hit his third homer for Fresno.
  • Oklahoma City’s offense was clicking, and starting pitcher Zach Lee escaped jams in a 6-2 win over Nashville. Lee is 3-0, 1.56.
  • After consecutive snow-outs, Memphis and Colorado Springs were supposed to play two on Monday. After a 3-1 Sky Sox win in 34-degree temperatures, they scrapped game two and will make it up in the summer.
  • Omaha got shut out in New Orleans by Jose Urena and the Zephyrs bullpen.
  • Iowa at Round Rock was suspended in the first inning due to rain. Lots of weather issues in Texas yesterday.

Quick reminder: early day game on Wednesday!


Rainiers Go For Series Win Monday

April 17, 2016

Fresh off a feel-good 11-inning win over Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon, the Rainiers take the field for an early game on Monday.

Today’s first pitch is at 11:05 AM Pacific time, and you might want to consider following along: this team is red hot right now.

The Rainiers improved to 8-2 on Sunday, winning a game which had all of the marks of a loss. They overcame a four-run deficit, tied it up in the seventh inning, and won it in the 11th, 10-7.

Tacoma has won two of three in this series, and look for their third straight series win to start the season.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: A book could be written about Sunday’s game, which Tacoma won 10-7 in 11 innings. Mike Zunino homered in a three-run first inning, the Rainiers were down 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Casey Coleman and Justin DeFratus led a bullpen that combined to pitch seven shutout innings, there was a four-run game-tying rally in the top of the seventh, and Ed Lucas hit a bases-clearing double with two outs in the top of the 11th to win it.

Today: Tacoma (8-2) at Albuquerque (5-6), 11:05 AM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 5-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Joe Wieland (1-0, 3.00) at RHP Matt Flemer (-).

Flemer is up from Double-A Hartford, and he’s making his Triple-A debut.

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has multiple hits in seven of the ten games he has played in… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to nine games with his game-winning hit… Efren Navarro went 4-for-5 yesterday…, and Mike Zunino has an eight-game hitting streak, and he has homered in four straight games… Chris Taylor has a seven-game hitting streaks… and your stat of the day, as a team the Rainiers are batting .379 (22×58) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Look Out For: Triple-A rookies Jordan Patterson and Mike Tauchman have eight-game hitting streaks… Patterson has a .548 on-base percentage in six games against Tacoma.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 10:50 AM (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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

Links:

PCL Reports:

  • Salt Lake is the only PCL team with a better record than the Rainiers. They’re 9-2 after a ten-inning win at Sacramento on Sunday. Todd Cunningham hit the game-winning home run.
  • Reno scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to beat El Paso, 8-5. Zach Borenstein had a big pinch-hit, two-run double.
  • Las Vegas lefty Sean Gilmartin shut down Fresno, 3-0.
  • Omaha edged New Orleans, 3-2, and the Storm Chasers have won five in a row.
  • Memphis at Colorado Springs was snowed out. The local paper has a story on top Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia.
  • Iowa at Round Rock and Nashville at Oklahoma City were both rained out on Sunday.

That’s it for today – early game, and then a nice four-hour bus ride through the barren wasteland between Albuquerque and El Paso.


Rainiers Recover, Win Clean Game

April 17, 2016

After Friday night’s rough game in Albuquerque, I was very interested to see how the Rainiers would rebound on Saturday.

There was no need for concern.

The Rainiers reverted right back to the form that enabled them to go 6-1 on the opening homestand, playing well in all facets of the game during a 5-3 win over the Isotopes on Saturday night.

Good defense, good pitching, timely hitting – it’s happened a lot early in the season, and the Rainiers are 7-2.

Stefen Romero had two more hits and his early season contributions have been remarkable: he’s had six multiple-hit games in the first nine days of the season.

Mike Zunino is going to start getting attention, because he has homered in three straight games. His homer on Saturday came on an inside pitch that he muscled out down the left field line – might have been an Albuquerque homer (read: high elevation). But his monster shot on Friday would have been out of any park, and it came off a change-up. The first homer in the streak – Wednesday in Tacoma – was a bomb.

The Tacoma bullpen was terrific again, with Steve Johnson delivering two scoreless innings and Mayckol Guaipe closing the ninth. Kudos to those guys – protecting a two-run lead over the final three innings in a launching pad like Albuquerque is no easy feat.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers evened the series in Albuquerque, as Adrian Sampson bounced back from a two-run first inning to go six frames and earn the win. Chris Taylor singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning.

Today: Tacoma (7-2) at Albuquerque (5-5), 12:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Donn Roach (1-0, 3.18) at RHP Eddie Butler (1-0, 4.50).

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has multiple hits in six of the nine games he has played in, but more importantly for this baseball geek he has tripled in three straight games… Ed Lucas extended his hitting streak to eight games, and Mike Zunino has a seven-game hitting streak with homers in his last three… Boog Powell and Chris Taylor have six-game hitting streaks.

Look Out For: Triple-A rookies Jordan Patterson and Mike Tauchman have seven-game hitting streaks… Patterson has a .538 on-base percentage in six games against Tacoma.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 12:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

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

Links:

  • Pat Listach is going to keep Mike Zunino‘s bat in the lineup even when he’s not catching, we learn in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • It was Holly Holm Night in Albuquerque. She’s a hometown hero.
  • My Sunday Minor League Notebook for the paper is back for 2016, and the opening edition leads with an item on a red-hot outfielder at Double-A Jackson.
  • The Mariners edged the Yankees on Saturday, with Felix Hernandez earning the win even though it was the worst of his three starts this season. Baseball!
  • Today Hisashi Iwakuma faces Masahiro Tanaka, and goodness gracious this is a big story in Japan. Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has more. Listen to this song while reading that story.
  • I enjoyed John McGrath’s Sunday baseball column on the differences between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, and how we can enjoy them both.
  • McGrath is an expert at the single-sentence round-up, as evidenced in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.
  • Ryan Divish took a look at some of the rookies making an early impact in the majors.

PCL Games:

  • Fresno scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie Las Vegas, only to lose in the 11th, 7-5. Fresno pitchers issued 14 walks yet somehow they almost won.
  • Salt Lake hammered Sacramento at Raley Field, 10-5. Nick Buss continues to swing a hot bat for the Bees.
  • The El Paso Chihuahuas game against Reno “skittered out of kilter” early.
  • Omaha has been getting good starting pitching. Brooks Pounders delivered last night and Omaha won in New Orleans, 6-1.
  • Five Iowa pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout and the I-Cubs beat Round Rock, 7-0.
  • There was a top-notch pitching prospect showdown in Oklahoma City, where Nashville’s Sean Manaea faced Dodgers phenom Julio Urias. Urias gave up some early homers, Manaea struck out 11, and Nashville won, 6-1.
  • Memphis at Colorado Springs was snowed out, and they have already postponed today’s game. They hope to play two on Monday.

We’ve got daytime baseball coming on Monday, too – so check in early tomorrow!


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