The Rainiers saw exactly how quickly fortunes can change on Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Tacoma had won five of the last six games, getting great pitching, and had pulled within two games of .500.
On Thursday they were to complete a suspended game which was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning – obviously, a winnable game – and then play the regularly scheduled game. Win just one of the two, and Tacoma had its first road series win of the year.
Instead, the Rainiers were blown out in both games. Final scores were 11-4 and 10-3. They were Tacoma’s worst losses since the opening night 11-4 defeat at El Paso.
Fortunately the team gets to bolt out of town, heading to Fresno tonight while claiming a road split at Salt Lake.
Tacoma took three-of-four from Fresno at Cheney last weekend. Let’s see if they can do that again at Fresno’s home ballpark.
Yesterday: Gosh, must we rehash it? The Rainiers had their worst day of the year, taking two blowout losses in Salt Lake City. Yuck-o.
Roster Moves: The Mariners activated Tom Wilhelmsen from the disabled list (without sending him on a rehab assignment first, which is unusual) and optioned reliever Dominic Leone to Tacoma. The Rainiers now have 24 men on the roster (down one position player).
Today: Tacoma (12-16) at Fresno (14-13) 7:05 PM.
Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (1-1, 3.44) at RHP Brady Rodgers (1-2, 8.02).
Rodgers faced the Rainiers on Saturday at Cheney Stadium and Stefen Romero hit two home runs off him. The Rainiers won that game, 5-1. Snow is filling the departed Mike Kickham‘s spot in the rotation.
Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte went 5-for-8 over the two games yesterday, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. James Jones has hit safely in all 12 games he has batted in this season. Franklin Gutierrez has reached base via hit or walk in 16 consecutive games; he homered twice on Tuesday night.
Look Out For: Fresno no longer has PCL home run leader Preston Tucker – he was called up by the Astros yesterday. However, first baseman Jon Singleton homered Tuesday and then went deep twice on Wednesday.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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.
- If you really want to read about the Rainiers getting throttled twice, here’s the game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners revealed their plan for bringing back Danny Hultzen, and it is an extraordinarily cautious one.
- Rainiers shortstop Ketel Marte makes an appearance on Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.
- On the Mariners off day, both Bob Dutton and Ryan Divish spoke with General Manager Jack Z about the disappointing first month of the season.
- John McGrath identifies left field as one of the Mariners biggest problems so far.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas won its 14th in a row as Noah Syndergaard went bonkers in a 8-2 win at Albuquerque. The PCL record for most consecutive wins is 19.
- Oh boy. It’s Star Wars Night tonight in Fresno. The Grizzlies beat El Paso last night, 8-4. Pitcher Alex White is back after two years on the shelf.
- Reno’s Justin Marks turned in a strong start and beat Sacramento, 7-3. Aces slugger Pete O’Brien is learning to play outfield.
- Good story on Salt Lake reliever Cam Bedrosian, son of a Cy Young Award winner.
- Iowa had a big seventh inning and beat Nashville, 4-1. The Sounds have lost seven-of-eight.
- Oklahoma City scored two in the bottom of the ninth to defeat New Orleans, 7-6.
- Colorado Springs lost to Memphis, 2-1, and I’m sure it was exciting but I couldn’t get past the ten misused “woulds.“
- Louis Coleman got a big out as Omaha edged Round Rock, 6-5.
- Interesting story from Larry Stone on a UW baseball player who really cares about Sunday’s Mother’s Day game.
When we checked in to the Fresno motel today, the keys were laid out with everybody’s name written on them – and mine just said “Radio Guy.” That’s a first.