The Rainiers long road trip got off to a solid start, with a 7-3 victory over the East Division leading Oklahoma City Dodgers. Oklahoma City had a game shaved off its lead – second place Round Rock won and is one game back, and third place El Paso also won to pull within 2.5 games.
As for Tacoma, the team reached eight games under .500 once again. That’s been a tough barrier to overcome recently – every time the team gets to eight games under, a loss has come in the next outing. Let’s see if that changes today – there is still time (20 games remaining) for the club to get close to .500.
Apologies for the brief post – these early games start early! I think Yogi said that.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma opened up the 12-game road trip with a 7-3 win at Oklahoma City. Jonathan Villar‘s line drive two-run homer capped a four-run rally in the top of the second inning, and Derek Hill‘s two-run double in the sixth gave Tacoma a four-run lead. Brian O’Keefe and Mason McCoy each had two hits and scored two runs. Justus Sheffield overcame five walks and allowed three runs (two earned) over five innings by permitting no hard-hit balls.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (61-69) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (73-57), 10:05 AM (Pacific).
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Dodgers.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Travis Barbary
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 4-3.
PITCHERS: RHP Konner Wade (4-6, 5.63) at RHP Gavin Stone (0-0, 0.00)
ROSTER MOVES: None likely today before the early game, but you never know.
HOT HITTERS: Mason McCoy has reached base safely in 13 straight games, and he has homered seven times over his last 20 games… Kyle Lewis has reached base in nine straight games… Brian O’Keefe has a six-game hitting streak… Derek Hill has hit safely in four straight games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Oklahoma City has the best record in the league, but the Dodgers lead in the East is just one game over Round Rock after dropping four of six to the Express in a series that ended Sunday… James Outman defied all of the laws of physics and nature when he hit for the cycle twice in a span of four games, August 26 vs. El Paso and August 30 at Round Rock… Jason Martin leads the PCL with 30 home runs… reliever Daniel Zamora is the lone former Rainier currently active for Oklahoma City… Chief Sealth (Seattle) High School alum Keone Kela is now with Oklahoma City.
BROADCAST: All games will be broadcast free on a live audio stream which is available right here.
Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
PCL SCOREBOARD: Follow all league games in real-time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens right here.
- The Mariners shut out the White Sox behind the pitching of Logan Gilbert.
- Mitch Haniger reviewed the play on Monday in which Elvis Andrus home run glanced off his glove.
- Arkansas outfielder Cade Marlowe ranks No. 2 on this week’s edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet, and he would be a top candidate if the Mariners ever decide to promote a player from Double-A to Tacoma.