Sunday, Funday, week in review day.
We started things off with a look at the Rainiers 14-7 win in the final game of the series at Las Vegas, which featured two position players pitching for the Aviators.
Then the Rainiers opened the series at Salt Lake with a victory.
Tacoma’s offense has leaned heavily on its ability to draw walks, but the elder statesman of the PCL put an end to that on Wednesday.
The ex-Rainiers infielder Kevin Padlo turned in a monster performance against his former team on Thursday, making it two straight wins for the Bees.
The Rainiers needed a fill-in starting pitcher from Class-A Modesto on Friday, and after some initial jitters Nick Davila settled down nicely.
Today’s game wraps up the Rainiers 12-game road trip, and the team is really looking forward to returning to Cheney Stadium where it has a 9-2 record this year. Reno is coming to Tacoma for a seven-game series that starts with a 6:05 game on Tuesday night. This series includes a makeup doubleheader that will be played on Wednesday at 5:05.
Our next blog post will come Tuesday afternoon, previewing the Reno series.
YESTERDAY: The Rainiers let one get away in Salt Lake City on Saturday night, dropping a 5-4 decision in ten innings. Kevin Padlo‘s two-run single with no outs in the bottom of the tenth won it. Tacoma had a great start from Tommy Milone, who went seven innings and allowed just one unearned run. He left with a 2-1 lead thanks to a Kean Wong two-run homer, and the Rainiers made it 3-1 in the eighth, but Salt Lake tied it in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double by Jo Adell. Tacoma has lost four in a row and is under .500 for the first time since the team was 1-2 at the end of the third game of the season.
TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (15-16) at Salt Lake Bees (15-17), 12:05 (Pacific).
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Keith Johnson.
SEASON SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 4-1.
PITCHERS: RHP Konner Wade (0-0, 7.82) at LHP Kenny Rosenberg (1-2, 3.41)
This is the same match-up as the first game of the series on Tuesday – the only game the Rainiers have won this week.
ROSTER MOVES: None today as of blog posting time.
HOT HITTERS: Cade Marlowe has reached base in 16 straight games… Mike Ford has reached base safely in 14 straight games, and he has 12 RBI through the first 11 games of the current road trip… Kean Wong has an eight-game hitting streak, going 11-for-25… Jake Scheiner has gone 17-for-42 (.405) with three HRs and 14 RBI in 11 games on this road trip… Jacob Nottingham has a four-game hitting streak, and he has hit four home runs over his last seven games… Zach DeLoach has reached base safely in 25 of his 27 games.
OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake has won six of its last seven games, ending a miserable stretch in which the Bees lost 12 of 13… Michael Stefanic has reached base in all 28 games he has played in this season… Mickey Moniak enjoyed his first-ever trip to El Paso, ripping five home runs, although his nine-game hitting streak ended with a pinch-hit out last night… Jo Adell leads the PCL with 12 home runs… his teammate Trey Cabbage (that’s a real name) has hit nine homers… Kentwood High School product Taylor Jones is with Salt Lake this season… former Rainiers Zack Weiss and Kevin Padlo are with the Bees.
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 had a stirring comeback win over the Astros on Saturday night.
- Mariners reliever Penn Murfee landed on the injured list, and in a surprise move they called up Juan Then from Double-A Arkansas to replace him.
- In the PCL, home run leader Jo Adell credits improved selectivity and his new workout regimen for his success this year.