With the Mariners off yesterday, I covered the Rainiers and watched them score seven or more runs for the fifth straight game. It's kind of odd to see some offense. Tommy Everidge hit a two-run homer and also had a two-run double in a 7-4 win.
Tacoma is playing Oklahoma City - the Rangers Triple A team - and Texas' farm system is loaded. That team has relievers Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando, who both throw 95-plus. Ryan Garko has managed to play his way back there.
I didn't see if Saltalamacchia had any issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher's mound.
Also a note from my buddy Ben Spradling of the Rainiers on some scheduling issues ...
The Tacoma Rainiers have scheduled a pair of doubleheaders with the Salt Lake Bees at Cheney Stadium on June 22 and 24 to make up for two games that had been postponed due to rain earlier this season.
The two games were originally scheduled to take place on April 26 and 27.
Each game of both doubleheaders will be seven innings, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.In the search for power, High Desert first baseman Rich Poythress has shown some. The former second-round pick out of Georgia hit his 11th home run of the season and fourth in three games. Before you go out and by a bunch of Poythress baseball cards (does he have any?). Remember that the Cal League is a hitters paradise so all number have to be taken with a baseball-sized grain of salt.
In Class A Clinton, starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez had a solid outing, pitching six innings allowing one run on five hits. Ramirez won 3-straight games to improve to 3-2. He has allowed only 3 earned runs over his last 19.0 innings (1.42 ERA). Also shortstop Nick Franklin - one of my favorite prospects - had three more hits, raising his average to .328 to drive in three runs. He also stole three bags.
AAA Tacoma Rainiers (PCL)at Tacoma 7, Oklahoma City 3
- Oklahoma City 3 runs, 6 hits, 1 error
- Tacoma 7 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors
- BOX SCORE
- LH Chris Seddon (W, 4-2) 6.0,5,3,3,3,1
- RH Brian Sweeney 1.0,0,0,0,1,2
- RH Sean White 2.0,1,0,0,1,3,BK
- DH Tommy Everidge 2x3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB
- RF Brad Nelson 2x4, 2 R
- 3B Matt Mangini 2x3, RBI
- LF Ezequiel Carrera 1x3, RBI
- 1B Mike Carp 1x3, R, RBI
Tommy Everidge drove in 4 runs with a double and home run, leading the Rainiers to a 7-3 win over Oklahoma City on Monday night. Brian Sweeney and Sean White combined for 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to preserve a victory for starter Chris Seddon. Since returning to Tacoma, the Rainiers have won 5 consecutive games. In those 5 wins, the Rainiers have scored 7 runs in each of 4 different games and 11 in another while banging out a total of 59 hits, raising their team average to .246.Mike Carp
currently has a 5-game hit streak, batting .428 (9x21) with 8 runs scored, 3 home runs and 6 RBI.Tommy Everidge
has recorded 3 consecutive 2-hit games, batting .462 (6x13) with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBI.Brad Nelson
has hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games, batting .417 (10x24) with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: RH David Pauley (0-3, 3.52) vs. Oklahoma City
AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)
The Diamond Jaxx and Biscuits game yesterday was postponed due to flash flooding and severe weather in Jackson and the surrounding area. Because this is the final meeting between these 2 teams in the first half this game will not be made up. Despite losing his last 2 starts,Steve Bray
has only allowed 1 earned run in his 13 innings. Bray
has only received 2 runs of run support in his last 2starts.
The Diamond Jaxx current 5 starters, RHSteve Bray
, RHDan Cortes
, RHSteven Hensley
, RHMichael Pineda
have combined to go 16-7 with a
2.82 ERA (62 ER, 197.2 IP) this season in 38 games/36
starts. Combined they have limited opponents to a .173
average (126x727), while striking out 183 batters. Hensley
currently leads the Southern League with a 1.58 ERA and
ranks 4th in opponents average (.193). Pineda is among the
league leaders in strikeouts (3rd/54) and ERA (6th/2.23), while Robles ranks 5th in average (.207).
Today’s probable starter: OFF DAY
Wednesday’s probable starter: LH Mauricio Robles (3-1, 3.05) at Carolina
A High Desert (California League)
at High Desert 9, Lancaster
- High Desert 9 runs, 15 hits, 1 error
- Lancaster 7 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
- BOX SCORE
- LH Ryan Feierabend 7.0,7,5,4,0,4,HR
- RH Stephen Penney (W, 2-2) 1.0,2,2,2,0,1
- RH Steven Richard (S, 3) 1.0,0,0,0,0,2
- RF Johermyn Chavez 3x4, 2 R, HR, RBI
- CF Denny Almonte 3x4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
- 2B Kyle Seager 2x4, 2 R, RBI
- 3B Edilio Colina 2x5, R, 2B, RBI
- LF Nate Tenbrink 2x5, 2 RBI
- SS Juan Diaz 2x4, R, 3B, RBI
- DH Rich Poythress 1x4, R, HR, RBI
High Desert built an early 7-0 lead, but had to rally in the 9th for a 9-7 win, completing a 4-game sweep of Lancaster on Monday night.Rich Poythress
has hit safely in his last 4 consecutive games, batting .412 (7x17) with 6 runs scored, 4 home runs and 7 RBI. He ranks 2nd
in the California League in home runs (11) and RBI (41).Kyle Seager
has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .360 (18x50) with 10 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 2 RBI.Nate Tenbrink
currently has a 5- game hit streak, batting .409 (9x22) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 10 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: Off Day
Wednesday’s probable starter: RH Maikel Cleto (1-0, 3.55) at Lancaster
A Clinton LumberKings (Midwest Lg.)
- at Clinton 8, Kane County 4
- Kane County 4 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors
- Clinton 8 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
- BOX SCORE
- RH Erasmo Ramirez (W, 3-2) 6.0,5,1,0,0,5,HR,2HB
- RH Jorden Merry 1.0,3,3,3,0,1
- RH Daniel Cooper 1.0,2,0,0,0,1
- RH Chris Kirkland 1.0,0,0,0,0,1
- CF Daniel Carroll 4x4, 3 R, SB
- 2B Nick Franklin 3x4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB
- DH Kalian Sams 1x3, R, HR, 3 RBI
- 3B Mario Martinez 1x4, 2B, 2 RBI
: Nick Franklin and Kalian Sams each plated 3 RBI apiece and Mario Martinez added a 2-run double as Clinton pulled off a 4-game series sweep of Kane County with an 8-4 win on Monday. The LumberKings have 8 wins in their last 9 games and 13 wins over their last 17 games.Nick Franklin
has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games, batting .452 (14x31) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 8 RBI. Since coming back from a hamstring injury on 5/16,Dan Carroll
is hitting .438 (7x16) with 4 runs scored, 1 triple and 2 RBI. During this stretch he has raised his average from .260 to .294. After losing back-to-back outings,Erasmo Ramirez
has won 3-straight games to improve to 3-2. He has allowed only 3 earned runs over his last 19.0 innings (1.42 ERA). Clinton starting pitchers are 14-8 with an ERA of 2.16 (45 ER in 188.0 IP) over the last 33 games.
Today’s probable starter: LH Jimmy Gillheeney (2-3, 2.34) vs. Burlington