Game 61, Mariners At White Sox
Hernandez vs Humber, 5:10 pm.
Happy Felix Day!
The Mariners scored one run last night; the Rainiers scored 24. Tacoma has put up so much offense lately that they’ve forced Tucson to use a position player in relief two nights in a row – and Mike Carp homered off both of them. Dustin Ackley is hitting .391/.576/.652 since the calendar flipped to June, besting even his great May performance. Josh Bard is hitting .340. Yes, the league environment in the PCL is crazy this year (an average of 11.2 runs per game down in the PCL), but there’s no way the Mariners are going to be able to keep Ackley and Carp down there for much longer, especially when the team continues to struggle to score runs at the big league level.
Carlos Peguero is back out in left field tonight, but unless he has another huge evening, the extended rope his performance on Friday gave him has to be just about up. Luis Rodriguez is also getting a start at shortstop, and his roster spot could be in jeopardy as well. The M’s aren’t going to let the Rainiers keep bashing the heck out of the PCL for too much longer before some changes are made.