Game 128, Mariners at White Sox
Roenis Elias vs. Carlos Rodon, 5:10pm
Welcome back, Roenis. The Cuban lefty evidently wasn’t terribly happy about being in Tacoma and stunk up the PCL for a while before his recent recall. He’s obviously been much better in the big leagues, although exactly why is an interesting question for someone to research. Unlike many (most?) M’s prospects to come up, Elias has done this over a somewhat reliable sample – this isn’t a guy who had a hot month.
The M’s saw Carlos Rodon 5 days ago and got to see Rodon’s strengths and weaknesses up close. Rodon walked too many (4 in 7 IP), but missed tons of bats. He confused the heck out of Kyle Seager, while Franklin Gutierrez hit him hard. Unless and until Rodon gets his platoon splits figured out, he won’t take the leap to one of the game’s elite starters that some observers believe is coming.
1: Marte, SS
2: Jackson, CF
3: Cruz, RF
4: Cano, 2B
5: Gutierrez, LF
6: Trumbo, 1B
7: Montero, DH
8: Miller, 3B
9: Zunino, C
At this point in their respective careers, I think I’d rather see Montero play 1B with Trumbo DHing. Never thought I’d see the day where I commented that I think Montero putting a glove on would give the M’s a better chance, but here we are.
Fangraphs had an article on white-hot Tacoma OF Jabari Blash today, which kind of tells you the kind of tear the 26 year old from St. Croix is on.
Tacoma beat Memphis in a slugfest, 13-7. The game was notable in that two former Gonzaga pitchers, Tyler Olson of Spokane, WA and Arturo Reyes of Warden, WA (it’s in Grant County) started opposite each other. Both hurlers were drafted in 2013, the year that Gonzaga’s ace, Marco Gonzalez, went in the first round. Anyway, neither Zag brought their A game, as Olson was knocked out in the 3rd after giving up 7 runs, while Reyes held on until the 4th, when he’d given up 9 runs. Ji-Man Choi’s grand slam in the 1st set the tone, as the Rainiers pounded out 16 hits in the game. Forrest Snow starts for the R’s tonight.
Jackson scored 2 runs off Taylor Guerrieri, but unfortunately, they settled for 2 runs and eventually lost 4-2 in extras. Jimmy Gilheeney was excellent in a losing effort. Edwin Diaz gets the ball in today’s game in Montgomery.
Bakersfield edged Visalia 8-6, winning their second straight against a very good Rawhide club. Tyler O’Neill, per usual, was the hitting star, knocking 3 hits including 2 doubles. Scott DeCecco starts for the Blaze today, opposing Markus Solbach, the German pitcher who pitched effectively against Clinton when he was in the Midwest League earlier this year (who HASN’T pitched effectively against Clinton, though?).
Clinton surrendered 3 runs in the first and never really recovered, losing to Quad Cities 6-3. Clinton’s 45-games-under record is now attracting more attention, lest you think it’s just me banging on about how bad they’ve been. Mike Curto found this tweet noting that Clinton’s now 40.5 games back in the MWL. I would just note that Clinton, at 45 games under, and Quad Cities at 36 games OVER, make for quite a lopsided pairing – a combined 81 games apart vis a vis .500. Zack Littell starts today, attempting to chip away at that chasm.
Everett lost a heartbreaker to Salem Keizer 3-2 in the 10th. The Volcanoes held a 1-0 lead heading into the 9th inning, and scored an insurance run in the top of the frame. But with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, pinch hitter Corey Simpson singled in two runs to tie and send the game to extras…whereupon the Volcanoes retook the lead in the 10th and made it hold up. Anthony Misiewicz and Andrew Moore were outstanding on the mound for the AquaSox. Enyel de los Santos starts tonight.