Tacoma Rainiers

Marte, Diaz to show off skills at Futures Game

The All-Star Futures Game is Sunday, with two Seattle Mariners prospects getting a chance to play.

Tacoma Rainiers shortstop Ketel Marte and Double-A Jackson pitcher Edwin Diaz will play for the World Team in the event at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Marte returned to action this week after breaking his left thumb on May 31. Marte played in two rehabilitation games for Jackson, then traveled to Cincinnati with Diaz for the Futures Game.

It will be a busy time for Marte, who will travel from Cincinnati to Omaha and start at shortstop for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. He’s expected to rejoin the Rainiers on Thursday.

Marte has hit .343 in 51 games for Tacoma. He ranked second in the league with 17 stolen bases at the time of his injury.

After a rocky first four starts at Jackson, the 21-year-old Diaz has found his bearings at the Double-A level. In his last six starts, Diaz has a 2.84 ERA. He’s struck out 35, walked 13, and allowed 30 hits over 38 innings during that stretch.

Diaz had his best Double-A start on Monday, delivering six shutout innings of one-hit ball against the Mississippi Braves.

The Futures Game starts at noon (Pacific) today and will be televised on the MLB Network. The Triple-A All-Star Game will also be televised by the MLB Network, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

revival in omaha

On June 15, the two-time defending Pacific Coast League champion Omaha Storm Chasers appeared dead in the water.

Omaha was playing .500 ball with a record of 32-32, but trailed American-North division leader Oklahoma City by 111/2 games.

In the last three weeks, Omaha has sprung into action. With the help of a strong pitching staff led by PCL All-Star John Lamb (9-1, 2.68 ERA), Omaha has won 17 of its last 25 games.

The hot streak has helped Omaha gain some ground on Oklahoma City. The Dodgers suffered a four-game losing streak this past week, yet still has the league’s best record of 55-31.

Omaha went into Saturday night’s games 71/2games out of first.

Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers