Tacoma ended its 14-game Reno-only losing streak with a 9-5 win at Aces Ballpark on Saturday night.
It was Tacoma’s first win in Reno since April 30, 2011 – or roughly 25 months.
After the game, winning pitcher Blake Beavan said “that was the first time I’ve ever shook hands here,” referring to the team’s post-victory congratulations around the pitcher’s mound.
Eric Thames had a big game at the plate, launching a long home run and finishing with four RBI.
Of note, Jesus Montero ripped a triple. The right-center fence is 424 feet from home plate, and he hit a deep fly that direction. There wasn’t any circus in the outfield or anything – he just hit it in a gap that was very far away from third base, and turned it into a triple.
For more on the game, check the first link below.
Today’s game is at 1:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Use the TuneIn app for smart phones and iPads, etc. Tacoma starts LHP Jimmy Gillheeney (2-1, 3.62) against Reno RHP Charles Brewer (2-4, 4.85).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- My Sunday minor league notebook has items on Mariners farmhands Ji-Man Choi and Chris Taylor.
- The Mariners lost their eighth in a row. Felix Hernandez has lost twice during the streak.
- Larry Stone’s Sunday column is an overview of the upcoming draft. He also has a notebook, and power rankings.
- Jerry Brewer has a column on the state of the Mariners pitching staff.
- The Reno paper has a story on what it is like for major leaguers on rehabilitation assignments.
- Colorado Springs remained a half-game ahead of Tacoma in the standings by beating Fresno on Ben Paulsen‘s 12th-inning homer.
That’s all of the links I have time for this morning – a slow internet connection in the Reno hotel is not helping things. The room service breakfast was pretty good, though, so it’s not all bad!