Rainiers Rebound

Tacoma bounced back and picked up a 5-3 win over Tucson on Wednesday night, remaining one game behind Salt Lake in the Pacific-North standings.

Brandon Maurer had his best start since early June, lasting 6.2 innings allowing just five hits and two earned runs. He struck out a season-high eight batters,

The rehabilitating Franklin Gutierrez made an impact offensively, driving in three runs with a single, a double, and a sac fly.

Guti managed all of those RBIs because leadoff man Abraham Almonte kept getting on base. Almonte singled, doubled, and tripled – scoring a run each time he reached base.

Two other rehabilitating Mariners factored in the game. Michael Morse was 0-for-3 with a walk as the DH – look for Morse to play most of the game in right field tonight. Relief pitcher Stephen Pryor contributed a 1-2-3 eighth inning, protecting a two-run cushion.

The Rainiers have won two of the first three games against Tucson, and they have a chance to notch a series victory tonight. Considering all that has happened lately, a home series victory would be a huge step toward getting things back on track.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05, and you can hear it on South Sound Sports 850 AM, streaming right here, and available via the TuneIn app for iPads and smart phones. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (2-0, 0.86) against Tucson LHP Robbie Erlin (6-3, 5.21).


This is the last game of the brief homestand, but don’t fret: the road trip that starts Friday is just a four-game weekend junket to Reno, and the Rainiers will be back home on Tuesday night.


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