It was a weird day all-around for the Rainiers on Sunday.
The team collected 17 hits in Reno, but scored only five runs and lost to the Aces, 6-5. Fundamental problems on the bases were detrimental in the late innings.
Even though the team lost, they gained a half-game on first place Salt Lake. The Bees dropped both games of a doubleheader in Tucson, ending their seven-game winning streak and starting a two-game losing streak.
Tacoma is now one game out of first place, with 35 to play.
Nate Tenbrink hit a three-run homer last night, continuing his hot hitting. He’s hit in eight straight games since the all-star break, with four home runs during the stretch.
Rehabbing Mariners slugger Michael Morse was a late scratch from the lineup. It appears that his rehab is over and he’ll be activated by the Mariners tomorrow in Boston.
For the fifth season in a row, the Rainiers have lost the season series to Reno. However, Tacoma can salvage a split of this four-game road series with a victory today.
Today’s game is at 1:05, 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 Hector Noesi (2-1, 7.20) against Reno RHP Nate Adcock (2-1, 8.00).
- We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Nick Franklin homered twice as the Mariners beat the Twins yesterday, earning a split of the four-game series.
- Larry Stone has notes on Eric Wedge and Daren Brown.
- Tucson swept that doubleheader from Salt Lake. First game, second game. Thank you, Padres!
- Sacramento lost a home game in Las Vegas. Yes, in Las Vegas. They play a DH today.
- Jeff Manship steered Colorado Springs to victory, ending the Sky Sox six-game losing streak.
- Oklahoma City’s George Springer is going off, and he has a chance to win minor league player of the year awards. Tacoma missed him – Springer was in Double-A when the Rainiers played the RedHawks in May.
- Brian Flynn tossed a gem and New Orleans won in Albuquerque, 3-2. Dee Gordon broke the Isotopes single-season stolen base record.
- Omaha has been hot; they beat Nashville yesterday, 4-1.
The benefit of today’s day game is that the Rainiers get to fly home tonight. Everyone should be well-rested for the homestand that opens on Tuesday, with Taijuan Walker on the mound against Omaha at 7:05.