The Rainiers lost the first game of the eight-game road trip on Thursday night, dropping an 11-4 decision to the Las Vegas 51s.
It was just the third loss in the last 11 games for Tacoma – the Rainiers record is now 10-8. Meanwhile, Las Vegas improved its record to a PCL-best 16-5. That’s the best 21-game start in Las Vegas franchise history.
The game got away from the Rainiers in the bottom of the fifth inning. Already trailing 2-0, Tacoma allowed four unearned runs due to two infield errors, making it 6-0.
Jesus Montero pulled a long three-run homer in the sixth to make it 6-3, but Vegas kept tacking on runs and the Rainiers did not threaten again.
Tacoma looks to get even tonight in what should be an entertaining pitching match-up: Jordan Pries tossed six shutout innings and allowed one hit in his Triple-A debut on Sunday, and Noah Syndergaard is ranked by pretty much every outlet as the top pitching prospect in the PCL right now.
Friday’s game starts at 7:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (0-0, 0.00) against Las Vegas RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 4.95).
- We’ll start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- Bob Dutton did one of his Mariners Q&A’s over on the TNT blog. The M’s were off last night.
- Todd Dybas caught up with Mariners reliever Dominic Leone – you know, the pink backpack guy.
- So the Red Sox were getting blown out last night, and they decided to use former Rainiers outfielder Mike Carp on the mound. He was throwing knuckleballs, and here is the scouting report.
- In the PCL, Randy Wolf and the Reno Aces shut down Salt Lake, 6-1. Mike Jacobs homered twice for Reno.
- Joe Panik hit his first Triple-A homer and Mike Kickham tossed a gem as Fresno shut out Albuquerque, 5-0. It was the Triple-A version of the Giants vs. Dodgers rivalry, exactly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
- Round Rock returned home from a 12-game road trip and beat Memphis, 6-2. Brad Snyder homered twice.
- Oklahoma City starter Mike Foltynewicz can reach 100 mph on the radar gun. He got the win over Nashville, 6-1.
- Colorado Springs was shut out at home by Iowa and Tsuyoshi Wada, 9-0. The good news was that Jhoulys Chacin had a successful rehabilitation start.
- New Orleans struck for 18 hits in a 12-8 victory over Omaha.
- El Paso stole a 5-1 win at Sacramento, as outfielder Rico Noel was 3-for-4 with four stolen bases. That will be a Chihuahuas record for a while – no Tacoma player has had four steals in a game since Jermaine Clark in 2002!
- Fresno broadcaster Doug Greenwald crossed Posey, CA off his list.
- Baseball America has its daily minor league round-up and its weekly Prospect Hot Sheet.