The Rainiers announced their presence with authority last night, letting everybody know they are back in town by banging out an 11-0 win over visiting Reno.
Matt Palmer and Chance Ruffin combined to hurl a five-hit shutout. The offense roped 15 hits, including five doubles and a homer. Tacoma scored two runs in the first inning, added another run in the second, and blew the doors off the game with a six-run fifth.
It was a terrific start to the 13-game homestand, as all kinds of hitters who had been struggling recently had big games: Abraham Almonte was 3-for-5, Ty Kelly went 3-for-5 with two doubles, Jesus Montero launched his first home run since April 30, and Leury Bonilla cracked three doubles and drove in three runs.
The victory came against a Reno team that had been piling up runs while winning eight of its last ten games. Now we’ll see if the Rainiers can shut them down again tonight.
Tuesday’s game starts at 6:05 – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Gillheeney (1-3, 7.88) against Reno RHP Zeke Spruill (1-1, 6.04).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction from Abraham Almonte, who had three hits last night.
- Today the Mariners placed Corey Hart on the disabled list, and announced the recall of Nick Franklin.
- The Mariners have signed veteran major league reliever Todd Coffey to a minor league contract, according to Bob Dutton.
- Robinson Cano believes that the Mariners will contend for a post-season berth this year.
- Mariners pitcher Brandon Maurer is trying to calm down on the mound.
- The Angels extended their Player Development Contract with Salt Lake for two more years, through the 2016 season.
- The Sacramento Bee writes that Sacramento is Giants territory.
- Congratulations to Triple-A slugger Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens, who became just the sixth player to ever hit 400 minor league home runs. He connected this morning on No. 400.
- On the field in the PCL, Fresno’s Jason Berken became the league’s first seven-game winner by beating Las Vegas last night, 7-5. Berken is 7-1 with a 3.33 ERA.
- Albuquerque hit six home runs in a 15-9 win at Salt Lake. The Bees have Angels third baseman David Freese on rehab.
- Dan Straily out-dueled Billy Buckner as Sacramento topped El Paso, 2-1.
- After never doing it in 26 years, last night the Sky Sox went to extra innings in a scoreless tie at home for the second time this month. Christian Bergman tossed eight shutout innings and the Sox beat Memphis, 1-0. Bergman broke a franchise record.
- The Texas Rangers rescued Chris Schwinden from the independent Atlantic League, and he pitched Round Rock to a 4-2 victory over Iowa last night.
- Kevin Mattison hit a walk-off homer to give Nashville a 5-4 win over Omaha.
- New Orleans had strong pitching from Alex Sanabia in a 6-2 home victory against Oklahoma City.
- We close with Baseball America’s minor league round-up.
Early game coming on Wednesday at 11:35 AM – start preparing yourself now!