James Gillheeney had a strong start and the Rainiers picked up an 8-1 win in the series opener at first-place Nashville on Friday night.
Gillheeney allowed one run over six innings in his longest start of the season, earning his second win.
He benefited from an encouraging trend the past few days: early run support.
Tacoma scored two runs in the second inning, and then three more in the fourth against Brewers prospect Taylor Jungmann. This marked the third straight game in which Tacoma has scored five runs by the end of the fourth inning.
The win was the Rainiers second in a row, and Tacoma is now 3-2 on this road trip. The club has gone 5-5 over the last ten games, which is certainly an improvement after the rough month of May.
Tonight the Rainiers will go for their third straight win, but they face veteran lefty Brad Mills and his 86 mph invisible fastball. Mills ranks second in the PCL with a 1.57 ERA.
Saturday’s game starts at 4:35 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (0-1, 6.30) against Nashville LHP Brad Mills (4-1, 1.57).
There was one roster move yesterday: starter Matt Palmer was placed on the 7-day disabled list, and Forrest Snow takes his spot on the roster and in the starting rotation. Snow will pitch Sunday.
Palmer has some shoulder inflammation but it sounds like a very minor situation. He hopes to miss just one start.
- Here’s the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- The Mariners suffered one of those grueling 1-0 defeats with Felix Hernandez on the mound.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook, we learn that Corey Hart might join the Rainiers on a rehabilitation assignment during the upcoming homestand.
- Nineteen-year-old Victor Sanchez pitched a complete game shutout for Double-A Jackson last night.
- In the PCL, Nate Freiman launched a go-ahead grand slam and Sacramento topped Iowa, 7-5. Ejections ensued.
- Reno ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 win at Memphis.
- Omaha’s Christian Colon homered in the 11th inning to give the Storm Chasers a 7-6 win at Fresno. The Grizzlies are happy to have top prospect Andrew Susac back in the lineup.
- Albuquerque edged New Orleans on a night filled with voodoo, 5-4.
- Salt Lake used one big inning to topple Colorado Springs, 8-6. Efren Navarro hit a grand slam.
- Oklahoma City walked-off Las Vegas on Gregorio Petit‘s 12th inning home run. The RedHawks think they have a new masher in Preston Tucker.
- Round Rock walloped El Paso, 11-4, as the Chihuahuas continued to have a disappointing homestand.