The Rainiers tied their longest winning streak of the season on Tuesday night, opening up an eight-game homestand with a walk-off 2-1 victory over Colorado Springs.
It was the sixth straight win for the Rainiers, matching a mid-April stretch. Tacoma pulled within seven games of the .500 mark, and the team gained a game on division-leading Sacramento and is now 8.5 games back in the standings. It’s progress!
The Rainiers had just one hit after eight innings against Sky Sox pitchers Yohan Flande and Chad Bettis, but because Tacoma was getting excellent pitching of its own from Jordan Pries, Stephen Kohlscheen, and Stephen Pryor it was only a 1-0 deficit.
Tacoma loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, an error, and a walk. With two outs, Ty Kelly roped a Bettis pitch over the head of the right fielder for the game-winning two-run single.
This was the first comeback win during the Rainiers streak. Tacoma never trailed during the first five games of the win streak.
The starting pitching continued its excellent run, as Pries allowed one run over 6.2 innings. Tacoma’s starter has allowed one or zero earned runs in each of the six games of the win streak.
Wednesday’s game starts at 7:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts LHP James Gillheeney (2-6, 5.77) against Sky Sox LHP Christian Friedrich (1-8, 7.89).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction from Ty Kelly and manager Roy Howell.
- The Mariners won their third in a row and Jesus Montero homered in a 6-1 win over San Diego.
- It’s gonna be a rehab-palooza at Cheney Stadium this week, according to Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
- James Jones continues to settle in as the Mariners leadoff hitter.
- Rob Neyer wonders if Felix Hernandez is still the Mariners ace.
- Round Rock helped out the Rainiers by defeating Sacramento, 7-5. The Express have won eight of their last nine games.
- Reno missed a chance to move into a first-place tie with Sacramento in the Pacific-North. Oklahoma City beat ’em, 4-2.
- Fresno went into New Orleans and emerged with a 4-3 victory. Adam Duvall hit his PCL-leading 22nd home run. New Orleans lost five players to big league call-ups in a span of 24 hours!
- Memphis and Salt Lake got rained out in Utah – they’ll play two today.
- Las Vegas scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend Nashville, 8-7. Cory Vaughn had the game-winning hit.
- Nashville lost one of their top starters, as Oakland purchased and promoted veteran Brad Mills.
- Omaha hit six homers in a 13-6 waxing of Albuquerque at Werner Park.
- Lots going on in Iowa. Top prospect Kris Bryant has been promoted to Triple-A, where he’ll join Javier Baez in a 1-2 prospect punch. You know who is still not there? Coach Manny Ramirez. Baez went deep but the I-Cubs lost to El Paso last night, 8-5.
- Let’s close it out with Baseball America’s minor league round-up.