We had a sudden Snow storm on Monday, and it all worked out for the Tacoma Rainiers.
Forrest Snow shined in an emergency start, tossing four scoreless innings as the Rainiers defeated Reno, 6-2, in the opener of a four-game home series.
Snow was notified he was starting just a half-hour before first pitch, and he did a great job.
He got one early run of support: leadoff man Chris Taylor homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning.
The Rainiers rallied for five runs in the fifth inning. Abraham Almonte lined a two-run triple to left-center, and Corey Hart pulled a line drive two-run homer to left field.
Almonte is starting to heat up. He’s hit three triples in the past two games, and he’s starting to line the ball into the outfield. He’s 5-for-8 in his last three games.
The home run for Hart was the first of his rehabilitation assignment, which is now eight games deep. He had two other hard-hit balls last night.
Tacoma finished June with a 17-12 record, which is a nice rebound from a dreadful month of May. The team gained ground in the standings last night and is now 8.5 games behind first-place Sacramento.
Last night’s game was the first of seven straight (and ten of 14) against division rivals. This would be a nice time for the team to get hot.
Tuesday’s game starts at 6:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-3, 4.55) against Aces RHP Lucas Harrell (3-1, 4.64).
- In the Rainiers game story for The News Tribune, manager Roy Howell explained the sudden change in starting pitchers.
- Taijuan Walker earned the win as the Mariners out-slugged Houston, 10-4.
- Walker was John Sickels’ prospect of the day.
- In his Mariners notebook, Bob Dutton has a tidbit on some foreign teenagers the Mariners are reportedly close to signing.
- Walker won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award, and Kyle Seager won the American League Player of the Week award.
- Fangraphs has a look at Seager and solving Safeco Field.
- Toledo third baseman Mike Hessman – who earlier this season hit his 400th career minor league home run – became the International League’s all-time home run king last night.
- The Mariners Low-A Clinton affiliate got suspended last night at Cedar Rapids after a severe storm actually injured grounds crew members in a nasty tarp accident.
- In the PCL, Brandon Belt is rehabbing with Fresno and he helped the Grizzlies to a 4-3, 11-inning win over Sacramento last night. Chris Dominguez hit the game-winning home run.
- Las Vegas toppled Salt Lake, 7-3. The paper focused on Salt Lake reliever Kyler Newby, who is a Las Vegas native.
- Alex Liddi homered as Albuquerque rallied late to beat El Paso, 8-6. El Paso’s Brooks Conrad is heavily featured in this piece on walk-off grand slams.
- The Nashville Sounds had a big game from Sean Halton in a 9-4 win over Memphis.
- Oklahoma City’s Enrique Hernandez went 3-for-4 and got himself called up to the big leagues after a 10-6 win at Colorado Springs.
- Round Rock handed New Orleans its fourth straight loss.
- Des Moines, Iowa is really worked into a lather by having Manny Ramirez in town. Manny homered in the I-Cubs 7-6, 10-inning win over Omaha. He seems sincere in his bid to become a coach, a local columnist writes. The newspaper has a photo gallery with 36 pictures of Manny.
- Manny made Baseball America’s sort-of-daily minor league round-up.
It’s another beautiful day for baseball in Tacoma – come out and join us at Cheney Stadium!