The Fresno Grizzlies pitching staff silenced Tacoma’s bats on Saturday night, limiting the Rainiers to just four hits in a 5-1 Fresno win.
Jesus Montero had two of the hits. He singled in his first two at-bats, which gave him nine straight hits going back to Tuesday. You read that correctly: he was 9-for-9. The streak ended with a strikeout against Jason Berken in the sixth inning.
The PCL record for most consecutive hits is 12. It has been done two times, most recently by Ted Beard of the Hollywood Stars in 1953.
Tacoma can win the three-game series with a victory tonight.
After tonight’s game, the Rainiers will take a nap before rising at 3:30 AM to take an I-can’t-believe-it’s-a-direct-flight from Fresno to Salt Lake City. I don’t mind waking up at 3:30 AM if we are actually getting a direct flight from Fresno to another PCL city – that’s a real rarity.
Sunday’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 (1-4, 4.54) against Fresno LHP Mike Kickham (6-5, 3.46).
- The Rainiers game story for The News Tribune has details on Jesus Montero‘s hit streak.
- My minor league notebook for the paper explains how PCL home run leader Adam Duvall didn’t make the all-star team because he spent nine days in the big leagues.
- The Mariners picked up a rare win in Chicago on Saturday, beating the White Sox 3-2 in 14 innings.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook can be found here.
- John McGrath has major league power rankings and a column saying that the Mariners should sign Johnny Damon.
- Ryan Divish picked his all-star team and posted his power rankings.
- Larry Stone caught up with Mariners president Kevin Mather as trade season is upon us.
- In the PCL, Reno routed Sacramento to pull within 2.5 games of first place.
- Tony Campana was traded to Salt Lake and immediately helped the Bees beat El Paso.
- Las Vegas and Albuquerque split a doubleheader. The newspaper has a feature on Isotopes catcher Griff Erickson. Here’s some good stuff from Las Vegas manager Wally Backman.
- Randall Grichuk homered for Memphis in a 6-3 win over New Orleans.
- Oklahoma City went 4-for-4 stealing bases in a 3-2 win over Iowa. The RedHawks pulled within one game of first place in the American-North.
- Colorado Springs picked up a 5-2 win in Omaha as the Storm Chasers offensive woes continued.
- No story was available, but Round Rock beat Nashville 4-3 as all-star Jared Hoying had three hits.
That’s it for today – time to go to the park and see if the Rainiers can win this series.