Rainiers Topple Aces, 7-5

Jesus Montero had another big game, and the all-star break couldn’t stop Tacoma’s winning ways as the Rainiers returned to action with a 7-5 win at Reno on Thursday night.

Montero went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI. The designated hitter is now 24-for-52 (.467) with four homers and 21 RBI over his last 12 games.

The big reason that Montero is on a tear right now is that the Rainiers are facing a lot of left-handed pitching – and he is lighting these guys up.

Tacoma also had a strong start from Erasmo Ramirez, and solid relief work from Stephen Kohlscheen and Todd Coffey.

Blake Beavan made his first rehab appearance for Tacoma, and he looked… rusty. Beavan issued two walks in the eighth inning, including a leadoff walk which led to a run scoring.

It looks like Beavan will be used from the bullpen initially as he continues his rehab. He’s been on the Mariners disabled list with shoulder tendonitis since mid-April.

There were no additional roster moves yesterday. Tacoma is currently playing with 11 position players and 13 pitchers on the roster, and there is one open spot.

The team is now 47-50 on the year – once again three games under .500 – and has won four of its last five games. Tacoma is 21-11 over the last 32 games.

Friday’s game starts at 7:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.79) against Reno RHP Charles Brewer (4-7, 6.12).

Links:

  • The game went long, so there are no quotes but there is a recap (and a good headline) in the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • Jeff Sullivan wrote an ode to Felix Hernandez‘s change-up.
  • For ESPN Insiders, the Mariners landed one player on Keith Law’s mid-season Top 50 Prospects list – and it’s not who you think it is.
  • Going into the second half, Lloyd McClendon gives a state of the Mariners address.
  • Mariners prospects appear in both good and bad ways on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.
  • In the PCL, Sacramento topped Albuquerque in 10 innings and 4 hours, 29 minutes by a score of 10-9. Shane Peterson hit three homers, Brock Peterson hit one, and Joc Pederson hit none. The game ended so late that I could only locate this report. The paper does have a story on baseball and chewing tobacco.
  • Fresno’s all-star contingent returned but the Grizzlies lost to El Paso, 7-6, despite Gary Brown‘s 4-for-5 showing.
  • J.B. Shuck helped Salt Lake to a 7-6 win over Las Vegas. Wade LeBlanc struck out 11.
  • Cubs top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant both went deep in Iowa’s 7-0 win at Round Rock.
  • New Orleans and Omaha combined to hit eight home runs in the Zephyrs 14-4 win at Werner Park.
  • Colorado Springs and Memphis had their game postponed because a cancelled flight prevented the Sky Sox from getting to Memphis. They’ll play two on Saturday.
  • Nashville at Oklahoma City got rained out, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of healthy RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco. The RedHawks have a new pitching prospect in Tommy Shirley.

That’s it for today – let’s see if the Rainiers can make it two straight wins in Reno.

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