After Friday night’s 7-3 victory, Tacoma has won the first two games of the current four-game series at Aces Ballpark.
Since this stadium was built in 2009, Tacoma has never won a series in it. Tacoma has played 11 four-game series in this place, losing nine of them and splitting two.
Now Tacoma can get a series win with just one more victory here. They’ll get two attempts to do it.
The Rainiers are playing good, clean baseball right now while winning five of the last six games.
Yesterday Taijuan Walker allowed a bunch of base runners – 11 in five innings – but showed an ability to make clutch pitches when he needed them, getting three double play grounders to escape jams.
Jesus Montero continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 with another homer. He’s 6-for-10 with two homers and seven RBI in the first two games of this series.
Also of note, Chris Taylor went 4-for-5 with two doubles, snapping a little 0-for-10 slide. It was Taylor’s third 4-hit game of the season.
And let’s not forget Xavier Avery lined a two-run homer in the second inning. Avery has hit five home runs in his last 49 at-bats, after hitting just two over the first three months of the season.
Saturday’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 Jordan Pries (6-5, 3.46) against Reno RHP Mark Serrano (1-0, 4.91).
- Manager Roy Howell talked about Taijuan Walker‘s start in the Rainiers game story.
- The Mariners lost a 16-inning marathon in Anaheim this morning. A tough loss coming right out of the all-star break.
- Lots of good stuff in Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook, including word that the M’s are looking at signing a recent Cuban defector.
- Ryan Divish caught up with Stefen Romero.
- Albuquerque helped out Tacoma by beating Sacramento last night, 13-11. Cool stuff here: Orel Hershiser is being inducted into the Albuquerque baseball Hall of Fame. Story includes a sweet picture of Orel with the Dukes.
- Fresno knocked off El Paso, 3-1.
- Salt Lake lost a baseball game to Las Vegas, and then lost their second baseman to El Paso via trade.
- Holy smokes. For the second day in a row top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant each homered for Iowa, this time in a 4-1 win at Round Rock.
- Brad Penny: still doing it. He pitched New Orleans to a 5-3 win at Omaha.
- Colorado Rockies top pitching prospect Eddie Butler got lit up in his Triple-A debut, as the Sky Sox lost at Memphis 12-1.
- Nashville and Oklahoma City split a doubleheader. The newspaper has a good feature story on RedHawks hitting coach Leon Roberts.