Tacoma is going for its first-ever series win in Reno, and we knew it wouldn’t be easy.
After taking the first two games of the series with a 28-hit attack, the Rainiers bats slowed down and Reno took game three on Saturday night, 7-1.
Jesus Montero doubled in a run in the first inning, continuing his hot hitting. But after the first, Tacoma had just five singles the remainder of the game.
Tacoma starter Jordan Pries – who has been excellent almost all season – had a rough start. He allowed seven runs in four innings, including a game-breaking three-run homer to Garrett Weber with two outs in the fourth inning.
The Rainiers can still win the series with a victory this evening.
Sunday’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 Matt Palmer (1-7, 4.61) against Reno RHP Bo Schultz (7-6, 5.48).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction for manager Roy Howell.
- My weekly Minor League Notebook for the paper had a look inside Jesus Montero‘s hot streak, and checks in on D.J. Peterson as well.
- John McGrath writes that the Mariners should call up Montero and see if he can help the offense.
- James Paxton will start a game for Tacoma in Tuesday’s doubleheader.
- The Mariners beat the Angels in 12 innings on Saturday night, 3-2. Bob Dutton’s story has lots of player quotes.
- Whoa. Dutton’s Mariners notebook has a Danny Hultzen update – and the prognosis is good.
- There are lots of good tidbits in McGrath’s MLB team rankings.
- Ryan Divish previews the trade deadline in his Sunday column for the Seattle Times.
- Good story on Mariners Double-A starting pitcher Steve Landazuri, and his troubles finding off-season employment.
- Fun stuff: tales from the third base coach’s box.
- Everybody say “Thank you, Carlos Triunfel!” The former Tacoma shortstop homered in the eighth inning, giving Albuquerque an 8-7 win over division-leading Sacramento. Tacoma remains 8.5 games out of first.
- Salt Lake’s bullpen continued to struggle as the Bees lost in the late innings to Las Vegas, 6-2.
- Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer and Fresno beat El Paso, 7-4.
- Colorado Springs did not score at all in a doubleheader at Memphis last night. Really. They got shut out in both games, losing 1-0 and 2-0. Zach Petrick and Boone Whiting each pitched complete game, two-hit shutouts for Memphis.
- Round Rock lost to Iowa, 5-4, but the Express have a promising young player in Ryan Rua.
- New Orleans slugger Kyle Jensen smoked his 19th homer of the season in a 9-5 win at Omaha.
- Nashville picked up a 7-3 win at Oklahoma City as Sean Halton drove in three runs.
The Rainiers return home on Monday to start an eight-day, ten-game homestand. There will be doubleheaders on Tuesday and Saturday, and an important five-game series against Sacramento closes the homestand out.