The Round Rock Express tied up the series 1-1 by beating the Rainiers on Sunday evening, 5-2.
Tacoma had an excellent start from James Gillheeney and carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.
But Round Rock connected for four consecutive two-out RBI hits in the seventh, taking a 5-2 lead. Then the Rainiers loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the eighth, only to fail to score.
The Rainiers look to regain the lead in the series tonight.
Monday’s game starts at 5:05 PM (Pacific) – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Jordan Pries (8-6, 3.95) against Round Rock LHP Edwar Cabrera (1-1, 4.50).
We had roster moves on Sunday. Pitcher Carson Smith was activated from the disabled list, and Matt Palmer was released. Palmer was struggling this year, but the veteran was a positive influence on the club and is a class act. Hopefully he’ll get a chance with another team soon.
Another move involved the big league club: the Mariners recalled pitcher Roenis Elias who starts for them today, and they optioned outfielder James Jones to Tacoma. I’m not sure if Jones is meeting the Rainiers today – I guess we’ll find out when the lineup comes out.
- The Rainiers game story in The News Tribune includes a Stefen Romero Fun Fact at the bottom.
- The Mariners rolled to an 8-1 win at Detroit, regaining possession of the second wild card spot.
- In Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook, we learn that Jabari Blash was sent to Double-A Jackson.
- The Mariners should shoot for the division title – not the wild card, John McGrath writes.
- This week’s issue of “The 30” by Jonah Keri focuses on the Mariners and Chris Young, and also on the reeling A’s.
- The Reno paper has an excellent feature on former Mariners pitcher Mike Parrott, who is in his 13th season as a PCL pitching coach and 42nd year in baseball.
- On the field in the PCL, Oklahoma City continued to help the Rainiers by winning at Sacramento again, 7-2. Tacoma is still five games back.
- Reno missed an opportunity to pull within one game of first. They didn’t even get any hits until the eighth inning against Andrew Heaney and lost at New Orleans, 1-0.
- Fresno swept a doubleheader from Colorado Springs. In a preseason decision, the teams elected to play two yesterday and create an off-day for travel purposes on Tuesday.
- Ex-Rainiers slugger Carlos Peguero is on a tear. He homered twice as Omaha beat Las Vegas yesterday, 4-0.
- Memphis topped El Paso 7-5 as Tim Cooney became the PCL’s first 12-game winner.
- Jeff Bennett had a good start and Albuquerque picked up a much-needed 4-2 win over Nashville.
- The Iowa Cubs are reeling at the worst possible time. They even hit into a triple play during a 3-2 loss to Wade LeBlanc and the Salt Lake Bees. Top prospect Kris Bryant is day-to-day with left foot contusion, so he may play this weekend at Cheney Stadium.
- We close it out with Baseball America’s minor league round-up.