The Rainiers banged out 15 hits, Jordan Pries delivered six scoreless innings, and Tacoma beat Round Rock on Monday night, 6-2.
Tacoma made a big move in the standings. The team gained on both Sacramento and Reno, and things are really starting to tighten up.
Sacramento has lost three straight to Oklahoma City, and Reno took a tough 11-inning loss in New Orleans last night. Sacramento is still in first place, and Reno is two games back.
Sitting in third place, the red-hot Rainiers are now only four games out of first. This is the closest Tacoma has been since May 20.
There are 14 games left in the season. Tacoma wraps up the Round Rock series tonight, then comes home to play Omaha and Iowa before finishing up with a five-game series at Fresno.
The Omaha-Iowa homestand will be fun. Those two teams are battling each other for first place in the American-North, and they will have a lot on the line just like the Rainiers. These should be some pretty intense games on the upcoming homestand!
Tacoma has won five of the last six games, and has clinched a winning record on the current road trip. Now the team tries to win the series here in Round Rock – it would be the third straight road series won by Tacoma if they get it done. The Rainiers have not lost a road series since they went 1-3 at El Paso in late June.
Tuesday’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 Forrest Snow (2-2, 2.18) against rehabilitating Round Rock LHP Derek Holland (0-1, 9.64).
- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction from Jordan Pries and manager Roy Howell.
- Familiar foe Jerome Williams shut down the Mariners on Monday night, 4-1. Back at ’em tonight.
- Larry Stone is starting to see some similarities between this year’s Mariners and the 1995 club.
- There are tidbits galore in Bob Dutton’s Mariners notebook.
- “Cats Slump Continues” cries the headline in the Sacramento Bee. It seems that their offense is really struggling. Nick Tropeano shut ’em down last night.
- New Orleans took down Reno in the 11th inning on a walk-off home run by Brian Bogusevic. The deep fly ball was actually tipped over the left field fence by outfielder Zach Borenstein.
- Austin Fleet went the distance for a shutout as Fresno beat Colorado Springs, 5-0.
- Nobody in the league is hotter than Memphis right now. The Redbirds won their ninth in a row, taking down El Paso, 7-4. Memphis leads the American-South by one game over Nashville.
- Nashville kept close by knocking out Albuquerque, 9-3, on 50-cent Hot Dog Night. Jason Rogers went 4-for-5 with three RBI. Joc Pederson hit his 30th home run, and he needs two steals for 30-30.
- A top prospect debuted, Carlos Peguero homered again, and Omaha was a 9-5 winner over Las Vegas.
- Iowa is struggling without Kris Bryant in the lineup. He pinch-hit last night, but they lost to Salt Lake again – this time by a 7-5 score as Vance Albitz homered twice.
Early post today, because I’m going on a lunch adventure. I’ve been told to beware of falling into a post-meal meat coma – hopefully that won’t cause any problems for tonight’s broadcast.