Rainiers Let One Slip Away

Welp, that hasn’t happened in a while.

Tacoma took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, only to see Fresno pick up a 6-5 walk-off win over the Rainiers on Thursday night in the opening game of a five-game series.

Fresno scored four tuns in the bottom of the eighth inning, with veteran infielder Brandon Hicks launching a game-tying three-run homer with two outs off new Rainiers reliever Trevor Miller. Miller – who was making his Triple-A debut – pitched a perfect seventh inning before surrendering the lead in the eighth.

The Grizzlies rallied to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Tacoma reliever Carson Smith. A bloop single, an infield single, and a walk loaded the bases with two outs before Adam Duvall grounded the game-winning single into left field.

The fact that Smith allowed the winning run to score is surprising in itself: he has been on a terrific run lately. He had allowed just three runs in 27 innings since June 6.

Tacoma starter Jordan Pries lost his chance to become Tacoma’s first 10-game winner since 2010, when both Luke French (11 wins) and Chris Seddon (ten wins) did it. Pries allowed one run over six innings in his final start of the year, and he finishes with a 9-7, 3.69 record.

Friday’s game starts at 7:05 PM – the Alaska Airlines Pregame Show begins at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Forrest Snow (2-3, 3.27) against Fresno LHP Kelvin Marte (1-2, 5.34).


There is a bizarre story out there regarding Jesus Montero on his rehab assignment with Everett. The stories that I’ve seen have so much conflicting information that it’s hard to know which details – if any – are correct. I’m not linking to anything until we get some actual reporting on this. Here’s what we do know: Montero and Mariners scout Butch Baccala got into a verbal confrontation. And thanks to some relentless investigation by Seattle Times sports business reporter Geoff Baker, we know for certain that the Boise Hawks sell ice cream sandwiches.

Mmmmmm, ice cream sandwiches.



2 Responses to Rainiers Let One Slip Away

  1. Aly Edge says:

    I appreciate the call for patience and caution, but it’s hard not to think that the Montero trade will end up eclipsing the Heathcliff Slocumb trade. At least Slocumb anchored the bullpen that helped the M’s win the division in ’97. All we got for a strong (if injury prone) young #2/#3 guy and a prospect with middle-of-the-rotation potential is 2 1/2 excruciating seasons of Hector Noesi and a bunch of fat jokes. Montero will be out of options next season, and SOMEONE will take a flier on him if he’s put on waivers, so it’s really hard to think he’ll still be with the organisation in 8 months’ time.

  2. John says:

    I’m giving Montero the benefit of doubt here. From the milb.com story, it seems like the scout instigated the situation. I’m wondering if the scout was imbibing in an adult beverage or few.

    I don’t think we’ve heard anything negative about Montero personally since he showed up overweight to start the season. And he’s owned up to that and coaches have been quotes that he’s working hard.

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