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).
- The Rainiers game story for The News Tribune is essentially a recap, since it ended past the newspaper’s deadline.
- The Mariners were off yesterday, so Ryan Divish wrote a story about potential September call-ups.
- Bob Dutton has a piece on the incredible Mariners bullpen.
- Albuquerque outfielder Joc Pederson won the PCL Most Valuable Player award.
- Reno won the first game of the series at Sacramento, 9-4, to pull into a first-place tie. Because Sacramento has the edge in the tiebreaker, Reno must win three of the final four games to win the Pacific-North.
- Cody Decker homered in his fourth straight game as El Paso edged Salt Lake, 8-7.
- Lots of news out of Las Vegas, where the 51s extended their Player Development Contract with the New York Mets for two more years, saw their seven-game win streak end, and had manager Wally Backman win the PCL Manager Of The Year Award.
- Albuquerque lost a lot this season, but they will be just fine without the Dodgers according to this story.
- Coming off a complete game at Cheney Stadium, Omaha’s Aaron Brooks tossed another gem in a 7-2 win over Colorado Springs.
- Round Rock had four-hit games from Jared Hoying and Ryan Rua while beating Nashville, 10-7. The Austin Statesman reports that the Texas Ranger and Round Rock have an affiliation agreement that lasts through 2018.
- Kyle Jensen hit his 27th home run of the year in the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-1 win over Memphis.
- Several PCL players appear in Baseball America’s final Prospect Hot Sheet of the season.
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.