Montgomery Deals In Tacoma Debut

Tacoma suffered a tough 4-3 loss to Albuquerque last night, wasting a high-quality Tacoma debut by left-hander Mike Montgomery.

Acquired at the end of spring training from Tampa (traded for Erasmo Ramirez), Montgomery’s Mariners organization debut couldn’t have gone much better.

Montgomery allowed five hits and one run over six innings, walking one and striking out three. He had only 51 pitches through five innings and finished with 71 (44 strikes).

Coming right after hitters, Montgomery kept his fastball down and got a lot of ground balls – including two double plays.

He has a history of issuing more walks than you would like to see, but that certainly wasn’t a problem on Monday night.

Montgomery left the game with a 2-1 lead, and it grew to 3-1 before Tacoma gave it up in the late innings and eventually lost in the tenth. The grisly details are in the first link down below.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers could not hold a late 3-1 lead and lost in the tenth inning at Albuquerque, 4-3. Isotopes backup catcher Dustin Garneau hit two homers and threw out three attempted basestealers.

Rehabber: Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a walk but was caught stealing twice. He played shortstop for seven innings yesterday; today he is scheduled to DH.

Roster Move: Prior to yesterday’s game, reliever Dominic Leone was recalled by Seattle to replace Tom Wilhelmsen, who was placed on the disabled list. There has not yet been a replacement for Leone on the Tacoma roster – just a guess here, but if Joe Beimel is throwing well in extended spring he would be the logical replacement candidate.

Today: Tacoma (2-3) at Albuquerque (3-2), 5:35 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Albuquerque is now the Colorado Rockies farm club.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jordan Pries (0-1, 13.50) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-0, 2.25)

Pries has a successful 2014 with the Rainiers, and an outstanding Cactus League, but he struggled in his opening day start for Tacoma on Thursday. The problem: he had trouble keeping the ball down in the strike zone. He’ll try to fix that tonight.

De La Rosa is a veteran member of the Colorado Rockies starting rotation who is rehabilitating a strained groin with the Isotopes. This is his second rehab start – he went four innings in his first, giving up one run to Reno on opening night. He went 14-11, 4.10 for the Rockies last year; in 2013 he was 16-6, 3.49.

Hot Rainiers: The bats slowed down last night in the 4-3 loss. Ketel Marte and Jesus Montero are now the only Rainiers to hit safely in all five games, although Franklin Gutierrez has a four-game hitting streak.

Look Out For: Garneau, apparently. Let’s see if the Rainiers can contain him the next three games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 PM (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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That’s it for today – let’s see if the Rainiers can even up the series.

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