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.
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.
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- The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune explains how the game got away.
- The Mariners hit four homers but still suffered a tough loss at Los Angeles last night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook covers the roster move, among other things.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas jumped all over Sacramento’s starter and held on for an 8-5 win at Raley Field.
- If you are into tattoos, so is Albuquerque outfielder Brandon Barnes.
- Reno edged El Paso, 2-1, behind the pitching of Caleb Clay.
- Fresno allowed six runs in the first inning, then scored eight in the third and beat Salt Lake, 9-8.
- Kris Bryant caused a national media crush in New Orleans. He had three singles in a 4-1 victory over the Zephyrs yesterday.
- Ex-Rainiers and Mariners pitcher Freddy Garcia came out of the bullpen to help Oklahoma City beat Nashville last night, 5-3.
- Colorado Springs coasted to a 9-2 win over Round Rock; promising young reliever Corey Knebel keeps getting traded.
- Omaha got rained out at Memphis.
- Former Rainiers and Mariners reliever Carter Capps caused a stir on opening night in New Orleans with his new hop-off-the-rubber delivery, and now he’s using it in the majors. MLB clarified the rules for him. Dave Cameron has a real thorough look at this situation. Rumor has it that this is what Capps is ultimately trying to accomplish.
- A tarp-pulling error in Jacksonville caused the Mariners Double-A affiliate to play a rare 0-0 tie. Explanation of both oddities can be found here.
- Here’s video of a successful hidden ball trick in the International League. And hey SB Nation, give the RG’s a break, will ya?
That’s it for today – let’s see if the Rainiers can even up the series.