Rainiers & Mariners On Same Path

Both the Rainiers and the Mariners have lost back-to-back games on walk-off hits.

The Mariners have lost on game-winning singles by the Dodgers two straight days. The Rainiers have lost on walk-off homers by Albuquerque Isotopes two days in a row.

Both Isotopes heroes won it with their second homer of the game: Dustin Garneau leading off the bottom of the tenth inning on Monday, and Tim Wheeler leading off the bottom of the ninth yesterday.

Both losses were tough ones for the Rainiers: on Monday Tacoma gave up a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning, and on Tuesday the Rainiers had missed opportunity to break the game open in the seventh inning.

The good news for both the Mariners and the Rainiers is that it is still very early. The M’s are 3-5 and the R’s are 2-4 – hardly alarming at this point.

The Tacoma Rainiers made a big announcement regarding Friday’s home opener: none other than Mariners legend Edgar Martinez will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Albuquerque walked off the Rainiers for the second day in a row – this time with a Tim Wheeler homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth and win it, 6-5. Jabari Blash had a nice game for the Rainiers, launching a two-run homer and hitting a key double in the ninth.

Rehabber: Chris Taylor went 1-for-5 as the DH.

Injury Update: James Jones (sore shoulder) pinch-ran in the ninth and could be cleared to start today. Stefen Romero was a late scratch from the starting lineup with back tightness.

Today: Tacoma (2-4) at Albuquerque (4-2), 5:35 (Pacific).

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

Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (1-0, 7.20) vs. RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 11.25)

Elias earned the win in his 2015 debut on Friday, starting the game Tacoma won at El Paso, 17-5. He allowed a three-run homer three batters into the first inning, then settled down and got through five.

Gray is considered the Colorado Rockies top pitching prospect. He was the third player chosen in the 2013 draft and today will be his first Triple-A start (he pitched in relief following rehabbing Jorge De La Rosa last week).

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero is the last man standing in the “get a hit in every game” club. He went 1-for-4 yesterday and has hit safely in all six games.

Look Out For: Walk-offs. Three of Albuquerque’s four wins have come on walk-off hits, including the first two games of this series.

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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