Rainiers Pitch First Shutout

Ever have a day where everything goes your way? That’s the way things went for the Rainiers last night.

It didn’t look like we were going to even have a game. It rained all day, and the forecast was gloomy.

Then at six o’clock sharp, the clouds disappeared and the sun poured down on Cheney Stadium. There was a beautiful rainbow beyond the right field fence, stretching over Foss High School.

The grounds crew was totally prepared – they had the field covered all day, so it was quick and easy for them to pull the tarp and get things ready for an on-time start.

Then the Rainiers took the field and pitched a three-hit shutout, beating the Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-0.

Tonight is the last game of the homestand, and the Rainiers need a win to earn a series split with the ‘Topes. Win or lose, we’ll have Friday Night Fireworks after the game.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers pitched their first shutout of the season, with Mike Montgomery, Joe Saunders, and Mark Lowe combining on a three-hitter. Tacoma beat Albuquerque, 3-0.

Today: Albuquerque (9-6) at Tacoma (5-10) 7:05 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Albuquerque is now a Colorado Rockies affiliate.

Season Series: Albuquerque leads, 5-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Leuris Gomez (0-0, 6.35) at RHP Jordan Pries (0-1, 9.20)

This is a “bullpen day” for Albuquerque, due to the team losing two starting pitchers to injury in the last week (John Lannan and Jair Jurgens). Gomez is a reliever who will be first up on the hill. Meanwhile, Tacoma’s Pries is looking for his first strong outing of the season – although he pitched much better in his last start, even if the stats didn’t show it.

Hot Rainiers: Jesus Montero had two more hits and an RBI last night, and he just doesn’t seem to be all that interested in making any outs right now. He has hit safely in 13 of 14 games this season.

Look Out For: Isotopes shortstop Cristhian Adames has reached base with a hit or a walk in all 15 games this season, and he hit two homers on Tuesday night.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (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.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune explains why Mike Montgomery came out of the game while working on a one-hit shutout.
  • Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times was slinking around Cheney Stadium yesterday afternoon and he filed this report on Chris Taylor, James Jones, and Carlos Quentin.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook discusses how unlucky Logan Morrison has been in April.
  • In the PCL, Rymer Liriano homered twice and El Paso rocked Sacramento, 7-3. The Chihuahuas have won eight of their last nine.
  • A late Reno rally came up one run short in an 8-7 loss to Las Vegas.
  • Salt Lake lefty Tyler DeLoach tossed seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in his Triple-A debut and the Bees beat Fresno, 1-0. It was only the ninth 1-0 game in 22 years of PCL baseball at Smith’s Ballpark.
  • Oklahoma City scored four runs in the second inning and called it a night, beating Nashville 4-2. OKC has the best record in the league: 12-3.
  • Round Rock topped Colorado Springs, 5-3, and everyone is going fishing.
  • The butler did it. Cheslor Cuthbert went 3-for-4 with a double, homer, and three RBIs in Omaha’s 6-5 comeback win over Memphis.
  • New Orleans picked up a 9-2 win at Iowa as Pat Misch tossed five scoreless innings.
  • A few PCL players (but no Rainiers or Mariners farmhands) made Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet.

Let’s close out this homestand with a win.

One Response to Rainiers Pitch First Shutout

  1. Jack says:

    Is Elias is most likely candidate to take Iwakuma’s spot in the rotation, or will thr M’s consider Montgomery or Joe Saunders?

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