Road Trip Off to Good Start

Good pitching and timely hitting – that generally works, right?

Last night the Rainiers benefited from both in a 4-3 road-trip opening win in Salt Lake City.

Mike Montgomery started and went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out eight and walked just one while turning in his fourth quality start of the season (in five outings).

Tacoma scored two in the second inning, got a two-out RBI single from Ketel Marte in the fifth, and back-to-back triples by Shawn O’Malley and James Jones in the seventh.

O’Malley in particular had a good game, involving himself in all three Tacoma rallies. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored against his former team.

Things got a little dicey in the ninth when Salt Lake had the tying and winning runners in scoring position with two out, but Lucas Luetge nailed down the save (we’ll be talking to Luetge on the radio pregame show tonight).

The Rainiers have won four of their last five games, creeping closer to .500.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Mike Montgomery tossed another gem and Shawn O’Malley had a triumphant return to Salt Lake City as the Rainiers won the opening game of the road trip, 4-3.

Roster Moves: Nothing to report yet, but with Tacoma down to 21 available players it seems likely that some players will be joining the team later today or tomorrow.

Today: Tacoma (11-14) at Salt Lake (9-15) 5:35 PM (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the Los Angeles Angels affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0

Starting Pitchers: RHP Jordan Pries (2-1, 6.84) at RHP Drew Rucinski (0-0, 5.79).

Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte extended his hitting streak to ten games, going 16-for-42 during the stretch. James Jones has hit safely in all nine games he has batted in this season. John Hicks has hit safely in five straight games, and Franklin Gutierrez has reached base via hit or walk in 13 consecutive games.

Look Out For: Outfielder Gary Brown had an RBI triple yesterday; he’s hit safely in five straight games with two homers during that time. 

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:20 (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 has reaction from Shawn O’Malley and manager Pat Listach. We also have a report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
  • One month into the season, Larry Stone checks in on Jesus Montero.
  • Ryan Divish has a rundown on all of the roster moves.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has some good stuff on Nelson Cruz, among other things.
  • Cruz homered and Felix Hernandez stopped the bleeding in the Mariners 3-2 win over the Angels.
  • Two PCL records were broken in Oklahoma City: New Orleans starter Pat Misch hit four batters in a row with pitches (including three batters on three pitches!) in the first inning, and he finished with five HBPs in the game. He lost, of course, as Corey Seager had two base hits in Oklahoma City’s 5-2 win. Rob Neyer presents us with video of the new records.
  • Sacramento used a big inning to pick up an 8-4 win at Reno.
  • The streaking Las Vegas 51s were finally stopped: by rain, in Albuquerque last night. The 51s will take their 10-game win streak into a doubleheader tonight.
  • Fresno lost to El Paso on Monday, 13-6, but the Grizzlies are feeling energized by the hot start of parent club Houston. Cody Decker hit a grand slam for El Paso last night, and Ramiro Pena scored four runs. Preston Tucker hit his PCL-leading tenth dinger for Fresno.
  • Christian Binford pitched well and Omaha handed Round Rock a rare loss. It was just the second loss in 11 games for the Express.
  • Nashville suffered a 2-1 home loss to Eric Jokisch and Iowa, while some fans watched from their condo balcony beyond the outfield fence.
  • Memphis outfielder Stephen Piscotty had a big game at the plate in the Redbirds 5-4 win over Colorado Springs.
  • The longest losing streak in the minors came to an end last night, as the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) won a baseball game. They had lost 15 in a row – woefully short of the all-time minor league record of 38 set by the 1923 Muskogee Mets.

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