Pries Delivers As Rainiers Win Again

Tacoma made it two straight wins in Salt Lake City, this time by getting a tremendous pitching performance from starter Jordan Pries.

Pries allowed just five hits over seven innings, and all of them were singles. In fact, just two of them were hard-hit liners. He gave up two runs (only one earned), walked one, and struck out five while earning his third straight win.

After the game Pries said the key was keeping the ball down in the strike zone, which is something he hadn’t previously been able to do consistently since the PCL season opened. That was not a problem last night.

Pries needed only 80 pitches to get through seven innings and was set to pitch the bottom of the eighth, but the Rainiers had a long inning batting in the top of the eighth and rain started falling, so the coaching staff decided to call it a night for Pries.

Offensively, the Rainiers had a big game from Franklin Gutierrez. He hit a two-run homer in the top of the second inning, and then added a long solo blast in the fourth. I hope to have more for you on Guti and his comeback bid in a few days.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Jordan Pries had his best start of the season and Franklin Gutierrez homered twice as Tacoma beat Salt Lake on Tuesday night, 5-2. Forrest Snow pitched the final two innings to collect his first save since 2010. The Raniers have won five of the last six games.

Roster Moves: Tacoma expects to add reliever Andrew Kittredge tonight before the game. It will be the second stint with Tacoma for Kittredge, who worked two scoreless innings at Sacramento on April 26. He’s been with Double-A Jackson since then, appearing in two games.

Today: Tacoma (12-14) at Salt Lake (9-16) 5:35 PM (Pacific).

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

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0

Starting Pitchers: RHP Justin Germano (1-1, 0.90) at LHP Andrew Heaney (3-0, 4.62).

Heaney is a highly regarded prospect who was traded twice in the offseason – both times for a good major league second baseman: the Marlins sent him to the Dodgers for Dee Gordon, and the Dodgers flipped him to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. He faced Tacoma last year in New Orleans and dominated for seven innings.

Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 18-for-47 during the stretch. James Jones has hit safely in all ten 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 14 consecutive games; he homered twice last night.

Look Out For: Fresno activated outfielder Roger Kieschnick from the disabled list yesterday and he went 1-for-4. He missed nine games after fouling a ball off his toe, but he had a ten-game hitting streak at the time of the injury and now it’s up to 11. 

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.

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Rain is in the forecast in Salt Lake City tonight. The Rainiers are playing well, so let’s hope it stays away!

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