Back On Track

Everything went right for the Rainiers on Saturday night: Jesus Montero, Stefen Romero, and John Hicks each hit home runs to give Mike Montgomery an early lead, and the lefty pitched eight innings to get the win in an 8-3 victory at Fresno.

Tacoma ended a little three-game losing streak, and it evened-up the series 1-1. Now we have day games today and Monday to finish up the road trip.

The Rainiers are 3-3 so far on this eight-game road trip, so the chance for a .500-or-better trip is still there.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers hit three homers and Mike Montgomery tossed another gem as Tacoma ended a three-game losing streak with an 8-3 victory in Fresno.

Today: Tacoma (13-17) at Fresno (15-14) 2:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Trey Cochrane-Gill (—) at RHP Jake Buchanan (2-1, 5.88).

Cochrane-Gill is up from Class-A Bakersfield to make his Triple-A debut, filling in for Jordan Pries who is skipping a turn in the rotation for precautionary reasons. This is also Cochrane-Gill’s first professional start. He was 2-1, 1.37 in ten relief appearances for Bakersfield. He’s pitched 3.0 or 3.1 innings three different times, so the Rainiers are hoping he can get through at least three innings.

Mom: Happy Mother’s Day!

Injury Update: Franklin Gutierrez is day-to-day after experiencing a hamstring cramp on Friday night.

Hot Rainiers: Once again, both Ketel Marte (15 games) and James Jones (14 games) extended their hitting streaks last night. Marte’s is a new career high, while Jones tied his career best. Marte leads the PCL with 44 hits.

Look Out For: Fresno’s Alex Presley had two more hits last night and is 6-for-8 in this series.

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 has reaction from John Hicks and Pat Listach.
  • My Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at the Franklin Gutierrez comeback attempt and the Las Vegas win streak.
  • Last night the Oakland A’s threw the ball all over the place and the Mariners said “thank you.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains why Tyler Olson never reported to Tacoma, among other things.
  • John McGrath wonders if the Mariners should lighten up. Here are his power rankings.
  • The Mariners have added some salty relief pitchers.
  • Some projected playoff teams are struggling this season, Ryan Divish writes.
  • In the PCL, one day after having a 14-game win streak end Las Vegas pounded El Paso, 11-4. Brooks Conrad hit a grand slam.
  • Albuquerque pitched well in a 3-1 win at Sacramento. Isotpes top prospect Jon Gray is having trouble in the PCL.
  • Reno was rained out in Salt Lake City. The Aces placed ex-Rainiers pitcher Blake Beavan on the disabled list.
  • Brady Shoemaker hit a three-run homer in the first inning as New Orleans coasted to a 5-2 win at Memphis.
  • Round Rock picked up a 1-0 win at Nashville, as Chi Chi Gonzalez earned the win and Rock Shoulders homered. Those are real names.
  • Oklahoma City just keeps winning. The Dodgers shut down Omaha, 6-1.
  • Couldn’t find a report on Colorado Springs’ 3-1 win at Iowa, but apparently former major league reliever Josh Roenicke pitched well in a starting assignment.

“It’s Mother’s Day today out here at Shea, so to all of the mother’s out there, happy birthday!” – Ralph Kiner.

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