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.
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.
- 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.